Past Events and Programs

CADRE Community Summit Series:

Made possible by funding from the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)

The Community Summit Series is a set of regularly scheduled two hour sessions in rotating locations spanning Santa Clara County. They include brief presentations on pertinent agency emergency planning topics, community preparedness or specific presentations from stakeholders/membership agencies on their community function and services they provide followed by open networking time.


Community Summit #1

Bella Mia Ballroom, Downtown San Jose
February 13, 2014

Dana Reed -Director of Emergency Management SCOE S and Fire Dept. Addressed his role as newly appointed Director of Emergency Management SCOES welcoming CADRE members to the first community summit. 
Tom Busk – CADRE Managing Director Addressed his role as CADRE Administrative Director highlighting the past success and future challenges of CADRE.


Community Summit #2

Morgan Hill Community Center, Morgan Hill
March 13, 2014

Karl Matzke– Disaster Chair/Mass Care Co-Administrator ARC Silicon Valley

Karl Matzke is currently Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter Disaster Chair and a Management Board member of the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team.

Presentation: General topic area on “vulnerability analysis” mapping of Santa Clara County covering regional data gathered during disasters then linked to determining need for services such as sheltering sites. In general it is best to do a vulnerability analysis as the first step in creating a disaster plan. Analysis to help identify the scale of the response needed


Community Summit #3

Microsoft Moffett Towers, Sunnyvale
May 8, 2014 

Speakers from
Chris Kuryak – Chief Operating Officer
Alvin Liang– Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer Chief Technology Officer

Chris Kuryak – Chris holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Alvin Liang- Since receiving his S.B. and M.Eng. Degrees from MIT, Alvin has worked in a range of industries, specializing in start-ups. He was previously a software engineer in San Francisco, CA for Crittercism, and in Cambridge, MA for LabLife (now part of Lab Guru).

Presentation: Organize Your Disaster Recovery – A custom website for each community to manage donations, organize volunteers, and meet the needs of your residents.


Community Summit #4

Bella Mia Ballroom, Downtown San Jose
June 12, 2014

Guest of Honor
Carolyn Filiatrault, Hope Services, Gilroy –“Excellence in Preparedness Award -2014”

Aaron Baker, P.E. – Engineering Unit Manager, Water Supply Operations Planning and Analysis
Mike Duffy – Wells and Water Measurement Unit Manager

Presentation: Drought Response 2014 Strategy by the Santa Clara Valley Water District California Drought contingency Plan and 2014 Santa Clara County water supply, how it is managed, past activities of preparation and future concerns for the drought in California

CADRE Community Forums

Previously known as CADRE Community Summits, these forum sessions are supported under the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG). Each forum session will address the unique nature and diverse needs Santa Clara Counties various community entities.

The objectives of all of these events are to

  • Develop relationships among stakeholders from diverse support agencies
  • Strengthen understanding of response and recovery procedures
  • Add to local government agency representatives’ knowledge of specialized topics


April Forum

Disaster Resiliency and Your Community ~ Preparing Our Faith Based Organizations

The first in our series of three (3) Community Forums is scheduled for Saturday April 18, 2015. This event is designed primarily for those Faith Based Organizations and their congregation members, who are often restricted by schedule from attending our weekday venues offered during traditional work hours, to allow for more inclusive participation in CADRE training and networking activities.

Legacy Community Church
16735 Lark Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Saturday April 18th 2015
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Program Objectives will focus on
How to Build a Team and Operate Within the Leadership Matrix Required by the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Panel presentation on Disaster Resiliency and your Community will include:

  • James Uhey, President of the Phoenix Project USA
  • John Scott, City Team
  • Ray Jones, Phoenix Project USA

Group training table top exercise will follow the panel discussion.

This exercise is based on these principles to respond to a major earthquake that would take place during a church/synagogue activity.

    • Fine tune your response to an event
    • Develop a plan for future training to meet readiness goals
    • Work toward knowing who can provide mutual aide

CADRE Community Forum #1 Summary


May Forum

Emergency Management and Your Community 

The second in our series of three (3) Community Forums

Second Harvest Food Bank
Cypress Center Pond Conference Room
4001 North First Street
San Jose, CA
Wednesday May 13th 2015
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Emergency Managers Panel presentation discussion will open the morning with each panelist speaking to the essential duties of their position, daily responsibilities and what their expectations are from our CBO’s, FBO’s and non-profit organizations. The panel will include these representatives, among others:
  • Office of Emergency Services, City of San Jose
  • Northern California Coastal Region, American Red Cross
  • Office of Emergency Services, City of Mountain View
Following the panel discussion, everyone will join together as a team to participate in a community sort there at the Food Bank. Come and represent your agency as we practice combining our efforts to work side by side.
The dress code at the Food Bank is casual and comfortable. Closed toe shoes and long pants are required.
 Please consider bringing donations of non-perishable food items. High protein items such as tuna and peanut butter are greatly appreciated or meals in a can like stew and soups. One can or one case does make a difference!
 The forum is being held Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, at the Second Harvest Food Bank Cypress Center Pond Conference Room 4001 N. First Street San Jose, CA 95134
  • Registration from 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
  • Promptly followed by the Emergency Manager Panel discussion from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Group Activity: Community sort for the food bank from 9:30-11:30 AM
  • Closing remarks by 12:00 noon. 
Not only is this a valuable venue to hear from our Emergency Managers but also an opportunity to cultivate community relationships through shared activity. 


June Forum

Technology and Communications in Your Community 

The third in our series of three (3) Community Forums

Presented by CADRE in cooperation with California Resiliency Alliance
Microsoft Moffett Towers
1020 Enterprise Way
Building B 
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
June 11th 2015
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Among our panel of government and private sector representatives: 

  • Joe Abrams, National Coordinator, Alliance for Community Solutions 
  • Douglas Schenk, GIS Analyst, Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services
  • Ken Foot, Senior Emergency Planning Coordinator, Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services
  • Brian Biedelman, Program Manager, Yahoo! 
  • Anna Jaeger, CTO, Caravan Studio (TechSoup Global)
  • Jim Turner, Executive Director California Resiliency Alliance
  • Erike Young, Global Safety Manager, Google
Speakers will be addressing technology, roles and duties applied to public alerting, data base management, GIS mapping and web based platforms and employee volunteerism for non-profits that have a role in disaster response.
The forum will take place Thursday, June 11th, 2015, at the Microsoft Moffett Towers1020 Enterprise Way,Building B, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
  • Registration with refreshments and pizza from 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Panel presentations from 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
  • Break from 7:15 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Panel discussion from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM


The Disaster Resilience Standard was prepared by Fritz Institute San Francisco, California in collaboration with California Volunteers and the Office of the Governor State of California.

The Disaster Resilience Standard is a planning format, with elements specifically identified to build organizational resilience.

The intent is not to set aside all of the other plans to develop a DRS plan, but to use these elements in conjunction with other planning guidance.

The CADRE Disaster Resilience Standard Project instructs participants on the origins of the Disaster Resilience Standard (DRS), how it helps organizations prepare, why the need for standards, what are the elements of the Disaster Resilience Standard, and how the tiered levels of disaster resilience are deployed in an organization.

The participants receive instruction on the importance of standards and the basis for implementing the Disaster Resilience Standard for nonprofits and faith-based organizations.

  • Tier 1 – Life, Safety and Survival
  • Tier 2 – Reestablishing Operations and Service Delivery
  • Tier 3 – Sustaining Operations and External Collaboration


CADRE members can log in to the Members page and download DRS tools and curriculum presentations.


Through a grant with California Volunteers in 2012 

two modules of Tier-1 were presented to participants.

This training consisted of an Introduction to the DRS,

Module 1: Disaster Mission Statement

and Module 2: Risk Assessment.

These two modules cover the first

two elements of the standard.


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This publication is supported by Award No. 2010-0006, awarded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Grants and Training ( G&T). The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Homeland Security.