The Public-Private Partnership of Dane County (PPPDC) will be hosting a free workshop on Workplace Violence on Wednesday April 24, 2013 from 1-4:00 pm at the Madison College – West Campus (302 S. Gammon Rd., Madison, WI).
The focus of this event is enhanced awareness of this issue and proactive measures already being taken in the community.
Topics discussed will include:
- Identifying signs of aggression
- Elements of a site security assessment
- Site security measures and practices
- Workplace Violence from a Human Resources perspective
- Organizational Planning and Policy Development
Register for this FREE event at: http://pppdc042413.eventbrite.com
The Partnership understands your time is at a premium, so their workshops are designed to be concise and informative. The Partnership’s goal is to provide you with information that will give you a basic foundation for developing strategies and connect you with a network of professionals that can work with you to build on that foundation.
In October, Marathon County’s Disaster Response Team completed their third training exercise as part of the Volunteer Reception Center’s emergency preparedness initative. The response team of 18 members simulated operations for volunteer centers where emergency responders go to be interviewed, screened, and credentialed. Volunteers each selected a specific role ranging from safety trainers to credentialists to “runners,” who are a mobile set of eyes for the reception center’s director role. Their third and final exercise, the group’s meeting followed previous trainings in April and June of this past year.
Shelley Kaiser, the Volunteer Connection Director at United Way of Marathon County, spoke to the value of the group’s training exercises. “Reading about a process or even talking about it only goes so far,” Kaiser said. “Actually acting out a response and its specific roles solidifies the process for our volunteers. It gives them so much more confidence.” Kaiser added that the group would likely respond to a Wisconsin scenario involving a tornado or a severe ice storm.
Outside of the state, the group also has emergency response capacity on a national level, a possibility most recently seen in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. “We actually received a call from United Way Worldwide,” Kaiser said. “They were looking for volunteers to help with the response effort. There’s a need for the coordination of effort beyond the state level.”
More information on United Way of Marathon County can be found at their website.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross are hosting a training/workshop on September 27 in South Barrington, IL. The event, titled “Faithful Readiness Preparing to Respond… Preparing to Recover,” teams preparedness experts with local faith and community leaders throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.
The workshop continues the efforts of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and their mission to include faith-based stakeholders in emergency preparedness tactics. Participants will engage in activities for planning and training as well as in specific exercises, all focused on disaster preparedness.
More information on registration, which is free, can be found here.
Registration is now available for this fall’s School Crisis Preparedness Conferences, the first of which will be held on October 4 in Whitewater. Later conferences will be held October 15 in Chippewa Falls, October 26 in Middleton-Cross Plains, and November 15 in Green Bay.
Attendees will be assisted in meeting the criteria of 2009 Wisconsin Act 309 – School Safety Legislation. Planned events include activity-based learning projects, education on cyberbullying, and keys to addressing children’s needs in crisis situations.
To accomodate schools with busy schedules, once again a distance learning option will be provided for groups to join at a CESA office or through InteractiveTV systems.
For more information, see the conference brochure or click here to register.
Wisconsin’s residents have surely felt an increase in temperatures this summer. After all, this past July has been the hottest month ever, at least since anyone has been keeping records. According to a report released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, this past month has been the hottest July in the lower 48 states since documentation first began 117 years ago.
Wisconsin is also in the midst of its worst drought in a quarter century. Statewide browning of front lawns has undoubtedly been a casualty, but agricultural production has taken a far greater hit. Despite the several inches of rainfall last week, precipitation has come far too late.
Fortunately, Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) has compiled drought resources for state residents. WEM’s webpage now features information on a number of responses and preventative measures for the summer heat. The information ranges from cooling shelter listings to information on health safety and crop insurance for farmers.
For the complete list of resources, visit WEM’s new webpage.