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Upcoming KEMA Conference

2024 KEMA Conference
Mastering the Basics, Embracing Innovation: Essential Skills for Evolving Challenges

conference days: Sept. 10 - Sept. 12, 2024
Pre-conference: Sept. 9
Manhattan Conference center, manhattan, ks

The 2024 Kansas Emergency Management Association’s annual training conference is scheduled in-person for September 10-12, 2024 at the Manhattan Conference Center in Manhattan with pre-conference training on September 9.  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.


Join us for some quality Exercise Sessions, Planning, Program, and Leadership sessions, along with some breakouts with the Department of Ag, an EM Handbook and some KDEM Trainings. Below is a list of some of our exciting topics and speakers! We will also have updates from KDEM, KAC, the National Weather Service and more! A detailed/timed agenda will be available soon!   

Pre-Con: Monday Afternoon (9/9)

  • AWR 136 - Essentials of Community Cybersecurity, TEEX (4 hours)
  • 20 Years of Volunteers in an EM Program, Keri Korthals, CEM, MEP, Butler County Emergency Mgmt (2 hours - repeated)
  • Burnout in Leadership, Ben Keech, CEO, More than Athletes (2 hours - repeated)

Full Conference: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

  • Emergency Management 2024: Bringing common Sense Into a Not So Common Industry, Gregg Bird, Emergency Management Coordinator, Grand Traverse Co., MI
  • Modernized Data Driven Planning, Benjamin Korson, Supervisor for State & Local Preparedness Division, IEM
  • Pipeline Safety & Lessons Learned, Randall Duncan, Deputy Director of Training, KS Pipeline Association
  • How AI Can Help Build Exercises and AARs, Erica Carter, Director of Training & Exercises, iParamedtrics
  • Identifying and Applying Lessons Learned from High Impact Tornado Events Across the United States, David hogg, Research Associate, OU-CIWRO/NOAA-NSSL
  • Haven Gas Plant Explosion, Adam Weishaar, Director, Reno County Emergency Mgmt
  • Legos, The Building Blocks of Emergency Management, Julie Stimson, Director, Sedgwick County Emergency Mgmt
  • Scenario Design for Functional Exercises. Why Ground Truth is Critical! Wait, What's Ground Truth? Derek Rowan, Ascenttra Training & Exercise Specialists

Online Conference Registration

  • 09/09/2024 1:00 PM
    Manhattan Conference Center, 510 S. 3rd, Manhattan, KS 66502

Conference Rates

To receive the early bird rates, you must register and pay by August 15, 2024

  • KEMA Member Full Conference Pass: $275/ $325 (after Aug. 15)
  • Non-member Full Conference Pass: $425 / $475 (after Aug. 15)
Member and Non-member Full Conference Pass INCLUDES pre-conference and an Awards Banquet Ticket with each pass. We ask that you indicate which pre-con session you plan to attend so we can ensure there is enough space for everyone.
  • 1 Day Pass - Member (Tues. or Wed.): $200/$250 (after Aug. 15)
  • 1 Day Pass - Non-Member (Tues. or Wed.): $225/$275 (after Aug. 15)
  • Thursday Pass: $125
  • Additional Awards Banquet Ticket: $45

Registration Instructions

Please note: The member rate for the 2024 KEMA Conference is a benefit of the 2023-2024 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 2023-2024 membership at this time or would like to renew your membership for the 2024-2025 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 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 Kari Presley, Conference Planner at

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.

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

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 Hilton Garden Inn.  The reservations deadline is August 16. See our hotel page for complete details.

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