Flood relief - what business can do

Business in the Community is urging members to help communities recover from flooding by offering financial support, responding locally, engaging your employees, building resilience and supporting the long-term recovery. We are also developing projects on supporting businesses to build resilience through our Water programme.  Follow our priorities for action.

1. Contribute financially

Support Business in the Community to help rural communities and SMEs recover from the floods.

  • The Prince’s Countryside Fund is collecting individual donations to support the victims of the Somerset floods. Please help us fund this and other work to support rural communities by texting PCF to 70300 for a £3 donation or donating at www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/ or at the Post Office.

  • If your business would like to donate to support BITC and our work through The Prince’s Countryside Fund and the Business Emergency Recovery Group (BERG), which supports SMEs to recover from emergencies, please contact Madeleine Fitzgerald.

3. Support employees who are affected and engage others who want to help

For employees personally affected by the flooding:

  • Relax notice requirements for booking leave, and consider granting additional special leave;

  • Extend the scope of existing schemes for salary advances and employee loans;

  • Allow employees to work from home or vary working hours, e.g. so they can make different travel arrangements or arrange home repairs.

For employees who want to help others affected by the floods:

  • Extend the scope of employee volunteering;

  • Match money raised by employees to help flood victims.

 

2. Assess what is needed locally and offer bespoke support

In every area the needs are different as are the local agencies coordinating the response on the ground. Find out who is coordinating efforts locally, what the local need are, and how those needs reflect your inventory, equipment and in-house skills.

On 4 April, Business in the Community will be running a Prince's Seeing is Believing visit in Cumbria, led by United Utilities, to look at flood risk, recovery and resilience. Find out more.

4. Think about long term recovery and building resilience

While the immediate relief effort is hugely important, we also want to stress that contingency and continuity planning should be a focus in the aftermath. Developing a plan for co-ordinated and rapid responses is also important to help make business and communities more resilient to unforeseen events in future.

 

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