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2016 Emergency Management Symposium

Municipal Training Radisson Hotel

2016 Emergency Management Symposium
Thursday, April 28, 2016

2016 Emergency Management Symposium

Radisson Hotel (formerly the Crowne Plaza Hotel)
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The 11th Annual Connecticut Emergency Management Symposium is taking place on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell.

Co-sponsored by CCM, the CT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and the CT Department of Public Health, the event grows larger each year and attracts hundreds of local public safety officials and others responsible for responding to mass emergencies.

Be sure to mark your calendars now so you won't miss the ONLY Statewide Municipal Government event that offers a full-day of informative workshops, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities.

Preliminary Agenda back to top

8:30 to 9:00 Welcome and introductory comments

  • Master of Ceremonies William J. Hackett, State Emergency Management Director
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director
  • Commissioner Dora B. Schriro, CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
  • Deputy Commissioner William Shea, CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection/Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Ellen Blaschinski, Branch Chief, Regulatory Services, CT Department of Public Health                                

9:00 to 9:30 FIRST NET Presentation

  • David Cook, Consultation Lead, Region 2 First Responder Network Authority, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Bernard O'Donnell, CT Department of Administrative Services, Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology

9:30 to 10:30 EMD/School Security Unified Command Best Practices Panel

  • Moderator Tom Vannini, DEMHS Region 5 Coordinator
  • Middletown:  George Dunn, Emergency Management Director, Patricia Charles, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
  • Waterbury:  Adam Rinko, Emergency Management Director, John Herman, School Security and Safety Coordinator
  • Greenwich:  Dan Warzoha, Emergency Management Director, Police Captain Robert  Berry; Private School representative
  • Cheshire:  Jack Casner, Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director;  Representative, Cheshire Public Schools
  • Lyme-Old Lyme: Lee Watkins, Lyme Emergency Management Director,   David Roberge, Old Lyme Emergency Management Director,   Ian Neviaser, Superintendent Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools (Regional School District 18)

10:30 to 11:00 BREAK

11:00 to 11:30—DPH Preparedness Programs and Available Resources

  • Jonathan Best, Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response                  

11:30 to 12:00—Region 2 Durham Mass Casualty Exercise Presentation

  • Laura Francis – First Selectwoman for the Town of Durham
  • Leonard Guercia – Vice President of Holdsworth Group/Exercise Facilitator/Coordinator
  • John Field – DEMHS Region 2 Coordinator

12:00 to 1:00 – BUFFET LUNCH

1:00 to 1:30—DEMHS Office of Counter Terrorism/CT Intelligence Center Briefing New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Program

  • Lieutenant Shawn Corey, CTIC Deputy Director
  • Kelsey Opozda, Drug Policy Analyst
  • Peter Payson, federal Department of Homeland Security

1:30 to 2:00-- Citizen Corps Program Update: Keeping your CERT Team Energized

  • Mark Amatrudo, Deputy Fire Chief/ Emergency Management Director, Town of Wilton, Co-Chair Statewide Citizen Corps Advisory Council

2:00 to 2:30—BREAK

2:30 to 3:00—Web EOC Demonstration/Emergency Management App

  • Cynthia Tangney, DEMHS Radiological Emergency Preparedness Unit Supervisor
  • Mike Caplet, DEMHS Region 4 Coordinator

3:00 to 3:10—Local Emergency Operations Plan Template Update

  • Tom Lenart, DEMHS Region 2 Planner

3:10 to 3:20 —Grants Update

  • Theresa Peterson, DESPP Fiscal Administrative Manager
  • Rita Stewart, DEMHS Strategic Planning and Community Preparedness Unit Supervisor

3:20 to 3:30 --2016 Hurricane Forecast

  • Doug Glowacki, DEMHS EMPS

Registration and Cost back to top

This event is FREE to Municipal, Local, and State Officials! Attendance is limited to the first 400 registrants. Registration is required to attend. 

Pre-registration is now closed.  Please come to on-site registration.

Other Information back to top

Click here to view the list of exhibitors who will showcase their products and services to help you in an emergency situation.