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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Vulnerable Populations: Working with Children, Elderly, and Disabled Individuals

Lori Chorpenning

This presentation will address various populations of victims and barriers to rescue during a disaster. We will discuss children of all ages and their various developmental stages to assist in rescue and starting their recovery. Elderly victims will be discussed along with reasons they might not want to be rescued in a disaster. Functional and access needs of various populations will be highlighted.

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Media Training for Volunteers

Kathleen G. Vidoloff, Ph.D. & Julie Black, Ed.M.

During emergencies, volunteers become a vital resource to help first responders and government agencies ensure the safety and protection of the public. They are an important aspect of emergency response, including the creation and dissemination of public information and monitoring the media. “Media Training for Volunteers” uses CDC’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication principles to provide volunteers with the skills they need to assist with public information activities including setting up a Joint Information Center, writing press releases, talking points, and social media messages. The media training will also provides participants with helpful tools they can use when addressing public inquiries during emergencies and monitoring the media.

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Food Storage…Where Do I Begin?

Tanya Dow

When people hear the phrase “food storage” they often tune out. Food storage can be fun! In this class you will learn the basics of starting your food storage. I will cover the most frequently asked questions: Why store food? Where do I start? How long do certain foods store for? How much food do I need to store for my family? What about rotating my food storage into my every day cooking? What are the different options for packaging food for long term storage? Food storage isn’t just for when natural disasters strike. Your food storage can be used every day to save you money and help you eat healthier. Come learn how to begin your food storage today!

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Resolving Conflicts in order to Build Consensus in Low- and High-Stake Situations

Peggy McCarthy & Francisco Ianni

In disaster preparedness the stakes may be perceived as lower than those in response; however, both involve decision-making that evolves into situations that may result in life and death issues. We all carry emotional and intellectual baggage from our personal lives, backgrounds, and employment or volunteer situations that can impact our ability to make or help make wise decisions that impact ourselves and others in crisis. In this workshop you will practice and learn some skills that can help you to resolve conflicts in your own ideology and between others and to help build consensus in a group setting.

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