Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness (BICEPP)

Emergency Preparedness Commission for the County and Cities of Los Angeles (EPC)

Caltech, United States Geological Survey, and the California Geological Survey


California Emergency Services Association, Southern Chapter


Orange County Emergency Management Organization






 The EOC in the 21st Century:  Bringing Today’s Technology to the Emergency Manager

 Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Beckman Institute Auditorium

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena



Dear Colleague:


In an emergency, the most urgent need is for rapid information that becomes the basis for response.  This information, particularly in the immediate aftermath of an event, is increasingly provided by new technologies.   These technologies may facilitate the delivery of rapid information (e.g. communications technologies) or be actual forms of information (e.g. mapped earthquake intensities or loss estimates). These technologies have the potential to greatly increase the timeliness and efficiency of emergency response but only if they are understood and utilized by those who make decisions regarding mobilization of resources.


Our view is that many workshops featuring new technologies for emergency management are overly technical, emphasizing methods and technical details that are of little interest or value to those who make decisions in EOC’s.  The objective of this workshop is to approach technologies in terms of their usefulness in making decisions--- in assessing the situation, deploying search and rescue teams, guiding medical emergency response, conducting safety assessments of buildings and providing shelter and mass care. To achieve this objective, we will emphasize the products of technologies, not their technical aspects.  As a responder, you must know what these technologies can offer, what decisions they can help support, their limitations and the timeframes in which they are available.


The EOC in the 21st Century:  Bringing Today’s Technology to the Emergency Manager will include experts who can speak the language of the responder as well as that of the engineer or scientist.  Topics will include mapping tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), rapid loss estimation and ShakeMap and communications technologies like the Response Information Management System, the Operational Area Satellite Information System and wireless communications.  In addition, selected exhibitors will be available for demonstration of technologies during an extended lunch break affording an opportunity to further explore new technologies and discuss their application.


This workshop is free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors BICEPP, EPC, TriNet, OCEMO, and SCESA. On behalf of these organizations, we invite public and private sector EOC staff, liaison personnel, dispatchers, watch commanders, public information officers and others who have emergency response roles.


James D. Goltz                                                                       Ellis M. Stanley Sr., CEM

Workshop Co-Chair                                                               Workshop Co-Chair



The EOC in the 21st Century:  Bringing Today’s Technology to the Emergency Manager

Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Beckman Institute Auditorium, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena



8:00 to 9:00 a.m.                     Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 to 9:15 a.m.                     Welcome and Opening Remarks


Ellis Stanley, General Manager, Emergency Preparedness Department, City of Los Angeles and Workshop Co-Chair


9:15 to 10:30 a.m.                   Mapping Tools for Emergency Response


Geographic Information Systems as a Resource for EOC Decision Making


Dave Kehrlein, GIS Manager, Governor’s Office of Emergency Services


Responding to an Earthquake Using ShakeMap


Dave Wald, Geophysicist, United States Geological Survey


Response Utilization of Rapid Loss Estimates


Ron Eguchi, President and CEO, ImageCat, Inc.


10:30 to 10:45 a.m.                 Break


10:45 to 12:00 Noon               Communications Systems and Inter-Organizational Linkages



Technologies for Multi-Jurisdictional Coordination and Communication


                                                George Whitney, Chief, Operational Support Branch, Governor’s Office of Emergency






Managing Information in a Crisis Using E Team Technology


Troy Armstrong, Vice President, Solutions Business Development E Team, Inc.


                                                Using Personal Data Assistants Equipped With GPS to Improve Response Efficiency


                                                Ken Hudnut, Director, Southern California Integrated GPS Network, USGS


12:00 to 1:30 p.m.                  Lunch and Exhibits (ESRI, AT&T, E Team, Inc., Visual Risk Map, Pictometry, HAZUS)


1:30  to  2:50 p.m.                  Panel Discussion:  Using Technology for Operations and Operations Planning


                                                Jim Goltz, Manager, Office of Earthquake Programs and Workshop Co-Chair, Moderator




                                                Troy Armstrong, Vice President, E Team, Inc.

John Callahan, Asst. Chief, LA City Fire Department

                                                Ron Eguchi, President and CEO, ImageCat Inc.

                                                Bob Garrott, Assistant Manager, Los Angeles County OEM

                                                Ken Hudnut, Director, SCIGN, USGS Pasadena

Lucy Jones, Scientist in Charge, USGS Pasadena

                                                Dave Kehrlein, GIS Manager, OES

                                                Dave Wald, Geophysicist, USGS Pasadena

George Whitney, Chief, Operational Support Branch, OES 


2:50 to 3:00 p.m.                    Closing Remarks


                                                Ellis Stanley, General Manager, Emergency Preparedness Department, City of Los Angeles and Workshop Co-Chair