TIEMS (http://tiems.info/) was established in 1993 in Washington DC and provides a platform for all stakeholders within the global emergency and disaster management community to meet, network and learn about best practices as well as new technical and operational methodologies. In 2013, TIEMS sponsored conferences in thirteen different countries, attended by members from more than 30 countries throughout the world. While the US emergency management community has been an important part of TIEMS since its inception, this conference will mark the establishment of a TIEMS USA Chapter, to better connect the US and global communities. By drawing on the vast experience, knowledge and expertise of all nations, TIEMS works to improve the global community’s ability to avoid, mitigate, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. While shared international experience benefits the preparedness of all nations, TIEMS particularly seeks to apply this experience to the benefit of the most vulnerable among us.