Schedule At A Glance :

EMLC Program & Schedule

June 11 – 15, 2018
Saddlebrook : Tampa, Florida
(Speakers subject to change)
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12:00pm – 5:00pm Registration Open (Pegasus South)
8:00am – 5:00pm Exhibitor / Sponsor PPP POD Move-In (Royal Palm Ballroom& Foyer)
6:00pm – 8:00pm WELCOME EVENT (Lagoon Pavilion). SPONSORED BY IEM!
7:00am – 6:00pm Registration Open (Pegasus South)
7:00am – 6:00pm EXHIBIT HALL OPEN (Royal Palm Ballroom & Foyer)
7:00am – 8:00am BREAKFAST (Royal Palm Ballroom& Foyer) Presented by EMLC! 
8:00am – 8:15am GREETING / WELCOME(Pegasus Ballroom)
IAEM-USA PRESIDENT Nick Crossley; Director, Hamilton County, OH Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency
8:15am – 8:50am KEYNOTE ADDRESS(Pegasus Ballroom)

CRAIG FUGATE: Chief Emergency Management Officer, One Concern. Former FEMA Administrator

BIO: W. Craig Fugate served as President Barack Obama’s FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017. Previously, he served as Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Emergency Management Director from 2001-2009. Fugate led FEMA through multiple record-breaking disaster years and oversaw the Federal Government’s response to major events such as the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding. Fugate set a clear and compelling vision, mission, and priorities for FEMA and relentlessly drove the Agency to achieve better outcomes for survivors. FEMA’s effectiveness in dealing with more than 500 Presidentially-declared major disasters and emergencies under Fugate’s leadership restored the faith of the American people in the Federal Government’s ability to respond to disasters. Prior to his tenure at FEMA, Fugate was widely praised for his management, under Governor Jeb Bush, of the devastating effects of the 2004 and 2005 Florida hurricane seasons (Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, and Wilma). Prior to his service in the Obama Administration, Fugate served as Florida’s Emergency Management Director. As the State Coordinating Officer for 11 Presidentially-declared disasters,he managed more than $4 billion in Federal disaster assistance. In 2004, Fugate managed the largest Federal disaster response in Florida history as four major hurricanes – Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne – impacted the state in quick succession. In 2005, Florida was again impacted by major disasters when three more hurricanes – Dennis, Katrina, and Wilma – made landfall in the state. The impact from Katrina was felt more strongly in the Gulf coast states to the west but Florida launched the largest mutual aid response in its history in support of those states. Under Fugate’s stewardship, Florida’s emergency management program became the first statewide program in the Nation to receive full accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. In 2016, he was the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Lacy E. Suiter Award honoree for lifetime achievements and contributions in the field of emergency management.

8:50am – 9:20am BREAK(Royal Palm Ballroom & Foyer) Presented by EMLC! 
9:20am – 10:15am PANEL DISCUSSION – HOMELAND SECURITY (Pegasus Ballroom)

Moderated by Jim Featherstone: President and CEO of the Los Angeles
Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC); Former General Manager, Emergency Management Department, City of Los Angeles

Synopsis: A panel featuring homeland security/crisis management experts and scholars will focus on National Security, human-caused threats and the role of crisis management leaders in tomorrow’s terror threat theater. What were some the defining incidents and events in their careers; what is their perspective on the current decade; the year 2017? What have we learned? How are we planning for tomorrow? Topics include Global Security Threats (North Korea); Domestic Terror Threats (Las Vegas Shooting); Immigration Policy; and Securing our transportation, communication and utilities infrastructure.


  1. Peter Neffenger: Former Administrator, U.S. Transportation Security Administration; Vice Admiral, United States Coast Guard; Deputy National Incident Commander, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  2. Arif Alikhan: Director, Los Angeles Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy; Former Deputy Executive Director, Los Angeles World Airports Department of Homeland Security and Law Enforcement; Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  3. Eileen Decker: Professor, UCLA Law School, Comparative Counterterrorism Law and Policy; Former U.S. Attorney, Central District of California; Served on five Attorney General Advisory Committees – Civil Rights, Cyber/Intellectual Property, Terrorism/National Security, Violent and Organized Crime, and White Collar/Fraud; Former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles
10:15am – 11:15am PPP POD PRESENTATION 1 (Royal Palm Ballroom) Presenting Sponsor – IEM (GOLD SPONSOR)

Session: All Disasters Are Local: Strengthening Consequence Management Where It Matters Most

Synopsis: Local officials have a critical responsibility to lead efforts to prepare for and respond to natural and human made disasters. This responsibility includes ensuring resiliency of government operations to maintain public health and safety, support critical infrastructure sectors and minimize economic losses. Given that such an effort involves numerous entities—multiple levels of government, the private sector and various non-governmental organizations— one of the most important activities local officials can undertake is to effectively coordinate the right resources within their jurisdiction before, during and after a crisis. Continuous improvement of coordination is necessary. Join our conversation to discuss how government agencies and private sector organizations around the world are improving disaster preparedness, response, recovery and strengthening homeland defense, counterterrorism, and public agency performance. We will discuss solutions and strategies that local governments can implement to achieve measurable results—saving lives, reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and improving decision making.

1. Bryan Koon: Vice President International Homeland Security & Emergency Management, IEM
2. Christian Montz: Director of Disaster Recovery, IEM
3. Rafael Lemaitre: Chief Communications Officer, IEM
4. Britton Holdaway: Emergency Management Analyst, IEM


Dr. Stephen Flynn: Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University

BIO: Dr. Flynn presents an in-depth look at recent events and how the Emergency Management community should prepare for tomorrow’s events. Dr. Flynn is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on critical infrastructure and supply chain security and resilience. Since 2013, he has led teams in conducting post-disaster infrastructure resilience assessments, initially with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and then from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These have including Superstorm Sandy (2013), Boston’s “Snowmaggedon” (2015), South Carolina Hurricane Joaquin Flooding (2015), and Fort McMurray and Great Smoky Wildfires (2016). In 2014, Flynn was appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security to serve as a member of the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Council (HSSTAC). He also serves as chair of the Massachusetts Port Authority Security Advisory Committee. Additionally, he holds research affiliations with the Wharton School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Dr. Flynn is also the principal for Stephen E. Flynn Associates LLC, where he provides independent advisory services on improving critical infrastructure security and resilience.

12:15pm – 1:15pm LUNCH(Royal Palm Ballroom)
1:15pm – 2:15pm PPP POD PRESENTATION 3 (Royal Palm Ballroom)
Presenting Sponsor: Purple Communications
Session: The What, Why and How of Integrating Sign Language Interpreting in Your Emergency Management Planning and Practices.Synopsis: In this one-hour discussion participants will gain an overview of the development, planning and practical implementation of a comprehensive communication strategy that incorporates sign language interpreting services.
Highlighting real world experiences and strategies participants will leave with an understanding of next steps to evaluate, establish or enhance their current program.Speakers / Presenters:
– Krystill Brown, NIC, NAD, EIPA; Directory of Business Development, Purple

Moderated by IAEM-USA Region 9 President Carolyn Harshman, CEM; Owner and President of Emergency Planning Consultants

Synopsis: Presented by IAEM, the resilient community is the topic of this hardhitting session of experiences and insights looking back on 2017. Featuring representatives from federal, state, local, and volunteer organizations, the panel will discuss the need for critical thinking moving forward and what policy initiatives are in play as a result. Many topics will be addressed such as housing / sheltering, mass migration, community resource deployment, community infrastructure development and construction, disaster planning, communication between federal, state, local authorities, brand messaging, media, public information and more.

1. Chauncia Willis: Director of Emergency Management, Tampa – Florida
2. Barb Graff: Director of Emergency Management, Seattle – Washington
3. Lanita Lloyd: Division Director (Georgia), Salvation Army
4. Tony Robinson: Regional Administrator, FEMA Region VI
5. Casey Tingle: Deputy Director, Chief of Staff,  Louisiana GOHSEP

3:45pm – 4:45pm PPP POD PRESENTATION 4 (Royal Palm Ballroom)
Presenting Sponsor: Verizon Wireless Session: The Verizon Wireless Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (“BC/DR”) programSynopsis: The Verizon Wireless Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (“BC/DR”) program is designed to minimizing the impact of a disruption to our customers, employees, infrastructure, and business operations. We accomplish this by focusing on identifying critical functions, infrastructure and risks, implementing strategies to minimize the risk of a disruption, and developing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans/ Crisis Management Teams to recover operations in the event of a disruption. With the ever-changing level of potential threats to these services and our customers, we continue to refine our response and recovery capabilities. By increasing the variety of emergency services and equipment that can be deployed to the field, Verizon Wireless solidifies our commitment as viable strategic partner with First Responder groups before, during, and after an event and continues to be a leader in the innovation of emergency communications response.Speakers / Presenters:
– Todd T. Biebel, BS., MAS; Manager of Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery, Verizon Wireless
4:45pm – 6:00pm PANEL DISCUSSION: FUNDING, RESOURCES & THE PPP (Pegasus Ballroom)
Moderated by Shandi Treloar; Principal, EM Strategies, LLCSynopsis:This panel will feature private sector suppliers, VOAD and Emergency Management leadership uniting to discuss resourcing disasters… the benefits and pitfalls of inviting private sector into public services. This panel will focus on resources utilized / under-utilized in disaster preparation, response, recovery and mitigation; how leadership is addressing reduced budgets for disaster mitigation, response and recovery and seeking other sources of resources from grants to nonfinancial resources; the pitfalls of crowdsourcing. How has resource allocation changed? How should resource management look tomorrow?Panelists:
1. David Lusk: Global Operations Control, FedEx Express
2. Rob Glenn: Director, Private Sector Division, FEMA
3. Tristan Allen: Private Sector and Infrastructure Program Manager, State of Washington Emergency Management Division
4. Rick Neudorff: Emergency Command Center Operations Manager, Lowes Companies, Inc
5. Greg Forrester: President & CEO, National VOAD
6. Persia Payne-Hurley: Private Sector Manager and BEOC Coordinator, State of North Carolina Emergency Management

Lagoon Pavilion

7:00am – 5:00pm Registration Open (Pegasus South)
7:00am – 5:00pm PPP POD / EXHIBIT HALL OPEN (Royal Palm Ballroom)
7:00am – 8:00am BREAKFAST(Royal Palm Ballroom)
8:00am – 8:15am GREETING / WELCOME (Pegasus Ballroom)

Elizabeth A. Zimmerman – Senior Executive Advisor, IEM (GOLD SPONSOR)
Chairperson – EMLC Executive Advisory Committee

8:15am – 8:50am KEYNOTE ADDRESS(Pegasus Ballroom)
Daniel Kaniewski, PhD; Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Presenting the FEMA Strategic PlanBio:  Daniel Kaniewski, PhD was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as the Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness on September 14, 2017. He is currently FEMA’s second ranking official. Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Kaniewski was Vice President for Global Resilience at AIR Worldwide, a catastrophe risk modeling and consulting services firm. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, where he contributed thought leadership on homeland security and emergency management topics. Earlier, Mr. Kaniewski served as the Mission Area Director for Resilience and Emergency Preparedness/Response at a federally funded research and development center supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Kaniewski was also Vice President for Homeland Security and Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University. In the George W. Bush Administration, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and as Senior Director for Response Policy. Mr. Kaniewski has also held positions at FEMA, the Congressional Fire Services Institute, and on Capitol Hill. He was previously a member of the District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Kaniewski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Medical Services from George Washington University, a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from George Washington University.
8:50am – 9:20am BREAK (Royal Palm Ballroom & Foyer)
9:20am – 10:15am PANEL DISCUSSION: EMAC CASE STUDY (Pegasus Ballroom)
Moderated by Trina Sheets; Executive Director, National Emergency Management AssociationSynopsis: Presented by NEMA, panelists will discuss the EMAC response to the 2017 hurricanes, wildfires, active shooter incidents and other events that required the resources of the nation. Hear about lessons learned, best practices and innovations in mutual aid.Panelists:
1. Michael Dossett: Director, Kentucky Emergency Management
2. Angee Morgan: Deputy Director, Kansas Division of Emergency Management
10:15am – 11:15am PPP POD PRESENTATION 5(Royal Palm Ballroom)
Presenting Sponsor: Witt-O’Brien’sSession: IMPLEMENTING SECTION 428 FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERYSynopsis: With signing the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 into law, Section 428 to the Stafford Act was born. This addition allowed for alternative procedures for the Public Assistance Program and the ability to implement these alternate procedures through a pilot program. This presentation will discuss best practices and lessons learned in implementing the pilot program at the State and local level through experiences of Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Would you like to establish alternate projects without paying a 10% penalty and build for what the community needs now instead of what it needed 40 years ago? Would you like to group your projects to add efficiency to your closeout process? Would you like to mitigate against project shortfalls by understanding key principals of cost estimating that should be applied to the 428 program?Speakers / Presenters:
1. Mark Misczak: CEM; Senior Managing Director, Witt O’Brien’s
2. Valarie Philipp: Associate Managing Director, Witt O’Brien’s
Moderated by Bryan Koon: Vice President of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, IEM; Former Director of Emergency Management, State of Florida.Synopsis: Four (4) FEMA Regional Administrators will present their thoughts regarding how their region is preparing for the events of tomorrow based on What they have learned through recent events in their region… from public-private partnerships to community level responsibilities. What keeps them up at night? What are they doing about it? What are their thoughts on changes in policy at the Federal level? How should State, Local and Tribal communities better prepare, respond, recover and mitigate with the disaster possibilities tomorrow brings?Panelists:
1. Gracia B. Szczech: Administrator, FEMA Region IV
2. James K. Joseph: Administrator, FEMA Region V
3. Tony Robinson: Administrator, FEMA Region VI
4. Mike O’Hare: Administrator, FEMA Region X
12:15pm – 1:15pm Lunch (Royal Palm Ballroom)
1:15pm – 2:15pm PPP POD PRESENTATION 7 (Royal Palm Ballroom)

Presenting Sponsor: BlueDot Strategies

Session: Communications and the Rise of Digital Tools Post-Disaster

Synopsis: The rise of social media as a component of communicating with the public has gone from being new to being common practice.  With it has come challenges and opportunities.  Join former FEMA Assistant Administrator for External Affairs Lars Anderson, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Digital Strategy Moira Whelan – and Founding Partners of BlueDot Strategies – as they open a dialogue with GoFundMe’s Meghan Luther and Stephanie Hilmes for a view from Silicon Velley to talk about how these changes can help emergency managers.  Lars, Moira, Meghan and Stephanie will highlight the project they have under way to create partnerships between Cities and States and GoFundMe that is empowering communities by helping with unsolicited funds and addressing response and recovery needs faster.

Speakers / Presenters:

1. Lars Anderson: Founding Partner, BlueDot Strategies
2. Moira Whelan: Founding Partner, BlueDot Strategies
3. Meghan Luther: Director of Trust & Safety, GoFundMe
4. Stephanie Hilmes: Associate Director of Trust & Safety, GoFundMe

2:15pm – 3:45pm PANEL DISCUSSION: AID & LOGISTICS (Pegasus Ballroom)
Moderated by Kathy Fulton; Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)Synopsis: Hosted by the American Logistics Aid Network featuring representatives from FEMA Private Sector and private sector logistics organizations, this panel features leadership discussing numerous issues including the delivery of aid when infrastructure has been damaged; how FEMA utilizes private capacity in a contract fashion and how this affects private sector operations, and much more.Panelists:
1. Jeff Dorko: Assistant Administrator for Logistics, FEMA
2. Bleu Hilburn: Vice President of Government Services, Crowley Maritime
3. Patrick Crawford: Director of Disaster Services, Feeding America
4. Mr. Bill Stoufer: COO, Ardent Mills
5. Mr. Kevin Smith: Emergency Disaster Services Program Director, The Salvation Army, Florida Division
3:45pm – 4:45pm PPP POD PRESENTATION 8 (Royal Palm Ballroom)
Presenting Sponsor – GeospizaSession: Swimming Upstream: Making Sense of an Ocean of DataSynopsis: Open data, “big” data, IoT, machine learning, AI, GIS, social media…The truth is in there, somewhere, but how do we find it? This interdisciplinary panel of geo- and social- scientists, emergency managers, and public health experts will help you to make sense of the ocean of data, and how you can swim with the current to realize actionable insights into your community.Speakers / Presenters:1. Sarah Tuneberg:  Chief Emergency Manager, CEO & Co-Founder at Geospiza
2. Tomas Holderness: Geographer at MIT Urban Risk Lab
3. Jennifer Masotja: Emergency Manager at Multnomah County Human
4. Scott Mackaro: Atmospheric Scientist, Metropolitan State College of Denver
4:45pm – 6:00pm GENERAL SESSION – Strategic Issues in Disaster Cost Recovery Under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program (Pegasus Ballroom)
Mike Martinet; Principal, The Martinet Group, LLCSynopsis: The response following a disaster may last only a few days or weeks, but the post- disaster cost recovery process typically goes on for years. In some cases the cost recovery process will last for a decade or more. Ironically, while most public agencies are well prepared for the response, many of these same agencies do not have a clear understanding of the Public Assistance program’s complex requirements; they often do not have effective procedures to track and recover their expenses; and they do not have a strategic understanding of the perils of the cost recovery process. Public agencies can and often do lose millions of dollars because they are not prepared to deal with the convoluted requirements of the cost recovery process. This presentation highlights some of the major issues in the disaster cost recovery and demonstrates how agencies can increase their funding under FEMA’s Public Assistance program.About Mike Martinet: Michael Martinet has taught classes in disaster cost recovery training for nearly 20 years. He is retired from the Controller’s Office of the City and County of San Francisco, where he was the Emergency Planning Manager. He holds a Master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration, and is a Certified Emergency Manager through the IAEM. He is the past Vice-president of IAEM Region IX, and a past member of the IAEM Global Board, and he currently chairs the Disaster Cost Recovery Caucus for IAEM.
5:45pm – 6:00pm CLOSING REMARKS (Pegasus Ballroom)
Jimmy Mouton, Executive Director, EMLC
7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner and Networking Lagoon Pavilion
5:00pm – 8:00pm PPP POD / Exhibitor Moveout Royal Palm Ballroom
Post-Con Events
7:00am – 9:00am GRAB & GO BREAKFAST (Lagoon Pavilion)
Post-Con Events

8:00am – 8:00pm

Continued PPP POD / Exhibitor Moveout
Royal Palm Ballroom
9:00am – 11:00am CEM CERTIFICATION EXAM *
Boardroom “A” (near Pegasus Ballroom)


*Note: The CEM certification post-con sessions presented by IAEM require separate registration through
IAEM. Payments for this session are NOT included in EMLC registration. Payment must be made to IAEM upon registration. CEM course and exam information can be found on the IAEM website: