Business PREP helps Small Businesses during future Natural Disasters

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this month a new initiative titled Business PREP, a plan to help small businesses in case of future natural disasters. After Hurricane Sandy, many businesses in low-lying areas were left destroyed, taking many months, or a year to rebuild. The program has now invested $7.5 million to provide resources, assessments and micro-grants to establishments in preparation for the next big storm.

According to the New York City Business Solutions website, workshops were held earlier this months in the Rockaways and Coney Island, areas most hit by Sandy, to explain the new initiative and how businesses can benefit from these services. Later in the month and into December, workshops will be held in Red Hook, Staten Island, and Lower Manhattan.

Crain’s New York Business this week showcased a restaurant by the South Street Seaport that was affected by Sandy, and how the preparation plan will help recovery in case of another storm. I thought this was a great example of how the city is really making an effort to be more resilient to these types of disasters. Though I hope that New York City doesn’t face this type of situation any time in the near future, it is good to know that we will be more prepared with a well-organized effort by de Blasio.

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