Best Practices in Higher Education Emergency Management Conference



Each year, we share presentations from our conferences with the public.  If the presentation title is not a hyperlink, we unfortunately do not have that particular presentation to share.  However, we try to share as many as we can.  After all, this is the main focus of the conference: sharing best practices with the Higher Ed community!  Enjoy!

For questions, please contact Tim Pridemore at or 423-425-2297.


Presenter Organization Topics Categories
PROGRAM Best Practices in Higher Ed Emergency Management Conference Program 2016

Rafael Reyes, Texas Emergency Management

Geoffrey C. Bartlett Tufts University Severe Weather with a Scalpel: Decoding the Polygon severe weather
John Summerlot Indiana University Campus Emergency Preparedness Certificate: A Case Study of Partnering with University Human Resources  emergency preparedness
Robie Robinson University of Tennessee at Chattanooga What's the Real Story about EMAP Accreditation? accreditation
Steve Harris University of Georgia So You Want Me to Start a Campus AED Program (with no funding ? ? ?) AED program
John Tommaney Boston College The National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA) NIMAA
Tim Pridemore University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Overcoming Communications Problems--Can You Hear Me Now? emergency communications

Mark P. Bagby

Melissa Meade

Washington University in St. Louis

Jensen Hughes

You Want Me to Designate 200+ Severe Weather Shelters? severe weather

Chris Tarantino

Eric Hodges

Epicenter Media and Training/FEMA

Illinois State University

Building a Social Media Analysis & Response Team (SMART) social media
Steve Harris University of Georgia Lessons Learned from Developing Your Own Building Emergency Plan Generatory System emergency planning
Eric Hodges Illinois State University Roundtable: Discovering Best Practices in Town and Gown Partnerships emergency planning
Lonnie Booker, Jr. Kansas Wesleyan University A Matter of Campus Safety in Higher Education: Students Packing Books and Guns in Their Book Bags campus safety
Angie Jewett Iowa State University Off the Bus, to a Shelter We Go sheltering

Lee D. Arning

Chris Noah

Gene Grounds

Southern Methodist University

Dallas County Hospital District

Victim Relief Ministries

Addressing the Complexities of an Active Shooter Aftermath: Mass Casualty and Family Assistance Planning for Higher Education active shooter
Robie Robinson University of Tennessee at Chattanooga What Do I Really Have to Do to Get My CEM/AEM? certifications
Patrice Reisen-Hicks University of Texas Mitigation that Pays Off mitigation




Presenter                   Organization                    Topics                                      Categories             
PROGRAM Third Annual Best Practices in Higher Education Emergency Management Conference
March 17-19, 2015
KEYNOTE Active Shooter - Jon Richeson, Office of Infrastructure, Department of Homeland Security active shooter, security
Joe Sullivan National Weather Service Building a Weather-Ready Nation (It Starts With You!) weather
Brittany T. Schaal University of Richmond Two Weeks in September - The Pitfalls and Successes of a Social Media Challenge social media

Jamie Fohl

Clay Humphries

Vernon Duty


State of TN

VeriClaim, Inc.

Belfor Property Restoration

Pre-planning and Post Implementation for Disaster Recovery planning, recovery

Jacob Oluwoye

Lady Franciscar Nicolas-Kassama

 Alabama Agriculture & Mechanical University Developing a Sustainable Cost Effective Emergency Management Model emergency management
 Lisa Teel  University of Oklahoma  Protecting Large Outdoor Campus Events from Weather Threats weather
 Jeff Steen  Murray State University Campus Emergency Alert Systems/Getting the Message Out emergency management, alerts
David Oliver Western Kentucky University  Building Effective Emergency Management Program emergency management
Curtis Liska Kentucky Community & Technical College System StartEx:  Best Practices in Exercise Design emergency planning 

Lindsey Shafer

Michael Mulhare

Virginia Tech The Virginia Tech EMAP Experience? emergency management, accreditation
Mark Bagby Washington University in St. Louis  Emergency Management for Overseas Travel emergency management, travel safety
Eric Hodges Illinois State University The Year One Journey:  An Inaugural Year Recap of One University's First Full-time Emergency Manager emergency management
Laurel Wood University of Kentucky  Creating a Departmental Business Continuity Strategy at the University Level planning, business continuity 
Treemonisha Smith Loyola Marymount University Preparedness:  Moving Beyond Tips on a Website  preparedness
Ashley Koehler  Western Kentucky University  Overview of Safe Communities America Program preparedness, safety

Bryan L. Shelangoski

Amanda S. Cunningham

University of Louisville Moldegeddon air quality

Josh Human

Andrea S. Pompei Lacy

University of Louisville Why Every University Needs a Mitigation Plan emergency management, disaster recovery
John Summerlot Indiana University The Legacy of Lauren Spierer safety 
James Caesar University of California, Santa Barbara When the Ground Stops Shaking natural disaster 
Dennis Sullivan University of Louisville Flooding at the University of Louisville natural disaster

James Westbrook

Cheryl Stiles

Deanna Hendrickson

Kennesaw State University Creating Multiple Jurisdictional Partnerships through CERT CERT, partnerships
Blake Abbe University of North Texas Health Science Center Wrap-up and Look Ahead, 2016 BPHEEMC  


Presenter        Organization          Topics       Categories     
2nd Annual Best Practices in Higher Education Emergency Management Conference, March 11-13, 2014

KEYNOTE Paul Kessner, US Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students
Alisha Jade Childress University of Maryland Prepare Your Shell: Student Engagement Activities Student Engagement
Anthony McKenna Blackboard Connect Armed Suspect on Campus Playbook Response
Brenda Van Gelder Virginia Tech Best Practice Collaborations of EM and IT Professionals IT
Christa Lopez
The University of Texas at Austin
From Crisis to Commencement Student Engagement
Dave Hubeny Binghamton University Incident Action Plans: simple plans to improve your preparedness efforts Planning Tools
David Oliver Western Kentucky University Establishing Sustainable Practices for Campus Emergency Management EM Foundations
Deon Pfenning University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Boulder Response to Flash Flooding Sept. 2013 Response
Emily Fish American Red Cross Red Cross Ready Rating Program for Higher Education Assessments
Greg Padgett FEMA FEMA America's Preparathon Preparedness
Gretchen Richards, Stacey Mann Jacksonville State University Collaborating with Community Partners on Instructional Videos Student Engagement
James Westbrook Kennesaw State University Threat and Vulnerability Assessment: A Holistic Approach for the Collegiate Setting Assessments
John Newton University of Georgia Evacuation Planning for the Disabled Planning Tools
Joshua Manfredo University of Rhode Island Building Blocks of Emergency Management in HiEd (a beginner's guide) EM Foundations
Shad Ahmed University of Connecticut Leveraging the Fusion Center model for all-hazards threat assessments at IHEs Assess,emts
Steve Harris #1 University of Georgia Planning and Conducting Realistic Active Shooter Training and Exercises Planning Tools
Steve Harris #2 University of Georgia Plan, Prepare, React - Active Shooter Response Options for Institutes of Higher Education Response
Suzanne Blake Witt O'Briens Navigating "The Guide" - The Higher Education World's New Guidance for Writing EOP's and Gap Analysis Tool Planning Tools
Troy Harris Westmont College Standards on Steroids EM Foundations
Ty Davisson EMAP Accreditation Program EMAP for Higher Education  EM Foundation
Veronica Camarillo-Morris University of Houston IT-based Operational Awareness for Emergency Management in Higher Education Institutions IT
Will Moorhead All Clear Emergency Management Group A Case Study of Emergency Management Legal Issues Facing Campuses


Planning Tools


 Presenter   Organization   Topics   Categories  
PROGRAM Best Practices in Higher Education Emergency Management Conference
March 12-14, 2013

Marcie Roth, Director of the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination

Leslie Williams Colorado Office of Emergency Management Colorado Cultural and Historic Resources Under Fire  
Robert Lang Kennesaw State University  Emergency Planning and Crisis Management Initiatives Using Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)  
Matthew Hart Tufts University Continuity Planning in Higher Education  
Scott Preston University of Washington Emergency Management Special Events: No Plan Survives Contact with Reality  

William Moorhead

Ginny Schwartzer

All Clear Emergency Management Group Addressing the Common Challenge: Communication   

Brian Bittner

Shawn Kauffman

Penn State University

Centre Region Council of Governments EMA

Town & Gown Emergency Management Collaboration: Finding the Right Mix  
David Oliver Western Kentucky University Steps to Developing a Sustainable Emergency Management Program  
Dennis Sullivan University of Louisville Tornado Awareness Program and Its Evolution  
Lawrence Frank URS Disaster Resistant Universities Hazard Mitigation Strategies and Actions  

Christopher Jones, RN, MS

Sri Raju, John Shale

UCSF Homeland Security Emergency Management

SmartBridge LLC

Achieving Situational Awareness Using Smartphone/Tablet Applications  
Vivian Marinelli FEI Behavioral Health Achieving Situational Awareness Using Smartphone/Tablet Applications  
Terri Howard FEI Behavioral Health Increasing Personal Resilience for Emergency Response Team Members   
Dennis Sullivan University of Louisville Developing a Campus Evacuation Plan  
Holly Hardin ORAU/ORISE Harnessing Technology Tools to Enhance Your Joint Information System  
Mark Bagby Washington University in St. Louis Who's Coming to Campus? Emergency Planning for VIP's and/or Large Events   
Manch Garhart University of Alaska Anchorage Trained Volunteers as Crisis Responders/Campus Responders  
Adam Crowe Virginia Commonwealth University Using Open Source and Social Systems to Improve Emergency Preparedness   
George Nunez George Washington University Uniting the "Dark Side:" Making the Most of Partnerships  
Brenda Van Gelder Virginia Tech The Role of IT and How to Get IT Support for Campus Emergency Management Cheap  
Fulton Wold BOLD Planning Solutions Maximizing Internet Planning Tools Before and During A Disaster Event  
Lisa Pelletier Stanford University School of Medicine Don't Allow Yourself to Be Ratted Out: Developing a Continuity Plan That Accounts for the Improbable  
Shad Ahmed University of Rhode Island HSEEP for Higher Ed   
Stuart Pike University of Colorado Denver A Life-Saving Strategy for Active Shooter Incidents   
Blake Abbe University of North Texas Safety Coordinator Program: Emphasizing Building-S[ecific Planning   
John Heiderscheidt School District U-46, Elgin, IL Utilizing Strategic Plans and Implementations to Enhance Outcomes   
Andy Altizer Georgia Tech Benefits and Challenges of Campus Emergency Response Teams   
Lt. Ron Swartz University of Alaska Police Citizen Responders to the Rescue