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General Information


As part of the FEMA Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP), the 2013 Whole Community Conference, sponsored by the IL-IN-WI Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (RCPT), will bring together emergency management, public health, human services and disability stakeholders from throughout IL-IN-WI Combined Statistical Area to enhance regional catastrophic incident preparedness by engaging the whole community in the planning process.

This two and a half day conference builds picks up where last year's conference left off and will examine some of the greatest challenges in inclusive emergency planning and focus on developing substantive traditional and non-traditional emergency management partnerships.  This conference will address core holistic issues of whole community planning and expand outward to develop tangible planning goals and objectives for local, state and regional communities to implement post-conference.

The first two days of the conference will focus on issues such as identifying populations that make up the whole community, utilizing social media tactics to reach larger audiences and responding in real-time, evaluating ESF planning, incorporating mental health communities into emergency plans and planning, training and testing inclusive emergency plans.  Speakers from national, state and local government agencies and organizations will discuss programs that have worked in their communities and that can be replicated throughout the region. The third day of the conference will focus on the IL-IN-WI RCPT's planning training deliverables and will serve as an opportunity for the counties throughout the Chicago CSA to develop a greater understanding how to implement these programs.

Through keynote and panel presentations, facilitated audience discussions and networking breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to interact and engage with speakers and other attendees to exchange information about what is working in communities throughout the region and the nation. This conference will serve as a benchmark for the region moving forward in an effort to include larger groups of stakeholders in emergency planning.


Sample Issues and Topics to be Covered


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Social Media in Disaster Planning and Response

  • Utilizing social media tools to consistently engage with your communities before and after a disaster

Building Community Partnerships

  • Integrating the private sector, faith-based organizations, disability service providers, volunteer organizations, non-profits, NGOs and the public into your emergency management planning community

Planning for Mental Health Populations

  • Accessible emergency evacuation planning and developing public-private partnerships to overcome limited resources

Whole Community Planning

  • Incorporating the unique needs of access and functional needs constituents, children, elderly adults, limited-English speaking and migrant populations and other groups

Catastrophic Planning for the Whole Community

  • Incorporating traditional and non-traditional organizations and communities into the IL-IN-WI Regional Catastrophic Planning Team

Catastrophic Urban Area Response and Recovery

  • Lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and applications in metro-Chicago area


This conference is by invitation only. If you wish to attend this conference and haven't been specifically invited, please click on the link below for an application. Unfortunately, there are only a limited number of seats available and many applications will not be approved.



Two nights will be provided for attendees that work outside of 50 mile radius of Lisle, IL

Three nights will be provided for attendees that work outside of 75 mile radius of Lisle, IL


Who Should Attend

Federal, State and Local Government Officials
Emergency Managers, Planners, Coordinators
First Responders
Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and Paramedics
Military Personnel
Hospital Administrators and Medical Professionals
Public Health Officials
Disability Service Providers
Policy Makers and Advocates
Community-Based Service Providers
Academia Professionals and Students
Legal Professionals
Private Industry


Please Note: There will be no reimbursement of travel costs. Breakfast and lunch is included with the conference, dinner is the responsibility of the attendee.


If you are not eligible for lodging but would like to pay for your own room at the Hyatt, please contact the hotel at 630-852-1234 and mention the Whole Community Conference to receive the reduced rate of $99

Conference Location


Hyatt Lisle
1400 Corporetum Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

Organizational Sponsors

Interested in showcasing your products and solutions to an audience of government agency decision makers? Budget-conscious sponsorship packages are available for this conference. Click here for a sponsorship package or contact Brian Lake 703-894-7414 for further information.

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