New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

The cavalry is not coming

The cavalry is not coming

Michael Mabee presented “the cavalry is not coming” at the New England Long Term Power Outage Summit in Hennikjer, New Hampshire, November 10, 2018.

FEMA’s Strategic Plan.

FEMA’s Strategic Plan has three goals:

1. Build a Culture of Preparedness
2. Ready the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters
3. Reduce the Complexity of FEMA

Building a culture of preparedness is a local issue. It starts with you. The government cannot “build a culture of preparedness” – this must be done by individuals, families and communities.

All Roads Lead To Civil Defense.

Civil defense is the organizing and training of civilians to play key roles in a community’s survival. Another term for this, coined by Civil Defense Virginia, is “continuity of community.” The concept is simple: A community’s citizens, in partnership with their emergency management and local government, planning and preparing for disasters and having the ability to take care of their own. This is something that currently is not in common practice – and this needs to change because in a national scale disaster, the cavalry is not coming.

Current FEMA Administrator Brock Long and former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate – emergency management leaders serving in vastly different administrations – have both told Congress essentially the same thing. It has been rare to see bipartisan agreement on any subject in the past decade, so we should all pay attention.

On November 30, 2017, current FEMA Administrator Brock Long told Congress:

We have to do more pre-disaster mitigation. Pre-disaster mitigation is the key to becoming more resilient and reducing disaster impact. We have to ensure that state and local governments…have their own life sustainment commodities capabilities and the federal government is not shouldering the entire burden…The key resiliency is held at the local level of government…it’s going to have to be a whole community effort on the pre-disaster side.

On March 30, 2011, then FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told Congress:

Government can and will continue to serve disaster survivors. However, we fully recognize that a government-centric- approach to disaster management will not be enough to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. That is why we must fully engage our entire societal capacity, leveraging trade associations, non-governmental organizations including those that represent different linguistic and ethnic minority groups, faith-based organizations, private industry, and social and fraternal organizations. These are the organizations that provide the bulk of services to communities every day, and to the extent that they are able, they should continue to be the primary provider of such services in a disaster. The quicker these entities are able to get back on their feet, the faster communities as a whole will be able to recover.

FEMA’s underlying message has not changed in the last two administrations: survival is a local issue. This is especially true if we suffer a national-scale disaster in the United States. If we are preparing for a “worst-case scenario” this message means we need local government and communities to be able to take care of themselves for long periods – weeks or months – when no outside assistance is available.

Take action now!

The cavalry is not coming


New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

If you missed it, here are some pictures (click for larger pic)…

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Frank Gaffney opens the summit

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Tommy Waller explains the threats to the grid

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

(From left) Frank Gaffney, Meredith Angwin and Thomas Popik talk energy security.

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

(From left) Justin Kates, Arlene Magoon, Dale Rowley and Todd Therrien discuss building a culture of preparedness.

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Dr. Amir Toosi leading the EM expert panel

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

David Fortino discusses recent FEMA prolonged power outage TTXs

 

(Videos of the New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit coming soon!)

 


Why You Should Attend The New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

In 2018, our society is moments away from adversity while generations removed from self-reliance. We are completely dependent on the electric grid for all things that make life possible. Today, there are numerous threats to the electric grid both from humans and nature. What would happen if there was a long-term power outage in the United States and how can we prepare for it?

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

You are invited to attend the

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit
 Saturday 11/10/2018
 New England College in Henniker, NH

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This conference will be of interest to Emergency Managers, first responders, CERT team members, college students in Emergency Management or Homeland Security programs. Town, county and state leaders, legislators and policy makers would benefit also greatly benefit from this conference.

Registration:

Registration is available through Eventbrite and includes lunch.  Click HERE to register.

  • Registration is $30 
  • A discount for Police / Fire / EMS / FEMA / DHS / CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members ($15 per ticket) is available until 11/9/2018
  • A student discount ($10 per ticket) is available until 11/9/2018
  • Students at New England College can register for free with valid student ID

Any proceeds after conference expenses will support non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations active in protecting the power grid.

Topics:

The morning session will provide unclassified briefings from nationally recognized experts on threats to the critical infrastructures.  The afternoon session will focus on community preparedness including an expert panel facilitated by Dr. Amir Toosi, Dean of Business Administration at Rivier University.

Among the confirmed speakers are Frank Gaffney (Center for Security Policy), Thomas Popik (Foundation For Resilient Societies), Tommy Waller (Secure The Grid Coalition), Dr. William R. Forstchen (author of  “One Second After“), Meredith Angwin (author of “Campaigning for Clean Air: Strategies for Pro-Nuclear Advocacy”), April M. Salas (Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth), Michael Mabee (author of “The Civil Defense Book”), Emergency Managers Justin Kates (Nashua, NH) and Dale Rowley (Waldo County, ME), Arlene Magoon (FEMA),  David Fortino (FEMA), Professor Todd Therrien (Rivier University) and others.

Attendees will leave with action items to build a culture of preparedness in their communities.

Speakers:

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit
November 10, 2018
New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire

Frank J. Gaffney

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., a not-for-profit, non-partisan educational corporation established in 1988. Under Mr. Gaffney’s leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters.

In April 1987, Mr. Gaffney was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving U.S.-USSR relations, nuclear forces, arms control, missile defense policy and U.S.-European defense ties. He acted in that capacity for seven months during which time, he was the Chairman of the prestigious High Level Group, NATO’s senior politico-military committee. He also represented the Secretary of Defense in key U.S.-Soviet negotiations and ministerial meetings.

From August 1983 until November 1987, Mr. Gaffney was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle.

From February 1981 to August 1983, Mr. Gaffney was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by the late Senator John Tower (R-Texas). And, in the latter 1970’s, Mr. Gaffney served as an aide to the late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson (D-Washington) in the areas of defense and foreign policy.

Mr. Gaffney holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Tommy Waller

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Tommy Waller is Director for Special Projects at the Center for Security Policy.

As Director for Special Projects, Tommy performs a wide range of duties for the Center for Security Policy. These duties include educating policymakers at the state and federal level in all branches of government and working daily with renowned national security experts to help provide those policymakers an unconstrained analysis of the current threat environment along with workable policy solutions to address these threats.

One of the most urgent areas of concern for the Center is the vulnerability of the U.S. Electric Grid. Because the effects of a pro-longed power outage could be catastrophic to our nation, The Center sponsors the Secure the Grid Coalition – a group of the country’s top-level experts on threats to the grid and how these threats must be mitigated. The Secure the Grid Coalition is co-chaired by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and President Clinton’s Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey. Frank Gaffney, the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, has directed Tommy Waller to manage the day to day operations of the Secure the Grid Coalition.

Thomas Popik

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Thomas S. Popik is the Chairman, President, and co-founder of the Foundation for Resilient Societies, a New Hampshire think tank that advocates for protection of critical infrastructures from infrequently occurring natural and man-made disasters.

Mr. Popik holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. In his early career, Mr. Popik served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, with a final rank of Captain. Mr. Popik is a co-founder of the Academy for Science and Design, New Hampshire’s charter high school for science and math education.

Dr. William R. Forstchen

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

William R. Forstchen has a Ph.D. from Purdue University with specializations in Military History and the History of Technology. He is a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College. He is the author of fifty books including the New York Times bestselling series One Second After, the Lost Regiment series, and the award-winning young adult novel, We Look Like Men of War. He has also authored numerous short stories and articles about military history and military technology.

Dr. Forstchen’s interests include the Civil War, archaeological research on sites in Mongolia, and the potential of space exploration. As a pilot he owns and flies an original World War II “recon bird.” Dr. Forstchen resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his dog Maggie.

Meredith Angwin

New England Long-term Power Outage Summit

Author and Nuclear Advocate Meredith Angwin is devoted to supporting clean, safe, affordable nuclear energy. She also works to protect the interests of electricity consumers (that is, all of us), by serving as one of two Vermont representatives to the steering committee of the Consumer Liaison Group of ISO-NE, the New England grid operator.

Meredith holds an M.S. in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago. In her long research career, she was inventor on several patents in pollution control for fossil fuels, and did extensive work in corrosion control for nuclear plants. Meredith was one of the first women to be a project manager at EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute), beginning with the renewables group, and moving eventually to the nuclear group. Later, she founded a small consulting company that consulted on pollution control and water chemistry for fossil, nuclear and renewable power plants, and natural gas pipelines. The company’s clients included local and international utilities.

April Salas

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

April M. Salas is the Executive Director, Revers Center for Energy, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Mrs. Salas has over 15 years of public and private sector experience in global and domestic energy project- and international-development. Starting her career in energy finance, she worked as a consultant in mid-/downstream oil and gas projects in Africa, as well as, an energy markets analyst covering Europe and Latin America.  Mrs. Salas has held various senior positions within the US Department of Energy in power delivery, energy reliability and systems analysis, and just prior to joining Tuck, Mrs. Salas directed the White House’s Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force Secretariat, in conjunction with the Secretary of Energy, and the White House’s Domestic Policy Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy. Domestically, Mrs. Salas served as Director of the State Energy Assurance Program, as well as, Chief of Planning and Analysis for all federal energy emergency response with FEMA. Globally, Mrs. Salas established and led a global energy security advisory program, energy security and systems analysis for DOE’s country-to-country engagements, as well as, US government support to international energy emergency response. Mrs. Salas represented US government energy security interests at NATO, led engagements in Colombia, Haiti, Iraq, and within the EU.

Mrs. Salas earned her MBA from Cornell University; two Masters degrees, in International Security and Economics, with a focus on energy poverty and development, and her BA from the College of William and Mary. Mrs. Salas speaks French, Spanish and Arabic, and has worked in and/or visited over 64 countries.

Michael Mabee

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Michael Mabee has worked as an urban emergency medical technician and paramedic, a suburban police officer, and in the federal civil service. Michael received his B.A. in English from Southern Connecticut State University in 1994 and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Michael has a great deal of experience – both overseas and in the U.S. – working in worlds where things went wrong.  He is a veteran of both Persian Gulf wars, serving with the U.S. Army as a Platoon Sergeant in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Provide Comfort. In his most recent deployment, Michael served as a brigade level Command Sergeant Major in Iraq. He also participated in two humanitarian missions to Guatemala. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2006 at the rank of Command Sergeant Major (CSM). Michael was decorated by both the U.S. Army and the federal government for his actions on 9/11/2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City. (In sum, quite like Forrest Gump, he is generally at the right place at the wrong time.)

Michael has studied and written extensively on the vulnerabilities of the U.S. electric grid to a variety of threats. He has participated in federal rulemaking related to grid security and has written two books about how communities can prepare for and survive a long-term power outage.  He continues to write and speak about emergency preparedness for a long-term blackout.

David Fortino

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

David Fortino has more than 15 years of experience in emergency management, specializing in emergency response operations, preparedness, recovery, crisis management and business continuity.

Currently, Mr. Fortino is the Regional Continuity Manager for FEMA Region II. In this position, Mr. Fortino provides expert continuity and crisis management guidance and advice to all Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local governments on appropriate training programs to include coordination, oversight, management, and leadership for plans and programs, and test, training, and exercises (TT&E), including lead trainer for continuity related train-the-trainer courses, multi-year strategies, and overall program implementation.

Previously, Mr. Fortino spent 9 years at the Madison Ambulance Association and North Branford Fire Department.  At Madison Ambulance Association, Mr. Fortino was the Chief of Service. Furthermore, he is a certified as an EMT, Firefighter II, Fire Instructor, and Hazmat Operations. Mr. Fortino has his B.A. from the University of Connecticut in Urban and Regional Studies.

Dr. Amir Toosi

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Dr. Amir Toosi is currently the Dean of Business Division that oversees the business, homeland and international security, cybersecurity management program at Rivier University. Dr. Toosi’s work experience has included the corporate and higher education fields, where he has served leadership roles and taught in the traditional classroom, hybrid model, and fully online format.

In the corporate industry, Dr. Toosi has served as an international and domestic telecommunication consultant in logistics, assembly, and project management; independent consultant in strategic management, operation management, statistical research, and entrepreneurship; and property management at a real estate investment firm. He has been in more than thirty-five states within the United States and has traveled to more than twenty countries in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Dr. Toosi is a member of Academy of Management, The Association of Continuing Higher Education, and served as the Chair and Past Chair for the Scholarly-Practitioner Publication Committee for Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. He currently serves as the Chairperson on the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Nashua, Symphony NH. Furthermore, he is currently serving as an Ambassador for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. Finally, in addition to chairing the Rivier University’s Business Advisory Council and Security Studies Advisory Council, Dr. Toosi serves on the Nursing Advisory Council and Public Health Advisory Council.

Justin Kates

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Justin Kates joined the City of Nashua Mayor’s Cabinet in August 2011 after coming from his role as a Homeland Security Consultant for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.  In his role, Justin coordinates city-wide emergency response efforts by working with Federal, State, and other areas of municipal government in obtaining the necessary resources to recover after a disaster.  He developed the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan for the City and chairs the Local Emergency Planning Committee.  During his time in Nashua, Justin was responsible for coordinating the response and recovery of FEMA declared disasters Tropical Storm Irene, the “Snowtober” Nor’easter, Superstorm Sandy, Winter Storm Nemo, and Winter Storm Juno.

He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) affiliated with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and was awarded “NH Emergency Management Director of the year” in 2015.  Justin is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he majored in Emergency Management and Public Administration.  In his spare time he has taught Crisis Management as an Adjunct Professor at Daniel Webster College, Public Health Emergency Preparedness as an Adjunct Instructor at Rivier University, and numerous FEMA state-delivered courses for the New Hampshire Fire Academy.  He is currently the Vice President of the IAEM Region 1 Board of Directors and the Chair of the NH Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NH VOAD).

Dale Rowley

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Dale Rowley has served as the Director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in Belfast, Maine for the past 13 years. Before becoming the Director, he served as a volunteer with the County EMA office and as a municipal Emergency Manager for 9 years.

Dale served in the U.S. Air Force and Maine Air National Guard as a Civil Engineering Officer and Emergency Manager, retiring in 2011 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, after 22 years.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maine and has a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He is also a 14-year Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), an 18-year member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), and has a Master’s Degree in Emergency & Disaster Management.

Professor Todd Therrien

New Eng;land Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Professor Todd Therrien spent over 20 years as a certified Police Officer with the Nashua Police Department, where he spent time with various units, including Physical Training Instructor and K-9 Training assistant and was assigned to various detective divisions for close to 10 years.

He then switched careers to become an educator, teaching U.S. history, economics, civics, law, world history and psychology at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua and teaching at Nashua Community College in the Criminal Justice curriculum. Prof. Therrien teaches Homeland & International Security courses for the Division of Business, Rivier University.

Prof. Therrien earned his A.A. in Criminal Justice from Middlesex Community College, his B.A. in American Studies from Franklin Pierce University, and his M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Franklin Pierce University. He is currently enrolled in Rivier’s Principal Certification Program.

Arlene Magoon

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

Arlene Magoon began working for FEMA in 2008 where she has been deployed to many disaster locations here in NE and around the country. In each deployment a service delivery plan for long term recovery was developed to identify the unique needs of the communities she served. She has developed many contacts within the States and National VOAD organizations whom she considers partners and friends.

Recognizing that may communities would be best served if they were prepared for disasters, in 2016 Ms. Magoon joined the National Preparedness Division to share preparedness messages and activities in vulnerable communities across New England. Although she still holds the Voluntary Agency Liaison emergency role and is still deployed under that role, she remains aware of the need to create resilient communities through preparedness.

Ms. Magoon previously worked for the American Red Cross in New Hampshire as a Health & Safety Operations Manager in 2001. Her first day began on September 11. In the fast moving days after that tragic day, Ms. Magoon quickly learned that without preplanning for donations and volunteers before a crisis another emergency known as the “disaster within a disaster” can occur. Having successfully coordinated donations and volunteers in that event, Ms. Magoon was later hired by NH State emergency management as the coordinator for volunteers in all hazards emergency events. Two months after beginning the work to re-establish NH Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, a major flood occurred in western NH communities.

Ms. Magoon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern New Hampshire University with a minor in Operations Management. She has received many awards including 1999 SBA, Woman Advocate of the Year, and National VOAD 2004 Innovations in Disaster Recovery and two time winner of the regional 2015 & 2016 Toast Master International Humorous Speech contest.

 

Contacts:

Karen Testerman (603) 721-9933
karen@karentesterman.net
Michael Mabee (516) 808-0883
Mike@CivilDefenseBook.com

 

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New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit

New England Long-Term Power Outage Summit