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Because Every Business Needs an Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Plan, Greater Irvine Chamber Offers Training Forum: Three panels. Ten perspectives. Tons of experience.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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As hundreds of communities are still reeling from damage and tragedy brought on by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the earthquake in Mexico, it couldn’t be more apparent how important it is for individuals and businesses to have an emergency preparedness and recovery plan in place, before disaster strikes.

The Greater Irvine Chamber recognizes the need for disaster preparedness, even in an idyllic location such as Southern California. To help business owners and managers prepare for a major systemic or catastrophic incident, the Chamber presents its Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Forum, Thursday, October 19, 8 – 11:45 a.m.

The Forum will bring together Irvine’s police and fire departments, Orange County Sheriff’s Department representatives, as well as public utility and private sector emergency preparedness experts to inform, educate, and engage the business community in business preparedness and recovery best practices. Through presentations and panel interviews, participants will learn what they can expect from the public sector and what individual businesses can do to minimize the down-time, protect employees and assets, retain customers, and accelerate recovery in the event of an incident.


  • 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome
    • Chamber CEO – Bryan Starr
    • Chip Monaco, Waste Management - Moderator
  • 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. - Public Sector Presentations: What can we expect from the public sector?
  • Irvine PD Chief Hamel
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Office of Emergency Management - Donna Boston, Director
  • National Guard – Lt. Col. Neal Rodak
  • Q & A
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.  - Public Utility and Private Sector Emergency Preparedness Experts: What can we expect/ what must we know to be better prepared?
  • So Cal Gas – Paul Simonds
  • SCE – David Karaffa
  • Metropolitan Water or Irvine Water District
    • Q & A
  • 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. - Private Sector Security Experts: What products, services and tools are available for businesses to better prepare and recover?
  • Thinkbox Technology – Carlos Oregon
  • BERT – Business Emergency Response Team – Bill Cunningham
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) – Sherry Coates
  • Q & A
  • Wrap Up & Networking

The forum will be held at the Greater Irvine Chamber, 36 Executive Park, Suite 100.

Participation is free for Greater Irvine Chamber members, and $29 for guests. The program includes breakfast and networking, beginning at 8 a.m.

To register, click here.

For more information, contact Pepper Russell.

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