Help Us, Help You: Building Public-Private Partnerships in Emergency Management 2/22/2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
Chicago, IL 60611

Please join the University of Chicago Graham School Master of Science in Threat and Response Management (MScTRM) program for our panel discussion: “Help Us, Help You: Building Public-Private Partnerships in Emergency Management.”

Insurance companies, financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and local businesses are increasingly realizing the value of emergency preparedness. Whether it’s a natural disaster, cyber threat, or flu pandemic, establishing strong working relationships with public agencies can help ensure that companies are able protect their operations, their employees, their clients, and their bottom line in the wake of disaster.

Moderated by Andrew Velasquez (MScTRM instructor and former Regional Administrator, FEMA Region V), a panel of industry representatives will use their experiences as  emergency management leaders to discuss the importance of emergency preparedness in the private sector and the necessity of fostering partnerships between government and business to achieve this goal. Panelists include:

  • James Joseph, Director and Deputy State Homeland Security Advisor, State of Illinois
  • Jan Odeshoo, Interim Regional Administrator, FEMA Region V
  • Tom Russell, Manager, Global Business Continuity & Crisis Management, Arthur J. Gallagher.
  • Mike Carano, Executive Director, ChicagoFirst

You will go home with real-world lessons and advice to ensure your company is prepared for disaster, including:

  • An understanding of the impact threats and disasters can have on companies and communities
  • An understanding government processes, resources and personnel during and after an emergency
  • How to create partnerships between companies and federal, state, and local emergency management agencies
  • How to educate your workforce and clients in emergency preparedness