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Date: 7/29/2023
Subject: KESC Updated One Stop
From: KEMA

KESC One Stop Resource

The 2023 KESC starts on Tuesday, September 5 and continues through Friday, September 8. You won't want to miss this year's keynote speaker, Robert O'Neill, on Tuesday afternoon. 

Conference Registration PRICE INCREASE AUGUST 11

Conference registration is completed online. Due to growing attendance numbers we strongly discourage late and on-site registration. Full conference registration rates are: $225 Early Bird, $250 Normal Price (as of June 1), $300 Late Price (as of August 11), and $350 On Site (as of September 1). Additional admission options are available and include One Day Pass, Exhibit Hall Pass, etc.

Pre-Order Keynote Speaker's Autographed Book

The KESC is accepting pre-orders for an autographed book authored by this year's keynote speaker, Robert O'Neill. There are not likely to be any extra books ordered, so don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from Robert and go home with a copy of his bestselling book, The Operator. 

Wednesday Night Block Party Added

Your conference pass now includes admission to a Wednesday night block party! Following our evening with the industry partners event from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Crowne Ballroom, take a stroll across Phillips Lane to join us for food trucks and live music from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Hotel Reservations

KESC 2023 will be held at the Louisville Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel and Expo Center located at 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209.  Book your room online at the discounted rate of $120 per night (plus applicable taxes and fees). You can reference Group Code ZS1 if contacting the Crowne Plaza by telephone. Tax exemption and credit card authorization must be coordinated directly with the Crowne Plaza's front desk.


All scholarships from KEMA have been awarded and claimed.

Course Selection

The association's Training and Education Committee worked diligently over the winter to assemble a great offering of professional development. Please review the courses below and use the form to let us know your selection. Note this is a separate process than conference registration. Courses are filling up--don't delay your selection!
  • Basic Inland Search and Rescue - Academic areas of instruction include a Federal SAR Architecture Overview, AFRCC Overview and Mission types, SAR Resources, Introduction to Search Theory, and Mission Coordination. The course culminates with a scenario-based tabletop exercise. We also strive to provide an environment that will allow the attendees to discuss their past experiences, concerns for SAR and do that "all-important" networking that is needed to provide a cooperative SAR network. The course is designed as an entry level SAR management course for federal, state and local SAR responders (i.e. Incident Command leaders and planners) who are responsible for the planning, coordination, or conduct of air and ground search operations in the inland environment.

  • Senior Officials Workshop for All-Hazards Preparedness (MGT-312) - This course provides a forum to discuss strategic and executive-level issues related to all-hazard disaster preparedness, to share proven strategies and best practices, and to enhance coordination among officials responsible for emergency response and recovery from a disaster. This workshop integrates a multimedia scenario and vignettes that highlight key issues and facilitates executive-level discussion of the United States’ National Strategy for Homeland Security. Additionally, the forum provides an opportunity to apply lessons learned from past local and national all-hazards disasters.

  • COURSE IS FULL Surviving an Active Threat: Run. Hide. Fight. with a Train the Trainer (PER-375) - This course addresses the Run. Hide. Fight. response paradigm and guides non-traditional first responders in the various ways these methods can be employed. Because active threat incidents can occur anywhere, participants are encouraged to apply principles from this course to plans and procedures in their workplaces.

  • COURSE IS FULL Recognizing and Identifying Domestic and Homegrown Violent Extremism (AWR-409) - Recognizing and Identifying Domestic and Homegrown Violent Extremism is an instructor-led, awareness-level course that introduces participants to the differences between domestic violent extremism (DVE) and homegrown violent extremism (HVE), indicators of violent extremist behavior, characteristics of recruitment and radicalization, and the legal safeguards that protect civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy. Additionally, the course covers social media as it relates to extremism, ways to improve responder safety, and techniques to counter violent extremist threats through interagency and community partnerships.

  • COURSE IS FULL Evacuation Planning Strategies and Solutions (MGT-461) - This eight-hour management-level course is designed to provide emergency managers, first responders, transportation professionals, security and safety professionals, and government administrators with the ability to utilize current tools and technologies to institute best practices and strategies to plan for and execute an emergency evacuation. This course discusses the hazard conditions for which an emergency evacuation could be an appropriate protective action and inform participants on resources and methods to help them better prepare for an emergency evacuation. This course will allow participants to explore data, modeling tools, and simulations that assist with the implementation of an emergency evacuation.

  • Winter Weather Hazards: Science and Preparedness (AWR-331) - This is an Eight-hour awareness-level course to provide emergency managers, first responders, and community members across all sectors with a basic understanding of the latest knowledge in winter weather science, forecasting, warning, and preparedness. This course will prepare participants to understand the basics of winter weather science, the winter weather forecasting process, how winter weather forecasts are communicated, and the fundamentals of winter weather safety and preparedness. Since winter storms can strike every state in the United States, it is important that every community be ready for the hazards associated with them. This awareness-level course will fulfill the goals of the "whole community" approach to emergency management by reaching a broad sector of the community. Multiple core capabilities will be addressed, with particular emphasis on "public information and warning" and "threats and hazard identification."

  • COURSE IS FULL Underserved Populations Preparedness Planning for Responders & Volunteers (MGT-403) - This eight-hour planning and management-level course will assist in preparing communities to meet the assistance and safety needs of older adults, and people with access and functional needs during a crisis event in rural communities using an approach with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Whole Community initiative. Due to the expected diverse student population, general information regarding crisis planning and response (incident command system (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), etc.) will be discussed, flowing into a narrower discussion regarding the needs and care issues of older adults. Included in the discussion are short- and long-term care, pet care, medication, and the need for durable medical equipment and healthcare. The issue of individuals from assisted-living and nursing homes will be emphasized in lessons learned from various disasters.

  • COURSE IS FULL Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface (G0191) - The goal of this professional development course, E/L/G 0191 Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface, is to enable the students to develop an effective interface between the Incident Command/Unified Command and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) by applying National Incident Management System principles. The intended audience(s) are federal, state, local level, private industry, volunteer and nongovernmental emergency management personnel who are active in a community's ICS and EOC activities. This course works best when delivered to combined audience of ICS and EOC personnel.

  • Local Volunteer and Donations Management (E0288) - The course is designed to strengthen the abilities of local jurisdictions to successfully prepare for and handle volunteer and donations management issues that may arise. The course content and activities may also serve as a template, thereby enhancing uniformity in addressing areas of donated unsolicited goods, unaffiliated volunteers, and undesignated cash. This training also provides information regarding the state's volunteer and donations management responsibilities, which are designed to help build relationships between government and non-governmental organizations.

  • Tornado Awareness (AWR-326) - This eight-hour awareness-level course is designed to provide emergency managers, first responders, and community members across all sectors with a basic understanding of the latest knowledge in tornado science, forecasting, warning, and preparedness. This course will prepare participants to understand the basics of tornado science, the weather forecasting process, the tornado warning process, and the fundamentals of tornado safety and preparedness. Since tornadoes can strike anywhere in the United States, it is important that every community be ready for the hazards associated with them. This awareness-level course will fulfill the goals of the “whole community” approach to emergency management by reaching a broad sector of the community. Multiple core capabilities will be addressed, with particular emphasis on “public information and warning” and “threats and hazard identification.” Participants who represent sectors such as mass care services, health and social services, operational communications, critical transportation, and planning would further expand the discussions in this course to other corresponding core capabilities.

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Keynote Robert O'Neill

Robert J. O’Neill is one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of our time. He served at SEAL Team Two, SEAL Team Four and eight years at the legendary SEAL Team Six. Having taken part in and leading over 400 combat missions, Rob operated in Liberia, The Balkans, The Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Having been decorated 53 times, his awards include two Silver Stars for gallantry in action against the enemy, four Bronze Stars with Valor to denote heroism against the enemy, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit Commendations and three Combat Action ribbons to name a few.

Some of Rob’s qualifications include Military Free-Fall Jumpmaster, Tandem Tethered Bundle Master, Naval Special Warfare Scout / Sniper, Breacher, Master Naval Parachutist, Master Training Specialist, Diving Supervisor, Range Officer in Charge for Small Arms, Close Quarters Battle, Breaching, Laser System Safety Officer among many others.

Rob took part in the rescue for Operation Red Wings, which extracted the Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell, he was the lead jumper for the rescue operation that saved Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates and he was a Team Leader for Operation Neptune’s Spear, the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Rob is co-founder of Special Operators Transition Foundation, specializing in assisting Special Operations Forces veterans with the successful transition from the service into their next great career in corporate America.

Rob is the author of the NY Times and London Times Best Selling Memoir “THE OPERATOR: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior.” Rob has been interviewed on Fox News, CNN, CBS, Newsmax and others.

Save the Dates

September 5-8, 2023 - Kentucky Emergency Services Conference (Louisville)
November 3-9, 2023 - IAEM Annual Conference (Long Beach, CA)
November 14-21, 2024 - IAEM Annual Conference (Colorado Springs, CO)

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