IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX 2013

Oct. 25-30, 2013 | Silver Legacy Hotel & Reno Events Center | Reno, Nevada, USA

Members Only: Videos and Podcasts from the 2013 Annual Conference

2013 Leadership Symposium


There Is Still Time to Complete the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference Survey

Conference Attendees: We are looking for your input to make future IAEM Annual Conferences even better. Please take the time now to complete the survey. Don't delay: the deadline is Friday, November 22, 2013. The survey is located under the survey icon on the conference app. Note there are 2 pages of icons and it is located on the second page. Click here from your device to download the app now. If you don't have a smartphone, click here to view the web based version of the app. This your last chance to be entered to win a complimentary registration to the 2104 IAEM Annual Conference in Reno!


The IAEM Annual Conference provides a forum to discuss current trends and topics, share information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advance the work of IAEM. Conference sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health and related professions to exchange ideas and collaborate to protect lives and property from disaster.


The goal of the IAEM annual conference is to improve your knowledge, competency level and collaborative skills. IAEM accomplishes this by attracting relevant and high-profile speakers to address current topics and practical solutions. In addition to this annual event, IAEM’s Emergency Management & Homeland Security Expo (EMEX), draws a myriad of exhibitors who are the top suppliers to the fields of disaster preparedness and homeland security.

IAEM2Go 2013: Official Mobile App

Last year we went GREEN. We stopped printing the Program Guide and published the IAEM2go app for the first time. Its back this year bigger and better than ever with new features and an improved operating system. Ready to get started? Click here from your device and start planning your trip. If you don't have a smart phone or tablet, you can also view the online program on your web browser here. See you in Reno!

Looking for a PowerPoint Presentation of a Speaker at the Annual Conference?

Look no further than the IAEM2go conference App. If you haven't already done so, click here from your device to download the app now. All speakers PowerPoint presentations are located under their session in the documents file. Go to the program icon, search by day, track, category or speaker, find the session you are looking for and scroll down to the documents section and click on the PowerPoint file. Don't have a smartphone, click here.

The Official IAEM Annual Conference Hashtag is: #IAEM13

Benefits of Conference Attendance

  • Education and Training:
    • Best value for obtaining/learning new skillsets
    • Learn best practices from the field’s most respected speakers
    • Hear lessons learned from actual disasters
  • Collaboration: Improve job proficiency through critical information sharing with other emergency management professionals in all levels of government, private sector, public health and related professions with more than 2,500 participants.
    • Host private meetings and training sessions for your specific group
    • Attend private meetings and training sessions specific to your group
  • Hands-On Training:
    • EMI@IAEM – FEMA trainings offered to maximize continuing education
    • Ability to visit Washoe County’s weather forecast office which assisted the county with its StormReady designation.
  • Products and Services: EMEX 2013 will showcase the industry's best technologies, products and services.
  • Return on Investment: The attendee overtly and intuitively gains knowledge with attendance.

IAEM Conference Call Newsletter

Visit the Virtual EMEX!

This is an invaluable year-round resource for the emergency management professional. It includes a comprehensive directory of suppliers. Use it to find products and services needed for your EM program – shelter supplies, warning systems, communications solutions, training & exercise specialists and 16 other categories are included. Take advantage of this wonderful resource at www.emex.org and click on the VIRTUAL EMEX tab on the top yellow navigation bar!

Information on Obtaining a U.S. Visa to Attend Conference

If you need a U.S. Visa to attend the IAEM Annual Conference, information can be found on the U.S. Department of State website here.

Speaker Resources

If you are selected as a speaker at the IAEM Annual Conference, you can access Speaker Resources here.

Future IAEM Conferences

Nov. 14-19, 2014
IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX 2014
Grand Hyatt & Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas

Past Conferences


IAEM Ambassador Program

At the IAEM Annual Conference in Reno, the IAEM-USA Conference Committee is delighted to introduce the Ambassador Program! Throughout the week in Reno, there will be IAEM members floating around to help direct you to the appropriate breakout room, point you in the direction of the hotel lobby, bar, and/or restrooms, as well as tell you about some of the great things going on during the 61st Annual Conference and EMEX. Ambassadors can easily be identified by their “Ambassador” buttons.

Interested in becoming an Ambassador for the conference? Check out the Ambassador Program Online Orientation PowerPoint here. Read through the PowerPoint and complete the online survey. We will contact you. Serving as an Ambassador is a great way to network at a higher level at the conference, while assisting our fellow attendees. If you have questions, read through the PowerPoint first. If you still have questions, then email one of us: Susamma Seeley, IAEM-USA Conference Committee Chair, at sseeley@cc-mo.org or Noël Kepler, Conference Committee Hospitality Lead, at nkepler@EMMP-Emergency.com.

Recommended Attendees

  • Local, State, Federal, NGO,Tribal, or private sector emergency managers
  • Homeland security officials
  • Business continuity planners
  • First responder coordinators
  • Medical/hospital emergency managers
  • Private sector industry risk managers
  • Contingency planners
  • Emergency management decision-makers
  • Educators in the field of emergency management/homeland security
  • University/college emergency managers

Need Help Getting Approval to Attend the IAEM Annual Conference?

Getting approval to attend an educational conference can be challenging. It is important to ensure that you are getting the best value for your dollar and that your employer knows that too.

To assist in getting approval, download our sample Letter to Your Supervisor that you can customize to help build your case for attending.

IAEM Conference Staff Guidelines

Download the IAEM Conference Staff Guidelines here. Included in this document is information about how to apply as IAEM 2013 Conference Staff, along with requirements, responsibilities, and expectations.

OMB Releases New Conference Guidance for Federal Agencies

(18 June 2013) The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently provided federal agencies with updated guidance on the attendance of federal agency employees at conferences and related travel expenses. The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) partnered with other associations to draft a protocol, much of which was adopted by the OMB, including best practices such as keeping hotel costs within government per diem rates and ensuring that social events held in conjunction with a conference aren’t lavish or excessive. According to ASAE, "OMB recognized the need for federal employees to attend mission-related conferences and provided some best practices for approving travel and conference expenses. While the memo said that sequestration budget cuts will likely result in reduced government participation in conferences and travel, OMB stressed that federal agencies should not interpret any recent Administration guidance as a moratorium on travel or conference attendance."