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 bushfire season in modern history, Puerto Rico shaking repeatedly from seismic activity, and a novel coronavirus being discovered in Wuhan, China. Shortly thereafter, 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 because of COVID-19? During a global health disaster, all people do 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
The American Red Cross NHQ Disaster Operations team shares how it uses 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, donations have been arriving in many forms for recovery efforts. While several organizations have 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 an understanding of where funding is most needed. This session will detail how strategic giving is making an impact on the COVID-19 recovery phase.
Breakout Session: Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire
This most recent book by renowned Harvard professor Rebecca Henderson looks at navigating a world faced with unprecedented challenges but also with extraordinary opportunity for capitalism to reimagine itself. The author will discuss how change takes place through corporate examples and how finance, governance, and leadership must evolve to meet current demands.
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 their constituents. To help prevent the spreading COVID-19 and overwhelming the health care system, elected officials have collaborated across state lines and at all levels of government. Governors and mayors have had to put on emergency manager hats and join the front lines with health care workers and first responders.
Breakout Session: GROUNDED: Resilience & COVID-19 in the Aviation Sector
Chicago O’Hare and Los Angeles International Airports began to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in January 2020, much earlier than most of the nation. Emergency management leadership at these airports have faced the challenge of quickly developing and implementing policies to protect travelers, employees, and private sector tenants. Working with both federal, state, local and private sector partners, these airports coordinated efforts to adjust their staffing postures to meet the changes, identify and implement scientifically proven protective measures, and enact resiliency efforts to withstand the economic consequences.
Attendees will learn about business continuity techniques that they can apply to their own organizations, a process to validate claims of various anti-viral technologies, and steps that they should consider as they plan for resurgence of COVID-19 and/or responding to multiple types of threats simultaneously.
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 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 on Collaborating with Communities and Companies
Meeting Critical Needs Through Operations
CEOs and business leaders quickly evolved into emergency managers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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: Risk Analytics to Support Financing and other Resilience Solution Decisions
brought to you by: RMS
Communities and corporate institutions across the U.S. are exposed to a wide range of natural and man-made risks. This session will explore how over 30 years of private sector science, advanced modeling, and data can help Public and Private organizations identify, quantify, and mitigate risk to build resilient communities.
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, a number of 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.
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 its 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 session will examine existing opportunities and possibilities for the future of mitigation and infrastructure resilience.
- • 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, mitigation priorities, and resources for innovative project implementation.
- • Highlight transformational projects focused on promoting residential resilience, retrofits, and increasing resilience in key lifeline infrastructure like water and power systems.
- • Explore opportunities for aligning federal, state, and local government and private sector resources and priorities to develop creative partnerships, alliances, and coalitions that 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, 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 effects 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 a number of restaurants across the nation temporarily closing due to COVID-19, many workers were 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 and save nearly 300 restaurant workers from having to file for unemployment.
Breakout Session: Digital Opportunity, Digital Divide, and Digital Economy
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: Ensuring Equity in Disaster Response
African Americans and other minorities need to be included in hazard and disaster mitigation planning. According to the William Averette Anderson Fund, research shows 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 inform attendees on steps they can take to ensure racial equity as part of 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 support networks for impacted businesses can help 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 supply chain capabilities. There have been major global interruptions in PPE and food supply chains owing to unprecedented demand. This session will explore what has been learned from this crisis and what measures companies can take to build a more resilient supply chain.
Breakout Session: FirstNet: Supporting COVID-19 & Natural Disaster Response
FirstNet is the only nationwide wireless broadband platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders. This successful public private partnership is meeting the critical connectivity needs of public safety and health care personnel responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The session will focus on the creation of FirstNet and its support for America’s first responders during their day-to-day operations and during emergency events, including the COVID-19 crisis, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildland fires, and other emergency incidents.
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 critical to response efforts.
Breakout Session: Preparedness and Resilience: The EARTH EX Opportunity
During this engaging session, Brig. Gen. (Retired) John Heltzel will present 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 COVID-19 challenge will be used as a backdrop to highlight various supply chain and information-sharing issues everyone faces. This session will outline best practices for building preparedness and resilience while providing an opportunity to self-evaluate existing plans and activities.
Breakout Session: Acting on F.A.I.T.H. in Times of Crisis: Learning to Building Partnerships with Faith-Based and Community Organizations
As the challenges of emergency management continue to evolve, public-private partnerships continue to serve as a critical approach to achieving more equitable outcomes for disaster survivors. With decreasing federal budgets, the cycle of immediate post-disasters donations waning and resilience efforts maturing there is still tremendous opportunity to lead across the emergency management community toward modeling communication, collaboration, coordination and cooperation in a way that turns “equity” from an intangible ideal to tangible outcomes. This presentation will engage participants in a facilitated discussion that can help identify and pursue strategic engagement opportunities ahead of the next disaster. This includes providing practical and actionable recommendations on how to partner with faith-based and community organizations to bolster your preparedness and mitigation efforts. This presentation will also walk participants through two case studies that provide lessons learned on maturing collaborations with faith-based and community organizations.
Breakout Session: Building Digital and Cyber Resilience
This session explores the urgent need for building digital resiliency across the U.S. public sector and presents an innovative yet practical model for doing so. Much like how we treat illnesses (the current COVID-19 pandemic, for example), public sector organizations of all shapes and sizes need dynamic cyber protection plans which consider the inevitability of cyberattack or compromise and outline methods for appropriate prevention, detection, response, recovery, and post-incident forensics. This fresh framework is grounded in a comprehensive cyber hygiene approach that protects data, applications, and systems by balancing safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS). These factors, while often seen as competing with one another, are in fact all critical for realizing digital resiliency without sacrificing productivity.
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 identified opportunities to work together and make a greater impact on helping 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 effects that a second wave could have on our communities and economy.
Breakout Session: Fortified Housing
brought to you by: Travelers
How can we build housing for vulnerable populations that is affordable and resilient? Learn how nonprofits are following the lead of private industry experts to fortify homes against disaster damage without breaking the bank. Learn about how Travelers is collaborating cross-sector to make scaled impact through resilience-focused philanthropy.
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 effects 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 on 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 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 thGood 360, Coca-Cola Bottling Companyan 100 days due to COVID-19. This disaster response may look different from other disaster response activations; however, collaboration is just as critical, if not more so during this time. Hear how Disaster Action Alliance members are coordinating their responses 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 it from spreading further. Within our arsenal of tools, one has been particularly instrumental to thousands of health care professionals 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, and 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
brought to you by Digital Empowers
This session will feature entrepreneurs and experts behind the next generation of PPEs—from robotics, wearable technologies, and adaptive and artificial intelligence. Attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to ask questions and see product demos.
Breakout Session: Bracing for Double Impact
During this current economic recession, many are tightening their budgets. Yet community needs are growing and may exceed expectations as an above active Atlantic Hurricane season is forecast. Collaboration and coordination are key to providing an 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 amid 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