Meeting Archive:
Disaster Preparedness: Does your organization have a plan?

Meeting Description:

Organizations which operate successfully must incorporate emergency preparedness and planning activities into their daily business activity. Businesses of all sizes must be prepared to respond to emergencies and disasters of all sizes. Often times unexpected disasters cause businesses to relocate or even cease operation temporarily or permanently. This could certainly lead to substantial economic and personal hardship. Thorough planning for the safety and survival of your employees,customers, and infrastructure is essential to maximize the chances for recovery.

We've gathered some first-hand experts to not only give real life examples & lessons learned, but also make sure you know the steps to have in place should your own organization, large or small, face an emergency.

Join Mercy Corps and the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) for this free informative AND philanthropic web event. ReadyTalk will be matching donations of those that choose to give, up to $5,000 in relief funds for Mercy Corps' ongoing efforts in the Haiti earthquake disaster.
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Date: Wed, Mar 31, 2010
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): ReadyTalk Web Seminar Series
 Presenter Information
Jennifer Schmidt
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Jennifer is a senior development officer with the international aid organization Mercy Corps, based in Portland, OR, and has been involved in their internal and external communication efforts around the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Jennifer has worked in nonprofit outreach and communications for more than 12 years, with organizations in Washington, DC, New York, NY, and Portland, OR. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

Karen Wilcox
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Karen Wilcox is currently a Training Manager with the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), a division of Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), which is one of the agencies within the Texas A&M System.  Karen has worked for NERRTC since 2004.  NERRTC provides local, state, and federal jurisdictions with high-quality, hands-on, scenario-driven leadership training, exercises, technical assistance, and strategy development.  Since 1998, NERRTC has provided training for more than 278,262 responders in all 50 states, U.S territories, the District of Columbia, and U.S. military installations worldwide.