At Long Beach, CA

2017 Annual IAEM Conference and EMEX

The 65th Annual International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference and EMEX is a a five-day training and educational event for emergency management professionals in all levels of government, the private sector, and non-government agencies. Attendees include emergency managers, homeland security officials, business continuity planners, first responder coordinators, private sector industry risk managers, contingency planners, and educators in the field of emergency management and homeland security. View the program for a list of presentations.

Registration fees vary with early bird discounts ending October 6, 2017.

Presentations related to radiation preparedness include the following.

The Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS): A Subject Matter Expert When You Most Need One
November 15, 2017 | 1:45 - 2:45 PM

Speakers:  James Rogers (FEMA) and Dr. William Irwin (Vermont Department of Health)

The presentation summarizes historical gaps identified in improvised nuclear device (IND), radiological or nuclear incident, and major power plant accident response. It highlights how multiple working groups at all levels of government across the country focused on improvised nuclear detonation response issues (gathering, organizing, analyzing, synthesizing, documenting, and distributing radiological information), which drove the creation of the ROSS program. The goal of the ROSS is to provide a resource for communities and an opportunity for individuals to expand the nation's ability to address the risks of radiological or nuclear incidents. The ROSS professional is a resource with radiological expertise and an understanding of the Incident Command System that is not currently available across the nation. The ROSS will provide expert assistance in the aftermath of a radiological or nuclear incident by serving as a resource for communicating key scientific and technical incident and other needed data to decision-makers to facilitate effective emergency response operations. As envisioned, the ROSS program will coordinate a cadre of state and local subject matter experts who will support incident command and the broader response to a radiological or nuclear incident. This network of professionals will not only improve response efforts, but also contribute to preparedness as it will serve as a conduit for sharing knowledge, expertise, and lessons learned.


Local Governments Involved with Radiological Emergency Preparedness
November 15, 2017 | 4:15 - 5:15 PM

Speakers: Eddie Hicks, Past IAEM-USA President

This session will provide a forum for local emergency managers that have radiological emergency preparedness (REP) responsibilities to interface with like managers from across the nation to develop strategies and concepts to provide a more effective REP response.

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