May 19-20, 2016

Missouri Southern State University – Billingsly Student Center

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The Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit – Real People, Real Experiences, Real Lessons 

Join your peers at a unique disaster recovery summit told entirely through the lens and experience of community leaders and elected officials. 

The Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit, May 19-20, 2016, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear lessons learned from communities across the Midwest that experienced some of the worst natural disasters from the last decade. The two-day summit offers first-hand perspectives from leaders and elected officials guiding communities through the long-term process of community recovery that continues even today. 

The conference kicks off with a panel discussion, “The Road to Resilience,” featuring the mayors and city managers from disaster-affected communities, including Greensburg, Kansas; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Moore, Oklahoma; Minot, North Dakota; Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri. The panel will be moderated by Beth Freeman, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region VII (Kansas City).  

Breakout sessions cover a range of topics for community leaders, emergency managers, mental health professionals, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and government agencies at every level. Keynote speaker, Dr. Leonard Marcus, from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Policy, will speak on “Crisis Leadership.” Other summit topics include the stress placed on leaders, helping children and adults through the grief process using innovative programming, preventing population loss through temporary and permanent housing, and how disaster resources and relief vary from disaster to disaster. Check back often as more information and details are added each week. 

The $75 registration fee includes all conference sessions, printed materials, meals and snacks for this not-for-profit event. The Summit is limited to the first 300 attendees.

Scholarship assistance for hotel accommodations and partial travel reimbursement may be possible. For more information, see the frequently asked questions page.  

For more information, please contact Jane Cage.