B.R.A.C.E – Building Readiness for Action in Crisis and Emergencies

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Date(s) - 10/06/20 - 10/09/20
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. Do you know how to prepare yourself and your family for whatever crisis or emergency may come your way? Join the SFEB Associates Program in BRACE: Building Readiness for Action in Crisis and Emergencies, a webinar series for sharing expert knowledge in emergency preparedness relevant to the Puget Sound area.

**This event was presented live October 6th through October 9th 2020. These individual session were recorded and can be accessed by click on the session name**

Session 1: FEMA Presents Puget Sound Region Natural Disasters

Summary – This presentation provides an overview of the types of natural disasters that we need to be prepared for in our region. Explanation of the different earthquake threats, tsunamis,
and other hazards. Presenter will provide a realistic model of different events and what we can expect in terms of emergency response. This should provide some context and motivation for federal employees to become more prepared in the event of natural disasters and help to set the tone and purpose for the rest of our webinar series.

Presenter: Scott Zaffram, Federal Preparedness Coordinator & Director, FEMA

Session 2: Emergency Preparedness 101: Securing Your Supplies for Disasters

Summary – This session will go over basic preparedness in response to natural disaster emergencies such earthquakes, floods, wildfire, flood, and tsunamis. Topics such as prepping a “to go bag”, what basic supplies and prep of food and water to have on hand for 3-7 days at home will be covered.

Presenter: Dave Rasmussen, Public Educator/PIO, Kitsap- Office of Emergency Management.

Session 3: Neighborhood Preparedness

Summary – This presentation will be focused on leveraging the neighborhood as a sweet spot for citizen engagement. James Scott believes that self-sufficiency for every citizen is not realistic and that through urban homesteading and neighborhood preparedness a more resilient and enjoyable community is created. This session will focus on topics such as family reunification, Map Your Neighborhood Program, Community Organization such as how to start your own “Bainbridge Prepares” in your town.

Presenter: James Scott: Founder and Board Chair of Bainbridge Prepares, Author of Prepared Neighborhoods

Presenter Bio: BusinessWeek named Scott as one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs and Forbes Magazine profiled him as a Game ChangerThe products from his companies have been featured in publications as diverse as Oprah’s O Magazine, National Geographic, Parents Magazine, the Washington Post, Outside Magazine, and US News & World Report. His film projects range from the opening shorts at the United Nations Climate Change Summits (Producer Lyn Lear and Director Louie Schwartzberg) to the breakthrough nature-based series on Netflix (title series: “Moving Art”). Scott was awarded a Governor’s Award of Excellence in Service by the state of Washington for his nonprofit community preparedness work. He was recently asked by FEMA to present his book at their national training symposium.

Session 4: Practical First Aid Following a Disaster

Summary – This class is an entry level class designed to deliver you practical first aid skills following a major disaster like an earthquake. You will learn basic wound care and treatments along with the general do’s and don’ts following a disaster.

Presenter: Bainbridge Prepared

Presenter(s) Bio: Devin James, born and raised in Chicago and moved to Bainbridge Island a few years ago from Los Angeles. I currently run my own business and am passionate about community resiliency on Bainbridge. As well as being a Volunteer Fire Fighter/EMT with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, I manage a volunteer responder group called the “Bainbridge Island Emergency Medical Responders” or “BIEMRs”. This is a civilian team of 134 Wilderness First Responders in partnership with the City of Bainbridge Island trained to deploy after a major disaster in an effort to supplement emergency services. 

Andrea Chymiy, MD, MPH, is a Seattle native and family physician who has lived Bainbridge
Island, WA for 17 years. She is a partner in a small private family medicine practice and the
coordinator for the Bainbridge Island Medical Reserve Corps, a volunteer group of more than
100 medical personnel who are prepared to provide medical care to island residents in the case
of a major disaster. In her spare time Andrea enjoys competing in triathlons and rowing.

Session 5: Disaster Preparedness Workshop

Summary – This workshop style session will highlight household practices families can take to be prepared during a natural disaster. This session includes both lecture style information sharing as well as live demonstrations. Topics in this session include quick overview of the Seattle Emergency Hubs, creating a “Get-Home Bag”, “Twin Bucket Toilets”, turning off utilities, Smart Phone apps to use during emergencies, school reunification plans, Early Earthquake Warning System, preparedness for pets and water storage.

Presenter: Ann Forest, Seattle Emergency Hub

Presenter Bio: Ann Forrest is a captain in the Seattle Emergency Hubs organization.

Session 6: Psychological First Aid

Summary – This presentation will provide an overview of how households can administer Psychological First Aid to those in need after a major natural disaster like an earthquake. The presentation includes guidance for how to help household members and community members manage stress responses after a natural disaster.

Presenter: Wren Hudgins, Red Cross

Presenter Bio: Wren Hudgins, PhD started professional work as a school psychologist (4 years) and then conducted a private practice for 20 years. Following retirement from that he went back to work for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, managing their Critical Incident Response Program for 8 years before retiring again. Wren has volunteered in the Red Cross system as a disaster mental health responder for 19 years and is now a supervisor in that system. Along with others, he teaches the disaster mental health classes inside the Red Cross. Since the outbreak of COVID 19, he has been teaching free classes to agencies, communities, and government departments on psychological first aid and building resiliency. He also volunteers for King County Public Health and the Dept. of Health of the state of WA.

Session 7: Disaster Preparedness: The Basics

Summary – This presentation provides an overview of the hazards that can impact Seattle, and steps that individuals and families can take to become more prepared to deal with them. This includes guidance on how to develop a disaster plan, build a disaster supply kit, and organize with your neighbors to become better prepared. This will include looking at preparedness actions in the context of COVID-19 and highlighting some lessons learned. The presentation also provides an overview of other OEM efforts including the SNAP program, Community Emergency Hubs, and the City’s new alert and notification system, Alert Seattle.

Presenter: Matt Auflick

Presenter Bio: Matt Auflick: Matt is the Community Relations Manager for the City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management. In this role, Matt is responsible for managing the office’s
community engagement, volunteer management, and public information programs. Prior to
working for the City of Seattle, he served as a Project Manager for Peace Winds America,
overseeing the U.S.-Vietnam Disaster Preparedness Initiative and implementing a business
continuity training program Hai Phong, Vietnam. Matt previously held several positions with
the Western Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross where he designed and
implemented numerous public preparedness campaigns and served in various response
roles on national and local relief operations.

Session 8: Panel Discussion: Supporting Children Through Natural Disasters

Summary – This will be panel discussion with experts in the field of children and families and mental health. We want to provide information and resources to caregivers about how to support
child through difficult times like natural disasters. The mental health of our children has
become highlighted during the pandemic and has shown us a need for providing better
supports to them while also trying to manage all of the basic survival tasks that take
adults attention.

Presenter(s) Bio:

Christopher Heckert, MSW, LICSW: Christopher is a licensed clinical social worker and child mental health specialist in Washington State.

Jessica Rudin, Childlife Specialist- Phoenix Hospital: Jessica has her BS in Psychology and Family Studies from Northern Arizona University. Her field of experience with kids ranges from preschool settings, behavioral health and crisis support settings, and hospitalized children and families.

Shauna Hill, LICSW is a consultant, speaker, trainer & practicing psychotherapist in the field of trauma, developmental neuroscience, and brain-based intervention models & organizations.

Session 9: Financial Preparedness

Summary: Disasters impact people in various ways; generally, the more prepared you are for disasters, the less of an impact you may experience due to a disaster. Disasters can cause financial hardships and the current pandemic is an example of this. In addition to stockpiling essential supplies like toilet paper, did you also consider financially preparing as the pandemic began to grow? Join us for an interactive discussion about how to be prepared for disasters, including financial and family preparedness.

Presenter(s): Kiana Kabanje, and Elyssa Tappero, Washington State Emergency Management 

Presenter Bio(s): Kiana Kabanje is a Disaster Preparedness Outreach Program Manager for the Washington State Military Department and specializes in presenting to Washingtonians about how to be ready for real case scenarios and emergencies specific to the PNW. She is the lead on the “2 Weeks Ready” project but also facilitates a wide range of programs such as ones specifically focused on neighborhood,
youth, and community preparedness and resilience.
Elyssa Tappero is the Tsunami Program Coordinator from the Washington State Military
Department’s Emergency Management Division. She works to mitigate the impact of Washington’s tsunami hazards through several efforts, including public education and community response planning.

If you have any questions or comments please email SFEBassociate@gmail.com. 
Please include BRACE in the subject line.

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