Materials Now Available from Business Continuity Workshop for Regional Economic Resilience

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by NADO Admin

 STRATEGIES FOR RESILIENT BUSINESSES: ENSURING A GOOD ECONOMY AFTER A BAD STORM

BUSINESS CONTINUITY WORKSHOP FOR
REGIONAL ECONOMIC RESILIENCY  
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2015

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In this interactive resilience exercise, facilitators led a discussion of peer practices for preparing and recovering from a  weather disaster scenario.

In this interactive resilience exercise, facilitators led a discussion on best practices for preparing and recovering from a weather disaster scenario.

On February 3, 2015, the NADO Research Foundation and the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup (http://uvaw NULL.uvlsrpc NULL.org/) cosponsored a training workshop that brought together over 70 participants from small and large businesses, government agencies, economic development groups, universities, and nonprofit organizations to learn about approaches to strengthen business continuity and economic resilience.  Parts of the rural Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont were hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene, and local leaders are very interested in fortifying their regional economy against the increasingly frequent and severe storms and temperature changes that climate change will bring.

Attendees were briefed on climate change implications for the region, received an overview of business continuity planning from a national expert, heard from local business representatives on their experiences weathering Irene and other disasters, and rolled up their sleeves to participate in a tabletop scenario exercise that spurred lively discussion of potential disaster impacts and approaches to becoming more prepared.  Additionally, the workshop was attended by a group of University of Vermont students who are working with Upper Valley businesses to evaluate their preparedness for disruptions and recommend ways of strengthening it.  The business clients were also present.

Workshop participants

The workshop brought together over 70 participants representing businesses, local governments, economic development groups, universities, and nonprofit organizations throughout the Upper Valley.

This workshop was conducted with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/) and in partnership with the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup (http://uvaw NULL.uvlsrpc NULL.org/), a bi-state consortium made up of leaders from businesses, universities, hospitals, regional development organizations, state and local government, and other groups that works to build climate resilient communities in the Upper Valley region.

The workshop agenda, presentations, and other materials are available here (http://uvaw NULL.uvlsrpc NULL.org/index NULL.php/events-and-forums/).

 

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

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