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How to Include Business in Community Resilience Planning
June 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
How businesses and local economies respond to and recover from natural disasters is arguably the least understood area in disaster management. Evidence has shown that businesses are vulnerable to the impacts of disasters; however, aggregate economies tend to be quite resilient to these shocks. By providing goods/services and jobs, businesses play an important role in the community. How should we integrate businesses in the pre-disaster community resilience planning? After a disaster, how should we help businesses recover? This presentation provides insights on these questions by reviewing literature on the business and economic impact of disasters, discussing the criticisms and justifications for providing public assistance to businesses, and providing some suggestions for integrating third-sector businesses in community disaster resilience planning.
Yu Xiao, Ph.D., AICP, is Associate Professor of Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University. As Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, she worked on community disaster resilience research projects funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), totaled over $21 million. She currently serves on the Learning From Earthquake (LFE) executive committee of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and co-chairs EERI LFE Business Resilience Subcommittee.
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