My thoughts and prayers are with those communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In 2010, I was the economic development director in a county heavily impacted by the “2010 Nashville Flood” during which we received around 20 inches of rain. Later, I moved on to another county in the area where preparing for the next disaster was a significant part of my strategic plan.
However, as time passes, spending time and resources on business disruption planning fades on the priority list. Let’s continue to help out those affected by Harvey, but remember the past and the inevitability of future fury from Mother Nature and Murphy’s Law in our communities when we see those images of destruction and disruption in Texas and Louisiana.
A great resource for disaster or just common-place business disruption (for example, the phone line gets cut for a day) planning is available at no cost at www.restoreyoureconomy.org. The International Economic Development Council, with funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, created and maintains this site with its knowledgeable and experienced staff and members. It provides online training, documentation, planning templates, etc. to make it easier for communities and companies to plan for their next disaster or disruption and to recover as quickly as possible their economy.