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March 9-11, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC.
Critical Incident Response
by Bob Maber, Director of Emergency Management at the University of Calgary.
There are many crucial decisions that need to be made following a critical incident on campus, i.e., mass casualty incident, active shooter, hazardous material incident, or major fire, and are crucial to its outcome. Please join Bob Maber, Director of Emergency Management at the University of Calgary, for an informative webinar providing information regarding best practices and lessons learned on this important topic.
The Emergency Management department is responsible for Emergency Response and Business Continuity planning, training activities, fire safety and emergency wardens. Bob has spearheaded the development and launch of the new UCEmergency app, the active shooter video and provided training to the Emergency Operations Group and the Crisis Management Team. He also played a key role in the emergency operations for the 2013 Calgary flood, the University of Calgary’s response to the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016, and the recent multi-agency Active Assailant Exercise which was held on campus in June 2017.
Ah, NAPAHE, where do I begin? It has been my privilege to be associated with the organization for nine years and I can safely say it has been one of the best professional development moves of my life. From the listserv topics which have, on more than one occasion, offered me timely options and ideas for tackling projects just then assigned by my boss, to the networking opportunities that have yielded friendships…and a lot of laughter. But the best part has been the chance to hone leadership skills alongside colleagues I respect for their dedication, persistence, creativity and determination to “get it right.”
And if that’s not enough, each year NAPAHE offers a smorgasbord of excellent conference topics for members’ growth and there are multiple ways to get involved – which is definitely the best way to make the most of the organization. I initially held back from volunteering (introvert that I am), but since jumping in with both feet, I’ve enriched my conference experience tenfold, not to mention been offered chances to stretch (with initial terror at times, yes) and enhance my personal and professional abilities. Skills such as organization, communication, public speaking, triage – all PA mainstays – have been called into play. And while I still get nervous, I now have a fully equipped PA tool belt and colleagues I can contact for trusted advice. With a NAPAHE membership well over 600 strong, THAT is a resource.
Kim H. Durr - Chief of Staff
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois