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Pre-Conference / General Sessions

Tuesday, September 3rd (Optional Full Day Session)

10:00 - 5:00

Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (Session is Full)
This joint training will provide the participant with information on Energetic Materials (explosives) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) including their anatomy, recognition and response protocols for bombing incidents including those events taking place in schools, colleges and universities. This course will build upon the class Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents provided by the School and Campus Security Training Program. The afternoon session will be a live explosive demonstration facilitated by the Transportation Security Administration. Attendees are on their own when driving to the Illinois State Police Range for the afternoon portion of the course. CLASS LIMIT: 50

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Wednesday, September 4th (Optional Full Day Sessions)

8:30 - 5:00

A Practitioner's Guide to Grant-Writing
In today's tough economic climate of staff reductions, shrinking budgets and waning donations, much depends on an organization's ability to secure grant funding from creative sources. When organizations understand the fundamentals of seeking foundation funding and responding to grant applications competitively, they have far better opportunities to be among the elite group who continues to receive funding year after year. This 8-hour class is a valuable resource for novice grant applicants who seek a foundation for successful grant writing. It is also meant to serve seasoned grant applicants who may be looking for a refresher with new ideas. Led by trainers with decades of experience and millions in federal and private awards, this course covers everything from secrets to locating funding sources to project design and proposal writing. Trainers will not only focus on strategies for winning the award, but will also teach best practices for managing awards won and building partnerships with funders. CLASS LIMIT : 40

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10:00 - 5:00

Critical Infrastructure Key Resources Awareness Course (Session is Full)
The Critical Infrastructure Key Resources (CIKR) Awareness course provides public and private sector partners within the Nation's CIKR with essential knowledge and awareness necessary to understand and follow the guiding principles, roles and responsibilities that underlie the Nation's collaborative strategy for CIKR protection. It also provides participants with the competencies needed to perform their roles and fulfill their responsibilities necessary to achieve CIKR protection goals and implement Sector-Specific Plans(SSPs) set forth in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). The goal of the course is to inform, enable, and encourage state, local, tribal, territorial and private CIKR partners to leverage the resources that enhance CIKR protection efforts. All individuals attending will need to obtain a SID number from FEMA. To obtain a SID number: go to Click on the “Create Account” button on the left side or center of screen. Follow the instructions and provide the necessary information to create your account. You will receive an email with your SID number. Once you obtain your SID number, you will then go to the following url: and register. CLASS LIMIT : 50

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10:00 - 5:00

So You Want to Start an Incident Management Team ? (Session is Full)
Local and regional first responders, emergency management and administrators have come to understand the benefits of having an Incident Management Team. These teams comprise trained personnel to react to and plan for emergencies in their areas is an asset to the community. As the teams are being assembled and the training begins, questions on the formation of the team, team membership, and other administrative issues need to be answered. This session is designed to answer those questions. This general session class will discuss the following: Why Form a Team, The Benefits of an IMT, Community Involvement, How IMTs Function in the Response and Recovery Phases, Administrative Issues Surrounding an IMT as well as other areas. After the general session participants will break out into facilitated discussion groups. These groups will discuss issues and concerns such as Governance and By-laws, Task Books, Continuing Education and Deployment of the teams. After the discussions the groups will return back to the general session. The groups will then give a synopsis of the discussion and recommended actions. CLASS LIMIT : 90

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Thursday, September 5th (General Session)


May 20, 2013, in Moore, Oklahoma
The death and destruction caused by the EF5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20th is hard to imagine. With winds of 210 miles per hour, the tornado was up to 1.3 miles wide and stayed on the ground for 17 miles. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood will provide an up close and personal look at how the state of Oklahoma responded and continues to recover from an event that could have very easily taken place in Illinois.

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Friday, September 6th (General Session)


Illinois Terrorism Task Force Update, Donald Kauerauf, Chairman
Jimmy Dean once said, "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." Sequestration, increased performance reporting, and dwindling funds are obstacles in the path of public safety officials as they implement community preparedness programs. Learn how the membership of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force has addressed these obstacles and have set a new path forward to support local, regional and statewide preparedness.

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FEMA Region V Update
Andrew Velasquez, III, FEMA Region V administrator, will discuss current initiatives taking place with FEMA along with the impact that these initiatives have on the State of Illinois.

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2013 Boston Marathon Bombing
MA Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz will discuss response to this incident.

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Exercise Information
FEMA Independent Study Program
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Illinois Professional Emergency Manager Program
Illinois Professional Development Series
2013 IEMA Conference
Out-of-State Training Opportunities
Hazardous Materials Training Webpage
School & Campus Security Training
ICS 300 & 400 Training
FEMA Higher Education Project

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