» The Great Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami: Lessons Learned for California One Year Later

Wednesday, March 21

4:15 – 7:45 p.m., Beckman Hall, Bush Conference Room, Rm 404

About the Conference

In March 2011, the great Tohoku/Sendai earthquake and associated tsunami that devastated large parts of Japan, caused thousands of deaths, crippled large segments of the economy and resulted in a major nuclear disaster. For a country like Japan, which is as prepared as any country or region in the world could be, the lessons learned indicate that vigilance, preparedness and understanding of the earthquake risks are paramount to avoid even greater losses after a major disaster.

Clearly if earthquakes could be foretold, it would make the job of emergency preparedness easier and at the same time challenging in terms of policy decisions, informing the public, etc. Even though earthquakes cannot be forecast with the same confidence that weather, for example, is, there has recently been progress by the international community of scientists studying earthquake phenomena, with particular technical capabilities and science understanding at Chapman University.

During this half-day conference, we discussed the aforementioned issues and the potential for scientific forecasting of earthquakes. This is a critical subject that could potentially affect all of us in Southern California.

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  • Why Attend?
  • Benefits
  • Who Should Attend?
  • Schedule
  • Speaker Bios
  • Technology Group
  • Why Attend?

    In the week leading up to February 14, 2012, there were over 300 earthquakes throughout California. Due to the proximity of Coastal and Inland Southern California to the southern segment of San Andreas Fault, there is a high probability that an earthquake with at least the magnitude of 1994 Northridge Earthquake, will strike Southern California within the next three (3) decades and will result in thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of injuries, and massive infrastructure damage.

    According to an article in the LA Times, “USC researchers estimated in 2005 that the economic losses from a major tsunami in Southern California could reach $40 billion, depending on the extent of disruption to freeways and ports. Other estimates suggest that a shutdown of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would cost about $1 billion a day.”

    In light of Tohoku/Sendai, municipalities, public and private sectors have to be prepared for a major earthquake or tsunami that may be forthcoming, without panic or overreaction. Suppose a 7.5 magnitude earthquake were to occur in the next year or two in Southern California.

    We will answer questions in many Californian’s minds, such as:

    • What are the risks for California?
    • How safe are we?
    • What can we do?
    • Would we be prepared?
    • How would we know if we are?
    • What should city councils, regional governments, emergency agencies, and public works departments be doing?
    • Are hospitals prepared? Can the current health system support a disaster comparable to the Tohoku/Sendai earthquake?
    • How would companies be involved and how would a major earthquake affect them?
    • What should schools and universities be doing?
  • Benefits

    Southern California governments, businesses, and citizens face an increasing potential threat of devastating natural disasters from earthquakes and tsunamis. This conference will examine the great Tohoku/Sendai earthquake and associated tsunami, effective planning and preparation, levels of preparedness, response and recovery strategies that are required to safeguard southern California from the impact of these incidents. This conference will educate attendees and help develop the strategies needed to create, improve, and implement emergency response and recovery plans for the public and private sectors. Join the Chapman University Schmidt Science and Technology Group as we discuss and map effective preparedness and response to natural disasters resulting from earthquakes and tsunamis. Benefits of this conference will include:

    • Presentations from global authorities, local government leaders, academia, scientists, and commercial disaster management experts
    • Developing a cohesive roadmap that will benefit disaster management efforts
    • Discovering the latest technologies and the future of disaster management from Chapman University: Schmidt School of Science and Technology
    • Overview of emergency management and crisis response
    • Effective emergency and crisis response strategies
    • Emergency preparedness and risk mitigation for the public and the private sectors
    • Mitigating the impact of disasters and crises with effective planning
    • Educating disaster management professionals, government agencies, businesses and the general public
    • How to improve business continuity in the wake of a disaster
    • Networking
    • Infrastructure Managers, Crisis Managers, Facilities Managers for any of the following
      • Electric, Natural Gas and Water Utilities
      • Renewable Energy Systems
      • Financial Institutions
      • Universities
      • Transportation Systems
      • Healthcare Institutions & Agencies
      • Communications   
      • Information Technology, Computer & Software
      • State & Local Governments
      • First Responders
      • Disaster Recovery Organizations
      • Homeland Security
      • Disaster Preparedness
      • Electronics
    • Local Businesses
    • Construction Companies
    • Public Works
    • Public Health/Hospitals
    • Military
    • Non-Profits
    • Insurance Companies
    • Concerned Citizens
  • Wednesday, March 21

    4:15 PM – 7:45 PM, Beckman Hall, Bush Conference Room, Rm 404
    3:30pm - 4:15pm  - Reception and Registration
    4:15pm – 4:45pm  - Overview of Tohoku Earthquake
       Masanobu Shinozuka, Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCI
    4:45pm – 5:05pm
     - Earthquake’s Impact on the Nuclear Power Industry
       Dan Packer, Former CEO and President of Entergy New Orleans, Inc.
    5:05pm – 5:25pm

     - Earthquake Monitoring and Response from Space
       Susan E. Owen, Satellite Geodesy and Geodynamics Systems Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    5:25pm – 5:45pm
     - Earthquake Disaster Decision Support and Response Tools
       Margaret Glasscoe, Geophysicist, Solid Earth Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    5:45pm – 6:00pm
     - Break
    6:00pm – 6:45pm

     - Interdisciplinary Approach on Earthquake Warnings and Risk Management
       Dimitar Ouzounov, Associate Professor, Schmid College of Science & Technology, Chapman University
       John Rundle Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis; Chairman, The Open Hazards Group
    6:45pm – 7:45pm

     - Panel Discussion: Emergency Preparedness
       Steve Bray, CEO PowerPlus!
       Arthur Cummins, Emergency Management & Preparedness, Orange County Department of Education
       Jim Goltz, Ret. Branch Chief for Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Hazards Program, CalEMA
       Antoine McKnight, Battalion Chief, LA Fire Department/LA Alliance
       The Hon. Tom Tait, Mayor, Anaheim
  • Steve Bray Steve Bray

    For the past twenty six years, Steve Bray has been the CEO for PowerPlus!, a company he acquired through a leveraged buyout in 1984. He guided its growth from $300,000 annually to over $133 million in annual revenue with 900 employees. Steve has been the catalyst for the company to continually push for new ideas and innovation in business. Originally starting with temporary power, the company quickly became a leading provider of temporary power solutions, including the provisions of generators from 25kw up to 2 megawatts, utility pole line distributions, utility design and installation, and a 24/7/365 mission critical power group. Steve has over thirty five years experience in the electric industry and is a Master Electrician, licensed in five states. With a 30 year reputation for outstanding service, PowerPlus! is an industry leader in power solutions. His experienced management team and qualified field operators draw upon a wide range of state-of-the-art services and technologies and adapt them to your project's power needs. Steve's vision of services now cater to a wide variety of market segments including the refinery, utility construction, emergency services, financial, medical, data and event industries. Dependable power solutions are crucial for industries, offices, homes, telecommunication devices, emergency lighting, computers and other critical systems where a loss of power is a loss of production, information, and revenue.

    Arthur Cummins Arthur A. Cummins

    Currently Dr. Cummins serves as Administrator of Safe & Healthy Schools for the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa, CA.  He has been an educator for over 21 years serving as a middle school and high school teacher, as well as an administrator in Oklahoma, Texas, and California.  In his current role he oversees County programs including Student Support Services, Coordinated School Health, the Nutrition Network, Safe & Drug Free Schools, Safe from the Start, Violence Prevention, and the Crisis Response Network in which some of his responsibilities include emergency preparedness and crisis management training, county representative to the Operational Area for active Emergency Operations Center (EOC), representative to the Orange County Emergency Management Organization (OCEMO) Schools committee, and is primary liaison to all county schools on the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) information management team.  He has taught courses on Safe Schools Planning, Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), and Hazard Mitigation, among many others. He is an approved trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and a member of the American Association of Suicidology.  Dr. Cummins is also the Region 9 Coordinator of the School & Law Enforcement Partnership and serves as a Board member for the California School Resource Officers Association as well as the Joyful Child Foundation.

    Maggi Glasscoe Margaret Glasscoe

    Maggi Glasscoe is a Geophysicist in the Solid Earth Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. She has experience working with a number of modeling codes, including viscoelastic finite element models (the JPL developed Geophysical Finite Element Simulation Tool, GeoFEST, in particular). Her research includes modeling deformation of the Earth’s crust to study postseismic response to large earthquakes, numerical models of the rheological behavior of the lower crust, and simulations of interacting fault systems. She is is a researcher on the QuakeSim project and the Principal Investigator of E-DECIDER (Earthquake Data Enhanced Cyber-Infrastructure for Disaster Evaluation and Response).


    Jim Goltz Jim Goltz

    Jim Goltz recently retired as Branch Chief for the Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Hazards Program of the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA). He has worked in the field of earthquake preparedness planning and research for 30 years, serving in both the public and private sectors. He was involved in response to several domestic earthquake disasters including the Coalinga, Whittier Narrows, Loma Prieta and Northridge and conducted reconnaissance and research on the Kobe, Japan (1995), Chi Chi, Taiwan (1999), Maule, Chile (2010) and Tohoku, Japan (2011) earthquakes. He served as Cal EMA Earthquake and Tsunami Duty Officer during the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami and participated as a subject matter expert in the response to the tsunami that affected the West Coast of the United States. He served as a member of the Steering Committee of the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) and represented California on the Coordinating Committee of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP). Within the NTHMP, Jim served as Co-chair of the Warning Coordination Subcommittee and was a member of the Mitigation and Education Subcommittee. Until his retirement at the end of 2011, he served on the Boards of Directors of the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) and the Cascadia Region Earthquake Working Group (CREW). He has also served on the boards of the Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness (BICEPP) and the California Emergency Services Association, Southern Chapter (SCESA). He was the recipient in 2011 of a leadership award presented by the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC). Jim received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Ohio State University and a doctorate in Social Psychology from UCLA.

    Antoine McKnight

    Antoine McKnight was born and raised in the City of Los Angeles. He and has been a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department for 25 years. He is currently assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach Operational Area Alliance. Chief McKnight has held the ranks of Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain I, EMS Supervisor, Captain II and Battalion Chief. Chief McKnight has taught all components of the C.E.R.T. program and was one of the initial team of instructors from the Los Angeles Fire Department to launch the C.E.R.T. program nationally by teaching C.E.R.T. Train the Trainer at the Emergency Management Institute, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. During his tenure, Chief McKnight has gained experience in Hazard Mitigation including Brush fires, Structure fires, Multi-Casualty Incidents and physical rescues. Some of his other assignments have included the Disaster Preparedness Division, the Fire Safety and Education unit, Planning Section and the Community Service Unit as the Public Information Officer.

    Dimitar Ouzounov

    Dimitar Ouzounov

    Dimitar Ouzounov, Ph.D., is an Associate professor of Geophysics at Chapman University, Orange, CA and member of NASA Goddard SFC Applied Science group, with more than 20 years of experience in Geophysics, Earth Sciences and Geocomputing. His areas of expertise are in Applications of remote sensing for natural hazards risk management, earthquake hazards, the study of the Earth’s electromagnetic environment and geocomputing. In early 2000 Dr.Ouzounov suggested using Earth Observation Data for sensing major earthquakes and active faulting. His results have been published in NASA news releases, numerous scientific journals and presented at American Geophysical Union meetings. Dr.Ouzounov has a leading role in the new cross-disciplinary studies in geophysics and near space science applications. He has been part of several international meetings in USA, Mexico, Turkey, China, Italy, India and Japan on the topic of earthquake monitoring by using satellite and ground observation technology. Dr. Ouzounov is a project investigator on several research projects of application of Earth observation technologies for natural hazards risk reduction.

    Susan Owen

    Susan Owen is a Research Scientist at NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with the Geodynamics and Satellite Geodesy group. Her research focus has been on understanding volcanic and seismic hazards through precision measurements of ground movement, primarily with GPS. She is currently Principle Investigator for the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis for Earthquakes (ARIA-EQ) project at JPL. In 2008 and 2009, she led the geodetic earth science community as Chair of the Board of Directors for UNAVCO, the community-driven organization that runs a NSF & NASA funded geodetic facility in Boulder, CO.  Her studies have focused on Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, fault systems in Southern California, and subduction zone faults in Japan and Chile. She has worked extensively on developing fast, efficient and highly precise methods for analysis of large GPS data sets, as well as collaborated on studies that integrate GPS data with paleoseismology, seismology, satellite imagery, and more traditional methods of measuring the earth¹s movement in order to better quantify the hazard potential of tectonic and magmatic systems. She was a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at U.C. Berkeley in 1998-9, and an Assistant Professor at USC from 1999 through 2004. She received a B.A. in physics from Harvard in 1992, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford in 1998.

    Dan Packer Dan Packer

    Dan Packer served as the CEO and President of Entergy New Orleans Inc. from 1998 through the end of 2006. Prior to joining Entergy, he served as a Senior Engineer of General Physics Corporation. He also served as training coordinator of Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company for six years, and as Plant Manager of Waterford 3 Nuclear Plant, becoming the first African American in the United States to manage a nuclear plant. Under his leadership the plant received the highest ratings in the region. Packer served as the Chairman of Entergy New Orleans Inc. since 1999 and as the Chairman of the New Orleans Aviation Board for Louis Armstrong International Airport. He also served as National Chairman of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, which focuses on energy-related issues in America. Mr. Packer is a Board Member of several organizations, including Keystone Energy Board, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Port of New Orleans, Louisiana Community & Technical College System, and Fore!Kids Foundation, as well as a Trustee of Loyola University New Orleans. He was honored in 2005 by Black Enterprise as one of the Most Powerful African American Executives in Corporate America. Mr. Packer holds a B.A. from Charter Oak College and a M.B.A. from Tulane University.
    John Rundle

    John Rundle

    John is Distinguished Professor of Physics and Geology at the University of California, Davis. He is a past Director of the California Institute for Hazard Research of the University of California, and currently serves as Executive Director of the APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation (ACES), a consortium of 6 APEC economies whose goal is to understand the entire earthquake cycle by means of rigorous models and numerical simulations. For over thirty years, his research has focused on using statistical physics to understand the physics of earthquakes and other driven threshold systems. He has a particular interest in the development of methods for earthquake forecasting based on studies of chaos and complexity in driven nonlinear systems, as well as on the use of realistic, large scale numerical simulations. More recently, he has developed an interest in viewing crashes in economic and financial systems as a kind of “Econoquake” that might be understood by analogy to earthquakes and other first order (nucleation) phase transitions. Braving the unthinkable, he has also dipped his toes into the real world, and co-founded a startup company in the area of global earthquake forecasting, general hazard analysis, and risk management for the global public (www.openhazards.com). He has also co-founded a startup in the area of financial forecasting and investing (Seismic Funds, LLC), that uses techniques similar to those developed in the earthquake area to forecast movements in the financial markets. John has served the scientific community through membership on numerous boards and committees, including serving as a Member (1990 - 1997) and Chair (1994-1996) of the scientific Advisory Council to the Southern California Earthquake Center. He is a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (1995-present). He is an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, where he co-organizes a yearly conference on financial forecasting and risk (held this year at Morgan Stanley, NY on October 5, 2011). He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society (2005) and the American Geophysical Union (2008). John received his B.S.E from Princeton University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi), and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

    Masanobu Shinozuka

    Masanobu Shinozuka

    Dr. Shinozuka is a world-renowned expert in earthquake and structural engineering. He is especially interested in field theory and risk assessment methodology in civil engineering. Dr. Shinozuka's research focuses on continuum mechanics, micromechanics, stochastic processes and fields, structural dynamics and control, and earthquake and wind engineering. He also studies systems engineering, with an emphasis on structural and system reliability; risk assessment of lifeline systems, including water, electrical power and transportation networks; and analysis of the socio-economic impacts of natural disasters. He also is interested in advanced technologies, specifically remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) for disaster assessment and mitigation, smart materials and structures, and nondestructive evaluation. The applications for his work are in earthquake engineering in building, bridges, lifeline and environmental systems. His work highlights the multidisciplinary aspects of infrastructure system problems.

    Mayor Tom Tait

    Mayor of Anaheim Tom Tait

    Tom Tait was elected to serve as Mayor of Anaheim in November 2010, campaigning on a platform of bringing the core values of freedom and kindness to the culture of the city and upholding public safety and civic upkeep as the City of Anaheim's top priorities. Tait's election comes after two previous terms on the Anaheim City Council. In 1995, Tait was appointed to fill a vacancy and complete an unexpired term on the city council. He was subsequently elected by the votes in November 1996 to serve a full four-year term and was re-elected without a challenge in 2000 and served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2002-2003. Mayor Tait brings considerable experience to California's tenth largest city, having also served on the Anaheim Planning Commission, the Anaheim Budget Advisory Commission, and as a member of the Anaheim Community Block Grant Foundation. He also served as Anaheim's representative on board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and has been active in the community, where he was advisory board member of the Anaheim Family YMCA and the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Mayor Tait is a member of the California State Bar, and is president of Tait & Associates, Inc. and Tait Environmental Services, an engineering and environmental services firm with offices throughout the western United States.

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