Kansas Emergency
Management Association

Upcoming KEMA Conference

2021 KEMA Conference
learning from the past, to prepare for the future

conference days: Sept. 15 - Sept. 17, 2021
Pre-conference: Sept. 14
kansas star event center, mulvane, ks

The 2021 Kansas Emergency Management Association’s annual training conference is scheduled in-person for September 15-17, 2021 at the Kansas Star Event Center in Mulvane with pre-conference training on September 14.  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear dynamic speakers, learn valuable/ current information, and network with peers in the emergency management field.

Updates about this event (as of 8/16/21):

  • After recent discussions, the KEMA Board has voted to continue with plans to host the KEMA Conference in-person in 2021.
  • The goal is to create a safe and enjoyable environment for all during the 2021 KEMA Conference, so the board highly recommends masks for activities indoors and distancing as much as possible.  
  • For 2021, we already had plans in place to distance chairs in the meeting room, and we are only providing one session at a time to eliminate small rooms and crowding.  We will continue with these plans.
  • The Board has also voted to suspend the current refund policy. As of 8/16, KEMA will allow for full refunds until August 31, which is also the earlybird deadline for registration.  After August 31, the normal refund policy will be in place requiring that requests must be submitted in writing to the KEMA Board for review. If you need assistance with a cancellation or refund, please contact Mary Napier, KEMA event planner.
  • To receive the earlybird rate, you must register and pay by August 31.  If you don't pay by that date, the late fees will apply for on-site payments or registrations.
  • The hotel cutoff was extended to August 31 to allow you more time to decide if you can attend.
  • KEMA reserves the right to substitute speakers if needed before the event or allow them to present virtually if another option isn't available.
  • Tuesday Social Event - Regional Forensic Science Center Tour - You must be able to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask to enter the facility.  

Please plan on attending this important event. We hope to see you there.


Download the 2021 KEMA Conference brochure here.  (updated 9/8/21)

The brochure has details on the conference hotel, an agenda, pre-conference workshops, session descriptions, speaker bios and more!

Online Conference Registration

  • Online registration is no longer available. You can still register on-site at the conference.

Conference Rates

To receive the earlybird rates, you must register and pay by August 31, 2021

  • KEMA Member Full Conference Pass: $250 / $300 (after Aug. 31)
  • Non-member Full Conference Pass: $400 / $450 (after Aug. 31)
  • 1 day pass (Wed. or Thur.): $175
  • Friday Pass: $125
  • 2 day pass - Wed. & Thur. Pass or Thur. & Fri. Pass: $250
  • Additional Awards Banquet Ticket: $35

Registration Instructions

Please note: The member rate for the 2021 KEMA Conference is a benefit of the 2020-2021 membership year.  In order to see the member price, you must login to the website before you register.

If you have recently purchased a current year membership and your registration options do not reflect the member rate, please check back later as it may take us a few days to update this information in the member database. If you would like to purchase a 2020-2021 membership at this time or would like to renew your membership for the 2021-2022 year, please visit the KEMA membership page to start that process.  You can join online or login to your member profile to renew your membership.  Any membership questions can be directed to Keri Korthals, KEMA Secretary, at kkorthals@ButlerEMA.org or 316-733-9796.

You can also renew your membership with your conference registration!

Online payments are accepted with a convenience fee or you can mail your payments to KEMA using the address on the invoice that is automatically emailed to you.  

A Member and Non-member Full Conference Pass includes an Awards Banquet Ticket with each pass. If you're purchasing a Full Conference Pass and intend on attending the Awards Banquet, please indicate this by checking the banquet ticket option when registering. Additional banquet tickets may be purchased for Guests, and for One or Two day Passes. 

When registering, you'll have the opportunity to tentatively select a breakout session.  You, of course, have the freedom to attend any breakout session you choose while attending the conference.  The selection of a breakout session during on-line registration, provides the planners with some idea of the level of attendee interest, and helps guide in the selection of the appropriate room based on estimated attendance. 

To register more than one person, fill out the registration form and click on "add guest" at the bottom.  Then fill in their information as well.  You can add multiple guests to a registration and receive one invoice for everyone. 


For vendor information, please visit our exhibitor page or contact Mary Napier, Conference Planner at mary@napiercommunications.com or 785-783-5494.

Registration Times

Register online to save time at the conference and save money on the registration fees. 

If you need to register on-site, stop the the registration and Information area in the Meeting Room Foyer.  We will accept payments on-site for walk-ins and others who prefer to pay in person, but the earlybird rates will not apply.

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Conference Refund Policy

KEMA conference cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing to the KEMA Board Treasurer. Request may be mailed, emailed or faxed to the KEMA Board Treasurer.  Telephone requests will not be honored.

Full Refunds – More than 30 Days Notice- in order to receive a full refund, written requests must be received by the KEMA Board Treasurer no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the conference.

50% Refunds – Less than 30 Days Notice- Written requests for refunds  received by the KEMA Board Treasurer less than 30 days prior to the first day of the conference will be subject to a 50% refund.

No Refunds – Within 2 Weeks

No refunds will be granted for written requests received by the KEMA Board Treasurer within two weeks of the first day of the conference.

Hotel Reservations

The host hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites.  The reservations deadline is August 31. See our hotel page for complete details.

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