“We need to put life-sustaining commodities on the ground for 1.5 million people in 72 hours. How are we going to do that?” posited David J. Kaufman, Director of Policy and Program Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, at Pace’s Summit on Resilience, January 11, 2012. “And that’s not ‘we FEMA,’ and that’s not ‘we the Feds,’ that’s ‘we as a nation.’”
This was just one among many questions and issues explored last month as Pace University partnered with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security to present the Summit on Resilience, a one-day summit focused on the involvement and partnership of the public and private sectors after disaster. The summit featured guest speakers Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations and the Honorable Tom Ridge, President and CEO of Ridge Global and the First United States Secretary of Homeland Security.
In addition, three panels comprising experts and decision-makers from both sectors—including Ivan G. Seidenberg, retired CEO and Chairman of the Board of Verizon, Joseph F. Bruno of the New York City Office of Emergency Management, and security expert Bonnie S. Michelman, as well as many others—discussed the changing model of recover after disaster and the interdependence needed for communities to recover.
Press play on the video above to view the highlights from Pace’s Summit on Resilience or visit www.pace.edu/resilience to watch the full Summit.