National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) Participates in Joint Resilience Conference

Posted on Nov. 18, 2014

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) Participates in Joint Resilience Conference

At the Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience Conference held by Restore America’s Estuaries and The Coastal Society, the NDPTC was pleased to provide free training to the conference attendees.  On November 2, the day before the conference, and November 6, the day after, instructors Allison Hardin, a Planner for the City of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, and Dennis Hwang, a Coastal Hazard Mitigation Specialist and Author with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant taught the four-hour Coastal Community Resilience Course.  The Course provides a powerful framework for building community resilience based on empowering individuals and organizations, planning through the entire resilience cycle, and addressing all social, economic and environmental sectors.  In addition, attendees learned about the difference between hazard, vulnerability and risk assessments and how one relies on the other to assist with resilience planning.

An enthusiastic class of over 30 people for each day participated in class lectures, group exercises and team reporting.  In addition to learning how resilience, adaptation and sustainability overlap, the classes provide a great way for attendees to network with each other before the conference.  For those that attended the post conference session, they were able to apply what they learned at the conference to the courses resiliency framework.

All courses held by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center are FEMA sponsored and certified.  Particularly popular courses are the mentioned Coastal Community Resilience CourseFlood Risk Reduction for those dealing extensively with flood issues and the National Flood Insurance Program; Hurriplan for hurricane design put together for engineers, planners and architects; and Social Media for those interested in the increased use of such tools in Resiliency Planning.