On Thursday, August 6, 2015, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, will host a roundtable entitled, “Rising After Disaster: Improvements and Continuing Challenges.

Thursday’s roundtable will discuss disaster protection and recovery improvements over the past decade, what continuing challenges local, state, and federal officials still face, and what recommendations can be made to Congress for continued improvements regarding disaster loan programs, economic recovery, agency coordination, assistance delivery efficiency, and related topics.

Earlier this year, Vitter introduced and passed out of Committee the RISE After Disaster Act, which would help small businesses to recover and adapt more quickly after a major disaster. Click here to read more.

Thursday, August 6, 2015
“Rising After Disaster: Improvements and Continuing Challenges”
11:00 am EST
428A Russell Senate Office Building

Invited participants include:

• Mr. James Rivera, Associate Administrator, Office of Disaster Assistance, Small Business Administration (SBA)
• Ms. Gerilee Bennett, Deputy Director, National Disaster Recovery Planning Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
• Mr. Russ Paulsen, Executive Director, Office of Community Preparedness and Resilience, American Red Cross
• Mr. William B. Shear, Director, Financial Markets & Community Investment, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
• Ms. Andrea Deadwyler, Director, Credit Programs Group - Audit Division, SBA Office of the Inspector General
• Mr. C.E. “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO, America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

The event will be streamed live at sbc.senate.gov.

**Start time of the roundtable has been changed to 11:00amEST.