Disaster Management Initiative's 2nd Annual Workshop-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Disaster Management Initiative's 2nd Annual Workshop-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Disaster Management Initiative's 2nd Annual Workshop

Joint CMU-SV DMI/California MCC Rally: EmComm - Mobile Communications for Public Safety: Policy, Technology & Practice

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In practice with the DMI spirit of moving from talk to action, we were delighted to coordinate our workshop with the 2011 California Mobile Command Center (MCC) Rally sponsored by the California Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA).

This unique action-packed 2-day event, disaster communications was explored through testing interoperability with some 30 mobile emergency communications vehicles, hands-on experiments and demonstrations, and panels discussing what works and doesn’t in disasters.

Program Highlights

Learning - keynotes, panels, discussions

“Better Together – Public/Private Partnerships” - Michael Cummings, FEMA Region 9 Private Sector Liaison
“Burning Man: Temporary IT and Communications” – Joseph Pred, Communications Coordinator for Burning Man
“National Guard's Role in Emergencies” – Major General Scott Johnson, Commander - 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard

Participation – classes, exercises, demos

“PlugFest” Disaster Communication Exercise - Cal EMA and Santa Clara County OES
Red Cross Communication - Planning and Practice – American Red Cross
Amateur Radio: Digital and Packet Radio Talk and Workshop – DMI

Attendees came from across sectors ranging from FEMA to Burning Man, non-profits to volunteers and academia to private corporations.

Partners: CalEMA, California Fire Chiefs Association

Invited participants: Hastily Formed Networks Center at the Naval Post-graduate School, Monterey, CA.

Sponsors: Alcatel Lucent, American Red Cross (Silicon Valley Chapter), California Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA), the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA), IntraPoint, Motorola Solutions, the National Disaster Resiliency Center (NDRC), NASA Ames, and the Wireless Communications Alliance (WCA).

About the Event


major sponsors

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley




gold sponsors



silver sponsors



bronze sponsors

Heinz College logo

iLab logo

IBM logo

contributors and supporters

American Red Cross

Chair Pros

Motorola Solutions

WCA logo

NVIS Communications



Zazzle logo

SF Police Credit Union




PC3 Solutions

Quality Vans

308 systems

Go Picnic

ENG Mobile Systems