Emergency Management Symposium Starts Tomorrow in Hampton

March 16, 2015  //  

VDEM Press Release 

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Mar. 17, 2015

CONTACT: Dawn Eischen, VDEM
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Emergency Management Symposium Starts Tomorrow in Hampton

RICHMOND, Va. – Approximately 300 members of the emergency management community, vendors and speakers will gather at the Virginia Emergency Management Symposium at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, March 18-20, to share experiences and learn new ways to manage preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts.

  • City of Hampton Mayor George Wallace and Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA) President Mark Penn will address emergency management professionals during the symposium opening March 18.
  • During the general session following the opening, MaryAnn Tierney from FEMA Region III and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s (VDEM) Dr. Jeff Stern will discuss Virginia’s programmatic and policy efforts.
  • Also during the general session, Northampton County Emergency Management Coordinator Hollye Carpenter, Cherrystone Campground Manager James Hopkins and National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Bill Sammler will discuss the EF-1 tornado that struck the campground July 24, 2014, resulting in three fatalities and 35 injuries.
  • March 19, Edward Gabriel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will share best practices for emergency management to engage with and build relationships with healthcare, public health and the private sector.
  • March 20, VDEM Hazardous Materials Supervisor Wade Collins and CSX Regional Vice President for State Government Affairs Bryan Rhode will discuss emergency response and industry actions following the Bakken crude oil train derailment in Lynchburg April 30, 2014.

“The most valuable resource that all emergency managers have is each other,” said VEMA President Mark Penn. “The Virginia Emergency Management Symposium allows us to come together to share our experiences, both good and bad, and to learn from each other.”

The symposium offers 23 break-out sessions including topics such as new technologies to aid emergency managers, partnering with financial services companies for an effective community recovery, severe storm vulnerabilities for medically fragile populations, the search for missing UVA student Hannah Graham last September and Virginia’s response to the sea level rise threat.

The symposium also features a trade show highlighting the latest products and services that help emergency managers prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters.

The theme for the symposium is “Partnerships—Share the Load.” Registration and session descriptions are available online at http://www.vemaweb.org/content/symposium/.

VEMA and VDEM co-sponsor the annual learning workshop to provide training opportunities for emergency responders, planners, managers and volunteers to share best practices, lessons learned and initiatives.


Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund