The FCBA Homeland Security and Emergency Communications Committee will sponsor a CLE on Wednesday, March 7 from 6:00 – 8:15 p.m. entitled “Public Safety Communications Systems: Frameworks and Operational Practicalities.” The program will be held at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, 1500 K Street, NW.
Natural disasters and large-scale man-made events require emergency responders to communicate among themselves inside the disaster zone, implement effective command and control methods, and communicate with the public. Our operational leaders and legal experts will explore the legal framework and practical considerations facing local, state and federal agencies and what is needed to prepare for and respond to emergencies. Panelists will also discuss whether legal guidelines and operational plans offer enough assets, clarity and guidance for responders to work effectively.
6:00 – 6:05 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
6:05 – 7:15 p.m. Emergency Preparedness (Before an incident)
This panel will discuss the legal framework for preparing for emergency response, and where there may be complementary and conflicting laws for federal and state jurisdictions.
Mark Maier, Partner, Shulman Rodgers
Russ Strickland, Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency
Rosalind K. Allen, Attorney-Advisor, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
TBD FCC WEA expert (Invited)
7:15 – 7:25 p.m. Break
7:25 – 8:15 p.m. Emergency Response (During and after incident)
This panel will discuss the practical considerations between parties responsible for providing response work and coordinating with the public.
Eric Hagerson, Principal Regulatory Affairs Manager, T-Mobile
Major General (HI) Arthur J. Logan, Adjutant General, State of Hawaii
Ted Okada, Chief Technology Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Chris Gates, Vice President for Corporate Development and Strategy, NextNav, LLC
Battalion Chief Michael (Chris) Schaff, Fairfax County, Virginia Fire & Rescue Department
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