The The Heat and Fire Expo Miami logo

Mar 1 & 2 / 2023

Miami, FL

Theater 5

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

      Hans Vogel: Speaking in the Theater 5

      10.15 - 10.45

      Hans Vogel
      Triverus Cleaning & Environmental Solutions LLC

      Collection and Hygienic Disposal of Spilled Pollutants from Solid Surfaces

      Hans Vogel will discuss the application of a contained high-pressure spray wash technology to spilled or scattered pollutants on hard surfaces. Developed to remove oil, gas, and solids debris from aircraft carrier decks and prevent environmental waste discharge, the technology is useful in the immediate aftermath of a storm, or later after pollutants have formed physical bonds to the paved surface below. Comparisons to other sweeping methods will be included.

      Brian Toolan: Speaking in the Theater 5

      11.00 - 11.30

      Brian Toolan

      Building Community Resilience

      When disaster strikes, governments need to be prepared to communicate with everyone being impacted. But it starts well before the disaster takes place. As part of the planning cycle, governments must prepare for, respond to, and recover from both natural and manmade disasters. Learn how the Everbridge public warning platform helps governments communicate in the most effective and efficient manners to both the people in their communities and the employees managing the incident.

      Dexter Monroe: Speaking in the Theater 5

      11.45 - 12.15

      Dexter Monroe
      Generator Power Systems, Inc.

      Life Uninterrupted: Effective Disaster Preparedness Planning

      The moment a natural disaster strikes is not the time to dust off an emergency plan. Effective disaster preparedness planning includes considerations for customers, suppliers, and internal support functions. Personnel must understand their designated roles to successfully execute the plan. This seminar explores the “secret sauce” of disaster preparedness and highlights key elements that must remain uninterrupted for the organization to maintain essential business activities when faced with an emergency.

      Benjamin P. Youman: Speaking in the Theater 5

      12.30 - 13.00

      Benjamin P. Youman
      Exelon- BlackStarTech

      BlackStarTech Strategic Implementation Director

      The ability to deploy strategic backup power and communications for a variety of natural disasters and emergency scenarios continues to be at risk for critical infrastructure, essential facilities, municipalities, and government agencies. Resilient and hardened solutions are paramount to address severe weather, seismic, terrorist attacks or geomagnetic/solar events (Black Sky). The presentation will detail an innovative approach taken to deploy a modular, rapidly deployable battery power coping system for power, lighting and standalone broadband communications.

      Michael MacGowan: Speaking in the Theater 5

      13.15 - 13.45

      Michael MacGowan
      ILC Dover

      “FLOOD PROTECTION MEASURES” - When, Where, and How

      Dry floodproofing has evolved from sandbags, and plywood. The systems available to protect critical infrastructure have become more robust, easier to maintain, and faster to deploy. This seminar will examine the critical requirements, such as flood elevation and impact loads, which typically defines the flood mitigation solution required for a site. Other considerations such as life cycle costs, ease of deployment, and acquisition costs will also be discussed.

      Bruce W. Ford: Speaking in the Theater 5

      14.00 - 14.30

      Bruce W. Ford
      Clear Science, Inc.

      Tilt the Atmospheric Risk Profile in your Favor

      Tilting the risk landscape in your favor: Assessing the emerging atmosphere can help manage risk, investments, scheduling, etc., months in advance. Use probabilistic analysis to understand where and when significant atmospheric events are most/least likely to happen.

      Matthew R. Pearson- co presenting with Jim Irmitter: Speaking in the Theater 5

      14.45 - 15.15

      Matthew R. Pearson- co presenting with Jim Irmitter
      Pearson Legal, P.C.

      Navigating Cosmetic Exclusions

      Cosmetic damage endorsements and limitations have made their way into property damage policies over the past few years. Initially, they were added to policies as endorsements listed on declaration pages. Lately, they have become more difficult to spot as they have been added into the terms and conditions of policies in a number of different areas. The language of the cosmetic damage limitations also vary from carrier to carrier. This class will discuss the evolution of the cosmetic damage limitation, look at the most common definitions of cosmetic damage, and discuss what policyholders and the representative must do to show that the damage to their property is functional and not cosmetic.

      Mark Hodgson: Speaking in the Theater 5

      15.30 - 16.00

      Mark Hodgson
      Kersia, Inc.

      Safe Drinking Water In a Natural Disaster

      In almost any natural disaster the availability of safe drinking water is curtailed, water is either unavailable or unsafe. This talk will look at some of the ways that drinking water can be provided to survivors without the need to ship large volumes of bottled water over long distances.