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APRIL 17-19, 2013 Biloxi, Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the MS Civil Defense and Emergency Managers Association, and the Mississippi Hospital Association Health, Research and Education Foundation present the "Partners in Preparedness" 2013 Mississippi Preparedness Summit April 17-19, 2013 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi, MS.

This Summit is being presented by the Partnering Agencies with NO Registration Fees for the attendees.

SPEAKERS {} Presenters

Opening Keynote Speaker:


A Video Message from Jim Craig,

Director of Health Protection at MSDH

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Closing Keynote Speaker

Kenneth Mallete

Director of Maryland Emergency Management Agency

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration Open

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

MRC Board Meeting and Lunch

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

News Conference

12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony–Color Guard & Introductions –Biloxi Police Dept. Color Guard

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Welcome Address:

  • Robert R. Latham, Jr., Executive Director, MEMA
  • Mary Currier, MD, MPH, State Health Officer, MSDH
  • Mayor A.J. Holloway, City of Biloxi
  • William Martin, Harrison County Board of Supervisors

2:00 p.m. to  2:45 p.m.

Unified Command - Hurricane Isaac Success– Panel – Terry Quarles (FEMA), Bill Brown (MEMA), Jim Craig (MSDH), County  EMA Directors: Donald Langham (Jackson), Rupert Lacy (Harrison), Brian Adam (Hancock)

2:45 p.m. to  3:00 p.m.

MS National Guard Response Resources- Col. Lee Smithson

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Break – E4

3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker – “How to Motivate, Energize and Retain Your People

During Challenging Times." Dr. Earl Suttle

4:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Door Prizes/Instructions/Daily Wrap-up

5:00 p.m. to  6:00 p.m.

MCDEMA Business Meeting

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Vendor Social – Exhibit Hall – E4

Thursday, April 18, 2013

7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

“Hot” Breakfast – General Attendees

EMA Breakfast with Director Latham

               (invitation only)

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

Healthcare Coalitions – Tammy Chamblee (MSDH)

Engaging the Private Sector in Emergency Management – Bill Brown and Michael Ferdinand(MEMA)

Mental Health Crisis Intervention and Emergency Services-Scott Sumrall(MDMH)

Public Assistance Do’s and Don’ts for Local Officials –Chris Fields (MEMA)

Medical Emergency Management during Radiation Event – Dr. Lisa McCormick (UAB)and Adam Pomerleau, MD (Emory-CDC)

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Break

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 2

MS Emergency Access Program (MEAP) –Jim Byrne (ER-ITN)

All Hazard Emergency Planning – Ron Richardson, Karey Riddle, Don Coker (MSDH), Terry Lightheart (MEMA)

Legal Issues in Emergency Management–Ellen O’Neal (MSDH)

Digital  National Warning System (NAWAS) - Susan Perkins (MEMA)          

The Aurora Theater MCI Pre-hospital Response and ED Impact (Aurora, CO Theater Shootings) – Dr. Charles Little, D.O. (University of Colorado- Denver)

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Lunch (Exhibit Hall)  Storm Tracking in MS - Vincent Webb (Storm Tracker)

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

MCDEMA Storm Spotter Workshop/Training - Steve Wilkinson (NOAA)





1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

Enhancing Statewide Search and Rescue Capabilities – Tom McAllister (MEMA), Chad Callender (MEMA), Robert Pickering (City of Hattiesburg Fire Department), and Scott Berry (MS Fire Chiefs Association)

Disaster Reservist ProgramJasper Welsch- (MEMA)

Transportation of Critical Needs Population/Medical Population in Disasters – Ron Richardson- (MSDH)

Hospital Preparedness for Sudden MCIs and Community Response (Aurora, CO Theater Shooting) - Dr. Charles Little, D.O. (University of Colorado- Denver)

2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Break


3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 4

Social Media in Public Education –Ellison Belt (The MOJO Company)

CAPSTONE 14 Exercise – Jim Wilkinson (CUSEC), JoEl Langford (MEMA)  

Medical Reserve Corps/ Volunteers in Disaster Preparedness – Angela Rankin (North Central MS MRC), Charlotte Gore (MGCBNA)

State Mortuary Response Teams in Disaster – Panel - Don Coker (MSDH), Gary Hargrove (Harrison County Coroner), Ricky Shivers (Yazoo County Coroner), Laveta Moody-Thomas (MSDH)

Healthcare Surge and Evacuation ManagementJohnnie Walters (Mississippi Healthcare Association) and Meylan Lowe-Walter (Lower Keys Medical Center -Key West, Florida)

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 5

Whole of Community Shelter Planning –Panel – Beth Adcock (MBAH), Jasper Welsch (MEMA), Millie Smith (MSDH), John Davis (MDHS)

MS Primary Health Care Association and Community Health Centers  - Molly Melbourne (National Association of Community Health Centers)

Cataloging and Typing Emergency Resources – Don Wilson (MEMA) – Bobby Storey and Tim Curtis (Desoto County EMA)

Hospital Partnerships, A Successful Model –Panel– MS Gulf Coast Hospital Emergency Planner’s Group: Scott Thresher (Facilitator), Beth Sadler, Tim West, Ken McDowell, Denisa Culberson, Gerald Nottenkamper, and Robert Tash


  • Explore the Coast–For local  sites and events, visit 

Friday, April 19, 2013

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Morning Comments

8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

EMAC – Hurricane Sandy – Panel – Tom McAllister (MEMA), Michael Oppegaard (Monmouth County, New Jersey), and John Ferguson- (Middlesex County, New Jersey)

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo - Mississippi's 4th Congressional District

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – [Evaluations]

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker - Cyber Resiliency and The Stafford Act Affect - Ken Mallette, Maryland Emergency Management Director

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Emergency Communications and Telecommunication Services- Chris Essid, Director DHS Office of Emergency Communications

11:00 a.m. to noon

American Red Cross Responsibilities and Expectations - Rick Schofield (ARC), Sandra Hodge (ARC MS Region CEO)

Noon to 12:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks (MEMA, MSDH, MCDEMA)

12:30 p.m.





SPONSORSHIP {} Download Vendor Packet and Sponsorship Form

You are cordially invited to participate as a sponsor/exhibitor at the 2013 "Mississippi
Partners in Preparedness" Summit. The event is scheduled for April 17-19, 2013 at the
Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum Convention Center in Biloxi, MS. The Summit will be
hosted by the Mississippi State Department of Health – Office of Emergency
Planning and Response, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi
Civil Defense Emergency Management Association, and the Mississippi Hospital
Association – Foundation.

This summit will give professionals involved with all aspects of emergency preparedness
and response the opportunity to network with vendors and peers throughout the state.
Attendance at this summit represents all areas of the emergency management and
healthcare professions, state and local emergency management directors, public health
officials, EMS, hospital, fire and law enforcement representatives, volunteer organizations,
and local governmental agencies. Approximately 500+ participants are expected.

Click here to find out more information about becoming a Summit Sponsor -


VENUE {} Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center


Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center

2350 Beach Boulevard

Biloxi, Mississippi 39531


Hotels {}

Special discounted room rates and room blocks have been secured at several local hotels. Click here for details.

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This Summit is funded in part by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Grant through the MS State Department of Health (MSDH) and the Mississippi Hospital Association, Health, Research and Education Foundation.


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