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"Weathering the Storm" 8th Annual Regional Disaster Conference

SPARC Conference Planning Committee

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)

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Early Registration
Early registration is available until the end of the day central time on August 31st, 2018. Credit Card payments only. If a credit card payment is impossible, please contact the organizer.
Aug 31, 2018 $30.00 $0.00

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Event Details

Conference Registration is now open. Scroll to the bottom to see the session titles.

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Conference Invitation

The Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition is pleased to invite you to our Regional Disaster Conference: “Weathering the Storm.” This is the sixth year for this conference, and our intent is to provide a quality disaster preparedness conference in the southern region of the state.

 Target Audience

This program will benefit a broad range of individuals and groups involved in personal, professional, and governmental emergency preparedness, planning, and response.


This conference is intended to provide relevant disaster preparedness education to members of our community involved or interested in disaster management.


Early Registration (Until August 31):  $30

General Registration (September 1-October 5):  $40

Registration after October 5 and at the Door:  $50 (meal availability cannot be guaranteed)

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.   All in all, attendees will have the opportunity to experience over eight* hours of education, vendor contacts, and networking opportunities through out the day.

*Actual amount of continuing education hours awarded to EMTs and nurses is determined by IDPH and based on actual session times.  The amount of continuing education hours awarded for Emergency Managers is determined by IEMA. The awarded amount will not necessarily be eight hours.  

Approval has been requested from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to give exercise hours to Illinois emergency managers for this event. For more information about the number of hours available, contact Chris Pulley, Region 11 IEMA Coordinator at


Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is being applied for for the following licensures or certifications:  Emergency Medical Technician / Medical First Responder, Illinois Emergency Managers, Nursing Home Administrators, and Illinois licensed nurses.

Following the conference an evaluation survey will be sent out to the email provided upon registration. To obtain continuing education credit, evaluations must be completed and returned. Certificates will be sent once verification of attendance and evaluation completion is made.

 2018 Conference Speakers &
Session Titles

Hector Colon

2017 Hurricane Season in Puerto Rico; Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Session Description:

In 2017, Puerto Rico experienced the damage produced by two major hurricanes; IRMA and Maria. Both hurricanes combined to destroy the island’s power grid and communications network. The emergency response was one of the biggest and more expensive efforts in recent history. Preparedness efforts as well as response and recovery activities will be discussed in the seminar.


Brian Murrah and Jason Serles - ALICE Active Shooter Response

Session Description:

Discussion of current Active Shooter Response protocols and their shortcomings. Introduction to ALICE system and an improved response to an active shooter.


Alana Sorrentino and Johnathan Paholke – Disaster Strikes – How do you communicate with your partners.

Disaster Strikes – How Do You Communicate With Your Partners

Session Description:

With natural disasters and the current threat environment, communications among safety partners is of the utmost importance. The Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center (STIC) is fortunate to have four dedicated analysts working in the fusion center to comprise the Emergency Services Sector which consists of Emergency Management, Public Health, Fire Service, and Disaster Intelligence. This session will provide an in depth look at how the emergency services sector works as a cohesive unit to provide partners throughout the state an opportunity to integrate into the fusion center.


Jada Hudson – Key Emotional Wellness Issues for the First Responder Population

Session Description:

Emotional Wellness & Resiliency Training is created by the first responder counselor Jada Hudson, M.S., LCPC, CADC to educate first responders about the emotional wellness issues that first responders commonly face. This training dives into depression, suicide, addiction, stress, trauma, PTSD, evidence – based treatments for PTSD, and Resiliency. An in-depth exploration into each of these topics will leave firefighters equipped to identify these emotional wellness issues in themselves and others and understand the steps necessary to begin processing and healing from these struggles.


Chris Pulley - Communication Basics and Planning for Emergencies

Session Description:

Communications is often recognized as an area that could be improved in a response to an emergency or during a disaster. This session will cover the basics of effective communications, including the why, who, how, and when aspects and how this information can be used to develop a communications plan that will help your organization be better prepared for the next emergency.


Adam Croy & James (Kevin) Gillespie- Prioritizing Facility Preparedness Through Hazard-Based Planning, Training, and Exercising using the HVA and THIRA


Session Description:

Discussion over the Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA and the Illinois Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) can be used as a county-based hazard identification process to guide discussion on local hazards that could impact critical facilities/organizations. The HVA and THIRA also influences plan development, training, and exercising for the county and facilities.


Sarah Smith – Frigerio - Using Social Media to Foster Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Resilience

Session Description:

This session will provide an overview of disaster communication, and the ways in which social media can be used by organizations during disaster events. How social media have been used in prior disasters will be discussed, particularly as it relates to disaster preparedness, response, and resilience. Participants will have the opportunity to consider which social media strategies they would employ before, during, and after a disaster event.

Brian Blake – Earthquake Risk Reduction for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Session Description:

Following a damaging earthquake or other wide-scale disaster, the healthcare sector must be immediately available to provide service to support mass casualties and injuries requiring hospitalization. This session will provide an overview of how hospitals, public health, and other healthcare facilities in the New Madrid and abash Valley Seismic Zones can create long term strategies to reduce risks and vulnerabilities associated with earthquakes.

Robert Hyman – Considerations for the Safe Transport of Highly Infectious Patients by EMS

Session Description:

This session will examine the risks to EMS as associated with the transport of highly infectious patients. The session will examine best practices as well as lessons learned during the transportation of highly infectious patients. Emergency transportation as well as inter facility patient transfer considerations will be discussed.


Andrea Maren Whipple- Cultivating Resilience

Session Description:

It has been documented that the majority of people exposed to traumatic situations do not develop pathological responses. Although it is important to understand how to treat those who do have negative reactions, it is also helpful to understand what helps people to be resilient.   This session will discuss what Resilience is and what we might be able to do to increase resilience in ourselves and others.

Bill Springer- FirstNet: Preparing for Public Safety Cellular

This session describes how your agency can plan for the use of Public Safety cellular. We will discuss costs, coverages, push to talk, priority, interoperability and other important topics. The intent is to give agencies the knowledge and information to make an informed decision.


Phillip Pittman – Fit Testing and Proper Use of Filtering Face piece Respirators


This session will cover a basic overview of how filtering face piece respirators (FFR) such as the N95 filter respirator can be safely used for respirator protection under certain conditions. It will focus on requirements for fit testing, respirators reuse to extended use, and how to properly conduct a user seal check when persons put on a respirator. The session will go through the proper fit testing procedures and will provide helpful information for persons involved with fit testing at their organization.

Jennifer Blazis – SIREN Platform Overview/Communication and Information Sharing


This session will increase the understanding of the SIREN platform. By attending this session attendees will receive and overview of what the SIREN basic user and collaborator training entail. This session will also allow attendees to understanding of new opportunities in using SIREN for information sharing, grant requirements, CMS 17 provider types, etc.

Tricia Patterson – Where are we now and where are we going? IDPH WebEOC UpdateSession Description:

Tim Malony – Complete Failure: Puerto Rico emergency communications immediately following Hurricane Maria.

Session Description:

The speaker was sent to Puerto Rico by the Red Cross after hurricane Maria to assist with communications. He will discuss the experiences and challenges and open the floor for discussion on dealing with complete communications failure.

Fitz Bock-Integrated Amateur Radio into your disaster response plan

Session Description:

Does your response plans take into account the versatility of Amateur Radio? This presentation will identify the benefits of using local or regional amateur radio resources to fulfill various communication needs immediately after an event.

Michele Bertinetti – Hidden in Plain Sight

Session Description:

You will have an opportunity to walk through a mock teenager’s Bedroom that has approx. 30sighns of drug use in it and will have the opportunity to write down what you can find. We will go over what is in the bedroom and why it is a sign.

Michele Bertinetti

Session Description:

Emerging Teenage Drug Trends and Treatment Options talks about why teens use drugs, what drugs are popular among teens, the warning signs and treatments options.


Robert Wylie – Tactical Medical Support of Civil Disturbance Operations

Session Description:

This presentation reviews the events of August 2014 through November 2014 of Ferguson Missouri. These series of civil disturbances tested the limits of law enforcement, fire and ems resources and through lessons learned, reshaped the way emergency service organizations respond to civil disturbances from Baltimore to New York, to Charlotte NC.



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The Pavilion of Marion
1602 Souix Drive
Marion, IL 62958

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)

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