Emergency management conference opens with thanks from Governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Hundreds of emergency managers from across the state are in Topeka for a few days.

The Kansas Emergency Management Association is holding its 53rd annual training conference.

The conference gives emergency managers time to learn about the latest equipment, training, and techniques for public preparedness. It's also a chance to network, since they may one day have to rely on each other during an emergency situation.

Among Wednesday's speakers was Gov. Laura Kelly. She says first responders play an important role in our state.

"They are the ones who, when the tornado hit Linwood, they're the first on the ground, the first responding, the first working. You know obviously to help people to either be safe, to get them out of a danger zone, and then to help the rebuild. These are amazing human beings and Kansas doesn't know what they got," Kelly said.

Thursday's keynote speaker is Scott Emerson, CEM, Founder and CEO of Granite Group Solutions in Las Vegas. He'll share lessons learned from the mass shooting at an October 2017 country music festival in Las Vegas. Thursday night feature's KEMA's annual awards dinner.

The conference wraps up Friday.