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Philadelphia Emergency Management Summit 2013

April 23, 2013 | Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

About This Event

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Philadelphia Emergency Management Summit!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this fantastic event!

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

A rallying point for the entire Philadelphia 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 the Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania 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



9:05 AM      Federal Perspective

Dan Stoneking
Director of External Affairs, FEMA Region III

As head of FEMA’s Private Sector Outreach, Dan Stoneking has helped link the government and private sector — trade associations, corporations, academia and non-governmental organizations — as partners in emergency preparedness and disaster assistance. Hear Dan in his new role as Director, External Affairs FEMA Region III, discuss the recent budget impacts, new preparedness initiatives and FEMA Region III plans for the future.

9:15 AM      State Perspective

Glenn Cannon
Director, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)

Director Cannon will discuss lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, the State's Disaster Recovery Centers, PA Act 9, upcoming plans for nuclear power plant exercises, and the State's progress and processes with next-generation 9-1-1.


9:45 AM      Local Perspective

Samantha Phillips
Deputy Managing Director, Office of Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management has critical projects underway to improve the city’s preparation for emergency incidents. Using lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, Samantha will demonstrate how the city is preparing for future disasters.  She will discuss how the city is collaborating with city departments and external organizations to develop comprehensive emergency plans that mitigate the impact of emergencies and guide the city through recovery efforts. 

10:05 AM       Keynote - 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.  

10:55 AM      Cooperative Contracts- A Better Way to Buy What You Need with the Quality You Deserve

This informative session will highlight that many vendors have great equipment and product solutions. Every government agency is faced with two decisions: What do I need to buy to meet my needs? How am I going to buy it? NJPA offers the solution. National Cooperative solutions that offer desired world class emergency management solutions all under competitively awarded contracts.

Mike Hajek, Director of Contracts, National Joint Powers Alliance  (NJPA)

11:10 AM      Networking Break

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

12:25 PM     Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Mobile Broadband Communications and Interoperability   
Having an interoperable communications system has been a long-desired goal for most public safety and emergency management organizations.  FirstNet, a federal effort, has the goal to establish a single nationwide, interoperable public safety mobile broadband network.   This session will provide you an opportunity to 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.

Fred Scalera, Executive Director, Strategic Industries, Alcatel-Lucent       

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.

Steve Hochberg, Emergency Management Content Expert, Public Sector, NetApp

“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

12:55 PM      Buffet Luncheon

1:25 PM      What’s Your Story? Using Geography as a Platform for Communication     

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.

Ryan Lanclos, Emergency Management Industry Manager, Esri

1:45 PM      Public Safety Communications: FirstNet Nationwide Network (FNN) Opportunities and Challenges

Mr. Mark Adams will provide the audience insight he has gained over the past 10 years in working as an industry leader on the implementation and design of modern broadband technologies for mission critical operations.  As far back as 2002, Mark in support of his company Northrop Grumman, has been part of the studying, experimenting, and now operation of a large-scale broadband system for Public Safety in New York City.  Mark is Northrop Grumman’s Chief Architect for the FirstNet Nationwide Network (FNN) opportunity, and will bring insights on the issues related to mission operations, cyber security of the network, business models, and a discussion of key technologies needed by a fully functional FNN. 

Mark Adams, Director of Secure Mobility, Northrop Grumman Information Systems (NGIS)

2:05 PM      Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Managing Risk with Cloud Services
Cloud Services are known for their on-demand capacity and lower operating costs, but can they improve risk management and business continuity?  Learn how an effective cloud strategy using hybrid and virtual private cloud solutions can enhance security and recovery while minimizing risk and investment. 

David Rush, Director of Emerging Services, AT&T Cloud Solutions

Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery                      
The Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) objective is accomplished by identifying potential risks, implementing preventative measures, and by developing and testing BC/DR plans to reduce the impact of a disruption. When disaster strikes – be it Hurricanes, wildfires, tornados or other natural disaster affecting our communities – we see first-hand the importance of wireless communication.  Throughout the year, Verizon Wireless works to keep our wireless network the Nation’s most reliable, so we’re ready for any natural disaster that may affect our customers and communities,  We prepare year-round so customer can rely on our network to keep them and their families, friends and employees connected – even when the unexpected strikes.  We know this ongoing preparation matters.  The Verizon wireless network has been tested time and again.  And when customers and responders are affected by an emergency, they learn first-hand they can rely on us to keep them connected.

Todd T. Biebel, Manager, Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery,  Verizon Wireless

2:35 PM      Afternoon Refreshment Break

2:55 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.

3:25 PM      Local Perspective from the Philadelphia Police Department

Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan
City of Philadelphia Police Department

Chief Inspector Sullivan will discuss current projects including active shooter training within the Philadelphia Police Department, the collaborative medic and fire department program, and updates on the relationship between local police and the FBI.  He will also discuss the Police Department's proactive bomb squad - the only HME trained, certified squad in the country, as well as the department's radiologic detection system.

Lieutenant Edward Baldini
Homeland Security Unit, Philadelphia Police Department

Lieutenant Baldini will provide an overview of current the roles, responsibilities, and capabilities of the Homeland Security Unit within the police department.  He will also discuss the nationally recognized radiation and nuclear detection and remediation program.

Lieutenant Tom Fitzpatrick
Commanding Officer, Philadelphia Police Bomb Disposal Unit

Lieutenant Fitzpatrick will present on the current trends relative to the use of explosives as a weapon of terror.  He will also explain the steps taken in terms of equipment, training, deployment, and intelligence to uniquely position the Philadelphia Police bomb squad to counter those types of threats.  Lt. Fitzpatrick will cover examples such as HME training, FBI/SBAT embedded within the Bomb Disposal Unit, use of off-road motorcycles during special events, and more.

4:10 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.

4:30 PM      Closing Remarks

For registration questions, contact:
Lee Vang, Registration
1-800-940-6039 x 1407 | lvang@emergencymgmt.com

For sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Andrea Kleinbardt, Director of Sales Operations
916.932.1338 | akleinbardt@emergencymgmt.com