The Move from Relief to Recovery: Business Delegation Focused on Moore, OK's Long-Term Plan


In August, BCLC supporter companies the Shell Oil Company, Western Union, IBM, and Deloitte joined me in Moore, OK for a corporate delegation trip.  The trip was sponsored by Shell and gave participants an opportunity to meet local community leaders that are working to get the community up and running again after the tornado.  After spending a few days in Moore, I can say that I was extremely impressed.

Disaster Help Desk for Business: Behind the Scenes of Preparedness and Response


Think back to one month ago. If you were on the Eastern Seaboard you were probably closely tracking Sandy’s path and wondering how it would affect you. In other parts of the country, your news outlets offered you two stories and probably not much else: “Super Storm” Sandy and the elections.

Businesses Find Creative Solutions to Sandy Victims’ Urgent Needs


Superstorm Sandy has inflicted unprecedented damage on the East Coast, leaving many Americans without housing, food or access to basic needs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross have been at the forefront of first response efforts and corporations have already pledged more than $62 million, two-thirds of it in the form of direct monetary donations to first responder organizations.

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.

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?

New Submarine Cable for Haiti Recovery and Growth


I was working 400 miles away from Haiti, the day of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that caused significant damage and loss of life more than two years ago.  As the weeks passed, I was invited to be a part of a delegation, convened and hosted by the U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), who met with leaders from the Haitian government and leading NGOs during a trip to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.  I represented Alcatel-Lucent to Haiti as part of the delegation.

How Your Business can be Better Prepared for the Unexpected


This weekend, towns throughout the Midwest and South were hit by tornadoes and damaging storms. Inevitably, many businesses throughout the region are now coping with damage to their buildings or infrastructure, and wishing they had done more in advance to prepare for the unexpected.

Helping Businesses Succeed will Help Joplin Succeed


BCLC’s recent business delegation trip to Joplin Mo. brought together business leaders, government officials and nonprofit organizations to assess the community recovery efforts post-tornado. As part of the trip, Gerald McSwiggan, the senior manager of BCLC's Disaster Assistance and Recovery Program, spoke with regional media on the role of businesses in post-disaster recovery efforts.


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