Contact: Bailey Gilchrist, 202-463-5766
WASHINGTON, D.C., AUGUST 28, 2012 —The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) today announced that its National Disaster Help Desk for Businessis activated in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac’s potential landfall this week in the southeastern United States. The Help Desk, made possible by the Office Depot Foundation, is a tool for fast and reliable information that will help small business and local chambers of commerce access the suite of relief and recovery resources available to them as they prepare for and cope with damage from the storm.
“Small businesses are particularly vulnerable in times of natural disasters,” says U.S. Chamber BCLC senior disaster manager Gerald McSwiggan. “Every business owner can take very simple steps to help avoid loss, damage, or disruption caused by the storm, and the Help Desk can help you prepare and recover.”
The U.S. Chamber BCLC encourages every company and chamber of commerce that is located in the Southeast United States to consider Tropical Storm Isaac a potentially serious threat, and to prepare accordingly.
Statistics show that one in four small businesses will experience a disruptive natural disaster and, of those, 43% won’t recover. The U.S. Chamber BCLC wants to ensure that every business and chamber of commerce is adequately prepared before, during and after disasters. Business owners, chamber leaders and individuals are encouraged to contact the Help Desk if:
- You are in the impact area and want help navigating assistance programs from FEMA, the Small Business Administration and others.
- You want information about business resilience and recovery best practices.
- You want to provide support to businesses coping with this disaster.
“Managing through a disaster is about creating networks,” continued McSwiggan. “The U.S. Chamber BCLC and our Help Desk are here to assist in all phases of preparing for and recovering from the hurricane.”
To learn more about the preparedness and recovery resources available and to reach a disaster expert, contact the Help Desk online, by emailorphone (888-MY-BIZ HELP or 888-692-4943), or on Facebookand Twitter.
About the U.S. Chamber Business Civic Leadership Center
BCLC is the U.S. Chamber’s resource and voice for businesses’ social and philanthropic interests. Its mission is to advance the positive role of business in society. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
About the National Disaster Help Desk for Business
Before, during and after disasters, the Help Deskprovides fast and reliable coordination of information among businesses, local chambers, disaster responders and donors. Since its launch in 2007, the Help Desk has assisted more than 19,000 inquiries from small business owners and supporting organizations from across the nation. The Help Desk is made possible through the Office Depot Foundation.