Toms River, NJ, October 18, 2017 – The Houston Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with disaster recovery expert Susan Marticek, Executive Director of New Jersey’s Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and its national non-profit initiative Compass 82, to offer proven solutions and guidance to businesses for optimizing continuity while helping employees get back on their feet.

Media representatives and journalists are invited and encouraged to interview Marticek on Thursday, October 19, from 9:30am – 11:00am at Houston’s Hotel ICON in the Acadia Room located at 220 Main Street preceding the Chamber’s Disaster Recovery Luncheon with Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“The road to recovery for businesses after a disaster of this magnitude is not just long, it is unpredictable, uniquely overwhelming and taxing for all parties affected, including the employees of those businesses,” Marticek said. “We must be proactive in a way that benefits the welfare of both the businesses and their personnel.”

Marticek will be sharing critical ideas, strategies, and lessons learned from the now five-year recovery of New Jersey’s catastrophic Superstorm Sandy and the efficacy of partnership between businesses, non-profits and government agencies for community restoration.

About Susan Marticek

Disaster recovery expert Susan Marticek has worked passionately in emergency management for 18 years with key positions at the American Red Cross, FEMA and the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group (OCLTRG). Her dedicated assistance in recovery efforts for 9/11 and Hurricanes Katrina and Irene equipped her with effective knowledge, guidance and leadership, which yielded a broad network of mental, emotional and financial support for 5,000+ displaced individuals and more than $12 million to homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy.

About Compass 82

With a combined 65+ years experience in on the ground emergency management, insurance adjustment, expedited claims facilitation, legality training, home-building, hands-on education and training, and support network programming, Compass 82 aims to be a pioneer in national disaster recovery, delivering accelerated, comprehensive and proven solutions, tools and resources that systematically bridge homeowners, insurance companies, nonprofits, and government agencies to fast-track sustainable recovery. Founded by Susan Marticek, the organization recently partnered with Pennsylvania-based lumber company 84 Lumber who sponsored Compass 82 to host a series of educational workshops on the recovery and rebuilding processes for homeowners and contractors in the Houston area.

For more information on Compass 82, visit http://compass82.org