8th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference
July 23, 2019
Attendees responsible for lunch on their own.
Global Goals For Resilience
How Does the Future of Resilience Look and What is the Business Role?
Preparedness and mitigation have become buzz words often used, but how do we put principles into action? As we envision a more resilient world in the future, what is required to ensure we are achieving the goals?
Empowering Individuals and Communities
What social change is actually needed for individuals to ready themselves? How do we encourage behavioral change as it relates to disaster mitigation and increasing individual savings so that everyone is more financially prepared to withstand the next disaster?
Transition to Deep Dive Discussions
Investing in Nature-Based Solutions
Communities face increased risks from natural events, including severe storms, sea-level rise, and extreme flooding. Through private-public partnerships, NFWF invests in community restoration projects that provide cost effective solutions for improved resilience while also strengthening natural ecosystems that benefit fish and wildlife. This session will explore lessons learned from investments in restoration and resilience projects across the United States and territories such as Puerto Rico. The panel of community leaders and experts will provide specific examples of resilience initiatives and share insights based on their direct experience. This session will also provide a brief overview of NFWF’s new Regional Coastal Resilience Assessment and Coastal Resilience Evaluation and Siting Tool (CREST) to analyze potential project sites throughout the U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific coastlines.
Vulnerable Communities and Populations
Too many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck with 40% unable to put their hands on $400. FEMA has set a goal to increase individual saving by 4%, as well as close the insurance gap. What does financial wellness really look like for individuals and businesses who are susceptible to disasters? See how the business community is supporting those most vulnerable.
Critical Infrastructure and CyberSecurity
This conversation will explore the evolution of cyber policy and discuss how meaningful operational collaboration between the public and private sectors is essential to the future of cybersecurity. DHS’s newly created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) provides support to state and local communities through regional offices that align with the FEMA regions. Learn about CISA’s priorities and how industry is working with the agency to manage cyber risk in critical infrastructure and collaborating to protect national critical functions.
Aligning Internally for Greater Impact
Multiple departments within a corporation engage in disaster management. Each plays a role in strengthening the business, but their impact multiplies when they are working together. Hear from companies that are leading in this area through best-in-class business continuity of operations, as well as community engagement through CSR efforts.” Conversation will also cover internal and external priorities businesses should consider.
Transition Between Deep Dive Sessions
Business Response to Human-Made Disasters and Complex Crisis
A growing concern for communities and businesses is the appropriate response to disasters beyond those caused by natural causes. Businesses are looking to each other, as well as other sector partners to understand the priority needs, sensitivities, and greatest way to lessen the impact on the victims, victim families, and the community.
Rethinking Resilience Across Infrastructure
Rethinking and investing in the materials we use in buildings and infrastructure can protect against water damage and other natural hazards. Innovators are creating exciting new technologies and supplies to help us rethink resiliency in our own homes and across the communities.
Physical and Mental Health Issues in all Cycles of Disaster
We often talk about the whole community or whole society when looking at preparedness and recovery in disasters. However, how often are we looking at the whole person and evaluating holistic health when supporting the affected communities? Once we get through the life-threatening health issues, what resources are available to support mental, physical, and nutritional health of communities?
The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Disaster Response
Reception Hosted by Airbnb
July 24, 2019
Building Partnership for Local Impacts
Increasingly complex and ruinously expensive domestic and international disasters point to the critical need for new approaches to address these 21st century challenges. Better disaster preparation, response and recovery can be achieved through research, an increased understanding of the gaps in our knowledge improved training, and, most importantly, collaboration and partnerships with local communities.
Leading from the Front Lines
Strengthening the resiliency of communities across the country requires a collaborative approach—both by sector and industry. Everyone brings a unique perspective to resiliency and when capabilities are coordinated, a community becomes stronger. The ultimate goal is to improve the preparedness of the community, improve the ability to react and recover more efficiently, and improve the overall resilience of individuals, businesses, and communities.
Launching A New Business With Resilience In Mind
Utilizing Federal Resources
FEMA is not the only agency who provides support before, during, and after a disaster. Other services and resources exist within other federal departments, but knowing they exist and how to partner can be a challenge. Hear from other agency leaders on how to best utilize their services.
Sound The Alarm—Corporate Engagement for Fire Protection
Home fires are the nation's most frequent disaster. In 2018 alone, the Red Cross responded to some 60,000 home fires. Additionally, we experienced the some of the deadliest wildfires in history last year. Community partners and corporations are working to educate communities on the risks of home and business fires and steps to take now to reduce fire deaths and injuries.
An Introduction to the National Mitigation Investment Strategy: Aligning Mitigation Investment for the Whole Community
The Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) is publishing the National Mitigation Investment Strategy (NMIS), a national approach to investments in mitigation activities and risk management at all levels across the United States. The Strategy intends to:
- Provide stakeholders with a foundational understanding of how mitigation investments protect what they value;
- Foster better understanding of risks to support investment decisions, align programs and incentives toward risk reduction goals, reduce complexity in access to investment funds;
- Assure that national stakeholders are participating in mitigation activities, especially decisions to enhance building codes and infrastructure standards and the use of financial products that link to mitigation.
This session will provide a brief overview of the NMIS and we will establish an open forum to discuss how the private sector can partner with Federal Agencies to advance mitigation action. The NMIS is intended to be a whole community strategy; we understand that the federal government cannot achieve success without the combined efforts of State, Local, Tribal, Territorial (SLTT), NGO, and Private Sector stakeholders.
Making Mitigation a Household Name
How we define and use the term “mitigation” drives individuals’ understanding of the term and their ability to apply it. How do leaders in Resilience communicate the concept of “mitigation” in a way that resonates with all individuals? This interactive workshop will look at the meaning of the term, success stories, and brainstorm how to breakdown this multi-faceted concept for everyday consumption.
Cross Sector Business and Infrastructure emergency support function (ESF-14) was announced last year at this conference. Now that ESF-14 is becoming operable, hear from FEMA what this means for the private-sector and how they can engage in this new ESF.
Lunch Pick-up and Transition
Open For Business—Escaping the Natural and Economic Effects of Disasters
Impact Through Meaningful Partnerships
The National Guard and Community Resilience
The focus is how the National Guard, whose citizen-soldiers live and serve in almost every zip code of our nation, works with all partners - local, county, state, federal, public and private sectors, and nongovernmental organizations - to build and provide resiliency in our communities.
When disaster strikes, we apply the skills, discipline, and training from our Military and Civilian lives to serve the local community, the state, and our nation.