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Proceedings for 2011 Conference


Many thanks for making the 2011 Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference a success. We have included below a listing of workshop proceedings. Should you be interested in materials from a session you don't see here, please contact us.


#01 Cultural and historical preparedness
Presented by Heidi L. Leinonen. In a disaster, what's worth saving? On the community level, saving our natural, cultural, and historic resources is important. They document who we are, what we have done, and they provide inspiration for what we will become. Coordinated Statewide Emergency Planning (COSPEP) brings together the cultural communities with the emergency management and first responder agencies in an effort to mutually plan for disasters.
#02 Recognizing, preventing, and surviving violence on campus
Presented by Roger Aldrich. The administrative staff, faculty and students at colleges and universities are all responsible for recognizing and preventing workplace violence on their campus. Informing and empowering individuals will enable them to become "Immediate Responders" in an Active Shooter Incident to fill the extreme danger gap while waiting for first Responders to arrive.
#04 County regional sheltering: Partnerships and training
Presented by Scott Parker and Eric Lynes. How to develop a regional sheltering program in your community (plan, prepare and train). Who should be part of the regional shelter team and why? What are the key functions that need to be in a shelter to support People and Pets?
#07 Using FEMA typing guidelines to type your hazmat team
Presented by Robert Gardner from MEMA. Using FEMA NIMS typing guidelines we will review what the requirements are of a Type 1, 2 and 3 team. Also, how Maine has used these guidelines in equipping our Regional Response Teams (RRT).
#08 Using the incident action plan to integrate multi-agency plans
Presented by Arn Heggers and Wyman Briggs. NIMS-ICS Incident Action Plans (IAP) are the perfect tool for integrating agency specific plans, tactics, techniques and procedures during a multi-agency all-hazard response. Much of the required integration can be accomplished in MOUs with Standard Operating Guides (SOG) that cover specific contingencies. This workshop will discuss the template for a multi-agency SOG and provide components of IAPs that can be used to develop jurisdiction speciic SOGS and IAPS.
#09 Home and family preparedness
Presented by Rayna Leibowitz. Preparing for disasters removes some of the stress and protects you, your family and your home. This is critical for children, elderly, disabled family members and pets who cannot do it for themselves. Get the tools and get it done.
#12 Stone soup for the masses (mass feeding operations in ME)
Presented by Eunice Mommens, Rene Ciccone, Jason Gormley, tim Brown and Mike Mason. How do you plan to feed people who seek shelter in your community during a disaster? find some answers to this Question as we share details about the State of Maine's feeding task force plan.
#13 Overview of the Haiti earthquake response & patient evacuation mission
Presented by Gregory T. Banner. This will be a combination of two presentations, an overview of the environment in Haiti which U.S. responders worked in, and then a focused discussion of the patient evacuation mission.
#15 MacGyver gas detection
Presented by Christopher Wrenn. Getting out of "sticky" situations using the sensitivities and cross-sensitivities of common sensors. This course reviews the sensitivities and cross-sensitivities of the most common sensors used in confined space entry and HAZMAT including LEL, O2, CO, H2S & PID. It uses simple examples of real-life incidents to show how sensors can be "fooled" and how to interpret this "incorrect" data and reach a correct conclusion and how to use your "normal" sensors in abnormal situations.
#19 Dealing with domestic violence and stalking in the workplace
Recognizing and preventing violence in the workplace is everyone's responsibility. The workplace is your home away from home, and it isn't "someone else's job" to protect you and your collegues, it's your job, even in the case of a worst case scenario, an active shooter. Partner with security personnel and first responders. Become informed and empowered tomake a difference.
#21 Flooded basement? The Maine VOAD & "muck-out" operations
Presented by Tim Brown. Flooded basement? Got mud? Got mold? Got debris? Don't know where to start? Stop by and let us get you started or get you some help.
#22 Success stories: 2 towns and 2 grants. How they did it.
Presented by Mike Heavener. Part B. 2 towns; 2 hazards; 2 grant applicatins; 2 hazard mitigation grants funded. This workshop will highlight how two towns with two different hazards, applied for and received a Federal mitigation grant to make their respective comunities safer. Find out how they did it.
#22 Success stories: 2 towns and 2 grants. How they did it.
Presented by Barry Tibbetts. Part A. 2 towns; 2 hazards; 2 grant applicatins; 2 hazard mitigation grants funded. This workshop will highlight how two towns with two different hazards, applied for and received a Federal mitigation grant to make their respective comunities safer. Find out how they did it.
#25 Chempack awareness: Nerve agents getting on your nerves?.
Presented by Joe Legee and Jackie Roberson. This session will provide an overview of the program for the forward placement of nerve agent antidotes, or the Chempack program, to include an overview of roles, capacity, and request procedures. In addition, a chempack container will be presented to provide for visual awareness of the asset.
#26 Active shooter in schools: One Maine county's approach.
Presented by Scott Parker, Director of Oxford County EMA. Learn how to prepare your school and community for the unthinkable. Who, where, when, why, and how will be answered for a rural Maine School Shooter Drill program.
#28 Pet Sheltering - getting it right.
Presented by Ken Ward. Learn how we got to where we are today when it comes to pet sheltering and where we are headed.
#30 Floodplain maps - emergency response/risk mitigation.
Presented by Joe Young. The speaker will discuss sources of federal funding for helping communities to obtain basic data needed to update their floodplain maps and how to make regional cooperation work for the community. cumberland and York County floodplain mapping issues will be addressed, the results of FEMA's Map Modernization effort and the focus of its new RiskMAP program.
#33 How to get certified as an emergency manager.
Presented by Pamela L'Heureaux and Robert Bohlmann. Be a Professional - Tips for getting your CEM-ME, Maine's Level 1 and Level 2 local EM Certification.
#34 Crisis communications in schools - no matter what crisis.
Presented by Lynette Miller and David Connerty-Martin. Weather emergencies or school violence are crises for schools, but so might be budget or curriculum conflicts or legal problems. The presenters will be joined by school officials who have worked through a crisis, and discuss communications tools to help weather an storm.
#35 Homeland security grants 101.
Presented by Bill DeLong, Homeland Security Division Director, MEMA. The do's & don'ts of homeland security grants. Learn what the grant review committee looks for in successful grant applications.
#41 Man's best friend - animals in emergency management.
Presented by Blaine Bronson. This seeion will cover training and deployment methods for Police Working Dogs; abilities and missions of differenct teams; how they are trainied; when they are used.
#43 Preventing workplace violence and surviving a worst case scenario.
Presented by Roger Aldrich. Intimate partner violence and stalking have a very real impact on the workplace. One in four women have been, are, or will be involved in domestic violence during their lifetime. while an abusive partner may no longer know their partner's phone number or where they live, they do know where they work. How do you recognize, prevent, and assist if domestic violence spills over into your workplace.
#44 Public Information Officer (PIO) for Incident Commanders (IC).
Presented by Michael Grant. MEMA's Training Officer will discuss the importance and value of the incident commander making public information a top priority. Mike will be joined by an experienced field PIO. This session will be valuable to both small and large scale response agencies.
#46 The past, present & future of earthquakes in Maine and New England.
Presented by Prof. John E. Ebel. From 1755 off Cape Ann and 1904 in Eastport to 2006 at Bar Harbor, a number of damaging earthquakes have affected different parts of Maine, and many small earthquakes are recorded each year in the state. This talk will describe the past earthquake history, the current state of earthquake monitoring, and the threat from future earthquakes.
#47 First Responders and pesticides - what you need to know.
Presented by Labelle Hicks. What are some of the pesticides (oldies but goodies and newbies) that you may encounter in an incident at a farm? MSDS and Label information are available. How does this information change how you respond to the incident?
#48 Signs and symptoms of chemical exposure.
Presented by Steve Fox and Jim Wilsom. Evaluate physical signs and symptoms to help identify exposure to an unknown chemical. Learn advantages of operating from an unknown substance S.O.G.
#52 When you can't wait for the media to inform the public.
Presented by Lynette Miller, Public Information Officer for MEMA. Fast moving events require immediate alerts and information for the public that can't wait for the 6:00 o'clock news or tomorrow's paper. The presenter and three County EMA Directors will discuss innovative ways to get the word out, both high and low-tech. Attached is a handout passed out during session.
#54 Rapid visual screening for seismic safety - Part 1.
Presented by Michael J. Griffin. FEMA 154 - Rapid visual Screening of Buildings was developed as a pre-disaster procedure that can be implemented relatively quickly and inexpensively within a community to develop a prioritized list of potentially hazardous buildings without the high cost of a detailed seismic analysis of individual buildings. This is an extremely cost-effective method to assess earthquake risk to your facilities.
#58 Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP)
Presented by Michelle Collins and Ryan Jones. Learn more about the 4th and 5th grade youth preparedness education program that has taken New England by storm. STEP has trained over 51,000 students over the last 3 years, expanded to 3 FEMA Regions, and has been featured in national news media. Find out how STEP has successfully brought emergency preparedness to Maine schools, students, and families, and learn how to make STEP available to your town or region! There is a video clip that goes with this for the asking.


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