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Disaster Preparedness/Recovery Program Set For Norwalk

Norwalk businesses and nonprofits can learn to prepare for disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy, at a workshop Thursday.
Norwalk businesses and nonprofits can learn to prepare for disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy, at a workshop Thursday. Photo Credit: File Photo

NORWALK, CONN. -- Norwalk and two pro-business groups will offer a workshop Thursday to help companies prepare for a potential natural disaster.

The City of Norwalk, in partnership with SCORE and the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, is offering the free workshop for businesses of all sizes. The aim is to help businesses learn how to protect their staff and facilities, as well as how to respond and recover after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.

The workshop also will provide information on assistance that is available to help businesses after a disaster.

“Our city depends heavily on the readiness of the business community to shoulder the brunt of a storm and get back into operation quickly," said Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia in a statement. "In such situations, business citizens become partners with the government in restoring normal life for all residents. I hope our business leaders take advantage of this important opportunity to learn the best practices to confront and recover from the impact of storms.”

Brian Baxendale, of SCORE, emphasized the need for this seminar: "Every business needs to serve its customers and clients, its employees and itself during times of individual or regional crisis," he said in a statement.

"We felt together with the City of Norwalk and the chamber that this workshop was a must to provide for the business community.”

Edward Musante, president of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, said the event will be a good way for his members to learn “get-ready strategies" necessary before a storm hits.

The workshop is free to all businesses and community nonprofit agencies, but preregistration is requested.

The event will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday in the community room at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave. Light refreshments will be provided.

To register, call SCORE at 203-831-0065 or visit its website .

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