The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area and the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council Present Partners in Pre

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, September 27, 2007 and in recognition of National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area in partnership with the Homeland Security & Defense Business...


WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, September 27, 2007 and in recognition of National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area in partnership with the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council will host a Partners in Preparedness Symposium to provide an interactive, hands-on discussion for businesses in the National Capital Region (NCR) on how to better prepare for, respond to and recover from the impacts of natural and man-made disasters.

In conjunction with this event, The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council will release a thought leadership study titled Corporate Responsibility: Why Businesses Should Be Prepared in a World of Uncertainty. The study looks at industry's role in partnering with federal, state and local governments to help protect and secure America's homeland.

Guest speakers include: The Honorable Frank Keating , former Governor of Oklahoma and President and CEO of American Council of Life Insurers, Darrell Darnell , Director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and Greg Pellegrino , Chairman of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council, Global Managing Director of Deloitte's Global Public Sector and James C. Dinegar, President and CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade. The emcee for this event will be Debbi Jarvis , Vice President Communications , Pepco Holdings, Inc and former reporter for NBC4. This event and study were made possible by a contribution from Deloitte.

Individual interviews with the speakers can be arranged prior to or after the symposium by contacting either Tourang Nazari or Rob Vernon. You can also see a complete list of panelists and participants at http://www.homelandcouncil.org/activities.php?actid=29 .

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area, comprised of more than 4,000 volunteers and 130 employees, provides relief to victims of disasters and empowers people in the DC Metropolitan Area to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and other life-threatening emergencies. Financially supported by the generosity of the local community, your National Capital Area Chapter responds 2-3 times a day to local disasters - 518 in 2006 alone - while continuing to build its capacity to effectively prepare for and respond to the next major disaster to strike our community. The National Capital Area Chapter's jurisdiction includes the counties of Prince George 's, Montgomery and Fairfax; the District of Columbia; and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The Chapter maintains a field office on Fort Belvoir, and a presence at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Andrews Air Force Base. The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area is the premier local resource empowering individuals and mobilizing our community to survive the unexpected and save lives.

About the Homeland Security & Business Defense Council

The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council promotes the role of industry in achieving the vision and mission for homeland security across both the public and the private sectors in the US and globally. The Council is an international membership organization comprising the senior executives of the users and suppliers of homeland security-related services, technologies, and products who collaborate on homeland security on behalf of the nation's interest.

SOURCE American Red Cross, NCA; Homeland Security & Defense Business Council