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Keynote Sessions for Preparedness Conference to Focus on Security, Lessons Learned


March 21, 2014


April 16, 2014: Pre-registration for the conference is now closed.

If you missed the deadline, you may register at the door.

The 6th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference (April 22nd and 23rd, Augusta Civic Center) will feature two different but equally thought-provoking plenary sessions. On Tuesday, a nationally-recognized keynote speaker will present his unique perspective on workplace and school security. And on Wednesday, a trio of officials from Maine and Québec will share lessons learned in 2013 from an unprecedented cross-border disaster response.

Day One, Tuesday April 22nd

Staying Alive — How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters using Evidence-Based Approaches.

  • Michael Dorn, Executive Director, Safe Havens International, Inc.

Based on the presenter’s book Staying Alive — How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters, this fast paced and dynamic presentation will provide factual information on safety, security and emergency preparedness concepts that have been validated by research, testing or other forms of evaluation. This session will provide reliable information on:

  • What does work versus what might work: assessment based approaches
  • Simple, inexpensive yet powerful concepts that are often overlooked
  • How simple modifications of existing work space can reduce danger and improve survivability

The session will conclude with a brief version of the speaker's powerful bullying presentation based on his book Weakfish — Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child.

Day Two, Wednesday April 23:

Lac-Mégantic: Response, Recovery and Mutual Aid

  • Lt. Daniel Campagna, Director, Quebec Police, Regional Municipality of Granit County, Border Coordinator (Directeur, Sûreté du Québec, Municipalité Régionale de Comté du Granit, Coordonateur Transfrontalier )
  • Jean Savard, Planning Chief, Directorate General of Civil Security and Fire Safety, Ministry of Public Security (Direction générale de la sécurité civile, et de la sécurité indendie, Ministere de la Sécurité publique)
  • Cpt. René Cayer, Coordinator for Emergency Management Operations, Emergency Measures Directorate, Québec Police (Conseiller en mesures d'urgence, Direction des mesures d'urgence, Sûreté du Québec)
  • Tim Hardy, Director, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency

In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 6, 2013, a freight train carrying hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic, a small Canadian community only 30 miles from the Maine border. The resulting explosion and fire brought unspeakable tragedy to this community. The speaking panel features officials from the Quebec Ministere de la Sécurité publique (Civil Security), the Sûreté du Québec (Québec Police), and the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency. They will describe the response and recovery from the event, including the cross-border mutual aid provided from Maine fire departments to assist the Town of Lac-Mégantic, and the lessons learned.

Conference Registration still open

Online registration for participants and exhibitors is open now. There is no charge for attending the conference. There is a small fee for exhibitors, but no charge for not-for-profit and government exhibitors.

The Conference is a partnership among the State Emergency Response Commission, The Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Maine Association of Local Emergency Managers.

More than 40 workshops and demonstrations are scheduled over the two days of the Conference. For more conference news visit the MainePrepares conference page.



Conference Planning Team


Last update: 07/20/10