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Partners in Preparedness

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March 2014: CME Group
CME Group is the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. As a dedicated Partner in Preparedness, CME Group takes pride in its solid business continuity management and preparedness program, which is central to helping mitigate potential impacts to its employees, markets, and customers. This program is supported by a team of continuity professionals — located in Chicago, New York, Houston and London — which has worked toward a single goal: to build a more resilient marketplace while safeguarding its people and its systems. These employees serve on and participate in industry, sector and federal committees and groups that aim to enhance preparedness and increase resiliency.

CME Group also counts on its relationship with the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), as New York City is home to the company's NYMEX World Headquarters, and more than 300 employees. To mark National Preparedness Month in September 2013, CME Group hosted OEM Commissioner Joe Bruno — along with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and New York and New Jersey State agencies — who came to talk to its employees about how they can take steps to better prepare themselves and their families before an emergency.

February 2014: WilmerHale
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale) is an international law firm with 15 offices and approximately 2,500 employees, and has been a dedicated Partner in Preparedness since 2011. The firm has hosted Preparedness Day events in all of its offices worldwide since 2009. These events encourage employees to improve their personal emergency planning and provide a refresher for longtime employees on firm and office-specific emergency response procedures. Staff members from New York City's Office of Emergency Management have presented at the past three Preparedness Day events at WilmerHale's New York office, and firm employees appreciate the close relationship between the firm and city planners.

WilmerHale also conducts regular exercises to keep leadership teams familiar with communication tools and response procedures. Checklists, guidelines, planning tips and more are available to emergency team members and the larger firm community on the firm's internal and external websites. Recently, "Stay or Go" documents were posted in each person's office or workspace to provide quick access to important emergency response procedures. These documents include floor plans and building procedures, as well as specific directions for sudden emergencies, such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, medical emergencies, extreme weather, and workplace violence. Personal Evacuation Go Bags with essential supplies are available for everyone should evacuation or "sheltering place" is necessary. The firm also uses an externally-hosted website so important information is available at the time of an emergency. WilmerHale is always looking for innovative ways to ensure its attorneys, staff and on-site vendors have the information they need to act quickly to protect themselves, and minimize business disruptions when emergencies occur.

January 2014: The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging of Hunter College
Since 2006, the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging has been funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to develop and manage the Adult Care Emergency Preparedness Program. Brookdale is working with a cohort of 10 adult care facilities to complete various emergency preparedness activities that will focus on strengthening these facilities' disaster plans. As part of this process, over the next six months, Brookdale will be providing technical and logistical support to the facilities as they take a proactive approach towards preparing their staff, residents, and facilities for emergencies. Activities that will be carried out will include facilitating a webinar series, conducting a hazard vulnerability assessment, administering the American Red Cross 123 Assessment (which measures an organization's level of preparedness), and assisting facilities with the completion of the action steps required to become a Partner in Preparedness.

The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging improves the lives of older adults through research, policy and professional development. From its location in East Harlem, staff members work with the operators, administrators and staff of adult care facilities in New York City on various emergency preparedness initiatives, and are engaged in developing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating cutting-edge programs and practices.

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