Emergency Preparedness & Restoration Conference

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Emergency Preparedness & Restoration Conference

Emergency Preparedness & Restoration Conference

Date: February 19-20, 2020
  • Day 1: 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Day 2: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: River's Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301
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Severe weather or other natural disaster ‘Acts of God’ can hit any city/utility, at any time and the damage it can cause is unpredictable and often wide-spread.

Critical services--electricity, gas, water, waste water, communication, etc.--and public safety are essential for everyday living and commerce.

Customers are understanding when an unusual event disrupts services; they may not be as understanding if disaster strikes and you don’t have a plan on how to respond, quickly and effectively.

Training, exercising and planning provides an opportunity to collaborate with your local and statewide responders to find solutions to address those inevitable, unexpected consequences that emergencies present.

Join other city and utility professionals; hear from industry experts; collaborate with MMUA as we continue to improve our mutual aid and emergency response and restoration efforts; and engage in open-forum and roundtable discussions to gain valuable insight that is sure to help you handle the next emergency situation more effectively.

Schedule of Events *

Wednesday, February 19

Noon-1 pm  Conference Registration Open (2nd floor - outside of Swisshelm/Whitney Meeting Room)

1 pm  Welcome & Opening Remarks (2nd floor - Swisshelm/Whitney Meeting Room)

1:15-2:00 pm The Importance of a Detailed Damage Assessment, Mike Willetts, MMUA.
Damage assessments must be thorough and accurate. Learn what to consider and how to prepare a full and accurate damage assessment.

2:30-3:30 pm  mPower Mapping & Mutual Aid Software, Greg Calcari, mPower Innovations
Learn about this GIS-based software application that can support your mutual aid coordination and communication efforts—particularly to submit, respond and track requests, crews and equipment; plus historical reporting for post-event evaluation.

3:30-4:30 pm  Emergency Preparedness Panel/Open Forum Discussion (Disaster Drills/Training), Kim Duncomb, Austin Utilities; Troy Adams, Elk River Municipal Utilities; Marc Machacek, MMUA

Thursday, February 20

8:30-9:30 am  APPA National Mutual Aid Exercise & Discussion, Mike Willetts, MMUA
All public power and natural gas utilities should have a restoration plan that addresses pre-event preparations, event (response), and after-action analysis. This exercise walks us through a mutual aid event from the perspective of the affected entity.

10:00-11:00  Finance/Administrative Functions (Including Procurement and Contracting), Mike Willetts, MMUA

11:00-Noon  Liability and Insurance Matters When On a Mutual Aid Event, Chris Smith, League of Minnesota Cities

Noon  Conference Adjourns

*Schedule/program subject to change without notice.

Hotel Information

Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, 100 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

MMUA has secured a room rate of $99 per night + tax. Use our special link for online reservations. You can also call the hotel directly at 320.253.0606 and ask for MMUA's room block. Cutoff date is February 4, 2020. After that date, reservations are accepted on a space available basis at prevailing rates.

Registration Fees

This Conference is for Members only: $280 per person if registered by January 20.
Registration fee includes tuition, materials, refreshment breaks. Registration fee will increase $50 on January 21. 
Deadline to register is January 30, 2020.


MMUA will issue a refund, minus $30 per person processing fee, if notified of cancellation by 4:30 pm on January 30, 2020. No refunds issued after January 30.

Conference Brochure

printable brochure is available.


By registering for this conference, I/we the registered attendee(s), authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing pieces (both electronic and print). I understand that I will not be paid for giving this consent.


If you have questions, please contact Theresa Neddermeyer at 763.551.1230 or tneddermeyer@mmua.org.

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