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V.4.1 Disaster Planning

Action

Develop a Disaster Plan, specific for Main Street district businesses, in collaboration with public safety, public health, economic development and other municipal departments.

Why

Our Main Streets and town centers are often our economic engines, our gathering places, our access to goods and services…the lifeblood of the community. Having a plan in place for unexpected disasters can prevent or mitigate impacts to our community, including Main Street businesses. This plan will provide resiliency and allow businesses and the community to bounce back more quickly. 

How
  • Obtain samples of disaster, hazard or resiliency plans from other communities to use as a reference. 
  • Explore opportunities for technical assistance and partnership with your region’s Council of Governments’ Hazard Mitigation Plan, SustainableCT and Resilient Connecticut – CIRCA. 
  • Hold a workshop with Main Street stakeholders, emergency services, public safety, public health, economic development, and other municipal departments to discuss and draft the Disaster Plan.
  • Include topics such as mitigation, natural disaster, technology loss, pandemic, relocation options, resources and communication plan.
  • Include what financial resources would be available to help the business(es) with continuity.

Main Street Management Assessment Rubric

Scoring Standards

For example: flood, fire, cyber-attack, eviction.

4
  • The municipality has a disaster plan in place for natural disasters.
  • There is a written disaster plan in place specific for district businesses that includes relocation options/resources and communication plan.
  • The plan was developed in collaboration with public safety, public health, economic development, and other municipal departments.
  • There are financial resources are available to help the business(es) with continuity.
3
  • The municipality has a disaster plan in place for natural disasters.
  • There is a written disaster plan in place specific for district businesses that includes relocation options/resources and communication plan.
2
  • The municipality may or may not have a disaster plan in place for natural disasters.
  • Some thought has been given to disaster plan in place specific for district businesses, but nothing is in writing and/or it is not finalized.
1
  • The municipality does not have a disaster plan in place for natural disasters.
  • There is not a written disaster plan in place specific for district businesses.

Connecticut Main Street Center

P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141
860.280.2337

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