Public Works Expo 2018

MD30 - Planning and Preparing for the Next Emergency: If You Wait, It’s Too Late

Aug 27, 2018 3:00pm ‐ Aug 27, 2018 3:50pm


When disasters and emergencies occur, public works personnel are among the first to respond. Public works provides traffic control and debris management; assists with rescue, evacuation, damage assessment, infrastructure repair, and service restoration. Attend this session to examine what agencies should do to have the resources, training, policies and procedures to be ready and responsive for all-hazards incidents. We will discuss responsibilities and unique capabilities of public works in emergencies and planned special events. Public works must have a seat at the table with police, fire, and public health when it comes to planning, training, exercising, and actually managing incidents.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, you will be better able to: 

  • Recognize the evolving role of public works in local and national emergency management.
  • Assess your agency’s current capabilities to deal with all-hazards incidents.
  • Determine what training, equipping, and planning is needed to improve your agency’s readiness to respond to and recover from all types and levels of emergency situations.


  • Dave Bergner, MA, PWLF , Principal, Monte Vista Associates, LLC, Mesa, AZ

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