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Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, Illinois

2013 Flood Response Issues
The 2013 Flood Response created several interesting issues that were dealt with at the local level. Local coordinators that dealt with issues such as requesting/utilizing HESCO Barriers from the US Army Corps of Engineers to help keep a town dry, the American Institute of Architects to help with damage assessment and software programs to document damage structures, among others, will discuss the advantages and limitations of each.
ARC Patient Connection Program/Safe and Well Program
When local emergencies happen, searching for an injured loved one can be a slow and complicated process. The American Red Cross' Patient Connection and Safe and Well Programs can connect and comfort families during times of emergency and expedite this process. The Patient Connection program reunites hospitalized disaster victims with family and friends during emergencies, offering one central hotline where families can obtain information. This eliminates the need to call or drive around to multiple hospitals to look for a loved one. The American Red Cross is HIPAA-exempt, which enables hospitals to share information with the Red Cross during times of disaster solely for the purpose of family reunification. The Safe and Well program provides a method for letting family and friends know that individuals are safe and well following a major disaster. This system can bring great peace of mind to family and friends. This website is designed to help make that communication easier.
Emergency Communications in Illinois
Session will focus on developments across the entire 'spectrum' in the State of Illinois regarding emergency communications to interoperable communications to next generation technologies. An update on current programs will be provided along with a glance towards the future."
Functional Needs and the DRC Experience
The Functional Needs Community in any jurisdiction is usually heavily impacted during disasters. This session will offer insight into how these agencies can assist when a Disaster Recovery Center is opened. It will also focus on how FEMA’s Disability Integration Specialist incorporates the needs of the Functional Needs Community and how they utilize the assistance of the various human service provider agencies that serve this population.
Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning (HMEP) Update
The IEMA Disaster Assistance and Preparedness Bureau, Hazardous Materials Section will discuss the following: 2013 Global Harmonization System (GHS): What you need to know: Tier II – New Tier II Manager Upgrades: Changes in the on-line reporting: and Tier II Planning Modules: New (Free) software to aid in emergency planning.
Impact-Based Warning System
At the 2012 IEMA Conference, the National Weather Service discussed the process being used to test their new early warning system “Impact-Based Warning System”. The National Weather Service will be back to provide an update on the recently expanded System and where they see the expansion going in the future.
MABAS Illinois Urban Search & Rescue and the Triple R Deployment Model
Following most, if not all disasters, search and rescue operations are a function that all communities are tasked with. Many times, these searches involve buildings that have had their structural integrity compromised. The State of Illinois is fortunate to have assets such as Illinois Task Force 1 and 38 Technical Rescue Teams that are available for these types of searches. This session will focus on what Illinois Task Force 1 is, when a request for Illinois Task Force 1 is appropriate and what can be expected of them. They will also discuss the Rapid Resource Response model for mega disasters.
Nuclear Radiological Planning Post Fukushima in Illinois
This session will take a look at the Fukushima Accident and its impact on the U.S civilian nuclear fleet. In specific it will focus on the current changes the NRC is implementing and the proposed changes to regulations and guidance that may be forthcoming. The discussion will also peer into the crystal ball to provide an estimate of what this means for Illinois and the additional requirements that may be implemented as a result.

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