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

Registration Deadline August 15



It's Time to Tweet! Using Twitter During #Emergencies
In this new era of social networking, it's become clear that communicating via Twitter, Facebook and other social networking platforms is a MUST during a crisis, emergency or disaster. This session will take a look at the evolution of Twitter during emergencies, reviewing case studies, lessons learned and best practices on how to harness the power of this social media platform before, during and after an emergency.
The Framework for Cybersecurity Awareness
Information Technology is the backbone of most critical infrastructure. This presentation will give an overview of the recently released Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and how organizations can use it as a resource to begin "knowing themselves" and "knowing the enemy.”
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Response System
The participants who attend this session will learn about the availability of EMS resources when a disaster overwhelms local EMS resources. They will also learn how to request EMS resources at the local/regional, state and national level, what type of EMS resources you can expect to get, and the anticipated timeframe.
Emergency Management Information Sharing Program
This session will discuss the Emergency Management Information Sharing program that the Illinois State Police - Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center developed. The program is an information exchange and communications platform among emergency management professionals sharing information regarding awareness, prevention, response, mitigation and recovery. The program has been developed to share For Official Use Only (FOUO) information with emergency management personnel.
Long Term Recovery Committees
Long Term Recovery Committees (LRTCs) address the remaining disaster-related needs of families once they have received the maximum assistance available through federal and state disaster assistance programs. This session will cover some ongoing activities in various parts of Illinois related to recent disasters and LRTC interactions with the Illinois Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), as well as show how to start one in your community if one does not exist.
Media Perspectives on Public Information Before, During and After Disasters
In this session, a panel of reporters who have covered disasters in Illinois will share their insights on how public safety agencies can work with the media before, during and after emergencies to get critical information to the public.
Information Technology and the Common Operating Picture
One of the most important emergency response activities to ensure a local, regional or statewide response is the development of a common operating picture (COP). Imagine if volumes of data and RSS feeds available to emergency management prior to and during an emergency could be integrated for your COP. During this panel discussion, subject matter experts will discuss the various geographical analysis tools utilized during the recent Capstone 14 exercise that supported the development of a multi-state COP.
Hazard Assessment Begins at Home
As emergency management officials, we are constantly conducting community risk and hazards assessments as part of our comprehensive planning process. However, did you know one of the most important assessments you should conduct is within your home? Radon is a radioactive element that is part of the radioactive decay chain of naturally occurring uranium in soil. Unlike carbon monoxide and many other home pollutants, radon's adverse health effect, lung cancer, is usually not produced immediately. Thus you may be exposed to radon for many years without ever suspecting its presence in your home. Learn more about radon and what assessments you and your community should be taking.
Multi-Jurisdictional Special Event Planning
From county fairs to international marathons, communities both large and small must be prepared to support events that bring large number of visitors to their municipality or region. Successful planning for such events requires multi-discipline, multi-jurisdictional coordination and communication - engagement of the “whole community.” The purpose of this session is to provide the public safety official with the insight necessary to prepare for a large special event by reviewing best practice preparations conducted during previous public gatherings in Illinois.

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