Building Economic Resilience to Disasters in the Buffalo Niagara Region: Workshop Materials

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by Megan McConville

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On February 25-26, 2014, the NADO Research Foundation hosted a training workshop in Niagara Falls, New York that brought together about 25 city and county economic developers, elected officials, small business owners and development specialists, emergency managers, and other community leaders to learn about approaches to make businesses and the overall regional economy more resilient to natural disasters.  Participants–all from the Buffalo-Niagara region of western New York, which has experienced frequent flooding in recent years–exchanged ideas with economic development leaders from other disaster-impacted communities, received training on business continuity planning, learned how to assess natural hazards in their area, and discussed how best to take advantage of disaster recovery and mitigation funding opportunities.

The workshop was co-sponsored by One Region Forward (http://www NULL.oneregionforward NULL.org/), the regional planning effort aimed at supporting more sustainable forms of development in Erie and Niagara counties and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (http://portal NULL.hud NULL.gov/hudportal/HUD) (HUD).  The NADO Research Foundation is providing capacity-building and technical assistance services to HUD and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (http://www NULL.epa NULL.gov) sustainable communities award recipients like One Region Forward through the National Sustainable Communities Learning Network (http://sclearningnetwork NULL.org/).

Additionally, this workshop was supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov), which has funded the NADO Research Foundation to provide training and technical assistance on disaster recovery and economic resilience to regions and communities in the northeast and the southeast that were impacted by disasters during fiscal year 2011.

The workshop materials are included below.  If you have any questions about this event, the materials, or NADO’s work on disaster and economic resilience more broadly, please contact Megan McConville at [email protected] (mmcconville null@null nado NULL.org).

Workshop Agenda

Opening Keynote: If We Don’t Do It, No One Will: The Role of Economic Development and Business Leaders in Regional Resilience
Patricia Moulton Powden, Executive Director, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

Developing a Business Continuity Plan
Gail Moraton, Business Resiliency Manager, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

What Do You Need to Know About Natural Hazards in Your Community?
Josh Human, Director, University of Louisville Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development

Possible Sources of Business Financing for Disaster Recovery
Patricia Moulton Powden, Executive Director, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

Additional Materials

These resources were referenced by speakers:

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s Open for Business business continuity planning program (https://www NULL.disastersafety NULL.org/open-for-business/)

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s Open for Business (OFB)-EZ Toolkit (http://www NULL.disastersafety NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/OFB-EZ_Toolkit_IBHS NULL.pdf)

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s OFB-EZ Fillable Forms (http://www NULL.disastersafety NULL.org/disastersafety/ofb-ez-individual-forms/)

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s Employee Emergency Wallet Card and Call Tree documents:

Sample Wallet Card
Fillable Wallet Card, front (Word document)
Fillable Wallet Card, back (Word document)

Businesses who wish to customize the wallet card should:

  1. Replace the ACME logo with their logo
  2. Insert their pertinent information (names, phone numbers, website address, etc.)
  3. Convert both WORD documents into PDF documents
  4. Combine both PDF documents into one PDF document
  5. Share with all staff/employees

Sample Call Tree
Fillable Call Tree (Excel spreadsheet)

Businesses who wish to customize the call tree should:

  1. Replace the ACME logo with their logo
  2. Change name of document
  3. Insert their employees’ names and contact information
  4. Optional: Convert into PDF
  5. Share with staff/employees who have calling responsibilities
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