2017 Preparedness Symposium

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One Team, One Mission!


Thank you to the more than 400 Whole Community members that participated in the Preparedness Symposium on Wednesday, September 13, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Scottsdale Resort.  Your active participation and discussion contributed to the success of the event. Please visit our Flickr page to see some of the images that captured emergency management professionals from across our state networking and collaborating on ways to make a safer future for Arizona.

We incorporated a graphic recorder to visual capture several discussions throughout the day, which included continuity of operations, critical infrastructure, cybersecurity and evacuation and re-entry.

Discussion topics focused on:

(click the topic to download the presentation)

  • Continuity of Operations - Why is it important?
  • Critical Infrastructure - How is it defined? (no presentation available)
  • Cybersecurity - What role do cyber threats play?
  • Evacuation and Re-Entry - What are the steps to develop and implement new evacuation langauge statewide and how can you partner in this effort?
  • Economic Recovery - How do we recover our economic base following crisi and how can you support the community?
  • Crisis and Risk Communication - How do audiences assess messages in a crisis and how we can ensure we always meet their needs?


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.





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


September 13, 2017 | 8:00am to 4:00pm


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Preparedness Symposium
(602) 464-6224