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Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance provides relief Website helps community assist those affected by Poinsettia Fire

The Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance has launched an initiative to assist Carlsbad businesses and residents affected by the Poinsettia Fire. This effort will ensure that those who want to assist in the recovery can do so effectively.

 

The Alliance consists of representatives from the Chamber, the City of Carlsbad and businesses. It helps the business community with disaster response training and community planning.

 

"When disaster strikes, our first instinct is to give," said Ted Owen, president and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. "While we appreciate that instinct, we want to make sure that charitable donations go directly to those affected by the fire, that they are helpful and secure."

Through its website, www.ReadyCarlsbad.org, the Alliance will give the public information on how they can make monetary donations that will assist the recovery and rebuilding efforts. The website also provides a process by which people can sign up to donate goods and services. The Alliance will also work with business owners affected by the May 14 fire to secure temporary workspaces.

 

Deb Beddoe, chairwoman of the Alliance, said the website will serve as a clearinghouse for those who are offering in-kind donations.

 

"We want to avoid having people donate items or services that are not needed," Beddoe said. "Going through the methods detailed on www.ReadyCarlsbad.org is a good way to ensure you're truly making a difference."

The Alliance will assist business owners whose offices were affected by the fire secure temporary office space. Local businesses have already offered space for those who need it. Business owners can go to the website for more information.

 

The Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance was created in 2010. It promotes business emergency preparedness and response through services, educational programs and cooperative partnerships that combine business continuity with community preparedness and recovery. 

The spirit behind the mission statement is the matching of goods and services needed to respond to and recover from an emergency to the needs of the community.

If you have any questions on donating to the effort, please contact the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at 760-931-8400.

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