Franchise Businesses That Thrive When There Are Disasters

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(Satellite picture of Hurricane Sandy, courtesy of

How would you like to be the owner of a franchise that provides emergency services to consumers and businesses that have been impacted by a natural disaster?

Now, I’m not suggesting that you should go into business to capitalize on a disaster…not at all.

But, when a disaster strikes-like a hurricane, or a tornado, there are teams of workers that arrive on the scene to help with the clean-up efforts.

And, not all of them are volunteers.


Restoration Franchises

Franchises in this sector provide the following disaster services:

  • Water Extraction
  • Disinfecting/Sanitizing
  • Mold Mitigation
  • Contents Restoration
  • Electronic Equipment Drying
  • Inventory Assistance

As a franchisee, you’ll be wearing many hats.

Not only will you be helping your crews out as needed, you’ll also be doing a lot of business development work.

In other words, you’ll be selling.

Your routine will include calling on local insurance agents, real estate agents, building owners-even fire departments. The reason that you’re doing this is to position your company-your franchise, as the go-to place when disaster strikes.

And, these, “disasters” don’t always have to involve storms that cover a 1,000 mile area like Hurricane Sandy. They could be of the local variety…like a flood, or a major fire.

If you’re a strong networker, and are good at sales, this sector may be right for you.

Here’s a list of emergency services franchises.



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  • Shawn Hessinger


    Being an entrepreneur is about finding a problem and helping to solve it. That’s what you’re doing when your business helps people recover from disasters. Yes, you’re compensated for your time and for the expense of your investment so that you can be at the ready to assist. I don’t see that as capitalizing off a disaster. Disasters occur and volunteers have neither the equipment nor the expertise to deal with every problem that arises.

    • The Franchise King

      Thanks for popping by, Shawn.

      These services play a very important role in major clean-up efforts, like the ones that are going on in NYC and NJ.

      Yes…there’s profit involved.

      We live in a capitalistic society.

      And, most volunteers don’t have the high-tech equipment needed for some of this type of work.


  • Jennifer

    I feel conflicted about this. There is something that is inherently disgusting about profiting off of human misfortune, but I kind of agree with what Shawn is saying. Some volunteer services simply don’t have the right equipment they need to handle the problems that come along with disasters. I just did a post about Sandy on my little blog. If you feel bad about businesses that are profiting from Sandy’s destruction, scroll to the bottom of the post and see where you can donate funds and how you can avoid the truly disgusting disaster vultures: fake charities.

    • The Franchise King

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer.

      I’m a bit conflicted, too.

      However, it’s not like these companies are sitting around waiting like vultures to swoop in.