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Join Us for the First FEMA Think Tank Conference Call

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Back in November, I first announced the launch of the FEMA Think Tank – an initiative with two components: an online collaboration forum and monthly conference calls. The online collaboration forum has been live for a few months now and tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 26, I will be hosting the first conference call from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The goal of the calls are to discuss ideas generated from the online conversations, so I hope you can join me and others as we discuss ideas on how we can improve emergency management.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Thursday, Jan. 26
  • Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m. CDT / 2:30-4:30 p.m. EST
  • Call in number: 800-593-0692
  • Password: Think Tank January
  • Twitter hashtag: #femathinktank

The call is open to a national audience of state, local, and tribal governments, and to all members of the public, including the private sector, the disability community, and volunteer community, who share an interest in improving the Nation’s capacity in emergency management. For those who cannot join in on the call, you can follow the conversation and ask questions on Twitter.

The three ideas that we will be discussing on this call are:

Members from the community who submitted the ideas for this month’s call will brief me and all attendees, and afterward, we will open up the call to the national audience for further discussion, questions and answers.

This is the first of many important discussions on how we plan and implement innovative ideas captured in our online forum. Visit for more information and to submit your own ideas, comment on others, or participate in the online conversation to generate creative ideas.

I hope you can participate.

Last Updated: 
08/14/2012 - 13:50


Great Concept....FEMA Region 8 is also hosting a Risk Mgmt Workshop at this time as is Dave Kaufman Director of Policy and Program Analysis speaking on the 2030 report "Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience Report"...will transcripts be available at a later date?

Tried it and decided it wasn't worth the long wait for the phone. It is a shame but I just don't do hold for longer then 2 minutes.

Looking forward to this discussion format. I like focusing on a few ideas each month. Do you plan on visual webinars in the future.

Why only give one day notice?<br />If USNG is so great why don't Geocachers use it?

Having listen through most of today's conf. call, I suggest limiting each caller to no more than 5 minutes and a means to give them a 30 sec. warning to wrap up. These calls should not be used as a platform for a lengthy presentation.

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