April 30 to May 5, 2017
ASFPM Annual Conference
Association of Floodplain Managers
Kansas City, Missouri
Cost and Registration: $965, open until filled

This conference will focus on flood issues, mitigation, and regulations from the viewpoint of flood management in the often flooded Midwest. Topics include innovative stormwater management, climate change policy, modeling coastal conditions, communicating dam and levee risk, resilient flood planning, creating flood mitigation partnerships, wetlands in watershed management, and international floodplain management.

May 1-4, 2017
LEPA Annual Conference
Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Cost and Registration: $370, open until filled

This conference will explore ways in which emergency preparedness and response professionals can improve public safety in emergencies. Topics include lessons learned from floods, police and theater shootings, nursing home evacuation decision making, the effectiveness of public notification systems, and immigration. Specific emergency events that will be discussed include the Lafayette theatre shooting, and the Baton Rouge police shootings.

May 14-19, 2017
Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference
Governor’s Hurricane Conference
West Palm Beach, Florida
Cost and registration: $280, registration closes May 10

This conference focuses on hurricane planning and preparedness as well as recovery and mitigation. Topics include tropical meteorology, debris management, search and rescue, preventing mass evacuations, evacuee behavior, planning for recovery support, preliminary damage assessments, hurricane messaging, mitigation grant applications, and law enforcement issues in mass care shelters.

May 17-20, 2017
Citizen Science 2017
Citizen Science Association
St. Paul, Minnesota
Cost and Registration: $500, open until filled

This conference focuses on promoting accessible science by increasing science literacy and cooperation between researchers and the public. Topics include blurring research disciplines, using science to impact policy decisions, empower the public with data, better sharing of research results, best practices, and measuring outcomes.

May 22-23, 2017
Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
Australia Institute of Emergency Services, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, and others
Gold Coast, Australia
Cost and Registration: $690, open until filled

This conference will focus on challenges faced by emergency management professionals in Australia, New Zealand, and other regions. Topics include security risk management, humanitarian aid, mental health impacts from disaster, understanding resilience, emerging technology, managing animals in disaster, diversity in disaster, and multi-agency response.

May 22-26, 2017
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Cancun, Mexico
Cost and Registration: Free, register before April 22

This biennial forum focuses on reducing fatalities and economic losses from disasters and serves as an opportunity for the global community to review progress on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Topics include international cooperation, private sector engagement, ecosystems protection and management, science and technology, land use and spatial planning, cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge, community resilience, early warning and risk information, and critical infrastructure.

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