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September 30 through October 4 at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.
The summit is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH), the  Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania Governor's Office of Homeland Security.


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Plenary speakers during the summit include: 
  • Brock Long, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator
  • Don Boyce, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Sepi Yalda, Director of the Millersville Center for Disaster Research and Education and noted meteorology and climate professor
  • Manya Chylinski, Survivor of the Boston Marathon Bombing and noted speaker on how the attack has altered her life
  • Alex Amparo, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Brad Kieserman, American Red Cross
Over 100 presentations have been selected! Those presentations feature a wide range of topics. You will be able to select the presentations you plan on attending during registration. Some of the great presentations offered include the following topics: 
  • Collaboration among the groups that make up the emergency response framework
  • Development of Healthcare Coalitions (HCCs)
  • Collaboration for emergency planning in schools
  • Severe and Winter Weather Coordination between HCCs and emergency management
  • Crisis critical thinking and moving beyond ‘run, hide, fight’
  • Drones and public safety
  • Active shooter training
  • Traffic incident management training
  • Using collaboration to create a regional rescue team curriculum/class
  • The importance of exercising
  • Expectations for collaboration in our emergency-based workplaces
  • Cyber hygiene and cyber trends in Pa.
  • Human trafficking and suspicious activity reporting
  • Social media in emergency management
  • And many more!


All attendees will be responsible for paying a $50 registration fee for the summit. This fee covers admission to the summit, lunch each day, and registration for all sessions during the summit. Attendees staying at the Hershey Lodge will receive an $8 credit per room for breakfast; coffee and light refreshments will be available during the day.
In a change of practice from past events, attendees this year will be responsible for paying for their own lodging. 
The block of hotel rooms is open to be reserved at this time.  Summit attendees can make reservations here or by calling 1-800-HERSHEY (1-800-437-7439). When calling, identify yourself as someone who is attending the Governor's Emergency Preparedness Summit. Below is some helpful information before you reserve your room:
  • Hotel rooms will cost $125 plus tax for single or double occupancy.
  • The tax rate is 11%.
  • All rooms will include complimentary in-room WiFi and self-parking. Valet parking will be available for an additional $25 fee.
  • All guests of the Hershey Lodge receive free admission to Hershey Gardens and the Hershey Story Museum.
  • Access to complimentary shuttle service to Hershey attractions is available.

For more information about the hotel and amenities, visit

For more information about things to do in the Hershey area, visit

Commonwealth employees should be aware that pursuant to the Commonwealth Travel Procedures Manual 230.1 Amended, “Commonwealth travelers on official commonwealth business are allowed lodging expenses when their destination is located more than 50 miles from both their headquarters and residence. Written pre-approval from an agency head or designated deputy must be obtained when lodging is required within this 50 mile radius.”


Please visit the official 2017 GEPS page for further updates and details on the Governor's Emergency Preparedness Summit. 
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