Steps to JumpStart Business Recovery in Your Community

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Speakers: Ralph Schulz, CEO-President, Nashville Chamber of Commerce
 Wendy Freitag, External Affairs Manager, WA Emergency Management Division
 Jim Valley, Executive Director, Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce
This session will present two case studies of business communities hard hit by flooding events
(one in state/one out of state). Participants will early on in the session see the similarities that
exist as two distinctly different business communities struggle to regain their economic viability
post disaster. With the number of disasters nationwide qualifying as presidential disasters
continues to increase averaging almost 56 a year during the past decade, the time has come for
the emergency management community to devote more time to understanding and developing
effective business/economic recovery programs. This interactive panel session will provide
access to an array of practitioners that have experienced the challenge of designing and setting
up on the fly business recovery programs. This session will provide an opportunity to learn
firsthand what works and where we need to put our energies to be ready for events in our own
Pacific Northwest region in the future.

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Steps to JumpStart Business Recovery in Your Community

  1. 1. Partners in Preparedness ConferencePartners in Preparedness Conference Ralph SchulzRalph Schulz President and CEO Nashville Area Chamber of CommerceNashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  2. 2. Guiding principle:Guiding principle: Personal and job  recovery must go  hand‐in‐hand.hand in hand.
  3. 3. First Lesson:First Lesson:  Timely and  accurate warning  could have savedcould have saved  hundreds of  ll fmillions of  dollars.
  4. 4. Second Lesson:Second Lesson:  Business recovery  resources are  limited.limited.  Government  t d tsupport needs to  be easier, faster  and built to help,  not frustratenot frustrate.
  5. 5. Third Lesson:  Mechanisms  should be put inshould be put in  place to mitigate  h ff fthe effects of  future disasters.
  6. 6. July 22, 2010 – U.S.  Senate Energy andSenate Energy and  Water Appropriations  Subcommittee held aSubcommittee held a  hearing to examine  how federal agencieshow federal agencies  responded to the  floodflood. 
  7. 7. Partners in Preparedness ConferencePartners in Preparedness Conference Ralph SchulzRalph Schulz President and CEO Nashville Area Chamber of CommerceNashville Area Chamber of Commerce

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