Houston All Hazards-All Stakeholders Summit 2012
December 06, 2012
| Doubletree by Hilton Houston Downtown
8:00 am Registration and Morning Refreshments
9:00 am Welcome Remarks
Vice President, Emergency Management Media
Honorable Ed Emmett
Harris County Judge
Even though hurricane season was quiet for the Texas coast, 2012 was still a busy year for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Through dozens of activations and monitoring events, numerous exercises and hundreds of outreach programs, Harris County improved disaster preparedness in the region among both the public and responders.
Recently the Emergency Management Association of Texas honored Harris County with two “Excellence in Emergency Management” awards for providing timely and accurate information through its Regional Joint Information Center and for its Business Commodities Plan, designed to help support local government response efforts during emergencies.
Harris County has made great strides in using emerging technologies and concepts to protect the safety and well-being of its residents. New social media initiatives and a mobile website continue Harris County’s commitment to keep all of its stakeholders informed and engaged.
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Coordinator, Harris County
Creating a Broader Culture of Preparedness
Emergency managers craft plans to deal with as many potential effects of a disaster as possible. While emergency managers take a strategic rather than tactical approach, a focus on operational details is essential to success. As recent events such as “Superstorm Sandy” and the Japan earthquake have shown, weaknesses in existing infrastructure that are far removed from the control of emergency planners, have magnified the impact of disasters. While planners work to identify critical infrastructure, they alone cannot address the exposed vulnerabilities revealed in that process. Given the dynamic threat environment, the old concept of a top down preparedness culture must give way to a collaborative effort, dedicated to creating a broader preparedness partnership between the public and private sectors. The interconnected nature of our industrial, utility and public services sectors demand that public and private disaster planners work together to identify vulnerabilities and implement mitigation strategies.
Chief W. Nim Kidd
Assistant Director, Texas Department of Public Safety
Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management
10:10 am Keynote
Consultant and Author of Emergency Management: Concepts and Strategies for Effective Programs
Former Director of Emergency Services, City of San Francisco
Crisis in Leadership or Leadership in Crisis?
No matter how well you prepare, performance in crisis ultimately depends on the leadership of those in charge. Yet we spend little effort on preparing those leaders to lead. Lucien’s presentation considers the human factor in crisis leadership and examines how decisions are made under pressure. He offers specific steps gained from his years of crisis management experience to help you lead more effectively in crisis.
10:55 am Networking Break
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.
Mel Samples, Senior Industry Solutions Practice Manager, Mobility, AT&T
EOC Decision Support Through Unified Communications
Unified Communications tools enhance the ability to make good decisions during crisis situations. By providing real-time access to all levels of management, especially to the Tactical Edge and First Responder leadership, modern communications software delivers robust and multimodal operational awareness to decision makers. Open-standards software tools break the bonds of proprietary protocols and single-stack "silo" applications. Smarter systems leverage legacy hardware and bandwidth to provide enhanced capabilities over existing platforms.
Clay Wheeler, Director, Business Development, UnifiedEdge, Inc
12:20 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Communicating Tomorrow's Emergency
An influx of new communications technology presents both opportunities and challenges to Emergency Management leaders. The opportunity is to have more communication tools and technologies; the challenge is to tie them all together in a unified, communications system. This session will examine the path to integrated public/private, voice/data/video communications. Getting there will require the ability to leverage existing and future technologies.
Dr. John Vaughan, Vice President, Business Development, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications
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Intelligent Policing Solutions from IBM i2
Public safety is essential to the health and vibrancy of a city, but pressures are increasing on public safety officials to reduce costs and gain efficiencies while improving both real and perceived safety levels. At the same time, citizens' expectations of their public safety agencies have changed responding to crime and emergencies to preventing crime and pre-empting emergencies. Traditional approaches are evolving to become more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. Data analytics and analysis platforms are proving to be a valuable tool in this arena to help agencies meet these daunting challenges. This session will provide an overview of an emerging capability maturity model for the adoption of new technologies within the public safety arena and discuss how agencies can leverage these new technologies to meet specific challenges. From better reporting and dashboards to complex social network analysis and video analytics, technology provides a lever to drastically enhance agency efficiency and improve operations and many agencies are already taking advantage of these capabilities to meet new challenges.
Chriss Knisley, Worldwide Manager – IBM Smarter Cities / i2
12:50 pm Buffet Luncheon
Empowering Emergency Operations
|Dr. Bill Lowe||Sheriff Kem Kimbrough|
|Investigator||Clayton County Sheriff's Office|
|Special Investigations Section|
|Clayton County Sheriff's Office|
Mitigating, Preventing, Responding, and Recovering from Active Shooters Incidents
Dr. Lowe and Sheriff Kimbrough will share their 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.
CAPT Jim Whitehead
Sector Commander/ Captain of the Port
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
Port Security: The Importance of Public-Private Partnerships
Port Security in a vast, complex maritime area, such as the Houston Ship Channel, cannot be accomplished singularly by any one government agency or private entity. To maximize security efforts and minimize risks, both public agencies and private entities must collaborate and partner to maximize port security efforts. CAPT Whitehead will discuss both current and future efforts to maintain port security efforts within the Houston Ship Channel including the ports of Houston, Texas City and Galveston.
2:30 pm Central Texas Coastal Area Committee (CTCAC) meeting
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