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EBC Climate Change Program: Building Resilient Facilities through Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Planning

April 26, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
2nd Floor Ayres Conference Room
249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood

This EBC Climate Change program will provide a window into how public, private, and non-profit organizations are making their facilities more resilient to extreme weather and flooding events through a range of emergency preparedness and resiliency measures. The program will showcase how leaders from academia to state government to the insurance industry are proactively making their facilities and business operations more resilient before the next extreme weather or flooding event.

Globally over the last two years natural hazards and extreme weather events accounted for over $500 Billion in damages to property and infrastructure. While New England did not experience the devastating impacts felt in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean from several hurricanes, 2018 brought a series of nor’easters that caused considerable disruption to communities and business. The impacts from these events resulted in damages to property and critical infrastructure. These types of extreme weather and flooding events both large and small are expected to become increasingly more frequent in the future.

Organizations that prepare for such events in advance will avoid significant losses in the future especially for small businesses. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 40 percent (%) of small businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. One of the program’s featured speakers will provide an overview of how state government is assisting small businesses in becoming more resilient before the next storm.

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Final Agenda – Climate Change Program: Building Resilient Facilities through Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Planning

Presentations are posted to the Presentations section of the EBC website.


Program Co-Chairs:

  • Samuel Bell, CFM, Senior Resiliency Planner, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Kelly Knee, Executive Director, RPS Ocean Science


  • Suzanne Blake, Manager, MIT Emergency Management; Administrative Director, MIT EMS
  • Erik Hansen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wynn Resorts
  • Gabrielle McGrath, Senior Scientist, RPS
  • Paul Pettinicchio, Operations Engineering Manager, FM Global Insurance
  • Armand Randolph, Public Information Officer, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Sam Bell of GZA.

Attendee List

Susana Amaral Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Staff I
Wayne Cobleigh GZA Vice President
Josh Fawson Harvard University – EH&S Wastewater Programs Compliance Manager
Lawrence Feldman GZA Senior Principal
Paul Fennelly N/A
Justin Kates City of Nashua, NH Director of Emergency Management
Kendra Martin BETA Group, Inc. Engineer
Brandon Raymond Geosyntec Consultants Coastal Engineer
Media Sehatzadeh GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Assistant Project Manager
Alex Shaw Woods Hole Group Coastal Engineer
Tiffany Skogstrom MA Office of Technical Assistance
Denise Tripp Geosyntec Consultants Senior Consultant