Does your business have a plan for an emergency?


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May 10, 2018

Del Mar College Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category 4 storm on the evening of August 25, 2017 over the city of Rockport, Texas. Harvey was the first major hurricane to strike the Coastal Bend since 1970 and it was ranked the 16th strongest land-falling storm in U. S. History.

With a peak wind gust of 150 miles per hour and storms surge of 12.5 feet in parts of the Coastal Bend, Harvey severely impacted the communities of Aransas Pass, Austwell, Bayside, Fulton, Port Aransas, Refugio, Rockport, Tivoli, and Woodsboro. Approximately 40,000 structures were damaged and approximately 15,000 structures were completely destroyed or unrepairable.

Please join the Del Mar College SBDC for the Emergency Preparedness: Hurricanes workshop on Thursday, May 24 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development (3200 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78411). This workshop is designed to give small businesses and other organizations the tools they need to prepare for natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. We will cover the process for disaster planning as well as the impact of hurricanes on your small business and our community. TWIA and TDI will be present to share information on hurricane coverage and lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey. The City of Corpus Christi Communications team will speak on how they communicate with the community and what we can do to make sure we are informed.

We will discuss and introduce you to resources in the coastal bend area which will enable you to create an emergency preparedness plan for your business.

During the workshop hear from various emergency preparedness experts including: Corpus Christi Emergency Management Office, Nueces County Emergency Management Office, City of Corpus Christi Communications Department, UTSA SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center Emergency Preparedness and HR Specialist, Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, Texas Department of Insurance, Corpus Christi Police Department, AEP Texas, SCORE Corpus Christi, Coastal Resiliency Network Initiatives and more!

This workshop is offered at no cost thanks to the generosity of the SBDC corporate supporters CITGO Petroleum Corporation and HEB.  SCORE Corpus Christi is providing lunch for the attendees who register at by Wednesday, May 23; Noon.

Also, we are also offering a Brown Bag: Emergency Preparedness Plan Clinic on Friday, May 25 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development (3200 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78411). This hands-on event will help small business owners with the creation of a workplace emergency preparedness plan. Utilizing an electronic template, each attendee will be able to create or revise their emergency management practices with the direction and assistance of Human Capital staff. Interactive discussion will cover resources for writing (rewriting) your company’s plan; preparing for emergencies; assessing job hazards; developing a successful training program. The goals and objectives of a workplace emergency preparedness program will be reviewed and a plan utilizing the tools for creating and maintaining a safe and compliant workplace will be prepared during the clinic.  You may register for this clinic at  Please bring your own “brown bag” lunch.