Before Disaster Strikes


From infrastructure failures, aging building systems, to natural disasters, the longevity of your business depends on being prepared for the unexpected. Businesses throughout New York City have seen their share of interruptions, gaining valuable experience about how to persevere in the face of tragedy.

To help your business prepare, The Union Square Partnership, Flatiron Partnership, and Village Alliance have teamed up to present an Emergency Preparedness Forum that will arm attendees with practical knowledge, resources, and relationships to weather any emergency.

Confirmed speakers include:

Renée Typaldos, Restaurant Owner, Merakia
Mickey Slevin, Senior Regional Director, General Assembly New York
Rachel Van Tosh, Deputy Commissioner NYC Small Business Services
Catherine Lewis, Director, Emergency Preparedness Con Edison
Kathryn Howard, Deputy Director, Public/Private Initiatives NYC Emergency Management

At Before Disaster Strikes, join emergency planning experts, institutions, and businesses who will share insights on what the most important lessons learned from disaster and how to engage staff, government officials, and local organizations in the event of a disaster.

The event begins at 8:30 AM. Tickets to Before Disaster Strikes are $10 plus a processing fee. All proceeds from the event will support emergency preparedness outreach and services in Flatiron, Union Square, and Greenwich Village.