Firestorm Crisis Coach Series Launches!

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Collaboration and Learning from National Crisis Experts

The Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) and Firestorm Solutions, LLC (Firestorm®), announce an important new CRISIS COACH™ series of no-fee, web-based workshops focused on recovering from – and preparing for – disasters and crises.  Each fact-packed hour will feature a panel of National 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.

Sample CRISIS COACH Workshop topics covered will include:

•  From December 06, 2012 12:30 pm to December 06, 2012 1:30 pm

Money is probably the most important single resource for recovery after a disaster.  Our panel will answer questions like “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’s survival?”

•  From December 20, 2012 12:30 pm to December 20, 2012 1:30 pm

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 a mortgage)?

Coming in January:

•  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 under-served 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.  We urge you to participate.

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