Message from the President

WSEMA Members,

As many of you are asking and wondering when the 2019 Membership Registration will be available, this notice is to let you know that for the 2019 calendar year the WSEMA Executive Board has determined to waive the dues. We will resume membership dues in 2020 (more information will follow on this at a later date).

We will not have “member” and “non-member” registration fees for the annual conference. Early bird pricing will still be available. You will receive a notification when the Conference Registration is open (we are very close to opening registration for the conference).

Please remember that ALL Executive Board Members volunteer their time to the Association, we need to thank them for all their hard work.

Respectfully,

Sandi Duffey, President 2018-2019. phone 360-581-0491

1001 Cooper Point Rd SW #140-165, Olympia, WA 98502

2019 Call for Presentations

The Washington State Emergency Management Association (WSEMA) is seeking presenters for our 2019 conference to submit ideas for innovative and engaging conference sessions.

CONFERENCE THEME: The theme of this year’s conference is ‘A State of Opportunity: Emergency Management Leading the Way in Washington State.’ The focus of this year’s conference will be on recognizing the pivotal role that emergency management plays in advancing readiness and resilience across the whole community.

We would welcome presentation proposals from partners across functions and disciplines which explore the following: ▪ Developing Leadership Skills for Emergency Managers ▪ Raising Awareness on Current and Emerging Issues in Emergency Management ▪ Advancing Equity and Inclusion within the Emergency Management and Profession ▪ Case Studies to Share Lessons Learned and Innovations from Recent Events

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please fully complete the survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSEMA2019

DEADLINE: The Call for Presentations for the 2019 WSEMA Annual Conference will be open until April 19, 2019. Presentations will be selected by the Conference Committee and Executive Board in May.

SESSION TYPES: WSEMA is seeking a variety of presentation types to build an interesting and diverse agenda. Presentation proposals may include engaging keynote proposals, lecture-based presentations, activity-based workshops, case studies, or panel discussions. Partners may also submit 10-15-minute ‘SnapShot’ presentations to provide quick insights on innovative and emerging topics in emergency management or offer to develop a poster that can be highlighted during breaks. Please indicate the type of presentation you propose in your submittal.

Important Guidelines:
▪ Any interested party including public, private, and community-based organizations may submit presentations.
Proposals from vendors or consultants are welcome but may not be used as a venue for marketing services or
demonstrating products.
▪ WSEMA is a non-profit organization and works to keep our conference rates low to maximize accessibility to
our membership and partners. For each presentation, registration and meals for the day of the presentation
will be provided by WSEMA.
▪ Before submitting a proposal, please obtain approval from your management to present at the conference in
the event you are selected.
▪ Should you require any special accommodation to aid in delivery of your presentation please let the
conference committee know as soon as possible.

Updated Features on the WSEMA website!!

Hello WSEMA Members!

We have been working on updating the website to improve the user interface and usability. We are happy to share with you some of the basic improvements with you!

New Jobs Board

Jobs Board and posting of current job openings, if you are a potential employer please take a look at Post a Job, you can fill out the form and we can post your job opening on our Job Board for free. If you are looking for a job in the emergency management and business continuity field, our Job Board is just one more location to look for new positions.

New Contact US and Website Feedback

We also have updated a way for our members to contact the WSEMA Executive Board and to provide feedback on the website through the update and beyond. If you would like to provide feedback please visit the Contact Us page.

These are just a few of our updated content as we continue to improve the user experience, thank you for patience during this transition.