Earthquake Workshop

Emergency Preparedness Committee Proudly Presents

Movers & Shakers:
Earthquake Preparedness

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Place: 2055 Gateway Place - Conference Center
San Jose, CA 95110
Cost: Principal Member: Free ( RSVP required)
Associate Member: $15 , Non-BOMA Member : $25 


Come join us for this great presentation so you can be prepared for the next big one! Featuring a panel of esteemed speakers this will be an informative and important workshop for everyone. Don’t miss it!

After enjoying a continental breakfast, the morning will start with a brief presentation from the USGS’s own Brad Aagaard, to let us know what the HayWired Scenario will mean to the Bay Area.

Following his presentation, Brad will join our panel moderated by Bill Wood.

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Brad Aagaard, Ph.D is a Research Geophysicist with USGS. Mr. Aagaard has been with USGS since 2003. He is a published author and speaker. A full profile can be viewed online at:

Dr. Frank Vernon is a Research Seismologist at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego.  His current research interests are focused on developing distributed networked real-time sensor networks in terrestrial and marine environments.  Currently he is the Director for the USArray Array Network Facility for the NSF EarthScope program. This network currently has over 500 stations using seismic, acoustic, and atmospheric pressure sensors delivering real-time data to UCSD, which are redistributed to multiple sites.  The ANF is responsible for real-time state-of-health monitoring for the network in addition to the real time data processing, archiving, and distribution.  Data are acquired over multiple types of communication links including wireless, satellite, and wired networks.  Dr. Vernon is the PI on the ANZA broadband and strong motion seismic network that has operated since 1982 providing real-time seismic monitoring capability for southernmost California.  Dr. Vernon is a co-PI on very dense seismic deployment around the San Jacinto fault zone, focusing on earthquake source physics, fault structure, and providing real-time seismic monitoring capability for southernmost California. In addition, Dr. Vernon is PI on the HPWREN program creating a large-scale wireless high-performance data network that is being used for interdisciplinary research and education applications, as well as a research test bed for wireless technology systems in general. HPWREN provides wide area wireless internet access throughout southernmost California including San Diego, Riverside, and Riverside counties and the offshore regions. Under UCSD’s HPWREN program, research being conducted on building “last kilometer” wireless links and developing networking infrastructure to capture real-time data from multiple types of sensors from seismic networks, hydrological sensors, oceanographic sensors, wildfire cameras, meteorological sensors, as well as data from coastal radar and GPS. Dr. Vernon obtained a B.A. in Physics with Specialization in Earth Sciences from UCSD in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from UCSD in 1989.  He is author or co-author on more than 130 scientific articles and is currently editor for the AGU Earth and Space Sciences Journal.

James Woodward is a retired Fire Battalion Chief with 33+ years of experience in emergency response, planning, emergency management and operations. Jim has worked as a Senior Operations/Exercise Planner for the California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security (Cal OHS) and with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) from 2006 to 2014. He has worked with local governments, state agencies, federal agencies, and private industry developing a full range of exercises that validated and evaluated their emergency response and recovery plans, policies, and procedures. Jim has also been the Lead Planner for four (4) of the California Governor’s Statewide Full Scale Exercises formerly called Golden Guardian in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Jim has worked for numerous state agencies on Pandemic Planning, Emergency Operations and Response, and Continuity Planning. In his career, Jim has provided field experience and consultation in incident command, emergency operations, planning, preparedness, and communications. Jim is qualified in the California Standard Emergency Management System (SEMS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS). Jim has taught at the community college level as a Fire Technology Adjunct Professor for 20 years and has a Life Time Vocational Certificate from the California Community Colleges. Jim is a certified instructor for the California Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and is a Federal Emergency Management Agency graduate of the Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP). Jim Woodward holds a BA Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.

Bill Wood will serve as our moderator. He is the Co-Owner of Statcomm Inc. and has over 25 years’ experience in the Life Safety Industry.  Bill is Statcomm’s Licensed C-16 California Contractor for Fire Suppression Systems, a California Certified Life Safety Electrician, and holds numerous other State, Industry, and Factory certifications in Fire and Life Safety. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MBA from San Jose State University.


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