24th Annual New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference

Special Events and Programs

We are very excited that you will be attending the 2023 New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference! In addition to the training and breakout sessions being offered, please take a few moments to review the other exciting opportunities that will be occurring throughout the week. We are looking forward to meeting with you! Please check back as more information will be added.

Young Professionals Awards and Networking Reception Exhibit Hall and Reception Conference Luncheon Friday Special Event


Young Professionals Engagement Event- Tuesday, April 18th at 1pm

NJEPA is proud to once again offer the Young Professionals Engagement Event during the 2023 conference.  This session is designed for those who are new to Emergency Management or looking to get started in the field.  You will have the opportunity to ask industry leaders questions about the field, get career advice, network and learn how Emergency Management integrates every industry in the public and private sector.  Program elements will include a panel discussion with veteran Emergency Management professionals, a presentation from a higher education institution, networking opportunities, and a chance to win free attendance at the 2024 NJEPA Conference.  

You can register for this event during your initial registration, modify your registration if you have already registered or add this event when you check in at the conference if space is available! Click HERE to Register or Modify your Registration.

Event Agenda:

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

2023 Professional Panelists:

Michael DiGenni Officer New Jersey Department of Corrections
Sarah Johnson Warning Coordination Meteorologist NWS Philadelphia/Mount Holly
Neal Stephens, CSW Senior Emergency Response Coordinator NJDHS, Disaster Terrorism Branch
Lisa Werner Director, Office of Emergency Management Somerset County OEM
Araif Yusuff, MPA Director of  Programs Islamic Relief USA

Panelists are being finalized, look for more updates as we get closer to the conference.



Awards and Networking Reception- Tuesday, April 18th 5:30pm - 8:30pm in the Seminole Ballroom

During this great evening event, join us for the Annual Awards and Networking Reception!  This reception provides an excellent opportunity to meet with our colleagues (new and old) as we honor current and future emergency managers during our awards program. This event will feature dinner and cash bar. There is a nominal $25 fee for this event so please remember to sign up when you register. Tickets are required for entry and there will only be a limited quantity available.

Tentative Agenda

* Welcome from the NJEPA President *

* Update from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management*

* Atlantic City Electric "Award of Merit" Presentation *

* Presentation of 2023 Scholarship Awards *

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

Click here to meet our invited speakers for the evening.

The Dinner Menu for the Reception:

Hors D'Oeuvers:
Variety of Salmon, Chicken, Beef, Shrimp, Sausage and Vegetables
Full Dinner:
*Pasta Station*
Mezze Rigatoni Bolognese
Ricotta Agnolotti Pomodoro
Penne Alfredo with Green Peas
*Carving Station*
Smoked Pork Loin: Red Eye Gravy and Miniature Rolls
Roasted Prime Rib of Beef: Au Jus, Creamed Horseradish,
Scallion and Cheddar Popovers

Remeber to register for this event during your initial registration, modify your registration if you have already registered or add this event when you check in at the conference! Tickets are required for entry and there will only be a limited quantity available. Click HERE to Register or Modify your Registration.

Exhibit Hall Opening and Vendor Reception- Wednesday, April 19th at the Etess Arena


Come out, meet our vendors and sponsors! This will be the first look at the 2023 NJEPA Conference Exhibit Hall and the Indoor Vehicle Display Area, inside the Etess Arena. Enjoy the Vendor Reception buffet while you view services and equipment available for Public Safety Professionals. 

Wednesday 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
Wednesday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Hall Open,Vender Reception
Thursday 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM Exhibit Hall Open



Conference Luncheon- Thursday, April 20th at the Etess Arena

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 and colleagues, then take some time to walk off lunch and visit the Exhibitors.  The luncheon is complimentary with your Registration! Click HERE to view the menu. See you there!


Thursday- Sponsored Event


Friday- Special Event

General Session: 2021 Epic Tornado
Chief Matthew Cardile Dep. Dir. Jack DeAngelo Lt. Greg Godish
Sarah Johnson, WCM Ken Powell, EMC Joe Ward, GIS Spec/DEMC

On September 1, 2021, an EF-3 tornado struck Gloucester County with winds of up to 150 mph that tore a more than 12-mile path from Harrison Township to Deptford Township.  This required a response from local, county, state, and federal resources.  Key members of the response from Harrison Township Fire Department, Gloucester County OEM, and New Jersey OEM will discuss the response and recovery efforts.  

Speakers will provide a brief overview and analysis of the events and throughout their discussion will identify areas of strength in their response capabilities, agency interoperability, and communications; as well discuss the lessons learned from this event that have helped plan for the future.  

This is an opportunity for all attendees to see firsthand the intricacies of a multi-agency response to a large-scale incident using ICS /EOC and technology, and the challenges faced during the recovery phase (debris removal, donation management, PDAs).   

Pre-registration is required.

You can register for this event during your initial registration, modify your registration if you have already registered or add this event when you check in at the conference! 

Click HERE to Register or Modify your Registration.