The Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) is providing a FREE Online Toolkit for communities to prepare and if necessary, work to restore economic and business activities following a natural or manmade disaster. Utilizing best practices from communities and regions, who have by necessity engaged in disaster recovery, SEDA has provided a step by step framework for local leaders to develop economic preparedness and recovery strategies for their communities.
The three part perpetual toolkit – PREPARE, RESPOND and RECOVER – is available to the public at www.saskeconomicrecovery.com It connects disaster management functions with economic development principles to identify key issues and action planning. The toolkit complements the Province of Saskatchewan’s recommended emergency planning guidelines and includes resources and contacts specific to the province.
“We began development of this resource following discussions with the Province of Saskatchewan in 2015” states SEDA Executive Director Verona Thibault. “Jurisdictions are now recognizing the significant economic impacts of disasters, and a greater degree of support is necessary for preparedness and recovery targeted specifically to business and industry”.
Disasters not only damage property, but also entire markets for goods and services. Returning a community to self-sufficiency and vitality depends upon quickly adapting to changed market conditions, reopening businesses and/or establishing new businesses. Economic recovery is a critical and integral part of disaster response and recovery operations.