Current Issues in Emergency Management

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) will host the 2018 Current Issues in Emergency Management (CIEM) session on April 3 through April 5, 2018 at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

Please register for attendance via SERT TRAC.

Documents and presentations from CIEM sessions are available at


11:00am – 1:00pm

Location: SEOC Rudd Building Front Desk/Lobby

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks

 Wesley Maul, Division Director
Location: SEOC, Big Room

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Florida Department of Transportation Update

Mike Drew, Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation
Location:   SEOC, Big Room

 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Emergency Shoulder Use – 2018 Hurricane Update

Courtney Drummond, Department of Transportation 
Irene Cabral, ECO, Department of Transportation
Location:    SEOC, Big Room

2:30pm – 3:00pm 

Mission Management
Presentation describing the state’s mission management during activations at the Emergency Operation Center, leading directly into our Mutual Aid Discussion.

 Ashley Davis, Operations Section Chief
Location: SEOC, Big Room


Mutual Aid Discussion Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) 

Alonna Vinson, Mutual Aid Branch Director
Location:  SEOC, Big Room 

State Mutual Aid Agreement (SMAA)

  Alonna Vinson, Mutual Aid Branch Director
Location: SEOC, Big Room 

Fire Mutual Aid

 John Kohnke, ESF4/9, 
T.J. Lyons, ESF 4/9
Location: SEOC, Big Room 

Law Enforcement Mutual Aid

  Brett Lycett, ESF16 
Location: SEOC, Big Room

Federal Resource Requests Process 

Brett Lycett, ESF16 
Location:    SEOC, Big Room

 3:00pm – 4:00pm

ESF 8 Updates

 Christy Luce, Florida Department of Health
Molly McKinstry, Agency for Health Care Administration
Location:  SEOC, Big Room 

 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Information Technology and Management Updates
Session will discuss updates on information technology and management issues including:


    • Review of new website
    • Weather embed
    • County profile pages
    • Subscriptions

  • SharePoint

    • integration with and Get A Plan
    • Help Desk
    • Scope of Work

  • GATOR and GIS

    • GATOR – updated
    • SERT GATOR – evolving to “map and app” gallery

  • WebEOC

    • Update on rollout process
    • Training

Speaker:  Richard Butgereit, Florida Division of Emergency Management
Location:  SEOC, Big Room


 7:15am – 8:30am


Location: SEOC Rudd Building Front Desk/Lobby

8:30am – 9:30am

Recovery Discussion – Public Assistance Program

Changes in PA – PPDR & Houses of Worship

Update to FEMA policies on private property debris removal and houses of worship.

Speaker: Darrell Dotson, Recovery Staff
Location: SEOC, Big Room 

and Grants Update

A team of Public Assistance grant management team members will be available all day, each day, to answer any and all questions regarding the status of Project Worksheets, how to maximize your use of the FloridaPA system, strategies for expedited review and payment of claims, and where your community currently stands in the FEMA reimbursement process.

Speaker: Carolyn Edwards, Recovery Deputy Bureau Chief
Location: Conference Room 130D




Recovery Discussion – Individual Assistance Program

Individual Assistance – Everything Not PA

An IA refresher and highlight of a few IA programs

Speaker: Jason Pettus, Recovery Staff
Location: SEOC, Big Room

11:00am – 12:30pm


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Recovery Discussion cont’d– Individual Assistance Program

From Shelters to Houses – The Good and The Difficult

A walk through issues in housing and best practices that were revealed in Hurricane Irma

Speakers: Jason Pettus, Recovery Staff
Peter Newman, ESF 6 ECO
Location: SEOC, Big Room

 1:30pm – 1:45pm


 1:45pm – 2:30pm

Recovery Training Needs Assessment

Recovery Bureau and the Training Unit wish to engage with you in a conversation to discover what you need to become more confident in the overall Recovery process.

Speakers: Jason Pettus, Recovery IA Officer
Richard Knowles, Recovery Trainer
Location: SEOC, Big Room

 2:30pm – 2:45pm


 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Disaster Recovery Using Substantial Damage Determination In Floodplains

This session focusses on recent FEMA-State initiatives to support communities to bring substantially damaged structures into compliance with the Florida Building Code and minimum NFIP requirements.

Speakers: Steve Martin, State NFIP Coordinator
Shannon Riess, State Floodplain Program Manager
Location: SEOC, Big Room

 3:45pm – 4:15pm

All Hazards Incident Management Team Update

A presentation discussing the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT) Program within the state of Florida. This will focus on the accomplishments of the 2017 Hurricane Season and programmatic updates to include the Qualification Program, Position Specific Task Books, and future deployments of the AHIMTs

Speakers: Ashley Davis, Operations Section Chief
Ian Guidicelli, AHIMT Lead
Location: SEOC, Big Room

 4:15pm – 4:45pm

 WHAT’S NEW WITH NIMS! The 2017 Refresh.

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) has been the basis and the national standard for incident management for many years. NIMS was updated in 2016-2017. This workshop will review the significant changes included in the 2017 NIMS Refresh.

Speakers: Rupert Dennis, FEMA RIV NIMS Coordinator
Linda McWhorter, State Training Officer
Location: SEOC, Big Room

7:15am – 8:30am

Location: SEOC Rudd Building Front Desk/Lobby

8:30am – 9:30am

Special Projects Update
Session will discuss the following issues:

  • Lessons learned with Irma regarding the evacuations studies

  • Universal Surge Modeling Tool is now available, will present examples and discuss next steps

  • Improvements to TIME

  • AlertFlorida Update

  • FDEM Special Needs Registry Update

Speaker: Andrew Sussman, FDEM Special Projects Coordinator
Location: SEOC, Big Room

9:30am – 9:45am


9:45am –11:45am

Force Account Documentation Training
This training session is designed for the staff reviewing disaster recovery requests for reimbursements where force account documentation is required. Learning objectives for this training includes, but not limited to: An increased awareness of the challenges local governments face with Force Account Documentation; •An introduction to validation methods based on standardizing source documentation

Speaker: Buck Dickinson, QAQC Specialist, Recovery Bureau
Location: SEOC, Big Room

9:45am – 11:45am

Director to Director (County EM Directors Only)

Speakers: Wes Maul, Division Director
Michael Kennett, Deputy Division Director
Leo Lachat, Deputy Division Director
Location: 100L, Sadowski Building

11:45am –

Session Wrap-up and Adjournment

Speaker: Wes Maul, Division Director
Location: SEOC, Big Room

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