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Title: Workshop Wrapup Strong Local Partnerships: The Keys to Success


1
Workshop Wrap-upStrong Local Partnerships The
Keys to Success
  • 62nd Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference
  • Tropical Cyclone Operations and Research
    Priorities for the Future
  • 3-7 March 2008
  • Denise Stephenson Hawk, Ph.D.
  • Associate Director, National Center for
    Atmospheric Research
  • Director, Societal-Environmental Research and
    Education Laboratory

2
Session 11 Strong Local Partnerships The Keys
to Success
  • Moderator Dr. Denise Stephenson Hawk, NCAR
    Associate Director and Director of SERE
    Laboratory
  • Panelists
  • Ms. Cathy Haynes, Director, Charleston County
    Emergency Preparedness Division
  • Mr. Walt Dickerson, Director, Mobile County
    Emergency Management Agency
  • Mr. Michael Emlaw, Meteorologist-in-Charge, NWS
    Weather Forecast Office, Charleston, SC
  • Dr. Betty Hearn Morrow, Professor Emeritus,
    Florida International University, Consulting
    Sociologist
  • Ms. Naomi Moye, Hazards Communications Consultant
  • Mr. Ronald Glaser, Sandia National Laboratories,
    Program Manager, Integrated Public Alert and
    Warning System

3
Guiding Questions
  • When should disaster preparation begin?
  • How is the disaster message transmitted to the
    public?
  • How is the message received by the public?
  • What actions are taken after the message is
    received?

4
Message Should Define
  • Nature of the Hazard
  • Perceived Likelihood as a Threat - Uncertainty
  • Chain of Command for Safety and Recovery
  • Information that People Can Use to Make Decisions
  • Visual
  • Oral
  • Written
  • Personal
  • Universal

5
Lessons Taught are Not Necessarily Lessons
Learned
6
Lessons Taught
  • Prepare months/years before the storm
  • Identify vulnerable populations
  • Registry
  • Service Organizations
  • Messages constructed should be
  • Simple
  • Concrete
  • Relevant
  • Viable
  • Messages should reach all people
  • Language Barriers
  • Disabilities
  • Economic Constraints
  • Literacy Concerns
  • Middle Managers

7
Lessons Learned
  • Empower People to Act
  • Make Sure it MattersCan You Convince People that
    Action is Better than Inaction?
  • Be SpecificOffer Concrete Steps that are
    Actually Possible!
  • Follow Through, and Remember that Leaving Home is
    only the First Step

8
Lessons Learned
  • All emergencies are local
  • Convene Pre-hurricane public talks designed to
    define actions
  • Prepare citizens to act in advance of hazard,
    e.g., develop Community Emergency Response Teams
  • Sequester local elected leaders and ensure that
    they understand the plan of action

9
Partnerships are KEY
  • Local Emergency Managers
  • Lead hazard response and recovery
  • Responsible for the safety and security of the
    public
  • Chains of Command Local, state, regional and
    federal
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Media should be an ally Build cooperative
    relationships early
  • Residents in hazard zones rely upon leadership
    they trust

10
Decision Support Tools that WORK
  • Cable TV Overrides to Disseminate Messages
  • Integrated Public Alert and Warning System
    (IPAWS)
  • Connect CTY
  • 211 Information System
  • StormReady Program

11
Clearly Define Responsibilities of all
Stakeholders Scientists, Public, Media, Local,
State, Regional, FederalPLAN EARLY
12
Information Flow is VitalMessages must be
simple and actionablePLAN EARLY
13
PLAN EARLY
  • Societal Resilience Depends on Building
    Interdependence along with Independence

14
PARTNERSHIPS THAT WORK ARE KEYTHANK YOU
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