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UNMC 2023 Symposia Series - Scottsbluff

Friday, June 23, 2023
8:00 am4:00 pm
Harms Center - Western Nebraska Community College, 2620 College Park, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

2023 Annual Preparedness Symposia and Post-Conference

These events will be held June 22-23, 2023 at the Harms Center - Western Nebraska Community College, 2620 College Park, Scottsbluff, NE 69361.

The 2023 Annual Preparedness Symposia will be held on June 22, 2023 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and will have a separate $50 registration fee.
The Emergency Preparedness 101 post-conference workshop will be held on June 23, 2023 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and will have a separate $50 registration fee.
You are welcome to attend either training or both of them through this one registration. Indicate on the registration form your preference and costs will be assigned based upon your selection.

June 22nd - Annual Preparedness Symposia - Registration fee $50

The 2023 Preparedness Symposia will provide practical ideas and share valuable lessons learned from recent emergency responses, as well as insight into future hazards, all with the goal of improving whole community preparedness.

Topics include:

Social Media in Disasters
Wastewater Testing for COVID-19
De-escalating Violent Threats
Generational Differences in Communication
Public Health Lab Response, and more!

June 23rd - Emergency Preparedness 101 Post-Conference - Registration fee $50

This preconference is target toward healthcare facilities (hospitals, long-term-care, ambulatory surgery centers, etc.). We will provide information that will help with CMS and/or Joint Commission requirements for Emergency Planning/Preparedness. Topics include disaster planning, exercises, risk communication, business continuity and other topics specific to the CMS/Joint Commission Requirements.

The agenda includes:

Emergency Preparedness 101: who is responsible for what?
CMS regulations
Planning 101
Primer on surge planning
Plan review frequency
Plan contents
Planning Tools
Exercise Development 101
Testing and training requirements
Testing frequency
After Action Reports
Risk Communications 101
What to say & How to say it
Business Continuity 101
Succession planning
Identifying critical functions & personnel
Check-in for Symposia (6/22) begins at 7:45 am (coffee/refreshments provided), with the program beginning at 8:00 am.

Check-in for the post-conference workshop (6/23) begins at 8:45 am (coffee/refreshments provided), with the program beginning at 9:00 am.

Online Registration closes: 6/15/2023 10:59 PM

For more information, call 402.552.9649, or email

From time to time the Center takes photos or video of our programs to use in our marketing materials both in print and on the web. By registering for either of these courses, you’re giving consent to have your photo used for these purposes. If you DO NOT agree to have your photo used, please e-mail the Center at and we will make arrangements to exclude your photo from use.

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-refundable, if you are unable to attend you may send someone else in your place or transfer your registration to another Symposia session. Please notify the Center for Biopreparedness, Biosecurity, and Emerging Infectious Diseases ( prior to the event date of any substitutions.