Chemical spill a blow to W.Va. capital’s economy

(AP Photo/Michael Switzer). Dora Clark of Charleston, W.Va. stocks up on bottled water at a supermarket in Charleston, W.Va. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 in the wake of Freedom Industries' chemical spill into the Elk River on Thursday.

(AP Photo/Michael Switzer). Dora Clark of Charleston, W.Va. stocks up on bottled water at a supermarket in Charleston, W.Va. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 in the wake of Freedom Industries’ chemical spill into the Elk River on Thursday.

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – On the third day without clean tap water, business owners with empty dining rooms and quiet aisles of merchandise around West Virginia’s capital were left to wonder how much of an economic hit they’ll take from a chemical spill.. . . More from KLTV

– Water, Water everywhere but not a drop to drink. –

These poor businesses have more to worry about than the general public will see.  Of course they are worried someone might be hurt if they drink the water or cook with it etc. Yet these businesses are already hurting and more will come.  Customer loss, employee loss, personal loss, financial loss, are just the surface.  Insurance and aid may help offset some of the actual costs – over time.

That’s the see-able.  What can’t you see?

Chemical spill a blow to W.Va. capital’s economy

Their supply chain for one.  If they aren’t selling they aren’t ordering. Now extended businesses especially independent contractors and small businesses will be impacted and not slightly but every day is potentially several thousands of dollars to business owners who are father away from the actual disaster.  They won’t be eligible for aid or insurance payments.  These are the ghost businesses that may never recover.

The business employees are also a concern.  How do they pay someone when no one is working? How does that person pay their bills? And so on down the line.  While we think in degrees of separation lets also think in degrees of connection.  My “income” supports a community beyond myself as does yours and theirs.  This impact doesn’t stop at the border of Charleston.  This is like ink on paper seeping into every nook and cranny until it finally dilutes out to minimal impact.

Of course impact goes further. Want help to lower the impact this type of event can have on your business call Crisis Prevention and Restoration and lets talk resiliency!  CPR4Biz – Breathing Life Into Business.

 

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