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Keeping the Lights On: Business Resiliency for Navigating Shocks or Natural Disasters

President Eisenhower's advice still rings true today, although it sounds paradoxical: "Plans are worthless, but planning is everything." He explained, "There is a very great distinction because when you are planning for an emergency you must start with this one thing: the very definition of “emergency” is that it is unexpected, therefore it is not going to happen the way you are planning."

Developing resilient communities against all hazards requires leadership from government and business. Preparing the workforce, building safe facilities, investing in supplier relationships, and connecting to the community are all key pillars of true business community resilience—from the boardroom to the storefront (, US DHS).

To support businesses in setting up systems for maintaining business continuity in the face of natural or economic shocks, the PWSEDD is offering a webinar series in fall, 2022 to Prince William Sound businesses.

Register for one or all three sessions in the Business Resiliency webinar series:

Session I: November 15, 10 a.m., Developing an Emergency Plan for Business Continuity, Kevin Wynne, Small Business Administration

We'll talk about identifying risks, strategies for mitigating impacts, and disaster resources available for financial assistance.

Session II: November 30, 11 a.m., Financial Preparedness, and Creating an Emergency Fund, Ian Grant, AK Small Business Development Center

This session will focus on financial preparedness by managing a spreadsheet tool from AK SBDC. We'll also talk about setting up an emergency fund as a business buffer to help with cash flow.

Session III, December 6 (date may change, but will be same week), 3 p.m., Adaptation Planning 101 for Fisheries Businesses with NOAA Social Scientist Marysia Szymkowiak.

Fisheries businesses are being affected by climate change, but it's hard to know where to start to respond, or how to sort through all the resources available. We'll start the conversation in this webinar about what "adaptation" and "climate resilience" might mean for fishing businesses and what resources there are to help.

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