ECU hosts disaster recovery summit

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) We're in the middle of hurricane season and some eastern Carolina businesses are doing everything they can to make sure they're ready to help if a storm comes our way.

The Disaster Recovery Contracting Summit was held at ECU Wednesday where small companies learned how they could get involved and be prepared to work with government agencies in disaster recovery.

The summit served to inform small businesses on how they could find contracting opportunities with the government and better prepare for disasters in advance.

Ariana Billingsley, Small Business and Technology Development Center Director, says, "The more contractors we have prepared and know what they need to do pre-storm and then how to respond post-storm, then they can increase the capacity so that the government does have the help of the contractors to basically perform the work that needs to be done."

Businesses heard from agencies like the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, FEMA and more.

Billingsley says preparing this far in advance will make it that much smoother and more efficient when a disaster actually comes, and that way they'll be able to help more people recover.

The group also says to avoid contractor scams that pop up after natural disasters by checking with officials and ensuring that the company is a pre-qualified vendor.