It doesn't matter where you are located, fleet professionals must plan for (and respond to) disasters. With recent hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and ice, this past year has been a case study in disaster preparedness; generating lessons learned in preparation, execution, and post-event recovery for fleet professionals everywhere. The Disaster Preparation event provides fleet professionals with the knowledge to successfully tackle any disaster scenario.
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Session 1 – Getting Your Trucks in a Row
Natural and man-made disasters can happen at any time. Does your organization have a plan to deal with the aftermath? Advance preparation is the key to dealing with challenges that arise in times of crisis. It is crucial to the success of your recovery efforts to have your emergency operations plans in place. Does your organization partner with FEMA? FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to work together to build, sustain and improve capacity to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. Since a large part of its role is preparation, Fleet Managers can benefit from a close relationship with FEMA as they develop their emergency plans.
- Establish a relationship with FEMA
- Develop a plan to deal with any disaster
- Work closely with State/Province and Federal agencies for best results
: Bryan Flansburg, CAFM, Longmont Emergency Unit
Patti Early, CAFM, Florida Power and Light
Session 2 – During the Disaster – Conducting Business as Usual
Gas stations need to pump fuel, grocery stores need to sell food and first responders need to carry out normal functions; all while dealing with the austere conditions the disaster has created. Adding to the stress of this, employees are worried about their own homes and families. Even when these businesses succeed in keeping their doors open, how do fleets access these services during the emergency?
Jennifer Walls, CAFM, City of Austin
Ray Brisby, CAFM
Moderator: Jennifer Walls, CAFM®, City of Austin
Session 3 – During the Disaster – Executing Relief Operations
- Plan for continuous operations during emergencies
- Build surplus capacity to deal with every contingency
- Keep your doors open while you provide relief response
When disaster has struck and your organization has been called into action, what does the Fleet Manager need to consider in order to support the response force? Knowing how to work within a State of Emergency, and under a formal Incident Command Structure, is paramount in order to execute an effective emergency response.
Moderator: Ray Brisby, CAFM®, Calgary Fire
- Execute the mobilization plan to enable the movement of resources
- Support the Logistics Section with access to fuel, materials, and supplies
- Create plans to deal with the unexpected…keeping the fleet up and running
- Develop the demobilization plan, preparing to begin recovery operations
- Joe Suarez, Director Fleet Services, Florida Power & Light
- Kevin Fareri, Texas DOT
Session 4 – After the Disaster – Excelling at Recovery Operations
Now that the disaster has passed, how do your organization and your community recover? Whether you work for a public service or a commercial fleet, there are steps you can take to ensure you are prepared to respond and deal with the aftermath. Having a plan in place and executing that plan is critical.
- Create a plan that will address your recovery needs (including cost recovery) for any event
- Work with your insurance carrier to file and expedite your claims
- Find the proper channels for disposal of damaged assets and equipment
Patti Early, CAFM®
, Florida Power and Light
- Patrick Burnett, AVP, Technical Claims Material Damage, Nationwide
- Alex Moore, Copart
Session 5 – Disaster Survivor’s Panel – Hindsight is 20/20
These fleet professionals encountered high profile natural disasters, and survived! They will share their stories in order to arm attendees to cope in similar situations in the future. Panelists will address topics such as securing your fuel supply, accounting for employees and pre-positioning equipment. They will also take your questions which you can text to the Moderator during the session.
- Meet fleet professionals who were integral during recent natural disasters
- Ask questions in order to be better prepared in the future
- Learn what these “survivors” would have done differently
Katherine Vigneau, CAFM®
- Ray Brisby
- Kevin Fareri
- Alex Moore