Tuesday, July 31, 2012

India's Blackout Disaster

The developing disaster in India caused by the massive power grid failure is an unfortunate example of a disaster caused by a combination of natural and man made acts.  As this disaster unfolds before us, power companies throughout the world, along with businesses and governments are watching closely.  The lessons learned from the India power grid disaster will hopefully prevent or at least mitigate similar power grid implosions elsewhere. 

Preparing for a catastrophic power failure requires significant planning.  Whether caused by negligence, nature, or terrorists, businesses and governments must put in place the necessary contingency and backup plans to allow them to survive the disaster.  It may be backup generators, off site alternative work spaces, or old world work plans that help recover from a power grid disaster. 

The Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association has presented multiple programs throughout the 2011-2012 year on all aspects of disaster preparation and response.  Its Task Force on Disaster Preparation and Response will present two fabulous programs on disasters caused by acts of terrorism on August 3, 2012 at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago at 8:30 am and 2:00 pm at the CLE Center at the Hyatt.  How to plan ahead and how to cope with a power grid failure caused by a terrorist act may be discussed.  For more information, click here


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Disasters Caused By Acts of Terrorism Program on August 3

The American Bar Association's Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Task Force on Disaster Preparedness and Response is hosting two fabulous programs on August 3 as part of its year-long Disaster Initiative.  These two programs feature world class experts on addressing terrorism from a practical, global, insurance, political, and direct perspective.  We look forward to seeing you at the programs:

ABA Annual Meeting Programs: Disasters Caused by Acts of Terrorism
Friday, August 3, 2012
Hyatt Regency Hotel Chicago

8:30am - 10:00am
Understanding and Preparing for Disasters Caused By Terrorist Acts

Moderator:
Larry P. Schiffer, Patton Boggs LLP, New York, NY

Speakers:
Shari F. Natovitz, Vice President and Risk Manager, Silverstein Properties, Inc./World Trade Center Properties
Robert P. Hartwig, Ph.D., CPCU, President, Insurance Information Institute
Jonathan Granoff, President, Global Security Institute

2:00pm-3:30pm
An Insider’s View of Preparing for and Responding to Disasters Caused by Acts of Terrorism

Moderator:
Kenneth M. Roberts, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, IL

Speakers:
Jordan Strauss, Director of Preparedness and Response, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Garry F. McCarthy, Superintendent, Chicago Police Department, Responsible for recent NATO Summit Security
Jon Monken, Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency