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Minneapolis Emergency Management Summit 2013

November 19, 2013 | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Event Agenda

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first ever Minneapolis EM Summit! 
View and download available presentations from the event.

A rallying point for the Minneapolis 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 MN 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

8:55 AM      Welcoming Remarks

Marty PastulaMarty Pastula
Vice President & Publisher
Emergency Management Media



9:00 AM      State Public Safety Perspective

Kris Eide
Director, Homeland Security Advisor, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Emergency management’s changing environment has led to reassessing and updating procedures and systems currently in place.  The Minnesota Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is working toward new preparedness plans for the state as well as utilizing lessons learned from around the country to help plan for future disasters.  Director Kris Eide will discuss how the state is collaborating with its cities, counties, and external organizations to develop comprehensive emergency plans to mitigate the impact of emergencies and guide the state through preparedness and recovery efforts

9:30 AM      Liftoff! Take Your Team to the Top!

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.   

10:15 AM      Networking Break

11:00 AM     

County Public Safety & Emergency Management Perspectives

Sheriff Matt Bostrom
Judson M. Freed, CEM
Ramsey County Director
  Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  Ramsey County

Sheriff Bostrom and Judson Freed will share how Ramsey County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Sheriff Department are collaborating and sharing resourses to better serve the 500,000 citizens and 170 miles that cover the county.  Ongoing practices and trainings, shared mobile command posts, and meeting the needs of each aspect of public safety while a seamless partnership between the agencies in the county are reasons why Ramsey County is a national leader in this type of collaboration.

11:45 AM      How Experience and Innovation are Influencing Public Safety Solution Development

Jason Carlo
Industry Solutions Manager, AT&T

Jason Carlo 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.

12:05 PM      Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Video Surveillance Systems
Richard Pollnow, Systems Engineer, NetApp

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.

“The End of Big Iron Mobility” - The Emerging Role of Mobile Devices

Matt Parnofiello, Public Safety Business Development Manager, State & Local, CDW-G

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.

Disaster Planning
Tony Bardo, Assistant Vice President, Hughes Government Solutions

There are actions that should be taken before, during and after an event that are unique to each hazard. Identifying the hazards that have happened or could happen in your area and planning for the unique actions for each are a well-known first step. Knowing what resources can be brought to bear as the severity escalates is also important. This session will focus beyond the basics of disaster planning including lessons learned from recent large events across the nation.

Smarter Public Safety & Data Analytics to Help Keep Communities Safe
Mike Reade, Public Safety Business Value Consultant, Integrated Smarter Solutions Team, IBM

For everything from traffic tie-ups to security breaches, public safety agencies can gather data from disparate sources; deliver it in real time to key stakeholders, emergency management decision makers and first responders. Analytics are used to derive new insights and uncover trends before they become systemic issues or criminal events.

Public Safety agencies are in the midst of a transformation enabled by Big Data. Agencies are taking advantage of analytics to turn data into actionable insights, uncovering trends in real time to prevent crime and respond and recover from major incidents more effectively to help keep our communities safe. 

Despite new technologies, government agencies are still challenged to effectively manage the volume and variety of data to improve public safety outcomes. Although challenges remain, the key to safe communities and intelligent law enforcement is grounded in leveraging Big Data and analytics. 

Join your peers and IBM in this informative education session to discuss the challenges public safety agencies are facing and how new strategies can help fight crime, reduce costs, and increase efficiency.   Specifically, participants will:

  • Hear from public sector professionals on the current challenges and lessons learned using analytics in Public Safety.
  • Learn more about Intelligent Law Enforcement Operations and how it applies to your city or state. 
  • Leverage the public safety operational and business process lessons learned into other areas of your agency.

...Plus an interactive Q&A session.

Keeping our communities safe is a critical factor in their economic viability.  Join this session and listen to what some of the greatest crime fighters have in common!

12:40 PM      Buffet Luncheon

1:20 PM      Public / Private Partnerships in Emergency Management:
                     When You Need a Friend, It's Too Late to Make One.

Bryan Strawser, CBCP, MBCI
Senior Group Manager, Global Continuity & Resiliency, Target

Today, everyone seems to be talking about public/private partnerships – but what does that really mean?  Finding yourself in a disaster without pre-existing relationships can significantly impact response and recovery efforts.  In this presentation and discussion, you'll hear from Target Corporation's continuity and resiliency leader about approaches that have worked  in establishing relationships to help build strong, healthy, and safe communities at a local, state, and national level.  Examples of local and large-scale disasters will be shared.

1:50 PM       What’s Your Story? Using Geography as a Platform for Communication    

Jeff Baranyi
Public Safety Technical Lead, Esri

Each of us has a story to tell, and it has never been more important to think about effectively communicating that story. As our mission of preparedness becomes more complex and the whole community begins to play a role, we need to refine our stories and consider new ways to communicate them.  Your story might be to show vulnerability. Your story might be to tell citizens when and where to evacuate.  Or, your story might be to tell the Mayor or Governor what the current situation is. No matter what the story, a common thread is that they all rely on geography – where evacuation centers are, where resources are staged, where protective measures have been placed before an event, or where a storm is expected to have the greatest impact on lives and property.  Learn how to communicate your story using high quality and focused maps for each person no matter where they are or what device they are using. Your story is important –disseminate it more quickly and efficiently.

2:10 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.

2:30 PM      Closing Remarks

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

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