8:00am – 5:00pm: Hosted Programs / Tours (To be announced shortly)

8:00am – 6:00pm: Exhibitor Move-In

12:00pm – 5:00pm: Registration Open

1:00PM – 5:00PM:  IAEM-USA Region 9 Workshop. IAEM-USA Region 9 members are from California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the U.S. Pacific Territories.  EMLC organizers have graciously agreed to provide space during pre-conference on May 28th from 1:00-5:00pm for IAEM-USA Region 9 to hold a Mid-Year Workshop.  The Workshop will be dedicated to sharing member experiences ranging from regulatory updates to lessons learned.  Program and registration information will be published directly to Region 9 members.

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Opening Reception (guest tickets may be purchased for this event)

7:00am – 4:00pm:  Registration Open:

7:00am – 8:00am: Breakfast / Exhibits

8:00am – 8:15am:  Welcome Address – NEMA President –Brad Richy

8:15am – 9:00am: Opening Keynote – Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson; Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau.  READ BIO

9:00am – 10:15pm: PANEL – “International Disaster Resilience Perspectives” moderated by Stephanie Tennyson – Government Affairs Lead, One Concern. Synopsis: Since 1970, the number of disasters worldwide has quadrupled. Just in the last 40 years, natural disasters caused more than 3.3 million deaths and $2.3 trillion in economic damages around the globe. In January, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2019 highlighted that half of the top ten most pressing risks facing the world are those that emergency managers routinely work to mitigate and prepare for such as extreme weather events, failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and other man-made disasters and natural disasters. This report and many other studies and efforts continue to highlight the need to build the body of knowledge and evolve practices through transnational cooperation and localized implementation. The discussion for this session will focus on how cities, nations, and multilateral institutions around the world are approaching resilience challenges of the 21st century, and panelists will offer insights and lessons learned from their experiences outside the United States. The panel will focus on the positive outcomes that could be derived if we harmonized lobal disaster resilience assessment efforts and shared the knowledge and insights. The conversation will include lessons learned, recommendations, and barriers to implementation and adoption of emerging practices for resilience, including those from Rockefeller’s 100 Resilient Cities, United Nations’ Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the World Bank, and others.


  • Joel Thomas: CEO, Spin Global
  • Michele Poole: Public Information Officer, Emergency Management Otago (New Zealand)
  • Craig Lapsley: Former Commissioner, Emergency Management, Australia; Chief Executive / Director, Innovation Pro Pty Ltd
  • Ella Carlberg: Senior Advisor, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

10:15am – 11:00am: AM Break / Exhibits:

11:00am – 11:45am:  GUEST SPEAKER – Dr. Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel

11:45pm – 12:45pm: Lunch / Exhibits 

12:45pm – 2:00pm:  PANEL – “A Good Idea or Good Sense? Today’s Fire Service and Emergency Management” moderated by James Featherstone – President and CEO, Homeland Security Advisory Council. Synopsis: Embracing contemporary emergency management may provide Fire Department Senior Leadership with better context to understand the before, during, and the impacts after an event. Specifically, the development of the skill of sense-making; improved understanding of the community, economic, cross-sector collaboration, social and political influences; and the development of a strategic view during novel, escalating, or large-scale emergencies. This is critical to ensuring Senior Fire Service Executives expand and grow their perspective as first responders, maintain a strategic leadership role, and make the best incident management decisions.


  • Mario Rueda: Fire Chief, San Marino Fire Department
  • Holly Porter: Director, San Diego County Office of Emergency Services
  • Todd Harms: Fire Chief, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department
  • Lisa Jones:  Director, City of Phoenix Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

2:00pm – 2:45pm:  PANEL – IEM PRESENTS “All Disasters Are Local: Strengthening Consequence Management Where It Matters Most” moderated by Elizabeth A. Zimmerman – Senior Executive Advisor,  IEM; Principal at EAZ, LLC.  Synopsis: Local officials have a critical responsibility to lead efforts to prepare for and respond to natural and human made disasters. This responsibility includes ensuring resiliency of government operations to maintain public health and safety, support critical infrastructure sectors and minimize economic losses. Given that such an effort involves numerous entities—multiple levels of government, the private sector and various non-governmental organizations—one of the most important activities local officials can undertake is to effectively coordinate the right resources within their jurisdiction before, during and after a crisis. Continuous improvement of coordination is necessary. Join our conversation to discuss how government agencies and private sector organizations around the world are improving disaster preparedness, response, recovery and strengthening homeland defense, counterterrorism, and public agency performance. We will discuss solutions and strategies that local governments can implement to achieve measurable results—saving lives, reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and improving decision making.


  • Julie Syrmopoulos: Emergency Manager, City of Goodyear, Arizona
  • Jay Mitchell: Former Cabinet Secretary, Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, State of New Mexico
  • Rafael Lemaitre: Chief Communications Officer, IEM
  • Royce Woodruff: Manger Public Assistance Programs, IEM

2:45pm – 3:30pm: PM Break / Exhibits

3:30pm – 4:45pm: PANEL – “Mitigation and DRRA Perspectives” moderated by Bryan Koon – Vice President of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, IEM. Synopsis: The passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 has shone a spotlight on mitigation and offers a way for the nation to truly change how we prepare ourselves for future disaster. We’ve been down this path before, however, so what makes this time different? What are going to do this time around to make sure that this isn’t just another initiative that becomes a fond memory whenever the next administration (at any level of government) decides that it has different priorities? The discussion for this session will focus on different perspectives on how we are approaching the challenge of creating a built environment that will save lives and reduce property damage in future disasters, the government mechanisms involved in this effort, the role of the private sector, insurance, construction industry, media, and other stakeholders in the effort, and what the call-to-action should be for those in the audience. The conversation will include lessons learned (and just as important, not learned) from previous efforts, what remains to be done, and how to take advantage of the current program to meet a community’s goals of creating a safe place to live.


  • Pam Williams: Executive Director, BuildStrong Coalition
  • Roy Wright: President and CEO, IBHS
  • Keith Porter: Professor, Dept. of Civil Environmental & Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado. Board of Directors, NIBS Multihazard Mitigation Council
  • Rick Knabb: Meteorologist and Hurricane Expert, the Weather Channel

4:45pm – 6:00pm: PANEL – “Public-Private Partnerships with the Electric Power Industry” moderated by Chris McIntosh – CEO, Bent Ear Solutions.  Synopsis: During large scale incidents and events, the partnership between Public Safety managers and the electric power companies that support the affected communities is a critical relationship that can greatly affect response and recovery efforts. The discussion for this session will focus on how federal, state, and local emergency management organizations across the nation can better understand the obstacle, challenges, and priorities of the utilities working to restore power infrastructure as quickly and efficiently as possible following major disasters. In addition, the panel will focus on how the industry works with their government partners through the CEO-led Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council to prepare for major incidents, and it will highlight the Council’s efforts to increase coordination, information sharing, and communication between the sector and government.


  • Stan Partlow: American Electric Power
  • Laura Schepis: Edison Electric Institute
  • Michael Fish: Salt River Project
  • Martha Duggan: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

7:00pm – 9:30pm:  EMLC Dinner Event (guest tickets may be purchased for “Wednesday Dinner”.)

  • 7:00pm – 7:30pm:  EMLC Pre-Dinner Reception
  • 7:30pm – 8:15pm:  The Fireside Chat. The Executive Advisory Committee welcomes a very special guest to join EMLC in a special setting designed to present an engaging discussion addressing today’s Emergency Management landscape, experience and lessons learned during tenure leading FEMA, and thoughts on the future of Emergency Management (Guest to be published shortly; speaker has accepted our invitation on a tentative basis as we await schedule confirmation.  We expect confirmation in early April).
  • 8:15pm – 9:30pm: Plated Dinner Event

7:00am – 12:00pm:  Registration Open 

7:00am – 8:00am:  Breakfast / Exhibits

8:00am – 8:15am: Welcome Address – IAEM President, Marty Schaub


9:00am – 10:15pm: PANEL – “The FEMA Regional Administrators” moderated by Kathy Fulton – Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network. Synopsis: Seven of the FEMA Regional Administrators unite to discuss the role of the FEMA Regional Office before disasters strike, the support structure Regions present to State, Local and Tribal offices, and the current (and future) programs in place to train, educate and assist Emergency Management at all levels.


  • James Joseph: FEMA Region V
  • Tony Robinson: FEMA Region VI
  • Paul Taylor: FEMA Region VII
  • Lee dePalo: FEMA Region VIII
  • Bob Fenton: FEMA Region IX
  • Mike O’Hare: FEMA Region X

10:15am – 11:00am: AM Break / Exhibits

11:10am – 11:45am: POD PANEL – ICF PRESENTS, “Risk Management and Resilience Policy: Where do we Go From Here?”  National policy is placing increased emphasis on pre-disaster risk assessment and risk mitigation to build greater resilience into our communities, critical infrastructure, and regional economies.  However, recent disasters suggest that considerable work still needs to be done to develop and promote common risk management and resilience practices as an enabler to better and more informed strategic decision-making by Governors, their cabinet officials, and other elected and appointed leaders at the state and local level.  Until national policy establishes risk management as a strategic state-level responsibility for deliberate, government-wide reduction in risk, it will continue to be treated as a tactical-level bureaucratic ticket punch to qualify for federal grant assistance.  This session will explore state perspectives on current risk management and resilience practices and identify recommendations for improvement that support the future evolution of national policy – policy that recognizes the primacy of a Governor’s or Mayor’s role in setting strategic direction for resilience investment.

11:45am – 12:45pm: Lunch / Exhibits

12:45pm – 1:45pm: PANEL – “Disasters and the Influence of Social Media” moderated by Moira Whelan – Founding Partner, Blue Dot Strategies.  Synopsis:
Today many people live their lives online. They shop, keep up with friends, get their news, and engage with the rest of the world using online tools. The objective of this panel is to discuss the impact that social media has on disasters today – but not just the aftermath of disasters, and how survivors and emergency responders communicate using social media. The panel will convey the importance of viewing social media as a tool that can be used in preparedness for natural disasters and to educate people so that they know their risks. Increasingly, social media is a critical component of monitoring, outreach, and response, and this panel will discuss some of the challenges and outcomes related to the use and deployment of social media tools.


  • Omar Bourne: Deputy Press Secretary, New York City Emergency Management Department
  • Fredrick Smith: Senior Associate – Disaster Data and Information Management, American Red Cross
  • Pascal Schuback: Executive Director at Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW)
  • Eva Guidarini: Government and Politics Outreach Manager at Facebook


2:30pm – 3:15pm: PM Break / Exhibits


4:00pm – 5:00pm: PANEL – “Impact of Online Fundraising in Disaster Survivor Assistance” moderated by Lars Anderson; Founder, BlueDot Strategies. Synopsis: As the biggest online crowdfunding platform, GoFundMe is responsible for raising over $5 billion since its inception. Now almost a decade later, GoFundMe is expanding the scope of their work to seek worldwide support in the wake of disasters to communities around the country. This panel discussion will focus on recent experiences post-disaster by bringing some of their largest fundraisers. Their fellow panelists will discuss the impact that online fundraising platforms have had and how they have changed the way that the public responds to disasters. This is the opportunity to go through the rumors and hearsay in using crowdsourcing, allowing communities to target their reach when in need, and to find generous financial relief without federal intervention. The panel participants will be prepared to share how they were introduced to the option of crowdsourcing, lessons they learned throughout their process, and the longevity in which their community or organization planned or plans to utilize crowdsources as a means of responding to disasters and emergencies.

5:00pm – 6:00pm: CLOSING SESSION – Presented by TEAM RUBICON!  This session will feature a few very well-known contributors involved in volunteer work for disaster response and recovery. The session will focus on disaster volunteers, crowd sourcing and the impact (good and bad) on official EM efforts.  This session will also feature very special guests that YOU KNOW and YOU RECOGNIZE!!!  This is the one session you CAN NOT MISS!

6:00pm – 6:15pm: CLOSING ADDRESS – Elizabeth Zimmerman, EMLC Executive Advisory Committee Chair

7:00pm- 11:00pm: Hospitality Suites

7:00am – 9:00am: Grab and Go Breakfast  (guest tickets may be purchased for this event)

8:00am – 3:00pm: IAEM CEM CERTIFICATION EXAM PREP COURSE (8:00am – 12:00pm) and IAEM CEM CERTIFICATION EXAM (1:00pm – 3:00pm)

As a presenting partner of EMLC, IAEM is proud to offer EMLC attendees the opportunity to achieve the CEM designation.  As a post-con event, IAEM will provide both the CEM Exam Preparatory Course and Exam.

To learn more about the CEM designation, please visit the IAEM CEM WEBSITE often so that you can learn everything you’ll need to know about the ultimate credential in emergency management, including details on starting the credentialing process, an outline of the specific requirements, a FAQs page, and additional resources to help you successfully complete your certification.

NOTE:  The CEM opportunities provided at EMLC are NOT included in your EMLC registration.  Registrants interested in taking the preparatory course or exam (or both) MUST register through IAEM.   T register, visit the IAEM CEM Certification Schedule.

9:00am – 5:00pm: Hosted Programs / Tours (TBA)

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