Monday, July 9, 2007

Register Online for the July 20 Fairfax County Business Preparedness Summit

Fairfax County’s business community is encouraged to register now for the Fairfax County Business Preparedness Summit to be held on Friday, July 20. The summit, for small and large business owners and operators in Fairfax County, will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.
On-site check in begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast; the opening session begins at 8:30 a.m. The summit will end at approximately 12:30 p.m. Space is limited, and those interested in attending should register at
For more information about the Fairfax County Business Preparedness Summit, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.
The Program
Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Erin Streeter, acting director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign, will keynote the opening session. Bill Lecos, executive director of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, will provide a welcome on behalf of the business community.
A series of three workshops will highlight the morning, with each workshop offered three times so that attendees can participate in each session.
In one session, Teri Flyn, Fairfax County Risk Management Division, and Cullen Henderson, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), will cover business preparedness and continuity of operations planning. David Molchany, deputy county executive, and John Hudson, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, will address how special needs planning should be considered by businesses. And Ellen Kamilakis, also with OEM, will discuss the Fairfax County Citizen Corps programs and how they can work with area businesses.
Lucy Caldwell from the Virginia Department of Health; Merni Fitzgerald, director of the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs; and Brian Worthy, Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs, will cover risk communications and emergency messaging in the second workshop.
The third session features a tour of Fairfax County’s alternate emergency operations center by Mike Ryan, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, along with a presentation on the National Incident Management System from Brian Brendel, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management. Also part of the presentation will be Sharon Smith, Fairfax County Police Department, and Rick Roatch, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
Exhibits and displays will be available throughout the day, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Volunteer Fairfax and the American Red Cross. Each attendee will receive a notebook of business preparedness materials.
The program concludes with closing remarks by Chairman Connolly, along with a question-and-answer session.
Business representatives are encouraged to attend to learn how to better prepare their business for an emergency, as well as to learn how Fairfax County will operate during an emergency.

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