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Prince George’s Community College - Largo Student Center

301 Largo Road

Rennie Forum

Largo, Maryland 20774

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September marks the annual observance of National Preparedness Month. Communities across the United States are working individually and collectively to provide opportunities for citizens to enhance personal and family emergency preparedness knowledge/awareness.

Join us for the 2016 Citizens Preparedness Conference. The theme, Back to the Basics, speaks to the need to ensure that everyone - individuals, families, and community organizations understand their role in preparedness. Our target audience are community stakeholders over the age of 16. This one day conference features hands on training, seminars, and panel discussions, at NO-COST. This experience will improve individual and community disaster readiness and overall community resiliency. Community stakeholders (of all ages) will have the opportunity to experience multiple education sessions and networking opportunities throughout the day.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Onsite registrants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch. Parking is free. If you would like the OEM to help make arrangements to accommodate special needs you require to attend our conference, please contact Michelle Ezeofor at 301-324-4435 or email MAEzeofor@co.pg.md.us.

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The 2016 Citizens Preparedness Conference includes special guests and will cover:

Active Shooter
From 'lone-wolf' attacks to hostile active shooter events, these high-threat situations pose significant challenges to the community. Active shooter situations evolve quickly and are unpredictable. Learn what actions to take when confronted with an active shooter situation.

Crisis Communications and Social Media: Response and Recovery
Social media can provide immediate information about emergencies that help provide greater situational awareness leading to better decision making. This course identifies communication and best practice engagement methods for both emergency and non-emergency events and how social media platforms are utilized by the local, state, and federal stakeholders.

Disaster: Animal Preparedness
Planning ahead is the key to keeping yourself and your pets safe if disaster strikes. This session will provide an overview of what pet owners need to do and think about in the event of an emergency. The information shared will focus on the basics of survival including evacuation, sheltering options, food and water.

Faith Based Preparedness
This session will focus on the mobilization and coordination efforts as a means of engaging all Faith Based Community Organizations (FBCO) in supporting emergency management operations. Vital emergency management concepts will be shared to enable faith based leaders to assist in aiding the community, in addition to the discussion of using faith-based facilities as shelters.

Individual and Family Preparedness
Every day, millions of people wake up, go to work, drop their children off at school, and enjoy leisure time with family and friends, following daily routines and schedules. However, when the unexpected does happen, people are suddenly aware of how fragile their lives can be. This session will provide information on how to create an emergency preparedness kit, an emergency plan, caring for loved ones, and how to stay informed.

Keynote Address: Lessons Learned Surviving the Virginia Tech Shooting
The keynote address will be delivered by Kristina Anderson. After being injured during the Virginia Tech shooting Kristina works to raise awareness on the importance of school safety and violence prevention through sharing her significant encounter with gun violence.

Positive Outcomes for People with Disabilities, Access or Functional Needs
For the millions of Americans living with disabilities, access or functional needs emergencies present specific challenges. Learn how people living with disabilities, their families, and caretakers can plan ahead to meet their needs during and after a disaster. This session will focus on tailoring your emergency preparedness plan, locating resources, and identifying solutions.

Preparing for Common Disasters: Do’s and Don’ts
Prince George's County has been prone to severe weather conditions such as flooding, heat, hurricanes, thunder, lightning and winter storms. Subject matter experts will hold a discussion of natural and man-made hazards that may affect you and tips on things to do before, during, and after.

Public Health Challenges Following a Disaster
The impact a disaster has on the community’s health is far from predictable. After an emergency, various factors will influence a magnitude of health-related hazards. This session focuses on reducing the health impact by addressing mental health, identifying precautions that lessen the spread of disease, ensuring proper hygiene, recognizing food and water dangers, and addressing common misconceptions that impact public health.

Save a Life! Hands Only Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) & Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Training
Gain hands-on training to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. Learn the basic skills of hands only CPR and usage of an AED. Both are emergency life-saving procedures that are performed when someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. CPR training explores the proper technique of breathing and chest compressions used for both infants and adults, while AED usage explores the application of electrotherapy to re-establish an effective heart rhythm.

School Preparedness: When Disaster Strikes
Successful management of a school emergency can only be accomplished through planning and pre-established partnerships. During this session, presenters will discuss how Prince George’s County Public Schools are prepared for emergencies and cover emergency operations, accountability, post incident procedures, and family reunification in the event of a natural disaster, violent incident, pandemic or other crisis.

Volunteerism: Getting Involved
Community resilience starts with awareness and involvement. Volunteers play a crucial role before, during, and after an incident. Participants will learn about citizen preparedness and emergency response volunteerism opportunities. An overview of the Prince George’s County Citizen Corps (which is responsible for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), and the Medical Reserve Corps) will be provided, alongside other methods to increase community involvement.

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Rennie Forum

Largo, Maryland 20774

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