emps-preparednessfair (Agenda)


Welcome to the first virtual Annual Community Emergency Preparedness Fair! Have fun and enjoy the speakers, activities and opportunities brought. 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

  Keynote Address 
  William Cullen, NIH Chief Security Officer
  Crime Prevention Starts At Home
All ages


Alvin Maker, NIH Police: Officer Maker will be talking about the "triangle of crime" and how you can stop crime before it happens.
  FEMA Whole Community Preparedness
Teens and adults


Gretchen Wesche: Children and youth are 25 percent of the population, but 100 percent of the future! This session will focus on FEMA resources that help individuals and communities prepare for disasters and build resiliency, with a special focus on fun and educational youth preparedness resources for all ages that are available both digitally and in hard-copy.
  Hope for the Best, but Prepare for the Worst
All ages


Samantha Brann, Arlington County Emergency Management:  2020 has brought us a global pandemic, civil unrest, killer hornets, locusts, cicadas, an earthquake, hurricanes, record-high heat, flooding, and toilet paper and other commodity shortages (to name a few!). This presentation will discuss how you and your family can prepare for emergencies, from COVID-19 to what might come next. We’ll discuss developing personal and family emergency plans, assembling emergency supplies, and emergency communication. Additionally, we’ll review tools and resources available to assist you and your family as you tackle developing your own emergency plan.
  FBI Cyber Safety
Teens and adults


Susi Hajeski, FBI Senior Computer Scientist: An inside look on what you should be doing to stay safe from one of the pros. Find out about what to watch out for, simple ways to protect yourself and more!

FBI Safe Online Surfing Program

  Anti-Bullying Training for Kids!
All ages


Tom Chiarizia, NIH Civil: Tom will be discussing how to identify and fight bullying in a presentation geared for those 12 and under, but all are welcome to participate.  There is an interactive portion of the presentation and participants are asked to have 3 small cups; one with salt, one with pepper, and one empty. 
  Get Involved With CERT!  
Teens and Adults


Gerry Adcock, CERT: The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. 
  Meteorology For Kids!  
All ages Tim Brice, National Weather Service: Basic meteorology and extreme weather information.
  Disaster Preparedness
Teens and adults David Haupt, DEM: Home preparedness, Fire, Extreme Weather, Blackout and Active Shooter Safety 

From all of us here at the National Cancer Institute Emergency Management and Physical Security Branch, thank you to everyone who attended, and all of the presenters and technicians who made this possible. 




Self Paced Learning

Kahoot!   How safety savvy are you? Check out our Kahoot! to find out. 

Pet First Aid, The Basics

All Ages



Allison Kellner, Director, Safety Education Specialists: Learn how you can keep your pets safe in an emergency.


Check out the resources and links for more online preparedness information. The Scouting and Exploration Corner has tons of cool resources for kids ages K - 12 including badge activities for scouts.  



Bill Cullen Portrait


William Cullen

Mr. Cullen serves as the NIH Chief Security Officer and the Associate Director for Security and Emergency Response (ADSER). He is responsible for development, coordination, and execution of all NIH-wide security and life-safety programs. Mr. Cullen directly supervises the implementation efforts and operations of the Division of Police (NIH’s own police force), Division of Personnel Security and Access Control, Division of Emergency Management, Division of Physical Security Management, Division of Fire & Rescue Services, the Division of the Fire Marshal and the Counterintelligence Program. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service since his arrival at the NIH in 2008.


Mr. Cullen comes to the NIH after serving for 27 years in the Navy where he had several operational tours at sea, two command tours and various staff billets while ashore. In addition to qualifying as a surface warfare officer and aviator, his sea duty assignments included overseas deployments on eight of the Navy’s twelve aircraft carriers in support of operations in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Oceans and the Persian Gulf.


While ashore, Mr. Cullen served as a flight instructor, a staff officer at the Pentagon while in the Navy’s Air Warfare Directorate and as the operations officer for Commander, Navy Installations Command. The Department of Defense designated him as a European Political/Military affairs specialist and a Strike/Interdiction Mission Commander. During his Navy career, Mr. Cullen accumulated 3000 hours in various aircraft and has 860 carrier arrested landings.


Mr. Cullen is a native of Northport, NY. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and a Master of Science degree from Wake Forest University. Mr. Cullen is a graduate of the Navy War College and Armed Forces Staff College. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, five Air Medals with the Combat V, six Strike/Flight Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Portrait of Alvin Maker

Officer Alvin Maker 

As an NIH Police Officer, it’s a part of my job to be an active part of the community and to learn what the community wants and needs to feel safe. I learned this information through participating in community events, having casual conversations with community members, and being accessible to our community stakeholders. What attracted me to a career in public service, specifically law enforcement, was the opportunity to help people in their time of need and celebrate in their time of rejoice. It's a very unique job with very unique experiences. I am humbled to have the opportunity to affect positive change in people’s lives.

Portrait of Samantha Brann

Samantha Brann

Samantha Brann serves as the Community Engagement Manager with Arlington County Emergency Management, in Arlington County, VA. In this position, she coordinates outreach and educational programming for the department, as well as manages emergency support volunteer programs. While at Arlington Emergency Management, Ms. Brann has coordinated multiple innovative outreach projects, bringing community partners to the table to enhance the reach and impact of outreach messaging. Ms. Brann holds a MSL in Homeland Security and Crisis Management Law from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.


David Haupt

David Haupt retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of service and started at NIH in 2015 as an Emergency Communication Dispatcher. He then transferred to Emergency Management in 2016 and has his masters degree in Disaster and Emergency Management. 

Tom Chiarizia Portrait

Tom Chiarizia

Tom joined the NIH Civil Branch within the Office of Human Resources as a Civil Program Specialist in January 2017 and is the current servicing specialist for the National Cancer Institute. 

Prior to working with Civil, Tom was a Police Officer for 22 years and served in dignitary protection, uniformed patrol, background investigations, criminal investigations, and as a canine handler in explosives detection.

Tom has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling.

Gerry Adcock


Gerry Adcock

Gerry is a member of the Montgomery County CERT program and currently the President of their organization. Gerry is also one of the Command Duty Officers and an instructor for the CERT program and CPR/AED.

Gerry works for Montgomery County as the Public Safety Radio System Manager. Additionally, he was a Police Officer, and coupled with 30 years IT experience, including disaster recovery planning, he has a vast amount of experience in disaster preparedness, planning, operations, and logistics

Gretchen Wesche Portrait

Gretchen Wesche

Gretchen Wesche is the Youth Preparedness Lead for FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division. In this capacity, she supports programming that focuses on harnessing the power of youth to build a culture of preparedness in the United States.

Ms. Wesche has a background in education with more than eight years’ experience as an instructor, researcher, and project manager in the United States and abroad, including two terms of service as an AmeriCorps member. She completed her undergraduate studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduate studies at Syracuse University, where she earned degrees in International Relations and Teaching and Curriculum.


Tim Brice

Tim Brice graduated from the University of Missouri in 1992 with dual Bachelor degrees in Journalism and Atmospheric Science.  Tim joined the National Weather Service in 1994 and has served in the El Paso area office for the last 26 years.  His passion during that time has been to help the NWS explore, develop and integrate the latest technologies into its operational settings. Including developing web pages, using Google Earth and Maps in operations, helping develop and use social media to receive and disseminate information and is currently leading a team of forecasters that gives virtual school visits around the United States (and the world). 


Susi Hajeski

Susi Hajeski, a 23 year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is the Senior Computer Scientist for the Baltimore Field Office. She is an integral component of the FBI Baltimore Cyber Task Force, leads a team of highly technical individuals from various government agencies and coordinates cyber investigations with Law Enforcement, Intelligence Community partners and other Federal Government Agencies.  The Department of Justice has repeatedly requested Mrs. Hajeski to testify as a subject matter expert in computers and Computer Science.  In addition to her work developing complex technical solutions to further FBI investigations in Maryland and Delaware, she provides technical instruction to Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement as Adjunct Faculty for the FBI. Mrs. Hajeski received her bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.

Allison Kellner Portrait


Allison Kellner, Director, Safety Education Specialists


American Heart Association Instructor, American Heart Association Training Site Manager, American Heart Association Regional Faculty for Virginia, American Heart Association Training Center Faculty.

A former Lifeguard, Optician and Administrator at U.S. Naval Station Annapolis, Maryland, Allison brings more than 20 years of experience to SES. Besides heading SES, Allison has been Adjunct Faculty at four Community Colleges, directed and instructed programs at several federal agencies as well as the Arlington Hospital Center and the National Institute of Health.

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Technical Advice 

To attend the presentations, simply go to the Agenda tab and click on the name of the speaker at the appropriate time. If you've never used WebEx before, it will prompt you to start an executable program. Just follow along with the instructions until you get to the presentation. If you have any questions go to the WebEx manual page here for more information. The presentations will last 15 - 30 minutes, although some may be longer or shorter, then have a 5 - 10 minute question and answer session. To participate in the Q&A, just type your question in the chat box, and the presenter will get to it at the end of their presentation. We can't guarantee that every speaker will get to all questions, but they'll try their best.