Thursday, 12 20, 2012
Contact: Buddy Rogers 502-607-1161
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2012) - The 2012 Governor’s Emergency Management Workshop was held Dec. 14–16, at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in historic downtown Louisville. The theme for this year’s workshop was "Systems and Solutions."
Hosted by Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), this year’s workshop was of great importance to senior elected officials and emergency management personnel across the Commonwealth, as Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new Presidential declaration request process was discussed. This year’s conference "Systems and Solutions" provided track classes that prepared participants for the new process and informed of new KYEM web-based tools that would assist counties in all areas of emergency management, including mitigation grant applications.
Workshop opening speakers included Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, Edward W. Tonini, The Adjutant General of Kentucky and Ellen Henson, chief of staff Louisville Metro Government. The common theme in their message, and echoed throughout the workshop, emphasized what emergency management personnel and elected officials, do across the Commonwealth, in good times and the bad, make a difference.
This year’s workshop provided more than 500 attendees the opportunity to participate in two days of classroom training and were addressed during working luncheons by keynote speakers, including FEMA's Associate Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, David Miller and Sam Cox, Training Manager with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Public Safety & Security.
With technological advances and new systems coming on board every day, the workshop brought together emergency management personnel, state and local elected officials, state officials, volunteer organizations and private sector partners who have a vested interest in the preparation for, response to and recovery from emergency events. Attendees were able to TRAIN, network and share product information with decision makers before, during and after disasters and other emergencies.
During the workshop closing ceremony KYEM presented a yearend review and a look ahead to 2013 and the goals and objectives for the division and the Commonwealth's emergency management programs.
For additional information on the workshop, announcements on upcoming KYEM events and to follow KYEM on Twitter and like us on Facebook, visit us on the web at www.kyem.ky.gov .
Portions of the workshop are available via video at http://www.livestream.com/kentuckyem .