Admin: Emergency Management Model for Small Communities

Wednesday, January 24 | 11:00 - 12:15 p.m.

Session Description:
Session Description: This session will provide a 30'000 foot overview of a progressive, community-focused model for Emergency Management (EM). It will provide an informative, foundational approach to creating a robust EM program, supported with real-life examples of a small community's initiative to raise its collective resilience by engaging local agencies, resources, expertise, and empowering local action.

Need for Session: 
Parks and Rec agencies play a critical role in Emergency Management

Amber Richards, City of Bainbridge Island

Amber Richards joined the City of Bainbridge Island in January of 2014. She manages the City’s Emergency Management Program and serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator. In addition, she serves as the Secretary/Chief Examiner to the Civil Service Commission and is responsible for oversight of the hiring and promotional processes for the City’s Police Department. Amber also spent seven years in the United States Air Force as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Emergency Management and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Emergency Management. Amber has also completed the FEMA Emergency Management Academy.

Community engagement done well strengthens community and serves as a source of civic pride. Most local government is moderately- to highly-reliant on volunteers to help them accomplish goals and deliver services. Effective volunteer engagement can build community and augment services, but it requires an organizational commitment to adequate resources, a culture of respect and informed policy and consistent practices. For well-established volunteer ‘programs’,
this best practices primer will be a valuable review; for organizations newer to volunteer engagement, this primer provides crucial information. How best to involve volunteers in your organization is a valuable discussion