Conferences and Events

Montana Ready: Disaster Preparedness 2011
September 15-16, 2011

Agenda

DAY ONE - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

9:30 A.M. Check In
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10:00 A.M. Welcome & Introduction
Welcome: Dr. Rolf Groseth, Chancellor, MSU Billings
Conference Introduction: Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy
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10:30 a.m.

Communication During and After a Disaster
Facilitated by Lynne Turner Fitzgerald
Panelists:

  • The Media - What They Need - Jon Stepanek, News Director KTVQ
  • How to Use Social Media & Keep it from Spiraling Out of Control - Scott Forshee, Chief of Police MSUB
  • Getting the Message Out - Reverse 911Anne Kindness, Director 911 Dispatch
  • What if Communication is Down? - The Honorable Sally Heyman, Commissioner Miami-Dade County, Florida Member of local, state, and federal Public Safety, Emergency Management and Homeland Security organizations

 

12:00 p.m. LUNCH - The National Weather Service Role in Local Readiness
  Presenter:  Keith Meier, Meteorologist In Charge, NWS Weather Forecast Office Billings Montana
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1:30 p.m. Panel & Discussion - Recent Montana Disasters
Facilitated by: Yellowstone County Commissioner James Reno
Panelists:

Butte Plane Crash: Rick Griffith, Airport Manager
Roundup FloodingJeff Gates, DES Coordinator Musselshell County
Billings Metra Tornado: Duane Winslow Yellowstone County Emergency and General Services Director, Billings Fire Assistant Fire Chief Frank Odermann, Billings Police Chief St. John, Billings Mayor Tom Hanel
Yellowstone River Oil Spill: ExxonMobil, EPA

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3:30 p.m. Short break with snack
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3:45 p.m.

Insurance - What We Learned from the Billings Tornado 2010 & Emergency Declarations both Public and Private
Facilitator: Yellowstone County Commissioner John Ostlund
Presenters: Chris Hoiness, Hoiness Labar Insurance & Scott Turner, Yellowstone County Finance Director, FEMA

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5:30 p.m. Reception - Sponsored by Hoiness Labar Insurance
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6:00 p.m. Keynote: Before, During, After a Disaster: Getting Government to Work With and For You
Presenter: The Honorable Sally Heyman, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Member of local, state, and federal Public Safety, Emergency Management and Homeland Security organizations
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7:30 p.m. Adjourn Day One
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DAY TWO - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

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7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  The following organization will be available with trainers and a dog during the continental breakfast:
 

HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response
HOPE provides comfort and encouragement through animal-assisted support to individuals affected by crises and disaster.   Since November 2001, HOPE AACR has grown to have more than 100 certified crisis response teams in five regions that cover 34 states. Harry Schlitz, Team Leader

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7:30 a.m. Welcome
Presenter: Billings Mayor Tom Hanel
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8:00 a.m.

How to Exercise: Drills and Simulations
Presenter: Jeff Ashworth, Safety & Hazmat Specialist, DXP Enterprises

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9:15 a.m. Who Does What? The roles of elected officials, administrators, law enforcement, first responders, state, county & federal agencies.
Presenter: The Honorable Sally Heyman, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, Florida; Member of local, state, and federal Public Safety, Emergency Management and Homeland Security organizations
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10:15 a.m. Short Break
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10:30 a.m.

Funding - How do you pay for it and what resources are available to you?
Facilitator: Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy;
Presenters:  Scott Turner, Yellowstone County Finance Director; Rick Griffith, Airport Manager, Butte; FEMA

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12:00 p.m.

Disasters – The Silver Lining
Presenters: Billings Mayor Tom Hanel, Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy

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  Adjourn Day Two
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Upon completion of this workshop, MSUB will issue Certificates of Completion that can be turned in to your professional organization for CEUs.

This conference has been pre-approved for MACo credits.


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