Hurricanes and Other Disasters: Nonprofits Must Prepare

And the good news is, there are helpful resources available to help you and your nonprofit prepare.

“Climate change is already driving more severe flooding across much of the country, especially along the East Coast and Gulf Coast where residents are experiencing the triple threat of rising seas, stronger hurricanes and heavier rain. By 2050, annual losses from floods will be approximately $40 billion, according to the new study by scientists in the U.S. and United Kingdom.”

Rebecca Hersher, NPR (January 31, 2022)

And sadly, residents in low-lying areas including communities of color are often affected the most.

Hurricanes are predicted to get stronger in the years ahead.
I live in Texas, and I have seen the devastation of hurricanes along the Gulf Coast first hand. With advance preparation, nonprofits can not only survive hurricanes and other emergencies, they can also thrive. Part of planning involves moving more operations “online.”

Back in February 2020, I shared my thoughts in, “No Time Like the Present: Disaster Planning Helps Your Nonprofit and Community.” There – in addition to disaster preparation ideas – I share information about the ever-growing importance of nonprofit organizations to society. With our heads down working hard to achieve our many missions and meet our goals, nonprofit staff often feel they do not have time to stop, learn about disaster preparation, and implement those concepts.

But not to take the time ultimately undermines nonprofit effectiveness, long term viability, and it can endanger the lives of staff, volunteers, clients and the public.

Our nonprofit leaders, including board members, should demand nonprofits set aside time to prepare. And one of the most cutting-edge programs available is provided by TechSoup.

For the past two years, I have maintained a disaster preparation menu with resources – my own and those of TechSoup – on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog. These items have been moved to the main menu. Click on the menu bar at the top of the page to access them.

You will notice my photo blog from a day-long in-person program TechSoup hosted in Houston just prior to COVID-19 lockdowns. This excellent program could be replicated once it is safe for us to meet in person again. But also, with a bit of philanthropic investment, TechSoup could probably fine-tune the program for remote presentation on video conferencing platforms. If you have questions, reach out anytime!

Check out the recording of this April 4, 2022 program hosted by TechSoup Connect, NTEN and Capital Factory, “Powering Up Disaster Management: Tech Then, Now, and Later.”

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