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Emergency management experts to share information examine 2011 Missouri River Flood at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s Farber Center for Civic Leadership and Morningside College will host a two-day emergency management conference on the University of South Dakota campus beginning Tuesday, March 27.

The Missouri River Flood Conference, designed for local, state, and federal officials, will include best practices related to the flood fight last summer and address preparation for future emergencies. Tim Cowman, executive director of the Missouri River Institute, will deliver Tuesday’s keynote address, “The Anatomy of the Missouri River Flood,” at 8:30 a.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room. Additional speakers on the first day include Sioux City Fire Chief Tom Everett at 10:15 a.m. and Rick Fosse of Iowa City, Iowa, who will lead a 3 p.m. plenary session, “Double Trouble: A Tornado and a Flood in Iowa City.”

John Berge, executive director of the USDA National Food and Agriculture Council, begins the second day of the conference with a keynote address at 8:30 a.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room followed by a presentation from David Pearson of the National Weather Service. The conference also includes workshop sessions on topics related to the response and recovery of the event, including “Psychological First Aid” by Gerard Jacobs, Ph.D., of USD; research and learning opportunities as well as experts who will share information on volunteer coordination, law enforcement’s function during a disaster and the United States Geological Services task through the flood.

The conference is free of charge and open to public officials, private citizens, volunteer organizations, academic professionals and students. For registration information, please contact conference coordinator Michelle Skaff at (712) 899-3757 or email


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News