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Emergency Management

January 23-24, 2020
University of Utah - 
Salt Lake City, Utah


January 23, 2020    
8:30 am – 9:00 am      Registration
9:00 am - 10:30 am Welcome and opening  
10:45 am – 12:15 pm Module 1 and 2   
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch    
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm Module 2 and 3
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Ignite sessions
January 24, 2020  
8:30 am – 10:00 am Module 1 and 3
10:15 am – 11:15 am Presenter panel Q&A
11:15 am – 11:30 am Closing and evaluations  



Strategies to Identify & Build Collaborative Teams

Presented by: Becca Wilusz, Director of Game Operations & Championships, Duke University

Domain C: Risk Management 1.5 Ces

 At its core, Emergency Management is about relationships, partnerships, and collaboration. However, experience often shows that forming a collaborative team is easier said than done. Drawing on the idea “radical inclusion,” this session will present strategies to help identify resources and stakeholders, onboard these entities, and achieve sustained collaborative planning by focusing on the challenges and opportunities inherent in building a multi-agency team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce the idea of radical inclusion to promote and enhance collaboration
  • Identify stakeholders based on evaluation of resources & capabilities
  • Strategize to eliminate the “silo effect” in multi-agency planning groups


Critical Incident Preparations

Presented by: Daniel Dykstra, Director, Conference Services, University of Colorado Boulder

Domain C: Risk Management 1.5 Ces

The session is designed to cover important considerations, strategies, guidelines, and tools available when making preparations and plans which will be used to guide an operation in the complex event of an emergency. Considerations involve discussion of the roles and responsibilities staff, first responders, and other university personnel have in preparing for and responding to those incidents that impact the safety and well-being of those working, meeting, and living on our campuses. These incidents include, but are not limited to, active harmer, pandemic, flood, mass casualty, and weather (tornado, hurricane, and snow).

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand all the variables that go into planning for critical incidents
  • Learn resources, training, and exercises available to ensure successful preparation and execution of a plan
  • Be able to create written documents that are available at a moment’s notice

Crowd Management Planning & Experiencing Crowd Density

Presented by: Becca Wilusz, Director of Game Operations & Championships, Duke University

Domain C: Risk Management 1.5 Ces

Crowds present inherent risks during events. While often used interchangeably, crowd management and crowd control are actually fundamentally different concepts. Through active participation, this session will introduce crowd management basics and strategies to enhance the planning & evaluation of events as related to crowd safety.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between crowd management and crowd control
  • Experience the impact of crowd density on standing and moving crowds
  • Apply the DIM-ICE model for crowd management planning for event and emergency operations

Crisis Communication Starts Before the Crisis
Presented by: Jeff Graviet, CEM, UCEM, Director and Stuart Moffat, CEM, UCEM, Associate Director, Emergency Management, University of Utah

Domain C: Risk Management 1.5 Ces

Alerting members of the campus community of immediate or ongoing threats is key to safeguarding your campus community. Developing an emergency mass notification strategy that includes training and exercise will provide a pathway to deliver important information about the threat and protective actions that are available to your campus during a crisis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Lessons learned from mass communication during real-world incidents
  • Best practices for targeted communication in crisis response
  • Adaptive and intentional strategies for emergency planning, training and exercises





(Before 12/20/2019)
Register after
ACCED-I Member $325 $375
Nonmember $375 $425
Student $275   $325  
Included in your registration fee is all educational content and lunch on Thursday. 


*Suppliers to the industry can only attend if sponsoring the Educational Forum.             


 Budget Tight? 

Click here for the How to Gain Approval to Attend cost/benefit worksheet that you can give to your supervisor. 


ACCED-I Financial Policy/Cancellation/Refund Policy:  ACCED-I accepts checks (U.S. funds only) and all major credit cards. You are considered registered for this event if you register and either pay or request to be billed for your registration.  Notification of cancellations received by ACCED-I by Friday, January 3, 2020  will be refunded, less a $50 administrative fee. Replacements are welcome.  No-shows are responsible for payment in full.  No refunds will be made after January 3, 2020.  Should registration fees not be paid by the dates listed, you are still responsible for all cancellation related fees.  If registration is made after January 3, 2020, the above policy still applies.

ACCED-I Federal ID Number 84-1023816


A block of rooms has been reserved at the University Guest House & Conference Center for forum participants at a special rate of $130 + taxes per night single/double.  Please make your reservation here or by calling 1-888-416-4075 by 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 23rd to make reservations by phone.  Individuals need to mention the group name ACCED-I Educational Forum.   Room rates will be honored 2 days pre/post and if interested in dates outside the forum, please call to make your reservation.

Strategies to Identify & Build Collaborative Teams
Domain C: Risk Management 1.5 Ces

Critical Incident Preparations
Domain C: Risk Management 1.5 Ces

Crowd Management Planning & Experiencing Crowd Density
Domain C: Risk Management 1.5 Ces

Crisis Communication Starts Before the Crisis
Domain C: Risk Management 1.5 Ces

Ignite Session
Domain C: Risk Management 1.0 Ces

Presenter Q&A Session
Domain C: Risk Management 1.0 Ces


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