Day 2

Hurricane Track Day 2

8:00 - 9:50 EST Morning Registration and Networking

12:00 - 12:30 EST A Roadmap for NOAA Procurement and Acquisitions

Jeffrey Thomas - Director of Acquisition and Grants, NOAA

With $1.8 billion on contracts and grants due over the course of FY21, NOAA holds significant budgetary responsibility for weather monitoring. This session will look at NOAA funding priorities in the geospatial, cloud computing and storage realms, as well as key programs that are upcoming.

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Jeffrey Thomas

Director of Acquisition and Grants
NOAA

The US Coast Guard is a key stakeholder in preparedness and response for hurricanes. This session will look at how they engage with other groups for interagency coordination.

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Caryn Margita

Deputy Chief, Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Response Policy
US Coast Guard

13:00 - 13:30 EST Pandemic Response Panel Session– How Disaster Managers Can Better Protect Their Workforce from COVID-19

Emilee Blunt - National Pandemic Coordinator, US Forest Service

This session will see the top coordinators for pandemic response management at the US Forest Service and look at lessons moving forward for continued safety measures and mitigation of the virus within the workplace for wildfire response personnel. 

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Emilee Blunt

National Pandemic Coordinator
US Forest Service

13:45 - 14:30 EST Lunch and Networking Break


14:30 - 15:00 EST Encouraging Interagency Relationships for Weather Managers

Jeffry Evans - Meteorologist in Charge, Galveston, TX, NOAA

Galveston, TX is one of the most hurricane prone areas in the United States. Correct meteorological prediction and modelling by government agencies before and during is essential for minimizing deaths and property damage, and NOAA's Galveston office is the chief location for such weather monitoring. This session will look at the latest ways that meteorological modelling technologies are giving emergency managers more information for preparedness and response.

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Jeffry Evans

Meteorologist in Charge, Galveston, TX
NOAA

NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Service (NESDIS) is the chief organization for the provision, use and data collection of and from weather satellites. This session will take a look into procurement and acquisitions for the latest satellite and data management technologies to empower meteorologists and emergency managers.

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Stephen Volz

Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services, National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Service (NESDIS)
NOAA

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Dr. Mitch Goldberg

Senior Scientist, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)
NOAA

15:30 - 15:30 EST Getting Up Communications During Extreme Weather in Louisiana

Bruce Fitzgerald - Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority (First Net)

Effective networked communication capabilities are key for responding to events like hurricanes. This session will take a look at how the state of Louisiana leveraged communications solutions like First Net, a public private partnership between the US Department of Commerce and AT&T to effectively respond to hurricanes in 2020.

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Bruce Fitzgerald

Senior Public Safety Advisor
First Responder Network Authority (First Net)

Wildfire Track Day 2

11:00 - 12:30 EST Morning Registration and Networking

12:00 - 12:30 EST CAL Fire – Developing Best Practices for Fire Detection and Suppression

Joe Tyler - Deputy Director, Fire Protection, CAL Fire

California has been at the frontlines of fire response over the past decade, and continues to be a leader in deploying tools, technology and practices for fire detection and suppression. This session will see CAL Fire talk about their successes and challenges over the course of the 2020 fire season, as well as a look ahead at the upcoming 2021 season. 

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Joe Tyler

Deputy Director, Fire Protection
CAL Fire

12:30 - 12:45 EST Sponsor Session - Lindsey Firesense



12:45 - 14:30 EST Geospatial Tools for Incident Management – Orange County, California

Joel Lane - Air Attack Group Supervisor, Orange County Fire Authority

The recent success of the WIFIRE and FIRIS geospatial pilot program in Orange County California serves as a model for other agencies in developing similar tools. As the program expands across California, this session will take a look at how the OCFA has engaged with partners in industry and academia. 

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Joel Lane

Air Attack Group Supervisor
Orange County Fire Authority

13:45 - 14:30 EST Lunch and Networking Break

IDGA’s breakout rooms offer the unique opportunity to join an intimate discussion led by one of our subject matter experts focusing on critical technology-focused topics across the CUAS space. These will be intimate sessions, boasting 20 person rooms for an exclusive look into new business opportunities. 

This session will focus on how the USFS handles logistics for air tankers, helicopters and associated equipment for aerial firefighting in California. It will also dive into the role of aerial firefighting in successfully managing and responding fires during the 2020 season. 

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Robert Baird

Director, Fire and Aviation, Pacific Southwest Region (California)
US Forest Service

15:00 - 15:30 EST Rundown of Tools and Technology for Fire Response in Australia

David Lewis - Superintendant, New South Wales Fire + Rescue - Australia

This session will serve as a retrospective on the 2019-20 fire season in Australia and a look into how the current fire season is affecting Australia. Balancing responses to COVID-19 alongside harnessing new tools and technology for fire prevention, prediction, detection and suppression will be a major focus, and will serve as a model for other state and federal wildfire agencies for how to approach wildfire management during pandemics. 

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David Lewis

Superintendant
New South Wales Fire + Rescue - Australia

15:30 - 16:00 EST International Cooperation for Disaster Response

Gordon Sachs - Chief, All Hazard & International Fire Support Branch, US Forest Service

This session will serve as an opportunity to learn about how organizations across the US and internationally engage in cooperation for fire response. 

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Gordon Sachs

Chief, All Hazard & International Fire Support Branch
US Forest Service