Hurricane Irene, August 2011

Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina on August 27 at a Category 1 hurricane. The Hurricane caused widespread power outages in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with an estimated 4 million homes and businesses experiencing loss of power. Widespread flooding occurred in parts of the North Carolina Outer Banks, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. The hurricane was blamed for at least 40 deaths in the United States. Impact on the business community was mostly from lost revenue due to closures and power outages, travel and tourism disruptions, and in some cases, flooding damage.

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Gerald McSwiggan discusses impact of Hurricane Irene on businesses (Aug 29, 2011)

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The U.S. Chamber BCLC offers access to several tools that will help businesses of all sizes prepare for Hurricane Irene – and other disaster threats this hurricane season and in the future. 

National Disaster Help Desk for Business, made possible by the Office Depot Foundation: Before, during, and after disasters, the Help Desk provides fast and reliable coordination of information among businesses, local chambers, disaster responders, and donors. Advice about preparedness and post-disaster recovery resources is available. 

Disaster Resistant Business Toolkit: A simple software tool created by a nonprofit working group of business continuity, emergency management, planning, and training experts from the public and private sectors to assist small to midsize businesses and nonprofits with building their disaster plans 

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To learn more about the preparedness resources available and to reach a disaster expert, contact the National Disaster Help Desk for Business online, by email, by phone (888-MY-BIZ HELP or 888- 692-4943), or on Facebook and Twitter.