To: IAEM Members
As we previously announced, the IAEM 64th Annual Conference, scheduled for Oct. 14-19, in Savannah, Georgia, is on as planned. And, the weather forecast during our dates is magnificent.
We want to share some information we received in a very positive message we received from Joe Marinelli, President, Visit Savannah.
“First let me assure you that we will be ready. In fact, to a large degree, we are already ready. We have personally visited each of your hotels and met with their management teams and all have assured me that there are no concerns relative to welcoming your group at the end of the week. In addition, none of the hotels have experienced any major damage and with the exception of minor clean-up and some landscaping work, again there are no concerns here.” See the photo taken in Savannah today that we posted on the IAEM conference homepage.
International Trade and Convention Center
I’m sure some of you have heard that the Red Cross is utilizing the convention center as an evacuation center. As the electricity is restored around town and people are able to get back into their homes, the number of people needing shelters is decreasing. This shelter is scheduled to close today and anyone that needs continuing accommodations will be moved to other centers in the city. Municipal operations are returning to normal tomorrow and Thursday.
This is a heads up for those staying at the Marriott. The ferry dock near the Marriott at the Waving Girl did not survive the storm and was demolished. There will be alternative transportation available for you to reach the convention center. You may choose to walk to the Hyatt and take the water taxi, or take a bus directly to the convention center. Transportation schedules will be posted onsite.
We are happy to say that IAEM has cancelled only one event. The “Behind the Scenes Tour of the Georgia Port Authority” has been cancelled and IAEM staff is notifying those that had signed up for the event.
Help the Local Community
As emergency managers, you understand the economic impacts a disaster has on a community. You can be a part of the economic recovery by attending the conference and spending some time visiting the wonderful sites and restaurants that Savannah has to offer. It is not too later to register online. Note that the USA Student Region is still conducting its day of service on Tybee Island and could use your help more than ever now for debris removal. See the IAEM Student Program for more information and plan to help out.
IAEM Members in Communities Recovering
IAEM recognizes that members in affected areas have responsibility for their constituencies and that you may have to cancel your registration. We encourage you to convert your registration to the IAEM Digital Pass. IAEM will refund you the difference. The Digital Pass will provide you with twelve recorded learning experiences available when you have the time to view them. More importantly, if you are working towards your certification, participation in the Digital Pass earns a maximum of 13 contact hours toward the CEM® or AEM® under Training or Professional Contribution (Category B – Professional Conference Attendance). The cost for the Digital Pass is $25 for IAEM student members, $89 for IAEM members, and $197 for non-members.