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2022
Emergency Management Conference

April 19, 20 & 21, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM AKT

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) hosts an annual Emergency Management Conference (formerly the Spring Preparedness Conference) each year. The conference provides a forum for emergency managers from across the State and stakeholder agencies to share best practices, lessons learned and discuss emerging trends in emergency management.

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Tuesday, April 19

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Track 1

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Mitigation in Alaska
Terry Murphy, Erin Leaders, Rick Dembroski,
Garrett Brooks & James Benzschawel

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In this session you will learn about the mitigation programs in Alaska.  Hear about what mitigation is and how it is applied in Alaska.  Learn about the importance of mitigation plans, and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), the FEMA pre-disaster mitigation grant program and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  Other topics discussed will be geohazard mitigation and the federal programs preventing impacts from earthquakes and tsunamis.

Track 2

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Wild Alaskans
Derek Espeland

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In this session you will hear from the FBI on call-outs and investigation that have occurred all around Alaska regarding incidents that have involved explosives, commercial and improvised, and other WMD related materials.  Hang on for a wild ride!

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Non-Disaster Grants 101
Tiffany Peltier & Kris Jedlicki

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This session will lead you through Grants 101.  Learn about the Emergency Preparedness Grant-salary only, State Homeland Security Program and the application process that is competitive in the state, Non-profit security Grant program in Alaska but approved by FEMA. Learn how the application process works for all grants and what grant reviewers are looking for.  Learn what to do if you are awarded a grant and the process for reporting and reimbursement and procurement requirements.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Disaster Assistance & Recovery
Mike Macans, Linda Miller
& Jonathan Zeppa

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What is public assistance and individual assistance?  What does it mean to me?  In this session hear from disaster assistance experts and learn how these programs may benefit your community after a disaster.

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It is June 15th, and your area has not seen a drop of rain for three weeks. You ask yourself: “I wonder how bad they are predicting that our fire danger will be?” Where do you go to get this information? What’s out there for you to plan and prepare for the fire season?

Our presentation is to build your situational awareness about fire weather and fuels from seasonal outlooks down to the immediate threat of individual wildland fires. We will show you where to find essential information that will enhance your community preparedness and responses. We will also include some very basic fire science along with a few tips on wildland fire preparedness.

If you are involved with emergency management at any level that is concerned with the threat of wildland fires, this presentation is for you!

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In Alaska, most public safety professionals are tasked with multiple roles.  We often have a lack of resources precisely when we need it the most, causing us and our teams to work long hours for the health and safety of Alaskans.  In this session, we will discuss how to balance the demands on your time with other priorities, particularly during emergencies.  How do we cope with stress, maintain our physical health, and keep an optimistic outlook while being of service to others?    We will discuss some techniques and provide tools and resources to focus and strengthen your own wellness.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

How Emergencies can be managed remotely
Amanda Loach, Audrey Gray, Andrew Preis,
Erin Zackery, Drielle Welch & Wendy Reese

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management started work like any other emergency, in person at the Emergency Operations Center, bringing many people together to solve the problems presented by the emergency.  It became apparent early in the response that a virtual response would be necessary.  This presentation details how Anchorage transformed from an in-person, traditional EOC to a virtual one, and how plans are being developed to respond virtually to the next emergency, saving time and lives in the process.

Wednesday, April 20

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Track 1

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Outreach in the Virtual Environment
Ilyssa Plumer, Samantha Robinson & Tanya Toribio

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FEMA Region 10’s Individual and Community Preparedness program will present best practices, lessons learned, and techniques on individual and community preparedness outreach, education, and engagement in a virtual environment. This includes coordinating and hosting over 30 webinars in the last year, and reaching thousands of community members on a wide range of topics (including animals and extreme weather preparedness to organizations preparing for emergency needs, tailored outreach to youth and older adults and so much in between!). Join this team for innovative ideas, inspiration, and recommendations on how to conduct fresh and cross cutting virtual outreach!

Track 2

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

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Using various input tools, virtual meeting platforms, and break out rooms, the Anchorage IPPW was conducted 100% in a virtual environment, but also garnered meaningful
input.  Using input methods such as Microsoft forms, Microsoft Teams and Outlook, the meeting was held in two 4-hour segments with participation from Municipality of Anchorage
Departments as well as partners throughout the jurisdiction.  The presentation will detail the methodology used, troubleshooting as well as lessons learned for improving the process.

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Semper Gumby
Andrew Sather & Claude Denver

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Learn how to keep your head when things go awry especially in the beginning of a response.  Hear from DHS & EM Operations and learn the tips and tricks.

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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Learn about the basic principles, themes, and catalyst for community action.  Focus areas will be a 10,000ft view of THIRA with a time for question answers as well as an overview of the WCIF (Whole Community Input Form) and how it is utilized to enhance and provide a foundation to SPR and THIRA.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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There are over 200 libraries, archives and museums in Alaska. These cultural organizations are important gathering places, economic drivers, and are central to Alaskans’ sense of identity and community. Yet cultural organizations are not always included in local or regional emergency operations plans, and rarely do emergency managers and first responders understand the unique preparedness and response needs of these organizations.

Through the Preparing Alaska’s Cultural Organizations for Emergencies (PACO) program, DHSEM and the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums have been making strides to connect cultural organizations with EM. Come to this session to learn why cultural organizations should be on your radar, how their services and collections make their preparedness and response efforts different from other entities, and ways that you can work together to improve community-wide preparedness and response capacity.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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See how UAA partnered with vendors to create an outreach handout that people actually want to carry around! (see attached). This presentation will also highlight the features of the new Rave Guardian smartphone app used across the UA system.

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Opportunities to Engage with the National Weather Service Alaska
Lindsay Tardif-Huber, Ryan Metzger,
Aviva Bruan & Celine Van Breukelen

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This session will provide an overview of National Weather Service Alaska including opportunities to engage with local and regional offices through the StormReady, TsunamiReady, and Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador programs. This presentation will also include information on decision support services and recent improvements and future plans for dissemination services as well as the 2022 breakup outlook from the Alaska Pacific River Forecast Center.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Intro to Civil Air Patrol
Lt. Col. Brian Porter & Col. Kevin McClure

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 21

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Integrated Preparedness Planning
Workshop
Jared Woody , Jeff McKenzie
& JJ Little

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Wednesday, April 20th

Casey Cook

Plenary Speaker
8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Casey Cook is the Emergency Manager for the Mat Su Borough, and is also the current President of the Alaska Emergency Management Association (AKEMA). He has worked all over the State as a medic, firefighter, Emergency Manager and has lived in Illiamna, Fort Yukon, North Pole, Fairbanks, Anchorage and Wasilla. He is a graduate of FEMA’s Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP), Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), as well as Alaska Pacific University with a MS in counseling psychology. He and his wife own a restaurant in Wasilla, where they live with their two children.