How to Prepare for a Severe Weather Event and Mitigate Its Impact

This year’s AGC 2020 Convention features the following safety, health and environmental (SHE) seminar enitled “Before the Storm: How to Prepare for a Severe Weather Event and Mitigate Its Impact” by speakers Michael D. Widdekind, CFPS of The Zurich Services Corporation and Frank Wampol of  B.L. Harbert International on Tuesday March 10, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

“The frequency and severity of construction claims associated with severe storm events are increasing each year. This session will focus on mitigation and preparedness measures to help reduce loss and keep projects on track. In addition, examples of lessons learned and elements of a prompt response and recovery measures will be addressed to help you before and after the storm.”

Objectives of the safety, health and environmental (SHE) seminar address adverse weather, mitigation strategies, preparedness activities, response plans and recovery actions:

  • Review the essentials of a severe weather plan
  • Identify mitigation strategies
  • Outline preparedness activities
  • Develop effective response and recovery

Michael D. Widdekind, CFPS, The Zurich Services Corporation

Michael D. Widdekind is an AVP, Technical Director – Property North America with more than 25 years of experience in the loss control profession. Widdekind has a strong background in protecting facilities from internal flood and natural disasters. He has been involved in extreme weather event projects at the National Academies of Sciences – Institutes of Medicine, and the American Meteorological Society. In addition to his work at Zurich, Widdekind is a member of the Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems at NIST.

Frank Wampol, B.L. Harbert International

Frank Wampol serves as Corporate Vice President, Safety & Health for B.L. Harbert International a Birmingham, Alabama-based general contractor with a worldwide scope of work. B.L. Harbert International is currently conducting construction operations in more than 17 nations, employing 9,000 people who will this year account for over 14 million direct-hire man hours. B.L. Harbert International has been named as one of America’s Safest Companies. Harbert has also received the nation’s top safety awards from multiple industry associations. In addition, Frank serves on national and international industry safety committees including AGC’s National Safety & Health Committee.

AGC Annual Convention

March 9 – 12, 2020
The Bellagio Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

The AGC Annual Convention provides contractors of all sizes the opportunity to gain business-critical insights into the issues most affecting their operations. From risk management to safety on the jobsite to the latest in project management solutions, AGC brings together experts from across the industry to share their knowledge and help prepare contractors to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Every three years, the AGC Convention travels back to Las Vegas to participate in the CONEXPO-CON/AGG tradeshow, North America’s largest construction industry event.

The Associated General Contractors of America
2300 Wilson Blvd. Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 548-3118


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