Hammonton, NJ – September 8, 2006 – The mission of CCN is to make its independent contractor members more successful and profitable, while assisting them to provide better and more professional services and products for their customers. In her speech to the CCN Fall Conference, “Creating an Emergency Plan for Your Business,” EPP President Eileen Unger presented some eye-opening statistics: 73% of U.S. companies have had a significant interruption of their business operations because of power outages – 46% because of telephone & communications failure, and 34% because of human error. Unger showed the CCN members the basics of preparing plans to help them keep their businesses up and running in spite of accidents and disasters, whether natural or man-made. The fall conference was held at The Westin Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, on September 8, 2006.
The CCN Fall Conference is just one of many speaking events and exhibits that EPP participates in regularly. In recent months, EPP has been the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the New Jersey County Jail Wardens Association at the Tuckahoe Inn, in Beesleys Point, New Jersey. Unger and Pat Goelz talked about the importance of having a comprehensive emergency response plan and how critical the periodic testing of that program is. Unger was also recently a guest speaker at the National Association of Water Companies Annual Luncheon at the Wild Quail Golf and Country Club, Wyoming, Delaware. “Exercising Your Plan For Emergency Fitness” was the topic of her discussion, and she talked about the many benefits that can be gained by conducting exercises of business continuity and emergency response plans.
EPP also participated in the 88th and 89th annual conferences of the New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA). The theme of the most recent conference was “The Indispensable Connection: Our Economy and the Infrastructure”. In addition to representatives from NARUC and industry analysts, the President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities shared her thoughts on important issues facing the industry. Additionally, last year EPP joined the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce (LBCCC). LBCCC is the leading organization dedicated to promoting business in the Lower Bucks County region and consists of over 1500 members. The Chamber services an area encompassing 22 municipalities in Lower Bucks County and is one of only three chambers in Southeastern Pennsylvania to have earned accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
From an exhibitor standpoint, EPP regularly participates in vendor shows and events all across the country. For example, EPP was an exhibitor at the recent Montana Governor’s Emergency Preparedness Summit, held in Billings, Montana. The Governor’s Conference is held annually as a forum to learn and share information. This year’s Keynote Speaker was James Lee Witt, former FEMA director, and currently the founder of James Lee Witt Associates, a Global Options company. EPP was also an exhibitor at the most recent Association of Environmental Utilities (AEA) Security Tips & Tools Conference and Trade Show, Ramada Inn, East Windsor, NJ. The AEA is a nonprofit association of publicly owned facilities providing environmental services – wastewater treatment, solid waste handling and the supply of water – to residents of New Jersey. This trade show focused on the latest state security efforts, changes in communications, surveillance equipment and computer security.
As you can see, the CCN event was only one of many. And the list goes on and on…