Disaster Resilient Business Council

(Formerly Disaster Resistant Business Council)
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Tulsa Partners Executive Director Tim Lovell, DRBC Chair David Hall, and Gerald McSwiggan from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Tulsa Partners Executive Director Tim Lovell, DRBC Chair David Hall, and Gerald McSwiggan from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Tulsa Partners’ Disaster Resistant Business Council (DRBC) is a public/private partnership designed to educate businesses and nonprofits about the need for emergency and continuity planning, to offer networking opportunities for those interested in business emergency and continuity planning, and to assist in promoting the critical role of businesses and nonprofits in a community’s disaster resiliency. Hosted by Tulsa Partners and chaired by David Hall with State Farm Insurance, representatives serving on the Council this past year include the Bank of Oklahoma, CK Consulting LLC, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, Meshek and Associates, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, the Resilience Institute, SERVPRO of South Tulsa and Edmond, Titan Data Services, TRC Disaster Solutions, the Tulsa City County Health Department, and the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

The DRBC helps small businesses plan to survive fire, flood, wind, power loss, or other troubles that can sink even the most determined entrepreneurs.
We want to help businesses and nonprofit social service agencies strengthen their protection and planning before disaster strikes, whether in the form of natural disasters or even everyday emergencies such as a power failure.

When disasters strike, small businesses are uniquely vulnerable. Some small businesses closed down by disasters never reopen. Small business preservation is central to Tulsa Partners’ strategy for growing the local economy. As in most communities, small business is Tulsa’s backbone, accounting for 80 percent of all local businesses. Big businesses need to mentor small businesses to help them plan now to survive the worst. That’s what we’re trying to do with workshops, conferences, public education programs, one-on-one mentoring, speeches, and other outreach activities.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

2014 A Day Without Business Symposium panel: Deidre Ebrey -Director of Economic Development & Marketing (Moore, OK); Liz Hanson- Economic Vitality Coordinator at City of Boulder (Boulder, CO); Chuck Banks – Senior Manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Joplin, MO); Lexie Andrews – Project Manager-Center for Business Preparedness, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute

2014 A Day Without Business Symposium panel: Deidre Ebrey -Director of Economic Development & Marketing (Moore, OK); Liz Hanson- Economic Vitality Coordinator at City of Boulder (Boulder, CO); Chuck Banks – Senior Manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Joplin, MO); Lexie Andrews – Project Manager-Center for Business Preparedness, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute

A Day Without Business Symposium
These symposiums are held every couple of years, with content often organized around recent large scale disaster events. This symposium provides a general overview of business preparedness in the face of disaster, and usually has presenters who can speak from first hand experience about impact of disaster upon businesses.

Write Your Plan / Test Your Plan Workshops
New PictureBuilding on past Tulsa Partners workshops such as the Spring 2014 A DAY WITHOUT BUSINESS Workshop or the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) Open for Business ® classes, these high value four hour workshops will first walk you through how to write your emergency and business continuity plan. A second four hour workshop will then show you how to test your emergency and business continuity plans. We are excited to have as a tool for this training a new Open for Business-EZ app, made possible by EMC Insurance Companies in partnership with IBHS. Tailored to the needs of small businesses and nonprofits, experts from the fields of continuity planning, information technology, insurance, finance, and disaster recovery will be available to assist you as you go through this hands-on workshop.

For more information about the Open for Business-EZ app, visit http://disastersafety.org/ibhs-business-protection/ofb-ez-business-continuity/

Presentations
Members of the DRBC are available for presentations through our Community Resilience Speakers Bureau. In a single week in October 2015, for example, DRBC Chair David Hall presented at both the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Conference in Washington D.C. and the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Small Business Summit. Please go to the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau page for more information.

Selected Media Coverage

~May 2015 Tulsa World Article: Have a plan for disaster…

~The Examiner December 2014: Tulsa selected to join Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (references DRBC)

~October 2013 Oklahoma Magazine Article

Additional Information
For more information about business continuity and emergency planning resources, visit the following links:

~Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety: For a variety of resources to protect your business from commercial loss. https://disastersafety.org/ibhs-business-protection/

~Business continuity planning process: http://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/continuity

~Emergency Preparedness Resources from FEMA: Includes a wealth of information including why it’s important to have a plan, how to develop a business emergency plan, emergency supplies to have, and costs to you: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/resources-documents/collections/357

~The American Red Cross Ready Rating program: As noted in their website, this program “provides a framework designed to: 1) Help businesses, organizations, and schools become prepared for emergencies; 2) Help increase the level of preparedness among individuals and families; and 3) Encourage businesses, schools and organizations to help their local communities prepare for emergencies.” http://www.readyrating.org/

~Commercial Coverage for Flood Insurance: From 2010 to 2014, the average commercial flood claim amounted to nearly $89,000. Flood insurance is the best way to protect yourself from devastating financial loss. Take the first step in researching flood insurance by determining your flood risk. To learn more about your risk of flooding and how to be prepared, call the City of Tulsa Customer Care Center at (918) 596-2100, or visit: www.floodsmart.gov or https://www.cityoftulsa.org/city-services/flood-control.aspx . For information on flood insurance for your business, visit the Commercial Coverage section of the floodsmart.gov website

HISTORY

2006 Disaster Resistant Business Council

2006 Disaster Resistant Business Council

Begun after Hurricane Katrina, the DRBC uses a keystone strategy of outreach through Chambers of Commerce and nonprofit associations like the Tulsa Area United Way to provide outreach to the larger community, and works with state and national organizations like to reach this objective. In a survey conducted by the Tulsa Metro Chamber as reported at the time by local media, early estimates found the effect to business lost in the city to be around $75 million. The survey found that 80% of companies closed or ceased operations due to the storms. And of those companies surveyed almost half, 45%, saw a decrease in customer base as a result.

One of the best examples of the collaborative use of standards was our work with the Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW). After receiving continuity planning assistance from the DRBC, the TAUW required their member agencies to develop business continuity plans of their own. In February 2011, Tulsa experienced two back to back blizzards (the second and third in Tulsa County’s history). After the blizzards, the TAUW did a survey and reported that, “57 of the 61 agencies had a completed Board approved Business Continuity plan. 51 followed the plan step by step and of those 19 said they would add more detail to the plan having tried it out. 32 said their plan worked well and they were highly satisfied.”

If you have additional questions about the DRBC, call Tulsa Partners at 918-632-0044 or email at tulsapartners@gmail.com.

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