Communications Academy 2015 Call for Presentations

A Training Workshop for Volunteer
Emergency Communicators
Communications Academy 2015
Call for Presentations
The Communications Academy is soliciting proposals for presentations for the 2015 Communications
Academy, to be held April 11-12, 2015, at South Seattle College, Seattle, WA. The Communications
Academy is open to anyone with an interest in emergency communications, volunteer or professional.
The presentations are designed to promote the development of knowledgeable, skilled emergency
communicators who will support their local communities during a disaster or emergency response.
The Communications Academy Program Committee is seeking presentations on new ideas and practical
solutions to the challenges facing today’s emergency communicator, related to the 2015
Communications Academy theme:
"Bringing Flexibility to Emergency Communications - Semper Gumby "
Presentations or tutorial topics are encouraged around this theme, especially those which provide case
studies and innovative solutions for emergency communications challenges, applied to amateur and
non-amateur radio emergency communications, radio communications technology, community hubs
and CERT teams, emergency management, volunteer recruitment and training, and EmComm
leadership. Demonstrations are also encouraged.
Possible tracks include: Practical and hands-on technologies; Advanced communications technologies;
Community Service; Management of volunteers; Leadership – keeping served agencies and teams
engaged with each other; Equipment readiness and infrastructure; EmComm response to emergency
incidents or disasters, etc.
Proposals should include a brief abstract and outline of the presentation, along with a short speaker bio,
and are requested before November 1, 2014. Proposals should be sent via email to [email protected].
Submitters will be notified of the final program selection in early January, 2015. The Communications
Academy Program Committee will make the final program selection. Submissions received after January
10 will be considered only if there is space available.
Presentation Guidelines:
The presentations should fit into a 75 minute timeslot, including time for a question and answer session.
Any special audio-visual or demonstration requirements should be specified in the proposal.
Final presentations will be due April 10, 2015, and will be published on the CommAcademy web site
after the conference. The presentation material should be in Microsoft PowerPoint using any template
desired, and any supplemental handout material should be in PDF or WORD format.
Marina Zuetell, N7LSL
Program Chair, Communications Academy 2015
Marina Zuetell, N7LSL, Program Chair
PO Box 15624, Seattle, WA. 98115
Phone: 206-524-6567 E-mail: [email protected]