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"I’ll begin by sharing my story. In 2003, I accepted an emergency manager position with a county in Georgia. Later that same year, I attended my first IAEM Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas. It was huge! It was not difficult to recognize the value of the stellar training and top-notch speakers. I left the conference, excited and encouraged, feeling that I was a part of something exceptional. I wanted to “get to know” the experienced, knowledgeable professionals that were IAEM members. During the next couple of years, I met more and more members and became active in IAEM-USA Region 4.
"My county experienced what was dubbed as a 10,000-year flood. During this event, my phone did not stop ringing with offers of guidance and assistance from some of the greatest emergency managers in our field – all because I met them through IAEM. I have met many others who have greatly supported, challenged and influenced me. Several were instrumental as I broadened my professional experience in the emergency management field. Every position that I have held since my time with local government, I have obtained directly or indirectly through my connections at IAEM – including my current adjunct teaching roles and position as the Georgia divisional director for The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services. – Lanita Lloyd, MS, CEM, IAEM-USA President (excerpt from article in July 2017 IAEM Bulletin)
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