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Hurricane Preparedness During a Pandemic

A virtual conference presented by The Georgia Institute of Technology and the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)

Hurricane Preparedness During a Pandemic

This conference will provide timely information and updates for hurricane preparedness in unprecedented circumstances. From preparation and planning to volunteer organizations, community outreach, response, and recovery, the online conference will provide a unique mix of expertise from across local, state, and federal agencies combined with leading university researchers.

Who Should Attend

The conference is designed for a broad audience including public officials, planners, emergency managers, public health, transportation, and private industry representatives who live and work in vulnerable communities across the United States. Specific roles that will benefit from attending the conference include law enforcement, disaster preparedness, emergency management officials, planners, public health officials, news media, public information officers, volunteer organizations, community organizers, public works officials, port authority officials, city and county managers, and business community members.
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Our Partners and Sponsors

  • Chatham Emergency Management Agency
  • Georgia Tech-Savannah
  • Georgia Tech Professional Education
  • Georgia Tech Institute for People and Technology (IPaT)
  • Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center
  • Georgia Tech Global Change Program
  • Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Conference Presenters

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Russ Clark, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Russ Clark is a senior research scientist in Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science, who engages hundreds of students each semester in mobile development, networking and the Internet of Things.

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Randall Mathews
Assistant Director, Chatham County Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)

Randall Mathews joined CEMA as a volunteer in May of 2014. He has assisted in various operations ranging from Disaster Recovery to Exercise Evaluation.

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Kim Cobb, Ph.D.
Georgia Power Chair and ADVANCE Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Kim Cobb’s research uses corals and cave stalagmites to probe the mechanisms of past, present, and future climate change.

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Emanuele Di Lorenzo, Ph.D.
Professor, Ocean and Climate Dynamics, and Director, Program in Ocean Sciences and Engineering (OSE), Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Emanuele Di Lorenzo is a Professor and Founding Director of the Ocean Science and Engineering program at Georgia Tech.

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Iris Tien, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials and Construction and Infrastructure Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Iris Tien joined the faculty in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014 after receiving her Ph.D. in Civil Systems Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2014.

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Michael Whiteaker
Emergency Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health

Michael Whiteaker joined CEMA in January 2018 as an Emergency Management Specialist, and he served in the Preparedness Division. He is now Emergency Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health.

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Dennis Jones
Director, Chatham County Emergency Management Agency, (CEMA)

Dennis T. Jones is an accomplished emergency manager with extensive experience spanning 28 years of Incident Command and Emergency Response.

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Julie Shiyou-Woodard
President and Chief Executive Officer, Smart Home America

As the President and Chief Executive Officer for Smart Home America, Julie Shiyou-Woodard oversees operations, provides organizational direction, and develops partnerships for a national, not-for- profit whose mission is to build resilient and sustainable communities.

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Col. Terrance McCaffery, USAF (Ret)
Director, Emergency Management, Volunteer Florida

Col Terrance J. McCaffrey, USAF (Ret), is currently serving as the Director of Emergency Management at Volunteer Florida in Tallahassee FL.

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Lynn Dobry
Project Supervisor, BRACE’s Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)

Lynn Dobry serves as the Project Supervisor for BRACE’s Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Program.

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William Smith
Director, Emergency Management and Communications, Georgia Institute of Technology

William Smith the Director of Emergency Management and Communications at Georgia Tech, is responsible for both Emergency Management and 911 Communications functions for the Institute.

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Lynne McChristian
Director, Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research and Senior Instructor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Lynne McChristian is the Director of the Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research and a senior instructor in insurance and enterprise risk management at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Hallie Frazee
Emergency Public Information Planner, Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Hallie Frazee is the Emergency Public Information Planner for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.

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Beatrice Soler
Individual Assistance Program Manager, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

Beatrice Soler is the Individual Assistance Program Manager under the newly formed Community Recovery Division. Beatrice recently completed her Doctor of Law and Policy from Northeastern University with her study entitled Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience through Social Capital.

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David Nadler
Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service

David has more than 21 years of experience with the National Weather Service, at four different NWS-Weather Forecast Offices.

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Leslie Chapman-Henderson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)

Leslie Chapman-Henderson is the president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.

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Jorge-Mario Lozano
Doctoral Student, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jorge-Mario Lozano is a PhD student working on post-disaster data tools and metrics to improve the disaster management on infrastructure systems.

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Suelen “Cece" Hernandez
Unmet Recovery Needs Branch Manager,Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (T.E.M.A.)

Suelen Hernandez (or “CeCe” as many know her) is the Unmet Recovery Needs Branch Manager for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (T.E.M.A.).

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Jennifer Kline
Coastal Hazards Specialist, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division

Jennifer Kline is a Coastal Hazards Specialist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division where she has worked for the last 15 years.

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Kevin Smith
Director, DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

James “Kevin” Smith became Director of the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives in July 2018 (DHS Center).

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Mary McGuire
Communications & Digital Media Coordinator, City of Boca Raton

Mary McGuire is the Communications and Digital Media Coordinator for the City of Boca Raton, FL and serves on Government Social Media’s Leadership Council as the SE Regional representative and Education Chair.

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Danah Craft
Executive Director, Georgia Food Bank Association

Danah Craft is the Executive Director of the Georgia Food Bank Association, which is comprised of 7 regional Feeding America food banks which collectively distribute more than 150 million pounds of food annually through more than 2,000 partner nonprofits with food assistance programs throughout the state.

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Alison Hare
Community Resilience Officer, Harris County Public Health

Alison Hare is the Community Resilience Officer with the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at Harris County Public Health (HCPH).

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Sarah Jackson
Community Partnerships Manager, Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Sarah Jackson is the Community Partnerships Manager at Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) and serves as the state liaison to nonprofits across the state who are active in disaster preparedness and recovery.

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Chelsea Sawyer
Emergency Management Coordinator in Community Outreach, Chatham County Emergency Management

Chelsea joined CEMA in September 2016. Her primary responsibilities as the Emergency Management Coordinator in Community Outreach include organizing and presenting public awareness campaigns as well as recruiting, training and supervising the Agency's volunteer workforce.

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Akhil Chavan
Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology

Akhil Chavan is a Research Scientist working at the intersection of climate science and advanced computing, specifically on projects related to smart sea level sensors and coastal inundation mapping. He received his M.Sc. and B.S. from the Georgia Tech School of Mechanical Engineering.

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Eric Maloney
Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

Prof. Eric Maloney earned a Ph.D in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington in 2000. He then studied under a NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research before joining the faculty of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University in 2002 as an Assistant Professor.

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Brooke Powell
Emergency Services Chief Administrative Officer, Bay County Board of County Commissioners

Ms. Powell has over 20 years’ experience in training and safety. Ms. Powell began her career as a Public and Government Relations Representative at BaySolutions in Panama City, FL while attending Florida State University, where she obtained her BS in Communication.

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Jennifer Gardner
Senior Program Officer Disaster Response & Risk Reduction, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Jennifer Gardner is the Senior Program Officer for the Disaster Response & Risk Reduction program at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

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Beth Gammie
Director of Field Services, RedRover

Beth Gammie is the Director of Field Services for RedRover, a national animal welfare organization headquartered in Sacramento, California.

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Diana Thomas
Meteorologist/Planner, North Carolina Emergency Management

Diana Thomas is a graduate of North Carolina State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology.

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Kim Kadesch
Office of National Capital Region Coordination, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Mr. Kim R. Kadesch was appointed as the Director of the Office of National Capital Region Coordination on 12 August 2013.

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Ángel Cabrera
President, Georgia Tech

On Sept. 1, 2019, Ángel Cabrera became the 12th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Cabrera came to Georgia Tech after serving for seven years as president of George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia.

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