Training Day 11/2/13: Spotlight on Sheltering

Our sixth Training Day on November 2, 2013 was possibly our best to date. Once again we thank the Middlesex Community College Program on Homeland Security for hosting this special day. Nearly 90 members of the UMV MRC and their counterparts in other units shared the day with us. The common thread was that each session provided skills that could be useful in emergency sheltering. See the final program here.

Donations of breakfast items and contributions of raffle prizes made this event financially viable as well as fun. The purchase of raffle tickets was entirely optional. The prizes were both generous and tantalizing, with a high probability of winning because so many vendors had contributed. Most important: the raffle defrayed our expenses by nearly $400!

Please consider patronizing our thoughful contributors, to extend our deep appreciation for their support of our major training event of the year, which made Training Day possible. See the links below for details:

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This year the educational format was enhanced by plenary sessions throughout the morning. We were honored to have Dr. Shannon Manzi, PharmD and James Sheard, FF/EMT-P deliver the opening presentation on international disaster response.

Interested participants were able to purchase raffle tickets during the breakfast networking session and on breaks from the plenary events. UMV MRC Director Sandy Collins welcomes the first speakers, Shannon Manzi and James Sheard, who shared their experiences from international disaster responses.

The next plenary was provided by Sharon Tompkins, who shared responsibility for medical oversight at the Boston Marathon. Tompkins offered 'behind the scenes' views of the bombing response, with lessons learned. Tompkins was joined by by colleagues who offered viewpoints on specific issues, and assisted with the Q/A session afterwards.

The lunch hour was both festive and informative. UMV MRC Director Sandy Collins, RN, presented general updates on the unit and thanked our members for another successful year. Coordinator Nancy Burns, EMT-B, shared a few brief slides about the progress of MRCs at the national level.

Terry Downes (left) joins the attendees in welcoming counterparts of the UMV MRC: Middlesex Community College nursing students, and representatives from other MRCs and response organizations.
Sharon Tompkins delivered a stunning recap of the Boston Marathon bombing response from behind the scenes.
Members of the UMV MRC Advisory Council, each of whom represents one of the seven towns in our coverage area, were acknowledged between sessions.

The group particularly welcomed Terry Downes, Esq, host of the event. In his role as Director of MCC's Program on Homeland Security, Downes emphasized the value of preparedness in our shared responsibility to monitor and respond to threats against public safety.

The afternoon was devoted to four concurrent classroom sessions:

Sidney Liang, EMT-B, MPA
Cultural Awareness in Disasters
Rose Gould, MA and Dr. Teo Piqué
Mental Health Considerations
Peter Laitinen, RN, EMT-P
Vulnerable Populations
Jennifer Sullivan, BA, MSEH
Considerations in Coastal Shelters

Attendees in the afternoon enjoyed small classroom environments in which to learn more about the care of vulnerable populations (top row), mental health considerations (bottom row), and other key issues related to service at
emergency shelters.






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