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 Export to Your Calendar 6/12/2019
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

Online registration is available until: 6/5/2019
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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 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 my employees and their family members during this time?

SHRM 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.


Frank Valenti and 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 

Victor Leonardi of the Salvation Army will provide tips on how to help your employees and their family members best prepare.  

  • Blue Sky planning vs. Grey Sky actuality.  Will you be able to execute your plan when a disaster actually happens?
  •  Leadership and support. Who us responsible for what and how do you support your staff and their family in times of disaster?
  • Accessing community resources like the Salvation Army. How they can assist with relief planning, volunteer support, supplies and collaboration.

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


Frank Valenti
Risk Consultant, Client Consulting Services

Frank has over 20 years of experience in safety. He has knowledge of facilities planning and maintenance, including experience as a corporate safety officer. He is well versed in local and federal laws and guidelines regarding building and ADA codes, safety, and zoning. Key areas of expertise include project facilitation, training and implementation, and the development of policies and procedures. He is an active member of HHVISA, ASSE, OFSO, and GCA. Frank graduated from Skidmore College (New York) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting, and holds CSP and CPCU Designations.

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.


Victor Leonardi
Divisional Director of Emergency Services & Safety (DESS), The Salvation Army - Hawaiian and Pacific Islands 


Victor Leonardi is the Director of Emergency Disaster and Safety for the State of Hawaii and Pacific Islands.   He moved with his family from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, to Hawaii to join The Salvation Army.  Victor has worked in many industries including ski instructing in Switzerland; Papermills, hotels, banquets, churches and gas stations in Canada.  At The Salvation Army – Hawaii, Victor works at their children's camp on the North Shore, Divisional Headquarters with special events, volunteer management and networking/relationship building with large businesses.  


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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