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SDEMA 2023 Pre-Conference Training

Training Options at the SDEMA Conference: 

Emergency Management Access and Functional Needs Disability Awareness Training
2 Day Training, Sept 11 & 12,  9 AM- 5 PM

Brought to you by Niagara University First Responders

Niagara University has tailored a presentation that identifies the responsibilities of both emergency management personnel and disability advocates during an emergency. This program will introduce the four modules necessary for proper response that include Disability Awareness Training, the Americans with Disabilities Act specific to Emergency management, emergency plan content, and Inclusive Planning and Active Participation.

Topics to be discussed:

      • Disability Awareness specific to Emergency Management
      • Management Access and Functional Needs defined to include Universal Design
      • Understanding how the whole community concept is imperative to proper response to individuals with disabilities and how to involve them.
      • The Americans with Disabilities Act relative to Emergency management and response.
      • Community resources and other materials that assist Emergency Management in proper response
      • Disaster Preparedness and Planning
      • Inclusive Planning and Active Participation
      • NYC Lawsuit and its ramifications nationwide
  • PREPaRE Workshop - Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Prevention Through Recovery
    1 Day Training, Tuesday, September 12, 8 AM to 5 PM

    Brought to you by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) with instruction
    provided by University of South Dakota and South Dakota School Safety Center

    In this 1-day workshop participants will learn how to establish and sustain comprehensive school safety efforts that attend to both physical and psychological safety. The workshop addresses critical components needed to develop, exercise, and evaluate safety and crisis teams and plans and conduct building vulnerability assessments. The model also integrates school personnel and community provider roles in providing school-based crisis preparedness and response activities. Additional topics addressed also include media/social media, communication, reunification, students with special needs, culture, and memorials. After this workshop, participants will be better prepared to improve their school’s climate, student resilience, and crisis response capabilities of school personnel. With updated research and strategies, this workshop makes a clear connection between ongoing crisis prevention, mitigation, protection, response, and recovery.

  • Emergency Management 101
    1 Day Training, Tuesday, September 12, 9 AM to 4 PM

    Brought to you by SD Office of Emergency Management

    The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (SDOEM) created a training for emergency managers at the state, local, and tribal levels to give them a better understanding of the concepts of the profession. The class is also pertinent to county commissioners, elected officials, organization volunteers, and first responders. This class helps to describe the important role of the emergency manager in communities.

    The training is designed to explore the role of the emergency manager within communities, as well as, the importance of before, during, and after an incident with local response agencies within each jurisdiction.

    All four phases of Emergency Management (Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation) and the activities of each phase are discussed to keep all of our communities safe.


Wednesday, September 13:

  • Conference Sessions - 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Social and Banquet - 6 PM to 8:30 PM

Thursday, September 14:

  • SDEMA Annual Meeting - 8 AM to 9 AM
  • Conference Sessions - 8 AM to 4 PM

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