2015 Annual Meeting

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the
Multi-State Fleet Response Working Group
“Improving Public/Private Sector Mutual Assistance & Operational Information Sharing to Improve
Disaster Response and a more Resilient Supply Chain”

You are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Multi-State Fleet Response Working Group Meeting which will be hosted at PECO Headquarters in Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 8:30am to 2:30pm ET.

About the Meeting
This integrated planning meeting is being jointly conducted by the power utilities in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, and other private sector companies from food, fuel, finance, retail, telecommunications, and transportation.

This meeting is being supported by the multiple government agencies at the federal, state, and levels, along with several national trade associations and coordinating bodies.

This meeting will be the annual convening of the Multi-State Fleet Response Working Group, a national multi-sector working group supported by private and public sector operations professionals.

This year’s meeting will focus on Public/Private Sector Mutual Assistance and Approaches to Operational Information Sharing in order to expedite business, community and economic resilience.

The agenda will continued to build on the 2014 efforts of the Working Group and will engage attendees in the following:

  • Updates on 2014 Working Group Initiatives and Results
  • Discussions on key operational initiatives for Expediting Toll & Weigh Station Delays
  • Discussion on the CATEX 2014 Annual Information Sharing Exercise’s Outcomes/Net Steps
  • Announcement of a new Working Group Service for real-time “National Situational Awareness” called the FLEET OPEN/CLOSED service
  • Three panel discussion sessions on Public/Private Mutual Assistance & Information Sharing involving the private sector, public sector and national trade groups from electric, food and fuel sectors focused on better understanding and enhancing mutual assistance and information sharing (click here for printable Panel Descriptions)
  • A special keynote on the response efforts to the recent Buffalo, NY Snow Storms and how public
    and private sectors responded to multiple feet of snowfall
  • Opportunities to meet professional peers and Working Group leadership


8:30am Continental Breakfast & Registration
9:00am Welcome – John Shaner, Chair of Fleet Working Group
9:05am Opening Remarks – Eric Helt, VP Operations, PECO
9:30am Fleet Response Working Group Annual Review
10:00am Key Working Group Initiatives – Expediting through toll and weigh stations;

  • NAFA Project Update, Pat O’Connor, NAFA
  • E-ZPass Update, Susan Forrester-Coates, E-ZPass-Transcorp
10:30am CATEX 2014 Annual Exercise/Drills with Electric, Fuel & Food Sectors
11:00am Announcement of New Fleet Open/Closed Service for national private sector situational awareness used during SANDY and 2013/2014 ice storms

  • Tony Bardo, Hughes Network Systems
11:15am Private Sector Mutual Assistance Panel Discussion:

  • Aaron Strickland, Southern Company, for the Southeast Electrical Exchange (SEE) (CONFIRMED)
  • Bill Kelbaugh, PECO Energy (CONFIRMED)
  • Mike Zappone, Northeast Utilities (invited)
  • Tom Born, PHI (invited)
12:00pm Group Lunch – Special Presentation by Garnell Whitfield, Fire Commissioner, Buffalo Fire Department; Lessons Learned from recent Snow Storms
12:45pm Public Sector Mutual Assistance Panel Discussion:

  • Mary Ann Tierney, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region III (CONFIRMED)
  • Dennis Sample, Field Operations Branch-Team Leader, Critical Infrastructure Protection Bureau, NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness (invited)
  • Jamie Quarrelles, Director Planning, District of Columbia Emergency Management Agency (CONFIRMED)
  • Samantha Phillips, Director, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (INVITED)
1:30pm National Trade Association Panel Discussion with Electric, Food & Fuel Sectors:

  • Chris Eisenbrey, Director Business Continuity, Edison Electric Institute
  • Suzanna Lemieux, Senior Policy Advisor, American Petroleum Institute
  • Rhett Asher, VP Asset Protection, Data Security & Crisis Management, Food Marketing Institute (invited)
2:15pm Next Steps & Closing Remarks
2:30pm Adjourn


Representatives from a wide cross section of public and private organizations attend this meeting each year:

Private Sector

  • Electric
  • Gas & Oil
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Food & Supply Chain
  • Retail
  • Medical
  • Banking & Finance
  • Chemical
  • Information Technology
  • Defense Industrial Base/Aerospace

State and Local Government

  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Cyber Security
  • Transportation
  • Health
  • Board of Public Utilities
  • State Police
  • Revenues and Tolls
  • Parks and Planning
  • General Services
  • Economic Development.

Federal Government

  • DHS Infrastructure Protection
  • DHS Science & Technology
  • FEMA
  • Coast Guard
  • Customs & Border Patrol
  • US Department of Transportation
  • US Department of Energy
  • National Guard
  • Department of Defense


To register for this event, click the link below:

url: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=zbu8kubab&oeidk=a07eabydvtqcd71110d&oseq

Learn more about:

The Multi-State Fleet Response Working Group


The 2014 CATEX Regional Information Sharing Drill/Exercise

The Fleet Working Group’s Operational Tools Produced

2013 Fleet Working Group Annual Report

The 2015 Secure Information Sharing Pilot


Parking Lots: (Paid Lots Only)

  • 1717 Arch St.
  • 50 N 23rd St.
  • 139 N 23rd St.

Local Hotels:

  • Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St, Philadelphia PA, 215-625-2900
  • Marriott Suites, 1201 Market St, Philadelphia PA, 215-625-2900
  • Double Tree/Hilton Hotel, 237 South Broad St, Philadelphia PA, 215-893-1600

Local Train Station:

  • The Philadelphia AMTRAK station is within walking distance from the meeting facility

General Information:

  • Coffee/Danish & Lunch will be provided
  • Attire will be business casual
  • Event is closed to media
  • This is a meeting of a working group of the All Hazards Consortium (501c3)

Contact Information:
Laura Johnson
All Hazards Consortium
[email protected]