Statistics show that one in four small businesses will experience a disruptive natural disaster and, of those, 43% won’t recover.
It can be difficult to know how to start navigating the recovery process, but the Disaster Help Desk is here to help. Made possible by the Office Depot Foundation, the Disaster Help Desk is a fast and reliable tool for small businesses and communities impacted by disasters. The mission of the Help Desk is to help businesses mitigate disaster interruption and, after disasters, to enhance community economic recovery.
Call 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP to get one-on-one support from our team of disaster preparedness and recovery efforts.
Small businesses are particularly vulnerable in times of natural disasters. The Disaster Help Desk is here for small businesses and chambers of commerce to provide preparedness and continuity advice and to guide disaster-impacted organizations through the steps of recovery and re-opening.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation 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 an impact area and want help with FEMA, SBA, and other assistance programs (or for international disasters, if you want help coordinating with U.S.-based NGOs and U.S. government aid agencies).
- You want information about recovery best practices.
- Your company wants to contribute to disaster response efforts and/or connect with chambers or businesses in an impact area to provide support.
Reach the Help Desk
The Disaster Help Desk has supported thousands of businesses prepare and recover from disasters. Since 2007, the Disaster Help Desk has provided small businesses, local chambers of commerce, and business-support organizations with simple and fast information about preparing for and surviving major disasters. The Help Desk coordinates information among businesses, local chambers of commerce, NGOs, government responders, and disaster recovery specialists.