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Salt Water Symposium Synopsis

July 23, 2014

by Daniella Miller

As a student of the emergency management program, I am pleased to have been invited to listen to the discussion of salt water damage on New York’s infrastructure. The 2012 Hurricane named Sandy caused 128 billion dollars in damages. It is considered the most expensive storm since Hurricane Katrina. By mitigating housing units, natural barriers and transportation systems, the state of New York continues to recover from the effects of Sandy. The key speakers of the symposium consisted of emergency managers from Louisiana, The Port Authority, engineers from the Underwriters Laboratory (UL), local and state police departments and experts from various insurance companies.

I learned that salt water is silently eating away at the infrastructure of New York. Transportation systems like the Holland Tunnel, George Washington Bridge, JFK Airport and the MTA have been impacted substantially. From flooding, salt has eroded electrical rooms, tunnels, rails, ceilings, wires, motor elevator pits, and lights. The damage can be microscopic and hidden from the untrained eye. Chuck Mellon, an engineer from UL stated that selected sectors should apply the desalinization method. Desalinization is the chemical process of removing salt. Also, electrical rooms should be elevated along with 100% replacement of damaged equipment. The Port Authority and the MTA are already making positive strides from these recommendations.

As we know, citizens of Katrina experienced a disastrous hurricane. This hurricane caused the levy’s to break and created a massive flooding which resulted in the deaths, destruction and the vulnerability of the entire state of Mississippi. Speakers from Louisiana water board of New Orleans provided important information in guiding New York on what steps to take for future hurricanes. Jason Briggs and Ms. St Martin from New Orleans proceeded to talk about funding from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). One of Jason’s dilemma’s during the reconstruction of Mississippi was proving salt damaged its infrastructure. Some of the things Jason stated that disasters come in cycles and it is imperative for the Port Authority to document everything. In other words FEMA needs extensive proof including differences between rusting materials and corroded materials from salt. He also stated, table top exercises are extremely important in rebuilding communities. Finally as the meeting concluded, insurance agents, spoke about vocabulary or words that should be used when asking for government assistance.

In conclusion, the infrastructure of New York has experienced significant damage from salt water. New materials, power washing, desalinization and new equipment will be incorporated into repairing New York’s, natural barriers and transportation system. The government is there to assists but politics can hinder this assistance. Documentation and word usage are major factors in FEMA’S decision making. Finally, recovery from a natural disaster can take years and proper mitigation techniques are important toward building a stronger community in order to survive future disasters.

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Students Facilitate Successful Tabletop Exercise

April 7, 2014

By: Obiano Huntley

Tabletop Excercise

On March 29th, 2014, Purpose 4 students in the Emergency and Disaster Program got a chance to apply some of the knowledge they have acquired during their time at MCNY. This came in the form of a Tabletop Exercise which involved students from other purposes contributing. The exercise was the culmination on a lot of hard work which centered on drafting documents, planning and executing, to ensure that the exercise was seamless. The hard work and attention to detail resulted in a successful exercise which left fellow students and professors very impressed.

For nearly a year, the students who facilitated the Tabletop Exercise were working on preparing a Fire Safety and Emergency Action Plan (FS/EAP), along with a Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan for Resorts World Casino NYC. Though prevented from using Resorts World Casino as the site in this Tabletop Exercise, the scenario which was used incorporated many elements and approaches included in the final products for this client. Situation Manuals were presented to participants to bring them up to speed with the scenario. It was assumed that a bomb threat call was made to a fictional casino. Participants listened to a recording prepared by the Purpose 4 students.  Based on information the Facilitator presented in a seminar, Students from Purpose 2 and Purpose 3, who acted in leadership roles for the casino, had to listen to the recording and gather information to fill out a Bomb Threat Information Card.

Tabletop Excercise 2

The same approach was used in the second portion of the Tabletop Exercise which focused on activating the COOP plan. Players discussed and deliberated along the lines set by the Facilitator. Maintaining critical functions, relocating to an alternate facility and steps involved in activating a COOP plan were all covered. Students in attendance were very engaged and found that the exercise made them consider aspects of response they would not have considered under different circumstances. Professor Matthew Khaled who is serving as the Constructive Action (CA) professor for the Purpose 4 students, along with Director Ali Gheith who served as the Exercise Director played important roles in making the exercise achieve its objectives. Their input and insights were invaluable and contributed to making the experience dynamic and interesting for all who were in attendancStudents from the lower purposes actively participated as Players and Evaluator and benefited immensely. When their time comes, the meticulous approach used by the present crop of Purpose 4 students is one they promised to emulate. Drafting the After Action Report (AAR) is next on the agenda for the Purpose Four Students as the lessons learned can be passed on to other students to ensure that exercises of this nature can continue to get better.

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S.M.A.R.M.I.E and MHMT Presents: Social Media And Response Management Interfacing Event

October 3, 2012

UPDATE: Due to the severity of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, most of our participants are actively involved in Disaster Response efforts. As such, we have decided to postpone SMARMIE (Social Media and Response Management Interfacing Event) to a date in March 2013. We will provide more information when a formal date is selected. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

S.M.A.R.M.I.E. Logo

November 8th, 2012
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Metropolitan College of New York

11th Floor Conference Center
431 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013

Who should Attend?
Anyone in the private or public sector involved in Emergency Management or Continuity Planning. Any senior level first responder who is trying to get a handle on what the Social Media benefit is for their organization. Any leader of an organization concerned with maximizing branding and minimizing legal complications due to the ubiquity of this new SM phenomenon. Any graduate student in Emergency Management, interested in employment opportunities in this specialized area of disaster communication, planning, and education. And of course, anyone who wants to improve the survivability of individuals and first responders during disaster events.

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Joe Flood of “The Fires” – Part II

December 8, 2010

Joe Flood - The Fires

“Standing on the roof or floor above a blaze is the most dangerous place a fireman can position himself. Before the terrorists attacks of September 11th, 2001, the deadliest day in the history of the Fire Department of New York came when the first floor of a brownstone apartment building collapsed into a burning basement below, killing twelve firemen. Most of the deadliest blazes for American firefighters… were all collapses. But getting above the fire is precisely what the “Truckies” of a ladder company like Billy O’Connor’s do for a living.” –Joe Flood, The Fires


Chris Horan — On Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010, book author Joe Flood stood at a podium in the front of a packed room at Metropolitan College of New York, reading from the first chapter of his book, The Fires. His audience was composed of Emergency Management students and professors from the graduate program at MCNY, as well as visiting guests from the field.

The opening chapter of the book, from which Mr. Flood was reading, tells the story of a city in turmoil and its’ firefighters during a period of history the FDNY refers to as “The War Years”. During this period, budgetary limitations, mistakes, and corruption left the city vulnerable to a plague of fires which turned areas, including large portions of the South Bronx, to ashy rubble. The city was struggling to manage and contain fires, poverty, crime, and outbreaks of disease. At that time the city was in the early stages of using computational analysis to make policy decisions, with The Fires taking a look at the work of the RAND Corporation and the role it played.

Putting down the text, Flood points out that he originally was motivated to look into the possibility of racism being behind the politics that allowed so many fires to burn, but that as he researched more deeply, he found that truth to be far less complicated; it was political ineptitude. The use of computational analysis is important, he argued that policy decisions cannot be based on numbers alone; they lack “humanity and context”. Flood found that a “utopian, machinistic policy”, wherein computers could solve all of mankind’s trouble, was in vogue at the time. Use of these new ideas and techniques to counteract the policies of poor spending, left effects that can still be seen in the five boroughs today, in neighborhoods that never truly recovered.

The evenings’ discussion touched on race, politics, disease, pestilence, firefighting procedure, and economics from a period in time many modern New Yorkers may have forgotten. The dark times for the city in the 1960’s and 1970’s cannot be summed up in one book, though the smell of charred wood and ruined lives rises from the very pages of Joe Flood’s work. However, standing before his attentive audience, Mr. Flood was able to give life to a reality modern New Yorkers, in this field and others, hope never to see again.

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Joe Flood of “The Fires”

November 16, 2010

Metropolitan of New York (MCNY) MPA Emergency & Disaster Management announces reading/talk with book author Joe Flood (joe-flood.com) of “The Fires on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 from 6-8 PM at 431 Canal Street – Room 11K.

A former Bronx-based journalist examines the epidemic of fires that swept New York City in the 1960s and ’70s. Flood focuses on John O’Hagan, the fire commissioner who presided over the worst of “the Wars,” as the era is known in FDNY lore. Ambitious and self-educated, O’Hagan came up from the ranks to become the youngest chief in the department’s history.

When reformer John Lindsay was elected mayor in 1966, O’Hagan, who strongly believed in the use of statistics and systems analysis to organize the department, became one of his leading allies. The new mayor sought the advice of the RAND Corporation, the legendary think tank that had made its reputation analyzing nuclear warfare for the Air Force. On the surface, it was a perfect alliance. RAND needed new clients, Lindsay needed a blueprint for rational government and O’Hagan needed support for his ideas for making firefighting a scientific discipline. But as Flood shows, the reformers’ characteristic weakness was a lack of the local knowledge that had been the bread and butter of the machine politicians they had ousted.

The author writes that harried fire captains, given stopwatches to time how long it took their men to reach a fire scene, often lost or broke them, then submitted figures they thought made them look good. RAND whiz kids used simplified formulas to analyze the flawed data they received. O’Hagan, eager to help Lindsay cut the city’s bloated budget, used the RAND results to close down firehouses he already ‘knew’ were underperforming-which often turned out to be the ones where union leaders were based.

Flood casts a wide net, looking into New York machine politics, the development of systems analysis, the dynamics of urban growth and an array of unexpected byways of NYC history. While his conclusions perhaps go to far in generalizing from the excesses of Lindsay and RAND to condemn liberal reformers as a group, Flood provides a riveting look inside one of the most challenging eras of recent NYC history. Important reading for anyone who cares about cities and how they are governed.” -Kirkus

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Public Safety/Homeland Security Symposium

October 18, 2010

A small contingency of Purpose 1 students attended the first-ever Public Safety/Homeland Security symposium held on October 5, 2010, at the mid-town Hilton.

Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) students: Fritz Clairvil, Maybelle Jadotte, Shafiq Munir attended, along with Professor Lorraine Motola, who was representing DOHMH. Two other students in attendance had this to say about the event:

“The future of public safety depends greatly on technological advancements in telecommunication”–-Ishoma John-Peters

The technologies of today bring the tools of empowerment into the hands and minds of those who use them. My lesson for the day.”—Richard Ricks

While at the symposium, the group met EDM alum, Milton Johnson, who shared that earning his advanced degree from MCNY was a life-changing experience. He explained that before graduate school he was a security guard at OEM, while it was under construction. Mr. Johnson quit to attend MCNY, and is now a Program Specialist/Emergency Planner at Westchester County OEM!

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Tabletop Exercise at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

October 18, 2010

The MPA in Emergency and Disaster Management Program had another successful hands-on event on October 7, 2010.  Purpose 2 students and Professor Contreras led a Tabletop exercise focusing on an evacuation due to a bomb threat for the leadership staff at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.  Approximately 20 staff members participated including the Chief Operating Officer, Harold McDonald.

Although the event started after normal work hours on a Thursday before a holiday weekend (at 500PM), the participants were initially apprehensive about the exercise but eventually became fully engaged in the discussion-based exercise.

The tabletop exercise was facilitated by MCNY graduate students Jack Finkelstein and Cliff Miller.  The remaining Purpose 2 students, Najeeb Abubakar, Dilshad Jafarly, Madeline Tavarez and Jazzlyn Martinez, served as observers, evaluators and recorders.  It was an interesting and valuable experience for all participants.  Professor Contreras led the hotwash immediately after the exercise.  A comprehensive After Action Report (AAR) will be prepared by the class and submitted to the hospital within 30 days.

The exercise finally ended at 8:30 PM and a quick debriefing was conducted.  All of the hospital staff was motivated to have more exercises.  That being said, this tabletop exercise was a precursor for an evacuation drill to be held in November.  Hospital staff was quick to acknowledge that this exercise was a very worthwhile activity.  Among other healthcare-specific issues, the importance of the Incident Command System and NIMS were highlighted.

Congratulations to all of the members of Purpose 2 for a job well done!

MCNY-EDM Purpose 2 Students and Professor Contreras at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

MCNY E &DM Purpose 2 students and Professor Contreras pose for a picture after a successful tabletop exercise at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center on October 7, 2010.

Staff at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

Staff at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center participated in a Tabletop Exercise facilitated by MCNY Emergency and Disaster Management students on October 7, 2010.

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MPA Emergency and Disaster Management Program has reached another milestone!

September 28, 2010

The program recently hosted the Certified Emergency Management designation prep class and examination and the following professors, alumni and students have passed: Prof. Joan M. Thomas; Jean Paul Roggiero; Derek Powers; Prof. George Contreras; Ruben de la Concha; Matthew Khaled

Having this designation is a major accomplishment for any Emergency Management practitioner and more and more is becoming a professional hiring requirement.

With this in mind the EDM department will continue to sponsor prep classes and proctor exams and is now holding documentation review classes for students, faculty, staff and alumni of MCNY.

For more information, please contact program director Ali Gheith at

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The Symposium at Brooklyn Borough Hall

September 23, 2010

Twenty-One MCNY Emergency and Disaster students pose for a photo after moderating a Symposium recently at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The symposiums was sponsored by the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

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