(Tallahassee, FL) – The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®, FEMA and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) are now accepting registrations for four (4) free QuakeSmart “Earthquake” and Ready Business “Power Outage” disaster preparedness workshops for building officials, businesses, corporations, engineers, emergency managers, homebuilders, leaders, manufacturers, nonprofits, organizations, policymakers, public officials, risk managers, and small businesses across the U.S.
Attendees will receive streamlined business continuity planning and mitigation project plans with simple, step-by-step instructions to help reduce risk and protect employees, clients, customers, and communities. The workshops include a free luncheon with a keynote presentation featuring experts and leaders who will address disaster resilient public policy from the federal, state, local, and private perspective.
Registration links and details are below:
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Memphis QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop
University of Memphis, River Room
499 University Center
Memphis, TN 38152
Memphis Featured Speakers – Dr. Christine Powell, Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis, will discuss a new study conducted with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) to better understand the cause and frequency of earthquakes in the Central U.S. and Richard W. Howe, P.E., Structural and Building Performance Consultant will address the history and status of seismic building codes in Memphis.
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C. QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop
The American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
Washington, D.C. Featured Speakers – Eric Letvin, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation, National Flood Insurance and Mitigation Administration and recent White House Director of Hazard Mitigation and Risk Reduction Policy with the National Security Council will discuss building codes, and explore disaster resilience incentives and policies. USGS Research Geophysicist Thomas L. Pratt will address the risk and likely outcomes of an earthquake in the Northeast U.S.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Indiana Ready Business Power Outage Workshop
Newton County Government Center
4117 South 240 West
Morocco, IN 47963
Morocco Featured Speaker - Melanie Tydrich, Senior Channel Manager, Residential Products, Kohler Company will provide the best practices for using generators during a power outage and Ray Chambers, Director, Newton County Emergency Management Agency will address lessons learned from previous power outages in Northwest Indiana.
Thursday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Charleston QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop
College of Charleston, North Campus
3800 Paramount Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
Charleston Featured Speaker – South Carolina Department of Insurance Director Ray Farmer on the role of strong, well-enforced building codes in community resiliency.
Workshop co-presenters include the American Institute of Architects, Association of Continuity Professionals, West Tennessee Chapter; Building Owners and Managers Association of West Tennessee; Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium; CCS Group, LLC; Disaster Resistant Business Toolkit Workgroup; FEMA; FLASH; NEHRP, Simpson Strong-Tie Co.; South Carolina Department of Insurance; South Carolina Emergency Management Agency; Tennessee Emergency Management Agency; and Worksafe Technologies.