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Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Forum Series

Forum on Wildfire Mitigation and Resilience

Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 8:00 AM – 12:45 PM

Sacramento, CA
California Chamber of Commerce
1215 K Street, Suite 1400

Sacramento, CA 95814

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Breakfast Reception

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Keynote Speaker Session

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
  • 8:30 AM – Welcome Remarks

    Andrew Huff, Federal Affairs Director, NAMIC

  • 8:35 AM – CalChamber Welcome

    Martin Wilson, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, California Chamber of Commerce

  • 8:40 AM – California Remarks

    Assemblymember Jim Wood, California 2nd Assembly District

  • 8:50 AM – FEMA Remarks

    Keynote by Carlos Castillo, Deputy Administrator for Resilience (Acting), FEMA

  • 9:05 AM – Trends and Opportunities in Resilience

    Keynote by Dr. Daniel Kaniewski, Managing Director, Public Sector Innovation, Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • 9:20 AM – IBHS Presentation on Wildfire Hazards and Mitigation Techniques

    Presentation by Roy Wright, President and CEO, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

  • 9:40 AM – State of Infrastructure Resilience in the Western U.S.

    Presentation by Kwame Agyare, Chair, American Society of Civil Engineers, Region 9

  • Closing Remarks

    Pamela Williams, Executive Director, BuildStrong Coalition

Panel Discussions

10:00 AM – 12:45 PM

10:00 AM – BRIC Best Practices Discussion

Identifying and Qualifying for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program

This in-depth conversation hosted by Pamela Williams centers on industry priorities concerning grant submissions, state-led grant/incentive programs, and more.

Featuring:
H. Camille Crain, BRIC Section Chief, FIMA, FEMA

Juliette Hayes, Mitigation Division Director, FEMA Region IX

10:30 AM – Lifeline Infrastructure Panel

Case Studies: Lifeline Infrastructure

This panel explores use cases for achieving resilience in critical lifeline infrastructure, including topics like power and water lifelines and beyond.

Panelists:
Ruben Grijalva, FireChiefs.com, Retired CalFire
Adán Ortega, California Association of Mutual Water Companies (CalMutuals)
Shannon Rodriguez, PE, Water Product Manager, Nighthawk
Moderator: Pamela Williams, Executive Director, BuildStrong Coalition

11:10 AM – State and Local Mitigation Priorities Panel

Identifying State and Local Mitigation Priorities

This panel features state and local stakeholders and emergency management and resiliency experts. It focuses on identifying and understanding mitigation and resilience goals, including managing different state, local, and regional challenges.

Panelists:
Ryan Buras, Deputy Director for Recovery Operations, CalOES
Chief Bob Roper, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Daniel Efseaff, Park and District Manager, Paradise Recreation and Park District, California Special Districts Association
Ray Mueller, Director of Technology Applications, IEM
Moderator: Pamela Williams, Executive Director, BuildStrong Coalition

11:40 AM – Building Science & Safe Homes Panel

Case Studies: Tested Building Science and Safe Homes

This panel explores use cases for achieving residential resilience, including topics like wildfire resilience, seismic resilience, and more.

Panelists:
Glenn Pomeroy, California Earthquake Authority
Victoria Stewart, State Legislative Affairs Manager, Farmers Insurance
Seren Taylor, Senior Legislative Advocate, Personal Insurance Federation of California
Andrew Huff, Federal Affairs Director, NAMIC
Moderator: Roy Wright, President and CEO, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

12:10 PM – Public-Private Partnerships & Creative Funding Solutions

Exploring Transformational Solutions with Leaders from the Public and Private Sectors

This panel covers the tools needed for federal officials to engage the private sector and explore creative, transformational solutions and funding options for resilience projects.

Panelists:
James Whitelaw, Chief Marketing Officer, TransRe
Sarah Newkirk, Director, Coastal Conservation, The Nature Conservancy
Chris Barkley, West Region Market Sector Leader, National Governments, AECOM
Moderator: Dr. Daniel Kaniewski, Managing Director, Public Sector Innovation, Marsh & McLennan Companies

Concluding Forum Remarks

12:45 PM
  • 12:45 PM – Concluding Remarks

    Introduction by Pamela Williams, Executive Director, BuildStrong Coalition
    Concluding Remarks by Jessica Morse, Deputy Secretary, Forest Resources Management, California Natural Resources Agency

Invitation Only Roundtable

12:45 – 1:45 PM