2018 Preparedness Symposium

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The phrase “Whole Community” describes an approach to emergency management that frames all hazard preparedness, prevention, response, recovery and mitigation as the shared responsibility of federal, tribal, state and local governments; non-governmental and faith-based organizations; private sector businesses; and communities, families and individuals.

The Division of Emergency Management coordinates the State of Arizona’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts in order to reduce the impact of emergencies and disaster on people and property in the Whole Community. While no single organization or jurisdiction has enough staff, funding and equipment to respond to and recovery from a large disaster on its own, when the Whole Community works in concert and shares resources, we can meet any challenge.


Discussion topics:

  • Communication Technology and Infrastructure – Where are we now, and where are we headed? Learn more about current and future communication technology and infrastructure in Arizona from our public safety and technology partners.   How are critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets linked, and what does the future have in store?
  • Cybersecurity – How can Arizona avoid a cyber-attack?  Hear about cyber-attacks in other cities and states, and learn about their impacts and ripple effects.  Updates on the strides Arizona has made to protect our enterprise systems. What more can we do to build cyber resiliency?
  • Water Outlook for Arizona – Has the drought created a water crisis? Agencies present the current state of Arizona’s water supply and share current and projected demands.  How do we work together to ensure sustainability of this critical resource for Arizona?

Keynote presentation:
The most effective strategies for emergency management are those that are federally supported, state managed, and locally executed.  Learn from national emergency management leaders about achieving disaster resiliency through the shared responsibility across all layers of government and down to the individual.

Alex Amparo, FEMA Deputy Assistant Administrator of the National Preparedness Directorate
James Cho, Response Division Director for FEMA Region IX 

Thank you for your participation!


September 19, 2018 | 8:00am to 4:00pm


Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
5001 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Phone: (800) 362-2779


General Information:
Preparedness Symposium
(602) 464-6224