Last Wednesday, nearly 70 people attended our Higher Education Alliance Summer Workshop and Annual Meeting to share resources and ideas on how to incorporate tornado recovery into students’ service-learning experiences.
Take-aways from the workshop included:
(1) Tornado Recovery Is Not a Sprint; It Is a Marathon: This is a 3-5 year process, and low-income individuals are particularly vulnerable to such disasters due to their place and type of residence, building construction, and social exclusion. And in addition to its physical impact, disasters also result in great psychological impact.
(2) Increase Awareness: Educate and involve your students, faculty, employees, co-workers, communities, and peers in relief and recovery.
(3) Involve Those Around You: Build disaster relief and recovery programs on your campuses utilizing outreach and service-learning.
(5) Network, Coordinate, and Collaborate: With other agencies and student, community, and faith organizations.
(6) Reflect, Reevaluate, and Reassess: Save time, expense, and energy while increasing efficiency and effectiveness.
Here is the story of the day in pictures:
Dr. Brenda Phillips, Professor with the Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events at Oklahoma State University, gives the keynote address, Disaster Learning and Service Learning, followed by Q&A:
After lunch, attendees gather to hear presentations from APP partners including:
Gus Heard-Hughes, Director of Initiatives of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, discusses the CFGB’s work funding case managers for tornado victims and providing long-term recovery assistance in the wake of April 2011 tornadoes in his presentation, “Long-term Recovery Committees and Case Management”:
Wellon Bridgers and Kathryn Merritt, of The University Fellows Experience present “Transforming a Black Belt Experience into The Experience”:
Next, Phi Theta Kappa and Northwest-Shoals Community College (Phil Campbell) present “That’s Why It’s Called a Community College: Northwest-Shoals College and Phil Campbell”:
Finally, attendees conclude the workshop with small group discussions and reflection:
Thank you for the great feedback. Emily Myers of Auburn described the event as “cutting-edge,” Creston Lynch of the University of Alabama as “dynamic,” and Dennis Itson of Faulkner University as “an enhancement to our university’s programs.”
To learn more about Tornado Recovery, Vulnerable Populations, and what you can do to address these issues in your community check out these resources:
Poverty and Economic Security
- Poverty and FEMA Unmet Needs in Alabama’s Counties - Excel File
- Social Vulnerability to Disaster (Dr. Brenda Phillips)
- Alabama Basic Economic Security Tables 2011
- Poverty and Disasters in the United States (Fothergill-Peek)
- 2011 Alabama Poverty Data Sheet
- Holistic Disaster Recovery
- Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities
- Disaster Recovery (Dr. Brenda Phillips)
- Long Term Recovery Committees List
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
- Project SHARE: Servant-leaders Helping the Alabama Region to Excel
- FEMA Experiential Learning Resources
- FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program
- Independent Study Programs from FEMA
- Glossary of FEMA Terms
Case Management Resources
- Case Management Forms: Initial Assessment
- Case Management Recovery Toolkit
- Disaster Case Management Implementation Guide
- Problem Solving Checklist
- An Evaluation of the Impact of the National Disability Rights Network Participation in the Katrina and Today Project (Stough & Sharp)
- Case Management with Displaced Survivors of Hurricane Katrina: A Case Study of One Host Community (Bell)
- Dr. Brenda Phillips- Disaster Learning & Service Learning
- Kristina Scott- Repairing Alabama After the Tornadoes
- The University of Alabama Honors College
- Northwest Shoals Community College (Phil Campbell) and Video: