22nd Annual New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association Conference

Special Events and Programs


We are very excited that you will be attending the 2020 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.


Tuesday- Young Professionals Engagement Event

NJEPA continues to work to improve Emergency Management well beyond the confines of the conference.  We developed this specialized program for “the next generation of emergency managers” (under 40+/-). 

This session provides a forum where the up and coming emergency manager (professionals in management, planning, health, transportation, non-profits, technical paths and students or people considering careers in EM) can meet those who are established in Emergency Management while learning about the many avenues to working in the field.  Individuals may network with peers and develop those essential resources needed for a successful, fulfilling career in emergency management. This session will present opportunities to meet industry leaders and participate in activities and/or facilitated discussions on emerging emergency management topics.




Tuesday- Meet and Greet Reception


A new event for 2020! Join the emergency management staff of the State of New Jersey, your conference team and all of our conference participants for a get-together and social event. This is a good opportunity to not only catch up on missed connections but make new ones. Take some time, in a relaxed atmosphere, to enjoy the conference. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.




Wednesday- Exhibit Hall Opening and Vendor Reception


Come out and meet our vendors and sponsors! This will be the first look at the 2020 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.



Thursday- Conference Luncheon

Join us for the Annual Conference Buffet 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 $10 fee for this event, the menu is posted on our fees page, so please remember to sign up when you register.



Thursday- Awards and Networking Reception


Join us for the Annual Awards and Networking Reception! This event will be the capstone to the 2020 New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference! It is our final night in town, where we wrap up the weeks' events...to this point, and honor emergency managers and future emergency managers during our awards program. This event will feature a hot hors d'oeuvres buffet and cash bar. There is a nominal $10 fee for this event so please remember to sign up when you register. Seating is limited.

Program Highlights:

* Welcome from the NJEPA President *

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

* Atlantic City Electric "Award of Merit" Presentation *

* Presentation of 2020 Scholarship Awards *

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

* Presentation from Coral Springs Florida Emergency Management- "Overview of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Tragedy as told by Police and Fire" Invited*

Link to speaker bios and presentation topics.



Friday- Special Presentation- "The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Tragedy"


Please join us for a Special Presentation from the Coral Springs Fire and Police Departments on the MSD Tradegy. This morning long presentation will build on the program at the 2019 conference as more and more of the after-action activities have occured and are occuring. This presentation is included in your conference fee but pre-registration is required when selecting your agenda when you register for the conference.


The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Tragedy as told by Police and Fire: the Preparation, Event and Aftermath

Members of the Coral Springs Police Department and Fire Department will be presenting 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 Fire Departments 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 this incident.  This will include a discussion about training that was done for years prior to this active shooter incident. The presentation will then lead into the shooting event to include all movements of the assailant and how he moved through the building.  After witnessing the assailant’s movements, PD and FD will discuss their response as well as the challenges they faced during the response.  Some of these challenges include 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.  Items to be addressed will consist 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 shooter incidents in US history.


Link to speaker bios.