9th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference
July 10, 2020
Pre-Conference Business and Infrastructure Webinar
Join tomorrow’s COVID-19 NBEOC Private Sector Call and Preview of the Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference. This is a business and infrastructure partners webinar giving a situational update the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), as well as a preview of the upcoming Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnership Conference. Hosted by FEMA’s Office of Business, Industry, Infrastructure and Integration (OB3I) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
July 14, 2020
Setting the Stage
- The World in 2020
- The year began with Australia experiencing the most devastating bush fire season in modern history, Puerto Rico shaking repeatedly from seismic activity, and a novel coronavirus being discovered in Wuhan, China. Not long after, a global pandemic shut down the world and economies entered a recession. This conversation will explore lessons learned and what may be on the horizon.
- Disaster Response in 2020
- Has the role of an emergency manager changed due to COVID-19? During a global health disaster, everyone does their part to combat the virus and protect communities. How has COVID-19 reshaped the field of emergency management and what has changed for the industry?
Breakout Session: Disaster Partner Hub
American Red Cross NHQ Disaster Operations team shares how they are using GIS based situational awareness and decision support tools for the COVID-19 response including RC View, the Disaster Partner Hub, and Partner Situational Awareness Brief.
Breakout Session: Strategic Giving for COVID-19 Recovery
brought to you by: Toyota
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen donations arriving in many forms to contribute to recovery efforts. While several organizations prioritized monetary donations, there has been a significant increase in donations of PPE and other essential supplies. Corporate philanthropy is now pivoting into long-term investments and understanding where funding is most needed. This session will go into detail on how strategic giving is making an impact in the COVID-19 recovery phase.
Breakout Session: Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire
The most recent book by renowned Harvard professor looks at navigating a world faced with unprecedented challenge but also extraordinary opportunity for capitalism to reimagine itself. The author will help attendees understand how change takes place through corporate examples and discuss how the worlds of finance, governance, and leadership must evolve to meet current demand.
Leading During a Pandemic
- Remarks by the National Guard Bureau on Coordinated Leadership
- Leading Response and Reopening from City Hall to the State House
- The pandemic knows no boundaries. However, government leaders are responsible for protecting the constituents within their jurisdictions. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the chance of overwhelming the health care system, elected officials collaborated across state lines and at all levels of government. Governors and mayors had to put on an emergency manager hat and join the front lines with health care workers and first responders.
Breakout Session: YOU’RE IT! Meta-Leadership, Strategies and Practices To Advance Crisis Leader Performance
The next generation of disaster managers need to be prepared for the unexpected. COVID-19 has shown how vulnerable the society is to unexpected events and why more work needs to be done to improve global resilience. This session will discuss the importance of crisis leadership and how future disaster managers can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Breakout Session: The Role of Media in Crisis and Disaster Response
Mass media plays a critical role during a crisis, particularly in disseminating life-saving information to the general public. This session will explore how to best engage with media during a crisis and share timely and accurate information beneficial to the response efforts.
Changing to Meet Critical Needs
- Remarks by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Meeting Critical Needs Through Operations
- CEOs and business leaders quickly evolved into emergency managers during COVID-19. From shifting manufacturing operations to meet critical health needs to enhancing employee protection and well-being, businesses have gone to extraordinary lengths to combat the crisis. This session will highlight how the private sector continues to innovate and adapt to address new and emerging needs.
Breakout Session: Building the Capacity of Nonprofits Through Essential Services
A recent survey of global nonprofits on their capacity and overall organizational health over the next 3-12 months in light of COVID-19 provided alarming results. At the same time, the industries have been hit hard by the global pandemic. But there is a way for both the nonprofit and private sectors to support each other. Delegates would learn the results of the survey, understand what best practice currently looks like in nonprofit and private partnerships, with examples of how joint partnerships can tackle the problems in such areas as preparing for hurricane season in the Caribbean, or spikes in COVID-19 in vulnerable communities across the globe.
Breakout Session: Engaging the Private Sector in Emergency Response at the State and Local Level
Local and State governments need to work with private sector organizations in or near their community. The partnership gives the state and local government additional resources in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a disaster. This discussion will go into detail on what opportunities are born out of engaging the private sector and how to foster that engagement moving forward.
Breakout Session: Analytics Options to Support Better Decision Making
brought to you by: RMS
July 15, 2020
BuildStrong, BRIC, and Beyond: Encouraging Innovative, Cost-effective, Risk-Reducing Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Efforts Today and Into the Future
In this unique iteration of it’s Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Forum Series, the BuildStrong Coalition brings together the perspectives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state and local emergency managers and disaster officials, and trailblazers from the insurance and infrastructure industries. Through a combination of compelling presentations, speakers and informative discussions, this robust session will examine existing opportunities and possibilities for the future of mitigation and infrastructure resilience. This session will:
- Inform and instruct participants on existing disaster mitigation and resilience initiatives, opportunities and incentives, including the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program at FEMA.
- Share tactical information on best practices and lessons learned in areas of risk identification, state mitigation plan development, establishing mitigation priorities, and securing resources for innovative project implementation.
- Highlight transformational projects focused on promoting residential resilience and retrofits, and increasing resilience in key lifeline infrastructure like water and power systems.
- Explore opportunities to align federal, state, and local governmental and private sector resources and priorities develop creative partnerships, alliances, and coalitions to unlock the full potential of smart mitigation projects to reduce risk in communities.
- Addressing Racial Injustice & Inequitable Impact of Natural Disasters
- COVID-19 has impacted every community, however, there are indications that the pandemic has disproportionally affected communities of color in the U.S. This session will bring to light the inequities exposed as a result of COVID-19 and how all sectors can come together to address the health and economic impacts of this crisis on vulnerable populations, while supporting their long-term recovery.
Breakout Session: Private-Public Partnership in Action – Capitalizing on Open Capacity and Resources
With restaurants across the nation temporarily closing due to the impacts of COVID-19, many chefs became furloughed. At the same time, there has been a spike in hunger and food shortages. In this session, learn how a unique private-public partnership helped serve 4.5 million meals in 45 days by keeping nearly 30 restaurants opened and 300 employees working part time.
Breakout Session: Digital Divide, Digital Economy, Digital Opportunity
Access to broadband is a key component to solving the underlying challenges of the inequality of opportunity. For some Americans broadband is not available, for others broadband is available but they choose or are unable to subscribe. And the COVID-19 pandemic has made the difficulties of societal engagement, job opportunities, education and healthcare without broadband even starker. During this session, attendees will hear form the nation’s leading broadband about why and how the business community and policymakers must focus on these twin “deployment” and “adoption” to ensure that the benefits connectivity affords can be redressed and realized by all.
Breakout Session: Insuring Equity in Disaster Response
African-American and other minority representation needs to be included in hazard and disaster mitigation planning. According to the William Averette Anderson Fund, research has shown that racial and ethnic minorities often have increased difficulty evacuating prior to a crisis and are more likely to experience disproportionate physical and financial loss during disasters. This session will help educate attendees on steps they can take to ensure racial equity as part of the disaster planning.
Impact on Small Business
- Remarks by USAID on Supporting Global and Emerging Economies in Crisis
- Saving Small Business from a World on Fire
- From the land down under to the rolling hills of Sonoma Valley, wildfires have destroyed small businesses across the globe. This session will shed light on how creating networks of support for impacted businesses can rejuvenate the local economy and enable small employers to build back better.
- Remarks by the U.S. Small Business Administration on the State of Small Business
Breakout Session: 4% or 40%? Data Analysis on Small Business Closures after a Disaster
How many small businesses actually close after a disaster? Frequently cited SBA stats that suggest 40% of small businesses do not reopen after a disaster—is likely too high of an estimate. Looking at the total number of businesses in counties impacted by a natural disaster, there are approximately 4% fewer businesses two years after the disaster, but since that includes new business starts—is likely too low.
Knowing the number of small businesses expected to close would be a significant piece of information for institutions looking to help areas rebuild. Join USCCF’s Senior Director of Research who will walk through what data shows over the past 40 years for small business closures after a disaster; combining a community’s overall business-sector health with individual business closure rates. Have an opportunity to ask questions, offer commentary, and help drive the next step of USCCF’s research in this space.
Breakout Session: Improving Supply Chain Capabilities
The pandemic has put a strain on all supply chain capabilities, especially those in the food industry. There have been major global interruptions in food supply chains due to unprecedented demand. This session will explore how different organizations used their core competencies to adapt and meet the demand while also building a more resilient supply chain.
Breakout Session: Continuity of Organizational Operational Planning
To provide continued support during COVID-19, FEMA’s National Continuity Programs will moderate a training on the Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning for business leaders. The training will cover plans for operations with a reduced workforce; recommend areas in which to build staff redundancy; Consider the impacts of reduced revenue on programs and services; and develop planning assumptions for an effective 'return to normal' based on your timeline.
Supplying the Essentials
- Stabilizing the Community: The ‘New’ Essential Worker
- Shortly after the start of the coronavirus pandemic, it became apparent that the health and stability of our communities fell on the shoulders of our grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, medical staff and other essential employees. This session will explore the process of classifying these essential jobs to ensure the continuity of services that were critical to the response efforts.
Breakout Session: Preparedness and Resilience: The EARTH EX Opportunity
During this engaging session, Brigadier General (Retired) John Heltzel from the Electric Infrastructure Security Council will provide participants with an overview of the EARTH EX 2020 exercise focusing on the current real-world Black Sky threats of EMP and Cyber. These Black Sky threats, capable of producing long-duration power outages, require communities, businesses, and governments at all levels to have robust resilience plans. The on-going COVID challenge will be used as a backdrop to highlight various supply chain and information sharing issues everyone faces. This session will outline the best practices for building preparedness and resilience while providing an opportunity to self-evaluate existing plans and activities.
July 16, 2020
NORTHCOM Table Top Exercise (Invite Only)
Public Health Preparedness
- Disaster Action Alliance
- Driven by the leadership of the Coca-Cola Company, an alliance of corporate, nonprofit, and community organizations have come together to identify opportunities to work together and make a greater impact to help communities when they need it most.
- Remarks by The White House on Emergency Health
- Community Health Resilience
- COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of society and daily life. Hear from emergency experts who have been leading the national pandemic response and the impacts that a second wave could have on our communities and economy.
Breakout Session: Fortified Housing
brought to you by: Travelers
Breakout Session: Our Blue Economy Under Threat: How NOAA is Enabling Community Resilience through Science and Partnerships
If the U.S. coastal counties were an individual nation, it would rank third in the world in gross domestic product. Our coastal counties produce more than $8.3 trillion in goods and services, employ 56 million people, and pay $3.4 trillion in wages. This engine of American prosperity is being placed under unprecedented stress from the impacts of extreme weather and sea level rise. If not properly addressed, these threats will undermine our national and economic security. Coastal states, counties and communities are being asked by their citizens to take action to protect their economies and way of life from severe weather and high tide flooding in the short-term and from sea level rise in the long-term.
Join us for a discussion of how NOAA's science and decision support tools empower communities to meet these mounting challenges. NOAA is turning its vast amounts of environmental monitoring data into meaningful information that communities can use to inform their decision making. Private industry partners use NOAA's science to create cutting edge risk assessment and adaptation plans for local communities. And these communities in turn are empowered to combine these science-based insights with their local values and priorities to chart for themselves, a resilient and sustainable future.
Breakout Session: Ongoing COVID-19 Response: Marathon Activation for Corporates and Nonprofits
Emergency operation centers and nonprofits have been activated for more than 100 days due to COVID-19. This disaster response may look different from other disaster response activations, however, collaboration is still just as critical, if not more critical during this time. Hear how Disaster Action Alliance members are coordinating their response to COVID-19.
The Future of Disaster Response is Digital
- Remarks by U.S. Northern Command on Mission Assurance and Critical Infrastructure Protection
- Mapping the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Robotics to the Rescue
- Winning the war against the coronavirus will require an innovative plan of attack to prevent its further spread. Within our arsenal of tools, one has served particularly instrumental to thousands of healthcare and essential workers on the frontlines: Robotics.
- These technologies are helping nurses and frontline workers cope with the surge in infectious patients, mitigate unnecessary risk to personal and patient health, perform tests, monitor medication, disinfect equipment, provide delivery services—all with the speed, effectiveness, and efficiency needed on the hospital floor and in our global recovery.
- During this session, we will hear how experts in robotics, wearable technologies, adaptive and artificial intelligence created the next generation of PPEs.
Breakout Session: Preparing Developing Communities for a Disasters
brought to you by: Amazon Web Services
For developing countries and people in situations of vulnerability, access to basic economic, social and cultural advancement has been a mission for many global development organizations. Among the priorities include community resilience and disaster preparedness. However, the impact of COVID-19 has only widened the gaps and created additional need. Learn how community organizations were addressing preparedness before COVID-19 and now adjusting to meet evolving needs. See how access to information and data is crucial to providing developmental support, especially as organizations focus on providing access to quality health care.
Breakout Session: Innovation Blitz: Response Robotics Demos
This session will feature entrepreneurs and experts behind the next generation of PPEs—from robotics, wearable technologies, adaptive and artificial intelligence. Attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to ask questions and see product demos.
Breakout Session: Bracing for Double Impact
In this current economic recession, everyone is tightening their budgets. However, community needs are growing and may exceed expectations as an above active Atlantic Hurricane season is forecasted. Collaboration and coordination is key to provide efficient and effective response and stretch resources. Hear how Disaster Action Alliance members are planning now for the impending impact that this year’s hurricane season could cause amidst a global pandemic.
Planning for the Next Disaster
- Ask Me Anything: Disaster Response Amid a Global Pandemic with FEMA
- Expanding the Network – Further Collaboration for Disaster Response