HSAC at Work


2018 Verge Hawaii Conference - June 12-14, 2018

The 2018 Verge Hawaii Conference by GreenBiz brought together experts in the private and public sectors to discuss technical, political, and cultural ways of building a clean and resilient economy. In her keynote address and two sidebar interviews, Devra Schwartz, HSAC Vice President of Operations, discusses the role of disruptive technology, GIS, and SALUS in crisis management.


2018 HSAC GALA - April 19, 2018

The 2018 HSAC Gala brought together leading philanthropists in the Los Angeles community to celebrate and support our organization's work, and to recognize Chief Charlie Beck of the Los Angeles Police Department, and HSAC Board Member Norm Nixon. Photos from this event can be viewed here.


HSAC Crisis Leadership & Emergency Management Workshop - April 18-19, 2018

Our inaugural Crisis Leadership and Emergency Management Workshop brought together high-level officials and executives from the private, public, and civic sectors to discuss some of the most pressing issues affecting our field today. Participants learned best practices in areas including supply chain resiliency, mass notification, and crisis leadership, and learned firsthand from officials who led the responses to recent mass-scale events including the Thomas Fire, Hurricane Harvey, and the Las Vegas Mass Shooting. Photos from this event can be viewed here.


crisis management case challenge - april 11, 2018

The third Crisis Management Case Challenge of 2018 gave graduate students the opportunity to address the following policy question: Should educators be prepared to do more during crises? The winners and photos of the event can be viewed here


the los Angeles marathon - March 18, 2018

SALUS was used in support of local Emergency Operations Centers during the Los Angeles Marathon, providing increased situational awareness and a means of collaborating between different city jurisdictions.


Crisis Management Case Challenge - March 9, 2018

During our second Crisis Management Case Challenge of 2018, teams of graduate students developed policy recommendations on the topic of supply chain resiliency. The winners and photos of the event can be viewed here


Crisis Management Case Challenge - February 1, 2018

The first Crisis Management Case Challenge of 2018 had teams of graduate students developing policy recommendations on mass notification practices in Los Angeles. The winners and photos of the event can be viewed here


Emergency Management Executive Meeting - January 24, 2018

The top emergency managers from Southern California convened with HSAC to discuss the state of the region and the most recent disasters.


Executive Supply Chain Meeting - January 18, 2018

HSAC convened Southern California’s largest grocery retailers to discuss supply chain resilience. The grocery industry play a significant role in local governments feeding efforts during a disaster.   


A Conversation with Nid Kim: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey - January 11, 2018

For the first Distinguished Speaker Series of the year, Nim Kidd detailed his experiences during the recent Hurricane Harvey. See more event photos here

"Have a bias for action" - Nim Kidd. 


2017 International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference                November 11, 2017

In addition to HSAC staff attending the 2017 IAEM Conference, HSAC also sponsored the President's Hospitatlity Reception to welcome emergency managers from around the world to the conference. 


A Conversation with Craig Fugate - November 3, 2017

Craig Fugate, former Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), joined HSAC for a conversation on leadership and emergency management. Photos of the event can be viewed here


Crisis Management Case Challenge - October 26, 2017

The second Crisis Management Case Challenge had teams of graduate students developing policy recommendations on post-disaster housing in Los Angeles. The winners and photos of the event can be viewed here


Distinguished Speaker Series - Crisis Management: An Evolving Perspective and Developing Leaders - October 11, 2017

The second HSAC Distinguished Speaker Series featured Peter Neffenger, retired Vice Admiral of the United States Coast Guard, and Brad Kieserman, Vice President of Disaster Operations and Logistics at the American Red Cross. More photos of this event can be viewed here


Crisis Management Case Challenge - October 5, 2017

The inaugural Crisis Management Case Challenge was hosted at the University of Southern California, where teams of graduate students competed to present recommendations on contemporary crisis management issues. View more event photos here


Distinguished Speaker Series - Women and Crisis Leadership: A Panel Discussion -
October 5, 2017

HSAC kicked off its Distinguished Speaker Series with Women and Crisis Leadership: A Panel Discussion, featuring four high accomplished leaders in the field. More images can be viewed here. 


Pepperdine School of Public Policy - Policy Intensives with Practitioners series: Emergency Management and homeland security - september 15, 2017

HSAC participated in Pepperdine's practitioner series on emergency management and homeland security. 


ESRI User Conference: national Security And Public Safety Summit - July 9, 2017

HSAC presented once again at the ESRI User Conference National Security and Public Safety Summit. This year's presentation focused on our information-sharing technology, SALUS - The Crisis Hub. 


Los Angeles Marathon - March 19, 2017

HSAC demonstrated their SALUS technology for the Los Angeles Fire Department at the Los Angeles Marathon Unified Command Post. 


89th academy awards - february 26, 2017

HSAC worked with the Los Angeles Police Department to test their newest information-sharing software, SALUS, at the 2017 Academy Awards.


NDU Defense Fellowship - November 17, 2016

HSAC co-hosted fellows from the National Defense University in proving them with a first-hand look at emergency management within the Los Angeles region. 


International Symposium on Emergency Management - November 4, 2016

Fuzhou University in China, through the University of Southern California, invited HSAC to present at the International Symposium on Emergency Management.


Women in Homeland Security panel - October 11, 2016

Dr. Gabriela Noriega, HSAC Vice President of Operations, Technology, and Research, was invited to participate and speak about women in homeland security.


Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy - October 5, 2016

HSAC President and CEO, Jim Featherstone, presented to Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters on leadership. 


FEMA National Advisory Council Meeting - September 12, 2016

Jim Featherstone, President and CEO of HSAC, and Chair of the FEMA National Advisory Council, during his meeting and presentation to members in Washington D.C.


Esri Users Conference - June 27, 2016

HSAC attended the week long Esri Users Conference in San Diego to learn about the latest advancements in GIS and mapping technologies.


Esri National Security and Public Safety Summit - June 25, 2016

As a subject matter expert, HSAC presented at the Esri National Security and Public Safety Summit to a crowd of high-level public safety professionals. 


Esri Business Summit - June 26, 2016

HSAC participated on a public safety panel to business executives at the Esri Business Summit in San Diego, California.

Watch HSAC's presentation here.


News Conference - June 19, 2016

HSAC participated in an interview on homeland security on NBC 4's News Conference, Southern California's longest running political and public affairs interview program.


Paris Public Safety Briefing - June 9, 2016

HSAC and its sponsored delegation presented to the Los Angeles public safety community at the University of Southern California on lessons learned from recent Paris terrorist attacks.


Paris Delegation - April 4-10, 2016

HSAC took a delegation of Los Angeles public safety professionals to Paris to consult with local authorities, and gain insight into their recent terrorist attacks.


Homeland Security Roundtable - March 24, 2016

HSAC participated on a panel about homeland security with Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, at the University of Southern California.