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Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th August 2019

Smith Ballroom, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon


Local and global events almost daily highlight the need for effective communication to inform and inspire the listener to make the decisions they need, quickly and comprehensively to save life, protect property and reputation.
We know if we can get the right message to the right people at the right time, we can help protect lives and livelihoods, homes and animals; we can support people and business through recovery, motivate readiness and resilience.

The nonprofit Emergency Media & Public Affairs (EMPA) is the only international, representative organization of emergency service and disaster communication practitioners in the world.

In 2006 three Australian Public Information professionals, having endured a devastating tropical cyclone response, put their heads together determined to learn from the lessons each identified. Over a decade later the EMPA ethos of sharing where we fall down, how we help each other back up to better serve our communities continues to grow.

This year EMPA leaves its Australian and New Zealand shores to come to Portland, here, where the innovative and ‘weird’ idea is the root for growth! We are excited to exchange practical, proven means of communicating through critical situations. We will share frameworks and lessons actually learned - to stimulate thinking, encourage conversation and create change.

EMPA works to fund research on disaster communication, community response and recovery. Thanks to Portland State University, this year we have the opportunity to join up expert practitioners, researchers, front line responders, industry, officials and executives toward mutual growth.

How do we use strategic management of public safety and warning messages, public information, education and interaction for comprehensive communication with residents, stakeholders and lifeline organizations critical to the resilience and safety of our communities?


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What EMPA conferences include:

  • local and international speakers presenting practical experiences
  • scenario-based workshops each day to put ideas into practice
  • solution-focused panels and interactive sessions
  • conference welcome dinner


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Who should attend the Pacific Northwest EMPA Conference - YOU!

Anyone responsible for or interested in Emergency Information management and its effect on their organization and their community.  Including but not limited to:

  • Public Information Officers
  • Agency Representatives
  • Community Engagement Officers
  • Response and Recovery Agencies
  • First Responder Services
  • Elected Officials
  • Media Managers and Liaisons
  • Public or Civil Affairs
  • Editors
  • Journalists
  • Risk Management
  • Crisis Communication
  • Emergency Management
  • Public Relations
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee Members
  • Educators


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The Logistics details


Conference fees :  Early Bird (thru July 10th)  Full (after July 10th)
 Individual  $350  $400





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