22nd Annual New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association Conference

Special Events and Programs


We are very excited that you will be attending the 2021 In-Person New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association Conference! In addition to the training and breakout sessions being offered, please take a few moments to review the other exciting opportunities that are being offered throughout the week. We looking forward to meeting with you! Please check the conference app for exact times and locations of these events.


Sunday- Welcome, Awards and Networking Reception


Join us for the Annual Awards and Networking Reception! This event will be our Welcome to the 2021 In-Person New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference! It is our first night in town, where we can look forward to the weeks' events...as we honor emergency managers and future emergency managers during our awards program. This event will feature light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. There is a nominal $15 fee for this event so please remember to sign up when you register. Seating is limited.

Program Highlights:
Tentative Agenda

* Welcome from the NJEPA President *

* Update from the State Director of Emergency Management- Invited *

* Atlantic City Electric "Award of Merit" Presentation *

* Presentation of 2021 Scholarship Awards *

* "Kevin H. Tuno Emergency Manager of the Year" Award Presentation *




Monday- Young Professionals Engagement Event

Join NJEPA as we continue to work to improve Emergency Management well beyond the confines of the conference.  This specialized program is designed for “the next generation of emergency managers” (under 40+/-). Learn how our panelists have advanced their careers to make their mark in the profession; enjoy time engaging with others "new" to the field.

Please register for this event. You can add it to your agenda under "Modify Registration".

Event Agenda:

1:00 PM Kick-off 3:15 PM Fairleigh Dickinson University 
1:30 PM Panelist Introductions 3:20 PM Emergency Management Trivia
2:15 PM Q&A with Panelists 3:45 PM Networking with Panelists and Attendees

2021 Professional Panelists:

Dr. Roderic Bowman, NJ Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross

Captain Andrew Chen, Region 2 Administrator (Acting), USPHS, US Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Sandy Strilec, DVM, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health Veterinarian

Megan Sullivan, Deputy Director, NJ Deptartment of Human Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch
Andrew Sykes, Manager of Emergency Preparedness, Pepco Holdings Inc.


Monday- Exhibit Hall Opening and Vendor Reception


Come out and meet our vendors and sponsors! This will be the first look at the 2021 NJEPA Conference Exhibit Hall and New Outdoor Exhibit Area. Enjoy the reception buffet while you view services and equipment available to emergency managers and take some time to connect with collegues from around the State, Region and Country.



Tuesday- Conference Luncheon

Join us for the Annual Conference Luncheon, it’s a great opportunity to take a break from the training sessions, indulge in a delicious meal, enjoy time with friends new and old and visit the Exhibit Hall and New Outdoor Exhibit Area before it closes.  There is a nominal $15 fee for this event, the menu is posted on our fees page, so please remember to sign up when you register.



Wednesday- Marjory Stoneman Douglas: A Full Debrief and Lessons Learned for all Emergency Services


Members of the Coral Springs Police and Fire Departments will present a full debriefing on the tragic events that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th, 2018.  On that fateful day, 14 students and 3 staff members lost their lives due to an active shooter at the high school.  

Coral Springs PD and FD responded to that event and were able to enter the school and save an additional 17 victims who were shot by the suspect.  This presentation will not only cover the response on February 14th, 2018, the audience will be provided with information on what the City of Coral Springs did to prepare for a potential incident such as this, including a discussion about training that was donefor years prior to this incident. The presentation will then lead into the shooting event to include how the assailant moved through the building. PD and FD will discuss their response as well as the challenges they faced during the response.  These challenges included communication problems,command and control issues, jurisdictional conflict, movement through the school, trauma care, working with the school, etc.  The last part of the presentation will address challenges after the incident concluded, consisting of what was learned, mental health of employees, takeaways from the triage of patients, improvement needed in the working relationship between the schools and first responders and dealing with political events.  Please join us for a full discussion and review one of the deadliest active school shooter incidents in US history presented by those who were there.

Please register for this event. You can add it to your agenda under "Modify Registration".


Ryan Gallagher, City Manager Dep Chief Baker Frank Babinec, Fire Chief John Whalen, Asst. Fire Chief