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When it comes to protecting your business, you have as much responsibility to your employees and their families as you do for the bottom line. How you prepare in advance for emergencies and disasters determines whether you and your business survive or become one of the 40% of companies that never recover from a catastrophe.

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In this day long, two part workshop, you’ll learn the skills to get you on the road to weathering any type of emergency, from  a power outages, to a computer virus attack, equipment failure, theft, flooding, accidental damage or a big earthquake.

Morning session, 4 hours – Preparedness Planning for Your Business and Staff. The American Red Cross and

What do you do if an employee is having a heart attack? Who would respond to a life threatening injury to a visitor in your office? How will you communicate and reconnect with your staff after a disaster? Do your employees know what to do during and after an earthquake?

In this four hour workshop, we’ll introduce you to the part of business continuity you may be missing—Preparedness Planning for your business and staff.

1. Preparedness planning as part of a resilient and sustainable organization. Learn how to identify hazards, both natural and man-made where you work and live, and the impact a disaster could have on you, your business and your community. See how a few simple first steps in preparedness can have a huge impact on safety and team spirit, and in ways beyond he office you may not realize.

2. Business Case study: A hands on example of how disaster can affect a business. 

3. Ready Rating Self Assessment. The Ready Rating program from the America Red Cross is an easy to understand and realistic first step in helping a business prepare for and respond to a disaster and other workplace emergencies. You’ll learn how to use the program and then get hands guidance on to begin a review of your current preparedness level.

4. Emergency supplies in a disaster. In preparing for a disaster, a business should be equipped to provide basic necessities for all employees for a minimum of three days, including food, water, first aid, and sheltering supplies that may become essential in an emergency.  We’ll show you how to build and maintain an emergency kit, and how to customize it for specific disasters you might face in you area.

5. Creating your disaster personality. Learn how to manage the psychological and emotional stress caused by a crisis or emergency. We’ll do some group exercises that will help reinforce these concepts.

Afternoon session, 4 hours – Business Continuity Planning:  The Show Must Go On. April Lawless, Coordinated Consulting Services  and the Oregon Small Business Development Center.

In this 4 hour workshop, you’ll learn the basics of Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and the benefits to your business.  Good BCPs will assist you in keeping the business running through disruptions including power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems, staff shortages and more.

 1. Business Impact Analysis Workshop. This workshop will give you the opportunity to identify the most critical functions and processes of your business through a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) process.  This process assists a business in determining which parts of the business should be restored first during any interruption in service.

2. Key Components of a BCP. The presentation will outline the key components of an overall Business Continuity Plan including: Succession Planning, Alternate Locations, Redundant Communications, Notification Procedures, Technology Dependencies, and Vendors and Supply Chain Issues.

3. The legal and financial considerations of business continuity, from the Oregon Small Business Development Center. The legal issues involved in business contingency planning are some of the most misunderstood and confusing aspects of the entire process of creating a disaster recovery plan. Disaster recovery planners are not expected to be lawyers. However, they are responsible for understanding the existing regulatory guidelines and the legal consequences of their company’s failure to implement an effective disaster recovery plan.

4. Services offered by the Oregon Small Business Development Center, Questions and discussion.

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Day Two and Three of Long Term Recovery Workshop



Presented by Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ORVOAD)

Day two and three of this amazing three day Long Term Recovery Workshop (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 30st to Nov 1st) has brought together some of the most experienced recovery work professionals from across the country.  The presentations will include the following:

  • Recovery Needs Assessments – World Renew (formerly known as Church Reformed World Relief Committee
  • Long Term Recovery Committee Development – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
  • Case Management and Training -United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
  • Coordinated Assistance Network, CAN – American Red Cross
  • Fund Raising, Contributions and Fiduciary – A panel facilitated by the Episcopal Church and includes Lutheran Disaster Response, United Methodist / UMCOR and Catholic Charities
  • Skilled Labor:  building and repairs – Mennonite Disaster Services, World Renew, Church of the Brethren, Habitat for Humanity
  • Unskilled Labor:  Debris removal on private property, mucking out, chain saw work
  • Long Term Recovery Donations and warehousing – Adventist Community Services
  • The role of local government in Long Term Recovery, permits/ inspections/ land use
  • Mitigation in Recovery – Hazard Mitigation Office
  • Building Recovery Partnerships and Donations Management Lessons Learned – Lewis County Washington Emergency Management
  • The role of the business community in support of voluntary agency disaster relief
  • Community Organizations Active in Disasters
  • Presentation of National Disaster Recovery Framework and Emergency Support Function 14
  • A peek at the upcoming May 2013 Annual National VOAD Conference at the Portland Hilton

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Magnitude 9 Paradigm Shift – PNW Implications from the Tohoku Tsunami

Jay Wilson

This presentation highlights the catastrophic impacts from a M9.0 earthquake and tsunami to coastal areas of NE Japan. Discussion addresses the loss of emergency and other government functions and observations from the perspective of a local emergency manager from Oregon.

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Quake-up Call!

James Roddey, Director and Lead Consultant of

What do ghost forests, Native American oral histories, tin foil helmets and the Mayan calendar have in common?

That’s the kind of crazy stuff disaster guru James Roddey will be talking about as he cajoles, browbeats and motivates you to get ready for any type of natural disaster Mother Nature can throw your way, including “The Big One!”

Roddey motivates his audiences with storyteller skills using first person narratives, jokes about stealing tsunami signs and hoarding wine and surfing elephants, and it all wrapped in a unique multimedia presentation that surprises his audience.

“We have to stop thinking a disaster will never happen to us, or if it does, somebody will be there to save us,” says Roddey. “In big disasters, like earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes or wildfires, you and your neighbors, even your community, could be on your own for much longer than you think.”

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Disaster and DIY Herbalism – How to Manage Common Injuries with Herbs.

Jeremy O’Leary and Stephanie Dougherty

A big part of resilience is being able to fend for ourselves and this is introductory workshop about plants that can be used in wound care, rashes, infections and general well being. Most of the plants discussed are either common in the area or can be easily grown. The two folks leading this session will be Stephanie Dougherty and Jeremy O’Leary, an avid permaculturist and CCERT trainer.

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Beyond Basic CERT- CAT (Cert Advanced Team)

Darren Branum

This course is about working with people that have finished the basic CERT class. A key part is to partner and coordinate with other CERT groups and agencies for advanced training opportunities. The course provides information about how to challenge the basic CERT members and allow them to expand their thirst of knowledge. We will also talk about building a robust and active advanced program by writing job descriptions for lead roles and other critical positions, developing and retaining volunteers through recruitment with incentives. It will also look at the use of CERT members at special events such as parades, community fairs and more.

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ReadyRating – learn how this free, Web-based, membership program can help your organization become better prepared for emergencies.

Francisco Ianni

If an emergency happens, be ready. The Red Cross ReadyRating program is a free, Web-based, membership program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Benefits include: 123 assessment that assesses possible threats and their possible impacts; ReadyRating Scorecard that provides current readiness levels; ReadyRating Next Steps Report that provides customized recommendations and a ranking of implementation actions, according to resources required; Additional assessments, tools and resources; and optional public recognition via Member Seal.

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Social Media in Disasters and Emergency Preparedness

James Roddey & Scott Reuter

Social Media is changing the way people respond to, and prepare for disasters. Tweets can travel faster than seismic waves, creating a real-time earthquake warning system. Virtual communities are created around the world when disasters strike and 80% of Americans expect messages for help on social media sites to be monitored 24/ 7 by emergency services professionals. Did you know you could turn your smart phone into your greatest safety tool? Want to get involved in a Virtual Operations Support Group that helps in disasters around the world?
Join disaster guru James Roddey and social media expert Scott Reuter and learn about the world of social media, emergency preparedness and disaster response in the 21st century.

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FC-204: Funding and Support

Stella Hickey

This course provides an overview of how funding and resources can benefit, strengthen, and increase the scope of Fire Corps programs by creating financial stability. It also identifies the basic steps and components to building a financial plan. The module will cover which funding streams are available and which are right for your program. Learn basic guidelines to determining your financial needs and resource already available to you, as well as tips to acquiring funding and the benefits to gaining a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status

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Disaster and Complicated Grief Survival

Tim Serban

This Presentation is designed for all audiences including professional responders and community members alike. In this workshop participants will learn about the complex nature of disaster grief and complicated grief that impacts survivors and rescuers alike. The emotional impact of a disaster has long lasting responses to survivors and those who may be responders to a disaster. As a family member or caregiver who is part of the recovery team supporting those who return home. Learn key lessons in helping people cope with the overwhelming nature of a disaster. Know how to recognize trigger events and if you are a first-time responder or seasoned veteran, learn how to keep yourself healthy for long after the danger has passed. Participants will receive original unique handouts and tools for coping with grief, loss and will receive a Traumatic Stress Inoculation Guide to apply immediately.

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