An E-Trade for Disasters


In eighth grade I had to pick an independent study project. It was the '80s, the dawn of the Reagan Revolution, and it was cool to emulate Family Ties' Alex P. Keaton (ok, maybe not cool, but cool enough for me), so I picked investing. This was before online brokers, before E-Trade, even before the Internet, so my dad took me down to the local Sears. That's right. Sears.

How UPS Became a Disaster Response and Recovery Leader Through Their Business Expertise


There is an increasing focus on the issue of long-term recovery following disasters and urgent humanitarian crises. This is a good thing. The lessons of Katrina and other major disasters inform us that much work still needs to be done to coordinate effective strategies to help communities recover and thrive after a major humanitarian crisis.

Does Business Preparedness Really Matter?


Common belief holds that every $1 spent on disaster preparedness saves $4 when a disaster happens. But is preparedness worth the initial $1 investment?

To many of the world’s best-known companies, it is. Preparedness benefits the whole company – especially employees and customers – and the communities where you’re located. Here are five prime examples from BCLC’s recent report on “The Role of Business in Disaster Response":

Public-Private Collaboration: Six Years After Hurricane Katrina


By Mark Cooper, Senior Director of Global Emergency Management, Walmart Stores, Inc.

Hurricane Katrina changed everything in emergency management, especially the role of the private sector in disaster response. Walmart was singled out at the time for its leadership in helping communities respond. It’s a perspective I personally observed as a first responder to the disaster. Now, as head of the company’s emergency management department, that perspective helps shape our public-private collaboration at the state and federal levels every day.

The Zombies Are Coming: Are You Prepared for a Business Disaster?


[Editor's note: this post originally appeared on Free Enterprise]

By: Hilary Halpern

They’re creeping down our streets. They’re dominating the news. They’re the talk at water coolers across the country. No doubt about it -- the zombies are everywhere.

A Strategic Approach to Response and Recovery


By Frazier Wilson, Vice President Shell Oil Company Foundation, and Manager, Social Investment Shell Oil Company

Natural Disaster Financial Management: It’s All About Pre-crisis Preparation


By Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citi

Corporate Expertise in Disasters


Over the past decade, the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) has issued a series of reports on the role of businesses in disaster response, primarily focusing on the philanthropic and social contributions that businesses make throughout the various stages of the disaster response process. This report looks at a different issue—what are businesses doing as innovators and developers of products and services to make communities more disaster resilient?

Public Private Partnerships in the Philippines



Last week I wrote a blog about called “Plans are Worthless, Planning is Everything,” which was a summary of day 1 of my trip to the Philippines.  This blog is about the second day of my Philippines trip: a day devoted to building public-private partnerships in the country.  FedEx graciously sponsored our work in the Philippines and made the convening possible.

A flood of issues from one disaster


I was reading an article by Barry Saunders posted on the News Observer newspaper’s website entitled, “Pamlico County still recovering from floods.” It’s about difficulties with disaster recovery in Pamlico County, NC.  Directly or indirectly, it brought up a number of other issues surrounding disaster recovery.


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