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The Role of the Private Sector in Preparedness and Emergency Response

Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia

Location: SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building

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The purpose of the hearing was to examine how the private sector can be leveraged to support community preparedness and response to natural and manmade disasters. The hearing highlighted how FEMA and the Federal government reaches out to the private sector as well as getting the private sector’s input on best practices and discuss challenges to potential public-private partnerships at the Federal, state and local level. Additionally, the hearing explored how the private sector can better prepare for disasters by developing plans, identifying priorities, engaging other stakeholders, and reducing the escalating cost of disasters with smart mitigation efforts.


Panel I

  • Elizabeth Zimmerman
    Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Response and Recovery
    Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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  • Michael Chodos
    Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development
    U.S. Small Business Administration
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Panel II