Nebraska Association of Emergency Managers holds annual conference

The Nebraska Association of Emergency Managers (NAEM) held its annual conference on April 3-4 at the Mid-Town Holiday Inn in Grand Island.

The theme of the 2014 NAEM conference was "Community Resiliency: Organizations Working Together." Sessions held at the event included information on National Weather Service support of emergency managers, the American Red Cross, social media in emergency management, regional social media collaboration and standardized response protocol.

Wayne County Emergency Manager Nic Kemnitz and Deputy Emergency Manager Leroy Janssen also gave a presentation on their experiences with the October 2013 tornado that struck the county.

The event also marked the departure of NAEM President Lynn Marshall.

"I would like to thank the NAEM executive board, the committee chairs and the committees for all the support and hard work they provided to me as president over the past year," Marshall said. "If you would like to get involved with any of the committees, I encourage you to get in touch with incoming President Tim Hofbauer or your area director."

Marshall presented awards at the conference, including Outstanding Emergency Management Professional of the Year and Outstanding Emergency Management Support Professional.

NAEM is a professional organization that seeks to support partnerships between public and private emergency management agencies that strengthen preparedness and response in Nebraska communities.