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2022 CT Emergency Management Symposium set for April 27 in Prospect: Over 500 local, state & business leaders to attend

2022 CT Emergency Management Symposium set for April 27 in Prospect: Over 500 local, state & business leaders to attend

Source: Kevin Maloney, CCM

For Immediate Release:
Monday, April 25, 2022
Kevin Maloney (203) 710-3486

Back after two-year COVID hiatus 
2022 CT Emergency Management Symposium set for April 27 in Prospect: Over 500 local, state & business leaders to attend 

Over 500 municipal, state, and business leaders will converge in Prospect, Connecticut on Wednesday, April 27 for the 2022 Connecticut Emergency Management Symposium. The 15th presentation of this critical conference will take place at the Aria Banquet Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The symposium is returning as an in-person event after a two-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference had been presented annually since 2006.  Masks will be required for all those attending this year’s event.

CCM is again co-sponsoring this event along with the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). 

Welcome and Introductions will begin at 8:20 a.m. with Brenda M. Bergeron, Deputy Commissioner, DESPP/DEMHS.

Governor Ned Lamont and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz have been invited to present opening remarks. 

Remarks on Connecticut’s COVID response will be presented at 8:35 a.m. by Dr. Manisha Juthani, Commissioner, DPH, followed by remarks at 8:45 a.m. on Connecticut state emergency by William Turner, CT State Emergency Management Director; and then remarks at 8:55 a.m. on the State’s training and exercise survey app by Shell Carter, Operations, Training, and Exercise Manager, DEMHS.

“This day-long collaborative event is the only statewide municipal government event of its kind in Connecticut, back after a sorely missed two year absence,” said Joel DeLong, CCM Executive Director and CEO. “The symposium full of informative workshops, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities. The Connecticut Emergency Management Symposium attracts state and local officials from every corner of Connecticut who are responsible for emergency preparation, whether the emergency is natural or man-made.” 

A day-long schedule of intensive, hands-on workshops will follow; and over the course of the day, nearly 40 companies and agencies will exhibit the latest in emergency management products and services for use by Connecticut municipal and state government leaders who work in key emergency response roles. 

Here are the workshop sessions and speakers across the rest of the day: 

9:05 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. — Collaboration Best Practice: High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency (HIDTA), CT DPH, and DEMHS CT Intelligence Center

  • Alvin Schwapp, CTIC Director
  • Anna Gasinski, Public Health Analyst, Overdose Response Strategy
  • Sgt. First Class John Wardrop, CTNG
  • Raffaella Coler, DPH Director of Office of Emergency Medical Services 

9:35 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. — Collaboration Best Practice: CTIC and Emergency Management - Critical Infrastructure

  • Kelly Grindall, CTIC Analyst
  • Mike Caplet, DEMHS Region 4 Coordinator

10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. — School Security/Non-Profit Security Programs 

  • Bill Turley, DEMHS Region 3 Coordinator 
  • Nicole Velardi, DEMHS Planner 

10:55 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — Responding to Disaster: Volunteer Civil Preparedness Forces: CERT, MRC, USAR, IMT, DBRNE

  • Panel Discussion led by John Field, DEMHS Region 5 Coordinator, Red Cross of Connecticut

11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. — Responding to Disaster: Lifelines and ESF 12 Make Safe Protocol

  • Bob Kenny, DEMHS Region 1 Coordinator 

1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. — CT Land Mobile Radio Network: How Municipalities Can Join 

  • Clayton Northgraves, DESPP Director of Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications

1:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. — Cyber Security Update

  • David Palmbach, CTIC Intelligence Analyst

1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Responding to and Recovering from Disaster: Debris Management, Preliminary Damage Assessments and FEMA Disaster Assistance

  • Dana Conover, DEMHS Recovery Coordinator and Supervisor 
  • Ken Dumais, DEMHS State Hazard Mitigation Officer and Individual Assistance Coordinator 

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. — Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency: FEMA BRIC Program

  • Ken Dumais, DEMHS State Hazard Mitigation Officer and Individual Assistance Coordinator 
  • Ian Alexander, DEMHS Planner and Deputy SHMO 

2:40 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. — Flood Tool Kit: US Army Corps of Engineers Silver Jackets 

  • Doug Glowacki, DEMHS Planner
  • Sheila Warren, USACE 

3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — 2022 Upcoming Exercises and Results of Survey

  • Shelly Carter, Operations, Training and Exercise Manager, DEMHS

3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. — Grants Update

  • Kendall Bobula, Planning Manager, DEMHS

3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — 2022 Hurricane Forecast

  • Doug Glowacki, DEMHS Planner