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2014 IEMA Conference
September 2-5, 2014
Crowne Plaza-Springfield

Registration Deadline August 15

Pre-Conference / General Sessions

Tuesday, September 2nd (Optional Full Day Session)

1:00p - 5:00p

Pre-Conference Exercise (Cyber Security)
The IEMA in collaboration with the U of I Center for Public Safety and Justice will conduct a table top exercise on Tuesday, September 2nd to highlight the need for increased information sharing between the state and local partners before, during and after a cyber-security event. The exercise will focus on the areas of management buy-in, cyber security awareness, policy and procedures, information sharing, and training and education. Participation in the event will fulfill one EMPG local exercise requirement. SESSION FULL

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Wednesday, September 3rd (Optional Full Day Sessions)

8:30a - 3:00p

Open Source Intelligence Techniques
This session identifies and demonstrates over 50 free online resources that can assist anyone in locating online information. While popular sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are covered in detail (including techniques that legally access some "private" content), the presentation goes much deeper into the vast resources available online for researching public information. Additionally, instructions for identifying local events and emergencies in real time will be presented in great detail. Aside from web sites, other technologies such as geolocation services and live communication monitoring will be explained. CLASS LIMIT : 275

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8:30a - 3:00p

Hazardous Materials Awareness Training
This course will provide first responders with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand what hazardous substances are and the risk associated with them in an incident; recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency; understand the role of the emergency responder at the Awareness level, including site security and control; understand the U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook; realize the need for additional resources; call for appropriate assistance and make appropriate notifications to the community. SESSION FULL

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8:00a - 3:45p

Disaster Assistance Process
This course is an updated version of the course formerly known as Damage Assessment. This one-day course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the damage assessment process and how damage information is used by local and state officials. Participants will learn how to collect, organize, report and analyze damage information. Students are asked to bring a copy of the EOP/local ordinance that would identify any emergency powers available following a local disaster declaration. SESSION FULL

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8:00a - 3:45p Volunteer and Donations Management
This course is an updated version of the course formerly known as Developing Volunteer Resources. This one-day course is designed to provide the knowledge and skill set necessary to develop and execute an effective volunteer and donations management program over time. SESSION FULL

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8:30a - 3:00p First Aid / CPR / AED
First Aid / CPR /AED is an instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. This course also teaches adult CPR. Certification cards will be issued by the American Red Cross. Students who wish to have the certification card must purchase them from the American Red Cross for $27. SESSION FULL

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8:30a - 3:00p A Practitioner's Guide to Grant Writing: The Emergency Management Perspective
This highly participatory workshop is a valuable resource for both novice grant applicants seeking a foundation and seasoned veterans in need of a refresher. Led by trainers with decades of experience and millions in federal, state, 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. 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. SESSION FULL

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8:30a - 3:00p Effective Risk Communications – Message Mapping
One of the most important tools available to the public safety official, the risk communicator during an emergency, is the "message map." A message map is a roadmap for displaying detailed, hierarchically organized responses to anticipated questions or concerns. It is a visual aid that provides at a glance the organization's messages for high concern or controversial issues. Developing and using message maps achieves several important risk communication goals: (1) identifying stakeholders early in the communication process; (2) anticipating stakeholder questions and concerns before they are raised; (3) organizing our thinking and developing prepared messages in response to anticipated stakeholder questions and concerns; (4) developing key messages and supporting information within a clear, concise, transparent, and accessible framework; (5) promoting open dialogue about messages both inside and outside the organization; (6) providing user friendly guidance to spokespersons; (7) ensuring that the organization has a central repository of consistent messages; (8) encouraging the organization to speak with one voice. International risk communications expert Dr. Vincent T. Covello will discuss the critical steps involved in constructing a message map, so your community can successfully communicate with the public and media during an emergency. CLASS LIMIT : 400

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8:30a - 3:00p Commodity Flow Studies: What is traveling through our community?
Local and regional governments require information on the types, quantities, and locations of hazardous materials originating, terminating, or moving through their jurisdictions in order to plan for effective and appropriate emergency response to incidents. However, local planners often do not have access to reliable and comprehensive data on the flow of hazardous materials within their jurisdictions. The purpose of this session is to provide planners with the tools to conduct a commodity flow study in order to make informed decisions about hazardous materials training and emergency response preparedness. SESSION FULL

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8:30a - 3:00p Senior Officials Workshop
This course provides a forum to discuss strategic and executive-level issues related to all-hazard disaster preparedness, to share proven strategies and best practices, and to enhance coordination among officials responsible for emergency response and recovery from a disaster. This workshop integrates a multimedia scenario and vignettes that highlight key issues and facilitates executive-level discussion of the United States’ National Strategy for Homeland Security. Additionally, the forum provides an opportunity to apply lessons learned from past local and national all-hazards disasters. CLASS LIMIT : 28

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8:30a - 9:30a IEMA Webinars for Schools
More ino coming soon. CLASS LIMIT : 25
10:00a - 11:00a IEMA Webinars for Schools - HIRA/THIRA
Darryl Dragoo, strategic planner for Illinois Emergency Management Agency - How to identify threats and hazards at a school or campus using a HIRA and/or THIRA. CLASS LIMIT : 25
11:30a - 12:30p IEMA Webinars for Schools - Brown Bag Lunch about our Programs
Ron and Sandy Ellis, Joan Carnduff, Mia Langheim - Brown Bag Lunch about State of Illinois Programs CLASS LIMIT : 25
1:00p - 2:00p IEMA Webinars for Schools - Threat Assessment
Ron and Sandy Ellis, Illinois School and Campus Security Training Program - Brief Overview of Threat Assessment as a Violence Prevention Initiative Endorsed by Federal Agencies CLASS LIMIT : 25
2:30p - 3:30p IEMA Webinars for Schools - Family Reunification
Amy Campbell, Safety and Security Supervisor Geneva School District 304 - Family Reunification CLASS LIMIT : 25



Thursday, September 4th (General Session #1)

10:30a - 12:00p

West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Disaster Response and Recovery
An explosion with the force of a small earthquake affected the Central Texas farming town of West on April 17, 2013. Tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the West Fertilizer Co. detonated after a fire erupted at the plant. This presentation will discuss the response to the incident from a local perspective as well as discuss challenges that arose during the response and the days after. The presentation will conclude with lesson learned and ongoing objectives to help as planning efforts for future incidents are refined.

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Friday, September 5th (General Session #2)

9:45a - 11:00a

Washington, Illinois Tornado Response and Recovery
During this session, local and state representatives will conduct a panel discussion on the immediate and follow-up emergency response activities to the EF-4 tornado that impacted the city of Washington on November 17, 2013. An opportunity will be provided for questions on lessons learned and thoughts on preparedness activities.

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Illinois Professional Emergency Manager Program
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2013 IEMA Conference
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ICS 300 & 400 Training
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