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Elected and Senior Officials Workshop

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Polk County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

1907 Carpenter Avenue

East Entrance

Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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This course provides a forum to discuss strategic and executive-level issues related to all-hazard disaster preparedness, to share proven strategies and best practices, and to enhance coordination among officials responsible for emergency response and recovery from a disaster. This workshop integrates a multimedia scenario and vignettes that highlight key issues and facilitates executive-level discussion of the United States’ National Strategy for Homeland Security. Additionally, the forum provides an opportunity to apply lessons learned from past local and national all-hazards disasters.

This course includes seven distinct modules incorporating lecture, discussion, and a practical exercise. Each module focuses on a key component of disaster preparedness, such as Culture of Preparedness, Integrated Partnerships, Organizing for Success, Crisis Communications, etc. Within the various modules are opportunities for group interaction and discussion. The final module of the course is designed to provide the participants the opportunity to develop an action plan or to-do list for follow-up consideration and action.

The practical exercise consists of an expanding incident, designed specifically to address the local community’s needs or concerns. Participants are provided information and periodic updates, after which they are given a list of questions to consider and discuss. Through these updates, the incident builds upon itself until it reaches a mass casualty/catastrophic level, thereby overwhelming the normal capabilities of the local jurisdiction and challenging the participants to consider their local policies, resources, and limitations.

This workshop provides a unique opportunity for local or regional executives to share strategies and coordinate plans for emergency preparedness and response. This workshop is an effective process for discussing executive-level issues with leaders from the agencies involved in all levels of the emergency management structure.

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This is a management-level course designed for senior elected and appointed officials who might be called upon to make critical decisions during a natural or man-made catastrophe. It may also include executives from other community entities, both public and private, that are likely to be involved in a disaster response, to include:

  • Elected Officials
  • Executive and Management Level Officials
  • Directors of local response agencies
  • Department Heads/Chiefs from:
    • emergency management
    • fire
    • law
    • Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
    • Hazardous Materials (HazMat)
    • public works
    • water
    • public health
    • health care
    • governmental administrative disciplines/services
  • Public Information Officers (PIOs)
  • Resident federal agency representatives (FBI, BATF, Secret Service, FEMA, TSA)
  • CEOs of hospitals
  • College and university representatives
  • School district superintendents
  • Airport and port facility managers
  • Department of Defense (DoD) installation commanders and representatives
  • Stadium and sports facility managers and directors of security
  • NGOs and private-sector organizations
  • Owners/managers of high rise facilities
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Polk County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

1907 Carpenter Avenue

East Entrance

Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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