2024 Southeast Private-Public Partners Summit 
January 31, 2024, 8:00 AM - February 1, 2024 - 5:00 PM
Pearl, MS
Please join the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, FEMA Region 4, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the 2024 Southeast Private-Public Partnership Summit in Pearl, Mississippi on January 31 to February 1, 2024. This two-day event will bring together non-governmental and private sector partners with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies from across the Southeast.

The summit will include interactive discussions about the challenges of aging infrastructure and supply chain disruptions, economic recovery strategies, capabilities of the private sector, and private-public coordination success stories. We will host two activities simulating an activation of a state Business Emergency Operations Center to get a better understanding of public and private sector emergency management operations.

What to Expect
As we build and expand relationships across sectors and organizations, participants will:

  • Exchange ideas and solutions with private sector risk management specialists and government officials, who are there to listen;
  • Participate in facilitated discussion sessions to better understand the public and private sector capabilities;
  • Gain a better understanding of how, in true partnerships, the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts;
  • Garner a better understanding of how the public and private sector operate during a disaster through simulated events.
Don't miss out.
Day 1 - January 31, 2024
7:30 AM
Doors Open and Registration
8:00 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00 AM
Simulated Activation of the State Business Emergency Operation Center (BEOC)  Scenario 1
This is an interactive scenario that will require all attendees to participate. We will be simulating the activation of a state BEOC. This activity will introduce a plausible natural disaster to foster a discussion from attendees on challenges, concerns, and actions that will be taken by your organization or company. This activity will provide a better understanding of the roles and capabilities of the government and private sector during a disaster to form a more cohesive responsive.
12:00 pM
1:00 pM
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) - Threat Brief
Briefing from Mississippi’s Cybersecurity Advisor on potential threats facing private and public entities.
  • Greg Mallette, Cyber Security Advisor, CISA Region 4
1:45 pM
Supply Chain Disruptions and Downstream Ripple Effects
How does the private sector respond when the supply chain fails? This panel will discuss the impacts of a cascading disruptions to the supply chain and the contingency planning needed to minimize the impacts.
  • Paul Lloyd, Region 4 Logistics Branch Chief, FEMA 
  • Jennifer Nugent-Hill, Director of Government and Community Affairs, Tropical Shipping
  • Sherri Stone, Vice President, Energy Marketers of America
  • Chantel Carter, Associate Director of Crisis Management, Gilead Sciences 
3:00 pM
Business Continuity Challenges Discussion
An audience driven discussion about the challenges faced by businesses during disasters and exploring possible solutions to those challenges.
  • Beverly Byerts, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Florida SBDC                    
  • Derek Brice Stephens, Assistant State Director, MS SBDC
4:00 pM
Day 1 Wrap-up and Review
5:30 pM
Location and details will be released soon.
Day 2 - February 1, 2024
7:30 AM
Doors Open
8:00 AM
Private-Public Coordination Success Stories
Panel covering recent success stories between the state BEOCs, FEMA, and our private sector partners.
  • April Wilson, Business and Industry ESF Lead, SC Dep. of Commerce
  • Michael Nix, Business Continuity and Crisis Response, Chick-Fil-A
  • Julie Roberts, President, Private Sector Emergency Management Association
  • Paul Miller, Outreach Manager, Verizon
  • Mark Misczak, DRCA Government Affairs & SVP, Tidal Basin Group
  • Jared Willis, Missions Pastor, Pinelake Church, MS
9:15 AM
What does post-disaster economic recovery look like for your business?
This is an audience led discussion on strategies leading to economic recovery for your businesses and your community.    
  • Todd Demuth, Private Sector Liaison, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
11:00 AM
Business Preparedness and Resiliency Strategies
Discussion on strategies businesses take to be more resilient and institute a culture of preparedness among their employees.
  • Andrew Romer, Private Sector Liaison, FEMA Region 4
  • Jeff Partin, Director Corporate Security, Emergency Preparedness, Business Continuity & Workplace Violence, Home Depot
  • Chris Cowart, Regional Emergency Manager and Vice President, Wells Fargo
  • Larry Sigler, Director of Food Safety, Waffle House
  • Lee Siler, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Strategy, Walmart
12:00 pM
1:00 pM
Simulated Activation of the State Business Emergency Operation Center (BEOC) Scenario 2
This is an interactive scenario that will require all attendees to participate. This is a continuation of Scenario 1 but with an added wrinkle to assist in fostering a creative problem-solving discussion. This scenario will act as a capstone to the summit and is meant to incorporate new ideas and capabilities discussed throughout the summit.
4:30 pM
Preparing for 2025: Southeast Private-Public Partners Summit Hotwash
Have some feedback for the planning committee? Join us for a quick hotwash to discuss what you enjoyed and what we can improve for the next summit.
Welcome Speakers
Erik Hooks
Deputy FEMA Administrator
Stephen McCraney
Executive Director
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Robert Samaan
Regional Administrator
FEMA Region4
Kate Nichols
Deputy Regional Director
CISA Region 4
Mayor Jake Windham
Mayor, City of Pearl
Todd DeMuth
Private Sector Liaison
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Summit Location
Pearl Community Center, 2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, MS 39208

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