The The Heat and Fire Expo Miami logo

Mar 1 & 2 / 2023

Miami, FL

Keynote Theater 2: Sponsored by Lodging Solutions

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.

    • Monday

      Josh Bashioum: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 2

      10.15 - 10.45

      Josh Bashioum
      Early Warning Labs

      How Earthquake Early Warning works and how it saves lives

      A brief history of Earthquake Early Warning in the US, How it works and who is using it to save lives.

      François-Xavier Charbonnel: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 2

      11.00 - 11.30

      François-Xavier Charbonnel

      How to leverage Unmanned Aerial Vehicle capabilities during a disaster?

      UAV technology capabilities have been revolutionized in the last years. See how eyes in the sky can help understand an always changing situation on the ground during disasters and emergency situations

      Rod Scott, CFM: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 2

      11.45 - 12.15

      Rod Scott, CFM
      Flood Mitigation Industry Association

      The Flood Mitigation Industry is Growing to Meet Demands Worldwide

      The changing climate-created flooding is driving demand for flood hazard mitigation projects. Elevation and dry floodproofing are proven methods of reducing flood risk and flood insurance rates. Floodproofing products of all kinds are being created, tested, and certified. This session will provide a view into our rapidly growing industry and the big grants, loan programs to finance the projects along with the important reasons of protecting our assets.

      Katie Swindler: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 2

      12.30 - 13.00

      Katie Swindler

      Designing for Crisis

      Stress changes the human brain, enhancing some abilities and degrading others. In some of the most dangerous industries, creators of life-saving products have discovered how to leverage brain science and smart design to harness good instincts while reducing panic and aggression. They use human-centered design to help their users land airplanes, avoid car crashes, resuscitate heart attack victims, and escape burning buildings. Apply their techniques to your work in any field to create clear, intuitive experiences that effectively guide the behavior of your users, no matter their state of mind.

      Ivan Zuniga: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 2

      13.15 - 13.45

      Ivan Zuniga
      Advance Catastrophe Technologies, Inc.

      Minimizing Business Interruptions

      Disasters affect those involved with a property in different ways and, therefore, create different needs for: Owners and Operators. Whether it is knowing how to control the loss through disaster planning, executing a plan under pressure or controlling the financials associated with a loss, we will discuss how to minimize business interruptions and ways to quickly return the asset back to generating revenue.

      Gerry Falconer: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 2

      14.00 - 14.30

      Gerry Falconer
      Miami Beach Fire Department/Ocean Rescue Division

      United States Lifesaving Association (USLA)

      The United States Lifesaving Association is America's nonprofit professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers. The USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and other means.

      Doug Quinn: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 2

      14.45 - 15.15

      Doug Quinn
      American Policyholder Association

      Protecting Yourself & Your Customers From Insurer Fraud

      Insurance is an important risk management tool for the average American. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work the way it’s meant to & insurance fraud can occur on all sides of the claims process. Most criminal fraud prosecution is done in defense of insurers and NOT the policyholders & taxpayers who actually fund the prosecution. This is an introduction to the first organization in American history to focus specifically on defending consumers from being defrauded in the claims process: The American Policyholder Association. This presentation will familiarize you with the adverse relationship between consumers and insurers during the claims process. Discussion will include how the imbalance of power & expertise creates an environment that is ripe for fraud & how you can spot signs that you or your customers are being victimized by unscrupulous fraudsters. The American Policyholder Association’s mission is to facilitate the removal of such bad actors in order to ensure that American consumers faced with a loss can count on efficient insurance markets and an honest claims process.

      Nathan Normoyle: Speaking in the Keynote Theater 2

      15.30 - 16.00

      Nathan Normoyle
      Access Restoration Services, Global Emergency Management – U.S.

      Driving into Flames: 17-Years on the Wrong Side of Highways

      In Disaster and Emergency situations, we’ve all seen the evacuation highway jammed up; now envision being the vehicle headed into the flames. Join us to discuss the Challenges, Failures, and Lessons from 17-Years of Responding to Wildfires, Storm and Flooding Events, to exploring Mass-Evacuations in The U.S., Canada, and The Caribbean and the Planning & Preparedness, Partnerships, Response, and Critical Logistics that enabled us to ultimately win for our clients.