August 16 Disaster Preparedness Webinar Shows How To Use Social Media to Help Recovery

SBA & Agility Recovery Solutions Host Free Webinar on Social Media Strategies for Business Disaster Recovery

Contact: Carol Chastang (202) 205-6987

WASHINGTON -- A major disaster has devastated your community, and landlines are down. Will you be able to use Facebook or Twitter to keep your employees, customers and vendors aware of your status? How will you distinguish good information on post-disaster social media channels from the scams?

Business and civic leaders in Joplin, Mo., had a crash course in leveraging social media following the May 22 tornado that tore through the city, killing 160 people and damaging or destroying about 8,000 homes and businesses. Kirstie Smith, communications director of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Kinsley, creator of the Rebuild Joplin Facebook page, will join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery Solutions during a free webinar August 16 to talk about how they used social media tools to exchange critical information with local businesses. Social media consultant John Orlando will share practical tips for business owners to use to map out a business continuity plan that includes social media.

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies for entrepreneurs via their "PrepareMyBusiness" website. Visit to access previous webinars and additional preparedness tips.

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit

WHO: John Orlando, John Orlando Consulting Kirstie Smith, Communications Director, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Mark Kinsley, Director of Marketing, Rebuild Joplin

WHAT: "Social Media and Disaster Recovery" will be presented by Orlando, Smith and Kinsley. A question and answer session will follow.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT

HOW: Space is limited. Register at