Recovery & Rebuilding

A Process, Not an Event…

In the Office Depot Foundation’s view, disaster relief, recovery and rebuilding clearly represent a process, not an event. After the media leave and the story fades from the front pages, attention must turn to recovery – and rebuilding. In the past several years, the Foundation has funded economic assessment studies and planning expertise to help residents and businesses get back on their feet following wildfires in California, hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and flooding in the Midwest.

In collaboration with and in support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Disaster Assistance and Recovery Program, the Foundation is viewed as a national leader in of the conversation around the need to take a long-term view of disasters.

 National Disaster Help Desk for Business

The Office Depot Foundation is proud to be the primary sponsor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center’s National Disaster Help Desk for Business – a toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP (888-692-4943)  which assists small businesses and nonprofit organizations with relief, recovery and rebuilding. The Help Desk, which is staffed by disaster relief and recovery professionals, stands ready to assist before, during and after times of disaster and is always there as a resource to help with preparedness and business continuity planning.

In addition to contacting the Help Desk by phone, it can be reached by e-mail at e-mail at: and on Twitter: @BCLCHelpDesk.

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More Information

For more information on this topic, we recommend The Role of Business in Disaster Response, a report published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center.