Kansas Emergency
Management Association

Upcoming KEMA Conference

2019 KEMA Conference

conference days: Sept. 11 - Sept. 13, 2019
Pre-conference: Sept. 10
topeka downtown Ramada hotel & Convention Center

The 2019 Kansas Emergency Management Association’s annual training conference is scheduled for September 10-13, 2019 at the Topeka Downtown Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, with pre-conference training on September 10.  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear dynamic speakers, learn valuable, current information, and network with peers in the emergency management field.

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


Download the 2019 KEMA Conference brochure

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

Download the 2019 Pre-con Activities information here
Separate registration is required for pre-cons.  See flyer for details.

New Pre-Con Lunch Option (no food trucks) - See announcement here
Shawnee County Emergency Management, in coordination with the City of Topeka and Shawnee County Health Department, will be providing an All You Can Eat Taco Bar in the Shawnee County EOC.  We will be serving from 11-1300 hrs and it will be $5 a head for all you can eat tacos and a beverage (non-alcoholic).

The Shawnee County EOC is located ½ block from the Ramada. Shawnee County will provide transportation for those who do not want to walk and will assist in getting you directly to the EOC.

So we can get an accurate count, please email nelson.casteel@snco.us if you would like to partake of the Taco Bar.


Please note: The member rate for the 2019 KEMA Conference is a benefit of the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 membership at this time or would like to renew your membership for the 2018-2019 year, please visit the KEMA website 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.

New this year - 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.

Register for the conference using the link below.  

Please note: The Pre-con Cyber Security Awareness class is FULL and is no longer available on the registration form.


For vendor information, please contact Wesley Lanter at wlanter@atcoks.org 
or 913-804-6131.

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 Regency 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.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

6:30 AM – 8:00 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 Downtown Topeka Ramada Hotel & Convention Center.  Reservations Deadline is August 16. See our hotel page for complete details.

Online Conference Registration

  • 09/10/2019 10:00 AM
    Topeka Downtown Ramada Hotel & Convention Center, 420 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66607

Conference Rates

To receive the earlybird rates, you must register and pay by August 27, 2019

  • KEMA Member Full Conference Pass: $200 / $250 (after Aug. 27)
  • Non-member Full Conference Pass: $350 / $400 (after Aug. 27)
  • 1 day pass (Wed. or Thur.): $150
  • Friday Pass: $100
  • 2 day pass - Wed. & Thur. Pass or Thur. & Fri. Pass: $200
  • Additional Awards Banquet Ticket: $35

Keynote Speakers

WEDNESDAY’S KEYNOTE:  “OSU Homecoming Vehicle Disaster”
Mr. Rob Hill, Director, Stillwater, OK, Emergency Management Agency, and President of the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association

During the Oklahoma State Homecoming Parade, a driver intentionally drove around barricades, law enforcement and focused on impacting a crowd of spectators and parade participants with her motor vehicle. The impact injured 54 persons, killed 4 and brought a community to its knees with the devastation from the driver’s decision to target a special event.

THURSDAY’S KEYNOTE:  “Las Vegas Shooting—Planning for a Mass Fatality/Causality Incident”
Mr. Scott Emerson, CEM, Founder and CEO, Granite Group Solutions, Las Vegas, NV.

On the night of October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. He killed 58 people and wounded 422, and the ensuing panic brought the injury total to 851. Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, fired more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition from his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.  The incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the history of the United States.  Scott is an expert on incident planning and is intimately familiar with the Las Vegas incident.  He is also an adjunct professor at UNLV.

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