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Tropical Storms: The Aftermath

Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee are estimated to have caused more than $10 billion in damages. As VOAD groups stepped up response efforts, ALAN partners pitched in to help, and many of you offered support. If your business was impacted, check out the information below on available assistance. To see how businesses can get involved in future emergency response activities, read how the U.S. Chamber is enabling collaboration between business and the VOAD community and what FEMA is doing to engage the private sector.

Tropical Storm Support

The VOAD community and emergency management agencies look to ALAN to help fill their logistics/supply chain gaps. Thanks to all who offered support for Hurricane Irene response – from office space to material handling equipment to transportation to logistics expertise. Your contributions made a significant impact. Visit ALAN at Work for a complete list.

Voluntary agencies continue to support communities impacted by disaster through long-term recovery activities such as clean-up and rebuilding. Many items are needed to support these efforts — including pressurized sprayers, protective suits, masks, gloves, and generators. See the full list of open requests. To donate, please contact ALAN director of operations Kathy Fulton.

Support for Businesses Impacted by Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Businesses in many areas impacted by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee may be eligible to apply for disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA website lists eligibility information and resources to help your business prepare for and recover from disasters.

How Your Business Can Participate in Disaster Response

The recently released National Preparedness Goal calls for an "all-of-Nation" approach to disaster reponse. For more on what business and industry need to know about the goal, read the Business Civic Leadership Center's blog. Also, check out their upcoming disaster forum entitled "Effective Partnerships with Nonprofits," which will feature conversations between businesses and non-profits about issues and priorities when engaging in effective disaster response and recovery.

One of the Many Faces of ALAN

Dan StonekingAs director of FEMA's Private Sector Office, Dan Stoneking's role is to "connect the dots" between U.S. businesses and FEMA. Stoneking believes that meaningful, measurable, and visible activities are the best way to enhance national preparedness and resiliency.

Over the past year, these very visible Private Sector Office activities have included establishing a 90-day rotation for a private sector representative in the National Response Coordination Center, hiring dedicated private sector liaisons in each FEMA region, and kicking off the development of a National Business Emergency Operations Center. Stoneking acknowledges there is still work to do to integrate businesses into the continuum of emergency work but believes that, through collaboration and teamwork, the nation can achieve the state of readiness described in the first National Preparedness Goal.