Leaders promote, foster preparedness for Myrtle Beach community

Leaders promote, foster preparedness for Myrtle Beach community

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Imagine a hurricane or other natural disaster, like Sandy or Katrina, storming along the Grand Strand. Homes, buildings and businesses completely wrecked, destroyed. The community and businesses need to immediately start the process of rebuilding.

The second annual Business Disaster Recovery Symposium held by the city of Myrtle Beach will help educate the community about long-term disaster recovery. The event is being held Friday. More than 100 state and area business leaders and owners are expected to attend.

"Plan for the worst, hope for the best," says Diane Moskow-McKenzie with the City of Myrtle Beach Planning Department. Moskow-McKenzie is helping plan and host the forum. She says the owners and managers will be learning how to put specific plans in place to allow their businesses to keep operating as if nothing was wrong.

Owners of businesses that suffered losses during Super Storm Sandy, the New Jersey Boardwalk fire, and this week's snow storm on the East Coast are going to be the guest speakers at the forum. The guest speakers will be sharing information about how their advance planning helped get their local economy back on track during a disaster. One of the speakers is specifically going to talk about stress management for the employer and employees.

"Any type of disaster that's occurring, people go into panic mode," says Moskow-McKenzie. "And the adrenaline starts flowing and they want to make sure you have a plan in place so people aren't just running here and there trying to figure out what do I do next, what do I do next? If you have a plan in place, everything hopefully will go smoothly for you."

There is a lot of diversity in the businesses that are registered for the event, such as banks, hotels, restaurants, and mom and pop shops. The symposium starts at 8:00 a.m. Friday and costs $30 at the door. That covers the entire day of speakers, lunch, and vendors. There will be 15 vendors available to help with anything from water and fire damage clean-up to business interruption insurance.

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