Building Disaster Resiliency: Advice on Disaster Planning & Recovery


When disaster strikes, the whole community is affected. Community organizations, individuals, local officials, and the private sector are all impacted and trying to recover as quickly as possible. For businesses, this isn’t just a matter of returning to normalcy, it’s a matter of profitability and in many cases, survival. 40% of businesses affected by disasters never reopen, so the stakes are high. Having an emergency plan can help businesses survive a disaster and even reopen their doors faster. Representatives from FEMA will explain what an emergency plan is, how you can develop one for your small business, and what resources are available to help. You’ll get valuable information to help increase your business’s disaster resiliency and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of FEMA staff.

Presenter:  Peter Herrick Jr. and Stephanie Pyle from FEMA
Duration: 1 Hour
Host: SCORE Association


About Stephanie

Stephanie Pyle is the Private Sector Liaison for FEMA Region III. In this capacity, Mrs. Pyle is responsible for building partnerships with Private Sector organizations. She works to incorporate stakeholders in all phases of emergency management planning, preparedness efforts, mitigation initiatives, and emergency response and recovery activities.

Mrs. Pyle came to FEMA from the Defense Intelligence Agency, where she worked on legislative and outreach activities to promote agency programs. Mrs. Pyle worked at the White House and Pentagon. She worked on several outreach campaigns and strategies with the Office of Political Affairs, and later with the State Department’s Office of White House Liaison, to strengthen relationships with stakeholders.

Mrs. Pyle has Bachelor’s degrees in Government and English from Franklin & Marshall College, and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.