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Red Cross Hosts Disaster Partnerships Conference

Tiffany Windows
This helps bring the nation closer to its goal of becoming more resilient.

The American Red Cross is hosting the Third Annual Public/Private Partnerships Conference Tuesday and Wednesday, July 30 and 31 in Washington, D.C. to highlight how successful partnerships can best work together during disasters.

Convened by the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Northern Command (DHS, FEMA, USNORTHCOM), topics to be discussed feature the latest innovations, opportunities and challenges the country faces during a large-scale disaster.

Keynote speakers include DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Red Cross Senior Vice President, Disaster Lifecycle, Richard Reed and Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern.

“The conference helps bridge the gap between public and private sector stakeholders’ missions and operations,” said Trent Thompson, USNORTHCOM Private and NGO Office Chief. “This helps bring the nation closer to its goal of becoming more resilient.” Participants include stakeholders from academia, all levels of government, corporations, small business, faith-based community, volunteers and more.

In addition to hosting the event, the Red Cross will moderate a panel on “Public-Private Partnerships in Action”, highlighting important lessons learned after Hurricane Sandy. Key partners from Grainger, the Weather Channel, Target and the National Association of Emergency Managers will discuss current best practices surrounding public-private partnerships, as well as emerging challenges on the horizon.

Experts will also address important issues such as engaging small businesses in helping their communities recover from major disasters; the ability to keep critical products flowing to communities hit by disaster; restoring utilities after a disaster; keeping cyber physical and virtual assets going during an extended power outage or cyber attack and how law enforcement agencies are partnering with academic institutions to use technology to increase public safety.

Registration for the event has reached capacity and is closed. However, you can view the event live via Webcast.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.