NCEM-ECU Annual Hurricane Workshop

May 22, 2013

Hurricane Workshop- 2013

Presenter Biographical Information

Keynote Speaker: Commander Linda Sturgis, Chief of Emergency Prevention, Coast Guard Sector, New York

Commander Linda Sturgis is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She began military service in the U.S. Army in 1988 and graduated Old Dominion University in 1992.  Shortly after college graduation, she changed military services and attended Coast Guard Officer Candidate training in 1993.  She was stationed on USCGC MELLON where she conducted fisheries enforcement, undocumented migrant and drug interdiction operations in the Bearing Sea, the Caribbean, and South Pacific Ocean.  She has been assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters budget formulation office and Marine Safety Offices across the country including Seattle, Miami, Cleveland as Commanding Officer and is currently assigned to Coast Guard Sector New York on Staten Island, New York.  Her current position as Prevention Department Head at Coast Guard Sector New York includes overseeing domestic ice breaking, aids to navigation, waterways management, commercial vessel inspections, waterfront facility inspections, law enforcement boardings on deep draft commercial vessels prior to entering port, and marine casualty investigations.  She holds a Masters Degree in Marine Affairs and business certificate in Global Trade and Transportation from the University of Washington.  Commander Sturgis will be rotating from Sector New York during the summer of 2013 and will be assigned as a senior military fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington DC.

Panelists- Tools for Risk and Emergency Communication

Donna Kain, Associate Chair, Department of English; Research Faculty, C-SIM, CNHR

Donna Kain joined the ECU faculty in the fall of 2004 after two years as an Assistant Professor in the Technical Communications Department at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. She has taught courses in rhetoric, technical communication, writing for business and industry, digital video production, and Web design. Her recent research includes the rhetoric and instrumental discourse of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related public policies, information technology applications for the classroom, and the uses of genres in professional settings. Her professional positions have included senior staff analyst for Compuware Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; technical writer/editor for Engineering Animation Inc., Ames, Iowa; and Web site manager for the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University

Steve Hawley, Communications Managaer, City of Greenville

Steve Hawley is communications manager and public information officer for the City of Greenville where his work has won Excellence in Communications Awards from North Carolina City and County Communicators. He is the host of the city of Greenville's public-access television show "City Scene.

Gloria Putnam, Water Quality Planning Specialist, NC Sea Grant, Raleigh

Gloria joined the staff at NC Sea Grant in 2007 and specializes in providing education and assistance to local governments and communities on water quality planning and coordination. She came to NC Sea Grant after nine years with the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources where she developed and managed projects for improving compliance with water quality regulations, conducted state and local program assessments, and provided education and training for regulated and non-regulated communities. Gloria holds a B.S. in biology and fisheries management from NC State University and an M.S.P.H. from UNC Chapel Hill in environmental policy and management.


Panelists-Modeling and Preparing for Storm Surge

Tom Allen, Associate Professor of Geography; Director, Center for Coastal Systems Informatics and Modeling at ECU

Dr. Allen is the director of C-SIM at ECU and the co-director of ECU's Center for Geographic Information Science. He is interested in understanding spatial and temporal change in the natural environment, particularly vegetation and related environmental processes in order to inform human actions. His research therefore emphasizes the development of geospatial technologies such as satellite remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and global positioning systems (GPS). His primary areas of study are coastal and mountain environments of North America, Central America, and Fennoscandia. His current research projects include spatial analysis of coastal barrier morphodynamics; mapping mangroves and coastal change in Costa Rica; developing new algorithms for satellite remote-sensing monitoring and change detection; remote sensing and GIS data fusion for characterizing estuarine processes; and investigating biophysical patterns and processes in subarctic, alpine, and mountain environments.

Jessica Losego, Research Meteorologist; UNC Institute for the Environment

Jessica Losego has worked extensively with the North Carolina emergency management (EM) community since starting as a meteorologist at the University of North Carolina seven years ago.  During this time, she developed and managed the NC-FIRST weather education and information program for EMs in North Carolina.  Since it began in 2007, over 1,000 users in the EM community have been trained, and NC-FIRST is now a standard tool used across the state.  In addition to NC-FIRST, Jessica now works on the collaborative Weather and Emergency Management project funded by NOAA to learn about the critical decisions and use of weather information by the entire EM community, not just county directors, to help NWS improve decision support.  Jessica earned a B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State and a M.S. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.  She also has received a graduate certificate from UNC in Disaster Management and Community Preparedness.

John Kay Dorman, Assistant EM Director for Geospatial & Technology Management and Director, North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program

John Dorman is the Assistant EM Director for Geospatial and Technology Management in the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management. In this capacity, he is responsible for the design, acquisition, analysis, and dissemination of data, models, systems and applications associated with hazard and threats. Mr. Dorman has facilitated and managed the statewide acquisition of LiDAR-derived elevation data, digital orthophotography, building footprints, and special flood hazard areas. Mr. Dorman is currently managing three national risk management demonstrations:  Integrated Hazard Risk Management; Digital Flood Risk; and, Sea Level Rise Impact Study.

Traci Birch, Assistant Professor of Coastal Planning, East Carolina University and Managing Partner, THe Verdant Group

Traci Birch a managing partner with The Verdant Group – a woman-owned urban planning firm based in New Orleans. In this position she specializes in land use and environmental planning, and has worked extensively in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast on disaster recovery and resiliency planning. In particular, she has worked with many at-risk communities to develop land use plans and development codes that focus on sustainability and hazard resiliency. In addition, Dr. Birch is an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans, where she teaches coastal and environmental planning.  She will be joining the faculty of East Carolina University in the fall of 2013, where she will be teaching coastal and environmental planning in the Department of Geography.


Panelists- Reports from the Field: Hurricane Sandy

Darlene M. Johnson, Deputy Operations Chief/EOC Manager for NC Emergency Management.  Darlene began her Emergency Service career as an intermediate with the Angier Black River Rescue Squad where she served for 10 years.  She began working with the State in 1986 with the Division of Victim and Justice Services were she assisted Crime Victims and their families with lost wages, medical and burial expenses.  She began working with NC Emergency Management in Jan 92’ as a Population Protection Planner, became the Emergency Services Coordinator in 1998 where she worked many storms including Hurricane Floyd.  In 2005 she was promoted to EOC Manager and 2009 added the duties of Deputy Operations Chief. She oversees Emergency Managements 24 Hr. Operations Center, Emergency Services and Human Services Programs.

Gary S. Szatkowski, Meteorologist-in-Charge, National Weather Service, Philadephia/Mt. Holly NJ Forecast Office. Gary Szatkowski began his career with the National Weather Service in 1980 after graduating from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Gary has worked at duty stations for the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma City, OK and Washington, DC. Since 1997, Gary has been the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service Office in Mt. Holly, NJ.  The Mt. Holly office provides weather forecast and warning services for the residents of New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania and northeast Maryland. As Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Mt. Holly office, he is responsible for all products and services provided by that office. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society & the National Weather Association. Gary has been recognized as a ‘Hurricane Sandy Hero’ by the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper and received the Weather Hero Award for 2012 from the Weather Research Center for his work during Hurricane Sandy.