AFN Symposium 2024

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The agenda for the National AFN Symposium has been released! The event, which will be July 11 & 12, 2024, from 12:00pm – 3:00pm (EDT), will feature the following keynote speakers and panels.

July 11, 2024

Day 1 - Opening Keynote Speaker


L. Vance Taylor

Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services



Panel 1: Effective Emergency Communication

Effective communication is vital to emergency messaging. If information is not accessible or cannot be understood, it cannot be acted on. Panelists will share the tools, resources, and methods being used to ensure verbal and electronic emergency messages can be utilized to further preparedness, response, and recovery throughout the whole community.

Anne-Marie McLaughlin (moderator)

Director of Emergency Management and Continuity New York University


Elizabeth Bubel

Sr. Associate, Community Preparedness Programs
American Red Cross


Jan Garrett

Deputy Director
Pacific ADA Center


Angel Perez

Digital Accessibility Coordinator
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services


Noah Reiter

Chief Customer Officer
Rave Mobile Safety



Day 1 Closing Keynote Speaker.


Angela Wrigglesworth

Educator, Houston Independent School District & Disaster Survivor, Hurricane Harvey



July 12, 2024

Day 2 Opening Keynote Speaker.


Sadie Martinez

Access and Functional Needs Coordinator, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management



Panel 2: Establishing Trust & Credibility

Establishing trust and credibility among the whole community is essential to building a truly inclusive emergency management program. Panelists will discuss innovative methods, processes, and programs to integrate emergency management systems and build resilience while generating buy-in among the whole community.

Ron Prater (moderator)

Executive Director, Big City Emergency Managers


Roxann Crawford

Disability Integration Specialist


Julian Ochoa

Community Preparedness Manager
City of Houston Office of Emergency Services


Aaron Carruthers

Executive Director
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities


Amy Voth Siebert

Disaster Behavioral Health and Inclusion Program Manager
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment



Day 2 Closing Keynote Speaker.


Andrew Berk

ADA Coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, University of California Irvine



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