Disaster Recovery for Businesses

Business Recovery Directory







New Business Recovery Directory will help harden local businesses against disaster 
Free information directory will help match emergency managers with local business resources in the event of local emergency 
Manatee County Government has launched a new online tool that could help local businesses leverage resources and pull through a catastrophe.  
Manatee County business owners may now sign up for the Business Recovery Directory, a free emergency information exchange network. Manatee County Economic Development Program Manager Karen Stewart said the information businesses provide will help emergency managers in the event of an emergency.
“We encourage all businesses large and small to log in and list information in the Business Recovery Directory,” Stewart says. “If there’s ever a natural disaster, this information will be vital to emergency managers to quickly prop up the business community and keep our workforce employed.”  
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) more than 40 percent of businesses do not reopen following a disaster. With this is mind, Manatee’s Emergency Service Function (ESF) 18: Business Recovery was tasked with decreasing the odds. The Business Recovery Directory is one tool to do this. 
By signing up for the Business Recovery Directory, businesses can have their products or services considered for purchase during recovery operations, thus keeping federal recovery dollars local.  
“Disasters can hit an economy hard. The U.S. Small Business Administration statistics suggest that more than 90 percent of businesses fail within two years following the impact of a disaster,” said Don Hermey, Emergency Management Chief. “The Business Recovery Directory in Manatee County has been designed to partner Manatee County businesses with the recovery effort.” 
The directory will be used for all local disasters – not just hurricanes. To sign up, go to the Business Recovery Directory page. For more information, contact Karen Stewart by e-mail karen.stewart@mymanatee.org or call (941) 749-3029. 


Every Business Should Have a Plan

Emergency Plan
Emergency Plan


The Manatee County Emergency Management Division has produced this comprehensive guide "every business should have a plan".


Being prepared for unforeseen events will make business recovery more efficient and minimize down time. Click here for a list of local, state and federal disaster planning resources specifically tailored to business.








Emergency Management and Employees

Employees' Families
Employees' Families


The business recovery plan also entails educating employers and their families to plan and prepare for natural and man-made incidents. The County has produced these resources to help residents and business to plan or recover quickly in such situations.









Ongoing Training for Business




The Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) advises of events and training opportunities throughout the state. The Training and Events Schedule is frequently updated so it is recommended that you check the site weekly.




The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers on-line and other courses in disaster preparedness and recovery. FEMA's Institute for Emergency Management (EMI) offers free training in disaster preparedness and recovery. See the following links for more detail.



FEMA Independent Study Program


The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers the FEMA Independent Study Program. These are self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and for the general public.


View the completing listing; all courses are free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. 


FEMA’s Independent Study Program offers courses that support the nine mission areas identified by the National Preparedness Goal.


  • Incident Management
  • Operational Planning
  • Disaster Logistics
  • Emergency Communications
  • Service to Disaster Victims
  • Continuity Programs
  • Public Disaster Communications
  • Integrated Preparedness
  • Hazard Mitigation