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Crisis Coach Webinar Series

The short-term recovery effort from Super-Storm Sandy is in full swing. However, for those affected by the storm, the toughest part of their efforts to come back – their long-term recovery and viability – still lies ahead. Unfortunately, there are no tried and true recipes for recovery that communities, businesses or individuals and families can follow.

The Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) and Firestorm Solutions, LLC (Firestorm®), have launched an important new CRISIS COACH™ series of cloud-based workshops focused on recovering from – and preparing for – disasters and crises. Each fact-packed hour will feature a panel of experts digging into subjects you need to know more about. They will offer practical tips and point to resources you, your business, and your community can use to prepare for or recover from disaster. These workshops are offered at no cost to communities, businesses and other organizations interested in better preparation and faster recovery.

The first in the series, conducted on December 6, was a resounding success. The comments and follow-up questions we have received have been outstanding and thought provoking. This first workshop tackled the topic of recovery funding and included experts from the Small Business Administration and from Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. The workshop participants received practical answers to the questions: “Where will I get the money to rebuild my home?” “What government assistance is available to rebuild my community?” and “Who can help me ensure my business’ survival?”

On December 20, 2012 we will take on the issue of ensuring adequate housing. Communities and businesses won’t survive if there isn’t adequate housing. In this area, our panel will answer questions like “How can I be sure that my home will do better in the next major storm?” and “I’m a builder. Are there parts of the housing market I should target (for example, many older homeowners won’t rebuild because they don’t want a mortgage)?

Future workshops will include topics such as:

• Getting our businesses back to work. Business is the lifeblood of any community. Businesses can’t completely recover unless their workforce and their communities come back as well. Here, our panel will answer questions like “My employees had to evacuate. How do I know if they’ll come back?” and “What can I do so I’m not so badly impacted by the next storm or disaster?”

• Returning community life back to normal. After a disaster, the one thing people want more than anything else is to get back some semblance of normalcy. Our panel will answer questions like “How can we help our neighborhood recover more rapidly?” and “How do we develop a community recovery plan that actually makes us stronger than before?” and “Our community relies on non-profits to provide a large portion of our social services. How can they be better prepared so that they can serve our underserved again?”

• Managing the debris from storms. Debris management is typically the largest cost element after a disaster. Our panel will answer questions like “How does my community obtain Stafford Act funding for debris? What kinds of records will we need? How long will we have to keep them?” and “What kind of programs should I set up so that I’m better able to handle debris after the next storm?”

In a very real sense, “Change Happens.” All of us can expect to be affected – either directly or indirectly – by a disaster or crisis. This important new series of workshops will empower all of us prepare better and recover faster in more vital communities. Watch for announcements on our Facebook and Web Pages and directly to you by e-mail. We urge you to participate.