The devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey and New York underscores the daunting challenges that today’s growing “mega regions” face in responding to and recovering from large-scale disasters. Like the mid-Atlantic region, the Bay Area has a diverse population of millions spanning many jurisdictions with areas of high housing density, and is supported by a highly-interdependent, extensive, and increasingly fragile infrastructure. Many of the lessons learned from Sandy are illustrative of what Bay Area communities, organizations, and individuals will face in a major earthquake, “ARkStorm” (atmospheric river storm) flood, or other catastrophic event.
We welcome you to join us in our latest Disaster Resilient Bay Area event to:
- Hear about significant gaps and resilience challenges from government agencies, private sector, and non-profit representatives who were involved in Superstorm Sandy response and recovery, including practitioners from the Bay Area who provided assistance.
- Discuss and select those lessons learned from the Sandy response and recovery that are crucial for the health and safety, economic, and environmental resilience of Bay Area communities.
- Examine how these priority challenges are being addressed, or if they aren’t, what could be done to build a more resilient Bay Area.
12:30 – 12:40 pm Welcome and Introductions
Paula Scalingi, Executive Director, Bay Area Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
12:40 – 12:50 pm Opening Remarks – FEMA Highlights of Sandy Lessons Learned and Considerations for the Bay Area
Justin Dombrowski, Response Division Director, FEMA Region IX
12:50 – 1:50 pm Panel One – Perspectives of key government agencies and private sector organizations with missions in Sandy response and recovery
Robert Butchart, Coastal Region Emergency Services Coordinator and Emergency Management Assistance Compact Team Lead for Cal EMA
Bill Edwards, ESF-12 Regional Coordinator, Region X, U.S. Department of Energy
Kevin Morley, Security & Preparedness Program Manager, American Water Works Association
Ron LaPedis, Workforce Continuity Strategist, SunGard Availability Services
John Hamill and Casey Deshong, External Affairs, FEMA Region IX
1:50 – 2:00 pm Break
2:00 – 3:00 pm Panel Two – Observations by Bay Area practitioners assisting in Sandy response/recovery
Rob Dudgeon, Director of Emergency Services, San Francisco
Gregory Smith, Regional Director, Disaster Services, Red Cross, San Francisco Bay Area
Brian Whitlow, Executive Director, SF CARD (San Francisco Community Agencies Responding to Disaster)
Jeff Dell, Senior Vice President, Global Business Continuity and Recovery / Crisis Management, Bank of America
Ken Fattlar, Director of Operations, Verizon Wireless
3:00 – 3:40 pm Facilitated Participant Discussion – What are the most important lessons from Sandy for the Bay Area?
Peter Ohtaki, Executive Director, California Resiliency Alliance
Monika Stoeffl, Director of Programs, SF Bay Area Association of Contingency Planners
3:40 – 4:00 pm Path Forward – What needs to be done to address the priority challenges raised by Sandy to improve Bay Area resilience to deal with catastrophic disasters
Justin Dombrowski, Response Division Director, FEMA Region IX & Participants
4:00 pm Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Barry Cardoza on behalf of BARCfirst, BRMA, and SF BOMA’s Emergency Preparedness Committee
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Bay Area Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Empowering Collaborative Action to Build a Resilient Bay Area
The Bay Area Center for Regional Disaster Resilience is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to working with organizations and individuals to empower collaborative action to enhance the health and safety, economic, and environmental resilience of Bay Area communities and residents.