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Disaster Planning, Are You Ready?
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When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
From 7:30 until 9:30 AM
Where: The Plaza Club, 20th Floor
900 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
United States
Contact: Landon Wong

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Disaster Planning, Are You Ready?

Almost half of all small businesses are unable to reopen after a major disaster because they were unprepared, according to the American Red Cross.

  • How would you continue business activities if the city or streets near your building are closed or not accessible?
  • How would you continue to serve your customers if your facility was closed for several months? Would your business survive if it was closed for several weeks or months?
  • How can you support your employees and their family members during this time?
  • What employment-related legal issues must employers be aware of when planning for disasters?

SHRM Hawaii Educational Foundation Oahu District is pleased to bring to you a distinguished panel of presenters who will address business considerations in the event of a disaster, how to help your employees and their family members properly prepare and work through recovery and legal issues to consider.


Coralie Chun Matayoshi is CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Islands Region will provide tips on how to help your employees and their family members best prepare. 

  • Are you and your family prepared for the big one?  You need to take care of yourselves before you can help your business and others.
  • Free tool helps businesses, schools and organizations get prepared for natural and manmade disasters.
  • Volunteer opportunities

Kean Muranaka from Atlas Insurance Agency will discuss:

  • How to prepare your business
  • Notifying vendors
  • Establishing an employee chain of command, responsibilities and communication
  • The importance of business diversification
  • Properly storing your data
  • Inventory management and proper record keeping
  • The importance of maintaining adequate insurance

Cori Lau of Dentons US LLP will discuss the legal implications of disaster assessment, planning and response execution, including

  • identifying and meeting applicable laws and legal standards imposed on employers in disaster and emergency planning and response;
  • assessing and accommodating employee needs while avoiding disability discrimination; and
  • drafting and implementing policies to address post-disaster employment issues.

Please join us on June 12, at the Plaza Club as we hear from industry experts on how to ensure you, your company and your employees can best prepare before a disaster occurs.


  Coralie Chun Matayoshi

CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Islands Region

Coralie Chun Matayoshi is CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Islands Region (Hawaii, Guam, Saipan), and previously served as a part-time District Court Judge for the State of Hawaii, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Bar Association, and Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division in Washington D.C.  She is a graduate of Punahou School, University of California, Berkeley, and Hastings College of the Law.

Coralie served on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents for 5 years, and is currently on the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau Board and Diamond Head Theater Community Advisory Board.  A former Narcissus Queen and mother of three, Matayoshi was named by Pacific Business News as 2010 Businesswoman of the Year for nonprofits.
  Keane Muranaka

Senior Claims Consultant, Client Consulting Services


Keane has 25 years of claims management experience and has held various claims positions in the local property and casualty industry. Prior to joining Atlas, he was Assistant Vice President, Claims Supervisor – Field Unit for Island Insurance Company, Ltd. His previous claims experience also includes positions with the National Interstate Insurance Company, Hawaii Hurricane Relief Fund and Pacific Insurance Company.
Muranaka earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a graduate of Damien High School.  He is past President of the Hawaii Insurance Claim Managers Association and is a member of the Hawaii Claims Association.

  Corianne W. Lau 

Partner, Dentons US LLP


Corianne Lau is a partner in the Honolulu office of Dentons US LLP, fka Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of employment law and litigation, government contracts, commercial disputes and administrative law. Cori represents construction contractors and subcontractors in every stage of their government and commercial contracts, including dispute resolution.


Cori is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Employment Law Committee of DRI, and the National Contract Management Association. She is a director of the Hawai'i State Bar Association and a past President of Hawai'i Women Lawyers and of the Hawai'i Women’s Legal Foundation. Cori serves on the Board of Directors of the East‐West Center Foundation and the Friends of the Hawaii State Art Museum, and is a former member of the Board of Governors of the East-West Center.


Cori has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for Labor & Employment Litigation (2012-2018; 2017 "Lawyer of the Year"), Employment Law - Management (2013-2018), Arbitration (2012-2018), Government Contracts (2018), and Labor & Employment (2011). 

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