By: Chad Ross, Manager, Industry Relations and Adam Friedlander, MS, CFS, Manager, Food Safety and Technical Services, FMI
Each year, hurricanes, tornados, winter storms, floods, fires and a variety of other natural disasters take place, putting food, water and essential energy supplies at risk. Even during pandemics like COVID-19, retailers must consider how to keep workers and customers safe, while remaining operational to keep communities fed. The FMI team has curated resources to support the food industry in preparing, implementing and continuously improving natural disaster response plans.
- National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) Dashboard – This is FEMA’s virtual clearinghouse for two-way information sharing between public and private sector stakeholders in preparing for, responding to or recovering from disasters. (You may enter the platform as a “Guest.”)
- All Hazards Consortium – This is a regularly updated storm center webpage for executive and operational decision makers across multiple states and industries who produce disaster management plans.
Food Assistance Information (SNAP & D-SNAP)
- USDA Food and Nutrition Service Food Assistance for Disaster Relief – This resource provides updates about disaster areas that are granted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) replacements, Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) and other services.
- Food Safety in a Disaster or Emergency – Foodsafety.gov has information to share with consumers on how to keep food safe before, during and after emergencies, such as floods, fires, natural disasters and power losses.
- Emergency Action Plan for Retail Food Establishments – The Conference for Food Protection provides practical guidance for retail grocery and food service establishments to plan and respond to emergency situations that could impact food safety and facility operations.
- Food Emergency Regulator Pocket Guide – The Association of Food and Drug Officials created this guide to aid food regulatory programs in addressing common or unique situations that may require emergency responses by food regulators in the industry.
Store Status Form
- Store Status Through Single Automated Business Exchange for Reporting (SABER) – FMI is working with SABER to assess the status of stores in affected areas to coordinate recovery efforts with federal and local government agencies.
Supply Chain Assistance
- American Logistics Aid Network – This is an industry-wide organization that exists to provide supply chain assistance to disaster relief organizations and other nonprofits.
- Commercial Routing Assistance – This service provides the latest information relevant to commercial organizations and drivers, state transportation officials and regulators, federal transportation officials and regulators, and trade associations who rely upon continuous vehicle movement to meet their mission.
In addition to Natural Disaster Guidelines, FMI has comprehensive resources on:
FMI is committed to helping our members navigate crises through a variety of crisis management services and we are available 24/7 to assist. Please email email@example.com or use the FMI 24 Hour Crisis Support Hotline to contact the FMI team.