2017 Spring Preparedness Conference


The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) cordially invites you to attend our Spring Preparedness Conference April 4-7 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Anchorage.

This year’s conference will offer the AWR-122 Law Enforcement Prevention & Deterrence of Terrorist Acts course to help fill the training gaps identified in the 2016 Alaska Assessment.

Other workshop sessions will include FireWise, ICS 201, Evacuation Planning, Interview Skills Lab and Critical Incident Stress Management.

Plenary Speakers include Fire Chief Brian Mitchell who was the Fire Chief during the 2016 Kern County wildland fires in California will speak on lessons learned from their massive 2016 wildfire that destroyed over 200 structures, claimed multiple lives, and caused the evacuation of thousands of residents as it burned thousands of acres.Mr. Chas Eby with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, who will talk about how they used social media during the Baltimore riots and Lt. Mike Madden of San Bernardino, CA Police Dept. who was the first officer on scene for the active shooter incident in San Bernardino on December 2, 2015 where 14 people were killed and 22 wounded. He will talk about what they did right, wrong and what they’ve changed as far as policy and training, since the event.



2017 Spring Preparedness Conference Flyer

Registration is open for non-funded travel only!!

If you have difficulties with online registration please contact:
Michelle Torres at (907) 428-7032 or email: Michelle.torres@alaska.gov
Jeff Lafferty at (907) 428-7137 or email: Jeffrey.lafferty@alaska.gov

SERC and LEPCA meetings will be held on Friday - April 7, 2017.

You are encouraged to attend the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) bi-annual meeting on Friday April7, 2017. The LEPC meeting will be from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and the SERC meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Anchorage.

The LEPC Meeting brings together the leaders of Alaska’s 21 LEPCs to discuss a variety of projects handled by the state, and by the LEPC Association. Reports are given by DHS&EM staffers, LEPC leaders and SERC subcommittee leaders; public comments are accepted. Subject matter experts from local, state and federal agencies and vendors are invited to provide brief presentations on new initiatives designed to strengthen the state’s readiness for disasters.

The composition of the SERC is established by statute (AS 26.23.071). The members of the SERC are nine specified Alaska state departmental commissioners (DCCED, DEC, ADF&G, DHSS, DOL (Labor), DNR, DPS, DOT&PF, and DMVA) or their designees, and seven members of the public appointed by the governor.


For general Preparedness Conference questions, please contact
Jeff Lafferty, (907) 428-7078
For travel/funding, or logistics/administrative questions call (907) 428-7000 or Email
For LEPC/EMPG questions and information, contact Kim Weibl, Planning Section (907) 428-7020 or Email