One of the advantages of attending emergency management conferences is the ability to see some of the latest technology in the exhibit hall.  You get the opportunity to speak with vendors and compare and contrast different products.  For example, this year there have been a number of companies selling 72 hour disaster kits. There’s a huge advantage to seeing the products in person, and going over the features and benefits of each one.  The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) does a great job of bringing together some of the top companies in the world focused on the field of disaster preparedness.  I’ve attended this conference for a number of years, and this year’s conference in Reno has been worth the trip.