2021 Storm School Virtual Workshop
August 12, 2021
 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Storm School
Storm School is a high-level leadership preparation training program designed for emerging cross-sector leaders in disaster management.
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Where Experienced Storm Experts Equip New & Emerging Leaders in Disaster Management & Resilience 

The All Hazards Consortium (AHC) invites you to participate in the 2021 Storm School Virtual Workshop.

Presented by the AHC's newly formed Applied Operational Research Institute (ACHi), this overarching leadership training has been designed by experienced, nationally recognized operational leaders in the electric sector to help new and emerging leaders in industry and government master the art of disaster management.

Topics will include:

1) Equipping New Leaders: Becoming Better Able to Collaborate and Execute During Disasters

2) Emergency Management 101: How Do We Prepare?

3) Navigating Crisis Logistics: Using Strategic Flexibility to Increase Productivity, Confidence, and Safety During Disasters

4) Managing Storm Expenses: Don’t Let Un-Reimbursed Storm Dollars Destroy Your Bottom Line

5) Predictive Impacts and Pro-active Planning: Using Data From the Past to Predict The Future

6) Cross-Sector Communications & Coordination: Developing operational partners in industry and government to coordinate actions and create trust

Storm School is the first in a series of training and educational initiatives of the All Hazards Consortium and its operational partners in the private sector who have collectively responded to 1,000+ storms and disasters over the past 30+years.
STRATEGIC BENEFITS:
Gain from the experience of professionals with 30+ years of operational stories and lessons learned so you can understand the essential skills and capabilities to develop your next group of leaders.

OPERATIONAL BENEFITS:
Discover new processes and shortcuts to enhance your operational communications, internal and external messaging, and reduce your overall financial, safety, and brand risks.

TACTICAL BENEFITS:
Learn how to deploy simple processes that can instantly help you plan and share information better; build trust with your internal and external partners; better manage storm-related resources and vendors, and enhance your overall management of growing storm-related costs.

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The All Hazards Consortium (AHC) invites you to participate in the 2021 National ResilienceEXCH (Exchange) Virtual Summit on January 26-28, 2021.

Over the course of three half-days, several hundred participants will learn, network, and collaborate with private sector critical infrastructure partners, state emergency managers, DHS/CISA, DHS/FEMA, trade associations, academia, industry, and research groups.

STRATEGIES - Day 1 will focus on resilience issues in industry and government and strategies to address them.

INITIATIVES - Day 2 will focus on resilience initiatives and projects

TRAINING - Day 3 will focus on training and education for resilience-related solutions, innovations, and research.
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Our virtual price is lower than our In-person price, plus…
● You don’t have to commute!
● No parking fees
● Don’t have to dress up (or even shower!)
● No waiting in line to check in

Tuition includes:
● Access to all sessions and breakout groups
● Access to sponsored chat session
● Access to all available training materials

Fees:
Private Sector: $245 ( regular $295 )
Government Employees: Complimentary
*** Early Bird Pricing Ends: December 15, 2020 ***
Government Employees: Complimentary

Agenda At-A-Glance

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
1:00PM – 5:00PM EST

1:00 - 1:15 PM - Welcome & Opening Remarks & Scenario for the Workshop

Laura Johnson, Director of Conferences, All Hazards Consortium
Kelly McKinney, Senior Director, Emergency Management & Enterprise Resilience, NYU Langone Health, AHC Board Member

1:15 - 1:50 PM - Equipping New Leaders: Becoming Better Able to Collaborate and Execute During Disasters


Mike Zappone: Managing Partner at Consult Mike Z, LLC, (retired operations executive in electric sector for 30+ years)

This session will discuss strategies and shortcuts on how to better prepare new disaster management leaders by understanding the what you organizations needs to equipment them with confidence, how to be prepared, and how to develop a seamless transition to new leaders dealing with any type of crisis. Topics will include: overcoming common myths; how to prioritize actions prior to, during, and after an incident; steps needed to activate a team; leveraging mentors; dealing with mistakes; and steps to leading efficiently to avoid pitfalls.

1:50 - 2:25 PM - Emergency Management 101: How Do We Prepare?

Anthony HurleyConsultant, Utilities and Critical Infrastructure, Emergency Management & Physical Security Professional, (retired operations executive in electric sector for 30+ years)

This session will discuss how a broader disaster education can save your business. Topics will include understanding the current environment with mass retirements; the importance of networking and how to do it; overcoming common myths and obstacles to planning and exercises; how to be acting instead of reacting; strategies for planning; coordinating with government; how to maintain your plans annually.  

2:25 - 2:35 PM - Virtual Break 
2:35 - 3:10 PM : Navigating Crisis Logistics : Using Strategic Flexibility to Increase Productivity, Confidence, and Safety During Disasters

Aaron StricklandDirector of Business Development, Utilicon, (retired operations executive in electric sector for 30+ years)

This session will help participants learn how to better manage logistics dollars and your personnel safe through flexible logistics strategies during varying storm conditions. Topics will include understanding what safety and wellness of workers is worth to your company; how to develop contingencies in planning; planning considerations "blue sky" days; internal and external communications; managing expectations, working with your vendors; mutual assistance strategies, and networking with logistics experts.    

3:10 - 3:45 PM - Managing Storm Expenses : Don’t Let Un-Reimbursed Storm Dollars Destroy Your Bottom Line

Jim NowakSr. Director, Operations, Products & Services, ARCOS, (retired operations executive in electric sector for 30+ years)

This session will help you understand to high level concepts on how to identify, manage, and recover the millions of disaster dollars being left on the table including: Avoid bottle-necking through back office staffing; managing resources better, recognize financial waste before it happens, and knowing what really matters most in storm cost management.

3:45 - 3:55 PM - Virtual Break 
3:55 - 4:30 PM - Predictive Impacts and Pro-active Planning: Using Data From the Past to Predict The Future

David VanderbloemenPrincipal Consultant at DV Consulting, LLC & Retired, (retired operations executive in electric sector for 30+ years)

This session will discuss how to use data and innovative technology to help raise credibility and trust when it matters most to your key internal and external stakeholders. Topics will touch upon how to leverage past storm related data and technologies to help predict future impacts; how to build
credibility and trust with internal and external stakeholders; how to ensuring senior leadership is in-sync; understanding the real connection between weather and your operations desk; developing simple Standard Operating Procedures; creating and adhering to a governance process, performing meaningful after action reviews to inform future disasters; and the financial, operational, branding, and customer satisfaction incentives for doing this.


4:30 - 5:00 PM - Closing Remarks

Laura Johnson, Director of Conferences, All Hazards Consortium
Tom Moran, Executive Director, All Hazards Consortium

*Agenda is subject to change.

Track One
4:00-4:55 PM - Cross-Sector Information Sharing for Planning, Preparing, and Responding to Wildfires and PSPS in a COVID-19 Environment – Lessons from 2020

Monika Stoeffl, Executive Director, California Resiliency Alliance (CRA)

Abby Browning, Chief of Private Sector & NGO Coordination, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

This presentation will highlight insights and lessons in information sharing from the early days of the pandemic through the wildfires to the Public Safety Power Shutoffs in the final days of 2020. It will explore questions such as how did the pandemic change what information was shared, what were some of the challenges faced, and what worked and is being brought forward into 2021 to be applied to future events. 

Track Two
4:00-4:55 PM - Introduction to Operational Readiness Level Standards (ORLS)

Kent Kildow, Chair, SISE GIS Working Group, Director, Business Continuity & Emergency Management at Verizon

Kari Hicks, Chair, SISE GIS Working Group and Senior GIS Analyst, Duke Energy Corporation

Chris McIntosh, CO-CHair, SISE GIS Working Group, CEO, Bent Ear Solutions, LLC

Learn how a new data confidence standard can increase your confidence in data products and accelerate your decision-making during disasters.
Track One
4:55-5:30 PM - Benefits of State Business Emergency Operation (BEOC) Programs

Persia Payne-Hurley, Private Sector Manager & BEOC Coordinator, North Carolina Emergency Management

Molly Dougherty, External Affairs & Private Sector Liaison, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Learn how States work "operationally" with the private sector to enhance resilience.
Track Two
4:55-5:30 PM - A New Approach in Cybersecurity for Collective Defense

Tripp Hardy, CEO, Reprivata

In an environment where adversaries are increasingly using machine learning to continuously scan organizations and their third parties for vulnerabilities, implementing "Zero Trust" policies and micro-segmentation is needed to ensure protection of critical assets, and actionable information sharing is needed to stay ahead of rapidly evolving attacks. In this session, attendees will learn about a "new approach" to cybersecurity that will secure every device, every network, everywhere - even third parties.

Track One
5:30-6:00 PM - Using DHS' ESF#14 for Private Sector Coordination

Rob Glenn, Director, Office of Business, Industry, and Infrastructure Integration, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Dana Ahrens, Emergency Response Operations Branch, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Learn how the new ESF#14 policy directive is helping to organize government and improve operational coordination with the private sector during major disasters or incidents.

Track Two
5:30-6:00 PM - Current Cyber Threats and Mitigation Techniques for Frontline Employees

Sean Stajkowski, Intelligence Analyst, Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

This session will provide an overview of current cyber threats, which have affected critical infrastructure in the past few months, the basis behind proper cyber hygiene, and mitigation strategies for frontline workers to reduce the likelihood of a successful attack.
Break-Out Room One 
1:30 - 2:30 PM - Equipping New Leaders: Improving Collaboration & Execution During Disasters

Mike Zappone: SISE WG Chair, Multi-State Fleet Response Working Group

This session will discuss how to provide Preparedness, Confidence, and a Seamless Transition to New Leaders
Dealing with Crisis

2:30 - 3:30 PM - Managing Storm Expenses : Don’t Let Un-reimbursed Storm Dollars Destroy Your Bottom Line

Jim Nowak - Sr. Director, Operations, Products & Services, ARCOS

This session will discuss how to ID, Manage, and Recover the Millions of Disaster Dollars Being Left on the Table



Break-Out Room Two
1:30 - 2:30 PM - Panel: Navigating Crisis Logistics : Using Strategic Flexibility to Increase Productivity, Confidence, and Safety During Disasters

Aaron Strickland - Director of Business Development, Utilicon

Learn how to Keep Dollars and Personnel Safe Through Flexible Strategy During Variant Conditions

2:30 - 3:30 PM - Cross Sector Communications & Coordination : Creating and Maintaining Mutually Beneficial Partnerships.  

Carlos D. Torres - Independent Consultant/Experienced Utility-Emergency Management Executive

Learn how to Save Time, Resources, and Lives by Forging Advanced Partnerships


Break-Out Room Three
1:30 - 2:30 PM - Emergency Management 101: How Do We Prepare?

Anthony Hurley - Consultant, Utilities and Critical Infrastructure, Emergency Management & Physical Security Professional
Panelists:

This session will discuss how Disaster Education Can Save Your Business

2:30 - 3:30 PM - Predictive Impacts and Planning: Raise Credibility and Trust When it Matters Most

Anthony Hurley - Consultant, Utilities and Critical Infrastructure, Emergency Management & Physical Security Professional
Panelists:

This session will discuss how to Never Be Caught Off-Guard by Improving Efficiency and Leveraging Data

Track One - CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION - Moderated by Anthony Hurley, Consultant, Utilities and Critical Infrastructure, Emergency Management & Physical Security Professional
1:15-2:15 PM - Powering Through - Building Critical Infrastruture Resilience

Mary Lasky, Chair, InfraGard National Disaster Resilience Council and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Richard Krieg, Editor, Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy

David Winks, Chief Science Officer, Renewable Energy Aggregators

In this session, you'll learn more about InfraGard's findings on what are the effects on critical infrastructure if electric power was not available for at least 30 days, how infrastructure can help to restore and recover electric power and what companies can do now to be more resilient. A special emphasis will be made on hospitals and communications.

Track Two - INDUSTRY TOOLS - Moderated by George Giangi, Chair, Business, Industry & Infrastructure, South Central PA Task Force
1:15-2:15 PM - Commercial Routing Assistance App for Vehicle Movement

Gregory C. McShane, Integrated Operations Division - Strategy, Policy, & Resources, CISA/DHS

Timothy R. Klett, Infrastructure Assurance and Analysis, Idaho National Laboratory

Ollie Gagnon III, Chief Strategist and Relationship Manager, Idaho National Laboratory

Learn how you can use the Commercial Routing Assistance (CRA) app which provides the latest information relevant to commercial organizations and drivers, state transportation officials and regulators, federal transportation officials, and trade associations who rely upon continuous vehicle movement to meet their mission.

Track Three - GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR RESILIENCE- Moderated by Kari Hicks, Senior GIS Analyst, Duke Energy Corporation
1:15-2:15 PM - Virtual Exercise: Using the New ORL Data Confidence Standard in the Real World

Kari Hicks, Chair, SISE GIS Working Group and Senior GIS Analyst, Duke Energy Corporation

Dave Vanderbloemen, CEO, DV Consulting, Former Dominion Energy Operational Executive

This session will provide participants with an overview of a new technology that allows the secure collaboration of data between disparate systems by providing a unique on/off capability so that data connections are not left always on or open to hackers or other types of cyber attacks.

Track One - CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION - Moderated by Anthony Hurley, Consultant, Utilities and Critical Infrastructure, Emergency Management & Physical Security Professional
2:25-3:10 PM - Demand Oriented Decision Making in Supply Constrained Environments

Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) 

Philip J. Palin, Supply Chain Resilience Expert

Jarrod Goentzel, Director, MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab

Join leading supply chain resilience experts for a conversation on demand oriented decision making. Learn how differentiated targeting of demand is critical especially in a supply constrained environment. Examples from PPE, grocery, and vaccine supply chains will provide the background for this session.
Track Two - INDUSTRY TOOLS - Moderated by George Giangi, Chair, Business, Industry & Infrastructure, South Central PA Task Force
2:25-3:10 PM - Fleet Movement App for Transportation Planners and Decision Makers 

Carrie Tropasso, GIS Manager, Bent Ear Solutions, LLC

Bethany Elliott, State Private Sector Liaison, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

In this session, you'll learn about how a new app that was tested during the 2020 hurricane season by the AHC, private sector-led SISE (Sensitive Information Sharing Environmnet) efforts to expedite the movement of private sector repair fleets, resources and supply chains across multiple state borders following disasters. 

Track Three - GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR RESILIENCE- Moderated by Kari Hicks, Senior GIS Analyst, Duke Energy Corporation
2:25-3:10 PM - A State Model for Private Sector Information-Sharing - North Carolina's WebEOC Platform Training and Demo

Persia Payne-Hurley, Private Sector Manager and BEOC Coordinator, North Carolina Emergency Management

Participants in this session will learn how North Carolina Emergency Management has leveraged their WebEOC software and innovative business rules to create 7 unique applications to support private sector members and county partners with more organized information and streamlined processes during disaters. Participants will learn how it works, how the private sector benefits from access to this information, and how to enhance operational coordination and resilience during disasters.

Track One - CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION - Moderated by Anthony Hurley, Consultant, Utilities and Critical Infrastructure, Emergency Management & Physical Security Professional
3:10-4:00 PM - Resilience in Energy during the Pandemic

Hailey Siple, Manager, National Security Policy, Edison Electric Institute

Anna Ballance, Advisor, Policy and Partnerships at Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center

Channing Spencer, Cyber and Infrastructure Security Assistant, Edison Electric Institute

Amanda Sramek, Manager, Security,    
American Gas Association

Join a discussion of the energy sector’s quick and collaborative response in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and explore how a diverse cross-section of the industry came together to share experiences and recommend adaptable strategies to keep essential workers safe and ensure reliability in an unprecedented operating environment.

Track Two - INDUSTRY TOOLS - Moderated by George Giangi, Chair, Business, Industry & Infrastructure, South Central PA Task Force
3:10-4:00 PM - Using the Endeavor Model for Information Exchange

Molly Dougherty, External Affairs & Private Sector Liaison, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Patrick T. Shull, Director, Security and Risk Assessment, Harrisburg Properties

Carmela Hinderaker, Sr. Director, Business Continuity & Customer Support, C&S Family of Companies

This session will focus on the private sector perspective on how Pennsylvania's ENDEAVOR Working Group Model has helped businesses work with each other and with State Office of Emergency Management to solve operation problems in transportation, COVID-19, supply chain, and information-sharing.

Track Three - GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR RESILIENCE- Moderated by Kari Hicks, Senior GIS Analyst, Duke Energy Corporation
3:10-4:00 PM - Secure Information Sharing with SISE-net

Tom Moran, Executive Director, All Hazards Consortium

Gregory C. McShane, Integrated Operations Division - Strategy, Policy, & Resources, CISA/DHS

SISE-net is a new, secure private information-sharing network that connects operations centers in government and industry. In this session, participants will learn the operational value SISE-net will bring to state and private sector, the operational coordination on specific topics, how information is shared and protected, and how to engage SISE-net for their organization.

Track One - CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION - Moderated by Anthony Hurley, Consultant, Utilities and Critical Infrastructure, Emergency Management & Physical Security Professional
4:00-4:45 PM - Coordinating Donations: COVID-19

Nicolette Louissant, Executive Director, Healthcare Ready

Sarah Baker, Programs Director, Healthcare Ready

The presentation will provide an overview of the supply chain and donations coordination work undertaken by Healthcare Ready during the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with private sector and NGO partners. The session will provide a review of the actions and strategies used to right size donation coordination during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Track Two - INDUSTRY TOOLS - Moderated by George Giangi, Chair, Business, Industry & Infrastructure, South Central PA Task Force
4:00-4:45 PM - The National Vetted PPE Exchange

John Molnar, Director, Program Management Office, All Hazards Consortium

Learn about a new sourcing model for PPE that was developed jointly by State, federal and industry stakeholders to address the PPE shortage issues nationwide. This session will include training on how it was developed, its current state, future resources to be added, and how you can leverage it for your organization.

Track Three - GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR RESILIENCE- Moderated by Kari Hicks, Senior GIS Analyst, Duke Energy Corporation
4:00-4:45 PM - How GIS and Data is Helping FEMA Decision-Making

Chris Vaughan, Geospatial Information Officer, FEMA

This session will teach participants about how FEMA's GIS platform is being developed to help increase situational awareness within the lifeline sectors during disasters. Topics include how the platform is being developed, the current data available, and future plans for the platform.

Track One - CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION - Moderated by Anthony Hurley, Consultant, Utilities and Critical Infrastructure, Emergency Management & Physical Security Professional
4:50-5:50 PM - 5-1-1 Initiative

Michael Overton, Geospatial Technology Development Lead, Idaho National Lab

Timely, accurate, and actionable national traffic and road closure information is difficult to come by. Services by 3rd party data providers are hard to validate, or come from unofficial sources making it difficult for decision-makers to trust. In partnership with AHC and DHS, Idaho National Lab has researched, built, and aggregated transportation data from state 511 traffic information systems to synchronize and standardize a single database that can be used by transportation planners, drivers, researchers and analytic groups. This session will provide an overview of this initiative, what information is provided within this dataset, and how to utilize and access it. You'll also get a live demonstration of the data displayed in an ESRI Web Map.

Track Two - INDUSTRY TOOLS - Moderated by George Giangi, Chair, Business, Industry & Infrastructure, South Central PA Task Force
4:50-5:50 PM - Cyber-CHAMP: A Tool for Organizational Cybersecurity Workforce Development 

Ralph F. Ley, Department Manager, Workforce Development and Training, Idaho National Laboratory

Dr. Shane D. Stailey, DCS-IA, Senior Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Professional, Training Opportunities and Strategy Lead, Idaho National Laboratory

Learn about Idaho National Laboratory's innovative cybersecurity workforce development model, Cyber-CHAMP, which engages industry, government, and academia to provide direct and practical solutions to help solve our nation's security/cybersecurity workforce development dilemma and provides an ROI model that can justify your training investment.
Track Three - GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR RESILIENCE- Moderated by Kari Hicks, Senior GIS Analyst, Duke Energy Corporation
4:50-5:50 PM - Using GIS for Situational Awareness - Training Session

Chris McIntosh, CEO, Bent Ear Solutions, LLC

Carrie Tropasso, GIS Manager, Bent Ear Solutions, LLC

In this training session you'll review basic situational awareness concepts and how to translate your needs to geospatial requirements. You'll learn how to make a map to provide you with greater situational awareness and be able to turn that map into a dashboard that you can use as a visual tool for faster-decision making.

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