Registration for 2019 Spring Preparedness Conference


Select the sessions you would to enroll in:

Wednesday May 01, 2019

Welcome and Introductions

Session Notes:
Session Time:
08:00 - 09:00
Session Room(s):
Fairbanks/Kenai Room

Plenary Speaker

Session Notes:
Session Time:
09:00 - 10:30
Session Room(s):
Fairbanks/Kenai Room

GIS and Location Technology in Disasters

Session Notes:
In this session you will learn how Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is often used by emergency managers to analyze incoming information and make appropriate decisions during all phases of the emergency management cycle. A considerable amount of information, which is used in emergency management, has spatial characteristics and can be mapped. Also, when data or attributes are displayed on an interactive web-based map, people in all phases of emergency management have a powerful tool for making the appropriate decisions in near real time. Emergency managers have critical tasks to protect people's lives, their property, and environmental values. GIS will facilitate their work and raise public safety before, during and after disasters
Session Time:
10:45 - 12:00
Session Room(s):
Fairbanks/Kenai Room

Region X Youth Preparedness Council

Session Notes:
FEMA Region 10’s Individual and Community Preparedness Team will discuss their recent youth preparedness initiatives, including the creation of a Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council and the upcoming Youth Preparedness Camp, taking place in August 2019. In an effort to engage youth in building a culture of preparedness, FEMA Region 10 collaborated with their state partners to establish a Youth Preparedness Council (YPC), which brings together 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade youth from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. These teens are interested in advocating preparedness and making a difference in their communities. During their two-year term, members manage and implement projects with both local and regional-level objectives, serve as preparedness ambassadors in their communities, and share unique perspective on emergencies with their states, FEMA, and other organizations. YPC members will be peer leaders in this summer’s inaugural Region 10 Youth Preparedness Camp, which will bring together and empower 40 high school aged youth to develop life-saving skills and learn how to help during emergencies/disasters.
Session Time:
10:45 - 12:00
Session Room(s):
Juneau/Haines Room

Cybersecurity Planning

Session Notes:
Cybersecurity threats surround us, with new incidents occurring daily. What does that mean for you as the emergency manager? This session will help you to learn about attacks that can happen to your organization (and may already have) and basic preventative measures you can take right now to prevent them. This session is basic in nature and is designed for any size emergency management organization, from any sector. At the end, you’ll be provided with a planning template you can use in your own organization.
Session Time:
13:30 - 14:45
Session Room(s):
Juneau/Haines Room

Alaska is an Island

Session Notes:
Communicating between responders, emergency managers, private sector partners and the public is of extreme importance in catastrophic scenarios, especially in isolated areas. This session seeks to collaboratively discuss methods, planning and best-practices for improvement of disaster communications between emergency managers, communications providers and the public based on lessons learned in recent major disasters.
Session Time:
13:30 - 14:45
Session Room(s):
Fairbanks/Kenai Room

The Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems by First Responders

Session Notes:
This presentation will walk First Responders who want to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/Drones) for emergency response through the processes of: 1) getting trained to fly UAS, 2) obtaining the required FAA permissions to fly, 3) selecting a UAS for emergency response, and 4) safely flying the UAS during an emergency response. The presentation will include examples of UAS use in Alaska, interaction with ACUASI’s operational team, and potentially a demonstration flight of a small UAS (dependent on the location of the conference and the safety of the airspace).
Session Time:
15:00 - 16:30
Session Room(s):
Fairbanks/Kenai Room

Tips for Leveraging Social Media in a Crisis

Session Notes:
Social media has transformed crisis communication. The public expects immediate response, even before a situation is fully understood. By developing a response strategy in advance, you can be ready to respond immediately to ensure you are reaching your intended audience. In this session you will learn how to leverage social media during a crisis, including coordination from multiple locations, tips for expanding your message reach, and how to produce.
Session Time:
15:00 - 16:30
Session Room(s):
Juneau/Haines Room

Thursday May 02, 2019

Communication Hubs

Session Notes:
After a disaster, what will volunteers do in your community? Learn firsthand from an all-volunteer network of disaster responders what will happen in Seattle. The Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs form a network of neighborhood based locations throughout Seattle. They are connected by a support group network and have taken a very grass-roots approach to community preparedness. They are not a part of the city, but work in close partnership. Key to their success has been the flexibility each hub has in implementation – similar but not cookbook. How can this work? Please attend for information and discussion about how this might apply in your community.
Session Time:
08:00 - 09:00
Session Room(s):
Juneau/Haines Room

InfraGard

Session Notes:
This session will talk about the partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. The InfraGard program provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of Critical Infrastructure. With thousands of vetted members nationally, InfraGard's membership includes business executives, entrepreneurs, military and government officials, computer professionals, academia and state and local law enforcement; each dedicated to contributing industry specific insight and advancing national security.
Session Time:
08:00 - 09:00
Session Room(s):
Fairbanks/Kenai Room

AKEMA & IAEM

Session Notes:
In this session you will learn about two professional emergency management associations. The members of the Alaska Emergency Management Association (AKEMA) through education, outreach, and training seek to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters. Working towards improved inter-departmental communications and cooperation throughout the Alaskan communities by increasing an emphasis on disaster preparedness, so when a disaster strikes, the Alaskan communities can work together efficiently and effectively. That the International Association of Emergency Managers be recognized globally as the premier organization for emergency management. The mission of IAEM is to advance the profession by promoting the principles of emergency management; to serve its members by providing information, networking and professional development opportunities; and to advance the emergency management profession
Session Time:
09:15 - 10:00
Session Room(s):
Fairbanks/Kenai Room

Post-Disaster Reunification for Children

Session Notes:
This session would illustrate the significance of whole community collaboration and inclusive emergency planning necessary to reunify children separated from their parents or legal guardian in the event of a disaster, to include non-governmental organizations, faith-based and community organizations, disability and pediatric organizations, Federal, state and local. Focus of this session would be at the local level
Session Time:
09:15 - 11:30
Session Room(s):
Juneau/Haines Room

Mass Notification for the Non-Technical Emergency Manager

Session Notes:
This presentation will provide an overview of mass notification options for boroughs, cities, and villages within the State of Alaska. Mass notification is a very technically complex subject, with many different layers contributing to an effective warning program. While the public expects emergency management organizations to have one system that will be able to notify everyone, the different layers of federal, state, and local systems is not always able to meet that expectation. This presentation will provide an overview of the tools in the toolbox and how to take advantage of them in your jurisdiction.
Session Time:
10:00 - 11:30
Session Room(s):
Fairbanks/Kenai Room

FirstNet Response Operations

Session Notes:
This session will focus on the FirstNet Response Operations Group and how it has been developed from the ground up to mobilizes assets to support public safety during emergent events. This includes how we integrate with public safety—and OEM’s—via the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System. This process ensures that deployable assets are mobilized based on priorities of life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation needs in an affected region.
Session Time:
13:00 - 14:30
Session Room(s):
Fairbanks/Kenai Room

Mat-Su/Valdez Cyber Attacks

Session Notes:
In this session you will hear from two different communities in Alaska that were faced cyber-attacks. Each community had a different approach. What was the role of emergency management? What steps are they taking to minimize future cyber events?
Session Time:
13:00 - 14:30
Session Room(s):
Juneau/Haines Room

Extreme Event Game

Session Notes:
Extreme Event is an award-winning in-person role-playing game that gives participants a taste of what it takes to build community resilience in the face of disaster. Players work together to make decisions and solve problems during an engaging, fast-paced disaster simulation.
Session Time:
14:45 - 16:30
Session Room(s):
Juneau/Haines Room

TEPW- INVITE ONLY

Session Notes:
Session Time:
14:45 - 16:30
Session Room(s):
Fairbanks/Kenai Room