Washington, DC— Today, the Executive Advisory Committee of the 2019 Emergency Management Leaders Conference (EMLC) announced the speaker line-up. The Conference is being held May 29 – 30, 2019 at the Arizona Grand Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Conference will, for the second year, feature a gathering of world renowned emergency management leadership from federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local levels of public service as well as the private sector and non-profit partners to address some of the biggest questions facing the emergency management community and to create an international dialogue for better outcomes in the face of more reoccurring disasters. More information on the conference can be found here.

“The purpose of EMLC is to present an engaging forum where distinguished experts in the field of Emergency Management and disciplines related to disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation and resilience convene for two days of policy discourse and problem solving, sharing best practices and lessons learned to shape a more resilient future,” said Elizabeth Zimmerman, EMLC’s Executive Advisory Chair. “Given the implications that disasters have worldwide and the extended efforts of emergency management professionals around the globe, EMLC also welcomes a multi-national audience and a diverse assembly of speakers representing some of the brightest minds shaping the landscape of emergency management today.”

Highlights of the conference include keynote sessions by hurricane expert Rick Knabb, former National Hurricane Center Director and current Weather Channel meteorologist, and Lt. Gen Daniel Hokanson, U.S. Army, Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau and former Deputy Commander of U.S. Northern Command.

New this year, the conference will be hosting a Fireside Chat. Special guests will join EMLC in a special setting designed to foster an engaging discussion addressing the changing and dynamic emergency management landscape. Team Rubicon will close out the conference with a session featuring well-known contributors involved in volunteer work for disaster response and recovery. The session will focus on disaster volunteers, crowdsourcing and the impact – good and bad – on emergency management efforts.

EMLC will feature panels on public-private partnerships within the power industry, international perspectives on resilience, perspectives on the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), today’s fire service and emergency management, and the influence of social media and online fundraising on disaster response today, among others. The Conference will also host six current FEMA Regional Administrators in a moderated panel by Kathy Fulton, Executive Director of American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN). FEMA Regional Administrators James Joseph (Chicago, Ill.), Tony Robinson (Denton, Texas), Paul Taylor (Kansas City, Mo.), Lee dePalo (Denver, Colo.), Bob Fenton (Oakland, Calif.), and Mike O’Hare (Seattle, Wash.) will discuss the role of the FEMA Regional Office before disasters strike, the support FEMA Regions present to state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, and the current – and future – programs in place to train, educate and assist emergency managers, including the new FEMA Integration Teams.

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