Buffalo’s Future: Disaster Preparedness – Where to Begin

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

6 – 8 p.m. Presentation/Q&A

Medaille College Lecture Hall

(Inside the Main Building)

18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo

Welcome reception at 5:30 for all attendees.

Do you want to learn more about disaster preparedness planning? Are you ready for a terrorist or cyber-attack? What about an active shooter or natural disaster? Direct insured property losses from catastrophes striking the United States totaled $17.1 billion in the first half of 2017, up from $13.9 billion in the first half of 2016. Don’t be a part of these statistics.

You never know when disaster may strike. Consider disasters that Western New York businesses have experienced just during the past year:

  • An active shooter incident at a Cheektowaga Dollar General store last November where one victim was shot;
  • A cyber-attack in April 2017 that held ECMC hostage and cost nearly $10 million to correct;
  • A tornado that hit the Erie County Fair Grounds last summer, just nine days before opening, and
  • A sludge release by the Niagara Water Board last August that got international media attention.


Whether it’s a terrorist attack, an active shooter or a natural or man-made disaster like the ones above, you need to be prepared.

Join our panel of experts from law enforcement, business, and government who will share their expertise, discuss their firsthand experiences, and provide an overview that will help you take the first steps in preparedness:

  • Glen S. Aichinger, Director — Electric Emergency Planning, National Grid
  • Andrew L. Davis, Chief Operating Officer, ECMC
  • Colleen Hiam, Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center Director, SBA
  • Kevin P. Lyons, Acting Special Agent–in-Charge, FBI


The evening will include a keynote address by Steven MacMartin, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Medaille College bachelor's degree program in Homeland Security and a recently retired Senior Special Agent/National Program Manager with the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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