IAEM-USA 2014 Annual Conference & EMEX
"Navigating the New Normal"

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

Program & Speakers | Lodging & Attractions
Sponsors & Media PartnersRegistration

Conference Photos Available:
Photos taken by the professional photographer for the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference are posted here for download
. The link will be active until Jan. 25, 2015.

Conference Presentations Available:
Speaker presentations submitted to IAEM are located in each individual session in the Program icon on the IAEM to GO 2014 Mobile App and also on the web-based version. Choose a session, and click on the link for speaker presentations under PDFs located at the bottom of each individual session screen.

Win a complimentary registration to the 2015 IAEM Annual Conference!

Complete the overall Conference Survey Today! 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 Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The survey is located under the survey icon on the conference app. Scroll down on the main page of icons to find the overall conference survey. Forgot to complete an individual session survey? Give feedback to the speakers and complete the survey, by clicking on the link under Feedback in each individual session. 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 is your last chance to be entered to win a complimentary registration to the 2105 IAEM Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

Online Conference Program

Meeting Space Maps:
Grand Hyatt | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

2014 Registration Fees and Options

IAEM-USA has built a menu of participation options to suit every attendance schedule and participation level. Click here for the complete registration fee schedule.

Need Help Getting Approval to Attend the IAEM-USA 2014 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. You can also download an invitation from IAEM CEO Beth Armstrong requesting your presence at IAEM-USA 2014 — the leading emergency management event of the year!

Presentation on Navigating the IAEM Annual Conference: Making the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

IAEM Ambassador Program

Back by popular demand! The IAEM-USA Conference Committee is delighted to bring back the IAEM Ambassador program. Throughout the week in San Antonio, 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 62nd IAEM 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 Presentation here. Read it, and complete the online survey. We will contact you. Serving as an Ambassador is a great way to network at a higher level during the conference, while assisting your fellow attendees. If you have questions, read through the presentation first. If you still have questions, email Susamma Seeley, IAEM-USA Conference Committee Chair, or Noël Kepler, Conference Committee Hospitality Lead.

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

If you need a U.S. Visa to attend the IAEM-USA Annual Conference, information can be found on the U.S. Department of State website here. To assist in getting approval download the sample Letter to Your Supervisor that you can customize to help build your case for attending.

Make Your Exhibit Space Reservations Online Now and Visit the Virtual EMEX!

Visit www.emex.org to see the floorplan of EMEX 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, and make your space reservations online now. The exhibitors prospectus and contract provisions are available for download.

The Virtual EMEX is also open. 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.

Conference Staff Guidelines

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The Conference Call

Speaker Guidelines


Recorded Videos Now Available from the 2014 Annual Conference

The IAEM Global Student Council, Digital Engagement Committee, and Conference Committee worked together to provide livestream videos and audio podcasts of selected speakers at the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference, so that members and potential members could engage with the conference. Those sessions were recorded and are available here to IAEM members.

IAEM to GO: Your Free IAEM-USA 2014 Annual Conference & EMEX Mobile App

IAEM to GO is your complete conference program with information on session times, locations, descriptions and speakers. Navigate EMEX 2014 with exhibitor details and locations.

IAEM to GO is the best way to stay updated on event information, including any last minute changes. Once downloaded, the information stays within the app even when your cellular data or WiFi connection abandons you.

Download IAEM to GO now!

Need help? We will have people on hand at the Crisis Technology Center (in the EMEX Hall) who will be happy to assist you.
No mobile device? The app is available on the web at https://guidebook.com/guide/22657/.


The IAEM-USA 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-USA Annual Conference is to improve your knowledge, competency level and collaborative skills. IAEM-USA 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.

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
    • Earn certificates of attendance for EMI training courses and conference sessions
  • 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.
  • Products and Services: EMEX 2014 will showcase the industry's best technologies, products and services.
  • Return on Investment: The attendee overtly and intuitively gains knowledge with attendance.

Recommended Attendees

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

Featured Exhibitor: Chef Minute Meals, Inc.

Chef Minute Meals, Inc., proud manufacturer of self-stable food products based out of Johnson City, Tennessee is a Featured Exhibitor at EMEX 2014. The company's USDA and FDA Certified Facilities are strategically located for rapid response and transportation in the event of an emergency situation. Learn more.