Wednesday, December 10
Keynote: Insights from LA County
Jeff Reeb, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Los Angeles County
Jeff L. Reeb is responsible for coordinating disaster recovery efforts, developing emergency response plans and delivering community preparedness outreach programming. Mr. Reeb joined the Office of Emergency Management in 2012 as the Access and Functional Needs Coordinator, focusing on inclusive emergency planning for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. In this capacity, he chaired the Access and Functional Needs Committee for the Los Angeles County Operational Area Advisory Board.
Prior to joining the County of Los Angeles, Mr. Reeb was a Deputy Fire Chief with the Long Beach Fire Department where he served as the Emergency Services Bureau Commander, managing the fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical and life guarding operations of the Department. He later served as the Fire Marshal where he directed the fire prevention activities of the Department.
Throughout his fire service career, Mr. Reeb has served on numerous emergency planning and homeland security committees. He was Co-Chair of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative Working Group and the Fire Service Chair on the United States Coast Guard, Los Angeles/Long Beach Area Maritime Security Committee. As a public safety executive for the City of Long Beach, he served on the City’s Homeland Security Task Force and was the lead exercise planner on their Disaster Preparedness Planning Committee.
Mr. Reeb holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio State University; is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Domestic and Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program; and has attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Thursday, December 11
Preparedness Forecast: What Lies Ahead?
National emergencies such as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the subsequent anthrax attacks, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, have focused widespread attention on domestic and international readiness for public health emergencies. Numerous efforts have been proposed to build more resilient communities that are better able to survive, adapt, and grow when confronted with catastrophic events, but much remains to be done. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently noted that, in the event of a disaster, healthcare practitioners and suppliers in the US are unprepared to adequately protect the health and safety of their patients. Consequently, CMS recently proposed emergency preparedness requirements that providers and suppliers must meet in order to participate in Medicare and Medicaid.
This panel brings together government, business, and academic leaders, who will share their perspectives and forecasts on these and other key issues which impact disaster preparedness and response in the US. Panelists will review public and private sector trends and policies, and provide insight into how the economics and politics of preparedness and response will impact public and private organizations and those they serve.