Register for the 2022 Missouri Emergency Management Conference

September is National Emergency Preparedness month. In lieu of an in-person Emergency Management Conference, SEMA is organizing a “Virtual Emergency Management Information Series” throughout September. The schedule of events is listed below, but please continue to check this webpage as more details are finalized, and presentations are added.

All training sessions will be held via Webex Meetings. Live session participation is limited to the first 500 attendees; recorded sessions will be made available as soon as possible. As more details are finalized, the latest information will be posted.

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Tuesday, September 6th at 2pm (CST)

What is the DMH Behavioral Health Strike Team, and how can you request it?

Presenter: Alyssa Backes, Deputy Director, Office of Disaster Services Missouri Department of Mental Health; Beckie Gierer, Director of Disaster Services, Missouri Department of Mental Health

Level of Learning: Any!

Duration: 45 minutes

Description of content: The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) has created a Behavior Health Strike Team (BHST). This team is designed to respond to emergency and disaster events from shootings to natural disasters, in order to support the mental health needs of survivors and responders. This 45-minute workshop is intended to provide participants with the background of the team’s development and provide guidance on how to request a response from the DMH BHST.

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Thursday, September 8th at 9am (CST)

MERC LEPC 101
Mike Harris

Presenter: Michael Harris; Missouri Emergency Response Commission

Level of Learning: Introductory to Intermediate

Duration: 60 minutes

Description of content: This course provides an understanding of the history, laws, regulations, and rules that govern the Missouri Emergency Response Commission (MERC), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC), and Local Emergency Planning Districts (LEPD), as well as Federal and State EPCRA and Tier II compliance.

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Thursday, September 8th at 10:30am (CST)

Nuclear Power Plants that Impact MO, and Planning for Their Unlikely Disasters

Presenter: Jason Davenport, Radiation Emergency Preparedness Manager, SEMA

Level of Learning: Any!

Duration: 45 minutes

Description of content: This presentation will cover the two nuclear power plants that operate in or near Missouri and how the response organization works with Federal, State, and local partners to ensure a response to a nuclear emergency. Declared emergencies at nuclear power plants are rare, and have never threatened the public in the United States. However, should an emergency of a large enough scale be declared the possible impacts to the public could be quite large, therefore the Federal government through agreements between the NRC and FEMA mandate response capabilities.

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Tuesday, September 13th at 9am (CST)

A Roundtable Discussion with Seasoned EMDs

Presenter: Jim Sharp, Warren County Emergency Management Director

Level of Learning: Any!

Duration: 60 minutes

Description: Join us for a roundtable discussion with seasoned Emergency Management Directors.

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Tuesday, September 13th at 2pm (CST)

An update from FEMA

Presenter: Jay Van Der Werff

Level of Learning: Any!

Duration: 60 minutes

Description of content: Jay will present on the Agency’s strategic plan, and how Region 7 National Preparedness is taking steps to further preparedness initiatives in the region.

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Wednesday, September 14th at 9am (CST)

The Surprising History of the New Madrid Earthquakes
Conevery Valencius

Presenter: Conevery Valencius, PhD; Professor of History, Boston College

Level of Learning: Open to All!

Duration: 60 minutes

Description of content: What does the history of the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812 teach us about disaster preparation today? This presentation by an award-winning historian provides engaging and relevant background on the historic earthquakes of our New Madrid Seismic Zone.

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Thursday, September 15th at 9 am (CST)

COOP 101 - Keeping the Wheels On!

Presenter: Marcia Davis, Disaster Response Coordinator, Division of Senior and Disability Services, DMH

Level of Learning: Any - whoever is struggling with putting together their COOP.

Duration: 30 minutes

Description of content: A common-sense, real-world approach to continuity of operations; what it is, why you really need it, and how to write a back-to-the-basics plan that will serve your agency.

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Thursday, September 15th at 2 pm (CST)

Emergency Preparedness Planning in Schools

Presenter: Deb Hendricks; Education Safety Coordinator, Missouri School Boards’ Association Center for Education Safety

Level of Learning: Intermediate

Duration: 45 minutes

Description of content: The session will discuss the role of schools in Emergency Management. It will include their role in the infrastructure of communities, assets they can bring to the table. It will describe the ways schools are preparing for school-based and other emergencies with EOPs and ICS structures, as well as the importance of integrating school plans into local jurisdiction plans.

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Tuesday, September 20th at 9am (CST)

Mindset First, Responder Second

Presenter: Scott Medlin, Marine Corps and Law Enforcement Veteran

Level of Learning: Any

Duration: 90 minutes

Description on content: Getting past the warrior socialization of emergency responders. We are human. Uncover and utilize the secret system of your mind that can make or break your mental health as a first responder (or emergency responder). Learn how to grow your mindset in order to continue to thrive in a career that can involve stress, high demands, and trauma exposure.

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Tuesday, September 20th at 2pm (CST)

Emergency Management Access and Functional Needs Disability Awareness
David Whalen

Presenter: David Whalen; Project Director, Niagara University First Response/Emergency Management Disability Awareness Training

Level of Learning: Introductory

Duration: 60 minutes

Description on content: Niagara University Disability Awareness Training has been granted from Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council to educate anyone involved in emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery as it pertains to individuals with disabilities and access and functional needs. NU has tailored a presentation that identifies the responsibilities of both emergency management personnel and disability advocates during an emergency. This program will introduce the four modules necessary for proper response that include Disability Awareness Training, the Americans with Disabilities Act specific to Emergency Management, emergency plan content, and Inclusive Planning and Active Participation. This will serve as an introduction to the full program to be rolled out over the next three years.

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Thursday, September 22nd at 9am (CST)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Presenters: Robert Graham, Cybersecurity Advisor and Missouri State Coordinator, Region 7; Thomas Miner, Protective Security Advisor, Western Missouri District, Region 7; James Stromberg, Emergency Communications Coordinator, Region 5

Level of Learning: All levels

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Description of content: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Mission and services to include Cyber, Physical, and Emergency Communications to Critical Infrastructure Providers.

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Thursday, September 22nd at 2pm (CST)

A Guide to Utilizing Evolving Probabilistic Winter Forecasts and Impact-Based Thunderstorm Warnings
National Weather Service logo

Presenters: Kevin Deitsch, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service St. Louis; Steve Runnels, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Springfield; Andy Bailey, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Kansas City; Christine Wielgos, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Paducah, KY

Level of Learning: Intermediate

Duration: 60 minutes

Description of content: This session will focus on a few different topics. First, the way forecasters create snowfall forecasts has changed significantly over the last few years. Previously, forecasters would pick what they perceived to be the most accurate forecast from two or three different computer forecast models. Now, forecasters utilize blends of several dozen different computer forecast models to create the forecast. In addition to increased accuracy, this new system also allows for a wealth of probabilistic information which are designed to help communicate forecast confidence or certainty. An overview of these new winter weather forecast tools will be provided. When it comes to severe thunderstorms, the actual warnings we issue have evolved over the last five to ten years. While timing and location information remain the same, a variety of impact magnitude features have been added to flash flood, severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. The second half of this talk will show how to identify and decode these newer "impact-based" warnings.

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Tuesday, September 27th at 9am (CST)

Introduction to WebEOC Essentials

Presenter: Cheryl Garner; SEMA Logistics Section Chief, WebEOC Administrator

Level of Learning: Intermediate

Duration: 60 minutes

Description of content: Introduction to the basic boards in WebEOC. How to navigate the menu and boards that are used most, how to put in a resource request, and situation status update. Where to find and the use of the file library.

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Tuesday, September 27th at 2pm (CST)

Identifying and Assisting At-Risk Groups

Presenter: Marcia Davis, Disaster Response Coordinator, Division of Senior and Disability Services, DMH

Level of Learning: Any - geared toward emergency managers and planners.

Duration: 45 minutes

Description of content: In an emergency or disaster, not having the ability to assist every person in a community keeps us up at night. Which groups are at risk? Where do they live and work? What resources are available to them? We will discuss best practice strategies to help you identify, locate, and assist those most at risk in your community.

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