ARC 2015

Workshop Description & Response Feedback

Title: Building Resilient Communities with Veterans: Approaches to Community Engagement

Conference: 6th Annual Advancing and Redefining Communities for Emergency Management

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 11:50 AM - 01:00 PM

Moderators: Claudia Der-Martirosian, VEMEC; Mangwi Atia, VEMEC; William York, 2-1-1 San Diego & San Diego Veterans Coalition; and Aram Dobalian, VEMEC and UCLA.

Description: Households, friends, family, neighbors, voluntary organizations, and businesses are all essential partners in community-based resilience during disasters. This working lunch examined how to incorporate the unique skills and experiences of Veterans to strengthen resiliency of local communities during major disasters.

Method: During the 70-minute lunch workshop, attendees received a brief presentation about community disaster resiliency and the San Diego Veterans Coalition—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with an all-volunteer staffing of 130+ members from the public and private sectors. They also were asked to discuss ways to engage Veterans in community resilience activities across the nation for the remaining 30 minutes of facilitated discussion.

Participants: Attendees comprised of healthcare coalition directors, hospital and long-term care executives, emergency medical services leaders and public health officials (state, local), emergency managers, clinicians, and federal officials from United States Departments of Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and National Library Medicine.
  • 13 facilitators from VEMEC and San Diego Veterans Coalition
  • 7-10 participants per table
  • 80-130 total participants
Facilitated Discussion Questions:
  • How can Veterans get involved in your organization as advocates of disaster resiliency; and what roles can they play?
  • What might be some barriers in getting Veterans involved in your organization or other organizations as advocates of disaster resiliency; and what can be done to overcome these barriers?
  • What other organizations might be interested in engaging Veterans as advocates of disaster resiliency; and what other ways can Veterans contribute to disaster resiliency?

Workshop PowerPoint