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Business Recovery Alliance

Written by  Mary Carrido

Overview Public sector emergency authorities, utility service providers, emergency medical teams and other first responders have well developed emergency response procedures, and they generally coordinate well with disaster relief organizations. However, the recovery of essential commerce and trade is traditionally left to chance, market forces, or ad hoc liaisons created in the chaotic aftermath of the event. Community-wide planning and action calls for the development of integration mechanisms and processes to ensure that all sectors of the economy are represented and appropriately involved. This article provides an overview of community-wide planning, response and recovery. Quick and coordinated recovery of basic commercial networks - electric and other utilities, food and water distribution, telecommunications, financial services, transportation and fuels, and broadcast media is the key to timely recovery of other businesses, the viability of neighborhoods, and the continuity of government. The mechanism missing in the vast majority of communities is an active private sector