Disaster Recovery

Be Prepared: Understanding Disaster Recovery

Even the thought of a natural disaster can be overwhelming for home and business owners. We completely understand. Disaster recovery has so many moving parts, and depending on your specific situation, recovery can mean different things. So it’s no wonder you have those anxious feelings. However, the only way to subdue these anxieties is to learn about the risks in your area. Make a preparatory plan for your business or community to help reduce disaster losses, and make a plan for your recovery journey so in the unfortunate event of damages, you have some sense of order amongst the chaos.

This is where an experienced consultant can be so beneficial. They can help you identify what can be improved in and around municipalities and businesses to reduce damages and losses. They will also have an extensive knowledge of federal, state and local programs available to you to ensure a smoother recovery. Partnering with an experienced consultant will not only ensure you receive the support you are eligible for, it will also alleviate some of the stressors you would experience trying to tackle the disaster recovery process alone.

What is Disaster Recovery?

Disaster recovery is the process of restoring a home, business, or community following a disaster. It is important to recognize that disaster recovery is not just about restoring the building structurally, but also about restoring business operations, processes, and infrastructure. Recovery systems help to ensure that organizations are able to quickly and effectively restore their systems and data in order to minimize the impact of disasters. It can also encapsulate cost recovery from disaster impacts. COVID-19 had a devastating impact on many businesses; cost recovery was a key factor in keeping some of those businesses alive, and allowing them the opportunity to rebuild following the worst of the pandemic.

When you consider the physical recovery for a home, business or entire community, you’ll immediately think of the structural recovery of the buildings. This includes initial clean up and removal of debris, coordinating construction teams, and, for local governments, ensuring the critical functions are restored to the community. The severity of the damage may also require temporary accommodations for disaster victims. A seasoned consultant can assist you with all of this, which should be a giant relief.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, has a large variety of programs available to help individuals and entire communities in the disaster recovery process. FEMA provides preparedness program funding and hazard mitigation programs, in addition to multiple programs and grants designed for implementation after a disaster. This is where things can get really confusing and unnecessarily stressful for an individual to try and navigate, especially in the wake of a disaster. Knowing not just the programs and grants available, but the application processes involved, is a fundamental part of being a recovery consultant. They should be able to be your voice and ensure you receive the support you deserve from these programs. Utilize their knowledge and make life easier for yourself! 

Why A Recovery Plan is Important

A detailed recovery plan is an important element for all homeowners or business owners. A thorough plan can have a substantial impact on your community or organization’s long term success by enabling you to get back to normal as soon as possible having the least amount of impact on your bottom line. Having a comprehensive and reliable disaster recovery plan in place can help to ensure that your entity is able to quickly and effectively recover from any type of disaster.

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Our Work

We are so proud of the work we do in disaster recovery for individuals and entire communities. Our team of experts at Berquist Recovery Consulting goes above and beyond to ensure our clients receive what they truly deserve from the FEMA programs available to them. Our continued success for our clients is due to our extensive knowledge and experience.