Sadly, no community is immune to natural or man made disasters.
Emergency Planning must include preparing for the potential impacts of disruption on the local and regional economy.
Without an economic recovery strategy, a disaster incident has the potential to cause a micro-recession which could negatively effect your community for years. Preparing for disruptions and planning for recovery can make a significant difference in offsetting detrimental side effects of an already unfortunate situation.
Local economic development is, by its very nature, charged with facilitating and mobilizing various stakeholders, and reconciling goals and values amongst the various players. The economic development team can serve as a vital bridge between the business community and broader economic supports (education; health; physical infrastructure) in the communities they serve.
Saskatchewan Economic Preparedness and Recovery Toolkit
Utilizing best practices from the many forerunners, who have by necessity, engaged in disaster recovery, SEDA has provided a planning framework for local business and community leaders to develop economic preparedness and recovery strategies for their own community.
Our three part TOOLKIT connects disaster management functions with economic principles to identify key issues and suggested action planning. Wherever possible, resources and contacts specific to Saskatchewan has been included. This information will be updated as changes in our provincial emergency management and economic environment occur.
TOOLKIT I PREPARE
Advance planning will enable the community to respond to an incident quickly and effectively, minimizing long term economic impacts.
Toolkit I Components:
- A Guidebook to use in conjunction with the Government of Saskatchewan accepted nine step emergency planning guidelines. PDF
- Economic Resilience Checklist to further proactive planning and discussion in your community. PDF
- A Business Resilience Workbook for use by individual businesses. Word PDF
TOOLKIT II RESPOND
Response focusses on addressing the immediate short-term effects of a catastrophic event. The timing and duration of response efforts will be unique to each situation. There is generally an overlap between response and recovery phases.
Toolkit II Components
- A Response Guidebook PDF to use in conjunction with the Government of Saskatchewan accepted nine step emergency planning guidelines. The workbook focusses on:
- Setting up an Economic Recovery Task Force
- Establish a Business Recovery Centre (BRC)
- Communication strategies to launch in the Response Phase
- A Business Recovery Workbook for use by individual businesses. Word PDF
- Key Contacts List
- The following resources can be used to assist impacted residents and businesses. Contact information for agencies is also located in the above Key Contacts List.
Government of Saskatchewan Human Resource Guide for Small Businesses provides step by step guidance and templates.
Post jobs SaskJobs.ca
For Employees & Job Seekers
SERVICE CANADA Central Site provides online help in associated areas
Refer to key Contacts List for Disaster Cleanup Companies
TOOLKIT III RECOVER
The Recovery Phase refers to the long term restoration of economic functions in the community such as government, industry and individual/households It typically involves the development, coordination and implementation of operations, services, infrastructure, facilities and programs. Recovery can be measured in weeks or months. Long-term recovery is measured in the years following an incident.
Toolkit III Component
A Recovery Guidebook PDF to use in conjunction with the Government of Saskatchewan accepted nine step emergency planning guidelines. This component focuses on five core steps to long term recovery.
SEDA wishes to acknowledge the following organizations that have led the way in championing economic preparedness and recovery.
Readers are encouraged to visit www.restoreyoureconomy.org for an extensive online library of case studies and documented economic recovery efforts from other jurisdictions.