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IAEM Plugged In: The IAEM-USA Virtual Conference

Two Days of Virtual Learning

On-demand through April 20, 2024

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IAEM Plugged In On-Demand 2023 

The IAEM Plugged In On-demand program offers a wide variety of expert speakers and training sessions. Day One content offers a mix of speaker sessions and IAEM caucus updates. Day Two content provides many options for specialized training. IAEM has also added some of the highly-rated plenary sessions and EMvision Talks from the 2022 Annual Conference. 

View the schedule at a glance for this two-day event below.

Schedule At-A-Glance

IAEM Plugged In Day 1 Speakers

Thursday, April 20, 2023 All times are Eastern Time

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

  Opening and Welcome from IAEM-USA President, Cathy Clark & FEMA Administrator, Deanne Criswell

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Session One


Lessons Learned and Unexpected Surprises with Combined In-person / Virtual Hybrid Exercises

Hybrid exercises are those in which there is an in-person component and an online virtual component – simultaneously.  While hybrid exercises have been around for years, they saw a resurgence in 2020 and 2021.



Emergency Management is Project Management- Case Studies, Tools, and Lessons Learned

A project is something with a defined schedule: planning, initiation, execution, monitoring, and close out. This very schedule is no different than the daily operations that an Emergency Manager follows as day to day, whether it is in blue skies or gray. During this presentation, we will go over real-life events that benefited from actively utilizing Project Management methodology and how the tools used can be integrated into agencies and organizations.



Making Equity Real

As emergency managers, how do we actually walk our talk in making equity real for the communities we serve? In this session, we will engage in some emergency storytelling and practical tips on creating an equal playing field for the populations we engage with.


11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  IAEM-USA Advocacy and Awareness Caucus Update

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Session Two


Living Well with Ambiguity

Grief and loss are a daily fact of life, however, we often don't recognize our losses and, therefore, don't have the permission to grieve them. Ambiguous losses lack definition and clarity and can often be overlooked and misunderstood. This presentation will define ambiguous loss and discuss how it differs from and is interrelated to defined loss.



The Airport Emergency Manager: Defining Roles, Training, and Developing

The Airport Emergency Manager no longer just plans for airplane crashes and hijackings. All Hazards Emergency Management includes planning for natural disasters, manmade-intentional acts and technological emergencies, Pandemics, Ebola and Monkey Pox, Civil Unrest, Active Shooter, Climate Impacts.



What Emergency Managers Need to Know about Human Trafficking

Warning: includes graphic language and sensitive topics. Viewer discretion is advised during this session.

Human Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is hidden in plain sight in every neighborhood, city, state and country. This session will provide you with the flags, identifying information, proper responding and trauma informed care tools.


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

  EMvision Talks

Maybe the Purpose of your Life is to Serve as a Warning to Others



Mindfulness Training: Cultivating Wellbeing and Resilience in Emergency Managers


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Session Three


The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia Moore County, NC

The presentation will include a thorough discussion of the response and recovery activities associated with the criminal vandalism event involving the electrical power grid in central North Carolina.



Changing Careers or Career Paths…Are You Ready?

The days of working for the same company, in the same position while preparing for retirement are no longer the norm. Many of us will work or have worked for a variety of companies and have done so in a variety of positions. The question is can we control our career and what are some of the key issues that we need to address in order to make that occur in a positive manner?



Building a ‘Whole Community’ Framework for Disaster Response

In a disaster, all communities can become an island; Bainbridge Island just happens to be one all the time. In 2016, the Bainbridge Island City Council set forth a resolution to join a five-year preparedness effort created by a citizen group and the local fire district to have our island community become a recognized leader in preparedness in Washington State.


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  Addressing DEI Issues At IAEM
A facilitated session where we will welcome open discussion.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Session Four


Unheard Distress: The Rural and Remote Experience

Rural America is faced with unique challenges and opportunities regarding disasters. Due to greater populations and financial investments into the built environment and infrastructure, loss is greater in urban areas as defined by property.



Razom: Forging the Future in Ukraine

Ukraine under attack. An ongoing disaster in a continual state of flux on a massive scale. Many large entities, thousands of people, and billions of dollars flood the country. However, all this assistance does not have the capacity to meet many of the overwhelming needs, especially in isolated and rural areas.

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Climate 101 for Emergency Managers

In a world with a changing climate, emergency managers need to understand basic climate terminology and the mechanics behind how our climate system functions.


3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

  IAEM-USA Mitigation, Climate Resilience, and Adaptation Caucus Update

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Session Five


We Need More Beds…Now!

COVID-19, Flu Season, RSV, and ?? We don't know what is next, but we do know that the ask to increase space within the four walls of your facility will come again.




Warning: includes graphic language and sensitive topics. Viewer discretion is advised during this session.

#IAEMstrongerstories is a new mental health initiative designed to provide members with a safe place to share stories about their lived experiences with their peers. During this session, three IAEM members will share their stories, followed by a question-and-answer panel session.



The Intersection of Critical Infrastructure and Emergency Management:  An Agency’s Preparation for Freight Rail Disruption

In the fall of 2022, the U.S. faced a nationwide disruption of a key critical infrastructure element:  the rail transportation system.  This presentation will provide one federal agency’s perspective on the potential impacts of national rail disruption and will describe the interagency coordination structure that developed was in preparation for the event.


5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

  Conclusion of Day 1: Conference Co-Vice Chair, Christa Lopez, CEM

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

  Networking Events

IAEM Plugged In Day 2 Training Sessions and Course Duration

Friday April 21, 2023 All times are Eastern Time

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


From Finding a Tweet to Closing A Street – The Revolution of Digital Storm Reporting

The usage of social media in meteorology, emergency management, and public safety has been widely accepted and implemented as the technology continues to rapidly evolve. Over the past decade, weather professionals and emergency managers have used social platforms to communicate weather threats outward to the public, and some agencies and professionals have embraced unique ways to utilize social platforms to collect storm reports and situational awareness on the ground beneath the storm.


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


EM Effort Axis Program Management and Strategic Planning Workshop

This workshop will provide an overview of the EM Effort Axis Framework and its application in emergency management program management and strategic planning. The four axes of Program Viability, Stakeholder Readiness, Community Resilience, and Operations each address a distinct core focus area of emergency management activities.


9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


K0051: Exercise Program Management



MGT 312: Senior Officials Workshop for All Hazards Preparedness


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Preparing the Nation for Space Weather Events

Space weather is a natural hazard that can significantly affect critical infrastructure essential to the economy, social well-being, and national security, such as electrical power, water supply, healthcare, and transportation. Accordingly, there is increased interest in space weather as part of emergency management planning and hazard risk assessments.


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


MGT 342: Strategic Overview of Disaster Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Disaster Mental Health and Psychological First Aid for the Non-Clinical Helper

What three words can change the world for someone facing the unthinkable? Emergency managers, volunteers, traditional and non-traditional responders often come face to face with people who are grappling with the reality of a crisis or disaster. When that happens, it can feel overwhelming to the responder who wants to help but doesn’t know the best way to deal with the psychological or emotional reactions. 


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


AWR 329: Leveraging Tools for Coordinated Community Disaster Communications



MGT 481: Disaster Recovery: A Strategic Overview of the Public Assistance Process


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Why Ground Truth Is Critical In A Functional Exercise…Wait, What’s Ground Truth?

Ground Truth products define the scenario elements that must be consistent during the duration of the exercise. Ground truth is critical to keep the players controlled in most functional exercise scenarios and maintain exercise realism.