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2013 Pipeline Emergency Response/One-call System (JULIE) Overview
The presentation is to stress the coordination effort needed by emergency responders and pipeline operators in case of an incident reminding emergency services to review their National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) as well as provide some helpful hints in the ways that the JULIE system may be utilized to assist during a pipeline event.
ARC Patient Connection Program
When local emergencies happen, searching for an injured loved one can be a slow and complicated process. The American Red Cross' Patient Connection program connects and comforts families during times of emergency, offering one central hotline where families can obtain information. The American Red Cross is HIPAA-exempt, enabling hospitals to share information with the Red Cross during times of disaster for the purpose of family reunification. To expand the reach of its programming, the Greater Chicago Region of the Red Cross is leveraging tools like the SitCell Common Operating Picture, a map-based application that will allow disaster response teams to view resources and situational information in a simple, layered interface.
Including Damage Assessment in Your Next Local Exercise
Even though damage assessment is crucial to helping local jurisdictions determine where to place available assets to assist their citizens and identify if they need any additional assets, this function is rarely tested during local exercises. Madison County EMA Director, Larry Ringering, will discuss how he incorporated damage assessment into his Fall, 2012, Full-Scale Flash Flood exercise. This would include how he successfully implemented the "carrot" to get his local responders/officials on board and became very supportive of the process.
Maximizing Your Tax Dollars
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services surplus property and equipment programs can be there to subsidize your emergency equipment resources BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER a man-made or natural disaster. Elected Officials and representatives of EMAs, Police, Fire, will learn how the CMS State & Federal Surplus Property Programs can provide significant savings by reutilizing excess surplus property received from the Federal government, and other state agencies. With very little investment, your agency can begin preparing for the next disaster rather than "reacting." Attend this session and learn how to plan ahead and get equipment resources in place. CMS Federal Surplus and its Law Enforcement Support Office worked to receive and transfer more than $70 million dollars (original acquisition value) in past 24 months for more than 1,900 Illinois organizations. Outdoor heavy equipment including 6x6 trucks, HMMWVs, off-road vehicles, tools, electronics, food service equipment, machine shop equipment, etc., are available to eligible Illinois' local governments. In many instances, this equipment is lightly used and even new. Specifically of interest are programs for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and local emergency management agencies, as well as other groups that are eligible to receive excess and surplus Federal equipment for pennies on the dollar. Will Walker, Deputy Director, Illinois Dept of Central Management Services, Mike Cavanaugh, and Curtis A. Howard, Senior Administrator, CMS State & Federal Surplus, Statewide Coordinator of the Illinois Law Enforcement Support Office and Past-President, National Association of State Agencies for Surplus Property will lead this discussion.
Ottawa - Flooding Nightmares to Day Dreaming in the Park
As with many cities, the city of Ottawa in LaSalle County had a serious flooding problem in a large neighborhood. They will discuss how they turned their problem area into a new park that is the jewel of the city. They also saved the city more than $1,000,000 thru a $5,000 investment.
Overview of the All Hazards Planning Section Chief (Session is Full)
In an Incident Management Team having the right people with the proper training is essential for the team's success. This session is designed to give the participants an overview of the Planning Section Chief position (PSC). During this session we will discuss the role of the PSC, what units are under the PSC and why they are important. The planning process will be covered and why specific meetings in the process are important. We will look at why the PSC needs to look ahead of the incident and how they accomplish this function. The participants will also participate in a hands-on component of the class dealing with real world issues that the planning section staff is involved in the ICS system. CLASS LIMIT : 30
School Design and Threat Resistance
Based on recent events, the issue of building design as it relates to school and public safety has been a hot topic. A panel of architects and engineers experienced in the design of K-12 schools and law enforcement facilities will discuss the design of schools as it relates to a variety of threats including natural disasters (tornadoes and earthquakes) and acts of violence. The panel will also discuss current trends in educational facility design such as openness and transparency and how they relate to potential threats. Panelists include John Ochoa, AIA - President and CEO of FGM Architects, Jim Woods, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, REFP - Director of FGM's PK-12 educational practice, Ray Lee, AIA, LEED AP - Director of FGM's Police/Public Safety Practice and Rich Walther, PE, SE - Associate Principal - Wiss Janney Elstner
Volunteer and Donations Management The issue of managing volunteers and donated goods during real events continues to be one that many jurisdictions continue to wrestle with. This session will focus on available resources to assist with these two issues and discuss lessons learned from recent events.

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