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2013 Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference

Feb 12

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Every spring in Tacoma there is a great conference for meeting and sharing ideas with a wide range of disaster experts. Early Bird Registration closes at the end of the month!

Why Attend

Successful management of emergencies can only be accomplished through effective and pre-established partnerships.  This conference offers you the opportunity to develop those relationships; gain the necessary information to develop your response, recovery, and mitigation plans; create your preparedness messaging to those you serve; and gain valuable insight into lessons learned and established best practices.  This is the largest and most successful regional emergency management preparedness conference in the Pacific Northwest – attracting attendees from:

  • Emergency Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Services
  • EMS
  • Business sector
  • Schools
  • Universities/Community Colleges
  • PIO’s
  • Public Health
  • Utilities
  • Public Works
  • Non-profit Sector
  • Economic Development
  • Local and Federal Government
  • Volunteers
  • Hospitals
  • and all that are tasked with emergency management planning


Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference

April 2-4, 2013
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, Tacoma, WA


Payment must be received by the rate deadlines.


Attendee Early (Now - 2/28/13)


Attendee Regular (3/1/13 - 4/1/13)


Attendee Onsite/Late (4/1/13 -4/4/13)



Exhibit Booth


Extra Exhibitor



IAEM Student Member


Featured Speakers

Vicky Mieseler, VP of Clinical Services for Mental Health in Joplin, Missouri. She played a key role in the recovery of Joplin after the tornado took out 7,000 homes and 300 businesses. Vicky provides real life examples of how to be better prepared for disaster response. She will talk first-hand about their plan, show the magnitude of the tornado on their city and lessons learned. Vicky zeroes in on what are the pieces of a multi-level response hospitals need to be prepared to enact and what programs were most successful and why. Until you are in a disaster, you have no idea how to prepare but you can learn a lot from others' experiences as well as from the 911 reports.

Kimberly Harris, CEO for Puget Sound Energy discusses the necessity of public-private partnerships and how developing the right partnership can create dynamic and lasting impacts. Kimberly will discuss PSE’s successful Take Winter by Storm campaign and the new partnership on the horizon with the American Red Cross.

Ed Troyer, Pierce County Sherriff’s Detective and Public Information Officer. Detective Troyer will speak on local current events and how they impact our community.  He will focus on using social media to relay and obtain information.

What's New?

We read and reviewed the 2012 evaluations and have implemented changes to the conference based on previous attendees' feedback.   

  • The conference format has changed to a half day, full day, half day format to accommodate your travel needs.  The conference will start on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a full day on Wednesday.  The conference will wrap up at 2:00 PM on Thursday.
  • The first day of the conference (Tuesday, April 2nd) will feature the following special workshops from 1pm - 5pm: 

Attendees have the opportunity to take the International Association of Emergency Managers CEM Exam.


Post Earthquake Evaluation of Buildings ( ATC-20) Training.


Brand Building/Customer Service with Lt Col James Vance.


Building and Marketing the Public Service Brand
This highly interactive seminar deals with practical public relations strategies as a means of enlisting public and private community stakeholders as full partners in the fight to provide safe, secure and mutually productive communities. This seminar explores such topics as internal and external cultural barriers and how to address them, understanding and working effectively with the community and business power structures, examining the concept of “customer relations”, “brand” placement/development, and elements of persuasion through practical marketing strategies.The program is enhanced through the use of concrete “real world” examples and case studies. While much of this seminar is based on LtCol James Vance's experience with Public Sector Public Relations, much of this information is equally applicable to all organizations.

The Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference     (a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization) is the largest and most successful regional emergency preparedness conference in the Pacific Northwest. Partners in Emergency Preparedness annually hosts nearly 700 people representing business, schools, government, the nonprofit sector, emergency management professionals, and volunteer organizations.

Our 2012 Conference drew over 600 attendees, including; 70 speakers, and more than 30 vendors over a two-day period. Conference attendees included emergency managers (international, local, state, and federal), state and local officials, business and industry representatives, the military reserve and National Guard, public utilities, and volunteer agencies. 


Thank you to our

2013 Sponsors and Early Bird Exhibitors!



PrepareSmart LLC

ServiceMaster Clean

Alster Communications, LLC

Legend ID/IMS Alliance

Simpler Life Emergency Provisions Inc.

Emergency Preparedness Services

Worksafe Technologies


Shelf Reliance - Thrive Foods

Reid Middleton, Inc

Puget Sound Energy



Ecology & Environment, Inc.



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