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Mar 6 & 7 | 2024

Miami, FL

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The KeyNote Theaters at The Natural Disaster Expo are at the heart of the event. With the Keynote Speaker topics being tailored by industry leaders at the forefront of disaster prep and recovery, all visitors who attend a Keynote Seminar will expect to discover some of the latest trends, insights, and expertise in their profession.

Expect to see plenty of visitor recordings and selfies, online press and blogger coverage, as well as numerous photos, announcements and posts regarding the Keynote Theater lineup.

    • Wednesday

      Ryan Logan: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 1

      10.15 - 10.45

      Ryan Logan
      American Red Cross South Florida Region

      Human Services Planning for Mass Casualty Response and Recovery

      This seminar will utilize experience and lessons learned from leading and responding to numerous mass casualty and active shooter events to help attendees begin or enhance their local planning efforts. While many communities have done a great job of planning for the actual threat, this seminar will focus on the next and most difficult phase, the human services.

      Eric Diaz-Padron & Ivan Chavez, Jr.: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 1

      11.00 - 11.30

      Eric Diaz-Padron & Ivan Chavez, Jr.
      City of West Miami

      Local Government Planning and Execution: A Practical Perspective

      Mayor Eric Diaz-Padron, joined by Commissioner Ivan Chavez, Jr. provide an inside perspective into the considerations and planning within a local government in dealing with natural disasters in South Florida.

      Robert Molleda: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 1

      11.45 - 12.15

      Robert Molleda
      NOAA/National Weather Service

      Using Hurricane Forecast Information for Making Critical Decisions

      NOAA/National Weather Service hurricane forecast information is a critical part of the decision making process for emergency officials in areas threatened by tropical storms and hurricanes. This seminar will discuss the most important hurricane forecast products and their application by emergency officials for the protection of life and property.

      Dave Hearn: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 1

      12.30 - 13.00

      Dave Hearn
      Crisis Relief and Recovery

      Are the 4-C's Dead? Power Through Partnership during Hurricane Ian

      Looking through the lens of a newcomer to the industry, we will discuss to importance of local, regional, and national partners in disaster relief efforts. Crisis Relief and Recovery uses small, agile, highly trained teams and during Hurricane Ian, had a first-hand look at the 4-C’s: Communication, Coordination, Cooperation, and Collaboration. But are they all but dead in the current relief landscape?

      Jennifer Moehlmann: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 1

      13.15 - 13.45

      Jennifer Moehlmann
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

      Corps Planning & Response

      Learn how the US Army Corps of Engineers fits into the nation''s natural disaster response and recovery andhow planning is part of the formula for resiliency.

      Crystal Schaefer: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 1

      14.00 - 14.30

      Crystal Schaefer
      Florida Department of Transportation

      FDOT Emergency Response to Hurricane Ian - Debris Removal and Emergency Repairs

      FDOT misslon is that department will provide a safe transportation system. Hurricane Ian was a major Impact to that State of Florida. FDOT responded immediately deploying teams for inspections, debris removal and emergency repairs. This presentation will overview FDOT Emergency Management and the efforts our department accomplished in the 2022 hurricane season.

      Dr. Jesse Spearo: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 1

      14.45 - 15.15

      Dr. Jesse Spearo
      Miami-Dade County Department of Emergency Management

      Disaster Smart: Your Role Before, During, and After a Disaster

      Emergencies can occur at anytime. The increased threat of natural, technological, and man-made disasters demonstrates that communities need to be prepared at anytime. This session will help YOU to - Be informed, Make a plan, Build a kit and Get involved, before, during and after a disaster.

      Frederico Pedroso: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 1

      15.30 - 16.00

      Frederico Pedroso
      World Bank

      Resilience : Utopia or Reality?

      The call for investments in resilience is undoubtedly needed so we can prevent modern society to lose much of its social and economic development achieved in the recent decades. While extreme events'' frequency and intensity increase, modern engineering and fiscal investment space seem to struggle to provide needed measures to mitigate disaster risks and adapt to climate change.

Please note, content and speakers are subject to change.