2024 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium

"The Day After Tomorrow: Are We Prepared?"
March 18 - 21, 2024
Marriott Newport News City Center

Sponsored by: Virginia Emergency Management Association & Virginia Department of Emergency Management

The Virginia Emergency Management Symposium (VEMS) is being held from March 18 – 21, 2024 at the Newport News Marriott City Center! VEMS is an annual event, co-sponsored by the Virginia Emergency Management Association and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, providing a forum to discuss current trends and topics and share information about the latest practices, tools, and technology in emergency management and homeland security. Sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health and related professions to exchange ideas and collaborate to protect lives and property from disaster.

The theme for 2024 is "The Day After Tomorrow: Are We Prepared?" and was chosen to reflect the constantly changing threat environment that emergency managers face. Over 50 topics will be covered at VEMS this year, including:

  • Cyber and Energy resilience.
  • Family Assistance Center planning and operations.
  • Emergency management for space operations.
  • Evacuating a long-term care facility in a rural community.
  • Legislative issues impacting the field and Virginia.
  • How research can inform policy and practice.
  • Special events planning and management.
  • Learning from proven change agents.
  • Setting up projects for success.
Registration Type VEMA Member VEMA Student Member Non-Member
3 Day Registration (Includes Monday Vendor Hall & Wednesday Night Social) $360 $290 $500
1 Day Registration - Tuesday (Includes Monday Vendor Hall) $230 $165 $365
1 Day Registration - Wednesday (Does not include Wednesday Night Social) $205 $140 $340
1 Day Registration - Thursday $175 $115 $315
3-Day Registration includes breakfast Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, lunch Tuesday & Wednesday, and dinner Wednesday.
Tuesday / Wednesday Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Thursday Registration includes breakfast.
After February 11th, there will be a $50 Late Fee for all registrations.

Registration for VEMS24 closed on March 10th. 

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Attendee Registration Refund Policy: All cancellations must be submitted in writing. Written cancellations can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to VEMA, PO Box 29069, Henrico, VA  23242. Verbal cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations received on or before February 2nd will be issued a full refund, by check. Refunds received February 2-23 will be assessed a $30 administration fee. Full registration fees will be charged if written cancellation is not received by close of business on February 23rd.