AGENDA

Tuesday, April 13
Emergency Management Track

8:00am - 8:10am

Welcome

8:10am - 9:00am

Jay Pullins
Plenary Speaker: Building an Empowered Team
During times of turbulence and rapid change, a leader needs some tools to help them lead. We’ll unpack some key principles for building courageous, creative and committed teams who can produce results in any environment.
Alaska’s Pandemic Response Organization – Lessons Learned

This interactive session will discuss how local jurisdictions, healthcare providers, and others organized to respond to the emergency management challenges of responding to a global public health emergency. The State of Alaska COVID-19 Unified Command will discuss how their organization was built to support local response operations, how resource ordering procedures developed over time, and feedback received by local incident management organizations. Local participants will be asked to discuss their organizations, and lessons learned throughout the pandemic.

9:10am - 10:00am

Shannon Oelkers
The Role of the LEPC in Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Planning
Learn how the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require bulk fuel storage facilities to utilize LEPC planning documents while preparing spill response planning documents and permits.

LEPC Members will learn how the documents they prepare interact with locally based bulk fuel storage spill planning and how they can better address the emergency needs of bulk fuel spill response. Attendees will better understand the types of spill response plans required for bulk fuel storage facilities and how they interact with the community emergency response plans.

10:10am - 11:00am

Ron Swartz
Creating and Maintaining Employee Volunteer Responder Teams
Coming soon…

11:10am - 12:00pm

Michelle Torres, George Keeney,
Brenda McCain & Talon Boeve

Alaska CERT Teams
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during a disaster situation. Join us for a panel discussion with Alaska CERT teams talking about how they were utilized during recent disasters.

12:00pm

Close Breakout Rooms – Main room for closing remarks
COVID-19 Response Track

8:00am - 8:10am

Welcome

8:10am - 9:00am

Jay Pullins
Plenary Speaker: Building an Empowered Team
During times of turbulence and rapid change, a leader needs some tools to help them lead. We’ll unpack some key principles for building courageous, creative and committed teams who can produce results in any environment.
Alaska’s Pandemic Response Organization – Lessons Learned

This interactive session will discuss how local jurisdictions, healthcare providers, and others organized to respond to the emergency management challenges of responding to a global public health emergency. The State of Alaska COVID-19 Unified Command will discuss how their organization was built to support local response operations, how resource ordering procedures developed over time, and feedback received by local incident management organizations. Local participants will be asked to discuss their organizations, and lessons learned throughout the pandemic.

9:10am - 10:00am

Bryan Fisher
Alaska’s Pandemic Response Organization-Lessons Learned
This interactive session will discuss how local jurisdictions, healthcare providers, and others organized to respond to the emergency management challenges of responding to a global public health emergency. The State of Alaska COVID-19 Unified Command will discuss how their organization was built to support local response operations, how resource ordering procedures developed over time, and feedback received by local incident management organizations. Local participants will be asked to discuss their organizations, and lessons learned throughout the pandemic.

10:10am - 11:00am

Lou Friend, Talon Boeve & Brandon Davis
Running a Successful COVID Drive-Up Testing Site
Coming soon…

11:10am - 12:00pm

David Newman & Katey Redmond
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Lessons Learned
This session will cover recent disasters in Alaska and their impact on individuals with disabilities.

12:00pm

Close Breakout Rooms – Main room for closing remarks
Wednesday, April 14
Emergency Management Track

8:00am - 8:10am

Welcome

8:10am - 9:00am

Anne Zink
Plenary Speaker

9:10am - 10:00am

Rick Murrell
Community Resilience Capacity Metrics for Critical Infrastructure
Resilience is the speed at which a community can return to a life of normalcy. If you are not measuring your community critical infrastructure for disaster resilience then you have no meaningful degree of resilience. This session will explain how to establish metrics for the resilience of a community’s critical infrastructure for both the public, and private sectors.

10:10am - 11:00am

Crane Johnson
River Watch and APRFC’s River Observer Program
This will provide an overview of the River Watch program and the APRFC River Observer program. The presentation will also cover the 2020 breakup outlook for Alaska. Learn about collaboration with the NWS for breakup monitoring and river observations in Alaska.

11:10am - 12:00pm

Ilyssa Plumer & Sam Robinson
FEMA Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council
Synopsis: The Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) came into fruition in 2018, with the goal of bringing young leaders to the table and sharing their perspective(s) and innovative ideas on emergency management. This program was built off of the National YPC, which was created in 2012; YPCs operate at local, state, tribal, regional, and national levels. The FEMA Region 10 team is excited to co-present with several of their YPC members for this session- to highlight the benefits and impacts of the YPC and youth preparedness programs at large. The team is here to support jurisdictions and organizations interested in starting their own YPC or other youth preparedness program. Attend this session if you want to hear from young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities.

12:00pm

Close Breakout Rooms – Main room for closing remarks
COVID-19 Response Track

8:00am - 8:10am

Welcome

8:10am - 9:00am

Anne Zink
Plenary Speaker

9:10am - 10:00am

Desiree Chambers
Planning for Families with Children in a COVID-19 Environment: Alaska’s Unique Approach
Abstract: Planning for Families with Children in a COVID-19 Environment: Alaska’s Unique Approach
Disaster planning for families is always a challenge, but in a COVID-19 environment it is especially difficult. We will discuss Alaska’s unique approach to this topic and the Circle of Support fillable document that was developed. This planning for families with children document has been translated in seven languages and has been used by other states as a resource for families. We will also discuss planning for families with disabilities and how you can utilize these resources to help families in your communities prepare for disasters.

10:10am - 11:00am

Jeremy Zidek & Elizabeth Manning
Public Information During a Pandemic
The story of COVID-19 has not been completely written, but there have been many lessons learned. Battling misinformation, dealing with emerging and changing guidance, implementing never before seen travel restrictions, and educating the public about way to keep themselves safe fall squarely with the public information realm. Join Public Information Officers as they review actions taken, why decisions were made, and recommend ways to make the system better

11:10am - 12:00pm

Ashley Lally & Jen Patronas
Anchorage School District COVID Response
Anchorage School District response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jennifer Patronas, Director of Health Services and Ashley Lally, Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness, will discuss the ASD response to the COVID-19 pandemic, topics include:

  • Decision to cancel school-sponsored travel in early March
  • Decision to cancel school after Spring Break
  • PPE distribution to the community
  • Logistics of food and tech distribution
  • Utilizing ASD nurses as Muni Contact Tracers
  • Return to school & COVID Case Tracking
  • Vaccination Clinics

12:00pm

Close Breakout Rooms – Main room for closing remarks
Thursday, April 15

8:00am - 12:00am

Jared Woody, Jeff McKenzie, Tiffany Peltier, and Richard Hildreth
Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop

The Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is a meeting that establishes the strategy
and structure for an exercise program, in addition to broader preparedness efforts, while setting
the foundation for the planning, conduct, and evaluation of individual exercises.

Purpose
The purpose of the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is to use the guidance
provided by senior leaders to identify and set preparedness priorities and develop a multi-year
schedule of preparedness activities. During the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW), participation from the whole community ensures preparedness activities are included in the program’s priorities.

Tuesday, April 13
Emergency Management Track
COVID-19 Response Track

8:00am - 8:10am

Welcome

8:10am - 9:00am

Jay Pullins
Plenary Speaker: Building an Empowered Team
During times of turbulence and rapid change, a leader needs some tools to help them lead. We’ll unpack some key principles for building courageous, creative and committed teams who can produce results in any environment.
Alaska’s Pandemic Response Organization – Lessons Learned

This interactive session will discuss how local jurisdictions, healthcare providers, and others organized to respond to the emergency management challenges of responding to a global public health emergency. The State of Alaska COVID-19 Unified Command will discuss how their organization was built to support local response operations, how resource ordering procedures developed over time, and feedback received by local incident management organizations. Local participants will be asked to discuss their organizations, and lessons learned throughout the pandemic.

9:10am - 10:00am

Shannon Oelkers
The Role of the LEPC in Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Planning
Learn how the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require bulk fuel storage facilities to utilize LEPC planning documents while preparing spill response planning documents and permits.

LEPC Members will learn how the documents they prepare interact with locally based bulk fuel storage spill planning and how they can better address the emergency needs of bulk fuel spill response. Attendees will better understand the types of spill response plans required for bulk fuel storage facilities and how they interact with the community emergency response plans.

10:10am - 11:00am

Ron Swartz
Creating and Maintaining Employee Volunteer Responder Teams
Coming soon…

11:10am - 12:00pm

Michelle Torres, George Keeney,
Brenda McCain & Talon Boeve

Alaska CERT Teams
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during a disaster situation. Join us for a panel discussion with Alaska CERT teams talking about how they were utilized during recent disasters.

9:10am - 10:00am

Bryan Fisher
Alaska’s Pandemic Response Organization-Lessons Learned
This interactive session will discuss how local jurisdictions, healthcare providers, and others organized to respond to the emergency management challenges of responding to a global public health emergency. The State of Alaska COVID-19 Unified Command will discuss how their organization was built to support local response operations, how resource ordering procedures developed over time, and feedback received by local incident management organizations. Local participants will be asked to discuss their organizations, and lessons learned throughout the pandemic.

10:10am - 11:00am

Lou Friend, Talon Boeve & Brandon Davis
Running a Successful COVID Drive-Up Testing Site
Coming soon…

11:10am - 12:00pm

David Newman & Katey Redmond
Access and Functional Needs and Lessons Learned
This session will cover recent disasters in Alaska and their impact on individuals with disabilities.

12:00pm

Close Breakout Rooms – Main room for closing remarks
Wednesday, April 14
Emergency Management Track
COVID-19 Response Track

8:00am - 8:10am

Welcome

8:10am - 9:00am

Anne Zink
Plenary Speaker

9:10am - 10:00am

Rick Murrell
Community Resilience Capacity Metrics for Critical Infrastructure
Resilience is the speed at which a community can return to a life of normalcy. If you are not measuring your community critical infrastructure for disaster resilience then you have no meaningful degree of resilience. This session will explain how to establish metrics for the resilience of a community’s critical infrastructure for both the public, and private sectors.

10:10am - 11:00am

Crane Johnson
River Watch and APRFC’s River Observer Program
This will provide an overview of the River Watch program and the APRFC River Observer program. The presentation will also cover the 2020 breakup outlook for Alaska. Learn about collaboration with the NWS for breakup monitoring and river observations in Alaska.

11:10am - 12:00pm

Ilyssa Plumer & Sam Robinson
FEMA Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council
Synopsis: The Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) came into fruition in 2018, with the goal of bringing young leaders to the table and sharing their perspective(s) and innovative ideas on emergency management. This program was built off of the National YPC, which was created in 2012; YPCs operate at local, state, tribal, regional, and national levels. The FEMA Region 10 team is excited to co-present with several of their YPC members for this session- to highlight the benefits and impacts of the YPC and youth preparedness programs at large. The team is here to support jurisdictions and organizations interested in starting their own YPC or other youth preparedness program. Attend this session if you want to hear from young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities.

9:10am - 10:00am

Desiree Chambers
Planning for Families with Children in a COVID-19 Environment: Alaska’s Unique Approach
Abstract: Planning for Families with Children in a COVID-19 Environment: Alaska’s Unique Approach
Disaster planning for families is always a challenge, but in a COVID-19 environment it is especially difficult. We will discuss Alaska’s unique approach to this topic and the Circle of Support fillable document that was developed. This planning for families with children document has been translated in seven languages and has been used by other states as a resource for families. We will also discuss planning for families with disabilities and how you can utilize these resources to help families in your communities prepare for disasters.

10:10am - 11:00am

Jeremy Zidek & Elizabeth Manning
Public Information During a Pandemic
The story of COVID-19 has not been completely written, but there have been many lessons learned. Battling misinformation, dealing with emerging and changing guidance, implementing never before seen travel restrictions, and educating the public about way to keep themselves safe fall squarely with the public information realm. Join Public Information Officers as they review actions taken, why decisions were made, and recommend ways to make the system better

11:10am - 12:00pm

Ashley Lally & Jen Patronas
Anchorage School District COVID Response
Anchorage School District response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jennifer Patronas, Director of Health Services and Ashley Lally, Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness, will discuss the ASD response to the COVID-19 pandemic, topics include:

  • Decision to cancel school-sponsored travel in early March
  • Decision to cancel school after Spring Break
  • PPE distribution to the community
  • Logistics of food and tech distribution
  • Utilizing ASD nurses as Muni Contact Tracers
  • Return to school & COVID Case Tracking
  • Vaccination Clinics

12:00pm

Close Breakout Rooms – Main room for closing remarks
Thursday, April 15

8:00am - 12:00pm

Jared Woody, Jeff McKenzie, Tiffany Peltier, and Richard Hildreth
Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop

The Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is a meeting that establishes the strategy
and structure for an exercise program, in addition to broader preparedness efforts, while setting
the foundation for the planning, conduct, and evaluation of individual exercises.

Purpose
The purpose of the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is to use the guidance
provided by senior leaders to identify and set preparedness priorities and develop a multi-year
schedule of preparedness activities. During the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW), participation from the whole community ensures preparedness activities are included in the program’s priorities.

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