Crisis Planning Tools & Resources
Working your way through a crisis – whether it’s manmade or natural – is difficult work to say the least. To help guide you through current and future crises, including natural disasters, we’ve put together a wealth of resources for you.
The state has put together a meta site of resources, links and official updates for use by businesses and workers related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
An industry-specific list of Safe Start guidelines businesses can use to reopen their business safely and in compliance with state phased orders.
Free Internet is available at hotspots statewide to serve residents who don’t have broadband in their homes and broadband wifi to search for jobs, telework, file unemployment, do homework, complete the census or access telehealth appointments. Be sure to use good social distancing and hygiene practices at these mobile sites.
Governor Inslee created a $10 million Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program using a portion of the state’s Strategic Reserve Fund (SRF). The program is closed for applications and grants are in the process of being distributed to successful applicants and all distributions should be made by mid-June.
In partnership with Washington State’s ethnic commissions, Commerce is contracting with community-based organizations to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate help to business owners.
A great complement to the industry-specific guidelines linked above, this planner is designed so you can visualize and plan the steps necessary to open your business once you are given the green light. All that’s missing is the “Yes, We’re Open” sign.
- COVID-19 Second Wave Planner (Part 2)
Without a vaccine, a second wave of COVID-19 may affect your business in the future. This planner walks you through what you need to do between the first and second waves to make your business more resilient going forward.
- General Business and Return to Work Inquiries
Business owners and operators who have general questions or inquiries about returning to work can use the state’s business response center to get answers. First, visit the frequently asked questions page to see if your question or concern is already addressed. If you’re unable to find an answer, please submit your question to the Business Response Center.
- Business Recovery Queries – Coming Soon!
As businesses around the state enter the recovery stage, there will undoubtedly be specific questions related to individual industries reopening, operations, safety, proper health practices, resources, etc. To answer them, Commerce is creating a new way to connect with its business experts so you can learn more about guidelines, individual industry plans and more.
- Business Assistance & Financial Resources – Each county has its own assistance programs available, including small business grants.
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties that does not have to be repaid. In the latest package, Congress appropriated an additional $10 billion for this program. This complements the traditional SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which has been in place for the entire nation, all territories and Washington, D.C. since mid-March. Approval notification is estimated at approximately three days.
Primarily for payroll expenses, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the latest package includes $310 billion for PPP, with $60 billion set aside specifically for smaller financial institutions like credit unions and community banks. The loan forgiveness portion is dependent on keeping and paying employees or rehiring employees laid off in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. To find a PPP lender, contact a Washington State SBA Office.
The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This covers all principal, interest and fees on current and new SBA 7(a) loans made through Sep. 27, 2020, for up to six months.
The SBA’s Express Bridge Loan allows small businesses that have an existing business relationship with a participating lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
These centers will help you navigate available SBA loans and provide you with no-cost business consulting.
This program protects you in case your customers overseas are slow on paying receivables or go out of business. It allows you to commit to export sales without fear of loss during the pandemic.
The USDA is are taking a number of steps to help rural communities and agricultural producers through their single-family, multi-family, business-cooperative, and utility service provider programs.
Small Business Tools
- The Small Business Playbook – How to Start a Business in Washington State
- Small Business Crisis Planner – Planning For and Navigating Through a Crisis
- Step-by-Step Business Planning Guide
- Business Resiliency Toolkit – Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC)
- Business Planning Tools & Resources – Washington State Emergency Management Division
- Workplace & Employer Resources – Washington State Department of Health
- Manufacturing Industry Resources – Impact Washington
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
- Commerce Twitter Updates
- Employment Security Department COVID-19 Updates & Response
- Twitter Feed – Employment Security Department
- Worker’s Compensation for Health Workers – Labor & Industries
- Business & Event Insurance – Washington State Insurance Commissioner
- Business Insurance Information in Additional Languages – Washington State Insurance Commissioner
- Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 Updates
- Public Health Connection Blog – Washington State Department of Health
- Twitter Feed – Washington State Department of Health
- Coronavirus Disease Information for Travel
- CDC Site for COVID-19
- Johns Hopkins Data Map – Tracks reported and active cases worldwide.
Is an information source intended to give suggestions and guidance to individuals in the preparation for an emergency or survival situation.
A survey to assess the readiness of state businesses to help local emergency preparedness planners understand local business needs and abilities to prepare for and recover from natural and man-made disasters.
Provides resources and best practice information for public and private stakeholders who are seeking to rebuild their local economies after a disaster as well as assisting the business community in preparing for a disaster. It is a one-stop shop for disaster preparedness, post-disaster economic recovery, and disaster resiliency resources, tools, event announcements as well as opportunities to connect with peers through social media groups. The following is a list of reports and guides that will assist you in your search.
Works to bring global expertise in disaster resilience, sustainability, and public-private partnerships together to help offset the growing threat of disasters around the world.
The US Food and Drug Administration provides steps you can take to preserve your food and water during storms.
DAIP's mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.
Lifting Small Business from the Ashes: Lessons Learned About Long-Term Recovery Challenges Facing Small Businesses in Southern California After the 2017 Thomas Fire - Institute for Sustainable Development
Long Term Recovery: What You Need to Know - Emergency Management
Controlling Forest Fires in Western States - Stateline
Deadly extreme weather is the new normal - The Hill
How to help small business after a flood - Route 50
North Carolina: A New Approach for Hurricane Recovery Efforts - Route 50
A new report from International City/County Management Association (ICMA) documents leadership challenges and lessons learned after natural disasters and crises such as mass shootings and police shootings. “Before, After, and During a Crisis” stresses the importance of community engagement in building resilience. Drawing from numerous case studies of city managers’ responses to crisis events, the report identifies best practices and key takeaways
Moving Forward After a Disaster, prepared by the Red Cross provides information for critical resources, helpful checklists, and phone numbers that may assist you in your recovery.
Embracing the New Economic Realities: After the Wildfires: This report identifies the recent economic assessment of the Wood Buffalo business environment in Alberta Canada. This report shines a spotlight on the state of the overall business sector within the region. It reflects the voice of multi-tiered stakeholder groups and their views of what’s working, what needs improvement and, ultimately, recommendations for ways in which businesses, industry (i.e. the Oil & Gas sector) and the community can work collaboratively towards success.
Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation is designed to help communities improve their resiliency and provides how-to guidance for communities to start their mitigation planning and disaster-recovery planning processes. The report was produced by the American Planning Association (APA) through a cooperative agreement from FEMA.
Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2017: Data to Drive Decisions (12 pages, PDF), found that although total grant dollars awarded for disasters fell 30 percent from 2014 levels, a total of 202 foundations made 740 grants for disaster-related causes, compared with 162 foundations that awarded 525 disaster-related grants in 2014. The annual study found that in terms of strategy, funding from the largest U.S. foundations in 2015 shifted slightly toward disaster risk management. The top three U.S. foundation funders of disaster relief and humanitarian aid in 2015 were the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
Direct Relief’s approach to disasters is to support the immediate needs of victims by working with local partners best situated to assess, respond, and prepare for the long-term recovery.
A New Dividing Line: The Storm Before and After, Weekly Yonder
Lessons from Harvey: Crisis Informatics for Urban Resilience, Institute for Urban Research
Beware of Scams: Protecting Yourself After the Storm The Hartford: Extra Mile
North Carolina Readies for Florence, NC Department of Public Safety
How To Build An Ultimate Go Bag For Any Emergency, Skilled Survival
Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do by Irwin Redlener, was written by one of the leading experts on disaster preparedness and offers a compelling narrative about our nation’s inability to properly plan for large-scale disasters and proposes changes that can still be made to assure the safety of its citizens.
Master Your Disaster: Your Readiness, Response and Recovery Guide by recovery expert Leann Hackman-Carty shows you how to prepare your family, business, and community for a number of devastating scenarios. Gleaned from years of experience with disaster recovery organizations, her specialized insight will help you understand the different levels of disaster preparation and recovery. Master Your Disaster gives you the confidence to act calmly and efficiently when the time comes. Your new foundation in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery will make the chaos more controllable—and survivable.
Noah's Town: Where Animals Reign by Maury Forman, a 28-year veteran in economic development, tells the story of how the descendants of Noah's Ark have integrated themselves in society and have formed a sustainable and growing community. That is until the never expected, once-in-a-lifetime storm causes havoc among residents and tourists. It is up to Maya Morton, a proud and stubborn donkey and the newly appointed economic developer, to rescue her community and guide them to recovery. This fable illustrates that there is nothing more powerful than a community working together to prepare for a disaster before it happens.
Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake, by Kathryn Miles, is a journey around the United States in search of the truth about the threat of earthquakes. This book leads to spine-tingling discoveries, unnerving experts, and ultimately the kind of preparations that will actually help guide us through disasters.
Blue Mountain Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund
Area served: Walla Walla, WA
The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations working with people who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. The fund will provide immediate, rapid-response grants to nonprofits able to serve those affected by COVID-19 in the Walla Walla Valley. Grants out of this fund will be provided in response to needs through a volunteer-driven advisory committee.
Bainbridge Community Foundation: Community Response Fund
Area served: Bainbridge Island, WA
The Foundation has a special fund established to help support the community in case of an emergency. This dedicated grantmaking fund, called the Community Response Fund, gives grants to health and human services nonprofit organizations that have a sudden and unexpected need for additional financial resources. Funding will be provided to nonprofits to help meet the urgent needs of the Bainbridge Island community in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy: CDP COVID-19 Response Fund
Area served: United States
In response to the outbreak, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has launched the CDP Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Fund to support preparedness, containment, response and recovery activities for those affected and for the responders. The CDP COVID-19 Response Fund will focus on supporting local nonprofit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those who are working with the most vulnerable populations in these areas to help build their capacity for response. These will include social service organizations focused on supporting hourly wage earners, workers in the gig economy, immigrant/New American populations, older adults, people with disabilities and other communities vulnerable to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
Community Foundation of Snohomish County: Coronavirus Response Fund
Area served: Snohomish County, WA
A cross-sector partnership of local philanthropy, government, and business have joined together to create a Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to the frontlines of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Snohomish County. The Coronavirus Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in the region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. The fund will be hosted by the Community Foundation of Snohomish County, and is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. There is no application process. Grants are administered in consultation with community partners - Snohomish County, Snohomish Health District and United Way of Snohomish County - and are based on the greatest community needs as they emerge in this rapidly changing environment.
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound: Lewis County COVID-19 Response Fund
Area served: Lewis County, WA
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and United Way of Lewis County have partnered to establish the Lewis County COVID-19 Response Fund. The COVID-19 Response fund will allow us to provide support for the people in Lewis County who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this coronavirus outbreak, and to provide flexible resources to our nonprofit partners working to mitigate impacts of the crisis.
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound: Mason County COVID-19 Response Fund
Area served: Mason County, WA
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and United Way of Mason County have partnered to establish the Mason County COVID-19 Response Fund. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. Together, UWMC and the Community Foundation will gather data to identify emerging needs, as well as gaps in existing services, and work to rapidly mobilize and deploy resources to organizations serving those who are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19 in Mason County. The COVID-19 Response fund will allow us to provide support for the people in Mason County who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak, and to provide flexible resources to our nonprofit partners working to mitigate impacts of the crisis.
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound: Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund
Area served: Thurston County, WA
In partnership, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and the United Way of Thurston County have established the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund will provide support to assist the most disproportionately impacted individuals and families, as well as organizations who are serving those populations.
Emergent Fund: People's Bailout
Area served: United States
Emergent Fund is focused on getting resources to the organizations and communities most in need of support during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The most effective way to do that is by supporting grassroots organizing. The People’s Bailout Fund will move money quickly to the organizations, collectives, and mutual aid project across the country - the ones that need bailing out the most. Emergent Fund is committed to acting swiftly and responsively with deep trust in Indigenous, Black, and people of color organizers and those closest to the harm.
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation: Pierce County Connected: COVID-19 Response Fund
Area served: Pierce County, WA
In partnership with United Way of Pierce County, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has established an emergency response fund for the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic to support urgent human service needs in Pierce County.
Innovia Foundation: COVID-19 Eastern Washington Community Response Fund
Area served: Eastern Washington
In partnership with a Regional Pandemic Community Advisory Group, Innova Foundation has established the COVID-19 Eastern Washington Community Response Fund to provide funding to organizations serving those impacted by coronavirus outbreak.The Response Fund will provide funding to organizations that have deep roots in community and strong experience serving the elderly, homeless, residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, communities of color, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare, hospitality and gig economy workers, and low-wage employees, among others. In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, the foundation is not hosting a formal application process at this time.
Orcas Island Community Foundation: Community Emergency Response Fund
Area served: Orcas Island, WA
The goal of this fund is to ensure critical supports remain available throughout the community as needs arise. Distributions from the Community Emergency Response fund will be available to support organizations serving the Orcas community who may experience an increase in demand for services and potentially a constriction of revenue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
San Juan Island Community Foundation: SJICF Emergency Response Fund for COVID-19
Area served: San Juan Island, WA
The fund addresses the emerging critical needs in the San Juan Island community during an emergency or crisis affecting San Juan Islanders (currently related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 response).
Schott Foundation for Public Education: Loving Communities Response Fund
Area served: United States
The Loving Communities Response Fund will support community-led, grassroots organizations who serve youth and families directly impacted by school closings, lost wages, food insecurity, and are facing homelessness due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funds will also support Schott partners in increasing their organizational capacities to work remotely and to continue their important advocacy efforts online.
Seattle Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund
Area served: King County, WA
Hosted by Seattle Foundation, the COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. Seattle Foundation will administer grants in partnership with United Way of King County, King County’s Pandemic Community Advisory Group, and Fund partners. Together we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final awards. In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.
Social Justice Fund Northwest: COVID-19 Crisis Fund
Area served: Idaho; Montana; Oregon; Washington; Wyoming
In response to coronavirus/COVID-19, Social Justice Fund has launched an emergency fund to support Social Justice Fund grantees working to respond to the crisis. Grants are $3,000 and can support a variety of strategies to meet community needs and support mutual aid. We understand that low-income families and individuals, service workers, business owners, API and BIPOC communities are disproportionately impacted by the crisis. Community organizing is essential at this moment to counter racism and xenophobia, as well as to provide care, share resources, and ensure the most vulnerable populations can stay safe.
Whatcom Community Foundation: The Resilience Fund
Area served: United States
The fund is a community’s bounce-back fund designed to help individuals, families, nonprofits, businesses recover from a crisis or disaster through a combination of emergency preparedness investments and response funding. The fund will start helping neighbors address the affects of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Small Business Stabilization Fund - All in Seattle
Area Served: King, Snohomish, Pierce
Created by the City of Seattle, the Small Business Stabilization Fund is an emergency fund to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program offers grants of up to $10,000 to support operating expenses of eligible businesses in the city. The program has received over 4,000 applications for the initial $2.5M available. The City is expanding this fund to help cover payroll expenses for more small businesses, particularly those in the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19. The goal is to raise $15M to support at least 1,500 more small businesses. The City of Seattle is accepting direct financial contributions to this fund
Skagit Valley Disaster Relief Fund
Area Served: Skagit County
A fund created to support and help sustain charitable organizations and agencies as they work to directly address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Skagit Valley. The fund is held and administered here at the Skagit Community Foundation and has the privilege of community support from the EDASC Foundation and the United Way of Skagit County. Distributions from the fund will focus on supporting 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations who directly support vulnerable populations and critical human needs effected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Skagit County. By banding together and dedicating our time, talents, and resources we can overcome these challenging circumstances.
COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program
Area Served: Jefferson County, Washington
Local Investment Opportunity Network has established a new loan program for Jefferson County businesses and non-profits needing funding to deal with the COVID-19 emergency. A fast track process has been established to handle the applications.
These grants are available to people whose homes are located in a federally recognized disaster area, which can include flooding. IHP grants provide swift grants to return your house or apartment to a habitable condition after a disaster. Officially, grants can reach up to $33,000, but the payouts tend to be much lower than that—These grants are primarily meant to cover expenses not covered by flood insurance However, everyone may apply, regardless of their income level or whether they have flood insurance—if you have flood insurance, you just have to pay back the grant with flood insurance funds once you receive it.
Administered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), supports public school libraries in the communities served by Dollar General. The Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 to pre-K-12 public schools whose school library programs have been affected by a natural disaster, fire, or an act of terrorism. Schools that have absorbed a significant number of displaced/evacuee students are also eligible to apply. Grants are intended to help replace or supplement books, media, or library equipment. Eligible applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office. Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit the AASL website to submit an online application.
CDBG Economic Opportunity Grants assist eligible, rural Washington State cities and counties with economic resilience and developments projects including job creation, microenterprise assistance, energy-related, and disaster recovery activities that promote vibrant communities and principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants are provided to Washington state jurisdictions and tribal governments to reduce the effects of natural hazards and mitigate vulnerability to future disaster damage. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send an email to HMA@mil.wa.gov.
When a disaster/emergency occurs, public works agencies have the responsibility to maintain service and recover in the most expedient way. This can be accomplished through preparation, collaboration and coordinating the response with other public agencies. This section contains information and instructions on procedures for the Emergency Relief program on and off the federal-aid highway system.
Washington has seen a dramatic shift in oil transportation recently, both in the types of oil and in the locations where large quantities of oil are transported. These changes affect the risks associated with oil transportation. Many communities don't have response resources for spills of oil or hazardous materials. To help solve this problem, we provide equipment and training grants to emergency responders. These grants help local communities effectively prepare for and respond to spills.
The mission of FEMA's Public Assistance Grant Program is to provide assistance to State, Tribal and local governments and certain types of Private Nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.Through the Public Assistance Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations. The Public Assistance Program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The Federal share of assistance is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration. The grantee (usually the state) determines how the non-federal share (up to 25 percent) is split with the subgrantees (eligible applicants).
The federally funded Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAGP) provides financial assistance to state, local, and federally recognized tribal governments for the mitigation, management, and control of fires on publicly or privately owned forests or grasslands.
Flood plains by Design is Ecology's primary grant program for projects that help communities live better in their floodplain. Floodplains by Design is a partnership of local, state, federal, and private organizations focused on coordinating investment in and strengthening the integrated management of floodplain areas through Washington.
US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) provides funding to Washington state for tribal, state, and local governments to sustain and enhance hazardous materials-related emergency preparedness. The funding is specifically targeted to increase the effectiveness in safely and efficiently handling hazardous materials accidents and incidents and to encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations.
The purpose of the EMPG Program is to provide federal grants to states to assist state, local, territorial, and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards. The federal government, through the EMPG Program, provides necessary direction, coordination, and guidance, and provides necessary assistance, as authorized in this title, to support a comprehensive all-hazards emergency preparedness system.
SBA disaster loans are available even without a Presidential Disaster Declaration and are a great tool to provide low-interest loans to individuals, families, businesses and organizations that suffer physical or economic loss due to a disaster or other disruption.
Disaster Recovery includes both pre-disaster recovery planning and post-disaster recovery to re-envision and restore a community. Technical assistance and information is available for local governments, special districts, and organizations.
The Resilient Children/ Resilient Communities Toolbox is a dynamic collection of resources developed and curated throughout this initiative for the benefit of those working to make our communities and our children more resilient to disasters. This collection of tools and resources should be shared widely with communities nationwide. The toolbox is organized by different kinds of people or organizations that are looking for tools to assist in their preparedness and planning efforts
Planning for Business Operations After Earthquakes prepared by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation provides suggested steps to take to help protect your people and keep your business systems running in that scenario. This will improve your chances of maintaining revenue as well as operations during the recovery.
Ready is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Ready ask individuals to do four key things: (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) build an emergency supply kit, and (4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.
Engineers Without Borders USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs. Their highly skilled volunteers work with communities to find appropriate solutions for their infrastructure needs.
Summary of Disaster Programs for Farmers, Prepared for Farm Aid by the Farmers’ Legal Action Group
Student Tools for Emergency Planning, or STEP, is a classroom-based emergency preparedness curriculum for fourth- and fifth-graders in an easy, ready-to-teach format. Students will learn about disasters, emergencies, and hazards, and how to create a disaster supply kit and family emergency communication plan.
The Ready PSA Campaign from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is designed to prepare American families for an effective response to whatever natural or man-made disaster may come next. The campaign also encourages Americans to be informed and build a kit with essential supplies that will last up to 72 hours. PSAs urge every American to visit Ready.gov and learn how to make their emergency plan today.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for individuals, including farmers, who are prevented from working because of a disaster, and is available through your state Employment Security Commission. Learn more in this FEMA Disaster Unemployment Assistance Factsheet.
Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) developed a series of videos about how to prepare for, deal with, and recover from a disaster. They are most relevant to farmers, but lessons can be applied to others as well. Watch all four videos (including an introduction to the series, “Documenting Disasters,” “Distribution of Labor during a Disaster,” and “Working with Farmers in Disaster Recovery”) here. Rafi Also provides information on Documenting Disaster Losses.
Crowd Source Rescue is a public-safety grade platform that uses next-generation technology to quickly connect both professional first-responders and vetted volunteers with response, relief, and recovery cases before, during, and immediately after a disaster.
Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency: provides strategies and tactics for community leaders to focus on for economic recovery and preserving jobs, incorporating useful information for convening private and public stakeholders to identify key economic recovery strategies, tips on how to navigate federal resources for response and recovery, and implementation of recovery initiatives. The toolkit was developed by IEDC with nationwide input and funded in part by grants from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration
The National Disaster Recovery Framework is a guide that enables effective recovery support to disaster-impacted States, Tribes, Territorial and local jurisdictions. It provides a flexible structure that enables disaster recovery managers to operate in a unified and collaborative manner. It also focuses on how best to restore, redevelop and revitalize the health, social, economic, natural and environmental fabric of the community and build a more resilient Nation.
The Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for State Governments enables states to more easily adapt to new post-disaster roles needed to manage new or modified sources of state and federal recovery resources. Using this guide to develop state capability will not only allow your state or territory to be more effective in recovery, but it will help you better communicate and interface with your federal and local recovery partners
The Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments provides tools for public engagement, whole-community recovery, identification of existing recovery resources, and identifying outside partnerships that can help local governments build resilience both pre- and post-disaster.
The Community Recovery Management Toolkit is designed to help communities manage long-term recovery. The toolkit guides you through a 3 step process of Organizing for Recovery, Planning for Recovery, and Managing recovery, while also giving you resources from other recovery support functions.
The Effective Coordination of Recovery Resources for State, Tribal, Territorial and Local Incidents outlines best practices and approaches for states, tribes, and territories to help enable a more effective recovery for local communities after an incident of any size or scale. This guide will better position recovery stakeholders to lead, coordinate and support impacted communities in a more efficient, effective and equitable manner. It is designed to be applied after an incident, either in concert with existing pre-incident recovery plans or to enhance post-incident planning efforts.
The Institute for Sustainable Development focuses on more long-term issues affecting disaster recovery, resilience, and the future. ISD continues to build on its legacy of bringing together business, academic, and other thought leaders to promote partnerships, policies, and projects that promote (a) community resilience and disaster recovery, and (b) long-term community transformation based on applied innovation and sustainable development principles.
Save The Children has been on the ground protecting America’s children in every major disaster since Hurricane Katrina. In the earliest days of disasters, they send emergency responders, deliver essential relief supplies and provide safe spaces for children to learn, play and cope. Their team is also committed to long-term recovery programs that help children return to learning and help schools, communities and children prepare for disaster.
The National Center for Disaster Preparedness works to understand and improve the nation’s capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. NCDP focuses on the readiness of governmental and non-governmental systems; the complexities of population recovery; the power of community engagement; and the risks of human vulnerability, with a particular focus on children. NCDP carries out research that helps prepare for, respond to, and recover from large-scale disasters — including hurricanes, earthquakes, nuclear accidents, pandemic flu, and terrorist attacks. NCDP’s approach combines research, policy work, education, and high-level advocacy to ensure that the best thinking — and best practices — become part of our national disaster preparedness and recovery work.
The Clara Lionel Foundation supports and funds groundbreaking education and emergency response programs around the world. They harness the power of philanthropy to help more communities prepare and withstand disasters before they hit.
The International Sustainable Resilience Center works to bring global expertise in disaster resilience, sustainability, and public-private partnerships together to help offset the growing threat of disasters around the world.
Red Cross : After the emergency phase of a response has been completed, the Red Cross helps people recover and address lingering community needs. Working together with community leaders, government and relief agencies, they organize and execute recovery strategies that include:
- Providing emergency financial assistance in the immediate aftermath of a disaster
- Distributing financial assistance for households that need extra help in the long-term
- Providing grants for community-based recovery services
The Farmer’s Legal Action Group provides information on a variety of disaster-related topics, including Disaster Readiness and Recovery: Legal Considerations for Organic Farmers.
Farm Aid connects farmers to direct services, including financial counseling, technical assistance, legal advice and more.
Economic Development Administration: Disaster Recovery Programs have a long history of successfully supporting disaster recovery and resiliency efforts. EDA's role in disaster recovery is to facilitate the timely and effective delivery of Federal economic development assistance to support long-term community economic recovery planning and project implementation, redevelopment and resiliency.
Direct Relief’s approach to disasters is to support the immediate needs of victims by working with local partners best situated to assess, respond, and prepare for the long-term recovery.