Business & Economy Georgia Impact

UGA helps coastal businesses plan for weather disasters

Flooding on Tybee Island in 2015. (Submitted photo)

No-cost webinars will help businesses maintain continuity during emergencies

The University of Georgia will offer a no-cost webinar series in August to help businesses along Georgia’s coast prepare for weather emergencies and learn ways to get back on track after a major storm.

The Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity webinar series will be offered online Aug. 24-27, 2020. Participants will learn about emergency loan programs available through the federal Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, insurance, how to plan for business continuity after a disaster, and state and federal requirements for reentry to evacuated communities.

“Having a plan in place before a natural disaster strikes can help businesses reopen sooner, which provides stability to a community,” said Allan Adams, director of the UGA Small Business Development Center, which is hosting the webinar. “The health of the state and the economy depend upon Georgia’s small businesses.”

The webinars will be presented by Zoom by the SBDC regional office in Savannah, and will include four sessions, one each day from 2-3:30 p.m. Learn more and register at

Partnering with the UGA SBDC to present the webinar series are the SBA; USDA; UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant; Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency; Georgia Office of Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner; Chatham Emergency Management Agency; Colquitt-Miller County Chamber of Commerce; and Chatham Insurance Partners.