ARC 2013


DAY ONE: Monday, March 25
7:30-8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Martin Iguchi, Dean of School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University
9:00-10:00 AM Public - Private Sector Collaboration: Making the Culture Clash Work
Keynote Speaker:
Edward Gabriel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services
10:00-10:30 AM Break and Networking
10:30-12:00 PM Public-Private Partnerships in Disaster Response: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Many heartwarming stories start with an urgent late night call asking for help. Such was the case when the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) called on the Maryland Retailers Association (MRA) to help support shelter feeding operations for evacuees during Hurricane Irene in the summer of 2011. A call for help such as this was a possibility because relationships were cultivated and nurtured prior to this event with the intention of making a stronger and more resilient community. Those relationships started when MEMA joined forces with American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN), Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), MRA, and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce to begin fostering partnerships to explore opportunities for collaboration. This network has proven to be invaluable during time of emergencies. Through the experience and lessons learned during multiple activations over the past year, the need to formalize these relationships and establish an operational component within the State Emergency Operations Center for private sector support and information exchange has become increasingly important.
Oliver Davidson, Senior Advisor, Business Civic Leadership Center
Gerald McSwiggan, Senior Manager, Disaster Management, US Chamber of Commerce John (“Jock”) T Menzies III, President, American Logistics Aid Network; Chairman, The Terminal Corporation
Angela Bernstein, Branch Manager, Resilience and Public Outreach Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Johnny Hatten, Operations Administrator of Office of Emergency Operations Maryland Department of Human Resources
Patrick Donoho, President, Maryland Retailers Association
12:00-12:45 PM Lunch and Networking
12:45-1:30 PM Poster Showcase
1:30-3:00 PM The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Increasing Multi-Sectoral Engagement for Building Community Resilience to Disasters

A resilient community is one that possesses the physical, psychological, social, and economic capacity and the knowledge, skills and abilities to withstand, quickly adapt to, and successfully recover from emergencies or disasters of any kind. A multi-sectoral approach to building community resilience assumes that different stakeholder groups can do more to build community resilience when working together than any one group can achieve working alone. Such collaborations bring together the skills, resources, networks, and knowledge of diverse groups such as the government, businesses, service organizations, volunteer organizations, and faith-based communities, among others. Building such partnerships, however, can be a complex challenge. Building partnerships takes time--frequently more time than anticipated. Developing local ownership and having a credible and neutral coordinating organization are critical to success. Having shared knowledge across partners about community hazards, risks, and how these can come together to create a local disaster, as well as known solutions and efforts already underway, can help save time. Leaders are needed who can not only build bridges, but also create change. This panel will discuss solutions to these and other challenges faced when engaging in multi-sectoral efforts to build community resilience to disasters.
Michele M Wood, Affiliate Researcher, VEMEC; Director of CA-NV Public Health Training Center/Assistant Professor of Department of Health Science, California State University—Fullerton 
Mark Benthien, MPP, Director, Communication, Education, and Outreach Southern California Earthquake Center, University of Southern California
Jesse C. Bliss, MPH, Director, LLU Center for Public Health Preparedness Assistant Professor, Loma Linda University School of Public Health
Kimberly Gill, Post-Doctoral Researcher Disaster Research Center (DRC), University of Delaware
Peter B Gudaitis, President, National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN); Chief Response Officer, New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS)
Reverend John Robinson, Jr, Board President, National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD)
3:00-3:30 PM Break and Networking
3:30-5:00 PM Disaster Management beyond Borders: Global Perspectives

Natural disasters and other public health emergencies may overwhelm even an entire nation’s capacity to effectively and efficiently respond and recover. Even advanced economies such as Japan may be overwhelmed by large-scale events like the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Such events necessitate an international response. They also provide opportunities to learn from the experiences of other nations. Taking a global, multidisciplinary perspective, this panel session will focus on exemplary practices in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Presenters will review emergency management practices that have demonstrated effectiveness in a diverse number of international settings, with the goal of identifying lessons learned and common principles that can inform efforts at quality improvement in emergency management.
Facilitator and Panelist:
Jean Luc Poncelet, Area Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), World Health Organization
Thomas Kirsch, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response Co-director, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Luis Kun, Professor of National Security Affairs Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), National Defense University
5:30-7:30 PM Reception

Collaborator of the Year Awardee:
Steve Mabley, MS
VHA Office of Emergency Management
United States Department of Veterans Affairs

DAY TWO: Tuesday, March 26
7:30-8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:30 AM Innovation is not an Accident

Keynote Speaker:
Ali Khan, Director of Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
9:30-9:45 AM Break and Networking
9:45-10:30 AM Manhattan VA Medical Center’s Response to Superstorm Sandy

Plenary Speaker:
Martina Parauda, Director, VA New York Harbor Healthcare System
10:30-12:00 PM Superstorm Sandy: The Value of Partnerships in Meeting the Immediate and Prolonged Needs of Devastated Communities Panel Session
In late October, Superstorm Sandy’s powerful wind gusts and record storm surge wrought havoc to coastal communities of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Downed trees and power lines left millions in the dark and without heat and water. Flood and wind damage left thousands homeless, devastated countless businesses, and washed away beaches and protective dunes. In those communities hardest hit by Sandy, immediate response needs were vast, and recovery needs are prolonged and complex. In this session, panelists will share their experiences responding to the immediate and longer-term needs in these communities. Panelists will be asked to address the impact of collaborations and partnerships—both new and established—on the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts, as well as to consider what has been learned from preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Jack Herrmann, Senior Advisor and Chief, Public Health Preparedness National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Christopher Collins, JD, Executive Director, Solar One Howard “Ford” Sypher, US Army Veteran and Director of Field Operations, Region VII Team Rubicon
Rachel Kaul, Behavioral Health Team Lead, Division for At-Risk Individuals, US Department of Health and Human Services
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch and Networking
1:00-2:30 PM It Takes a Village: Business Continuity, Risk Management, and Community Collaboration

Fred Hagigi, Professor of Healthcare Finance and Management, University of California—Los Angeles; Research Health Scientist, VEMEC
Robin L Dillon-Merrill, Associate Professor, McDonough School of Business
George Nunez, Director of Office of Emergency Management, George Washington University
Jim Remik, Vice President of Operations, Triton Security
Jamie Miller, Manager, Public and Community Relations, Giant Food, LLC
2:30-3:00 PM Break and Networking
3:00-4:30 PM Building Resilience to Address Access and Functional Needs: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective to Inclusive Disaster Planning and Policy

Much current social vulnerability research and practice tends to focus on an ever growing list of identifiable access and functional needs groups, including, for example, persons with physical, sensory, developmental or cognitive needs, children, the elderly, low-income families, non-English speaking persons, undocumented immigrants, and those without shelter. Considering how and why entire groups of people may be more vulnerable to disaster is important and helps focus attention on those with the fewest resources to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster. At the same time, resilience is a product of social context, and membership within a pre-defined group may or may not translate into “vulnerability” when disaster strikes. In this session, panelists will be asked to consider the following driving questions: Rather than focusing on group membership as a simple proxy for vulnerability, what social, political, and economic processes drive vulnerability? Moreover, how can our knowledge about the needs and capacities of different groups inform the development of inclusive disaster plans and policies that elevate resilience for all groups and individuals? The panel will include speakers with experience in the non-profit sector, state and federal government, and academia.
Lori Peek, Associate Professor of Sociology/Co-Director of Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, Colorado State University
Richard Devylder, Senior Advisor for Accessible Transportation, US Department of Transportation
Brandi Gilbert, Natural Hazards Center Research Assistant, University of Colorado Paul Hewett, Deputy Director of Center for Integrated Emergency Preparedness Decision and Information Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory
4:30-5:00 PM Closing Remarks Speaker:
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
5:00 pm ADJOURN