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The NEMA Annual Forum

Dear Colleagues,

Please accept my personal invitation to attend the 2018 NEMA Annual Forum in Savannah, Georgia, October 1-4. This year’s annual meeting will provide us with the opportunity to continue to advance the profession of emergency management through our collaboration, as well as share the accomplishments and progress made since the Mid-Year Forum by each of the committees.

The NEMA Annual Forum provides the opportunity to extend our support and assistance to our colleagues as well as learn from one another which further advances our profession. Active engagement and participation in the committee meetings and workshops is what ensures NEMA’s forward progression and relevance to the field of emergency management.

I look forward to seeing everyone in October.


Mike Sprayberry, Director, Emergency Management, North Carolina Department of Public Safety
NEMA 2017-2018 President


Platinum Sponsors



Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

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Hospitality Suite

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All Hazards Incident Management
Team Association






Landmark Consulting

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium


Registration & Fees



Don't know your registration category? We can help! Check out the table below. If you still need help, feel free to contact us!

Registration Categories and Costs
On-time registration July 23-September 7. After Sept. 7 add $250. Registration closes forever on Sept. 14.
NEMA Member Non-NEMA Member

State Member:
State emergency management director or state emergency management agency staff

$550 --

Persons representing for-profit entities

$700 $950

Organizational & Individual:
Federal agency staff, other state agency staff*, local emergency managers, non-profit organizations, and international governments, agencies, companies, individuals, and organizations (*Any state staff not employed by the state emergency management agency.)

$575 $750

Exhibitor Registration:
Limited registration for confirmed exhibit staff. Includes meals and events on October 2-3 only. Email registrations requests to NEMA Headquarters.

$350 $600

Student Member:
Full time students. This registration includes day-time events only. Evening receptions are extra.

$100 $200

Spouse & Guest Program:
For spouses and guests of registered forum attendees. Sadly we have had to discontinue the field trip portion of the program. Email registration requests to NEMA Headquarters.




Logistical Information

Hampton Inn Savannah Historic District
201 East Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia
(912) 231-9700
Group Code: NEM
Rate: $155     Available to September 19
Book online
Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District
199 East Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia
(912) 231-9000
Rate: $145     Available to September 19
Reservations link coming soon
Book online

**Both the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express are within walking distance of the ferry which will drop off right at the Westin's dock. It takes minutes to cross the river and is FREE!

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa (Headquarters)
1 Resort Drive, Savannah, Georgia
Phone: (912) 201-2000

The Westin has a few rooms remaining on select nights however some are sold out.

If calling the hotel directly, please ask for the "NEMA Forum block" to receive this special discounted room rate.

$209 (single/double) per night plus tax and fees based upon availability.

This rate is only available until September 7 so book early! Reservations made after that date are subject to availability and current prevailing rates.

Rooms are assigned at check-in. If the type of room you'd like (king, double, etc.) shows unavailable, please book what is available and make a note of your preferred room type under "special requests".
The discounted hotel rate will be available 3 days prior to and 3 days following the forum (based on availability).

Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport is approximately 14 miles from the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Most major airlines fly into this airport.
The hotel does not offer hotel shuttle service but there are plenty of taxi options readily available. Savannah also has both Uber and Lyft services.

The dress code for NEMA Forum committee meetings and workshops is business casual. Business attire is appropriate for the General Session and Awards Luncheon. Attire for the President's Reception is casual and held outdoors so a light jacket or sweater is recommended. Early October climate in Savannah averages 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 degrees in the evening.

We care about your safety! When registering, you'll need to present your state or federally issued photo identification to verify your identity and wear your name badge at all events (including receptions).
For more information on the Savannah area please go to Visit Savannah.




Forum Sponsorship

Becoming a NEMA Annual Forum Sponsor means achieving significant return on investment. We'll put you face to face with the decision makers and support you through every step of the forum experience. 
Want to generate awareness and get in front of the decision makers?

Choose the sponsorship opportunity that fits your marketing strategy.

⇒⇒ Already a sponsor or exhibitor? ⇐⇐

⇒⇒ THANKS, here's what you need to know


Important Notices


  • Please reserve only the number of hotel rooms to accommodate confirmed forum attendees. Past forums have seen the room block fill very early, necessitating an overflow hotel be contracted, only to see large numbers of cancelations at the original hotel just prior to the forum. This makes NEMA vulnerable to fees for not meeting the room block and inconveniences other forum attendees who are forced to stay at different hotels. Your cooperation in this is appreciated. Payment in full prior to the forum is required. Credentials and forum materials will not be assigned to those with outstanding fees.

  • Cancellations received in writing prior to Sept. 7, 2018 will receive a refund less a $250 administration charge.

  • Registration fees for cancellations received after Sept 7. will not be refunded.

  • Registrations are transferable.

  • You will be given a confirmation number at the end of your registration that serves as your proof of registration. If you do not receive a confirmation number, please contact NEMA as you will *NOT* be registered for the conference.

  • Submitting your registration and payment constitutes an agreement on your part to accept the Registration Terms, Conditions and Code of Conduct.


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