At Grand Rapids, MI

2018 Annual IAEM Conference and EMEX

The 66th Annual International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference and EMEX is 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 online program for a list of presentations.

Registration fees vary with early bird discounts ending September 21, 2018.


Presentations related to radiation preparedness include the following:

Station Blackout – An Insider’s Perspective on Extreme Crisis Leadership during the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
October 23 | 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Speakers: Dr. Charles "Chuck" Casto (Casto Group Consulting LLC)

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Casto, led the integrated US Government and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) efforts in Japan, for one year, during the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. Working directly with the U.S. Ambassador, and coordinating with the NRC’s Emergency Operations Center, he represented the United States Government to the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet.  His new book, “Station Blackout – The Insider’s View of Extreme Crisis Leadership at Fukushima,” shares the behind the scenes stories of the Fukushima leaders, and the American leaders’ role in the crisis. 


Nuclear Disasters and How the Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS) Can Help Respond and Recover
October 23 | 1:15 - 2:15 PM

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

The presentation describes how the radiological and nuclear emergency management community can adapt to a radically changing world. The radiological and nuclear changes threatening communities include reduced financial support for nuclear power plant (NPP) emergency preparedness due to numerous NPP closures, the rapidly growing threat of terrorists using radiological and nuclear materials, and the increasing tensions between nations possessing nuclear weapons.

A review of catastrophic NPP, radiological dispersal device, improvised nuclear device and nuclear weapon scenarios using video simulation will identify the characteristics of each threat and their significant preparedness challenges. References and resources will be provided regarding new innovations, collaborations, and radiological and nuclear emergency professionals that are designed to prevent, respond to, and recover from these kinds of threats specifically for the emergency management community.

The presentation will provide an update on the Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS), which was first introduced at last years IAEM Annual Conference. The ROSS was developed by FEMA, DOE, DHS and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD) with numerous innovations to help State and local emergency operations centers and incident command posts be prepared for these scenarios. The ROSS will help emergency managers connect to and efficiently coordinate innovations and collaborations.


Local Governments Involved with Radiological Emergency Preparedness
October 24 | 4:15 - 5:15 PM

Speakers: Mr. Eddie Hicks (Past IAEM-USA President)

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


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