CHECKLIST: Prepare Your Company To Respond To Disaster

Natural disasters can happen without warning. That doesn’t mean your company can’t be prepared. Plan your corporate disaster giving strategy with this checklist.



It’s important to be prepared.

Around the world, disasters are becoming more frequent and severe, predominantly due to the warmer oceans and rising sea levels related to climate change. Position your company to respond quickly to disasters that impact your employees and customers with GlobalGiving’s easy-to-use checklist.

A thoughtful disaster response strategy has three main components: engaging your employees and customers, understanding your available resources, and delegating duties across teams. We provide actionable steps for planning a natural disaster response strategy. Download your checklist here.

Key Takeaways

Our “Corporate Disaster Giving Checklist” outlines three steps for engaging internal and external groups, as well as ideas for evaluating your resources, setting up a digital giving solution, and developing disaster communications. It highlights why companies like VMware invest in long-term recovery and preparedness and local organizations. Plus, learn why companies should plan to give cash donations, rather than in-kind goods.

It also includes three ways to think about disaster response:

  • Immediate relief, which includes distributing food, water, medicine, and hygiene supplies, and providing temporary shelter.
  • Long-term recovery, which includes rebuilding homes, schools, and medical facilities, removing debris, creating jobs, and providing mental health counseling.
  • Risk reduction and future resiliency, which includes planting trees, training first-responders, creating preparedness plans, and investing in the social sector.


Length: 4 pages
Level: Intermediate
Recommendations: Download the checklist, then set aside 10 minutes to read through it. Think of the checklist as an idea generation tool, which will help you develop a disaster response strategy tailored to your company’s business strengths and attuned to your employee and customer interests. As you walk through the checklist, think about whom at your company should be part of your disaster response strategy. We recommend setting up a meeting with relevant team members inside your company to kickstart the planning process and create an action plan. Share this resource with them and develop a working document that can be returned to in the wake of a disaster.

Download your disaster response checklist.

Download the corporate disaster response checklist.

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Learn more about GlobalGiving’s disaster response services for companies and foundations.

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