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




Cyber SNAFUS & Public Safety
Social media and online activity enable individuals to ascertain information, investigate situations, communicate, and share information without geographical boundaries in real time easily, efficiently, and economically. While in certain scenarios this would be advantageous to a free and democratic society, in the context of policing, the reporting of personal, shocking, and inappropriate or ill-timed comments has the potential of creating distrust, confusion, harm, privacy invasions and civil liability lawsuits. Online posting of information is public, permanent, and with little, if any legitimate expectation of privacy. Consequently, online activities may interfere with employment, blemish an agency’s reputation, and endanger lives. Since online activities by police personnel increasingly affects the performance level, reputation, and perception of police departments, it is imperative that agencies direct rather than respond to its usage by their employees and that employees effectively understand and manage their risk of liability.
Public Assistance Program
The Public Assistance Program provides federal disaster assistance to states, local units of government and certain private non-profit organizations for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the permanent restoration of public facilities as a result of an emergency or major disaster declared by the president. This session will provide an overview of the Public Assistance Program and information on recent changes.
Children and Disasters: Are You Prepared?
Unique knowledge and skill sets as well as varied equipment are needed to properly care for children during disasters. Although children are considered more vulnerable during disasters due to their physiological, developmental and mental health needs, significant gaps currently exist in disaster preparedness for children in the United States. In this session, the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children Program will outline strategies that agencies on the local, regional and state levels can do to become better prepared to address the needs of children during a disaster.
Forming a PIO Group
In 2007, a Public Information Officer Committee of communications and public relations professionals was formed to deliver accurate and timely public information during large scale disasters in a five- county region of Central Illinois. The committee chairman will discuss how the committee was formed, steps taken to prepare a coordinated public information response during disaster, and lessons learned from three large scale disasters in the region, including the Washington, IL tornado of November 2013. Participants will receive a copy of the committee's PIO Response Plan that can be replicated in other jurisdictions throughout Illinois.
FirstNet: A Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
In this session, attendees will learn about the nationwide initiative known as FirstNet and what it will mean to Illinois emergency responders. Understanding this next generation wireless broadband data network will provide you a glimpse at the future.
Functional Needs
Educate yourself on the challenges that people with access and functional needs face during emergencies TODAY because TOMORROW you may be the person with an access or functional need. Come prepared to experience those challenges! Functional Needs Registries, are they for your jurisdiction or not? This session will discuss the challenges and solutions that one emergency management agency has faced in implementing its registry.
Private Sector Partnerships
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Business Emergency Operation Centers/Private Emergency Operations Centers
  • Disaster Information Sharing
  • Joint Exercises
This session will address what additional avenues can be pursued as we reach a crossroads of business integration into a shared emergency management cycle of planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. A distinguished panel of private industry professionals will discuss the challenges and opportunities in identifying additional facets to these evolving relationships.
Operation Safe Delivery - Transportation of Crude Oil
This session provides an overview of the transportation of crude oil and other flammable liquids throughout our country and the steps the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) is taking to enhance the safe transport of these substances. Testing, classifications, Emergency Orders, Safety Advisories and regulations pertaining to the Bakken crude oil will be explained.
Stress Management Strategies to Improve Life!
Interested in ideas to help decrease worry and increase positive thinking? Everyone worrys, but this session will help identify strategies to stop the negative thinking that can get in the way of problem solving, healthy relationships, and a worry free life. This session will offer cognitive-behavior strategies and resources to continue stress management techniques.

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