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Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Providing Disaster Recovery Resources to the Economic Development Profession

Natural and man-made disasters have devastating impacts on U.S. communities. Not only are they occurring more frequently, but their aftermath also has become costlier. The impacts in terms of physical and economic damage in recent years have been staggering.

In 2012, droughts impacted 80 percent of the nation, costing an estimated $35 billion. An unprecedented Superstorm Sandy impacted much of the East Coast and Midwest in October, with preliminary damage impacts of $65 billion. The previous year also had a record number of disasters, including extreme drought, heat waves, major flooding, tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, wildfires and winter storms. According to NOAA, the 12 largest disasters in 2011 each caused more than $1 billion in damages, in addition to the loss of human life. Prior to that, hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 wreaked the most devastating impacts in the United States since 1944.

In response to the increase in disasters, IEDC has developed a program of disaster preparedness and post-disaster economic recovery directed at economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, local business and trade organizations, and other economic recovery stakeholders.

RestoreYourEconomy.org - A Disaster Recovery Web Portal

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), IEDC has developed a one-stop shop of disaster preparedness and post-disaster economic recovery resources and practical information on RestoreYourEconomy.org.

Disaster Preparedness and Economic Recovery Webinar Series

IEDC has developed this yearly webinar series since 2012, which provides practical information on key topics in disaster preparedness and economic recovery for economic development and alike professionals. Learn how your organization can be better equipped to handle a major disruption by visiting the archived webinars page to access over 30 free webinar recordings.

IEDC's Post-Disaster Economic Recovery Projects

IEDC has been active in post-disaster economic recovery efforts since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. IEDC has led and taken part in several significant initiatives to assist communities in post-disaster economic recovery and disaster preparedness efforts. Those range from assistance with flooding in the Midwest to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, hurricanes along the East Coast and Gulf and more.

Volunteer Your Economic Development Experience

If you are looking to make a contribution beyond your community by serving as a volunteer for disaster recovery, IEDC is interested in hearing from you! Learn more about opportunities to volunteer your economic development experience and to browse volunteering resources.

Statement on Gulf Recovery

IEDC's first set of responses to major disasters came soon after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast. To express deep concern for friends and colleagues along the Gulf Coast, the IEDC Board of Directors passed - by unanimous resolution - The Statement on Gulf Recovery (PDF) at their board meeting on September 28, 2005. The statement opposes the active targeting of companies in the Gulf Coast region for permanent relocation during the region's recovery process.