The The Heat and Fire Expo Miami logo

Mar 1 & 2 / 2023

Miami, FL

Theater 4

Seminar Theaters are some of the most prominent features of The Natural Disaster Expo. With over 200 seminars expected to be delivered at the event, attendees can discover valuable insights and industry knowledge on what’s been happening in disaster prep, management, and recovery to advance their professional capabilities.

    • Monday

      Michael Capponi: Speaking in the Theater 4

      10.15 - 10.45

      Michael Capponi
      Global Empowerment Mission

      Common Denominators Being Seen on the Ground Worldwide

      With over 20 years experience of being on the ground within days of some of our planet’s most significant disasters, Michael will share what he’s seen, what people are going through and how to support survivors by smart partnerships and innovative ways to solve complex problems in real time.

      Timothy Carty: Speaking in the Theater 4

      11.00 - 11.30

      Timothy Carty
      EMP Shield, Inc

      Natural and man-made EMP its cause and effects

      Description of natural and man-made EMP’s with a description of the effect on equipment and facilities after an EMP event. How and what to protect before an event, and recovery after such an event.

      Gabrielle Benigni: Speaking in the Theater 4

      11.45 - 12.15

      Gabrielle Benigni
      Disaster Program and Operations, Inc DBA Xact Recovery Inc.

      Improve Response & Recovery Efficiency

      Improve Response & Recovery Efficiency; Maintain FEMA compliance & Obtain Reimbursement & Streamline, Operations pre and post event using Web and Mobile apps. Disaster strikes & Utilities focus on getting services restored AT ANY COST, BUT do not maintain or track the “FEMA Required Intricate Details “of Emergency Repairs, Mutual Aid Crews & Crew Work Task locations and cost during the critical restoration. FEMA requirements have become much more stringent for emergency repairs & require Pre-Disaster Assets Status and costs details with massive amounts of “audited” back up documentation. Most Public Power Utilities use various software systems & manual methods which work great for Normal-Every day Operations such as: Materials Management, Asset Management, Work Orders, Mapping, Payroll and Financial reporting. However, for Utilities seeking FEMA Disaster Reimbursement, these systems are inefficient and don’t produce the FEMA required detailed documentation of disaster recovery costs. Disaster Data exists in separate departments, on whiteboard notes, loose paper, hand prepared maps, & note pads and critical documentation is missing, lost or damaged. We will demonstrate Two case studies using Existing Manual data gathering methods post -disaster vs New technical mobile and web- based solutions which significantly Decrease Disaster Recovery Time and Costs, Increase Response Efficiency, and prevent delays/denials of FEMA Reimbursement

      Jon E. Rasmussen: Speaking in the Theater 4

      12.30 - 13.00

      Susan Flanagan: Speaking in the Theater 4

      13.15 - 13.45

      Susan Flanagan
      Solatube International INC

      Daylighting ICC500 FEMA P361 Storm Shelters with Tubular Daylighting Devices

      This course reviews a brief history of tornadoes, their existence around the globe and details the Fujita classification scale and tornadic events that drove the scale’s revision to the Enhanced Fujita scale. Attendees are introduced to ICC-500/ FEMA P361 requirements and their impact on storm shelter construction. Lastly, there is a discussion about tubular daylighting devices’ benefits for occupant health, wellness and their compliant use daylighting ICC500/FEMA P361 storm shelters.

      Tim Trail: Speaking in the Theater 4

      14.00 - 14.30

      Tim Trail
      TW Celcom, Inc.

      Managing the Chaos

      Too many times in disaster events the order of the day is dealing with the chaos. It is important to have proper planning in place, a team to implement the plan and a management strategy to minimize the chaos. In our seminar, we will explore the options companies have to successfully manage a large scale event with a small team of highly trained professionals with the right planning and management.

      Christopher White: Speaking in the Theater 4

      14.45 - 15.15

      Christopher White
      TRUEGRID Pavers by Airlite Plastics Co.

      Permeable Pavers in Urban Settings & Commercial Parking

      This seminar will be an introduction to plastic permeable pavers (PPP). The presentation will go into what, why, and how we can utilize PPP in both commercial and residential applications. You will learn how to design with PPP, review case studies, and see multiple project examples.

      Mohammed S. Mohammed: Speaking in the Theater 4

      15.30 - 16.00

      Mohammed S. Mohammed
      Dynamic Isolation Systems

      Seismic Protection Technologies for Structures

      The presentation is about earthquake damage to buildings and bridges, and how this damage could be prevented in the future. Technologies like seismic isolation and dampers have been used to protect structures against earthquakes. Case studies of protected structures will be presented, and how they survived large earthquakes and kept totally functional after the seismic event.