Allan Fraser

FEMA Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC) Event

Blog Post created by Allan Fraser Employee on Mar 9, 2017

I’m presenting at the FEMA Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC) Event next Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the University of Rhode Island. The event topic is Inclusive Emergency Management and I’m presenting on Navigating Successful Emergency Evacuation Planning!

The mission of the RISC is to improve the effectiveness of coordinated emergency management throughout the six New England States through the engagement of the interagency leadership in a forum to exchange relevant information and associated planning and decision-making.

The event will be from 9am-3pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom on the URI campus.

Here is the agenda:


Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC) Meeting

FEMA Region 1

University of Rhode Island

50 Lower College Rd Kingston, RI 02881


Memorial Union Ballroom


March 16, 2017 (Rev. 3-6-17)

Theme: Inclusive Emergency Management

7:30 – 8:15



8:15 - 8:30

Welcome, Overview and Introductions

Peter Rennert, OIB Chief, FEMA R1

Paul Ford

Acting Regional Administrator, FEMA R1

Samuel Adams

Assistant Director
Department of Public Safety, URI

8:30 - 9:00

Regional Initiatives

Dr. Kate McCarthy-Barnett, Regional Disability Integration Advisor, FEMA R1

9:00 – 10:00

Navigating Emergency Evacuation Planning plus Equipment Demonstration

Allan Fraser

Senior Building Code Specialist

National Fire Protection Association

10:00 - 10:30

Population Reality: Planning for the Whole Community

Dr. Oce Harrison

Project Director

Institute for Human Centered Design/NE ADA Center

10:30 - 10:45



10:45 - 11:30

Lessons Learned: Inclusive Training & Exercises: Active Shooter Incident

Anne-Marie McLaughlin,

Emergency Manager,

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Valerie Claire Haven,

Academic Technology Coordinator, University of Massachusetts, Boston

11:35 - Noon

Accessible Communications

Steven Florio,

Executive Director

RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Noon – 1:00

Lunch on your own (Note: RI Inclusive Disaster Partnership Workgroup Discussion: Room TBD)


1:00 - 1:50

Engaging Agency Partners to be Champions of Integration and Inclusive Planning

Gary J. Kleinman, Regional Administrator,

HHS/ASPR Region 1

Sara Zalieckas,

MA Emergency Management Agency

Daria Smith,

Executive Director,

CT Statewide Independent Living Council

1:50 – 2:15

Preparing Together: Empowering Partnerships with First Responders

Christopher DeGrave,

Deputy Chief

Kingston Fire Department, Kingston RI

2:15 – 2:30



2:30 – 2:45

Next Steps/Lessons Learned

Peter Rennert, FEMA R1

2:45 – 3:00

Update Patriot Response 2017 Exercise

Pam Zawada, EM Specialist, FEMA R1

3:00 – 3:30

Wrap Up

Mark Gallagher,

Response Division Director, FEMA R1

NOTE: Meeting ends @ 3:30 to allow for return travel within 8 hour time-frame, to avoid overtime