American Red Cross Symposium: Partners in Preparedness

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area

and the

Homeland Security & Defense Business Council

invite you to attend this critically important event  

"Partners in Preparedness Symposium: Preparing your Business to Survive the Unexpected"

(Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

The "Partners in Preparedness Symposium" is designed to be an interactive, hands-on discussion to assist businesses in learning how to prepare for, respond to and recover from the impacts of disaster.  You will be guided through simulated events as they unfold in a disaster scenario relevant to the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Expert panelists will walk you through each phase of the disaster (Response, Recovery, and Long-Term Issues), its impact on the business community, and interaction with local, state and federal officials.  

Date and Time: Thursday, September 27, 2007  4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location:  National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW (between E and F Streets), Washington, DC 2004.

Closest Metro Stations: We encourage the use of METRO - Metro Center (four blocks), Federal Triangle (three blocks), and McPherson Square (five blocks).

Symposium Facilitator:  Adam Montella, Former General Manager of Emergency Management for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Symposium Moderator:
  Robert Connors, Director of Preparedness and Crisis Management, Raytheon Company

Invited Guests and Panelists include:

  • Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Washington, DC  
  • The Honorable Frank Keating, President & CEO, American Council of Life Insurers
  • GregPellegrino, Chairman of the Board, Homeland Security & DefenseBusiness Council and Global Managing Director, Deloitte Global PublicSector
  • Chairman Gerald Connolly, Chair of Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Chair of the Regional Emergency Preparedness Council
  • Darrell L. Darnell, Director of the district of Columbia  Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
  • Paula Fennessy, Vice President and Regional Manager, Chevy Chase Bank
  • Christopher T. Geldart, Director of the Office of National Capital Region Coordination, US Department of Homeland Security
  • Linda C. Mathes, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of the National Capital Area
  • Scott L. Weber, Former Senior Counselor to the Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security
  • Guest Emcee:   Debbi Jarvis, Vice President, Communications, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Each symposium attendee will receive an Emergency Preparedness Tool Kit that includes easy-to-follow check lists and guidance on:

  • Five Steps to Getting [and Staying] Prepared
  • Emergency Response Action Sheet
  • Hazard-Specific Response Guidelines
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • The Council’s Study on Corporate Responsibility:  “Why Business Should Be Prepared in a World of Uncertainty.”

Admission: FREE but REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Please register at  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided.

Contact Information:  Denise Daffron, ARC-NCA Corporate Relations Director, at 703-564-8420 or Jorge Ribas at 301-404-1946. 

♦ ♦ ♦

It’s September 28, 2007.  Rush hour in the National Capitol Region (NCR).  A semi-truck hauling explosives rams into New Carrollton Metro Station entrance just a half block from your business where it explodes with devastating impact.  There’s chaos.  You leave immediately not knowing when you’ll return.  The Beltway is jammed. The metro is shut down.  You can’t get home. What will you do?  Who’s in charge?  Where will your employees go?  What’s going to happen to your business?  How will you communicate with your staff?  How will this financially hurt your business?  What will you be liable for?

An estimated 90% of businesses that do not have a business continuity plan in place do not survive a major disaster.  Don’t let this be you.

Preparedness is a journey—a journey we must take together.   We must adopt and support a culture of continual preparedness. As the capital of this great nation, our community is potentially at greater risk and holds a greater responsibility to lead America9s communities by example.  We must be THE best prepared, most responsive, and most engaged community in the nation—before, during and after emergencies of all kinds.

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