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Press Release: Disaster Preparation for Restaurants Event in NYC

Friday, September 05, 2014  
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2014

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Part of National Preparedness Month, the NYS Restaurant Association and HUB International host event to help restaurant owners and managers prepare in case of disaster.

NEW YORK — The New York State Restaurant Association ( and Hub International ( will be hosting “Disaster Preparation for Restaurants: Risk Management, Insurance & Claims Overview” on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. ( This is a must-attend event for restaurant owners and managers as we head into hurricane and winter season.


At this educational seminar, topics to be covered include investing in disaster preparation vs. costs of aftermath, the risk of your location, communication breakdown issues – ways to approach messaging in the event of a loss, insurance coverages available and the change in the market, surrounding areas- best practices to tackle unavoidable risks, post loss claim management: key players and their roles in the claim settlement process, and ample claims scenarios from past disasters and how they were resolved.


“The NYS Restaurant Association is committed to helping restaurants succeed and to do that they need to be prepared in the event of a disaster. This event is designed as part of the National Preparedness Month to give restaurant owners and managers practical instructions to plan for and recover from a disaster in order to maintain operations and help the community,” commented Melissa Autilio Fleischut, President and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association.


“Natural disasters can result in significant property damage, injuries to employees, business interruption and more. With these factors in mind, learning to manage and insure risk effectively is critical,” said Michael Zeldes, Senior Vice President of HUB International Northeast.


Presenters at the event include Michael Zeldes, Senior Vice President, HUB International Northeast; Guy Gioino, Senior Risk Consultant, HUB International Northeast; Monica Czwarno, Emergency Services Regional Manager of Mass Care, American Red Cross in Greater New York Region; and Ira Tannenbaum, Director of Public/Private Initiatives, NYC Office of Emergency Management.


In addition, the NYC Office of Emergency Management will review its current initiatives and communications protocols for helping business and their employees during a disaster.
“Our Association works closely with the NYC Office of Emergency Management as Emergency Support Functions (ESF) Partner to ensure that our restaurant members have the most up-to-date information on upcoming potential disaster events and how disasters have effected their operations,” said Melissa Autilio Fleischut, President and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association.


At the event, the American Red Cross will share more details on the Restaurants Active in Disaster Relief (RADR) program. Working together, the NYS Restaurant Association and Red Cross will be mobilizing local restaurants during times of disaster to provide meals, staff, and kitchen space for the community.


“Restaurants are at the heart of every community. Working together to build resiliency and capacity is crucial to the successful recovery of communities in the aftermath of a disaster,” said Monica Czwarno, Emergency Services Regional Manager of Mass Care at the American Red Cross in Greater New York Region.


“We are very excited to partner and support the RADR program with the Red Cross and will be releasing initial details on how restaurants can be active in disaster relief through meal procurement, staffing service sites, and more at the event next week,” said Ms. Fleischut.


About the New York State Restaurant Association: The New York State Restaurant Association’s mission is to help restaurateurs succeed. The Association is the first place owners and managers turn to gain a competitive edge, by taking advantage of: cost saving benefits, education, and advocacy.

About HUB International: HUB International is a top 10 leading global insurance brokerage firm offering property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, and risk management products and services. For more information on HUB International, please Contact: Cara Siegel, 516.677.4992 /



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