Building Resilience Through Public-Private Partnerships; HUD Secretary, FEMA Administrator Among Speakers at National Academy of Sciences Public Event Sept. 5


The 2012 National Research Council report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative revealed a strong community of stakeholders eager to build resilience to risk and catastrophic disasters in the United States.  The Research Council plays a leading role in convening scientists, practitioners, and policymakers to help increase national disaster resilience, and is also working with international stakeholders to share lessons learned to promote a more resilient world.


In partnership with the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks, the Research Council will hold a daylong public meeting and workshop to explore opportunities to further build resilience coalitions among decision-makers, experts, and the private sector.  As part of the day’s activities, FEMA will unveil a new, national, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.


Speakers include:

Shaun Donovan, secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

W. Craig Fugate, administrator, Federal Emergency Management Administration

Todd Jones, CEO, Willis Group North America

Eduardo Martinez, chair, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks



The public event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 5, in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Registration information and a full agenda can be found at  Those who cannot attend in person may watch a live video webcast at