NEMA 2021 Meeting of the States

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged every state in the nation for over a year and continues today.  Simultaneously, states have dealt with wildfires, floods, tornadoes, domestic extremism, civil unrest, and cyber-attacks.  Emergency management is a specialized area and State Emergency Management Directors rely on the NEMA support and information network to identify issues and solutions across states; address national policy issues with the federal government; and try to anticipate and plan for the next challenge on the horizon.

While NEMA has been hosting virtual meetings between State EM Directors during the pandemic, there are some issues that require more in depth, serious discussion which is best accomplished in-person – with health/safety precautions in place.

With vaccinations progressing in all states, modeling that shows a downward trajectory in positive cases beginning in the spring; the State Director demographic indicates all should be fully vaccinated soon; and emergency management leaders are committed to following CDC COVID-19 guidelines, we believe a safe in-person meeting is possible by end of June 2021.  Therefore, NEMA is pleased to host the
2021 Meeting of the States on June 29 – July 1, 2021 in Lexington, KY.


Registration is $350 per person and open to state emergency management directors and up to two (2) senior staff.  Sponsors may also have up to two (2) representatives in attendance. Sponsors should contact NEMA administration to register.

Registration is transferable, however, if you need to cancel, please notify NEMA via email by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, June 4, 2021. If you cancel by June 4, 2021, your meeting registration fee will be refunded, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds can be given after that time.

Submitting your registration and payment constitutes an agreement on your part to accept the NEMA Meeting Safety and Code of Conduct. PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY.


Attire for the meeting will be business casual.

To inform your packing choices, please be aware that Lexington in late June and early July can be quite steamy with humidity averaging 88%. The average temperature during the day is 86 degrees, lows in the evening are in the high 60's.

Travel and Accommodations

Getting to Lexington is a piece of cake. American, Delta, United and Alligent Airlines operate through Bluegrass Airport which is a quick and convenient 6 miles from Downtown Lexington. The Hyatt Regency operates an airport shuttle that will have you there in no time. Please call the Hyatt at the number below for details. Uber, Lyft, cabs and rental cars are also available.

For those driving, please be aware of construction in the area around the Hyatt. Valet service is currently unavailable.

Please see the Hyatt website for details on COVID-19 safety protocols and updates.
Hyatt Regency Lexington
401 West High Street
Lexington, KY 40507
(800) 233-1234
Book online

Rate: $110 plus tax/fees
Booking code: G-ER21
Cut off date: June 7, 2021


Download the Meeting of the States draft agenda to view the critical discussion topics and invited speakers. 

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

The safety and well-being of our attendees is NEMA’s utmost priority.  The following actions will be taken for the Meeting of the States:

  • Attendance is limited to State Emergency Management Directors and 1-2 staff per state.
  • CDC, state, and local COVID-19 guidelines will be strictly followed and enforced.
  • Masks and physical distancing required.

NEMA will continually monitor the evolving COVID-19 environment and take all necessary actions to protect the health of our Members.

Please take a few moments to review the Meeting Safety and Code of Conduct for this meeting.

Thank you to our sponsors without whom
the Meeting of the States

would not be possible.

Need Assistance?

If you do not receive a confirmation when you register or need assistance with your registration, please contact NEMA Headquarters.