Operator Series: Natural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery: Insights from a Survivor

May 2, 2023 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Duration: 1 hour


Natural disasters can hit anytime, anywhere and you should have a plan in place directing what to do in advance, during and after the event. Join us for a webinar with Sheldon Suga, Hawks Cay’s Vice President and Managing Director as he shares firsthand experiences of disaster preparedness and recovery. Hawks Cay, a 60-acre luxury resort and marina in the Florida Keys, was razed to the ground by category 5 Hurricne Irma in 2017. Sheldon will share the details on their original preparedness plan, what worked (and didn’t!), and all the key considerations businesses should consider when recovering from a disaster. Sheldon will also share some surprising lessons learned when your operation is in the path of a devastating weather event.

Key Takeaways
  1. A primer of what a good Natural Disaster Preparedness Plan needs to include.
  2. Ways to make sure employees and their families are safe, signing up for the right insurance coverages, and prescheduling cleanup/utility repair services--all critical parts of the plan.
  3. Why your state restaurant association and other authorities can open doors, access resources and set you up for a quicker recovery.



Sheldon Suga
VP and Managing Director
Hawk's Cay Resort

Beth Lorenzini
Director, Editorial Content
National Restaurant Association