Storm Preparedness for Small Businesses. REDUCE THE IMPACT.

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Storm Preparedness for Small Businesses. REDUCE THE IMPACT.

By Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation

When and where

Date and time

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 · 9am - 3:30pm PDT


Brooklyn Cruise Terminal 72 Bowne St New York, NY 11231


Storm Preparedness for

Small Businesses.


Tuesday September 17, 2013

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

DEVELOP Your knowledge around hazards and mitigation techniques.

PREPARE Receive a ready to use template for your business.

CONNECT Network with other businesses to strengthen neighborhood disaster resiliency.

Attendees: Red Hook, Gowanus, and Sunset Park small businesses

Agenda Items

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration and Coffee

9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks (PLENARY SESSION)
David Meade, Executive Director, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial
Development Corporation
The Honorable
Nydia Velazquez, New York’s 7th Congressional District
Susanne DesRoches, LEED AP BD+C

Sustainable Design and Climate Adaptation Manager,
Port Authority of
New York & New Jersey

9:30 am – 10:30 am Red Hook Risks and Mitigation
Andrew Martin (Flood Risks)
Joe Klein (Mitigation)

10:30 am – 10:45 am Q & A on Mitigation Measures and Hazards

10:45 am – 11:00 am BREAK

11:00 am – 11:15 am Introduction to Preparedness Planning
Cathleen Atchison

11:15 am – 11:45 am Red Hook Small Business Case Studies
Joe Klein and Business Owners

11:45 am - 11:55 am Q & A and Discussion (Audience and speakers)
Business Owners, Joe Klein and Deborah Mills available for answers

11:55 am - 12:00 pm Directions for afternoon for small group participants
Deborah Mills

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH (BREAKOUT ROOMS)
Pick up Box Lunch, Proceed to assigned small break out rooms.
Introductions in small breakout rooms and enjoy lunch

1:00 pm- 2:30 pm Developing Your Preparedness Plan
Facilitated Walk-through and Discussion of Small Business
Preparedness Plans
*Manufacturers Breakout- Facilitator: Joe Klein
*Manufacturer/Artisans Breakout- Facilitator: Deborah Mills
*Restaurant Breakout- Facilitator: Cathleen Atchinson

2:30 pm- 2:45 pm BREAK
This time may also be used for Q & A within the small groups if

2:45 pm- 3:30 pm Closing Remarks (PLENARY SESSION)
Final Feedback, Next Steps for Red Hook Business Communities
Closing Remarks

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

72 Bowne Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

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About the organizer

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corp. (SBIDC) is a local economic development corporation serving manufacturing and industrial businesses and residents of the Sunset Park, Red Hook and Gowanus neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY.

Dewberry is a leading professional services firm with a history of providing architecture, engineering and consulting services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector matter expertise backed by the deep resources and stability of a national firm. For the past three decades, Dewberry has served FEMA, state, local and private organizations to characterize flood risks. Dewberry's hazard mitigation engineering team has developed proven innovative, practical mitigation solutions which help property owners make their buildings, contents and support systems more resilient to floods, wind, tornado, earthquake and winter storms resulting in reduced damage costs and faster recovery time. Through disaster response and recovery experience, Dewberry has developed and delivered hundreds of disaster preparedness training workshops and "job aides" nationwide.