APCO, NENA Cancel 2020 In-Person Annual Conferences, Expos
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | Comments

Both the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) canceled their 2020 in-person conferences scheduled for later this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. APCO canceled its event completely, while NENA said it will hold a virtual event.

An email from APCO Executive Director and CEO Derek Poarch said the mayor of Orange County, Florida, where the event was scheduled to be held, issued an executive order requiring the mandatory wearing of face masks, and Florida reported 4,049 new COVID-19 cases June 20, setting a record high since the pandemic began. In addition, the Florida Department of Health issued a new advisory recommending that persons not attend events in the state where 50 or more people would be gathered.

“With these new developments occurring over the past weekend, we decided that the prudent thing to do, to the disappointment of many, is to cancel our event,” the letter said.

APCO will issue a full refund of registration fees and will announce plans to meet its annual governance requirements. APCO 2020 is scheduled Aug. 15 – 18 in San Antonio, Texas.

NENA announced that it will replace its in-person 2020 annual conference and expo with an online event. The face-to-face event was originally scheduled to be held in June in Long Beach, California, before being postponed to September.

“However, given the still uncertain trajectory of the pandemic, and considering that conference participants would be coming from all over the country and around the world, NENA concluded that canceling the in-person meeting was the only safe and responsible action,” an email said.

NENA is working with speakers, sponsors and industry partners to deliver a virtual event during the week of Sept. 21.

“We are so disappointed to cancel the in-person conference, as it is truly one of the highlights of the year for so many, both professionally and personally,” said NENA CEO Brian Fontes. “But that doesn’t change our dedication to educating our members and improving 9-1-1, thus we look forward to the online event as a new way to connect with and learn from each other during these unprecedented times.”

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