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Boston All Hazards-All Stakeholders Summit 2012

August 09, 2012 | Sheraton Boston Hotel

Event Agenda

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8:00 am       Registration and Morning Refreshments

9:00 am       Welcome Remarks

Marty PastulaMarty Pastula
Vice President, Emergency Management Media



9:05 am     State Perspective

Kurt Schwartz
Director, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Enhancing MEMA's Relevance in the state Emergency Management Community

Director Schwartz will discuss current initiatives, past struggles, and future goals for the State of Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. 

9:35 am      Local Perspective

Rene Fielding
Acting Director, Office of Emergency Management, City of Boston

Urban Shield Boston: Moment of truth, are we ready?

Urban Shield is a 24-hour continuous full-scale exercise designed to assess and validate the effectiveness and efficiency of our capabilities, as well as test the adequacy of regional policies, plans, procedures and trainings. Urban Shield incorporates regional critical infrastructure, emergency operations centers, equipment and assets, as well as personnel representing all aspects of emergency response including intelligence, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical service and hospitals.

The overarching goal of Urban Shield 2011 was to provide a multi-layered training exercise that enhanced the skills and abilities of regional first responders, as well as those responsible for coordinating and managing large scale events. This exercise stretched regional resources to their limits, and challenged the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the over 600 first responders that participated. It improved regional disaster response capabilities, as well as provided a platform for first responders and the private sector, to work more efficiently and effectively together.

10:00 am       Keynote Presentation

Garry Briese
Local Program Integrator, Denver Wide Area Recovery and Resiliency Program

Outside Our Assumptions: The Black Swans in Our Future

People have a tendency to not see what they don’t want to see, not hear what they don’t want to hear, and not think about things they don’t want to think about. 

These are the “predictable surprises” that could have been part of our preparations for an ever-changing world.  Nothing stays the same…ever.  Recent evolutions in the doctrine and operations of emergency management and homeland security—often driven by financial grant incentives—are in question.  Sustainment, metrics, and impact are just some of the questions stemming from this evolution. 

This presentation will focus on four inter-related mega-themes which demonstrate the complexity of what awaits us in the years ahead.

10:35 am       Networking Break

11:20 am
From a Picture to a Platform: Enhancing Situational Awareness

Organizations worldwide are building powerful Common Operating Pictures (COPs) that provide access to a multitude of data and tools.  By sifting through the data and tools available, users start to gain visibility into their organization and operations.  However, what if in place of a single COP loaded with all of the information an organization has to offer, we focus on a common operating platform that engages users across the organization in a meaningful and mission specific way?  By aligning with common standards (NIMS/ICS) and workflows in Emergency Management, organizations can deliver mission specific maps and applications directly to the knowledge worker without the need for GIS training.  Moving our focus from a picture to a common operating platform not only enhances situational awareness, but also empowers users by providing better understanding, collaboration, visualization, and rapid dissemination of critical information when and where it is needed most.

Ryan Lanclos, Emergency Management Industry Manager, Esri

 11:40 am 
How Experience and Collaboration are Influencing Public Safety Solution Development

This presentation will share how the certain disaster response experience is shaping technology and development for the Public Sector.  It will profile disaster recovery capabilities and how collaboration with the Private Sector has spurred innovation. The presentation will also cover insights on the future technologies being explored to enhance field effectiveness.

Jason Carlo, Industry Solution Manager for Public Safety, AT&T

12:00 pm       Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Public Safety LTE – Next Generation Public Safety Communications

In this session you will experience the benefits of live public safety mobile broadband using video, P25 voice, tablets and live Public Safety LTE Band 14 through demonstrations focusing on several first responder day-to-day scenarios.

Steven W. Jennings, Executive Director, Strategic Industries, Alcatel-Lucent

Achieving Strong Authentication for the CJIS Mandate
In September 2013 law Enforcement Agencies will need to comply with the CJIS Mandate in order to connect with vital National Databases including the NCIC (National Crime Information Center).

However achieving the Strong or Advanced Authentication requirement can be a slippery and expensive slope.  Learn the options and caveats of Advanced Authentication in this breakout session.

Even those that are not required to meet Advanced Authentication specifications will find value in the subject of eliminating or reducing unlawful to computing environments within any Government Agency.

Houston Thomas, Solutions Architect, Public Safety, CDWG

12:30 pm       Buffet Luncheon

1:00 pm        

Lieutenant Joe Klinker
Public Affairs Officer, First Coast Guard District

Crisis Communications: How to Obtain the Edge

The media impacts operations. No questions asked. So how can we minimize the impacts and use media interest to our advantage in a crisis response? How can we (1) support operations to assist lives in peril and (2) maintain public confidence in the response as a whole.

The talk would address how crisis communicators can indeed benefit from each other, and not just "co-exist" during a crisis response. It is common that operational personnel benefit from each other (shared resources, past joint operational experiences, etc.). But communicators often fail to exercise and plan the way they should. Thus, they do not have the edge operators do. Part of that comes from a need for support from the top. Part of it comes from the nuances in the field of communications. And there are solutions across the board. Lt. Klinker will apply here of course lessons learned from Coast Guard crises to include Deepwater Horizon.

1:20 pm

Steven Finnegan
Emergency Management Director, Elliot Health System

Hospital Preparedness: Are your hospitals prepared for a disaster?

Steven will share his experiences as the Emergency Management Coordinator at Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH. Steven will talk about the role the hospitals play in community preparedness as well as hospital preparedness. Steven will talk about the utilization of grant funds in preparing the health system for a major disaster. Steven will share real life examples of steps hospitals in New Hampshire have taken to become more prepared for the ongoing threats they face.

1:40 pm        Federal Perspective: Joint Presentation

Dr. Kate McCarthy-Barnett Deputy Mike Danner
Regional Disability Integration Specialist Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Department of Homeland Security  

Building Bridges: Inclusive Planning Among Emergency Management, Law Enforcement and the Whole Community

This session will provide guidance on creating a coordinated system of preparedness, response and recovery inclusive of partnerships among emergency management, law enforcement and the whole community. This presentation will discuss practices on inclusive planning to ensure the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs are met before, during and after a disaster.

Upon recognizing a gap in planning between law enforcement, emergency management and the disability community, Deputy Danner and Dr. McCarthy-Barnett developed an interdisciplinary response model, with the goal to ensure the safety and security needs of this population are met.  They are committed to building bridges between these populations and ensuring access for the whole community.

Lessons learned from recent disasters, national initiatives and a discussion of best practices will provide participants with the forum to increase their knowledge of strategies, resources and emerging trends to meet the needs of the whole community. 

2:10 pm       Closing Remarks

View and download the presentations from the
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For registration questions, contact:
Jennifer Caldwell
Quality Services Manager
1-800-940-6039 ext. 1345  I  jcaldwell@emergencymgmt.com

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Andrea Kleinbardt
Director of Sales Operations
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For speaking opportunities, Contact: 
Marty Pastula
Vice President, Emergency Management Media
916-932-1497 I mpastula@emergencymgmt.com