Business Community Disaster Toolkit

“We are not preparing for the world we live in - we are preparing for the world we find ourselves in.” 

- Michael Mabee, Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community: Building a Civil Defense Plan for a Long-Term Catastrophe

Businesses play a critical role in disaster response and recovery. Not only are our business communities responsible for much of the country’s critical infrastructure such as electricity, water, fuel, and communications; but they also provide daily necessities such as food and clothing. In the wake of a disaster, these resources and capabilities available in the private sector will be critical in community recovery.

This means that preparing these businesses for disasters is key in ensuring that they will be able to participate in response and recovery. To achieve this, the California Resiliency Alliance (CRA) supported San Mateo area Chambers of Commerce in creating the Coastside Emergency Action Plan (CEAP).

To achieve its goal, CEAP both prepares businesses and acts as a bridge between those businesses and the local Emergency Operations Center (EOC). CEAP has created a toolkit full of materials outlining how a business might best prepare itself for a disaster with lists of supplies and equipment most likely to be needed. In addition, they have created a master resource list. This list compiles available resources from local businesses into one document. It is then utilized by CEAP member to facilitate them acting as a resource center and supply coordinator for the city’s EOC.

THE CRA and the San Mateo Chambers of Commerce are now expanding the reach of the toolkit from the Coastside to the rest of San Mateo County. As business communities can differ greatly, the expansion process will involve customizing the toolkit and resource database procedures to each of the different chambers.

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How You Can Help:

As part of its ongoing mission, the CRA is committed to supporting and growing these strategic and operational partnerships to benefit disaster recovery. You can help us with these important initiatives in a number of ways:

  • Start or join a Private Sector Advisory Committee in your jurisdiction – Ask us how!
  • Volunteer to become a Private Sector BOC Representative in the jurisdictions where you work and live
  • Spread the word to your friends, colleagues, co-workers, and at your place of business
  • Support the CRA! As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, donations are tax deductible and beneficial to your community’s effective recovery from disasters.

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