Wednesday, October 5th, 10:45-11:45am
Continuity of Operations Following the December 2nd Terrorist Attack; Challenges and Lessons Learned
Corwin Porter, San Bernardino County Dept of Public Health
This presentation will discuss the impact of the December 2nd Terrorist attack on the Division of Environmental Health and how they met the challenge to resume operations despite minimal resources. You will hear a first hand account from someone that was in the room and worked through the response and recovery.
The Whole Community - We Succeed or Fail Together!
L. Vance Taylor, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Janell Myhre, Bay Area UASI
Local emergency management agencies across the State are undertaking significant efforts to plan for the activation, operation, and security of Commodity Points of Distribution (C-POD) sites, where the public will go for emergency supplies following a disaster. From site identification to resource estimation, from security needs to staffing patterns, planning for C-PODs is complex. Through a year-long effort in the San Francisco Bay Area, jurisdictions have identified C-POD sites, developed plans to operate them, and exercised their operation in the annual Yellow Command full-scale exercise. Last year, Los Angeles County led a similar effort. This session will explore challenges of C-POD planning and operations, lessons learned from the field, and the unique coordination required for C-PODs to be an effective post-disaster service. Participants will leave with a template for C-POD Activation Guides used by the Bay Area and Los Angeles, as well as guidance to undertake their own C-POD planning.
Saving the Past for the Future – the California Heritage Protection Project: Integrating Heritage into Local Emergency Planning
Julie Page, California Preservation Program
Christopher Godley, Tetra Tech
Failure to Communicate: Managing Public Expectations for Emergency Notification During Times of Crisis
Soraya Sutherlin, City of Torrance
On February 18th, the ExxonMobil Oil Refinery in Torrance experienced an explosion that measured 1.7 on a local Richter scale.Unified Command was established to coordinate the response, however managing the public information and expectation proved challenging in a fluid event such as a refinery explosion. In the subsequent months, we have additional incidents at the refinery, challenging our response model in times of crisis calling into question the most reasonable way to reach and notify the public in an emergency.
Breakout Session Two
Wednesday, October 5th, 1:30-2:30pm
Waterman Incident: When the Impact Requires Mutual Aid and Resources are Limited; Challenges and Lessons Learned
Donna Mayer, Riverside County Emergency Management Dept
Melissa German, San Bernardino County Dept of Public Health
Cindy Serrano, San Bernardino County Fire, Office of Emergency Services
How did San Bernardino County Public Health successfully request, deploy and track over 150 personnel resources after the December 2nd terrorist attack? How did they bridge the gap between Public Health and Emergency Management? The Waterman Incident has become one of the largest Medical/Health Mutual Aid responses in California history. Resources responded days after the December 2nd attack and continued until June 30, 2016. Learn how Public Health collaborated with Emergency Management while implementing the Medical/Health Coordination System to deploy resources across the state. We will share how the County’s mutual aid was organized and processed, obstacles overcome and lessons learned along the way.
Who’s on First: FEMA or Insurance? Disaster Recovery Funding for Emergency Managers
Margaret Larson, Ernst & Young
Next Generation Core Competencies for Emergency Management
Steven Jensen, California State University Long Beach
Risk Based Planning and Performance Metrics
Catherine Spaulding, Bay Area UASI
What does you risk-based planning look like? How do you use performance metrics? What sort of successes and challenges have you faced in this area? We as colleagues in emergency management have a lot we can share and learn from each other on this topic. Local emergency managers need to think more deeply about analyzing risk accurately, measuring progress more effectively, and acting more proactively on the results. This is important to protect our communities, justify the work we do to our leadership and stakeholders, and make the best use of limited resources. What risk-based planning approaches are working and what is the right level of effort given all of the other constraints on our time? Perspectives on all of these questions will be shared by emergency management directors at the city, county, and regional/ UASI levels (Bay Area). Panelists will make available to participants their risk based planning successes, failures and tools – including a comprehensive set of performance measures that address the core capabilities across the POETE (planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercises) continuum.
CalOES EOC Position Credentialing and Emergency Management Professional Certification
Michael Brady, CALOES, CSTI
Overview, update, and implementation of the CalOES, CSTI, Type I, II, III EOC Position Credentialing program and the Emergency Management Professional Standards Certification.
Breakout Session Three,
Wednesday, October 5th, 3:00-4:15pm
When Terrorism Strikes: Waterman Incident
Mike Antonucci, San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services
Cindy Serrano, San Bernardino County Fire, Office of Emergency Services
High Quality Situational Awareness / Common Operating Picture for EOCs in California
Woody Baker-Cohn, Marin Sherrif's Office, OES Unit
Plan Writing in Emergency Situations
Rodney Melsek, FEMA National Incident Management Assistance Team West
The Public Isn’t Prepared For Disaster and Maybe It’s Our Fault!
Charles Wallace, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management
Disaster after disaster, the same mantra rises from local governments and emergency managers – the public didn’t prepare. There are thousands of surveys and after action reports stating citizens weren’t prepared due to apathy or because their perception to the possible risk and hazard was low. Rarely do we find information where government and/or emergency management accept blame for an unprepared and impacted community, unless blame is bestowed upon them by a findings panel after the fact – much too late to assist those affected by the disaster event. We don’t speak about unintended biases in the messages from government and emergency management officials prior to and during disaster events. Providing information on social media, in newspapers, handouts and pamphlets doesn’t tell whether information is received by your intended audience and it doesn’t tell the sender if those who received the message will use the information the way it was intended. The way things have been accomplished in the past do not work today. This lecture will focus on disaster messaging from government and emergency management officials and the need to change tactics to promote preparedness and social change in the citizens and communities we serve.
Earthquake Early Warning: Status and Implementation
Harmony Colella, CalOES/UCB
This session will provide an overview of how Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) works and what the state and federal governments are doing to provide EEW to the public in a timely manner. Furthermore, initial implementation protocols for EEW will be presented from a range of stakeholders. Speakers will include California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Tina Curry, United States Geological Survey (USGS) National EEW Coordinator, Dr. Doug Given, and a pilot user of the EEW system. Each speaker will provide a different perspective on the current state of EEW system protocols: state government, federal government, scientific research, and product user, respectively.
Breakout Session Four
Thursday, October 6th, 10:15-11:15am
Integrating Behavioral Health into Emergency Management. Understanding Behavioral Health's Response
Andrew Gruchy, San Bernardino County Dept of Behavioral Health
Data-Driven Decision Making: Build Better Plans by Better Understanding Who You’re Planning For
Trevor Rhodes, Los Angeles County Public Health
Be Ready to Receive 50+ Patients in 15 Minutes!
Terry Stone, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center
Wendy Slepian, Department of Water Resources
Preparing for emergencies requires coordination with a variety of external agencies using clear, effective, and frequent communication to explore issues and integrate regional concerns into emergency response preparedness activities. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has created a format to enhance responder relationships and advance emergency preparedness by hosting flood-focused pre-season meetings with agency partners in fifteen locations throughout California. In these meetings DWR shares with agency partners the latest information on weather and water conditions, changes to flood system vulnerabilities, and information on available grant money. This format encourages other agencies to share their operational updates and facilitates opportunities for enhanced response capabilities through a better understanding of each other’s operational concerns and constraints. In this presentation Wendy Slepian will explore how agencies can use community meetings to facilitate the exchange of information about critical emergency response issues through shared discussion and a table group activity. Components of the presentation will include lessons learned on how to discuss regional concerns, how to facilitate the free flow of information, and how to incorporate training and exercises to optimize ongoing communication.
Breakout Session Five
Thursday, October 6th, 3:00-4:15pm
The December 2nd MASS CASUALTY INCIDENT RESPONSE that turned into a terrorist attack in our backyard. The San Bernardino Department of Public Health training event was just two miles away from the level I trauma center.
Georgann Smith, Loma Linda Medical Center
Emergency Communications Challenges: Incident and Event Communications Considerations for Internal and External Stakeholders
Paul Weinberg, City of Santa Monica
Generational Crossroads: The 21st Century Learner and Leader
Timothy Janowick, Mount Prospect (IL) Police Department
The world is rapidly changing - and so is what we know about learning and leading. Information doubles every 7 months. Sources of information - and misinformation - are vast. Expectations are high with limited resources and increasing demands. As four generations occupy the workforce - and a fifth about to join, the need to optimize learning for effective operations and employee satisfaction across all generations is vital. Adult learners - particularly our youngest employees, the Millennials - have high expectations for engagement and application to their position. What characteristics make up each generation, and how do those characteristics complement - and challenge - our organizations? How do we lead and educate to meet the demands of today’s learners? How should we be facilitating learning today and where will learning be a few short years from now? What might “GenZ” expect from us? Are you prepared for 21st Century learning and leading at the generational crossroads?
Developing Emergency Management Program Capabilities through After Action Reports & Corrective Action Plans
Scott Marotte, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
The presenter will describe state mandates to complete AARs and the critical role local governments play in shaping corrective action plans for SEMS related improvements in areas such as mutual aid, communication, resource management, and NIMS integration. The presentation will also outline the relationship between AARs/CAPs and the National Preparedness System and Comprehensive Planning Guides (CPG 101 and 201). Audience will have an opportunity to comment on current AAR process and propose improvements.
Emergency Management Mutual Aid
Vicki Osborn, Orange County Sheriff's Department
In February of 1976, a small plane piloted by an Orthopedic Surgeon and carrying his wife and four small children crashed in a rural Nebraska field. The eight hours this family spent isolated, alone , bloody and cold awaiting rescue that never came, the journey to a local hospital where they found inadequate care, and the evacuation to the sanctity of Lincoln General Hospital resulted in the creation and advancement of a new system of medicine known as Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), which revolutionized trauma medicine throughout the world and is credited with saving countless lives. Randy Styner, a survivor of that terrible crash and the Author of The Light of the Moon – Life, Death and the Birth of ATLS, recounts a harrowing tale of survival and the efforts to find and save his family that night, tells how his father, Dr. James Styner, was able to use the lessons of that night to go on to develop the system of ATLS, and discusses how the development of that system closely ties into and holds valuable lessons for the creations of systems within emergency planning, response, and management.