Krucial Konference 2020

Join us for the First Annual Krucial Konference! Come take a behind the scenes look at emergency management, disaster staffing, and the Krucial Reservist program. Clinical and non-clinical personnel alike are encouraged to attend. This is your opportunity to be a VIP member of one of the largest reservist pools of emergency management and disaster response staff. Attendees will be added to the Krucial A-List program for premier access to deployments.

Jump start your career in emergency response! The training provided at this conference is robust and one of a kind. You will have the opportunity to network with some of the nation’s leaders in emergency management and even ask the former ambassador of FEMA a question or two!

Featuring speakers Brock Long, Noel Kepler and Paul Long, as well as presentations from experts in the field and networking opportunities.

Our Speakers

Noël Kepler

Conference Speaker

Noël Kepler is a Crisis Communications professional working as the VP, Global Communications Strategist for an international non-profit based in New York. As a life-long activist and thought leader in crisis management, communications and community engagement, Noël assists organizations and communities with crisis communications planning and readiness. She also maintains a regular public speaking schedule, is a guest lecturer at several colleges and universities in the North East, and currently has a small coaching practice in Brooklyn, where she helps executives develop their communication and public speaking skills.

For the last 20 years, Noël has worked across public sector, private sector and most recently, the non-profit space. Projects include everything from community organizing for neighborhood disaster readiness, to political campaign messaging and communications, to coordinating with foreign principles for the implementation of global strategies across government and other key stakeholder organizations.

Her true passion is helping people achieve better communication skills. Noël serves as a mentor for college students and entry level professionals, is a practicing trainer, teacher and coach, and works directly with leaders up and down the org chart.

Noël is a 2011 Disaster Science Fellow (FAcEM) of the Emergency Management Academy, holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA), and has a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Behavior. She holds active memberships in the Project Management Institute (PMI), the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), is a founding member of the International Network of Women in Emergency Management (inWEM) and has recently been inducted into the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

October 28, 2020
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Paul J. Long

Conference Speaker

Paul J Long travels the world delivering high-content keynotes and training to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and trade associations. His engaging, inspirational and unbridled energetic style is unlike any speaker you’ve experienced before. Paul is the author of Fundamism: Connecting to Life Through F.U.N. which guides you on how to live your whole life—at work and at home—with FUN, joy, and fulfillment as the driving force. The book does so through Paul's entertaining real-life stories, researched-based recommendations, and practical exercises. Paul challenges audiences to move beyond the traditional avenues of achieving happiness — money, title, status — and develop their own core values that create fulfillment.

October 29, 2020
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Brock Long

Conference Speaker

Brock Long is the former Administrator of FEMA and a 20-year veteran of emergency management within the public and private sector. He led our nation through some of its worst natural disasters—from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria to the California Wildfires.

On stage, Long shares behind-the-scenes anecdotes and helps audiences prepare for the unexpected and become more resilient: “Are you and your organization ready for a catastrophic disaster?” Brock delivers valuable takeaways on crisis and disaster management, long term strategic planning, thought leadership, and protecting our homeland.

In assisting the recoveries of communities affected by over 220 disasters (2017-2018), Long distributed over $37 billion in Disaster Relief funds, managed 30 disasters with damages exceeding $1 billion, and led his team through three of the five costliest hurricanes in history. He also spearheaded FEMA’s first inclusive “Whole Community” Strategic Plan.

October 30, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Event Schedule

Wednesday, October 28


12:00 PM-9:30 PM
Location: Hotel Lobby
Check-in and registration table

6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Krucial Konference Welcome Mixer
Enjoy drinks and networking at the Krucial Konference welcome mixer. All attendees will receive 2 complimentary beer or wine tickets.

COVID Reunion
We are excited to connect and acknowledge the thousands of reservists that assisted those in-need in New York during the COVID pandemic.

Thursday, October 29


7:00 AM-9:00 AM

8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
Enjoy a gourmet breakfast while networking with fellow Reservists and emergency management aficionados.

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Credentialing WorkshopStop in at any point during the day to make sure you are fully credentialed and ready to deploy. Krucial's team of credentialing specialists will be available to help you fill out any necessary forms.

9:00 AM-9:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Opening remarks from Krucial CEO, Brian Cleary and Director of Operations, Megan Borcher.

9:15 AM-10:15 AM
BCFS Content Presentation
Speaker: Dakota Duncan

10:15 AM-10:45 AM
Networking Break
Enjoy a break to network with fellow attendees.

10:45 AM-11:45 AM
Speaker - Noel Kepler

11:45 PM-12:45 PM

12:45 PM-1:00 PM
Weather Trivia
Play some weather trivia for a chance to win some fun prizes.

1:00 PM-1:45 PM
Do You Have What It Takes?
What it takes to be a Reservist

1:45 PM-2:15 PM
Activation Demo
Watch what it takes to fully activate and deploy an emergency response. Get a sneak peak at the tools and tricks Krucial Staffing uses during an activation. 

2:15 PM-2:45 PM
Networking Break
Enjoy a break to network with fellow attendees.

2:45 PM-3:30 PM
Clinical Challenges During a Response
Lightning Talk and Q & A with Krucial CCO, Vanessa Loftis

2:45 PM-3:30 PM
Self Care During a Response- How to Care For Your Mental Health While on Deployment

3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Speaker-Paul J. Long

4:30 PM-5:15 PM
Clinical CEU

4:30 PM-5:15 PM
Tight Buns in Tight Spaces- How to Stay Fit During a Deployment

5:15 PM-5:30 PM
Day 1 Closing Remarks

6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Buses to Power & Light
Buses will run back and forth from the Marriott to Power & Light from 6p to 8p. You will be responsible for an Uber/Lyft back to the hotel once busses stop running.

Friday, October 30


8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
Enjoy a gourmet breakfast while networking with fellow Reservists and emergency management aficionados.

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Preparing for the Unexpected: Thought Leadership, Crisis Management, and the Value of a Proactive Mind-Set
Speaker: Brock Long

10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Q&A with Brock Long
Speaker: Brock Long

10:30 AM-11:00 AM
Meet & Greet with Brock Long
Speaker: Brock Long

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wrap Up & Lunch
Enjoy a box lunch
Awards for Krucial Reservists
Closing Remarks

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to register online?

Yes! All tickets must be purchased through the website.

Will there be a COVID Reunion?

Yes! We are very excited to be finalizing the details on connecting those that deployed to New York during the COVID pandemic.

What lodging is available?


Because of the growing number of attendees, we may need to change the venue. But the conference will still be in Kansas City.

There is still a block of rooms available at the Courtyard Marriott for $139 per night. You must call the Marriott to book, but we recommend waiting to select a hotel after we finalize the venue/location. 

Courtyard by Marriott
Kansas City at Briarcliff
4000 North Mulberry Drive
Kansas City, MO 64116

When is the best time to fly in?


Feel free to fly in any time after 12pm on Wednesday, 10/28! Make sure you are here before 6pm to make it to the Konference Kickoff!!

Where do we fly in?

You will fly in to the Kansas City International Airport (MCI). **We are a Southwest hub!

How far is the airport from where we are staying?

The hotel is about 15 miles away from the airport. Uber, Lyft, & other ride share services are available.

What do we do once we arrive?

You will check in to your hotel, then head down to the reception hall inside the Marriott and join us for a Konference Kickoff from 6:30p-9:30p!

When is the best time to book a flight home?


Friday, 10/30 after 3pm if possible.

Is food covered at the conference?


Breakfast and lunch on 10/29 and 10/30 are both provided.


Why should you attend Krucial Konference 2020? Let me answer your question with another question...Do you want first dibs on job offers? Attendance ensures you'll be the first one alerted when Krucial Staffing gets an activation order. Become a Krucial A-Lister by registering today.

Jump start your career in emergency response! We will have credentialing specialists on-site to get your profile ready to go. The training provided at this conference is robust and one-of-a-kind. Krucial will teach you everything you need to do to be prepared to deploy. You'll learn what it takes to actually work a deployment. We will teach you tips & tricks to make your deployment healthy & enjoyable. Do NOT miss this opportunity to take your emergency response knowledge to the next level.

In today's dog-eat-dog culture, networking is essential to personal success. You will have the opportunity to network with some of the nation’s leaders in emergency management and even ask the former ambassador of FEMA a question or two! 


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