Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's conference has been cancelled. 
We are working diligently to schedule new conference dates for 2021, and will post an update as soon as we have more information.

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).

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.

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.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, October 28


All Day
Arrivals at Loews Kansas City

5:00 - 7:00 PM - Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 29


AM – General Session

Noon – 1:00 PM  - Lunch

PM – General Session

6:00 – 8:00 PM – Farewell Reception


Friday, October 30


AM – General Session

11:00 AM – Noon – Awards & Closing Remarks

PM – Departures to Home Cities

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to register online?

Yes! All tickets must be purchased through the website.

Is food covered at the conference?


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

Checked Luggage Fees


Certain airlines charge for checked luggage and cost per bag varies each way. You are responsible for checked luggage fees. To view your airline’s policies, please visit its website prior to your departure.

What is the closest airport?


The closest commercial airport is Kansas City International Airport (MCI). Most major airlines provide service including Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, United and Southwest.

Please plan to arrive at the Loews Kansas City no later than 5:00 PM CST on Wednesday, October 28. Please book your return flight for Friday, October 30 after 2:00 PM CST.

What to Pack


We recommend packing clothing suitable for Fall in the Midwest. The average high temperature in Kansas City in late October is in the mid 60s while the average low temperature is in the high 40s. The attire for all konference events is smart casual with jeans being acceptable.

Billing Information


You will be responsible for booking and payment of your airfare, airport transportation and lodging. The program will provide breakfast, lunch and appetizers for evening functions. Ground transportation will be offered for any off property evening functions during the event.



Complimentary Internet is available throughout the hotel and guest rooms.

Time Zone


When in Kansas City, you will be on Central Standard Time (CST)



Loews offers valet parking services for $28 per overnight or self-parking for $22

Cancellation Policies


Konference Registration

All cancellations need to be received via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than August 28, 2020. Please include your name, email address, phone number and reason for cancellation. A Krucial representative will respond with confirmation of your cancellation within 72 hours of receipt.

Hotel Reservation

If you do not cancel your reservation by Friday, September 18, 2020 you will be subject to any penalties incurred for your hotel accommodations and will be billed for these charges.

Luggage and Security


It is important that all of your luggage pieces are identified. Please use luggage tags for identification. All luggage is subject to security screening and may be opened for inspection. If you lock your checked luggage, be aware that locks may be broken if inspection is necessary. In addition, many items that are permitted in checked luggage are prohibited in carry-on luggage.

With certain exceptions for prescription and over-the-counter medicines, baby formula and breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels and aerosols, the following rules apply to all liquids, gels and aerosols carried through a security checkpoint.

All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon-size bags or bags that are not zip-top, such as fold-over sandwich bags, are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.

Each traveler must remove their quart-size plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.


Located within the Crossroads Arts district, the Loews hotel is the newest property in downtown Kansas City. Modern yet intimate, the property offers a nod to the local aviation history of TransWorld Airlines in the artwork and interior design. Conveniently within walking distance to key attractions and other destination landmarks like the Kansas City Power & Light District, Sprint Center, KC Streetcar and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Loews Hotel 
1515 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108   

Check In: 4 pm and Check Out: 11 am


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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