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Building Resilience Through Public-Private Partnerships

Matt Ball on September 2, 2013 - in Announcement, Projects

The 2012 National Research Council report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative revealed a strong community of stakeholders eager to build resilience to risk and catastrophic disasters in the United States.  The Research Council plays a leading role in convening scientists, practitioners, and policymakers to help increase national disaster resilience, and is also working with international stakeholders to share lessons learned to promote a more resilient world.

In partnership with the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks, the Research Council will hold a daylong public meeting and workshop to explore opportunities to further build resilience coalitions among decision-makers, experts, and the private sector.  As part of the day’s activities, FEMA will unveil a new, national, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.

Speakers include:

  • Shaun Donovan, secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • W. Craig Fugate, administrator, Federal Emergency Management Administration
  • Todd Jones, CEO, Willis Group North America
  • Eduardo Martinez, chair, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks

The public event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 5, in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Registration information and a full agenda can be found at http://nas-sites.org/resilience/Resilience-Events/.  Those who cannot attend in person may watch a live video webcast at www.nationalacademies.org.

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