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Spring Symposium

Spring Symposium

Connecticut Emergency Management Symposium

Each spring, CCM along with the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) attract hundreds of local public safety officials and others responsible for responding to mass emergencies. This is the only statewide municipal government event that offers a full day of informative workshops, interactive discussions, networking opportunities, and vendors showcasing relevant products and services.

The 2019 CT Emergency Management Symposium took place on Thursday, April 25th. Thanks to all who participated, your efforts make CT safer for everyone!


Registration and Cost back to top

This event is FREE to Municipal, Local, and State Officials! Attendance is limited to the first 400 registrants.

Click here to access the registration page.

2019 Wrap-up Video back to top

2019 Preliminary Agenda back to top

8:30 -9:00 am: General Session
Pledge of Allegiance
Welcome and Introductory Comments Master of Ceremonies, William J. Hackett, State Emergency Management Director
Opening Remarks

  • Governor Ned Lamont/Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz (Invited)
  • Joseph DeLong, CCM Executive Director
  • James Rovella, DESPP Commissioner / Regina Rush-Kittle, Deputy Commissioner
  • Renee Coleman-Mitchell, M.P.H., DPH Commissioner

9:00- 10:00 am: Disasters Happen Locally--Panel Number 1: Emergency Support Function (ESF) Response to Industrial Fire

Moderator:  Mike Caplet, Region 4 Coordinator

Panelists: Marc Scrivener, Willimantic Fire Chief
                    John Field, DEMHS Regional Coordinator and IMT Coordination Lead
                    Bob Kenny, DEMHS Regional Coordinator
                    Wayne Grundland, Region 4 IMT Lead

  • Overview of Incident
  • Mobile Communications (ESF 2)
  • Incident Command/Unified Command (ESF 5)
  • Incident Management Teams (ESF 5)
  • Hazard Materials (ESF 10)

10:00 -10:30 Break

10:30-12 noon: Disasters Happen Locally—Panel Number 2: ESF Response to Severe Weather

Moderator: Bob Kenny, Region 1 Coordinator

Panelists:  Wayne Gravius, Brookfield Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director
                     Andy Ellis, Brookfield Fire Department Assistant Chief
                     Bill Higgins, CT Fire Academy Training Director
                     Kevin Manzolillo, CT Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Leader
                     Lisa Morrissey, Danbury Department of Health and Human Services Director
                     Terri Golec, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of CT Director

  • Overview of incident
  • State Fire Rescue Plan (ESF 4)
  • Urban Search and Rescue (ESF 9)
  • Functional Needs Sheltering and Public Health Impacts (ESF 6 and 8)
  • Long Term Care Facility Mutual Aid Plan (ESF 8)

12 noon- 1:00 pm: LUNCH

1:00 -2:30 pm: Disaster Impacts and Consequence Management

   1:00-1:30 pm: Syndromic Surveillance from Power Outages to Rock Concerts—Tracking Public Health

          Kristen Soto, Epidemiologist, CT Dept. of Public Health (ESF 8)

   1:30-2:00 pm: Debris Management Overview—Processes to Follow in Both Widespread and Localized Debris Recovery (ESF 3 and 11)

          Joe Schiavone and Frank Gagliardo, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance

          Dana Conover, DEMHS Recovery Coordinator and Supervisor

   2:00-2:15 pm: Power Outages: Make Safe and Blocked Roads Protocol (ESF 12)

          Bill Higgins, CT Fire Academy Training Director

          Bob Kenny, DEMHS Regional Coordinator

   2:15-2:30 pm: Determining When Federal Assistance is Warranted and How the Request is Made

          Brenda Bergeron, DEMHS Legal Advisor

2:30-3:00 pm: Break

3:00-3:20 pm: Update on School Security Initiatives: Assessments, Training, Plans, and Grants

          Bill Turley, DEMHS Regional Coordinator

          Eric Scoville, DEMHS Emergency Management Program Specialist         

3:20-3:50 pm: Update on Cyber Security Initiatives: How to Report an Incident, Local Cyber Security Planning, and Cyber Investigations (ESF 5 and 13)

          Mike Kowal, CT Intelligence Center Detective

          Rita Stewart, DEMHS Emergency Management Program Supervisor

3:50-4:00 pm: Hurricane Season 2019 Forecast

          Doug Glowacki, DEMHS Emergency Management Program Specialist

2018 CT EMS Photos back to top

2019 Exhibitors and Supporters back to top

Click here for information on how to become an exhibitor or supporter/sponsor at the 2019 event.

Click here to view the companies who were showcased in 2019.