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Building Resilience

FEMA recently hosted a national conference entitled "Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships." Attendees from federal, state, and local governments, business and industry, and voluntary agencies met for two days to discuss how partnerships between all of these constituencies improves the resiliency of our communities. This month's newsletter touches on a few key concepts from the conference. A full webcast of the conference is also available: Day 1, August 3 and Day 2, August 4.

Do Something Meaningful, Measurable, and Visible

NPMSeptember is National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, jobs, schools, and communities. This year's campaign focuses on remembering disasters from the past and encouraging communities to work together to improve community and national resiliency. ALAN has been challenged to get 100 businesses, organizations, or individuals to register for the National Preparedness Month Coalition. Join now – it only takes about 97 seconds to register!

Also, consider participating in the National Day of Service to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Share the activities your business or organization is planning, and we'll include them in our September newsletter.

Prepare Your Organization

PS-Prep is a voluntary accreditation and certification program, directed by the Department of Homeland Security, aimed at encouraging emergency preparedness in the private sector. PS-Prep is based on three standards (ASIS, BSI, NFPA) by which groups can assess their readiness and ensure that their continuity plans are sufficient to protect employees and resources and return to operations following a disaster. Learn more about how you can prepare your business and protect your employees and your community.

One of the Many Faces of ALAN

JJ PhelanJJ Phelan of TriFactor Distribution Solutions has seen first-hand how using the skills he has honed in everyday business can help others. Phelan, a licensed professional engineer and graduate of the US Naval Academy, used his training as an engineer to help design a more efficient picking process for Lakeland, FL-based Volunteers in Service to the Elderly.

If you visited the ALAN booth and packed a food kit at this spring's ProMat Expo, you used a Phelan-designed flow cell and conveyer system donated by Unex Manufacturing and TriBoro Shelving. Phelan sees the value his work brings to his business – "By leveraging our talents and relationships, we can contribute socially without significantly impacting our operational expenses."

Share your story of how your business helps disaster survivors. Send it to News@ALANaid.org.