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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.


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. Please be aware that registration for the block of hotel rooms at Hershey Lodge is not yet opened. However, to assist you in your planning from a budget perspective, we can provide the following information:

  • 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.
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 how to register for the summit and reserve a room(s) once registration is opened.

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