San Juan, Puerto Rico — As part of its commitment to support business continuity in those areas directly affected by the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck the southwest coast on January 7, Invest Puerto Rico integrated in its PuertoRicoSigue.org platform a Community Guide for Economic Preparation and Recovery.
This guide – created for the benefit of community leaders, chambers of commerce, business support groups and merchants – outlines the steps that must be taken to tap into of a variety of resources and foster economic recovery, strategically and collaboratively.
According to Rodrick Miller, CEO of Invest Puerto Rico, the island’s economic development organization, “We integrated this guide into our platform as a high-value resource that empowers the community to take control of its recovery through best practices and effective strategies. We support the continuous development of the business ecosystem of the southern area as well as that of the Island, and we invite the community to take advantage of this important tool.”
The Community Guide for Economic Preparation and Recovery is available at PuertoRicoSigue.org, the platform developed by Invest Puerto Rico to assist in economic recovery, and Spanish or English versions can be downloaded. The document provides local businesses and community leaders with information about developing an economic recovery strategy in their communities. In addition, it connects disaster management functions with economic principles to identify key issues and suggests disaster preparedness and recovery actions.
Miller noted that “having an economic recovery strategy maximizes response and recovery capacity after a natural disaster, so it is important that stakeholders seek the guide and other resources available on the platform to begin their process as soon as possible. Coordination among all parties is essential to stabilizing and preserving the local economy before, during and after a natural disaster.”
Among the key points highlighted in the guide are core issues such as the disaster cycle and its economy, the importance of economic continuity and resilience, and processes for preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation, and others.
For more information: PuertoRicoSigue.org