When an emergency strikes, and you aren't sure where to turn, this resource page is designed to help businesses answer basic questions by connecting them with local, regional, and federal resources pertaining to disasters. The resources provided on this page are designed to help businesses with natural or manmade issues including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, toxic gas, explosions, civil disturbances, active shooter, and workplace violence.


Checklist and Plan

The following crisis plan and checklist template have been compiled to capture the critical information you will need in a crisis. Don’t be daunted by its length; it provides a clear and concise step-by-step format to work through:


The Austin Chamber strives to connect members to free online disaster-related resources that allow businesses impacted by emergency situations to find the help or answers they need during a catastrophe. These free resources include:

Chamber Industry Resources for Small Businesses

FEMA Resources for Businesses

When a disaster strikes, it can cost money. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides businesses with free resources to help navigate them through a crisis:


To assist businesses in the recovery process sometimes you just need a good book. Business owners can research emergency management laws and cases via the following books:


Emergency Preparedness Training

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also provides businesses with crisis management training through their Emergency Management Institute, Center for Domestic Preparedness as well as the National Training and Education Division. See a complete list of courses below:


Public Safety

During a crisis, there is an inherent desire to reassure the public. Luckily, these following entities help businesses with public safety in times of emergencies:


When a crisis happens, the media can be a useful tool for disseminating accurate and timely information. Below are media entities in the Austin region you can turn to for information during a crisis:

Social Media

In addition to the news media pages mentioned above, the following social media platforms can also provide you with timely information.