Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

The County of Simcoe and area partners are hosting another Ask an Expert virtual session focused on emergency preparedness and business continuity for business owners May 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The pandemic has affected businesses and organizations and their ability to deliver goods and services. Taking time to develop a business continuity plan can help organizations identify vulnerabilities and develop mitigation strategies and contingency plans to reduce the negative consequences of all types of emergencies.

This session will provide the knowledge and tools required to initiate a business continuity plan as well as enhancing emergency preparedness among staff members.

Local experts presenting at this virtual session include:        

  • Rob Heffernan, Simcoe County emergency services program supervisor. Rob joined the emergency management department in 2008. He delivers a range of emergency management training courses for staff, local municipalities and partner organizations. He works on the development and maintenance of the County’s emergency operations centers and emergency response plans, including the continuity of operations plan.
  • Colleen Simpson, manager of 911 and emergency planning.She oversees the emergency planning department and ensures development, implementation and administration of the County’s emergency management programs. Colleen has over 20 years experience in emergency services along with extensive knowledge in 911 and emergency management. She has a master’s degree in disaster and emergency management and is certified as associate business continuity professional. 

Registration is free. The Ask an Expert webinar series is presented by the County of Simcoe, member municipalities, the cities of Barrie and Orillia, the province of Ontario, the Sandbox Centre, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development, the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, Georgian College and Lakehead University.

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