Medaille’s Steve MacMartin, Local Experts Discuss Disaster Preparedness at Buffalo’s Future Event

Medaille College clinical assistant professor Steve MacMartin ’13 and a panel of local experts discussed how to plan for a disaster during an event at Medaille’s Buffalo campus on February 8. MacMartin, the director of Medaille’s bachelor’s degree program in homeland security and a recently retired Senior Special Agent/National Program Manager with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was the keynote speaker at “Buffalo’s Future: Disaster Preparedness – Where to Begin.” The panel of experts from law enforcement, business and government included Glen S. Aichinger, Director of Electric Emergency Planning with National Grid; Andrew L. Davis, Chief Operating Officer at ECMC;  Colleen Hiam, Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center Director with the SBA; and Kevin P. Lyons, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge with the FBI. MacMartin and the panelists outlined how businesses and individuals can prepare for all kinds of disasters, from terrorist attacks or active shooter situations to natural or man-made disasters.

Download additional resources here, and watch the entire discussion on disaster preparedness on Medaille’s YouTube channel.

The Buffalo’s Future Series invites community leaders to Medaille for a series of discussions devoted to building the community’s strengths, creating educational and economic opportunities, and investing in the region’s future.

Interested in learning more about cybersecurity? Phillips Lytle will tackle this important topic at “New Data Regulations — Answers to FAQs,” scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday, February 15, at Phillips Lytle’s office at One Canalside. Register now at

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