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Top 3 Emergency Management Sessions You Don't Want to Miss at the 2016 Intermedix Summit

by Yvonne Sommer on Jan 26, 2016 11:56:00 AM


With 99 days left to this year’s Intermedix Summit, I’m already starting to think about which sessions I want to attend. More content is being added to the agenda every week, but there are some clear contenders for my time.

Our share-a-thon sessions focus valuable information, lessons-learned, or best practices presented by members of our amazingly collaborative customer-base. It’s exactly the kind of thing that I look forward to the most; battle-tested solutions from the grassroots.

What’s amazing to me is that we always have new and refreshed content to share every year. So whether you are a veteran Summit attendee or a newbie, you’re going to easily fill your day and probably have to make the hard decision on which session to go to. Maybe my top three picks will help you out.

Share-a-Thon: Using WebEOC as an Easy and Inexpensive COOP Tool

  • When: May 5, 12-1 p.m.
  • Who: Jim McClelland from Montgomery County (MD) Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Why: Jim has more than 30 years of experience and essentially lives and breathes Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plans. What excites me about this session is that he’s resourcefully built a method within WebEOC, a platform you already know and own, to aid in the development of creating and maintaining COOP plans. Amazing!

Share-a-Thon: Rebuilding Joplin - The Move Back to a Permanent Hospital

  • When: May 5, 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Who: Jonathan Ayres of Springfield/Greene County (MO) Office of Emergency Management
  • Why: Jonathan is a veteran customer presenter at our Summits, and I have to say that I am especially looking forward to his presentation this year. I believe we all remember the Joplin tornadoes, a nationally declared disaster that happened May 22, 2011. This horrific event that had more than 150 causalities and left some 1150 others injured, also came with the destruction of St. John’s Regional Medical Center. Jonathan will be moving us to the present future where, four years later, the coordination the moving patients from the temporary facility to the new facility have taken place and how WebEOC played a role in it.

Share-a-Thon: Creating a Statewide Culture of Connectivity

  • When: May 5, 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Who: Robin Lindsay of San Bernardino County Fire / Office of Emergency Services
  • Why: ‘Boundless Collaboration’ used to be a tagline we used often when promoting our WebEOC communities, but Robin has brought this to life within California and has put together an informative presentation on how you can build and influence a community using the same principals she established within their statewide template for a ‘culture of connectivity’. How to get all levels of government to play ball, is something worth taking note on.

Even if these aren’t your ‘must-see’ sessions, I hope that they strike an interest on what is to come at the 2016 Summit. Have you started planning your agenda? What’s on your must-see list?

Take a moment to visit our Intermedix Summit page to view the upcoming tracks, schedules, accommodation details and registration information. We hope to see you in Denver!                                                                      

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This post was written by Yvonne Sommer

Yvonne Sommer is a Customer Experience Manager for Intermedix. She was also formerly the product manager for the WebEOC Product Suite and has almost two decades of experience in the information technology industry spanning across private, government, emergency management, and healthcare markets.

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