Learn how to create a whole community disaster simulation

Sept. 6, 2016

One of the most effective preparedness promotion tools is coming to Utah on Sept. 22, 2016. RSVP required.

Do you want to share the preparedness message in an interactive and fun way? Do you want a way to open eyes and give “ah ha” moments on preparedness? Want a whole community exercise that addresses recovery and not just response?

On Sept. 22, 2016, Utah will be hosting a Whole Community Disaster Simulation Workshop provided by Montana and FEMA Region 8. The first part of the day will teach you what this is and how to do it in your own community. The second part of the day will be a hands-on setup of the simulation and a practice run-through. All who attend the workshop will receive a flash drive with all the printable tools needed to do this simulation in your own community.

This is free to attend and you leave with valuable resources that empower your ability to take it home and do this in your own county or city.

Date & Time: September 22, 2016, 9am-4pm. Please arrive early so we can get started on time.

Location: Multi Agency State Office Building, 195 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, right off of North Temple in Salt Lake City, just East of I-215.

Food: A lunch break will be given but lunch will be on your own.

About the simulation training

We want to help you give the public a realistic look at what they would be facing post disaster and all the partners they would be working with in order to recover. This simulation is a hands-on experiential based learning tool that teaches the importance of personal and family preparedness. This is a fun and engaging tool for your community. Little to no knowledge about disaster preparedness, response or recovery is needed for this to happen, which makes it the perfect tool for the general public. During this simulation participants must try to reach group specific goals and objectives. While working on the objectives, action cards will be injected into the role playing, changing situations for different people. This simulation gives you a small taste of the roles that community members may fill following a major disaster. You will find that the whole community is involved and affected in some manner. It is important that everyone is prepared and knows what to do because all disasters start and end locally.

More info about this can be found here:

Audience: Who should attend? Anyone, but more specifically, volunteers, emergency managers, elected officials, volunteer program managers, volunteer program instructors, VOAD partners, public information officers, media, health care, FEMA, volunteer reception center trained individuals, Red Cross volunteers, Americorps, school leaders, church leaders, other community leaders, and others that are trying to promote preparedness in their communities.

RSVP is required to get a count for the supplies. RSVP deadline is Sept. 13, 2016. Space is limited so please register early. Please RSVP here.

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