Registration begins at 8AM with the program beginning promptly at 8:30. A Continental Breakfast for attendees is available beginning at 8AM.
This topic, “Lights Out”, is a facilitated discussion of a possible prolonged and widespread power outage. Specifically we will conduct a table-top exercise in three parts, to find out what concerns emergency planners and healthcare leaders have about a prolonged/ widespread power outage and highlight some of the complexities and inter-relationships of the various other critical infrastructure sectors. We intend to discuss with participants the additional impacts on healthcare facilities of; IT and communications challenges, water supply issues, hospital security, supply chain interruptions, various other related personnel issues and the concept of “graceful degradation” of services.
William (Bill) Murtagh, Ph.D. Program Coordinator Space Weather Prediction Center
Bill Murtagh is the Program Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder, Colorado. He is NOAAs space weather lead in coordinating preparedness and response eﬀorts with industry, national and international agencies, emergency managers, and government oﬃcials around the world. Bill is a member of the White House Working Group on geomagnetic disturbances, guiding national policy in response to space weather storms. Bill has provided numerous interviews to major media outlets and is featured in several documentaries on space weather. Before joining NOAA, Bill was a meteorologist and space weather forecaster in the U.S. Air Force. He joined NOAA in 2003 after retiring from the Air Force with 23 years of military service.
Erfan Ibrahim, Ph.D Center Director, Cyber Physical Systems for Security and Resilience
As the Center Director at NREL his responsibilities include; building the R&D program in cyber-physical systems security and resilience through funding from DoE, other State and Federal Agencies and the private sector. The focus of the research is to accelerate the adoption of cybersecurity technologies, business process security best practices and resilience strategies to protect critical infrastructure in energy, water, waste water, oil & gas and other smart infrastructure. NREL is a Department of Energy Lab focused on all aspects of renewable energy, environment, energy efficiency, and computational science and biological sciences. Dr. Ibrahim brings 28 years of professional experience after a PhD in Nuclear Engineering to NREL.