Recovery Summit joins commemoration lineup

disaster recovery summit 2016In May 2016, local residents reach the five year mark since the devastating EF-5 tornado that tore through Joplin and Duquesne. To honor this, community volunteers announce Joplin Proud – four days to remember what was lost, thank the volunteers who came to help, and be proud of the progress made as a community.

Throughout the extended weekend, a variety of events are planned to honor what was lost that day and celebrate where our community is five years later. These include the Joplin Memorial Marathon, community reunion picnic, and non-denominational memorial service. The official Joplinproud.com website has a complete calendar and more details.

The Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit, May 19-20, 2016, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear lessons learned from communities across the Midwest that experienced some of the worst natural disasters from the last decade. The two-day summit offers first-hand perspectives from leaders and elected officials guiding communities through the long-term process of community recovery that continues even today.

The conference kicks off with a panel discussion, “The Road to Resilience,” featuring the mayors and city managers from disaster-affected communities, including Greensburg, Kansas; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Moore, Oklahoma; Minot, North Dakota; Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri.  The panel will be moderated by Beth Freeman, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region VII (Kansas City).

Breakout sessions cover a range of topics for community leaders, emergency managers, mental health professionals, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and government agencies at every level. Keynote speaker, Dr. Leonard Marcus, from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Policy, will speak on “Crisis Leadership.” Other summit topics include the stress placed on leaders, helping children and adults through the grief process using innovative programming, preventing population loss through temporary and permanent housing, and how disaster resources and relief vary from disaster to disaster.

The $75 registration fee includes all conference sessions, printed materials, meals and snacks for this not-for-profit event. The Summit is limited to the first 300 attendees.