About

April 24-25, 2020 | Houston, Texas

In the face of increasing natural disasters, global and domestic threats, communities across the United States are likely to experience different types of disasters and emergencies that can have devastating and lasting effects.  The actions taken before and right after an emergency are critical and can save lives.  Quickly identifying the type of emergency is important to determine resource requirements and to develop plans and procedures to prepare your communities.  Local policymakers have the opportunity to play a leadership role in these efforts by facilitating and supporting collaboration across levels of government and helping to establish key partnerships across sectors before a disaster occurs in order to advance disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery

The NALEO Educational Fund’s National Policy Institute on Emergency Preparedness will provide Latino policymakers, with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS 402) and the various ways ICS can be applied to respond and recover from various types of disasters and emergencies; and best practices for such situations.

The Policy Institute will convene local policymakers with leading experts from the public, and private sectors for two days of professional development, that combines classroom and interactive learning, and to exchange ideas and best practices.  Policymakers will receive timely information, strengthen governance skills that support effective leadership, and will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from throughout the country.

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Schedule

  • Friday, April 24
  • Saturday, April 25

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Registration

 


 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Breakfast

 


 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management                             

Welcome Remarks and Program Overview

 


 

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

All Disasters Are Local

Emergency response begins at the local level and the actions taken before and right after an  emergency are critical and can save lives.  The safety and well-being of people during and after an emergency depend on how prepared your community is and on how you as a leader respond to a crisis.  In this session, participants will learn from elected officials that have experienced and managed an emergency in their jurisdictions.  The discussion will also highlight best practices on how elected officials can actively prepare and be ready to fulfill the important roles they have during all phases of emergency management and identify key collaborations across levels of government and the private sector.

 


 

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Disasters: Preparation, Mitigation and Resiliency

As natural disasters continue to increase in frequency and strength, man-made catastrophes also showing a similar pattern.  Policymakers need to help their communities prepare for, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from various types of disasters and emergencies.  This session will provide an overview of effective strategies and partnerships communities can implement in advance, in order to respond and recover more effectively and efficiently after disaster in the wake of year-round emergency events.

 


 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Lunch

 


 

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Incident Command System (ICS 402) Overview for Executives/Senior Officials

Executives, administrators, and policymakers will be provided with a basic understanding of the incident command system, unified command, and multi-agency coordination.  This course is intended as a system overview for those responsible for setting policy.  This course is module 17 of the National Interagency Incident Management System curriculum.

 


 

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Break

 


 

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Incident Command System (ICS 402) Overview for Executives/Senior Officials (Continued)

 


 

5:15 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Evaluation and Strategy Discussion

 


 

5:25 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Closing Remarks

 


 

5:30 p.m.
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Depart to Omni Houston Hotel

 


        

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Omni Houston Hotel

Opening Reception