*Subject to change
Tuesday, December 4: Preparing Our Communities
9:00AM • Registration
9:30AM – 10:00AM • Governor’s Opening Address
10:00AM – 11:00AM • Opening Plenary: Reframing Resilience: 100 Resilient Cities at Five
Since the Rockefeller Foundation unveiled their monumental 100 Resilient Cities program in 2013, chief resilience officers have become elemental to creating sustainable, tangible goals for cities around the world. This session will feature a candid discussion with chief resilience officers in three U.S. cities and look at how they are providing strategies for complex problems while managing finite resources, politics, and expectations.
Jane Gilbert, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Miami
Gena Redmon, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Louisville
Ramsey Green, Chief Resilience Officer, City of New Orleans
Andy Kopplin, President & CEO, Greater New Orleans Foundation (moderator)
11:15AM – 12:15PM • Concurrent Sessions
- Making Sense of Flood Risk Data
In the process of gathering and analyzing data, First Street Foundation has learned a lot that could benefit the resilience community, including more accurate ways of determining water levels for a given area by combining multiple tide and river gauges to create an accurate picture. It has also gained insight into just how much of an impact flooding could have for different communities. This session will present high-level numbers about the homes and critical infrastructure at risk from flooding today and in 15 years for Louisiana, Virginia, Florida, and more of the East and Gulf Coasts. Knowledge is power– it’s crucial for communities to learn more about their risks in order to plan for a more resilient future.
Sharai Lewis-Gruss, GIS Specialist, First Street Foundation
Jessica Chu, GIS Programmer, First Street Foundation
- How Disaster Data Fuels Resilient Investments
Natural disaster assistance involves a complex multi-sector and intergovernmental partnership, which is under stress from the increasing frequency and severity of losses. Harnessing data on the full landscape of aid can help policymakers manage costs and donors coordinate giving. The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Center for Disaster Philanthropy are leading data-driven research on the state of disaster spending to encourage more strategic, resilient investments. We know that data can inform more resilient investment, and better data from additional levels of government and sectors could show where investments could be made differently to better manage future costs, reduce damage, and save lives. Understand research on current spending and the steps needed to expand data collection and analysis to inform more forward-looking and resilient investments.
Colin Foard, Senior Associate, Pew Charitable Trusts
Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Assistant Director of Major Initiatives, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
- Establishing Alternate Care Facilities
Shortly after the advent of a natural or anthropogenic disaster, local hospitals and doctor’s offices are likely to become quickly inundated with casualties. This will necessitate the rapid establishment of Alternate Care Facilities (ACFs) to augment the medical care being provided by existing healthcare sources. While ACF designers need not be clinically trained, they must have a fundamental understanding of the concerns involved in operating such an essential component of the disaster response infrastructure. Based on lessons learned following the establishment of ACFs deployed in response to several recent national disasters, this session will highlight for emergency managers what essential factors should be foremost in mind when charged with establishing such a facility. Without a fundamental understanding of these vital points, not only will critical time be lost, but excess morbidity and mortality may result. Learn the principal considerations, specific challenges, and pitfalls likely to be faced when establishing ACFs.
K.C. Rondello, Clinical Associate Professor, Public Health and Emergency Management, Adelphi University
- Update on the Louisiana Watershed Initiative
Join members of the Council on Watershed Management for an update on the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, which aims to build on and support our local partners with the tools, leadership, and capacity needed to strengthen their decision-making processes and better prepare for and mitigate future flood risk.
Pat Forbes, P. E., Executive Director, Louisiana Office of Community Development (OCD)
Casey Tingle, Deputy Director, Chief of Staff, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)
12:15PM – 1:30PM • Buffet Luncheon
1:30PM – 2:15PM • Plenary Session: Partnership for Our Working Coast: The Trajectory of a Public-Private Partnership
The Water Institute of the Gulf formed a Public-Private-NGO Partnership (P3+) to combine the resources and expertise of public, private, and NGOs to enhance coastal habitat and provide protection to critical infrastructure and communities, using the dredged material created by port expansion. Advanced science and engineering are being used to optimize the protective and habitat services provided by the restored ecosystems. This approach can serve as a model for collaborative planning and shared funding to construct nature-based defenses for infrastructure and communities. This plenary will look at a current example of how a major “P3+” partnership was formed around Port Fourchon noting the status, progress, and challenges of the initiative.
Tom Broom, Executive Account Manager, Danos
Ian Voparil, Business Impact and Continuity Manager, Shell
Ryan Clark, Research Scientist, The Water Institute of the Gulf
Simone Maloz, Executive Director, Restore or Retreat
Justin Ehrenwerth, President and CEO, The Water Institute of the Gulf (moderator)
2:15PM – 3:15PM • Discussion Lab – Leveraging Community Institutions to Better Prepare the Public
3:15PM – 3:45PM • Afternoon Break
3:45PM – 4:45PM • Keynote Fireside Chat: A Shift in National Response Policy
Dr. Daniel Kaniewski, Deputy Administrator for Resilience, FEMA
Col. Terry Ebbert, Director of Public Safety and Homeland Security, City of New Orleans (interviewer)
5:00PM – 6:30PM • Welcome Reception
Wednesday, December 5: Facing Disaster
8:00AM – 8:30AM • Continental Breakfast
8:30AM – 9:15AM • Plenary– New Orleans Water Leadership: Dialogues & Beyond
Born of necessity and nurtured by the character of place, the water resilience and climate adaptation expertise developed in New Orleans and Coastal Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina has become a resource for US coastal cities.An approach to water first shared by the Dutch has grown into a new locally-sustained paradigm, valuable as a model for adapting with science, adapting with character, and adapting with community. Beginning with Waggonner & Ball and the Royal Netherlands Embassy’s Dutch Dialogues® symposia and elaborated through the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan and the Resilient New Orleans strategy, multiple sectors across the region have embraced the potential of water to advance a range of social, economic, and civic goals. This plenary will discuss this evolution of public, private, and non-profit leadership and partnerships around water resilience in New Orleans and the translation of that expertise to other urban contexts, including ongoing projects in Norfolk, Virginia and Houston, Texas.
Ramiro Diaz, Architectural & Urban Designer, Waggonner & Ball Architecture/Environment
Colleen McHugh, Senior Adaptation Planner, The Water Institute of the Gulf
9:15AM – 10:30AM • Discussion Lab – Building Partnerships for Water Resilience
10:45AM – Noon • Concurrent Sessions
- Designing Successful Buyout Programs
Buyout programs are a cost effective way to move residents and business owners out of flood’s way reducing the costs associated with repeated rebuilding after flooding events. Buyout programs also make communities more attractive to continued investment, and when designed and planned properly help vulnerable populations, that otherwise could not relocate, move to lower risk areas and better quality housing. During this interactive session, participants will identify common challenges, brainstorm creative ways to overcome those challenges, and share best practices to design an impactful buyout program.
Brandy Bones, Senior Manager, ICF International
Jennifer Carpenter, Senior CPD Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Public Health and Community Organizing in Response to Disaster
How communities organize after disaster is an integral component of resilience and recovery. This session will outline the processes of two municipalities that recognized the importance of community resilience in recovery and acted accordingly: Harris County Public Health and the New York City Health Department. HCPH created a position within the Health Department to better understand why some communities are more resilient than others, and how to strengthen the resilience of those throughout Harris County. By the next year, HCPH was able to build upon the information gathered and the partnerships established by the Community Resilience Officer to target and strengthen messaging and activities to the needs of specific communities during the response and recovery from Hurricane Harvey. In New York, five years after Superstorm Sandy the NYC Health Department has transformed how they plan for emergencies by involving and integrating community-led coalitions into every aspect of their field operations planning. By leveraging existing social networks and civic infrastructure in neighborhoods, the City is making strides in its neighborhood resiliency goals outlined in One NYC. These case studies will outline the application of community engagement in preparedness, response and recovery and the lessons learned.
Alison Hare, Community Resilience Officer, Harris County Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
Jacqlene Moran, Community Engagement Specialist, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Growing in the Garden State: Lessons Learned from Public-Private Partnerships in New Jersey
State law in New Jersey codified an advisory body in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 to establish ongoing communication between the government and private industry regarding domestic preparedness. New strategies with a sharpened focus upon resiliency, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity inspired a reevaluation of interaction between the State’s homeland security apparatus and the private sector and lead to the development of New Jersey’s Infrastructure Advisory Committee. This session will explore the benefits and challenges of communication between the State and the private sector, discuss new initiatives underway in New Jersey, and share lessons learned while demonstrating the private sector’s role in bolstering New Jersey’s homeland security posture.
Alison Tarnopol, Chief of Preparedness Bureau, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
Charles Ambio, Senior Planner, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
Noon – 1:15PM • Buffet Luncheon
1:15PM – 1:45PM • Plenary Address
2:00PM – 3:00PM • Plenary – State of Recovery: A Reporting of Recent U.S. Natural Disasters
This session will outline the state of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and North Carolina from Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Florence, respectively, and the various types of collaboration that have emerged in the aftermath of each. Hear the role Louisiana plays as a resource for other states anticipating and recovering from a disaster, and the philanthropic partnerships that have emerged in Puerto Rico following Maria.
Charlotte Porter, Deputy Director, Individual & Community Preparedness, FEMA
Michael Steele, Communications Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Jessi Nalepa, Director of External Affairs, FEMA
3:00PM – 3:30PM • Break
3:30PM – 4:30PM • Innovation Preview & Cocktails
Matthew Marchetti, Founder, Crowdsource Rescue
Craig Fugate, Chief Emergency Management Officer, One Concern
5:30PM – 7:30PM • Offsite Networking Social
Thursday, December 6: Looking Forward
8:00AM – 8:30AM • Continental Breakfast
8:30AM – 9:30AM • Concurrent Sessions
- Designing for Resilience: Developing Resilient Zoning and Design Standards
As the resilience dialogue continues to evolve, cities are contemplating how to transition from planning to implementation. A key aspect of the implementation strategy for many cities is developing regulatory and zoning strategies that will encourage or require resilient design practices. This session will look at how cities are putting their climate resilience plans into action by developing resilient zoning and design guidelines geared at implementing resilient solutions at the district and building scale. Learn how cities are thinking through these zoning and regulatory changes and the impact of these new standards on the design and permitting process.
Katie Wholey, Resilience Consultant, ARUP
Jeannette Dubinin, Director of Coastal Program, Center for Planning Excellence
Barbara Kessner Landau, Counsel at Noble, Wickersham & Heart
- Leveraging Disruption: A Systems Engineering and Cybernetics Approach to Innovation in Coast Guard Hurricane Response
Organizational Cybernetics assumes chaos and disruptions in Systems, therefore it is a powerful approach to understanding how organizations and communities react to a crises, as well as identifying vulnerabilities in policies, communications, and technology. The health of the community can be assessed using key concepts from Organizational Cybernetics. Identifying these “pathologies” will enable organizations to establish strategic planning documents and foster better community resilience. While the Coast Guard as a Service did not monitor social media, it recognized a need and internally adapt despite a lack of an organizational policy. Students and faculty at the US Coast Guard Academy monitored social media and provided heat maps to CG operations centers. Inclusive leadership to leverage diversity of perspectives, while adopting principles of Organizational Cybernetics allowed the Coast Guard Academy to strengthen the Coast Guard during a time when the 911 systems were overwhelmed and victims were turning to social media.
Kimberly Young-McLear, Lieutenant Commander, Electrical and Cyber Systems Section, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
- On the Vanguard of Resilience: Opportunities and Challenges for Small and Mid-Sized Cities
As large urban areas lead the resilience movement, many smaller communities are being left behind. With roughly 19,000 U.S. cities with a population of less than 100,000, there are great opportunities to address climate, economic, and social resilience in smaller communities. Failing to do so threatens to exacerbate the urban/rural divide and leaves millions of Americans vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards. Join this panel to hear leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors discuss small city resilience opportunities and challenges and useful tools to identify risks, develop resilience strategies, and implement plans.
Patrick Howell, Community Resilience Program Manager, Institute for Building Technology and Safety, Lead Community Resilience Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT)
Dakota Fisher, Resilience Program Analyst, State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development – Disaster Recovery Unit
Liz Williams Russell, Coastal Community Resilience Director, Foundation for Louisiana
Joyce Coffee, President, Climate Resilience Consulting (moderator)
- MIT Solve: Coastal Communities Solutions Spotlight
MIT Solve advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems. Solve issues four Challenges each year across its pillars – Economic Prosperity, Health, Learning, and Sustainability – to find the most promising Solver teams who will drive transformational change. After being selected, Solve deploys its global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders to form partnerships with these Solver teams to target their needs for scaling their impact. Hear from three of the selected solutions.
Evelyn Tickle, GROW Oyster Reefs
Julia Kumari Drapkin, iSeeChange
Jim Gray & Karen Lindquist, Green Streams
Ella Delio, Greater New Orleans Foundation (moderator)
9:45AM – 10:30AM • Plenary Session – Smart Cities, Smart People: A Look at Cary, NC’s Dynamic Smart City Initiative
Studies show that nearly 2/3 of smart city projects either never leave the “pilot project” phase or fail outright. “Smart” technologies are often viewed as the silver bullet, but, the reality is that technology can be overwhelming and create additional unanticipated complications if not deployed correctly. A smart and resilient community requires the marriage of people, processes and technology to address resilience goals. The successful deployment of technology starts with first designing the processes and governance necessary to enable the kind of collaboration across the entire community. This panel will walk through how a community has taken a different approach based on the realization that technology is only an enabler to support new approaches to governance that can collaboratively design and implement solutions.
Sean Stegall, Town Manager, Town of Cary, North Carolina
Dan Ault, Assistant Town Manager and Chief Innovation Officer, Town of Cary, North Carolina
Bob Greenberg, CEO, G&H International (moderator)
10:45AM – 11:45PM • Discussion Lab – The Digital Resilience Wish List