Disaster Management Symposium

Oct. 24, 2023 - Oct. 26, 2023

Urgent CommunicationsAmerican City & County and IWCE are joining forces to produce a unique three-day digital symposium focused on Disaster Management and its three crucial phases: PlanningResponse and Recovery.  

Each day will focus on one phase from two perspectives: 

1) Cutting-edge critical communications technology addressing disaster management

2) State and local government on best practices for trusted and efficient disaster management in their communities

A digital symposium is a powerful and cost-effective way for technology marketers to enhance their sales pipeline. This is your opportunity to partner with our established event and media brands!


Theme Sponsor:

+ Brand Awareness

+ Thought Leadership including 2 panel seats and one 30-second video asset

+ Leads from 2 digital sessions & digital guide

Session Sponsor:

+ Brand Awareness

+ Thought Leadership including 1 panel seat

+ Leads from 1 digital session & digital guide

Guide Sponsor:

+ Brand Awareness

+ Leads from digital guide

Day 1: Disaster Planning

Session 1: Preparing Constituents for the Worst-case Scenario

Preparing Constituents for the Worst-case Scenario When disaster threatens, people turn to their local government for assurance, guidance, and safety. In times of crisis, trust is key. The groundwork for these vital connections is laid long before the first raindrop falls. A panel will discuss best practices to foster community connections and make sure they know what to do, where to go, and who to call in the worst-case scenario.

Session 2: Preparing for the Worst

Preparing for a disaster differs from normal emergency-management efforts, because (1) the loss of life/property typically is greater, and (2) the tools to deal with the inevitable issues are usually limited— sometimes severely. Communication is no exception to this rule. In this session, a panel of expert speakers will examine some of the key communications issues that local, state and federal officials should consider as they prepare to respond to—or even mitigate—a variety of disasters, from natural weather events to man-made incidents like crippling cyberattacks and active-shooter scenarios.

Session 3: Live Q&A

Day 2: Disaster Response

Session 1: Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

Things get pretty hectic during a disaster event. With crowded airways and busy halls, how can local governments ensure no one gets drowned out amid the noise? This panel discussion will talk about best practices for ensuring that communication flows freely when everything else is chaotic.

Session 2: Time for Action

Actions taken in response to a disaster can vary significantly, depending on the type of events. During a tornado or hurricane, it may not be possible to safely respond until the storm has passed or died down significantly. In other cases, it is paramount to begin taking action immediately to limit the loss of life and/or property as much as possible. During this session, our panel of experts will discuss the types of communications necessary to enable efficient responses, from alerting the public to directing the personnel trained to address the myriad issues associated with the disaster.

Session 3: Live Q&A

Day 3: Disaster Recovery

Session 1: Disaster Recovery/Relief

After the initial disaster passes, recovery/relief must start immediately, ensuring the safety of those affected. Priorities are getting people who may be trapped out of danger, and making sure people have access to clean drinking water. In case of a natural disaster, safe shelter for the displaced should also be top of mind, including those who were homeless. Then there is the debris cleanup. This panel can discuss how to make your city/county whole again following a disaster, a place where the people feel safe and supported.

Session 2: What’s Working --- and What’s Not?

Just because a disastrous episode has concluded does not mean that everything is “back to normal.” In an attempt to return to a typical routine—if that level of recovery is even possible—reliable communications are needed to let those in the impacted area know what is/isn’t working and for officials to seek help from responders outside the impacted area. Panelists will discuss the types of communications needed to support recovery efforts, which can last for months or years after the news media has left the impacted area.

Session 3: Live Q&A   

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