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National Preparedness Month Symposium

Government Technology & Services Coalition

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

National Preparedness Month Symposium

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National Preparedness Month
Government Technology & Services Coalition 
National Preparedness Month Symposium
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
CENTRA Technology, Inc. | Arlington, VA

The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) focuses September on getting our members prepared and partnering with the American Red Cross Ready Rating program.

At this special National Preparedness Month Symposium you'll learn how to bolster your preparedness, hear about FEMA's priorities for the upcoming year and discuss the challenges that emergency management professionals are facing today.

GTSC has engaged some of the foremost experts in government and industry to provide attendees with practical advice on: engaging and doing business with FEMA and other Federal agencies; emergency communications, notification and other technologies being utilized to help warn, respond and recover; the face of preparedness in the face of threats from global warming and related policy impacts; individual and community preparedness; and lessons learned from our latest disasters.

Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC)

National Preparedness Month Symposium
Strengthening the Public Private-Partnership to Achieve our Preparedness & Response Mission

September 30, 2014 | CENTRA Technology | Arlington, VA

Event Chair:              Jason McNamara, Vice President, Obsidian Analysis and former Chief of Staff, FEMA;  Strategic Advisor to GTSC




8:30 am       Overview of the National Protection Framework

The National Protection Framework describes what the whole community should do to safeguard against acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other threats or hazards. It describes the core capabilities; roles and responsibilities; and coordinating structures that facilitate the protection of individuals, communities, and the Nation. This Framework is focused on actions to protect against the greatest risks in a manner that allows American interests, aspirations, and way of life to thrive.


9:00 am       Keynote:  FEMA’s Preparedness:  A Leading, Agile, Focused Agency      

David J. Kaufman , Associate Administrator, Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA

FEMA’s Office of Policy & Program Analysis is tasked with shaping FEMA and strengthening its ability to fulfill its mission by becoming a more agile, results oriented organization.  This keynote will describe the efforts to achieve that vision and how the Office is working to strengthen public private partnerships to incorporate best practices from the lessons learned from previous disasters.


9:30-9:45 am break


9:45 – 10:45 am   The Evolving Threats

From more violent and frequent weather incidents to long-term recovery efforts and mitigation, FEMA faces greater threats than ever.  This panel will identify some of the overarching factors contributing to their increasing challenges and discuss mitigation, response and recovery trends.

Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO

Brian Usher, President-Elect, American Public Works Association


10:45 – 11:45am How do we prepare ourselves and protect our community?
During National Preparedness Month, all eyes are on this important topic.  How do we keep personal and community preparedness center stage?  How do we encourage and maintain preparedness so that our communities are resilient?  Join this incredible panel to understand how our preparedness as a nation can take center stage all year.

Gwen Camp, Director, Individual & Community Preparedness, FEMA

David McKernan, Coordinator of Emergency Management, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management

Jeanie Moore, Acting Director, Private Sector Division, FEMA


12:10 – 1:25 pm  Luncheon Roundtable Discussion:  How is FEMA Preparing Internally?
Preparedness and response has become increasingly complex and in addition to countless external challenges, FEMA also faces challenges internally to assure cost effective and efficient execution of their mission.   From acquisition, workforce and administrative and records management, how is FEMA preparing internally for operational challenges within the Agency?  How is the agency implementing new technologies, processes or innovations to learn from the lessons of previous disasters?

Dave Webb, Chief, Federal Branch at FEMA, Continuity of Operations Division*

1:30 - 2:00 pm:  Government Contracts and Insurance Issues:  How Prepared is Your Company?

Disasters require advance planning to protect your business.  Beyond physical preparedness for a disaster or terrorist attack, your firm should pay close attention to its assets – and how your company can best leverage them.  This panel will discuss both government contracts and insurance considerations relating to disasters.

Justin A. Chiarodo, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro LLP

John A. Gibbons, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro LLP


2:00 – 3:15 pm  Alert/Notification Technologies

FEMA has been on the cutting edge of supporting and developing technologies and social media to advance alerts and notifications of severe events. IPAWS provides public safety officials with an effective way to alert and warn the public about serious emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and other public alerting systems from a single interface.  Join us to learn more about how these technologies are aiding in preparedness, earlier alerts and advanced communication platforms to assure interoperability and improved communication to forward FEMA’s mission. 

Antwayne Johnson, Director, IPAWS, FEMA

Anne Petera, DHS Client Executive, Harris

Ryan Denamark, CEO, RSDC Group


3:30 - 5:00 pm  How Can We Leverage Technology to Improve Performance?

Technological advances are allowing FEMA to integrate people, processes and information better than ever before.  Social media apps and tools are transforming the way people communicate before, during and after a disaster.  These technologies afford FEMA unique opportunities to analyze and crowd share data, communicate alerts and information about disasters and increase FEMA's situational awareness on the ground faster and more efficiently.

Richard Whisner, PMP - Senior Program Manager, IDV Solutions

Kevin Delin, CEO, SensorWare Systems

Todd Jasper, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management  

Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA)

Have questions about National Preparedness Month Symposium? Contact Government Technology & Services Coalition

When & Where

CENTRA Technology, Inc.
4121 Wilson Blvd.
Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22203

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Government Technology & Services Coalition

The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan association of innovative, agile small and mid-size company CEOs that create, develop, and implement solutions for the Federal homeland and national security sector (DHS, DOD, Dept of Treasury, ODNI, DOJ and DOS). These companies founded the Coalition to band together to confront their short and long-term challenges in the Federal market.

The GTSC’s mission is to provide exceptional advocacy, capacity building, partnership opportunities and marketing in the federal security space for small and mid-sized companies. To accomplish this we promote better dialogue with Congress and the Administration, provide clarification and representation on essential business issues, and work on behalf of the members on legislative and executive action that can impact their success. The GTSC was formed to give small and mid-sized companies access to an A-list of advocacy, advice and services. We build the relationships, alert our members to adverse activity and carry their voice to the nation’s decision makers.


CANCELLATION POLICY:  We do not issue refunds or cancellations, however, we do accept substitutes if the orginal registrant cannot attend.  Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, it is sometimes necessary to postpone, cancel or change our meeting speakers, times or venues.  GTSC makes every effort possible to assure that advertised speakers materialize, and we do not advertise speakers that have not confirmed with us.  When events must be postponed please be assured that we constantly work to reschedule and that some agencies are more cooperative than others.  In practice this means that all events are subject to change without notice, however we make every effort to let our members and community know of these changes as soon as feasible.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  GTSC is a non-profit organization.  Our main source of income is membership dues.  All are welcome to join -- small, mid- and large companies all benefit.  

Non-members are welcome to attend a session to see our work and learn more about some of our services.  Members of the Coalition have made a commitment of time and money to build our organization and we are fiercely committed to them and their role in building our trusted environment.  We reserve the right to deny admittance to non-members at our discretion.

Please follow us on Twitter, join our LinkedIn page and add our email address to your address book are to assure you receive any updates or changes as expeditiously as possible.

Thank you for working with us and understanding our constraints.

Government Technology & Services Coalition

2961 A Hunter Mill Road, Suite 617

Oakton, VA 22124 

(703) 201-7198


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