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Harvey survey aims to minimize future storm impacts on businesses

September 24, 2018

The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is urging area businesses to participate in a survey measuring the effects of Hurricane Harvey on the business community.

The online Hurricane Harvey Business Survey is being conducted by the University of Georgia in partnership with other universities. The survey will be open through Sept. 30 and encourages participation from business regardless of whether they were personally affected by Harvey or not.

The goal of the study is to understand the impacts of Hurricane Harvey on businesses in an effort to minimize the impacts of storm events on businesses in the future.

“What they’re aiming for is to come up with suggestions to help businesses make decisions — whether that’s disaster plans, flood insurance, or things like that; but also to help change public policy,” said Jenna Armstrong, president and CEO of the Lake Houston Chamber.

The survey looks at four overarching topics:

Financial impacts

The Harvey survey website describes this section’s focus as the monetary losses due to property damage, loss of revenue due to closure and storm recovery financing.

Risk perception

Questions in this sections explore businesses’ views on their vulnerability in major storm events and how Harvey may have influenced their storm risk perception.

Future strategies

This section looks at how Harvey’s impact on businesses’ finances and risk perception may have influenced risk management strategies moving forward.

Business characteristics

The questions in this section aim to get an idea of a business’ attributes to find trends in certain businesses’ responses to Harvey.

“We want to clarify why businesses with similar experiences during Harvey may respond differently,” states the Harvey survey website.

The survey results will be used to create a report that will be given to partnering organizations and will be available on the Harvey survey website at www.harveysurvey.org.

mfeuk@hcnonline.com

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