I’ve posted several blog articles about the importance of engaging the private sector in emergency management – and how members of the public and government agencies can benefit from better collaboration with businesses and non-governmental organizations. As part of this effort to better engage with the private sector, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, and other partners will be hosting a conference on Public Private Partnerships on August 3-4.
I’d like to encourage you to participate in with the conference, even though the seats at the conference are filled. Here’s how you can get involved:
- Watch – we’ll have a live webcast of the conference so viewers from across the nation can see and hear what the presenters are discussing. On the webcast page, there is also a link to the full conference agenda (PDF).
- Tweet – those that are at the conference or talking about it on Twitter are encouraged to use #FEMAP3 in their message
- Learn more – for more on FEMA’s ongoing work with the private sector, visit the Private Sector Division website, or send us an e-mail.
The event will include cutting edge panelists, interactive workshops, and working groups that will explore creative ways for public private partnership collaboration before, during and after an emergency. Scheduled speakers include DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, former DHS Secretary/Governor Tom Ridge, representatives from NORTHCOM, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, Target, Big Lots and Verizon, to name a few.
I hope you’ll be able to watch the webcast, join the larger conversation on Twitter, or learn more about FEMA’s work with the private sector. To get you started on the last point, here are some of my past blog posts:
- Resources for getting your business prepared
- Connecting the private sector to emergency response
- News of the Day: Private Sector Execs Working at FEMA