Friday, June 12, 2015

Sharing Info from MEMA's 2015 Hurricane Preparedness Conference

Welcoming Remarks by Kurt N. Schwartz,
 Director, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

MEMA's 2015 Hurricane Preparedness Conference

Late last month - Thursday, May 28th - I had the privilege to attend the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's 2015 Hurricane Preparedness Conference in Norwood, MA.

I'm still digesting all the information and files I received from this conference, but I wanted to share the agenda plus presentation links with you today.

This information is not just for the professionals. Each of us in the North East should have a thorough understanding of hurricane preparation practices.

Important: If you are interested in future MEMA training courses, seminars, and conferences - visit the MEMA site and log into their Training Registration System. You will receive email alerts for training opportunities plus view calendars of upcoming courses offered across Massachusetts.

2015 Hurricane Preparedness Conference Agenda

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks by MEMA Director Kurt N. Schwartz

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Bob Thompson, Meteorologist-in-Charge, National Weather Service, Taunton, MA

9:45 AM - 10:35 AM
Dr. Earl J. “Jay” Baker, Associate Professor, Florida State University

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM
Debris Overview  pdf format of Debris Overview
 file size1MB
Scott MacLeod, Mitigation & Disaster Recovery Section Chief, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

11:05 AM - 11:50 AM
Matt Noyes, Chief Meteorologist, New England Cable News

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Amy Grzybowski, Town Manager, Town of Westerly, Rhode Island

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Lisa Crowner, Statewide Health Educator/Trainer, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Mike McCallan, Director of Emergency Planning, National Grid
Tom Cacciola, Vice President of Facilities Support, The Cumberland Gulf Group

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
HURREVAC Overview  pdf format of HURREVAC Overview
 file size1MB
Paul Morey, Hurricane Program Manager, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region I

3:20 PM - 3:45 PM
Know Your Zone  pdf format of Know Your Zone
 file size1MB
Kurt N. Schwartz, Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security; Director, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

For additional hurricane preparation info plus general emergency planning resources, visit the MEMA site at

Image credit: Patrick O'Connor

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