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The Best Prepared Town in America (Hint, it’s in Oregon!)

James Roddey

There are three small, very vulnerable communities in Oregon that are light years ahead of almost everyone in the United States when it comes to being prepared for disasters. These communities have formed a non-profit organization that includes hundreds of active volunteers, with committees responsible for creating short and long term sheltering and evacuation strategies; water storage; emergency communications; pet preparedness and sheltering; emergency supplies and storage and; an online emergency database and resources center. They’ve even established a nationally registered Medical Reserve Corps. They’ve done it all on a shoe-string budget and love to teach other communities how to do it. Learn about this remarkable group of volunteers and how you can duplicate their success in your communities with James Roddey and the Emergency Volunteer Corps.

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Dealing with Difficult People during Disasters

Alice Busch

As a responder to large-scale incidents you will be on the front line with individuals and communities in duress. This class offers a primer regarding the physical effects that may manifest during a disaster and simple strategies on how to ‘de-escalate’ situations you and your team may encounter. It offers only a sampling of the many strategies and tactics that can be gained via other trainings such as: Trauma Intervention, Mentation, Emotional Survival for the Emergency Services Provider, the Bullet Proof Mind, CISM, and many others.

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Psychological First Aid

Judy Olivier, Ph.D.

Psychological First Aid is a supportive behavioral health intervention to assist children, adolescents, adults and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. It is designed to be helpful for a variety of audiences and for delivery in diverse settings such as shelters, disaster assistance service centers, field hospitals and other community settings. Basic objectives include calming and orienting emotionally overwhelmed or distraught survivors, helping survivors to articulate immediate needs and concerns, and offering practical assistance to connect survivors as soon as possible to social support networks and community helping resources.

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Social Media & Technology History of the Deaf

Jane Croft

Social Media is the latest in the long evolution of technology since 1970s. Did you know the Deaf were one of the first public adopters of the social media technology from the very beginning? Let’s take a trip in the memory lane of the various technology milestones that has opened the door for the deaf community to Communicate, Connect & Contribute. The class will learn what the Deaf Community needs; their future challenges; their latest trends for future evolution; and how Emergency Managers and Responders and the Hearing Community can engage the Deaf Community today for preparedness, response and recovery.

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Prepping Your Garden & Gardening “Prepared”

Karen Wolfgang & Isabel LaCourse

It is not a piece of cake to be food self-sufficient. In fact, given a variety of modern constraints, it’s not at all possible for the vast majority of us to grow everything we need, even with presently plentiful inputs. Also, many of the people who are excited about growing food have little to no previous experience doing so, not to mention performing associated preparation and preservation tasks. Not to worry: lack of practical understanding is a tremendous opportunity for learning and growth! All steps taken toward food awareness and security–even the baby ones–contribute positively to the long-term resilience of our community. This presentation will introduce the role of the edible garden in preparedness.

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – Family Solutions to Survive a Quake-Tsunami

Stew Martin

Will our communities become Third World villages after a quake-tsunami? We’ve brought you a WaSH expert to plan for that! This interactive course will assume a large quake and tsunami have devastated your community infrastructure; will discuss the environment the disaster presents, and how families can respond at point-of-use locations. Using low-cost techniques, like urine-separating toilets and hand-washing, small filters, disinfection and storage – families can remain healthy in an environment filled with coliform bacteria, and lower risks of cholera and diarrhea. You will not only learn about a range of “solutions” – you will understand the risks, behaviors needed, and how to keep families safe. Then you can spread this information throughout your community, to prepare now.

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Telling Difficult News

Ameen Ramzy, MD, MBA

Health care workers, emergency management personnel, EMS providers, supervisors and managers in a range of venues, and everyday people have to tell difficult news. For most of them, there is no formal training in this important task. This workshop will make participants more aware of these situations, review relevant background information, and provide a structured approach to Telling Difficult News.

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Pet Preparedness and More

Marilee Muzatko

Is Your Pet Ready? Learn to look at the concept of “disaster” and “resilience” from your companion animal’s perspective. Evac/Shelter kits and plans are very important but let us also be aware of the simple daily routines that you can establish now that will make it easier for your pets to cope with the changes and stress s that a disaster aftermath can bring to their lives.

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Disaster Awareness, Map Your Neighborhood, Train the Trainer

Alice Busch

This is a Train the Trainer course, designed to work with students who wish to work within their communities to create disaster resilience. It is also appropriate for those who are new to disaster awareness as the content goes through several disaster scenarios and discusses their impacts upon the community. The focus is on finding common ground among the various individuals that make up our different – interest, faith, work and geographic communities. The Map Your Neighborhood program is a center piece and the PowerPoint used during class will be provided to students to alter and use when/if they choose to present to their friends, family and/or communities.

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Lessons Learned from Katrina and Rita

Gregg Ramirez

Gregg offers a unique perspective on the emergency response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He was attending a conference in New Orleans when the order to evacuate was given. He was evacuated just ahead of the storm only to return home and find his Guard unit had been called to duty to assist with the recovery effort. Besides a discussion of the rescue efforts and activities, this presentation will examine the party atmosphere that preceded the storms and the despair of the survivors who experienced Katrina’s wrath first hand. Hurricane Katrina prompted an extraordinary national response, the likes of which had never been seen on American soil. Despite the heroic efforts of so many, the response fell far short of being adequate. Hurricane Katrina obligates us to re-examine how we are organized and resourced to address the full range of catastrophic events—both natural and man-made. The storm and its aftermath provide us with the mandate to design and build such a system.
The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina – Lessons Learned February 2006

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