Emergency Management Symposium


Be Ready: Lead, Communicate, and Prepare!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The 2024 Emergency Management Symposium (EMS) will be held May 7-9, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia. This multi-day training and educational event provides a collaborative environment for emergency management personnel to engage peers, receive information on available guidance, tools, and resources, and discuss current and future programs and initiatives. 

Each year, the Department of Energy’s (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration and the Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group host the Emergency Management Symposium to share current and accurate information related to training, exercises, and planning. Attendees will gain knowledge of elements that they can implement, modify, or validate in their programs, that will contribute to improved outcomes. This year’s theme is “Be Ready:  Lead, Communicate, and Prepare!”  The keynote speaker is Mr. Ed Conley. Ed has led emergency management teams around the globe, tackling some of history's most significant disasters. Ed will share his observations, lessons, and insights he has gained in his 30 years as a crisis leader and responder. 

When: May 7-9, 2024

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Where: Atlanta Buckhead Marriott - 3405 Lenox Road NE Atlanta. GSA rooms are sold out. Nearby hotels with GSA rates​:

Transportation: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Recommend using Uber or Lyft. Fare is around $50 and trip takes 30-60 min. Parking at hotel is $38/night


What: Use the link below to access the live meeting information including the agenda, speaker profiles, and links for remote participation

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Emergency Management Topics and presentations to be covered throughout the symposium include: 
  • ​Considerations for Electric Vehicles 
  • Integration of Security and Emergency Management
  • Continuity of Operations
  • Meteorological Site Assist Visits
  • Emergency Public Information
  • GIS in Emergency Management
  • Consequence Assessment


​Mr. Ed Conley

2024 Keynote Speaker
During a career spanning three decades, Mr. Conley led emergency management teams around the globe, tackling some of history's most significant disasters. Throughout his years as a crisis responder, Ed honed his ability to translate theories into practices. Now he delivers observations, lessons, insights, and guidance designed to develop the next generation of crisis leaders.

Dr. Todd R. Smith

Dr. Smith is the Senior Level Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response at the NRC. For the past 8 years, he served in the Policy and Oversight Branch developing emergency preparedness policies, regulations, and guidelines for NRC-licensed facilities and conducting related research to advance the state-of-the-practice in radiological emergency preparedness and response.​

​Sponsored by DOE/NNSA Office of Emergency Management Policy​

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