Monday, December 6, 2021

Leadership NEXT welcomes experts on emergency preparedness and response

Leadership NEXT, a professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida brought to you by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its next program on Aug. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center located at 2675 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers. The program will feature a panel of local experts on emergency preparedness and response including Rob Duns, meteorologist for NBC-2; Lisa LeBlanc-Hutchings, senior manager of programs- emergency planning, safety and training for the Lee County Port Authority; and Sandra Tapfumaneyi, operations chief with Lee County Emergency Management.

Each panelist will offer an inside look of how some of Southwest Florida’s major entities mitigate, plan, respond and alert the community about public emergencies. In addition, guests will receive valuable information and helpful tips for businesses and individuals to avoid and respond to crisis ranging from natural disasters, dangerous accidents and violent attacks in public places. Following the presentation will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the innovative Emergency Operations Center.

After the tour, the program will move to Chili’s Grill on 6 Mile Cypress Parkway for a networking social sponsored by Pool Pros, Inc. The Aug. 9 program is free to attend, yet guests are encouraged to register in advance at

Leadership NEXT is a group of advancing professionals representing a variety of businesses and industries throughout Southwest Florida who are actively pursuing opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills, establish working relationships with colleagues, and engage in valuable programs and discussions to further enhance their careers. Programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. The location will change every month based on the program topic.

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