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CARIBBEAN TRUST-Caribbean Mitigation Workshops Objectives
As a result of participating in the workshop, participants should be
• 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
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.
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
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.
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
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
• 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
• 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
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 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
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
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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