EBC Climate Change Program: Building Resilient Facilities through Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Planning
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.
- Samuel Bell, CFM, Senior Resiliency Planner, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
- Kelly Knee, Executive Director, RPS Ocean Science
An Overview of the Rhode Island Alliance for Business Resilience
- Armand Randolph, Public Information Officer, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
Extreme Weather & Rising Risk – How Engineered Resilience Pays Off
- Paul Pettinicchio, Operations Engineering Manager, FM Global Insurance
Building a Climate Resilient Report While Maintaining Our Five Star Standard
- Erik Hansen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wynn Resorts
The Rhode Island Small Business Resilience Initiative
- Gabrielle McGrath, Senior Scientist, RPS Ocean Science
Building Business Resiliency for the Whole Community: MIT as a Case Study
- Suzanne Blake, Manager, MIT Emergency Management; Administrative Director, MIT EMS
Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Sam Bell of GZA.
Registration, Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
|If registration occurs ——–>||Through April 12||Through April 24||After April 24|
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Walk-in registration is accepted at the door.
EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $25
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.
Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.