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Environmental Emergency Management conference to focus on helping communities with preparedness, response and more

Environmental Emergency Management Conference logoFires. Floods. Oil spills. Environmental emergencies such as these will be the focus of the Environmental Emergency Management Conference hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The two-day conference will take place June 29 and 30 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

The event is designed to help communities and partner agencies with preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery related to incidents impacting the environment and public health. Participants may include federal, state, and local emergency response personnel, public health officials, facility emergency managers, contractors, consultants, academia, or anyone within the emergency response community. 

“Accidents happen all of the time,” notes Jay Eickholt, EGLE’s emergency management coordinator. “When hazardous substances are involved, you need the latest information and tools to best prepare, respond, and recover from these environmental emergencies. At this conference, participants will hear about recent case studies and research findings, tools and resources, and best practices to protect human health and the environment during these emergencies.” 

Highlights of the conference include:

  • Plenary presentation on the Coast Guard Great Lakes Center of Expertise for Oil Spill Response
  • Breakout sessions will include special presentations - Lansing Fire Department, HAZMAT Team and Planning for Natural Disaster Debris to Increase Community Resiliency. The rest of the breakout session topics are broken down by the three themes - Preparedness and Mitigation, Initial Response, and Response and Recovery.
  • Networking Reception with exhibitors and hundreds of emergency response professionals.
  • Continuing education - this event is approved for up to 9 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)/Professional Development Hours (PDH).

The agenda and session descriptions provide more information.

The general admission fee is $125 for both days, and registration is open until June 17.