Bob Hebert, Fort Bend County Judge

The Emergency Management Executive Education Seminar held yesterday at the Gus George Academy was attended by a diverse group of county, municipal, school and private sector leaders; and ably facilitated by the advisory team from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California. Participants showed a willingness to discuss areas of emergency response that worked well as well as those areas that need improvement. Their frank and candid discussions of a variety of risks confronting Fort Bend County added significant value to the seminar for all who attended.” Bob Hebert Fort Bend County Judge  

Dan Kane, Manager of Emergency Management, Port of Long Beach

We really appreciate what CHDS did for our Port Complex. You started a discussion that Port Partners (Federal, State, and Local) will continue at all levels within our organizations. The Panel you assembled provided invaluable and timely insights for us as we work with the State and other regional partners on a variety of all-hazards plans, including the rewrite of the Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Plan.” Dan Kane Manager of Emergency Management Security Services Division Port of Long Beach

Caroline Whalen, County Administrative Officer, King County Department of Executive Services

Thank you all for sharing your insights and expertise with King County leadership last week. Executive Constantine and his cabinet were extremely impressed with the professionalism and high level of engagement your team fostered during the half-day seminar. We are already at work reviewing emergency plans and policies with the insights you helped inspire: de-conflicting intra- and inter-governmental protocols and making other moves to be better prepared for the next major incident in our region. Your encouraging words and open-ended thinking about our collaborative efforts among both public and private sector leaders – particularly in the areas of public health, hazard mitigation, and long-term recovery – were very much appreciated. As we look toward the future, please let us know if your program would like any information or assistance that can help make your seminars, or other products, even more beneficial for those you seek to serve.” Caroline Whalen County Administrative Officer King County Department of Executive Services

Perry Plummer, Director, New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The Homeland Security Executive Education Seminar presented by the CHDS Mobile Education team has been, and continues to be, the foundation for executive level disaster preparedness in New Hampshire.  We have been fortunate to receive this one of a kind executive education offered by the CHDS team for each of our last three Governors and their new leadership teams.  Each time the seminar exceeded the new leadership team’s expectation.  I do not know of a better program that introduces a new Governor to emergency management and homeland security at the State level.  NH is better prepared as a result of the program. The half-day seminar is always interesting, thought provoking and tremendously beneficial to prepare for natural and human-caused disasters.  Stan and his team are top notch!” – Perry Plummer, Director, New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management

From Tomás P. Regalado – Mayor, City of Miami

The City of Miami prides itself on its status as a major global special events destination. Every year, millions of people come to Miami to enjoy our numerous sporting events, concerts, and festivals. It is one of my most sober responsibilities as Mayor to ensure that our residents and guests are able to forge lifelong memories at these events as safely as possible. I am thankful to The Center for Homeland Defense and Security for putting together a terrific seminar that allowed executives from both private and public organizations to collaborate on critical security issues. The skillfully moderated conversations were both timely and relevant to Miami’s unique concerns. I left the seminar with renewed confidence that our city remains vigilant and is continuing to push its emergency preparations in the right direction.