SOURCE: IFMA - Southeastern Michigan Chapter

March 07, 2007 11:11 ET

Latest Homeland Security Initiatives to Be Presented at March 15 International Facility Management Association Meeting

DETROIT, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2007 -- What are the latest Homeland Security initiatives being conducted and how do they impact business? If a tornado, electrical outage or explosion occurs, will you or your business be prepared? Building and facilities managers will learn this and more when Brenda A. Ice, Deputy Director, and Susan Sanderson, Emergency Management Specialist, of the Detroit Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), speak at the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of International Facility Management Association (IFMA) meeting on Thursday, March 15.

The public is invited to the meeting at AAA Michigan, One Auto Club Drive, Dearborn, Mich. -- 4:30 p.m. registration and refreshments, 5:45 p.m. program. Register at 810-229-8973. Tickets -- $25 for IFMA members, $35 for non-members.

IFMA Chapter President Robert Beuter says, "Since 9/11, ensuring the security of employees has become a paramount issue in the workplace. Establishing plans before a disaster is essential to effective emergency response."

Using experience gained preparing for the 2005 All Star Game and 2006 Super Bowl XL, Brenda Ice will address the progression of emergency management and homeland security; how the City of Detroit prepares for emergencies and disasters; the role of business in emergency planning and preparedness; and the latest homeland security initiatives at the regional level.

Susan Sanderson, manager for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, trains individuals and businesses how to prepare for emergencies and disasters. She will explain the benefits of CERT Emergency Kits, how CERT teams can be utilized, and security services available to help businesses.

Sanderson says, "Everyone needs to take the initiative to be prepared for an emergency. We need to shift our mindset from expecting the government to do everything for us. We need to think 'if we had 10 minutes to leave, what would we take with us?'"

IFMA is an international, not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting excellence in facility management. Incorporated in 1980, IFMA provides educational programs and assists facilities managers in developing strategies for managing human, facility and real estate resources. IFMA also awards a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) designation to experienced facilities managers who pass a rigorous exam. The second oldest chapter in IFMA, the Southeastern Michigan Chapter has over 250 members. For more information about IFMA visit

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