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Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops


Conference attendees are invited to participate in the pre- and post-conference workshop options surrounding the 2012 EDEN Annual Meeting in Tunica, Mississippi.

Tuesday's pre-conference workshops will be conducted at no-cost to attendees, but registration is necessary in order to obtain an accurate cost of participants for class and exercise materials as well as food.

Friday's post-conference workshop requires preregistration and a small fee.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Extension Educators Role in ICS During Disasters 

The EDEN Exercise Team is hosting a pre-conference workshop entitled " Extension Educators Role in ICS During Disasters." This workshop offering includes breakfast, lunch, snack breaks and an afteroon tabletop exercise.

The ICS Training/Tabletop Exercise will be sponsored by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. The Coastal Communities Resilience training is being paid for by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center.

The morning session will examine Extension Service roles in the National Incident Management System/Incident Command System and will offer lessons learned from Extension Service personnel who have responded during natural and man-made disasters across the country.

Participants will assemble as teams during lunch at "county" tables representing states in the Cenral U.S., and then a three-module tabletop exercise allowing participants to demonstrate their skills in resolving problems presented by a multi-day disaster scenario will follow.

Each table will have scenario outlines for players; and facilitators will assist to prevent a single problem from derailing or consuming all of the team's efforts in one particular area of response and recovery.

The exercise will finish with a review of responses to the scenario and what lessons learned might be taken away from the exercise. It will be a "no-fault," and hopefully fun examination of what we have experienced and are learning in our roles as responders and Extension educators.

Linda Williams, EDEN Exercise Committee Chair, and Conne Burnham, EDEN Exercise Committee member and representing University of Missouri, will coordinate the day's events.

Session will adjourn in time for the Poster Session/Opening Reception sponsored by EDEN partner National Center for Biomedical Research and Training.


Pre-Conference Workshop: Coastal Community Resilience 

Beginning at 1 p.m., the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center will conduct a four-hour session on Coastal Community Resilience. This session is one of the NDPTCs offerings under consideration by EDEN in coming months.

The session will provide background on natural hazards and work through an approach to (1) assess community resilience and (2) develop next steps for improved resilience. The session will be developed to enhance awareness of natural hazards and best practices to enhance community resilience for state and local government agency staff that routinely interface with the community, private sector, and other stakeholder groups.

An afternoon break is included in this session.

Session will adjourn in time for the Poster Session/Opening Reception sponsored by EDEN partner National Center for Biomedical Research and Training.


Post-Conference Workshop: Emergency Preparedness and Continuity of Operations 

Friday's post-conference workshop will be a field trip to Memphis for a review of emergency preparedness and continuity of operations efforts ranging from architectural and engineering preparedness in the New Madrid Seismic Zone to a guided tour of the Global Operations Center of FedEx.

The New Madrid Seismic Zone is the home of the infamous 1812 earthquake that supposedly made the Mississippi River flow upstream and created Reelfoot Lake. It is also alleged to have rung church bells as far east as Charleston, S.C. Jim Wilkinson, executive director of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, will discuss local, regional, and national planning efforts.

At FedEx, we will have the senior manager of global operations guide us through the Fed Ex complex for what promises to be a behind-the-scenes look at how the company managers to juggle all those aircraft, vehicles, and packages every day.

We will grab some barbecue and then drop those flying out at Memphis International Airport at 1:30. Cost of the field trip is $65.00.


Last Updated:8/23/2012 11:01 AM

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