SDMI unveils Industry Emergency Management Orientation

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FBI New Orleans / InfraGard Louisiana / Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) Joint Threat Briefing

October 7, 2014


SDMI, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Louisiana InfraGard and the Louisiana-State Analytical & Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE), will host a joint briefing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation that focuses on cyber and physical security threats and vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure. The briefing will include special sessions on effective use of cyber ranges, cyber scenarios, response and evidence handling, and electric power grid restoration. The briefing will take place on October 10 at the LSU Business Education Complex from 8am to 3pm. Participation is by invitation only due to limited seating. If you are interested in attending please send an email to Henry “Paco” Capello at to request a formal invitation.… Read the rest

SDMI Welcomes Shell Pipeline LC as a Corporate Member

October 3, 2014


SDMI recently announced Shell Pipeline LC as an SDMI Corporate Member. Corporate members of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute’s Center for Business Preparedness consist of corporations, foundations, and individuals whose passions are aligned with our pursuit of the improvement of emergency management, business continuity, and community resiliency. These organizations and individuals provide the private support needed to sustain these programs and continue to assist our communities in being better prepared and more resilient when disaster strikes.

Shell is a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology and one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, gasoline and natural gas marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell operate in 50 states and employs more than 22,000 people delivering energy in technically innovative ways.

Joseph Booth, Executive Director of SDMI, is happy to have Shell Pipeline as a member of the SDMI family. “SDMI welcomes Shell Pipeline as its latest corporate sponsor,” says Booth. “Shell Pipeline has a substantial presence in Louisiana and we are happy to partner with them to advance the science and practice of disaster management. I am looking forward to working closely with them on meaningful projects that will have lifesaving affects.”

Corporate Memberships make it possible for SDMI to research and develop current and relevant disaster knowledge, and to provide executive-level leadership education to the next generation of disaster managers, as well as business, volunteer, and government leaders. The memberships also ensure that SDMI will continue to be available to our University, state, and region as an international disaster resource center as we continuously improve disaster knowledge and education for our country.

For more information on how you can help support the mission of the Stephenson Disaster Management Insitute, contact Pat Santos at 225-578-7853 .… Read the rest

SDMI Welcomes Sid Fuchs as a Senior Fellow

September 18, 2014

Fuchs Official Executive Photo

SDMI is pleased to announce Sid Fuchs has joined SDMI as its newest Senior Fellow. Since 2011, Fuchs has been the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of MacAulay-Brown, Inc., a leading National Security company that provides advanced engineering services and product solutions to Defense, Intelligence, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security and Federal agencies. Fuchs is a nationally recognized business leader with over 25 years experience in a variety of markets, industries and business models that include government, commercial, international, investment, and academia with a history of developing exceptional teams, strategies, operations and results.

“As a native of Louisiana and graduate of LSU, it is truly an honor to join an Institute that was born out of the College’s outstanding response to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” said Fuchs. “I look forward to working closely with my colleagues at SDMI to help the Nation prepare for the next disaster.”

Although recently appointed at the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, Fuchs is no stranger to Louisiana State University. He earned BS (1984) and MS (1987) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from LSU. In 2013, Fuchs was appointed by LSU to the position of Executive in Residence for the LSU College of Engineering and in 2012, was inducted into the Louisiana State University College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in recognition of his lifetime of achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Fuchs is also the current Chairman of the LSU Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Board of Advisors.

SDMI Executive Director Joseph Booth said of Fuchs joining the SDMI family, “Sid Fuchs is a wonderful addition to our Senior Fellows bench.  Sid has enjoyed enormous success as a result of hard work, a sharp mind, and willingness to take risks.  He is a respected leader and innovator who I will count on for thought leadership.… Read the rest

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