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San Francisco Emergency Management Summit 2013

April 02, 2013 | Hyatt Regency San Francisco

About This Event

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San Francisco Emergency Management Summit!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this great event!

Join top leaders from San Francisco and the State of California at this year’s
Emergency Management Summit!

A rallying point for the entire Bay 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 the Bay Area 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

Nancy Ward
Regional Administrator, Region IX, FEMA

A major point in FEMA’s 2013 plan is to achieve success in one of the core DHS missions: ensuring domestic resilience to disasters.   In doing this, Regional Team Readiness and Catastrophic & Whole Community Planning are critical.  Hear how effective administration, monitoring of federal grant funding, risk mapping, and exercising local emergency plans are being prepared and executed in California. 
Learn more about the FEMA Region IX projects underway!

9:30 AM      Local Perspective

Anne Kronenberg
Executive Director, Department of Emergency Management
City & County of San Francisco

Anne Kronenberg recently went to Israel as a delegate of Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. The purpose of the trip was to exchange information on preparedness for and response to terrorism and major disasters as well as to consider how strategies and practices developed to build population resilience in Israel could be applied to the different yet related circumstances of the United States.  Anne will share highlights of what she learned on the trip and how they may be applied to  San Francisco.  Topics will include population protection and resilience; public messaging during emergencies; hospital readiness for conventional and non-conventional mass casualty incidents; and humanitarian aid in disasters:  lessons learned from Haiti and Japan (Fukushima).

9:55 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      Networking Break

11:40 AM      State Perspective

Mark Ghilarducci
Secretary, California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA)

The most critical function within the state of California is emergency services.  Responsible for the coordination of the state’s overall response to major disasters, Cal EMA is working towards educating and preparing California citizens. Hear the latest on Cal EMA’s ongoing catastrophic disaster planning, grant programs, social media platforms, and the enhancements to the states situational awareness systems.

12:10 PM     Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Keeping Pace with Citizen Expectations  – NG 9-1-1 Overview
      On August 10, 2011 FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski declared “it’s time to bring 9-1-1 into the digital age”. To remain effective, the nation’s 9-1-1 system must evolve beyond voice to accommodate the changing methods Americans use to communicate, such as text and video. 
      Join us to explore all assets of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1).  Hear about consumerization—how citizen expectations are driving change.  Learn about ESInet—the evolution from circuit switched networks to IP-based 9-1-1 networks.  Discover the capabilities of NG9-1-1 networks and what they offer beyond texting as well as the complexities of NG9-1-1’s impact beyond technology.  Explore what technologies are truly here and what is yet to come in the future as well as listening in on the long term vision for NG9-1-1. 
      Jonathan Holland, Applications Manager, AT&T Public Safety Solutions

Emerging Technologies
      New and emerging technologies are playing an increasingly crucial role in the daily work of emergency responders, equipping them with tools and resources that have the potential of making them significantly better informed, safer and more effective is a growing priority. Technology is facilitating closer and more collaborative relationships between public safety agencies and the community, empowering the general public and raising their expectations regarding the transparency of government agencies. This session will examine key trends in technology, policy and practice, and will explore operational priorities facing public safety agencies throughout the nation.
      Eric Schou, Senior Director of Product Management, Good Technology

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

12:40 PM      Buffet Luncheon

1:10 PM     How Experience and Innovation are Influencing Public Safety Solution Development

Mel Samples 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.
      Mel Samples, Senior Industry Solutions Practice Manager for AT&T Mobility

1:30 PM      An Update on BayRICS and FirstNet in the Bay Area Region

Barry Fraser
Interim General Manager, BayRICS Authority

Barry will provide an overview of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety. Barry will also describe the challenges and accomplishments of the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (BayRICS) and will provide an update on the progress BayRICS is making towards deploying the BayWEB regional public safety broadband network and other regional communications projects.

1:50 PM      Utilities Infrastructure, Interdependencies, and Integration with Government in Emergencies

Donald Boland
Executive Director, California Utilities Emergency Association (CUEA)

Power outages pose one of the more significant challenges to the emergency management community.   When super storm Sandy struck, communities were left severely crippled.  The California Utilities Emergency Association (CUEA) and Cal EMA rallied their resources and traveled across country to assist in a large scale mutual aid effort.

Donald Boland will provide a first-hand account of this effort and also deliver some valuable lessons learned and how San Francisco and the surrounding cities can better prepare its utilities.

2:10 PM      Concurrent Breakout Sessions

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

Communicating in 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

Understanding the CJIS Mandate
The F.B.I CJIS Mandate deadline is fast approaching.  Are you ready?  Explore the broad strokes of the Mandate and how other Agencies are coping with the new Advanced Authentication requirements necessary to secure Mobile data communications.
      Houston Thomas, Solutions Architect, Public Safety, CDWG

2:40 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.

3:10 PM      Closing Remarks

For registration questions, contact:
Michael Shane, Registration
1-800-940-6039 x 1410 | mshane@emergencymgmt.com

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