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Emergency Preparedness, Communication and Response Talk – Dr. Gary W. Strong

The Rotary Club will be hosting Dr. Gary Strong
who will be addressing “Emergency Preparedness, Communication, and Response” on February 21, 2019.
The Rotary Club meets in The Nelson Center, 8445 Thomas Nelson Highway. Lovingston, VA 22949.

Meeting will start at 7:15am and end at approx. 8:15am.
This talk is open to the public, but people are asked to RSVP by calling or texting 434-579-1139 by February 14, 2019 if they plan to attend since breakfast will be available. 

While Dr.
Strong is a current member of the Nelson County Broadband Authority, this talk
draws upon his
experiences at both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the
Department of Homeland
Security. His talk will focus on various types of disasters and how ordinary
citizens can help both in
better preparing themselves and with assisting emergency responders. Other
county administrators
are expected to be on hand to help answer any questions after the talk.

Background
on Dr. Strong

Dr. Gary W. Strong was
founding Executive Director of the Human Language Technology Center of
Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, a center focused on long term
research in language processing technology. Prior to that at MITRE he developed a corporate strategy for bio
security and acquired internal R & D funding for a 3 year team project modeling phase changes in social group
behavior. From the inception of the Department of Homeland Security until 2004, he served on detail from NSF to
the Department of Homeland Security to establish behavioral research programs. While at DHS, Dr. Strong
co-chaired two White House National Science and Technology Council interagency coordination groups: the
Biometrics Working Group and the Social, Behavioral, and Economics Research Subcommittee.

During his
tenure at NSF, Dr. Strong was responsible for interagency coordination of
national security and homeland
security related programs. Dr. Strong served on detail from NSF to DARPA
between 1999 and 2001.

The Strong
Angel
series of
demonstrations aimed at exercising humanitarian assistance and consequence management
technologies was created by funding from Dr. Strong’s programs as a result of
which the demonstration
was named after him.

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