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NEMA, Lt. Governor’s Office announce 10th Annual Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference

Business, private industry, nonprofits invited to summit in LaVista, Sept. 1-2

Lincoln, Neb. — The Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Council announced the line-up for the 2015 Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference (NIPC) in which Nebraska businesses, private industry and nonprofit representatives are encouraged to participate, Sept. 1-2, at the LaVista Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway.

The two-day conference will kick off September as National Preparedness Month by focusing on various topics pertaining to security and preparedness including several presentations on cyber security and cyber-incident response, threat assessments, active shooter events, fuel transportation safety, climate change and its effect on infrastructure, built infrastructure stability and lessons learned from private sector companies to current events such as recent rioting.

The conference brings in national and regional speakers to highlight lessons learned from various events such as Walgreens Corporation’s work to secure and protect their assets during recent acts of civil disruption and rioting in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md. The NIPC highlights networking and collaboration among various sectors. A prime example is how day-care centers are a key resource needed to kick-start a community’s recovery process after an event.

The NIPC provides valuable resources and updates on timely topics. Churches, malls, theaters, schools and sporting/event venues are all considered “soft targets”. This year’s conference brings in a national subject-matter expert to discuss protection of such soft targets. The final session of the two-day conference includes an invited speaker to share how the necessary pre-event collaborations between public, private, government and nonprofit sectors can help in the response to a soft target, as was seen in the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012.

Started in 2005, the Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference provides information that helps businesses and organizations protect critical infrastructure. It is hosted by the Nebraska Page 2 of 2 Emergency Management Agency and is coordinated by the Center for Preparedness Education in Nebraska.

This conference is open to anyone interested in the issues facing organizations in preparing for large scale emergencies. A $275 registration fee covers participation in the Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference, and registration is available online at www.nipc.us.