Gender and Disaster Webinar Series: Gender and Climate Change

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Gender and Disaster | 0 comments

Sign up for the next part of our Webinar series — Gender and Climate Change.  We have two great speakers — Dr. Elaine Enarson and Cecilia Castro.  The date is April 10th at 1pm (EDT) — and will be presented in English and Spanish.  Click here for details.

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Gender and Disaster Overview: Part I of the Webinar Series Now Available!

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

GDRA and EPI Global present the recording of Part I of the Gender and Disaster Webinar Series. 

Click here for the recording and to learn more.

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Children Disaster Services Offers Fall Workshops

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Children, Training | 0 comments

Children Disaster Services (CDS) offers a 27-hour workshop that provides participants the opportunity to learn to provide comfort and encouragement to children by offering the healing young children need in traumatic situations. They learn to create a safe, friendly environment that gives children the chance to engage in therapeutic play activities designed to relieve stress and calm fears.

This workshop includes a simulated shelter experience (an overnight stay) and will be provided to any group of 15 or more adults interested in working with children after a disaster. Participants completing the course will have the opportunity to become certified Children’s Disaster Services volunteers.

The website, CDS Workshop Dates and Registration Opportunities, provides a listing of the dates and locations of the workshops.  You can also register online.

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New Resource for First Responders on Access and Functional Needs

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in First Responders | 0 comments

The National Terrorism Preparedness Institute recently released the Emergency Response for People who have Access and Functional Needs: A Guide for First Responders.  The website offers the guide in an electronic version, but it can also be downloaded as a pdf file.  This is a great resource for first responders.
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World Report on Disability, 2011

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Disability | 0 comments

The first ever World Report on Disability, produced 2011 jointly by World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. 

People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners. 


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Adding to the Story – learn about Muslim experience after 9/11

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Books | 0 comments

The book Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, written by Lori Peek, explores the hate crimes, discrimination, and feelings of social isolation that have marked the Muslim experience since that fateful day in 2001.

Stories matter. They matter because they are how communities and even entire societies come to understand and pass down moments of collective history.

In the aftermath of 9/11, powerful voices joined together to tell the story of the terrorist attacks. Of course, the story came in many different forms—political speeches, newspaper articles, television coverage, and so forth—but the storyline was nearly always the same. The protagonists were average, ordinary Americans. The plot focused on their shock, their grief, their anger, their national pride, and their collective solidarity.

This particular narrative is not untrue—at least in the sense that it does indeed capture how many Americans experienced 9/11. However, what Lori Peek argues in Behind the Backlash, is that the narrative is incomplete.

Lori wrote this book to share the accounts of the Muslim Americans whom she interviewed in the years following the attacks. These men and women, without exception, wished to be a part of the so-called “nation united.” Instead, they found themselves on the outside, looking in. One young Muslim woman, a law student who was living in New York City on 9/11, captured the feeling perfectly: “I wanted to join those people who were volunteering downtown. … To me, that was the American community coming together and trying to do what they can. But I didn’t feel like I could, for my own safety. I wear a headscarf. I wanted to be part of that community, but I’m not really.”

Behind the Backlash documents both the visible injuries as well as the more invisible forms of suffering that Muslim Americans endured after 9/11. But that too is only part of their story. Muslim Americans also exhibited incredible strength and solidarity after 9/11, as members of the community came together to try to reassert and reclaim their faith.

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Ned Wright,CEM will be missed

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is with sorrow that we inform you that the emergency management community has lost a great member: Ned Wright. He fought cancer until the end and that came the  night of November 11.

While Ned’s last post was as a fed in DC he would want to be remembered for his local work on the ground for Linn County, Iowa. If you are so inclined, know that he favored donations to the American Red Cross and because he never liked knowing that someone would go  to bed hungry – any canned goods donations to a local  food pantry would be an appropriate way to remember him.

It is likely he has already reviewed and revised the  emergency plans for heaven. Let’s keep his wife, Lisa  Gibney, in our thoughts as she is also a great emergency manager in her own right. 
[by Elizabeth Davis]

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