Disaster Response

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation publishes content on disaster response and related issues. Find and access current and archived items in our database. 

Disaster Help Desk
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Major cities across the country, including all state capitals, are on a heightened sense of alarm as the FBI has received information pointing towards “armed protests” between January 16 – 20, 2021. This intelligence is being taken very seriously given the recent events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. What do these threats mean for local businesses and what can you do in advance to prepare? Here are some actions your business can take to make sure you are prepared for disruptions that may take place over the coming days and beyond.

UPS Drone
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Nine months ago, with very little notice, the coronavirus pandemic threatened to upend global supply chains, testing the capabilities of shipping companies like UPS as they shouldered enormous package volume rarely seen outside of the peak holiday shopping season. Meanwhile, we prepared our network to continue supporting the urgent work of medical professionals as they combat this deadline virus.

Hurricane Laura Coordination Call - Part II

Hurricane Laura made landfall early on August 27 but the amount of devastation is still being assessed. Currently there are nearly 6,000 homes declared either heavily damaged or destroyed with estimates predicting a total of 10,000 – 15,000 homes affected. As of September 1, there are more than 360,000 residents without power and utility services—including electricity—projected to take 8-12 weeks before being fully restored.

Lebanon Coordination Call

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted a coordination call for companies and individuals that are looking to support the humanitarian relief efforts resulting from the deadly explosion in the Port of Beirut on August 4. On the call, we heard from partners who are actively responding, learned what the immediate needs are in the area, as well as the long-term outlook for recovery.

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