9/11 20 Years Later: Our Community Remembers

September 8, 2021

Join us as we remember 9-11, 20 years later.

9/11 20 Years Later: Our Community Remembers

Thursday, September 16, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  

Certified Emergency Manager Michael J. Fagel, PhD will chronicle his experience working as a safety officer at Ground Zero and discuss the lasting impact of the attacks through the lens of crisis management. We will also be joined by our own Village of La Grange officials who will speak about their localized roles during times of crisis, including Fire Chief Terrence Vavra, Village President Mark Kuchler, and Police Chief Jason Cates.

Fagel teaches Crisis Management at Northern Illinois University, in the Masters of Public Policy program at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Eastern Kentucky University. He is a senior field instructor for various federal programs at the Department of Homeland Security, including Crisis Management and Active Shooter Preparedness. He has earned the Distinguished Service to Safety Award by the National Safety Council (NSC). He served at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as an Special Government Employee in their Voluntary Protection Program, and as a Federal Safety Officer for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on various missions.

Some of Fagel’s missions included the response to the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, various environmental disasters such as Hurricane Sandy in New York City, the World Trade Center attacks, a multitude of public health crisis events, as well as advising two Middle East deployments.

His textbook, Crisis Management and Emergency Planning earned the Textbook of the Year award from the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) in 2015. His seventh book, Emergency Operations: EOC Design, 2nd Edition, will be published September 14, 2021,

This event is currently scheduled to be in-person at the Library in the Dierkes Community Room AB. No registration required. The Library requires all individuals to wear a mask while in the building. The meeting room has a max capacity of 50 attendees; please make an effort to practice safe distancing and be considerate to others while visiting the Library.