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October 17, 2016

Disaster Management Workshop Focuses on Emergency Communications

Carnegie Mellon’s Disaster Management Initiative (DMI) recently hosted its second annual disaster management workshop in Silicon Valley. The two-day event, held in late May moved from talk to action with keynotes, panels and hands-on demonstrations as well as testing interoperability with some 20 emergency communications vehicles to discuss what works and doesn’t work in disasters. The event was coordinated with the 2011 California Mobile Command Center Rally sponsored by the California Fire Chiefs Association and the California Emergency Management Agency.

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley staff, local experts and officials at the workshop included (from left) Charles Duff, deputy director of NASA Ames Research Center; Steven Rosenberg, associate director, DMI; Martin Griss, director of CMU’s Silicon Valley program and DMI director; Jeannie Stamberger, DMI associate director; Steve Rice, vice mayor of Los Gatos, Calif.; Sandra Soto, chief of staff for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren; Steve Jordan, president/CEO of the National Disaster Resiliency Center; Jac Siegel, mayor of Mountain View, Calif.; Major General Scott Johnson, commander of the 40th Infantry Division California Army National Guard; Paul Fong, assemblymember for the 22nd District of California; Laura Macias, councilmember for Mountain View, Calif.; Dan Holley of the National Disaster Resiliency Center; and Steve Ray, DMI associate director.