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Small Businesses Can Get Advice about Disaster Preparedness and Recovery at Free Conference

PROVIDENCE, RI - From last March's floods comes a flood of advice about ways small businesses can prepare for the next flood, fire or virus (computer or H1N1).

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are sponsoring a free “How Should Small Business Create a Disaster Plan” Conference Thurs., Oct. 7, at the Radisson Airport Hotel, 2081 Post Road, Warwick.

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts will kick off the conference at 9 a.m. with advice about how their offices can help small businesses connect with government resources in the event of a disaster.

In a workshop called "What You'll Wish You Knew the Next Time Disaster Strikes, " a panel of small business owners will share the ABCs of preparing and recovering from a disaster with their peers from 9:35 to 10:35 a.m.

From 10:45-11:45 a.m., FEMA, the Red Cross, the SBA and the City Manager of the City of East Providence will outline the menu of pre- and post-disaster assistance that is available.

A coalition of chambers of commerce including the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring the conference.

To RSVP, contact michelle.sansouci@us.army.mil.

Related links

Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

Online: http://www.sos.ri.gov/

Release date: 10-06-2010

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