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.
Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Response and Recovery
Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development
U.S. Small Business Administration
Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriter
United Services Automobile Association
National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster