ThinkDisaster

Vancouver

ThinkDisaster

A service that provides local businesses with personalized continuity plans to recover from a disaster faster.

School:

SFU

Department:

Semester in Dialogue / Business / RADIUS

Course:

Civic Innovation Change Lab

Instructors:

Jeremy Stone, Tara Mahoney

Student Team:

  • Jordan Arnold
  • Jessica Mayne
  • Melissa Nelson
  • Rachel Wong

Strategy:

  • Healthy City Strategy

Summary

Our project aims to help businesses recover faster after a disaster by providing personalized business recovery plans, one-on-one time with a business consultant, and a certification program. Through our research, we found that 1 in 4 businesses that were forced to close for 24 hours for whatever reason will never reopen. This lack of preparedness, plus the increasing probability of a major earthquake impacting Vancouver within the next 50 years, could greatly devastate many businesses in our community. We want to equip businesses with resources, tools, most importantly, a comprehensive that is unique to their business. With this plan, their business can resume business quicker. An overarching certification ensures that there is a standard of safety and preparedness that is being met by businesses. Over the semester, we learned about how the City of Vancouver is currently working to help businesses to become more resilient, and through conversations with neighbourhood resilience planner Katia Tynan, we found that similar ideas are currently in the works at the City level. We also learned more about the attitudes towards business recovery, the level of preparedness that each business has, and what businesses find to be valuable when it comes to this topic.

ThinkDisaster
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Next Steps

As a group, we have had a discussion about what will happen after the semester is over. We are hoping to continue iterating and meeting with more businesses to further refine our product, as well as continue talking to Katia Tynan and other people at the City to see how we can take this project forward. It would be encouraging to partner with the City, but as it stands, we will continue to work on our project and see it to implementation.