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Water Works
Business Survival Handbook

A business owner's guide to survival after a disaster.

Making sure that key operations can continue immediately following a disaster, as well as preventing interruptions when possible, is critically important to the survival of your business. This workbook can help you to ask some basic questions and take a closer look at your operations across five key areas:

1. Protecting your key tasks, finances & functions
2. Protecting your employees & personal preparedness
3. Communicating with your customers & supply chain
4. Protecting your data, technology & equipment
5. Structural considerations for your building

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Joy of Water, A Homeowner's Guide To Becoming Water Wise
Joy of Water

A homeowner's guide to becoming Water Wise.

The Joy of Water is our guide full of simple tips to help you manage water near your home.


It is available for download here.

Entergy Buiding Resilience of Small Coastal Communities Report / Guide

The Building the Resilience of Small Coastal Businesses report revisits Entergy’s Building a Resilient Energy Gulf Coast report, as well as the background information from meetings hosted in partnership with America’s Wetland Foundation, in order to determine the impacts of previous efforts and remaining opportunities
for Entergy to promote resilience.


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a copy here: 

The New Orleans Building Hardening Guide will walk you through some ways to protect your business from high winds, flooding, fire, winter weather, and hail. These techniques range from very minor, inexpensive retrofits which you might do by yourself to far more complicated measures which require the assistance of a licensed professional. It's available now here.

The New Orleans Business Continuity Guide familiarizes New Orleans businesses with available resources that can help them assess their disaster risk and prepare for the unexpected. This guide includes case studies from local businesses, such as Circle Food Store, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Massey's Outfitters, and more. It's available now here.

Joy of Water


Partner Organizations
Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative

The Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative represents a collaborative of individuals, organizations, and communities working to address critical water issues throughout New Orleans and the greater region. Water Works' Miriam Belblidia was a founding member and serves on the Steering Committee.

The Lowlander Center

The Lowlander Center, based in the bayous of Louisiana, is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization supporting lowland people and places through education, research and advocacy.  It is based on community participatory principles and methods. Problem solving begins at the community level. The work of the Lowlander Center is to help create solutions to living with an ever-changing coastline and land loss while visioning a future that builds capacity and resilience for place and people.


Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting social innovation in New Orleans. We drive social, environmental, and economic impact in New Orleans by incubating ventures that have the potential to solve our city’s most pressing issues. Our vision is to build a critical mass of entrepreneurs tackling key challenges in our issue areas of food security, water management, healthcare, and educational equity in order to make significant change for underserved individuals.

Disaster Resilience Network
formerly Tulsa Partners, Inc.
Global Green USA

Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev, to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For nearly 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs.


Life City helps enable city governments and regional economic development organizations to spur economic growth through social and environmental impact. They do this by (1) helping governments create the right incentives for businesses to create social and environmental impact, (2) providing services to businesses to make them more socially and environmentally impactful while earning more revenue, and (3) measuring their results and sharing that with the region. Water Works is Life City Certified. We are currently offering a one hour business continuity consultation for fellow Green Businesses, and a home Joy of Water consultation for Green Card members.  

Stay Local!

Stay Local! is Greater New Orleans' Independent Business Alliance that connects locally-owned, independent business to customers, resources and each other. We are devoted to raising the visibility and viability of the locally owned, independent New Orleans businesses because we believe that New Orleans’ independent businesses are the backbone of the city’s culture, economy and character.

Mosquito Termite and Control Board
University of New Orleans
Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
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