Ninth Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference to Address Threats to People and Infrastructure


April 21, 2017


AUGUSTA, MAINE — Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Maine Association for Local Emergency Managers (MALEM), and the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) presents the Ninth Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference April 25-26, 2017 at the Augusta Civic Center.

“The last year was a very busy one, even without any declared disasters,” said MEMA Director Bruce Fitzgerald. “We experienced severe winter storms, floods, drought and even tornadoes. We also updated our Homeland Security Strategy and State Emergency Operations Plan and created a new cyber security plan. There are many threats to people and infrastructure each day and the conference helps us prepare.”

Keynote speakers for the conference include Michael Sprayberry, Director, North Carolina Emergency Management Agency, who will speak on April 25 about lessons learned during Hurricane Matthew and Kurt Schwartz, Director, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, who will speak on April 26 about lessons learned during the Boston Marathon bombing.

Additional conference sessions address the four phases of emergency management, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery and include topics such as Cyber Threats, Maine’s Drug Epidemic, Terrorism and Mass Casualty Incident Response.

“We’re particularly excited about a hazmat team challenge on day two where the teams will be competing against each other and testing their skills on several hazmat events,” said conference co-chair Faith Mayer. “And we have some great exhibitors as well.”

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and the conference begins at 8:00 a.m.

MEMA is a state Emergency Management Agency. Its Mission is to lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of the people of Maine through leadership, coordination and support in the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. MEMA works with FEMA as well the 16 county Emergency Management Agencies across the state of Maine and many other agencies to help them prepare for and manage disasters.



Susan Faloon