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Chicago Emergency Management Summit 2013

June 18, 2013 | Palmer House Hilton

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Chicago Emergency Management Summit.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this fantastic event!

Join top leaders from Chicago and the State of Illinois at this year’s
Emergency Management Summit!


A rallying point for the Chicago area community of first responders, this regional event will gather top leaders in emergency management, public safety and homeland security and provide a forum to share best practices, renew relationships and work on new solutions in IL for both the problems that are anticipated—and those that aren’t.

Whether emergencies are storm-related, man-made or just the day-to-day challenges in large urban and suburban areas, government organizations are expected to have the answers.

The Emergency Management Summits bring together the whole community of public and private-sector leaders to help predict, mitigate and better handle crisis situations in order to save lives and property.

Event Agenda


8:00 AM      Registration Check-in & Morning Refreshments

9:00 AM      Welcoming Remarks

Marty PastulaMarty Pastula
Vice President
Emergency Management Media



9:10 AM      State Perspective

Jonathon Monken
Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)

Director Monken discussion will focus on City, County and State level integrations of Homeland Security preparedness and objectives, standardization of training, interoperability and the utility of catastrophic level exercises to better understand the level of preparedness.

9:40 AM      County / Homeland Security Perspective

Michael Masters
Executive Director, Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM)

This presentation will focus on the County’s current preparedness programs and highlight the collaborative activities and outreach endeavors currently underway.

9:55 AM      Local Perspective

Gary Schenkel
Executive Director, Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC), City of Chicago

Executive Director Schenkel will discuss the City's coordination among its public safety and public infrastructure departments, as well as its collaboration with the County and State with respect to preparedness and response for planned and unplanned events.

10:25 AM      Networking Break

11:10 AM      Keynote

Rick Searfoss (Colonel, USAF, Ret.)
Former NASA Astronaut / Space Shuttle Commander

The real “Right Stuff.”  Few team ventures demand such a relentless pursuit of perfect execution as flying humans in the demanding and dangerous environment of space.   Astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Rick Searfoss draws on thirty years experience in fighter jet squadrons, test flying teams, space flight crews, and the private entrepreneurial space industry to present universal principles of effective leadership and operational excellence in his keynote presentation.   

11:55 AM      How Experience and Innovation are Influencing Public Safety Solution Development

This presentation will share how disaster response from AT&T is shaping technology and development for the Public Sector. He will discuss the capabilities and how collaboration with the Private Sector has spurred innovation while sharing his insights on the future technologies being explored to enhance field effectiveness.

Jason Carlo, Industry Solutions Manager, AT&T

12:15 PM     Concurrent Breakout Sessions

“The Death of Big Iron Mobility” - The Emerging Role of Mobile Devices
Mobile devices are fast replacing Laptops as the platform of choice in Public Safety fleets throughout the U.S.  However there are challenges to migrating your team to mobile devices.  Explore those challenges and how to work past them with CDW-G.

Houston Thomas, Solutions Architect, Public Safety, CDW-G

Cyber Security
Today, more than ever before, emergency management and public safety agencies are being tasked to ensure adequate safety of state and local infrastructure, including data and communications systems, financial records and banking systems, water systems, pipeline and electrical grids, given the growing cyber risks and threats.  This session will provide insight on how emergency management and public safety agencies can create a more robust environment to protect state and local infrastructure, government data and assets, and our fellow citizens from cyber threats and data breaches.  We will explain how new technologies, policies and standards in IT can help your organization achieve your mission of ensuring safety and security while improving productivity and driving greater cost efficiencies. 

Todd Berger, Worldwide Director of Solution Engineering, Good Technology

Video Surveillance Systems
      Video surveillance systems are increasingly being used by government, industry and public health organizations as powerful tools to help insure safety. Even the presence of video cameras acts as a deterrent to potential criminals. Given the ever-growing sources of danger and risk to loss of property and life, video surveillance is an extremely valuable and economical means of improving the security/safety of people, buildings and property.  This session will provide an overview of the latest trends and issues on using video to improve public safety and emergency management including market trends and use cases which will exemplify the challenges of recording, managing, sharing and storing vast amounts of data.

Greg Ferguson, Lead Architect, State and Local Government & Education, NetApp

12:50 PM      Buffet Luncheon

1:20 PM      Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Situational Awareness for Emergency Operations – Enhancing your Common Operating Picture
Recent events have demonstrated how real-time information sharing is critical in responding to incidents.  Emergency incidents vary by scale, impact and duration.  Regardless of the incident, it is critical that emergency managers, incident commanders and other key personnel have a real-time view as the incident unfolds.  Incident response includes three critical functions:  aggregating data from various information sources such as CAD, AVL, GIS & Video; interpreting data to enable command and control; and enabling a real-time situational awareness to determine action. How do you bring together critical information from disparate sources into a single view?  This session will focus on key technologies currently deployed that can improve data sharing, create a common multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional situational awareness and provide an enhanced real-time common operating picture.

Dave Watkins, Technical Director, Primal Innovation Technologies   

Enhanced Push to Talk
Coordinating with works in the field can be challenging at the best of times. Whether you need to relay important information, coordinate emergency preparedness activates communication is critical. With fast, sub-second performance, more features and broader device choices, the service will change the way organizations think about PTT. Come learn how AT&T has improved on traditional carrier grade push to talk.

Joel Garner, Industry Solutions Practice Manager, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T

Enhancing the Response to Critical Events -
The Integration of Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) with Real-Time Video

Recent events in Boston have reaffirmed the power of video-enhanced information for first responders - both for its forensic value, as well as the use of video information in real time.  Video-enhanced Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) systems can quickly deliver this critical video information, enhancing situational awareness in day-to-day operations, as well as for emergency response. SDI and Intergraph have been working with clients in the City of Chicago to deliver CAD-based access to video data, including its distribution to mobile field teams.  This session with will address how existing CAD platforms, which are the basis for dispatch in many jurisdictions, can now be upgraded with new technologies to harness the power of video-based information. 

Don Zoufal
, Safety & Security Executive, SDI Enterprises
John Whitehead, Executive Manager, Intergraph

1:55 PM      Local Public Safety Perspective

Commander Jonathan Lewin
Managing Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Management and Communications, City of Chicago

Chicago is the 3rd most populous city in the country with almost 3 million residents; public safety officials have to prepare and plan for a variety of large scale disasters.   Commander Lewin will discuss new technology initiatives underway for Public Safety Information Technology within Chicago's Departments of Police, Fire, and Emergency Management.

2:25 PM     

Jim Grove
Senior Advisor, DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responder Group

For the government to keep up with public expectations, it must stay knowledgeable about the needs of the emergency management community, current trends in technology, and the new capabilities they bring.  DHS Science and Technology (S&T) is committed to identifying and developing technologies to improve the safety, security and resiliency of our country.  Jim Grove will speak to the value of public and private partnerships in developing products and solutions which support emergency management capabilities and services.  

2:45 PM       Mitigating, Preventing, Responding, and Recovering from Active Shooters Incidents

Dr. Bill Lowe
Associate Professor of Emergency Management & Terrorism , Jacksonville State University

Dr. Lowe will share his knowledge and experience on active shooter incidents. Sadly such incidents are frequent enough that the shock factor has been diminished when there are media broadcasts of another incident. Society has accepted they are going to happen but WHEN and WHERE remain to be determined. This session will challenge participants to return to their respective communities and have “uncomfortable conversations” regarding their community’s “actual” preparedness for responding to an active shooter incident. Recommendations for assessing and improving the law enforcement and medical response to active shooter incidents will be discussed.

3:05 PM      Mass Fatality Disasters Guidance: What Everyone Should Know

James W. King, CFSP
Former Director of Operations, Kenyon International Emergency Services
When a catastrophic emergency occurs, hospital morgues will quickly reach capacity and we will need to implement internal mass fatality plans.  This presentation will focus on several past mass fatality events and their impacts on first responders.   James will cover over 15 years of first-hand experience from participating in the response efforts of numerous catastrophic events.   He will provide guidance and coordination for dealing with mass fatality events ranging from natural disasters to terrorist acts and other man-made disasters.

3:25 PM      Closing Remarks

For registration questions, contact:
Ashley Whalen
1-800-940-6039 x 1448 | awhalen@emergencymgmt.com

For sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Heather Earney
Senior Sales and Events Operations
916.932.1435| hearney@emergencymgmt.com