Our ECHO Project is a series of professional and practical training workshops designed to build the capacity and sustainability of community organizations.
The workshop began with a presentation by Patrick Campbell, Senior Planning Manager for Mass Care, who provided some history on different disasters in the United States, the preparation for each, and the impact of the disaster. Next Patrick discussed how whole communities can be prepared for disasters, focusing on what individuals need to do to prepare themselves and their families.
After Patrick's presentation, attendees participated in a short activity where they were tasked with developing an emergency bag in ten minutes with the items they already had in their home.
In the second half of the workshop, Patrick moderated a panel discussion with the following panelists: Chuck Crisostomo, MPH, CEM, Operations Chief for Montgomery County's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Adriana Rojas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Eastern Mennonite University; and Cecilia Warren, MS, MBA, Director of Emergency Preparedness Policy for the Maryland Department of Disabilities. Panelists shared their expertise with emergency preparedness, specifically around disaster management, intercultural education, and differently-abled populations.
The evening ended with a lively audience question and answer session.
Thank you to our wonderful speaker, panelists, Steering Committee, and staff for making this a successful event. We look forward to seeing you again in our fall 2018 ECHO Workshop!