Empowering the Emergency Management Community with the Tools and Practices for Responding to Natural Disasters like Hurricanes and Wildfires

In the face of a changing climate and the increased frequency and power of extreme weather events, the need to effectively manage natural disasters has grown more and more evident. There is a persistent need for emergency managers across the United States and the world to be prepared and equipped to respond effectively to the latest disasters to mitigate casualties and damage to property, infrastructure and ecosystems.

Wildfires and hurricanes in particular are incredibly destructive and challenging weather events with significant costs for response.  The US federal government spends over $3 billion annually on wildfire management through various agencies including the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior, while states like California are set to spend just under half a billion in 2021. California's 2020 fire season was been the largest ever recorded, burning over 4 million acres, and has resulted in 37 deaths. This year's devastating fires are not just an anomaly. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, fire season in California and across the Western United States starts earlier and ends later with each passing year. Nor is the United States the only hotspot for deadly wildfires. Australia, which has long been known for its deadly bushfire seasons, saw its historic 2019-2020 fire season burn over 46 million acres and kill 34 people.

Hurricanes also present their own challenges for emergency managers, meteorologists and government agencies. Category 4 and 5 hurricanes have each seen an uptick in frequency over the past few decades. The 2020 season saw 12 hurricanes form in the North Atlantic, which has only happened three times so far in recorded history, and is the first time there has been that many hurricanes since 2010. The cost in both loss of human life and property of such storms can be substantial. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey took the lives of 107 people and caused over $125 billion in damage, the highest figure ever for a single hurricane, while other large storms like Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina have made devastating impacts on the cities, infrastructure, environments and people caught in their path.

The Disaster Management Online Summit, taking place digitally this June 28-30, 2021 aims to promote collaboration, coordination and communication across the varied agencies involved in disaster mitigation, detection, response  and recovery throughout the US and the world. There will be two tracks, each devoted specifically to hurricane response and wildfire management.

Our speakers, events and programs will address the use of innovative strategies and emerging technologies, as well as outline best practices for agencies and organizations. Our Summit will use the innovative online conference platform Brella, which provides capabilities for social-media like networking and live Q+A with our esteemed speakers. Join us and participate in the premier forum for interfacing with key government, industry and research personnel across the emergency management community.

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2021 Focus Areas to Include:

Emergency Management Coordination

Effective Planning and Resiliency Efforts

Wildfire Tools and Technologies, including Geospatial Software, Communications and UAS

Innovative Technologies for Emergency Managers and Meteorological Experts

The Role of Law Enforcement, Fire and EMT in Hurricane Response and Planning

Communications Planning and Execution

Hurricane Response Summit Speakers Include:

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