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Session 1 / Dr. Nici Vance
A Medical Examiner’s Response to the Oregon Wildfires
Dr. Veronica “Nici” Vance is a Forensic Scientist for the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory and the State Forensic Anthropologist for the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. She will be presenting about the Mobile Morgue in Oregon.

Session 2 / Larry Wiedenhoft, RN, EMT & Steve Sanchez,MS,LSC
Evacuation Centers: Emotional Care for Volunteers
Volunteering in an evacuation center presents a variety of challenges and stressors. Learn methods for working with those in the shelter and for taking care of yourself.

Session 3 / Antoinette Peppler
“Out of the Ashes”  Lessons From The Paradise Fires
Ms. Peppler, the author of From the Ashes, shares her stories about the Paradise wildfire from being rescued by first responders, to traveling the road to recovery. Her presentation includes the artwork of various artists that captures the faces of beauty & sorrow.

Session 4 / Dr. Ron Glaus & Dwayne Hilty, M.Div.
Disaster Behavioral Health; Concepts and Response
This presentation will focus on the general underlying factors and facets for understanding behavioral health concepts in preparing for, responding to, and following a disaster. The focus will be on individuals and communities that are impacted by disasters as well as those in disaster response leadership positions.

Session 5 / Dr. Rebecca Bolante,CRC, CTM
Support Rooms During and After Disasters
This session covers the fundamentals of customizing a “Support Room” to fit the needs of an affected population. From large organizations to small rural schools, having materials and protocols in place before a situation occurs, reduces stress when face real-time events occur.

Session 6 / Roseann Kendall, RN,BSN,MA
Long Term Care Facilities: Planning for Fire Emergencies
With multiple wildfires, long-term care (LTC) providers in Oregon grappled with thick smoke, poor air quality, and the ravages of COVID-19. An estimated 60 LTC facilities were evacuated and one destroyed. In this session, you will determine your facility’s readiness to respond to the threat of wildfire.

Session 6 / Mayor of Detroit, OR, Jim Trett; Commissioner of Linn County, OR, Will Tucker; FEMA – Franchesca Gilbert with Dr. Rebecca Bolante and Jan Slick
Leading A Response: From Federal to Local County officials, our panel will discuss how to lead during a crisis.
This panel will discuss the needs of community leaders during a disaster, including disaster preparation, response, follow-up resources, and how the allocation of limited resources impacted different areas (municipal, county, state, federal). They will also discuss the complexity of balancing family needs and those of their community.


Session 1 / Jim Bennett
Crisis Event Response Systems
It’s never too late to prepare. Having a plan before a crisis makes all the difference. Putting systems in place and stress testing them for effectiveness is what it is all about.

Session 2 / Cari Boyd, M.S., (Ret. Lt.)
Public Information Officer: How to work as a responder with local community leadership
A Public Information Officer (PIO) is a key role for disaster responders. Providing the right information at the right time is key for leaders to make the right decisions. Taking the needs of the people to community leaders and providing their answers in the best format to inform your community. This session will cover best practices for a PIO.

Session 3 / Deon Strommer
Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT)
In this session, Deon Strommer will discuss his work with Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams, his response to the Almeda fire, and the effects of disaster response on DMORT providers.

Session 4 / Rick Puente
Cultural Considerations for Latinx Communities
This session will provide, from a first responders perspective, insight, and understanding about key cultural factors to consider in assisting and supporting the Latinx Communities. It is intended for community organizations, first responders, and social service workers.

Session 5 / Roger Kennedy
Aspects of First Responder Behavioral Health
Covering potential behavioral needs for first responders entails thoughtful planning before, during, and after a disaster. As a veteran first responder, the presenter will discuss the culture of firefighters and first responders and methods of decreasing long-term mental health difficulties.

Session 6 / Shannon Biteng
Trauma-Informed Response for Your Employees Impacted by Wildfires
The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) recognized a significant number of employees were impacted by the Santiam Canyon and Almeda wildfires. The ODHS Trauma Aware program, in collaboration with ODHS programs, developed a trauma-informed and equity response for employees which included a staff navigator program, staff resource network, and a staff wellness resource hub. We will explore these efforts, outcomes, and lessons learned.

*CEUs not given for replays