Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University; Consulting Meteorologist, StormForensics.com
He received his Associate of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Moorpark College, Moorpark, California and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada- Reno. He is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Columbia Southern University studying Emergency Services Management.
He is a graduate of FEMA’s National Emergency Manager Basic Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He has completed FEMA’s Professional Development Series, Advanced Professional Series, and Professional Continuity Practitioner Level 1.
He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and Oklahoma Emergency Management Association (OEMA).
He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) through IAEM. He is an Oklahoma Certified Emergency Manager (OCEM) through OEMA.
He serves on a variety of committees including the Mayor’s Committee for Disability Concerns, State Hazard Mitigation Team representing the Oklahoma Municipal League, IAEM Disaster Cost Recovery Caucus, IAEM Special Needs Caucus, and the OEMA Training Committee.
When not working or studying he enjoys watching Major League Baseball (NY Yankees), the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the OKC Thunder, and classic movies.
Suzanne is an award-winning and internationally-recognized emergency management and business continuity consultant, instructor and speaker, who has helped governments, communities and companies plan for and respond to disasters for nearly twenty years. Her company, SB Crisis Consulting, was recently awarded the prestigious global 2015 Innovation & Excellence Award – Excellence in Emergency Management (Canada), as well as the 2014 International Business Excellence Award – Crisis Communications Consultant of the Year (Canada). She is also the recipient of the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, Cambrian College.
Throughout her career, Suzanne has been personally involved in crises such as the 1998 “Ice Storm of the Century” in Eastern Canada, 9/11, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, as well as numerous floods, fires, severe storms and reputational crises. One of Suzanne’s key career achievements was being commissioned by the United Nations Headquarters in 2008 to help them review, test and evaluate the UN’s pandemic plans and procedures.
Prior to her career in business continuity and emergency management, Suzanne was a news reporter and anchor, as well as government press secretary/communications advisor and speechwriter.
In 1997, Suzanne became Ontario’s first female uniformed Emergency Management Field Officer for Emergency Management Ontario (EMO), where she helped coordinate the Ontario government’s response to floods, forest fires and severe storms. In recognition of her response work during the 1998 “Ice Storm of the Century” in Canada, she received the Amethyst Award for Outstanding Achievement on behalf of the Government of Ontario.
Suzanne is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), as well as a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) through Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) and a certified Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI).
A self-professed “voluntourist”, Suzanne has been a volunteer with "Continuity Cares" since 2007, returning to New Orleans regularly to help rebuild critical infrastructure, schools and homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. She also participated in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts both on Staten Island and in the Rockaways.
Suzanne’s first book, Disaster Heroes, was released in 2015 and tells the stories of ordinary men, women and children who have done extraordinary things to help respond, recover and rebuild following some of the world’s most significant disasters.
Severe Storms Services Leader, National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office, Storm Prediction Center
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Professor of Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, Executive Director, National Storm Shelter Association
Director, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, University Meteorologist, OU Office of Emergency Preparedness
Associate Vice President for Research; Director, Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment, University of Oklahoma
Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Eng., University of Western Ontario
Professor G.A. Kopp received a B.Sc.M.E. from the University of Manitoba in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1995. He joined the University of Western Ontario in 1997, where he is a Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Dr. Kopp is currently Chair of the ASCE Environmental Wind Engineering Committee, a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Wind Engineers, a member of the Executive Committee of ASCE's Wind Engineering Division, Past-President of the American Association for Wind Engineering, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. He has been a Director of Western's Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory since 2000. He is on Technical Advisory Committees for several wind engineering research programs at universities in the USA and Europe. He is a voting member of the ASCE 7 Wind Loads Subcommittee and of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, Task Group for Climatic Loads. Dr. Kopp’s expertise and research projects relate to mitigating damage to structures during extreme wind storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Details include model-scale wind tunnel and full-scale component test methods, field surveys of damage caused by tornadoes, building aerodynamics, wind effects on building component and cladding systems, the role of turbulence on wind loads, and wind-borne debris.
Lead Instructor, Warning Decision Training Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
International Risk Management Institute, Inc., Senior Research Analyst
Center for Risk and Crisis Management, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, University of Oklahoma
Individual & Community Preparedness Division, National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA
Assistant Administrator for Weather Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Director, National Weather Service