Thursday, July 19, 2018

FEMA to hold discussions on response to and readiness for disasters

By on July 5, 2018

SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Thursday it has invited many Puerto Rico businesses and nonprofits to join in panel discussions about how they responded to hurricanes Irma and María, and what they might be doing to prepare for other disasters.

Beginning next week, these “lessons learned” forums, which FEMA calls Continuity of Operations discussions are scheduled at various venues in San Juan. The panels will address a variety of subjects including:

  • How prepared were you for the hurricanes?
  • How have you changed operations and management plans in the wake of the disaster?
  • What can FEMA do to assist you in preparing for the next disaster?
  • What are the most important lessons learned from the disaster?Below is the schedule of panels:

    July 12: 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
    Industry: Retailers and wholesalers
    Venue: Environmental Protection Agency office, City View Plaza II, Suite 7000, #48 Road 165 km 1.2, Guaynabo

    July 12: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Industry: Shopping centers and pharmacies
    Venue: Environmental Protection Agency office, City View Plaza II, Suite 7000, #48 Road 165 km 1.2, Guaynabo

    July 13: 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
    Industry: Chain restaurants
    Venue: Environmental Protection Agency office, City View Plaza II, Suite 7000, #48 Road 165 km 1.2, Guaynabo

    July 13: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Industry: Air/Ground/Maritime logistics
    Venue: Environmental Protection Agency office, City View Plaza II, Suite 7000, #48 Road 165 km 1.2, Guaynabo

    July 19: 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
    Industry: Hospitality and restaurants
    Venue: Sheraton Convention Center, 200 Convention Blvd., San Juan

    July 21: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Industry: Pet rescue
    Venue: FEMA Distribution Center (Nestlé), Carretera #1 km 25.3, Caguas

    For more information on hurricane season preparedness, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4339/hurricane-preparedness.

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