Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Schedule

April 19-21, 2016


The 2016 National Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Conference will run concurrently with the 2016 National CRD Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  In addition to crossing-over with NCRD plenary sessions and sharing the event exhibit hall*, the National EDS Conference will also feature a special, by-invitation-only, pre-conference National Disaster Leadership Forum, one full-day of certified disaster training classes, and workshop sessions.

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Agenda/Fact Sheet

Certified Training Class Descriptions

Workshop Descriptions

Monday, April 18

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Special Welcome Reception for Leadership Forum Attendees**
At the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel***


Tuesday, April 19

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
National Disaster Leadership Forum
At the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel***
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception (cross-over with the NCRD Conference)


Wednesday, April 20

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast (cross-over with the NCRD Conference)
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Networking Luncheon
Open Evening


Thursday, April 21

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast (cross-over with the NCRD Conference)
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
EDS Certified Class - Emotional & Spiritual Care (day two continued) ****
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Plenary (cross-over with the NCRD Conference)
Speaker: Claire Diaz-Ortiz, author, speaker, and technology innovator, named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business
10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Morning Break
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Closing Luncheon (cross-over with the NCRD Conference)
Speaker: Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President & Chief Brand Officer

* Exhibits will be open Tuesday and continue through the NAOC conference on Saturday.

** A special ‘National Disaster Leadership Forum’ is scheduled as a pre-conference event.  Designed for officers, staff, and volunteers with responsibility for leading the EDS program, this forum will feature key speakers and discussion on core disaster services topics and issues.  The event will kick-off with a casual, welcome reception on Monday night, April 18, with the full forum beginning on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast.  The forum will conclude in time for the opening plenary session of the National CRD & EDS conference on Tuesday night.  To confirm your attendance, please consult your with divisional or territorial EDS coordinator.

*** The National Disaster Leadership Forum will be held at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.  EDS delegates are encourage to stay at the Renaissance for the pre-conference EDS meeting and the full EDS conference event.  The deadline to book at rooms at the Renaissance hotel is Friday, March 25, 2016.

**** Emotional & Spiritual Care is a two-day course.  To receive credit for this training, participants must attend both days of the class – April 20 & 21 from 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.