Missouri schedules annual emergency management workshop

Missouri's Emergency Management Agency will hold its 26th Annual Emergency Management Conference on April 29-May 2, in St. Charles.

The conference will provide information on various topics including emergency preparedness, response and recovery. All national, state and local government emergency management employees are invited to attend, in addition to non-profit, NGO and private sector emergency management employees.

The event will feature keynote speeches from Gordon Graham, who spent 14 years developing the Risk Management Program for the California State Patrol; Dale Moore, a professor of media and journalism at the University of Missouri; and Red Cross Regional CEO Debi Meeds, among others.

The conference agenda includes talks by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, the Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Business Emergency Operations Center.

The final keynote of the conference will be given by City of Springfield Fire Chief David Hall. Hall has served in the fire department for 25 years, and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy. He will speak to attendees about the threat of man-made and natural disaster in Missouri, and how collaboration, teamwork, information sharing and trust between agencies, departments and staff will protect the state.