The media is quick to note the impact disasters and other significant events can have on our communities. Too often ignored, however, is the impact on local public agencies and their employees. From the activation to the EOC, to closing city hall, to suspending work rules and managing overtime costs, the unique requirement that public agencies continue to provide services in the wake of catastrophic events can test city and county operations in unexpected ways. This session’s panel of experts provides an in-depth look at the challenges of managing municipal operations in the wake of calamities large and small. You’ll learn how and when to activate an Emergency Operations Center; what special considerations arise with maintaining operations during and immediately following a disaster; what triggers the suspension of work rules, including MOUs; and what it takes to ease the return to normalcy.