2014 National Homeland Security Presentations

Session 1 - Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 10:00am-11:30am

Responding to Unplanned Events

Lessons Learned When Responding to Natural Disasters

The presentations will include information on the coordinated response, rescue and recovery for the most disastrous flood and fire in Colorado’s history. Also discussed will be South Florida’s response to the Haiti Earthquake. These presentations will discuss the myriad of challenges related to resource mobilization, mass evacuations and sheltering, road destruction and patient surge.

Moderator: Garry Lisiewski, Program Manager - Tampa UASI

Speakers:  Mike Chard, Director of Boulder Operations of Emergency Management, Boulder, CO; Cory Stark, Regional Field Manager, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Jeanne Eckes-Roper, RN, Regional Emergency Coordinator ASPR

Training for Preparedness

Preparing for a Radiological/Nuclear Disaster (Is your City Rad/Nuc Ready)

The Panel will inform the audience of elements to include in a Rad/Nuc disaster plan.  It will include information on how and where to get assistance for plan development, training for the community and responders; as well as what state/local/federal assets are available for partnership and support for the plan.  This session will start with a short discussion of the current threat including recent events, then transition to assistance programs designed to assist the state, region, city, etc. in developing the Rad/Nuc portion of their THIRA. This panel will discuss available training paths based on needs and disciplines, including how to access trainings. This session will conclude with a discussion of state and federal assets to assist with preparing Rad/Nuc interdiction; as well as response plans, equipment research, requirements, and procurement assistance.

Moderator: John Brenner, Course Director, CTOS/Center for Rad/Nuc Training

Speakers:  Randall Whitt, Western Regional Manager, CTOS/Center for Rad/Nuc Training
John Brenner, Course Director, CTOS/Center for Rad/Nuc Training
Clearance E. Roberts III, DNDO Liaison, Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration NA42 First Responder Support
RaJah Mena, CHP – Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC) – Remote Sensing Laboratory, Nellis Air Force Base


Program Management & Sustainment

THIRA Panel Session

A panel discussion will look at how THIRAs are being used at the federal, state and UASI levels to integrate preparedness activities with the National Preparedness System.

Panelists: Doc Lumpkins, Director, National Integration Center, DHS/FEMA;  John Ufford Washington Emergency Management; Cal Bowman, Chair, Baltimore Urban Area Working Group

Moderator: Steve Davis, All Hands Consulting

Role of the State Administrative Agent (SAA)

Effective Sub-Grantee Monitoring:  Spotlights from SAAs

State Administrative Agencies (SAAs) are required to conduct sub-grantee monitoring, but there is limited guidance from FEMA on how to do so effectively.  This session will include presentations from the District of Columbia and California on highlighting their monitoring programs, along with a brief from FEMA on their expectations for monitoring.

Speakers:  Charles Madden, Grants Division Chief, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency,  Catherine Lewis, Chief, Grants Monitoring Branch, California Office of Emergency Services,  Bertram "Bert" Mckeithen Jr, Branch Chief, Regional Coordination and Oversight Branch, FEMA Grant Programs Directorate

The Emergency Medical Response Community

When Will We Ever Learn? Next Steps in Training and Educating the Emergency Medical Response Community for the 21st Century

Co-creative learning will be at the heart of a spirited and lively dialogue that will challenge the Health and Medical Preparedness community.  This discussion will be aimed to evaluate how we educate, train and develop practitioners.  A focus on problems with current practice, including common mistakes that seem to be repeated in practice, will be explored. This session will promote a discussion  around the increasing complexity of modern day emergencies and a new way to understand them using David Snowden’s Cynefin sense-making framework. This framework will then be applied as the backbone to the Emergency Learning Framework (ELF), a new and innovative way of thinking planning for emergencies

Speakers: EMRC:   Jeffrey S. KALINER

Port and Transit Security

Port of Long Beach Presentation on Maritime Coordination Center

The Maritime Coordination Center at the Port of Long Beach Joint Command and Control Center is an inter-agency effort providing day to day operational and situational communications on maritime incidents along the Southern California coastline.

Speakers: Laura Farinella, Deputy Chief, Support Bureau, Long Beach PD, Chad Ellis, Sergeant, Port Police Division, Long Beach PD, Chad Ellis, Sergeant, Port Police Division, Long Beach PD, Steve McPartland, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Erik Baker, Detective Supervisor, Los Angeles PD

Enhancing Emergency Capabilities

Virtual Infrastructure Safety System

This presentation will show the capabilities of Virtual Alabama and the Virtual Alabama School Safety System.  This visualization tool, based in a Google Earth platform allows the visualization and sharing of information that includes building floor plans, real time video surveillance cameras, location of emergency equipment and 81 different emergency equipment and staging areas located inside and around buildings.

Speakers: Lamar Davis Senior Fellow Auburn University, Scott Bridges, Government Vertical Manager at Google

Intelligence & Information Sharing

Winning at the Intel phase

Local law enforcement agencies’ role in combating terrorism should center on crime reduction. The crime fighting energy recovered from lowering crime can be converted into proactive efforts, which can root out precursor acts related to the planning and execution of domestic and international terrorism as an operational byproduct.

Speaker - Chief John Bennett- Tampa PD


An introduction to the cross functional approach to Intelligence analysis being utilized by the WRTAC analysts within the National Capital Region.
Speaker - Rebecca Brocker- Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center

Preparedness Partnerships for the Whole Community

A Call to Action:  Whole Community Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Partnerships as a National Effort

Are you prepared for the next disaster?  Does your jurisdiction understand the dynamics and complexity of a cyber-attack and the potential physical consequences to the critical infrastructure in your city or town?  Kick off the conference by joining this interactive dialog between attendees, senior security professionals, and senior federal officials, who will guide the panel discussion around how you can get involved in the partnership, and join the national effort of building a safer, secure, and resilient America.
Moderator: Tonya Schreiber, Director, Sector Outreach and Programs Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, DHS

Speakers: Heather King, Director for Preparedness Policy and Strategy, National Security Committee; Robert Kolasky, Director of Strategy and Policy, Office of Infrastructure Protection, DHS, Curtis Parsons, Chair, SLTTGCC – Homeland Security and Emergency Coordinator, County of Lenawee, Michigan

Additional panelist:
Josh Ederheimer, Deputy Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Department of Justice

National Counter Terrorism Center

First responders and Terrorism: Where the two worlds collide.

The emergency response field is amidst a changing and evolving environment, especially since the horrific terrorist attack of 9/ll, causing the tragic loss of innocent victims and public safety personnel.  Since then, great strides have been made to increase intelligence information sharing between the Intelligence Community (IC) and first responder entities.  This session will use case studies to highlight commonly used terrorist tactics as well as  techniques and procedures to keep first responders safe. Finally this session will seek to inform first responders of methods to partner and communicate with the intelligence community.

Speaker - Battalion Chief Kathleen Stanley, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
Detective Linda Peace, L.A.P.D.

Session 2 - Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 1:00pm-2:30pm

Responding to Unplanned Events

Mitigation Efforts to Combat a Changing Climate

Presenters discuss ongoing mitigation efforts from post Hurricane to benchmarking efforts Miami Beach engineers and Emergency Managers are conducting in order to curtail rising tidal seawaters. Learn how these communities are becoming more resilient in the wake of a changing global climate.

Moderator: Garry Lisiewski, Program Manager - Tampa UASI

Speakers:  Heather Roiter Damiano, Director of Hazard Mitigation, New York City Office of Emergency Management, Dr. Philip N. Brown, Deputy, Joint Resources and Readiness Division, Training and Exercise Directorate, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, Major Martin, Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Charles Tear, Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Miami Beach, FL., Jay Fink, Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Miami Beach, FL; Betsy Wheaton, Environmental Resource Manager, City of Miami Beach, FL; and Eric Kolbrinsky, Homeland Security Manager, City of Miami Beach, FL.

Training for Preparedness

Simulations in Training: Gaming the Change

This presentation discusses an increasing trend of using simulations and serious games in homeland security training. We will examine some types of simulations used in Homeland Security training, including • The future of simulation based training and challenges faced • Mobile web based EM-ES system used for ICP and EOC simulation based training • Simulation based fire fighter training • Simulation based training as a solution • Scenario-Based Training • Virtual Training Tools. This training will examine where we are now, and where we are going with this technology.

Moderator: Hank Lawson, Director of Operations, TEEX/NERRTC

Speakers: Jason B. Moats, Ph.D., Program Director, WMD Programs, TEEX/NERRTC

Program Management & Sustainment

Grants Management: Close Outs/Audits/EHP

This session from FEMA’s Grants Program Directorate (GPD) staff will address issues such as applying for grant extensions, the process for closing out grants, common audit findings, and environmental and historic preservation (EHP) rules.

Speakers: Brian Willis, Deputy Director Preparedness Grants Division, DHS; Gary Rogers, Branch Chief, Audit Resolution, DHS, Pasquale Scida, Environmental and Historic Preservation Specialist DHS.

Moderator: Sharyn Zlotnick, Phoenix AZ Office of Emergency Management

Role of the State Administrative Agent (SAA)

HSGP Reporting Requirements:  Perspectives from FEMA and SAA’s

Between the longstanding BSIR reports and the newer HSGP reporting requirements, SAAs are responsible for tracking large amounts of programmatic data regarding the use of federal homeland security grant funding.  This session will include an overview from FEMA as to how the programmatic reporting requirements are developed and how the information is used to inform FEMA's activities and Members of Congress.  In addition to the FEMA presentation, an SAA Panel Discussion will focus on how to capture the information needed for reporting requirements from sub-grantees and what success stories and challenges have emerged in this process.

Speakers: Laureen Daly, Deputy Director, National Preparedness Assessment Division, NPD, FEMA
Panelists:  Richard Pearson, New York State, Brendan Murphy, California

The Emergency Medical Response Community

ESF-8 Tools for Situational Awareness

When catastrophe hits, local health officials often face many decisions that must be made quickly and with limited information. Scarce medical resources must be distributed among many organizations with the aim of providing assistance to the greatest number of people in need. Through the Regional Catastrophic Grant Program, Public Health - Seattle and King County staff members have developed an easy-to-use tool that relies on a minimal number of basic questions to provide an overview of the medical situation across eight counties of the Puget Sound Area. This allows decision-makers to assess impacts to healthcare capacity, medical surge needs, availability of supporting infrastructure, and recommend where limited resources may be best used. While this tool is specific to medical resources, the logic behind it can be reproduced for other situations where multiple jurisdictions are competing for limited resources.

Speaker - Ashley Kelmore, Response Planning Manager-Public Health – Seattle & King County WA

Port and Transit Security

The Boston Marathon Bombings, A Transit Perspective

A presentation on MBTA involvement in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that includes an overview of the planning for the Marathon event and the response on the day of the bombings as well as the days that followed.

Speaker: Paul MacMillan, Police Chief, MBTA  Boston Transit Police

Transit Intelligence Platform

This presentation will describe the evolution and creation of the Transit Security Analyst Group (TSAG) as part of the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC), a regional fusion center. This presentation will also discuss innovations that allow the public to send tips directly to the TSAG and the public awareness campaign around it.

Speaker: Bill Shanahan, Director of Government Relations and Grant Administration, Delaware River Port Authority and Chair of the Philadelphia Area Regional Transit Security Working Group.

Enhancing Emergency Capabilities

Debris Management Planning & Public Assistance in Philadelphia

Debris management is the most costly and time consuming activity following disasters.  The process requires significant planning and coordination in order to ensure activities are carried out efficiently and effectively.  A robust debris plan will help expedite recovery and ensure compliance with FEMA’s Public Assistance reimbursement guidelines.  Philadelphia OEM offers a unique insight into this process because the City adopts its first official disaster debris management plan in spring of 2014. The presentation will focus on debris management challenges and opportunities relating to the planning process, coordination and execution, pre-event contractors, debris management sites, and FEMA guidelines and reimbursement.

Speaker/s:  Matt Werner, Recovery Planning Coordinator, Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia

Questions/Comments about the Debris Management Planning & Public Assistance in Philadelphia Presentation?

Matt Werner can be reached at matthew.wener [at] phila.gov


Partnerships for Preparedness:  A Regional Approach to Emergency Transportation Planning for Vulnerable Populations

In the Puget Sound UASI Region in Washington State, we determined that emergency management and special needs transportation are not adequately integrated at the planning, functional, or operational levels and in response convened a planning group. Over the past 18 months, the Vulnerable Populations Transportation Planning Workgroup has focused the region's attention to this issue and developed methods, practices, and technology applications to improve transportation communication, coordination, and management of emergency response.  Focus areas include integrating communication and coordination within community based organizations (CBOs), community based transportation providers (CBTPs) and Offices of Emergency Management (OEMs). This session will provide an overview of the planning framework developed in Washington State with presentations by emergency management, transit providers and community organizations.
Speaker/s:  Sheri Badger, Program Supervisor, Exercise, Training, and Public Education, Pierce County (WA) Department of Emergency Management
Robin Pfohman, Vulnerable Populations Action Team (VPAT) Program Manager, Preparedness Section, Public Health-Seattle & King County
Jason Beloso, Urban Special Needs Planner, Washington State Department of Transportation


Intelligence & Information Sharing

Public/ Private Sector Information Sharing

A 2 part focus: First the Multi-State Fleet Working Group and the Information Sharing efforts and products developed in the electric sector with state and local governments. The second part of the panel will focus on a discussion between the major cities of the East Coast corridor coalition and will focus on how to interface with the private sector and how to prepare and respond to varying consequences. Examples and scenarios will be used by incorporating results from Hurricane Sandy, recent snow and ice storms, and more.

Speakers - –Representatives from industry and government throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Preparedness Partnerships for the Whole Community

Regional Partnership Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Success Stories

Regional partnerships are well suited to address today’s complex challenges to critical infrastructure security and resilience. Join the Regional Consortium Coordinating Council (RC3) in a collaborative session designed to facilitate the discovery of best practices and success stories across topics of high relevancy in today’s world, such as infrastructure system interdependencies and cybersecurity. Audience members will have a unique opportunity to contribute directly to the RC3’s Member and Mission Landscape Study, leaving the session with the insight to implement best practices in support of regional security and resiliency efforts.

Moderator - Christopher Terzich, Chair, RC3/President of InfraGard Minnesota Members Alliance | Speakers -Tom Moran, Executive Director, All Hazards Consortium, Richard Garcia, Executive Board Member, InfraGard National Members Alliance, Kate Finnerty, RC3 Landscape Study SME

National Counter Terrorism Center

The Evolving Unconventional Threat: CBRN Terrorism

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism poses a threat to public health and safety, national security, and economic and political stability across the globe. From weapons of mass destruction to weapons of mass impact, a CBRN attack represents an enduring priority for the counterterrorism and homeland security communities. This presentation will discuss the current national security posture against CBRN terrorism and the evolution of the unconventional threat- from anthrax to sarin to radiological dispersal devices- and what CBRN threats first responders are most likely to encounter.

Speaker - Sanjay Mukhi


Session 3 - Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 3:00pm-4:30pm

Responding to Unplanned Events

Leveraging Partnerships and Engaging the Whole Community in Order to Build a Safer and More Resilient Homeland:

A focus on Collaboration to Engage Whole Community: "Making the Impossible Possible: Planning for Disaster at the Neighborhood Level"; "Leverage Partners for Planning: Plans and Tools for Your Next Disaster",  "Play Well With Others:  Improvisation, Collaboration, and Better Homeland Security"; and "Engage Hospital Partners in Community Risk Assessment, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery".

Moderator: Garry Lisiewski, Program Manager - Tampa UASI

Speakers:  Mona Curry, Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Los Angeles; Michelle Constant, CEO t, Constant and Associates, Inc.,  Erin McLachlan, Executive Director, Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program NY-NJ-CT-PA, New York, NY; Laura Stockstill, Plan Manager, Critical Infrastructure; New York, NY; Andrew Phelps, Emergency Manager, City of Santa Fe, NM; and Paul Ford, Ph.D., Director of Safety, Security and Transportation; Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL.

Training for Preparedness

The 21st Century Trainer

This presentation will focus on instructor and instructional design core competences to meet the needs of the 21st century including teaching to four generations, use of technology in the learning environment, interactive learning versus lecture, concept-based learning, and facilitation as an instructional tool.

Moderator: Thomas (Tom) A. Tucker, Director, NCBRT

Speakers:  Timothy Janowick, Deputy Chief of Police, Field Operations Division, Mount Prospect Police Department

Program Management & Sustainment

Is There a Relationship Between Inter-Local Collaboration and National Preparedness?

A study focused on the relationship(s) of federal homeland security funding, regional collaboration, and national preparedness. This presentation will cover results of the first phase of a multi-phase study exploring the influence of federal grant funding on regional collaboration, and regional collaboration’s association with overall preparedness. Data was obtained through a 2013 survey administered to all FY2010 UASI grant recipients focused on the activities and collaborative impact of the UASI grant on its recipients.
Speakers:  Nicole Errett, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Cal Bowman, Chair, Baltimore Urban Area Work Group

Moderator: Steve Davis, All Hands Consulting

Role of the State Administrative Agent (SAA)

Grants Management Training:  Highlights from FEMA

This session will provide an overview of the Grants Management Technical Assistance (GMTA) Program, including how grantees can access technical assistance through GMTA, review contents for the GMTA Toolkit, and review modules for the Fundamentals of Grants Management Course.
Speakers: Cotilda Harvey (FEMA), Farrah Gosford, Senior Emergency Planner, Innovative Emergency Management (IEM), Washington, DC

The Emergency Medical Response Community

Regional Planning for MCIs and for EMS Response to Active Shooter Incidents

MCI planning is challenging, and planning for Active Shooter Incidents are even more so.  This presentation will explore how we’re doing both for an eight-county region with over 110 EMS agencies, more over 100 law enforcement agencies, 10  public health agencies, and 24 hospitals.  We’ll present a regionalized approach to MCIs, including adoption of the new SALT triage system, plus regionalized EMS response to Active Shooter Incidents using the Rescue Task Force (RTF) concept.  We’ll include development of new triage tags, triage ribbon kits, and other materials to assist during an MCI, as well as reconfiguring MCI Unit inventories.

Presented by David N. Gerstner, EMT-P
Speakers - David Gerstner, EMT-P, MMRS/RMRS/EP Coordinator, Dayton Fire Department, OH, E. Reed Smith, MD, Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington Fire Department, VA



Port and Transit Security

TSGP/PSGP Town Hall- Speakers:

This session will provide the TSGP/PSGP stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss current issues and concerns related to TSGP/PSGP grant programs.  Takeaways from this session will be provided to FEMA.

Speakers: Brian Kamoie, Assistant Administrator of Grant Programs Directorate/Christopher Logan, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Grant Programs Directorate/ Brian Willis, Deputy Director, Preparedness Grants Division/Alex Mrazik Jr., Branch Chief, Transit Infrastructure Security Branch, Cynthia Simmons-Steele, Section Chief, Port Security Grant Program.

Enhancing Emergency Capabilities

The SAFETY Act -- Achieving Your Target State of Readiness

After 9/11, the private sector was reluctant to deploy security technologies and services in civilian settings due to the enormous liability risks and responsibilities involved if product or service technologies were impacted by terrorism. To encourage widespread deployment of effective anti-terrorism technologies, Congress enacted the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act in 2002. The SAFETY Act is an incentive program providing liability protections for claims resulting from terrorism where SAFETY Act-approved technologies are deployed. The speaker will present: benefits SAFETY Act coverage offers for providers/users of effective anti-terrorism products or services; how SAFETY Act coverage is obtained; how SAFETY Act applications are submitted.  More information is at www.safetyact.gov

Speaker/s:  Bruce B. Davidson, Office of Safety Act Implementation, DHS

Disaster Logistics: The Universal Logistics Standard

Today's disaster logistics systems are stressed when responding to most disasters.  This stress is magnified during catastrophes, which place a significant burden on logisticians who, in most cases, rely on a system not capable of meeting the demand. Bringing in logisticians from other jurisdictions has the potential to relieve the strain, yet because there is not a universal standard for conducting disaster logistics, most supplemental staff require time to learn the requesting jurisdiction's process and policies. Consequently, disaster logisticians developed a doctrine establishing baseline standards for disaster logistic operations. This presentation focuses on the development of a universal standard as a unified strategy.

Speaker/s:  Jim Penta, Program Manager, Regional Catastrophic Planning Team
Nancy Harris, NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Logistics Program

Intelligence & Information Sharing

Intel Panel - Academic Practitioner Engagements

The panel will discuss ongoing partnerships between institutions of higher education and local public safety agencies.
Speakers - Professor Jerry Ratcliff of Temple and Mr Tom O’Reilly of Rutgers. Harvard/ Boston PD Temple Philadelphia PD Rutgers/ Newark PD

Preparedness Partnerships for the Whole Community

First Responder Response to Critical Electrical Substations

This Panel discussion will use the electric substation attack in Metcalf, California as a Case study in an effort to highlight the challenges that faced State, local and federal law enforcement in their responses. This presentation will provide first responders with details of the incident in an effort to build awareness of an evolving threat. This presentation will focus on what first responders should look for, safety procedures to consider, and most importantly, how we can build on existing government resources and the expansion of private sector partnerships to build first responder preparedness response to electric infrastructure.

Moderator: Tonya Schreiber, Director, Sector Outreach and Programs Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Speakers - Scott Aaronson, Edison Electric Institute, Mike Peterson, Senior Compliance Analyst, PG&E, Representative of Dominion Power (Invited)

Additional panelist:  Dan Jenkins, Dominion Power

National Counter Terrorism Center

Terrorist Identify Data Environment (TIDE): What You Need to Know for First Responders

Policy expert from the Directorate of Terrorist Identities at NCTC will provide an overview of TIDE and watchlisting. This briefing describes NCTC's mission, introduces Terrorist Identify Data Environment (TIDE), describes why TIDE was created and provides an overview of watchlisting policies/guidance and the legal framework associated with the use of TIDE. 
Speaker - Chatland Skinker & Kathy Emond


Session 4 - Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 10:00am-11:30am

Responding to Unplanned Events

Reading, Writing, and Response - Lessons Learned from Response to School Violence: 

Centennial, CO and Tampa, FL along with schools across the nation were forced to add "Response" to the three-R’s of education.  Director Grace and Captain O'Connor discuss lessons learned from recent events within their school districts.  The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security will share their Comprehensive School Safety Plan that connects schools for emergency readiness by using a secure portal.

Moderator: Lin Bonesteel, Program Manager - Denver UASI

Speakers:  Guy Grace, Director of Security and Emergency, Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, CO; Mary O'Connor, Captain, Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Tampa Police Department; R.L. Hughes, Principal Deputy to the Homeland Security Cabinet Secretary, Delaware Office of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS); and Wendy Hudson, CSSP Project Manager, DSHS, Office of the Secretary; and Joseph Melvin, DSHS, Office of the Secretary.

Training for Preparedness

Validating Mass Casualty Incident Response Training through Multi-discipline Integrated Capstone Events

This panel focuses on the process of implementing student centered learning practices through integrated exercises across multiple disciplines.  The presenters will share the value of in course practical exercises that validate individual and collective team competencies, and the challenges associated with integrating courses and students into a single full-scale mass casualty training exercise.  The panel will highlight the dynamics associated with instructor’s traditional role as a teacher and the transition to evaluator/controller.  Moderator: CDP Representative

Speakers:  Scott Kelberg, Director, National Training and Education Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. DHS, Washington, DC
Charles King, Superintendent, Center for Domestic Preparedness, Anniston, AL

Rick Dickson, Director of Mission Readiness Integration, Center for Domestic Preparedness, Anniston, AL

Program Management & Sustainment

The Grant Application Process: IJ’s and Online Grant Systems

This session presented by FEMA’s Grants Program Directorate (GPD) staff will cover topics related to preparing grant applications including what you need to know before completing your Project Based Investment Justifications (IJ’S), navigating the ND Grants system and other online grant systems.

Speakers: Brian Willis, Deputy Director, Preparedness Grants Division; and Nora Silk, Analyst/System Specialist.

Moderator: Sharyn Zlotnick, Phoenix AZ Office of Emergency Management


Role of the State Administrative Agent (SAA)

SAA Town Hall

This session will provide the State Administrative Agencies an opportunity to discuss current issues and concerns related to grants and reporting requirements.  This Town Hall will include participation from FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate (GPD)

Featuring: Brian Kamoie, FEMA Assistant Administrator, Grants Programs Directorate (GPD)

The Emergency Medical Response Community

Bird Flu, Swine Flu and MERS; OH  My!

Recently, the World Health Organization’s Director-General voiced serious concerns over MERS-CoV, the novel coronavirus emerging from the Middle East. Add to that the recent fatal case of H5N1 (the "original" bird flu) in Canada, the recent H1N1 outbreaks across North America, and it's clear the threat of a possible pandemic is still a reality. As such, we have an obligation to review our pandemic plans now to ensure we’re prepared for future pandemics, epidemics or outbreaks.

Speaker -  Suzanne Bernier, CEM, CBCP, MBCI


Port and Transit Security

The Role of Mass Transit Agencies during Critical Incidents--Naval Yard Shooting WMATA Response

We have learned since September 11, 2001 that incident management involves much more than an army of law enforcement officers responding to an active shooter event. Incident management works best when subject matter experts from all available agencies join together to create a successful outcome. Transportation agencies and transit police in urban areas more likely than not, will find that they play an active role in the mediation of significant events. On September 16, 2013, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Metro Transit Police (MTPD) learned this lesson first hand during the deadly active shooter event at the Washington Navy Yard.

Speaker: Sgt Thomas Sharkey, Bomb Squad Commander, WMATA Police Department, FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force, National Capital Response Squad

Human Trafficking Awareness: Amtrak Police's Approach to Effective Detection and Interdiction through Education.

By utilizing a variety of training and awareness resources, the Amtrak Police Department outlines its multi-faceted approach to human trafficking interdiction through educating its officers as well as  Amtrak’s employees and customers.

Speaker: Kathleen Harasek, Inspector of Patrol, Mid Atlantic Division Amtrak PD

Enhancing Emergency Capabilities

Safety in Sight: Video Surveillance Protects Cleveland

The Cleveland Department of Public Safety has always been committed to being on the leading edge of technology and a few years ago created the Cleveland Shared Security Surveillance (CS3) program.  The goal of the program is to provide officers and first responders with a shared security presence and enhanced officer awareness through a high-speed wireless mesh network with video surveillance cameras.

Speaker: Larry A. Jones II, Project Manager, City of Cleveland Department of Public Saftey

Operation Key Rescue : Increasing Capabilities - a Multi-Agency Effort

This presentation covers "Operation Key Biscayne Rescue", a full scale, HSEEP-compliant, combined exercise simulating a category 5 hurricane devastating Key Biscayne and involved the partnership between Federal Agencies, the City of Miami and the Village of Key Biscayne.  The scenario included many residents ignoring the mandatory order to evacuate, compelling the development of a search and rescue course for first responders.  This will all be discussed along with the innovative field data collection methodology used during the exercise, combining handheld GPS units and apps available on Smartphones (at no cost to the user).

Speaker:  Juan Mestas, Office of Emergency Management, City of Miami Fire Rescue

Intelligence & Information Sharing

Fusion Center Town Hall – National Fusion Center Association

A discussion of the Fusion Center Network’s National Strategy including the National Mission Cell and the development of Centers of Analytic Excellence
HSIN - The HSIN platform’s role in Intelligence and Information Sharing across the Homeland Security Enterprise
Speaker: - Donna Roy Executive Director, Information Sharing Environment Office of the CIO, DHS

Preparedness Partnerships for the Whole Community

Managing Risk:  Key Community Preparedness and Resilience Programs

This interactive session explores  how the Pennsylvania based DHS Protective Security Advisors (PSA) brought together key stakeholders through the Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. This track will seek how to identify key critical infrastructure sites, facilitate information sharing, address dependencies, interdependencies and the cascading effects on critical systems' ability to recover quickly from a significant event.

Moderator: John Guest, PSA Regional Director, Mid Atlantic Area,  DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection
PSA’s - William J. Ryan, Philadelphia Stephen P. White, Central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg District, Robert E. Winters, Pittsburgh District

National Counter Terrorism Center

Active Shooter: First responder view and an overview from Weapon, Tactics and Targets group at NCTC

The active shooter briefing includes an analysis of the tactics, equipment, government response, and lessons learned from the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, from 21-24 September 2013 and the Santa Monica College Shooting.  Some key issues of interest to customers include:  

  • Assessment of what could have been more effective in the attack
  • Complications of mall layout on police/military response
  • Terrorist use of communications equipment
  • Blue-on-Blue Kenyan incidents
  • Other topics that can be covered, if necessary:
  • Discussion of Mumbai Attack
  • Key Themes of Active Shooter attacks
  • Location-specific vulnerabilities
  • Active Shooter Planning Cycle
  • Lessons Learned from observation of active shooter training events

Speaker -  Kirk Wachenhiemer and Battalion Chief Kathleen Stanley


Session 5 - Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 1:00pm-2:30pm

Responding to Unplanned Events

Hospitals Under Fire, Emerging Threat to Healthcare:

First responders from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Lehigh Valley Hospital recall the events surrounding the day the unthinkable happened. An armed gunman appears, putting patients, visitors, and staff in the crosshairs.  The Director of Safety, Security and Transportation for Tampa General Hospital shares best practices, lessons learned and Ph.D. thesis research which focuses on creating awareness, types of hospital violence, prevention and response, roll of Law Enforcement, and seldom discussed statistics.

Denver Health and Hospital Authority apply lessons learned from active shooter and complex multi-threat incidents across the nation and the world, including actual and potential challenges, planning considerations and how Denver is building a true regional multidisciplinary capability to improve survival from these events.

Moderator: Cory S. Stark , Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, North Central Region Field Manager

Speakers:  Amanda Quesnell, Patient Care Manager, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; Michael Thiel, Director of Security, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; Michael Wargo, MBA, BSN, PHRN, Administrator, Dept. of Public Safety, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA; Paul Ford, Ph.D., Director of Safety, Security and Transportation; Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL; James Manson, Assistant Chief, Denver Health and Hospital Authority; Dave Mitchell, EMS - Arvada Fire Department.

Training for Preparedness

Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning

Disasters may not always be avoidable but it is very important to be able to look create long term plans for recovery in the event of a disaster.
This panel will discuss:

  • Why Pre-disaster recovery is important
  • Role of community-based buy-in
  • Role of National Disaster Recovery Framework
  • How NDPTC’s upcoming “Advanced Disaster Recovery Strategies for Local Communities” course can help in creating such a plan.

Moderator: Gregg Nakano, NDPTC

Speakers:  Gavin Smith, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Jim Schwab, American Planning Association

Program Management & Sustainment

The Keys to Sustainment – Reflections of a UASI three years after being cut

This discussion will focus on how UASI's are surviving after grant funding ended.  How do you sustain programs and maintain the partnerships that have been developed?

Presenters:  Susan Duenas, Program Administrator, Ventura County Sheriff's Department; Erin Lynch, Emergency Services Director, Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City, MO; Curtis Brown, Emergency Management Administrator, Hampton Roads UASI, Chesapeake, VA

Moderator: Dawn Fritz, Cleveland OH Department of Public Safety

Role of the State Administrative Agent (SAA)

Threat/Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and the State Preparedness Report (SPR):

Success Stories and Ongoing Challenges - To date, FEMA has required States (and UASIs) to submit two THIRAs.  Some states have utilized the THIRA as a comprehensive tool to inform senior decision-makers and other planning efforts, while others have struggled to produce a meaningful THIRA based on FEMA's guidance.  This session will provide perspectives from Minnesota and New York  on how they have handled the THIRA requirement, along with an update from FEMA on the State Preparedness Report (SPR), which is now closely tied to the THIRA.

Moderator - Meghan Dudley, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES)

Speakers:Terry Hastings, Senior Policy Advisor, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES); Grant Hosmer, Critical Infrastructure Coordinator, Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Dan Paulette-Chapman, National Preparedness Assessment Division, FEMA

The Emergency Medical Response Community

Addressing Mental Health - From Victims to First Responders

Panel discussion focused on the different Mental/Behavioral health challenges faced after a terrorist incident or other act of mass violence providing potential strategies to address the challenges.   Research is showing that unaddressed behavioral health issues in first responders are a growing problem nationwide. It is important for agencies to develop behavioral health programs that mirror best practices in order to create mental health resiliency. Programs need to be developed and have acceptance from first responders, before an incident if they are going to have a positive impact.

     Susan Duenas, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Oxnard Fire Department, CA            
     Alex Hamilton, Captain Oxnard Fire Department, CA
     Don Mattei, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, CA
     Amber Morales, Sergeant, Los Angeles Police Department, CA
     Staci Beers, Victim Services Manager, FBI


Port and Transit Security

Cyber Security Related to Port/Transit (tentative)

Cybersecurity as it relates to Port and Transit Security.
Speaker: TBD, National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center, Department of Homeland Security/NPPD.


Enhancing Emergency Capabilities

Israel's Homeland Security & Counterterrorism  Strategy

This presentation will focus on Israel's counterterrorism strategy, its experience with dealing with and mitigating suicide bombings, and a few examples of Israel's preparedness and response structures and policies with respect to homeland security challenges.
Speaker/s:  Dr. Nadav Morag, Naval Postgraduate School

Questions/Comments about the  Israel's Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Strategy Presentation?
Dr. Nadav Morag can be reached at nmorag [at] coloradotech.edu

Bridging Science and Public Policy to Build Disaster Resilient Communities

This presentation describes bridging the scientific/academic communities and decision-making/operational users for effective emergency and disaster management.  After Hurricane Iniki decimated Kauai, the USG directed the integration of National Technical Means into emergency/disaster management activities, with Hawaii as the test case; the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), a DOD-funded activity, managed via cooperative agreement with the University of Hawaii, executes this function. Disaster management theory and practice evolve while resilient communities’ mechanisms become refined. The brief describes models for conducting science-based, comprehensive disaster management and risk and vulnerability assessments incorporating physical, geographic, cultural, economic, and human factors, plus all potential communities’ use of these models for preparedness, response, and mitigation strategies.
Speaker/s:  Steve Recca, Pacific Disaster Center

Questions/Comments about the Bridging Science and Public Policy to Build Disaster Resilient Communities Presentation?
Steve Recca can be reached at srecca [at] pdc.org


Intelligence & Information Sharing

The Role of the Fire Service in Intelligence and Information Sharing

Current and historical perspectives on the roles of the Fire Service in the Intelligence and Information Sharing environment. Perspectives on successful Fusion Center engagements and Fire Liaison programs.

Speakers - Mr. Bernie Kirk NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control NY DHSES  and  Mathew C. Rush Captain, Austin Fire Department NY DHSES; Mathew C. Rush, Captain, Austin Fire Department

Preparedness Partnerships for the Whole Community

Cybersecurity and Communication in tomorrow’s Emergency Services Sector:  Are you ready for the future?

Are your communications and cybersecurity programs ready for the future? This session examines today’s efforts to improve and secure Emergency Responder communications and information sharing infrastructure and capabilities. These areas become more important as new technologies are made available and utilized to support tomorrow’s emergency response.  Panelists will discuss current efforts and future goals to build and secure the essential tools and resources which support the Emergency Services Sector.  Discussion points include FirstNet, NextGen 9-1-1 and Emergency Services focused cybersecurity.
Moderator - Dan Schultz, Chair, Emergency Services Sector Government Coordinating Council/Sector Outreach and Partnership Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Speakers – Mark Hogan, Chief of Security, City of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Patrick Melampy, Vice President of Product Development, Oracle Communications; Jason Gates, Management and Program Analyst, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security; Alex Kreilein, Technology Policy Strategist, Office of Emergency Communications, Department of Homeland Security

National Counter Terrorism Center

IED Petting Zoo

This brief shows a selection of commonly available explosives precursors and relates them to IED incidents, criminal cases, and explosive accidents worldwide.  Also discussed during this presentation are common elements needed to produce an improvised explosive device and examples of recovered switches and configurations from around the world are displayed.
Speaker - Wade Ewing


Session 6 - Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 2:45pm-4:00pm

Responding to Unplanned Events

Prevent, Protect Against, Respond to, and Mitigate Bombing and Fire as Weapon Threat Incidents.

The Office for Bombing Prevention, Protective Security Coordination Division, Department of Homeland Security, offers advise on how to protect life and critical infrastructure by building capabilities within the general public sectors to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents. 
FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness will discuss how, as a tool of terror, the use of fire as a weapon has dated back to the very beginnings of civilization. Its property of self-propagation, as well as comprising multiple deadly properties of heat, blinding smoke, and carbon monoxide makes it the logical choice of weaponry in modern terrorism. Emergency responders must now consider how they will mitigate attacks by active-shooters involving possible explosive devices, mass casualties and fire.
Moderator: Lan Nguyen, Training and Exercise Coordinator - Santa Ana UASI
Speakers:  Michael A. Dailey, Chief (A), Counter-IED Training & Awareness Section, Office for Bombing Prevention, Protective Security Coordination Division, Department of Homeland Security and Deputy Chief Tom Currao, Chief of Intelligence and Risk Management Section, FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness.

Training for Preparedness

Response to Various Types of Active Shooter Incidents

This panel discussion focuses on the need to have a varied response protocol for active shooter situations in different types of facilities, namely hospital, religious, and retail facilities. Panel members, who have experienced such incidents within their facilities and jurisdictions, will discuss the unique issues associated with responding to active shooter incidents in these different environments. The panel will also highlight the training conducted prior to the incident occurrence in their facility or jurisdiction and share lessons learned from the incident.  With the increased number of active shooter incidents in America, agencies and communities need to be prepared to respond to these types of incidents. Learn from those who have firsthand experience with active shooter situations in various settings to better prepare your agency or community to respond should such an event occur in your location.

Moderator: Thomas (Tom) A. Tucker, Director, NCBRT

Speakers:  Joseph Pulvermacher, Battalion Chief, Training, Oak Creek Fire Rescue, Oak Creek, WI;Mike Bolender, Captain, Oak Creek Police Department, Operations Division, Oak Creek, WI;Terry Mayes, Director of Security, Central Texas Region, Baylor Scott and White Hospitals, Temple, TX; Dan Ryan, Sr. Director of Corporate Security, GGP Chicago

Program Management & Sustainment

What are the Changes in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and How Might This Impact Our Organization?

The changes to the OMB circulars do not take effect until December 2014, however, organizations should become familiar with the changes and look at how this may (or may not) affect them.  This segment will outline some of the major changes and give examples of how they will affect our organization.

Presenter:  Dierdre Joseph, MBA, Homeland Security Grant Accountant, Tampa Police Dept.
Moderator: Sharyn Zlotnick, Phoenix AZ Office of Emergency Management


Role of the State Administrative Agent (SAA)

State Homeland Security Strategies:

A Toolkit for Building a Better Strategy -In the FY2013 HSGP Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), FEMA updated its guidance to mandate that State and Urban Area Homeland Security Strategies be revised every two years; that said, FEMA has not released any guidance on Strategies since 2005.  This session will outline how New York and Illinois have moved forward to update their own Strategies and how they are using them to guide resource allocations.

Speakers: Meghan Dudley, Intelligence Analyst, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES); Michelle Hanneken, Homeland Security Program Manager, Illinois Emergency Management Agency; Doc Lumpkins (FEMA)

The Emergency Medical Response Community

Houston We've Got a Problem - Examining Apollo 13 for Improvising During Emergencies

“Houston, we’ve got a problem” these legendary words were spoken by astronaut James Lovell from Apollo 13 to mission control in Houston when the team on-board discovered the damage to the service module caused by an oxygen tank blow-up cutting down power and water supply. With 58 hours into the lunar mission, the priorities of the mission had shifted drastically. A moon landing was no longer an option, getting the astronauts back alive was priority number one. At that time the crew was were still 200,000 miles away from earth. It was time to revise the plan. "Get me the duct tape," was a lesser known quote from the mission. But it was the improvisational use of duct tape that most assuredly saved the lives of the crew. Sometimes we must discard our carefully prepared plans and react to something that is completely unexpected. There are certain improvisational techniques that are important to keep in your back pocket when dealing with crises. The Apollo 13 incident and the subsequent re-plan is a tale of inspiration, courage. Here we present 5 key things that the emergency management community can learn from the Apollo 13 re-plan.

Speaker -  Edward Kramer, Ph.D., M.P.H. Program Manager-Center for Emergency Medical Preparedness, Hartford Hospital, CT


Port and Transit Security

Interoperable Communications/Delaware Maritime Security System

In 2011, the Delaware State Police began a maritime security initiative to provide protection for the state of Delaware and its critical infrastructure located along its waterways.  During the past three years, this initiative has evolved into a multi-phase project.  This presentation will highlight the multiple phases of the project.Speakers: Kurt Ferry, Director of Security, Greenwich Terminals, LLC/ William T. Robinson, Manager of Security, PBF Energy/Presentation; Ronald Bounds, Vulnerability Specialist, Delaware State Police/Harvey Velott, WMD Coordinator


Enhancing Emergency Capabilities

The City of Los Angeles EOC Coordination, Situational Awareness, and Common Operating Picture Lessons Learned and Best Practices

The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) coordinates the emergency preparedness and planning for the four million residents of City of Los Angeles. During emergencies and disasters, EMD coordinates the response, mitigation and recovery efforts for the entire City and operates a state-of-the art Emergency Operations Center (EOC). To ensure effective and efficient EOC operations, EMD has undertaken several initiatives to improve the EOC’s coordination process, situational awareness, and common operating picture. EMD’s interactive panel will share the lessons learned, best practices, and tools developed and used to enhance EOC operations and information sharing.
Speaker/s:  James E. Bailey, President and CEO of Willdan Homeland Solutions
Christopher P. Bausch, Managing Partner of SenseMakers, LLC
Quentin Frazier, City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department

Intelligence & Information Sharing

Fusion Center Coordination in Response to Heroin overdose crisis in Mid-Atlantic

Fusion Center representatives will outline their efforts to address the public health crisis caused by a heroin epidemic sweeping the region. Engagement within States and across State borders with law enforcement and public health officials will be highlighted.

Speakers - Representatives from the PaCIC, NJ ROIC, DVIC, WRTAC and DIAC

Preparedness Partnerships for the Whole Community

The Current Landscape of State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Efforts

The State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC) recently completed a series of reports examining SLTT critical infrastructure programs across all ten FEMA regions. This session involves an open discussion to engage SLTT colleagues in highlighting key preparedness, response, and resilience issues and challenges of the SLTT community. Topics will include an overview of the SLTTGCC, the major findings from the regional reports, and how they relate to conference participants’ efforts in emergency preparedness, emergency management, and critical infrastructure security and resilience.

Speakers - Curtis Parsons, Chair, SLTTGCC - Homeland Security & Emergency Management Coordinator, Lenawee County, Michigan
Mark Hogan, SLTTGCC Executive Committee - Chief of Security, City of Tulsa, Oklahoma

National Counter Terrorism Center

Counterterrorism Planning

In the past three years, NCTC has used all three resources to discover common themes and gaps that exist in jurisdictions across the nation.  Perhaps one of the most pressing of them is the need for counterterrorism prevention and response planning guidance.  This session will discuss critical areas that should be addressed during CT planning, to include countering violent extremism, strategic communications, information sharing, joint tactical operations, managing social media, and coordinated training of first responders.  NCTC will introduce its newly drafted CT Prevention and Response Guide and seek input and feedback from attendees. Participants will have the opportunity to influence this important initiative. This session is intended for first responders, emergency planners, and other public safety representatives. 
Speaker -  Heidi Kaiser


Session 7 - Thursday, May 22nd, 2014  10:00am-11:30am

Responding to Unplanned Events

Caught Off Track - Responding to Train Derailments:

Bronx, NY; Casselton, ND; and Tampa, FL all share lessons learned from derailments they responded to. New York's Emergency Management and Fire Department discuss critical lessons learned when they responded to a Metro-North commuter train derailment. Seven cars hurtled off the tracks at a sharp curve, leaving 4 dead and injuring 70. Cass County Sheriff's Office describes how an eastbound train carrying crude oil struck wreckage from a derailed westbound train, igniting the crude oil and caused a chain of large explosions, which prompted authorities to issue a voluntary evacuation of the city and surrounding area as a precaution. Tampa will present on a recent ethanol train derailment and a molten sulfur fire; describing the response of multiple agencies to reduce the risks associated with the ethanol and timeframe to return to normal operations.  Lessons learned will include steps to mitigate the incident as well as the call for shelter-in-place and some identified gaps from the public’s perspective.

Moderator: Lan Nguyen, Training and Exercise Coordinator - Santa Ana UASI

Speakers:  Frank McCarton, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Emergency Management, New York, NY; Edward Kilduff, Chief, FDNY; Terra Morris, Sergeant , Cass County Government, ND; and Emilio Salabarria, Director of Safety, Port of Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL.

Training for Preparedness

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center

Natural hazards can affect everyone in your community.  NDPTC focuses on training for the “whole community” with respect to natural hazards.  As the newest member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, we invite you to learn more about our program and contribute your valuable insights regarding what types of training courses and topics are important to your area.

Moderator: Gregg Nakano, NDPTC

Speakers:  James Burke, NDPTC; Eric Yamashita, NDPTC; Lydia Morikawa, NDPTC

Program Management & Sustainment

Emerging Issues in National Preparedness - RCPGP Sustainment and Information Exchange:

The purpose of this session is to have an in-person, collaborative discussion about the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program. We will highlight critical outcomes and sustainment opportunities and challenges for this closing program. RCPGP sites will have the opportunity to discuss strategic plan coordination and program sustainment concepts.

Moderator:  Donald Lumpkins, Director, National Integration Center, DHS/FEMA

Role of the State Administrative Agent (SAA)

Telling Your Story:  How to Publicize the Impact of Homeland Security Grant Funding

Since 9/11, over $30 billion in homeland security funding has been allocated to States, localities, and other homeland security stakeholders.  Congress, FEMA, the media, and even the general public often ask "How are we better prepared as a result of this funding?"  This session will highlight ways that several grantees have chosen to "tell their story" by highlighting the positive impacts of their premier homeland security programs

Moderator - Mary Landers, Bay Area UASI

Speakers: Coalition of California UASIs - Regional Information-Sharing Program - Craig Dziedzic, General Manager of the Bay Area UASI, Mike Sena (NCRIC), Tom Ducker (CalOES), John Valencia (San Diego UASI); Jeff Garofalo, Director of Grant Development, New York City Fire Department (FDNY); Stephanie Tennyson (FEMA)

The Emergency Medical Response Community

"New Jersey EMS Response to Super Storm Sandy"

Superstorm Sandy was New Jersey’s largest, and the second-most costly, disaster in U.S. history. This session details the EMS response to this catastrophe including the coordinated effort with other state and federal partners, which was instrumental to the overall response that undoubtedly saved lives.  The presenters will discuss how the UASI grant program benefitted the response, and highlight various areas of operations, such as:  hospital/nursing home evacuations, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, multi-agency coordination, providing continuity of operations, development of regional EMS staging areas, mobile field hospital deployments, and the use of medical ambulance buses and interstate mutual aid.

Session Objectives:
     1. Understand the preparedness and planning activities that are essential to EMS in a hurricane disaster response.
     2. Identify the principle activities needed in a statewide EMS response to a hurricane disaster.
     3. Describe the response actions necessary to respond to a hurricane disaster in a statewide emergency.
     4. Identify the impediments and challenges by EMS providers in a hurricane disaster response.
     5. Explain methods to improve EMS response to a natural disaster.

Speakers -  Henry P. Cortacans, MAS, CEM, NREMT-P, Planner-NJ UASI EMS Task Force

Port and Transit Security

1: Securing Critical Transit Infrastructure Against the Threat of Chemical and Biological Weapons

King County completed a project emerging as an industry best-practice to address the threat of weapons of mass destruction in the transit environment.  The detectors are unique for the way in which they communicate and report alarm events – a system custom designed to keep the system off the communications network.  It is innovative, incorporating redundancy to prevent false alarms and potential evacuation responses, technically stable, and viable for use in a multitude of environments.  The system addresses issues that cross industry lines, such as how to avoid interference with SCADA, integration of components with first-responders, thoughtful confidence-testing and clear response scenarios with streamlined roles.

2: Security Measures and Resources Toolbox (SMARToolbox).

A focus on the SMARToolbox which is a searchable, modifiable database of security measures, a self-assessment, links for further research, and a transportation security program guide.  It is a resource for surface transportation professionals to discover relevant insights into security practices used by peers world-wide throughout the industry. Speakers: Mark L. Norton, Manager, Transit Security & Emergency Management King County Metro; Ginny Wise, TSA Branch Manager for Policy Execution.


Enhancing Emergency Capabilities

Integrating Prevention & Protection Planning Initiatives in the State of Maryland

Maryland is in the process of embarking on an operational prevention/protection planning effort bringing together law enforcement, intelligence, cybersecurity, and public health agencies into a single streamlined process. The key to facilitating this process is building relationships amongst these agencies and developing a common set of capabilities to prevent terrorism in Maryland. The process also includes developing new procedures for emerging issues such as cybersecurity and special event planning. This presentation will focus on the implementation of the prevention/protection operational plan in Maryland, and more importantly, establishing an open dialogue between local, state, and federal agencies for terrorism prevention and response.
Speaker/s:  Kyle Overly, Prevention/Protection Planning Lead, Maryland Emergency Management Agency. Blake Stave, National Capital Region Planner, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

FDNY's Data Science Strategy for Risk Management

In emergency services and homeland security, effective resource allocation is synonymous with risk management. With over 1.6 million incidents per year, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) is no stranger to this sentiment. By merging the power of big data analytics and stakeholder collaboration, FDNY has developed FireCast, a
data-driven predictive algorithm that targets buildings of the highest risk of fire across its inspection-qualified portfolio of 300,000 buildings. This session presents a unique, homegrown perspective of smart resource deployment in the context of public safety and security in the largest city in the United States.
Speaker/s:  Jeffrey D. Roth, Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), Jeffrey Chen, Director of Analytics at the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).

Intelligence & Information Sharing

Considering a Drone Program?  Think Twice

The Myths, Capabilities, Costs, Regulations and Public Relations Concerns That Come with Operating a Law Enforcement Drone Program will be discussed in depth. 
Speaker: Officer Robert Lord, St Petersburg PD

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) - Collection, Deployment & Retention

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) is an ever emerging technology in law enforcement and the private sector that has been instrumental in developing new ways for law enforcement to apprehend criminals.  However, it has also attracted the attention of civil liberties groups who question the value of the data and express concerns regarding law enforcement's collection, retention and use of information on private citizens.
Speaker - Investigator Ryan Tisdale, Anaheim Police Department

Preparedness Partnerships for the Whole Community

Supply Chain Security: Risks and Strategies

Continuity management is no longer centered on the risks associated with IT failure or the loss of a building.  This is a discussion on continuity planning in a supply chain-reliant environment and how integrating state and local partnerships improves resiliency that can prevent devastation to businesses and communities.

Greg Carnevale, Critical Manufacturing Sector, Sector Outreach and Programs Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Steve Lubeski, Director of Supply Chain Security, Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Sam Cipollo, Department of Defense, Defense Contract Management Agency


National Counter Terrorism Center

3D Printing

The 3-D Printing briefing explains the process of additive manufacturing and highlights its emerging use in a variety of contexts before addressing the emerging intelligence concern of 3-D printed guns and its implications for metal-based screening procedures.



Session 8 - Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 1:00pm-2:30pm

Responding to Unplanned Events

Foresight Security Scenarios for Prepared Response to the Unplanned: Results from an EU Security Research Project and its Transatlantic Dimension

The presentation reports major results from the European Union co-funded civil security research project FOCUS (Foresight Security Scenarios: Mapping Research to a Comprehensive Approach to Exogenous EU Roles – http://www.focusproject.eu) that was completed last year. It was based on scenario foresight involving various kinds of stakeholders, including beyond the European Union. It worked on an international scale, including collaboration with U.S. projects, such as FEMA’s Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI). The FOCUS project included transatlantic scenario workshops and a roadmap proposal with a transatlantic research and education agenda to increase capability to comprehensively respond to unplanned events.

Moderator: Lin Bonesteel, Program Manager - Denver UASI

Speakers:  Alexander Siedschlag, Ph.D, Professor of Homeland Security and Public Health Preparedness, Chair, inter-college Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security, Penn State.

Training for Preparedness

Homemade Explosive Devices

This presentation provides a case study of the Boston Marathon Double Bombing case on the events leading up to, during and after the terrorist attack in Boston Mass on April 15, 2013. The purpose of the case study is to analyze the perpetrators tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP's) to help prepare first responders for future attacks. In addition to a detailed analysis of the Boston attack, parallels and similarities of other attempted attacks are examined revealing that there is a pattern between the attacks that gives insight into First Responder preparation and potential prevention of future attacks.

Moderator: EMRTC Representative

Speakers:  Jerry Little, Instructor, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center


Program Management & Sustainment

The Keys to Sustainment:  Reflections of Three UASI’s After Being Cut

This presentation offers another perspective on the use of technology assets and how they can be transformed to address the new challenges of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, regional interoperability, and Next Generation 9-1-1 applications.

Presenters: Mr. Joseph Brennan, Chair, Communications and Information Technology Workgroup,. Mr. John Haynes, Deputy Director, Chester County Emergency Services, Mr. John Geib, Deputy Director, Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, Mr. Sean Petty, Mission Critical Partners.

Moderator: Sharyn Zlotnick, Phoenix AZ Office of Emergency Management

Role of the State Administrative Agent (SAA)

Capability Assessments:  How to Leverage Assessments to Inform Grant Allocations

Over the past decade, major enhancements have been made in preparedness capabilities nationwide as a result of homeland security funding.  Many states have made an effort to conduct comprehensive capability assessments to fully understand their preparedness capabilities; however, there is no set national standard in this area.  In this session, New Jersey will provide an overview of their program management structure for grant funding, including how capability assessments have been leveraged in support of grant investments.  The Office for Bombing Prevention (within DHS's Protective Security Coordination Division) will also provide an overview of the National Counter-IED Capabilities Analysis Database (NCCAD) program.  NCCAD provides a consistent and repeatable methodology to assess and analyze the capabilities of Bomb Squads, Explosives Detection Canine Teams, Dive Teams, Special Weapons and Tactics Teams for effective prevention, protection, and response to IED threats.  NCCAD has been leveraged by several states to help inform their grant processes and other strategic planning processes (i.e. THIRA).

Speakers:  Steve Talpas, Chief of the Grant Program and Management Bureau, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP); - Rich McKee (DHS Office for Bombing Prevention)

The Emergency Medical Response Community

Protecting Us All - Emergency Services and Chempack
Examining the emerging trends in chemical agent production and recommendations for "re-imagining" Chempack and its uses.

The Chempack Program has not been reimagined in the ten years since it has been developed.  Locally maintained Champak caches must include periodic threat and hazard assessments which take into account shifts in population and chemical industry expansion; Chemical antidotes need to be available in less than 45 minutes. To remain relevant and remain a local asset close enough to population centers Chempack must be continuously improved and extended.This  presentation will address the chemical weapons threat and the likelihood that subnational actors will turn to chemicals as a means to achieve their objectives.   In addition to illustrative historical case studies, she will cover technological innovations that might aid subnational actors in acquiring a chemical capability and other factors related to the chemical terrorism threat.

Amy E. Smithson, PhD


     Amy E. Smithson, Senior Fellow, James Mason Center for Nonproliferation Studies
     Timothy Stephens, Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness


Port and Transit Security

Managing Derailments Over Rivers

Reviews some of the lessons learned from two recent derailments on bridges over navigable waterways in the Delaware Valley Region.  Explores themes of initial response, incident management, and transportation system recovery.

Speaker:  CAPT Kathy Moore, Commander, Sector Delaware Bay, U.S. Coast Guard.


Enhancing Emergency Capabilities

How Science and Technology are Enhancing Response and Recovery Capabilities

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) develops innovative solutions to address day-to-day and large-scale emergencies. Learn how S&T developed and is testing bio-aerosol sensors to identify and confirm the release of biological agents within minutes; how New York City officials deployed the Radiological Emergency Management System (REMS) at NYC rooftop sites to transmit real-time data to command centers to determine the scope of a radiological incident; how S&T research partners developed technology to find living victims buried in rubble using low-power microwave radar to detect breathing and the heartbeat movements; and how S&T works with urban area partners to develop, test and evaluate technological advancements.

Speakers:  Brian Albert, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory

John Price, First Responders Group, FINDER;  Anne Hultgren, DHS S&T Branch Chief for Chem/Bio Research and Development – Detect to Protect;  James Grove, DHS S&T Research Development and Partnerships /Operation-Experimentation

Intelligence & Information Sharing

Leading Intelligence and Information Sharing Efforts with State and Local Partner:

This panel will address collaboration between federal, state, and local partners, including development of joint analytic products, products and resources to facilitate state and local intelligence and information sharing efforts, support for the national network of fusion centers, collaboration between fusion centers, HIDTAs, and RISS centers, enhancements to suspicious activity reporting initiatives, and efforts to evaluate and measure success

Speaker - Mike Sena NFCA, Kevin Saupp DHS I&A, Jeff Walker FBI, David Sobczyk NSI and other Federal Partners


Preparedness Partnerships for the Whole Community

Design, Build and Protect:  Investing in Critical Infrastructure Resilience

Investing in safe and secure physical and cyber critical infrastructure is a community and national imperative as critical infrastructure is the backbone of America’s national security and economic prosperity.  Panelists will discuss new risk technologies, lessons learned, resilience guidelines, development and improvement of building codes and standards, and necessary tools and multi-hazard risk resources to counter potential threats, mitigate vulnerabilities, and enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure lifelines and the communities they support. Discussions will also include the role of repair, upgrade, and pre-emptive maintenance investments as well as the importance of effective public-private partnerships in enhancing resilience.

Speakers - Enrique Matheu, Branch Chief, Critical Lifelines Branch, Sector Outreach and Programs Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security;Steve Cauffman, Disaster Resilience Program Lead, National Institute of Standards and Technology;Kevin Morley, Security and Preparedness Program Manager, American Water Works Association; Jim Rossberg, Managing Director, Engineering Programs Division, American Society of Civil Engineers;Tom Reed, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York



National Counter Terrorism Center

Remote Control Model Aircraft

Extremists and Criminals have shown interest in using RMCA's for conducting aerial surveillance, smuggling, air traffic disruption, chemical and biological dispersion and lethal attacks since as early as 2000. Recent attack plots, especially in Syria, Germany, and even the US highlight extremist and criminal intent to leverage commercial -off-the-shelf (COTS)