15th Annual Emergency Preparedness Symposia - Kearney

On-Line Registration for this event is closed, however you may still register on site.


This event will be held May 16th, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 110 2nd Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska. 
Registration for this event is $45.

The Nebraska Preparedness Symposia is a conference sponsored by the Center for Preparedness Education, with the support of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, for professionals to network and learn about emergency preparedness. 

This year, we are celebrating our Annual Nebraska Preparedness Symposia and inviting participants from across the region and various sectors to join us, because we recognize that our neighbors can be impacted by the very same emergencies we face here in Nebraska. Disasters know no boundaries and our communities are stronger together! Our goal each year is to offer an engaging and comprehensive program that fosters community resilience.

Sessions Include:

  • The Flint Water Crisis: The Poisoning of an American City
    Speaker: Tamara Brickey, MSHE, CHES
    University of Michigan
  • Autism in an Emergency: A Parent's Perspective
    Speaker: Michelle Belitz, Autism Advocate
    Autism 911 Nebraska
  • The Role of the FBI with Counterterrorism
    Speaker: Raymond Heddings, LL.M, J.D., M.Ed
    Retired Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Law Branch, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and President’s Intelligence Oversight Board
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Trust: All Good Things Must Come to an End
    Presenter: Neal Pollard, J.D., M.Litt.
  • Beating The Crisis Crush
    Presenter: Taylor Wilson, B.S.

    Nebraska Medicine
  • Foodborne Illness: A Summer Picnic Special
    Presenter: Ted Cieslak, M.D.

    University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Preparedness Research in Nebraska Hospitals and Long Term Care Facilities
    Presenter: Sharon Medcalf, PhD
    The Center for Preparedness Education and the Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, and Emerging Infectious Diseases, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Tabletop Exercise (ERC Immersion/Exercise Design Program)
    Presenter: Leslie Scofield, MPH
    The Center for Preparedness Education


  • Provide a forum for networking and collaboration between local, state, and federal partners
  • Provide a variety of relevant educational sessions on preparedness, response, and recovery activities
  • Provide a practical ideas and lessons learned from previous events to help improve community resilience

Intended Audience:
Public health, health care, health education, behavioral health, emergency management, EMS, fire, critical infrastructure, private industry-and other interested parties.

Continuing Education Credits:  Iowa Western Community College is an approved provider of Nursing CEUs through the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON), Provider #6, this course has been approved for 8.3 CEUs for Nursing and EMS.

The Center for Preparedness will also be holding a CMS Do Tank workshop on May 15th, 1:00 - 5:00, same location, for more information and registration please click here, there is a separate registration for this workshop.

Online Registration closes: 5/12/2017 10:59 PM  

For more information, visit www.preped.org, call 402.552.2529, or email center@preped.org.

From time to time the Center takes photos or video of our programs to use in our marketing materials both in print and on the web. By registering for either of these courses, you’re giving consent to have your photo used for these purposes. If you DO NOT agree to have your photo used, please call Beckie McCaw at 402.552.3122 and we will make arrangements to exclude your photo from use.

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-refundable, if you are unable to attend you may send someone else in your place or transfer your registration to another Symposia session. Please notify the Center for Preparedness Education (center@preped.org) prior to the event date of any substitutions.





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