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This special educational training event is for all first responders (law enforcement, corrections personnel, firefighters, EMS, 911 dispatchers), allied emergency responders, government officials and communities of practice.

Natural and man-made disasters will always be a part of our world. These events are unavoidable. Public safety officials are taxed with additional responsibility when disaster strikes, and they perform duties beyond their standard scope of practice.

There are best practices, lessons learned and resources that exist to aid short-term and long-term disaster recovery. This educational training symposium is will shed light on available resources and ideas to consider as new strategies for rebuilding your communities after disaster and even your own teams.

Attendees will walk away with several educational resources, tips and ideas that they can apply in their agency.

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Early Bird Registration through March 15, 2019

Attendee registration is first come, first serve. We highly recommend early registration to save your seat. Click below to begin the registration process.

*Price includes a one-year Associate-Level Membership


The IPSA will recognize your organization from the moment you sign up through the event date. Below are the specific Exhibitor Registration levels. Questions? Contact us.

Exhibitor Levels
Exhibitor registration is first come, first serve. The space is limited, and we recommend early registration.

Click here to register and learn about each opportunity.

  • Copper Level (no table): $500
  • Bronze Level (includes table): $1,500
  • Silver Level (includes table) $2,000
  • Gold Level (includes table): $2,500
  • Platinum Level (includes table): $3,000

Why exhibit?

The IPSA brings together the entire public safety community. Our attendees will include law enforcement, fire, EMS and public safety decision-makers.

We will set the stage for you by providing impressive and high-quality content to inspire conversations.

We promise to actively promote your company from the time you register through the end of the event. In other words, the earlier you register, the more value you get!

Space is very limited.


The September 2019 International Public Safety Association Symposium will be Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, located on NOVA's Alexandria Campus in Alexandria, Virginia (DC metro). The theme of our event will be centered on natural and man-made disaster recovery.

We are seeking presenters from law enforcement, fire service, EMS, Emergency Management, 911 telecommunications, emergency room/hospital personnel, as well as federal, state, local and tribal government. Presentations from the private sector will be considered with priority consideration from our event sponsors and exhibitors.

Examples of topics include:

  • Lessons learned from a natural disaster recovery
  • Lessons learned from a man-made disaster recovery
  • Short term recovery considerations
  • Peer Support for first responders
  • Debris removal and management
  • Rapid damage assessments on damaged and impacted buildings and infrastructure
  • Critical infrastructure repair/restoration to ensure availability of essential services
  • Emergency sheltering or lodging
  • Crisis communications media response
  • Financial management of donations and gifts
  • Long-term recovery considerations
  • Crisis support for survivors
  • Missings person reporting
  • Criminal investigation
  • Memorial sites and events
  • On-going mental health monitoring and support
  • Rebuilding a community
  • And all other relevant topics

If you are interested in presenting at our event, please submit your presentation concept for consideration. The call for presentations will be open through February 28, 2019.

The IPSA will waive the registration fee for all selected presenters. Travel related expenses are not subsidized.

Submit Presentation Proposal 


Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
4915 East Campus Drive
Alexandria, VA 22311



DCA is the closest airport to the venue. IAD is in proximity, but a little further. 

Uber or Lyft are the best options when travelling to/from the venue. The DC area is a highly populated area so the wait time for a driver is minimal. 


The IPSA does not have a room block, but we suggest these local hotels:


All press and media inquiries about this event must be sent to Executive Director Heather R. Cotter. 

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