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Preparing for a Disaster: What Your Business Needs to Know!
February 13, 2013
National Geographic Museum - Grosvenor Auditorium
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security (ASFHS), Washington, DC Homeland Security Management Agency (HSEMA), InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance (INCRMA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), and The George Washington University (GWU) invite you to attend a special program focusing on helping small and medium sized businesses prepare for disaster.
Businesses in the northeast lost an estimated $25 - $50 billion dollars in revenue due to Superstorm Sandy. While this storm was remarkable in many ways, the fact is most of those companies - 90% of which were small and mid-sized - were not prepared for any disaster, at any level.
We know from prior catastrophic events that the resiliency of a community is directly linked to how quickly goods and services begin to flow to the impacted area. While government does an outstanding job at preparedness and disaster response, it is the business community that is ultimately responsible for recovery. It is therefore critical that every business have an emergency operations/business continuity plan.
During this event, you will learn from some of the best in the country on how to prepare your business for disaster and work with the Federal, state, and local government during crisis, as well as hear some lessons learned and best practices from prior disastrous events.
Our speakers include the following individuals:
The Honorable Christopher Geldart, Director, HSEMA
LaNile Dalcour, Manager, Security & Life Safety, Brookfield Office Properties
Christopher Strager, National Weather Service Advisor for Science and Service Integration, NOAA
Alan Berman, President, Disaster Recovery Institute International
Charlotte Franklin, Deputy Coordinator, Arlington Office of Emergency Management
Nicole Porter, Assistant District Director, US Small Business Administration
Eric Oddo, Senior Policy Analyst, UMD Center for Health & Homeland Security / HSEMA COOP Team
Important venue information:
The National Georgraphic Museum - Grosvenor Auditorium is located at 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. The facility is about two blocks from the Farragut North metro station. There is no on-site parking, however there is ample commercial parking in the immediate vicinity as well as limited metered street parking.
You will need government-issued photo ID and an eventbrite ticket to gain access to the auditorium.
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InfraGard - NCR
It is the mission of the InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance (InfraGardNCR) to improve and extend information sharing between private industry and the government, particularly the FBI, for the protection of our critical national infrastructure. InfraGardNCR consists of a growing membership of professionals who are creating a more resilient critical infrastructure in the National Capital Region (NCR - Washington, DC and northern VA). These individuals are from all 16 sectors of critical infrastructure and represent the defense industrial base, water supply systems, energy grid, emergency services, law enforcement, health systems, gas and oil, transportation, banking, and telecommunications. Our membership is voluntary yet exclusive and strives to promote ongoing dialogue, education, community outreach and timely communication between public and private members in an effort to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from all hazards or events, and to minimize their impact on lives, property, and the economy.