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Caribbean Disaster Mitigation and Community Empowerment Initiative UNITED CARIBBEAN TRUST-Caribbean Mitigation Workshops Objectives


Workshop Objectives
As a result of participating in the workshop, participants should be able to:
• Describe the roles that CBOs/FBOs are capable of playing in pre-disaster mitigation activities. I-2
• Determine mitigation projects/activities in which CBOs/FBOs can participate.
• Understand ways that CBOs/FBOs and emergency managers can work together to make their communities safer and more disaster-resistant.
Ultimately, if participants are interested in establishing a community-based pre-disaster mitigation program, they should be encouraged to develop a brief list of group objectives and a plan of action. A timeframe of about 90 days is reasonable for organizing the group and initiating planning activities. Basic issues should be determined, such as meeting dates, times, and locations, as well as the initial objectives to be accomplished.
Modular Workshop Curriculum and Delivery Methods

The curriculum is modular and is intended to be used either in whole or in part. No real changes or modifications
are needed for communities of varying size. In a very large city, however, it makes sense to organize programs
such as these by neighborhood or community regions of reasonable size.

Introductory Workshop

The Introductory Workshop can be used several ways:
• By itself as an introduction to community-based mitigation; presented to general audiences, emergency
managers, CBOs, or FBOs. (It is suitable as a luncheon or breakfast presentation or brief presentation at a group meeting.)
• As an introduction to any single module of the curriculum
• As an introduction to the entire workshop series

Section 1
If all modules are offered in a series, Section 1 can be offered as the initial workshop instead of the Introductory
Workshop. Some discussion items are duplicated between Section 1 and the Introductory Workshop.

Sections 1 – 8
Each of the modules can be offered individually, in combination with any other, or in a partial or complete series.
If a group needs to target a particular topic, such as resources, that module can be offered separately.

Delivery Methods
The entire series can be accomplished in a concentrated three-day workshop. Alternatively, the modules can be spread over a period of weeks, with one or more modules delivered per week.
Each module can generally be delivered in two hours or less, depending on the number of participants and the degree of interaction involved in the exercises. Thus, if structured as a night or evening course, one workshop module can be delivered in an evening.
Three to four modules can be delivered in the course of a full day, or a 1/2-day session could incorporate one to
two modules.
Individual modules can be offered within a two-hour luncheon program or brown bag setting. I-3 Workshop Planning
Community needs should be considered when organizing and planning the delivery of a single module or the
entire series.
Factors to address include the following:
• Sufficient advance notice to promote good attendance – invitations can be issued via mail, email, posting in locations where members of target audiences gather, in local newsletters or newspapers, or on web sites. Follow-up phone calls can help ensure commitment and attendance.
• Times of day and days of the week that suit the schedules of the target audiences (the same courses can be offered at two separate times to accommodate day workers and night workers, for example).
• Convenient location, accessible by public transportation if possible
• Security, particularly if programs are offered at night
• Research on the full range of groups and individuals you want to invite – strive for inclusiveness
Workshop Materials
All workshops can be conducted with limited resources. A blackboard, dry erase board, or flip chart prepared
ahead of time with key points of the curriculum can serve as a visual aid. As an alternative, the PowerPoint slides can be used in simple overhead projection format or can be displayed electronically using an LCD projector. As a minimum, the instructor will need a writing surface such as a blackboard, dry erase board, or flip chart, and appropriate writing instruments for the surface.

Group Brainstorming Activities
Most of the sessions involve group brainstorming activities. Cardstorming is a simple and inexpensive group
brainstorming technique. Participants record information on index cards, which are posted on a wall or other surface within the training room. Drafting or masking tape can be used to post the cards. If the room has a tackable wall (fabric, etc.), thumb tacks or push pins can be used. Sheets of paper cut in half can be substituted for the index cards. The cardstorming technique is an excellent addition to the workshops.

PowerPoint Slides
PowerPoint slides are provided to accompany the training modules. The slides can be used as a guide for the
workshops. They follow the sequence of the workshop activities and instructional material provided in the Instructor’s Guide and Student Manual. Many of the slides include notes that the instructor can use to structure group and individual activities included with the instructional materials. The only additional materials needed are the Instructor’s Guide and Student Manual. The information provided here supplements the Student Manual, and offers instructional techniques and tips for the individual workshops.

I-4 Curriculum Icons
The Instructor’s Guide and the Student Manual contain various icons to help guide users through the curriculum:
This icon appears next to brainstorming activities. This icon appears with special
notes to the instructor. This icon appears when additional material is available in
the Resource Guide. Natural vs. Human-Caused Hazards and Disasters
Resource Guide: Given recent world events, many of us are more concerned than ever with human-caused hazards and disasters. This course is designed to empower groups and communities to proactively address hazards of all types. However, the curriculum case studies and tools focus on addressing natural hazards and disasters. Should your group wish to focus more on human-caused hazards, work closely with your local emergency
manager and other local organizations such as Citizen Corps.

Setting up an Organizational Workshop
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