Training/Practical Applications

Once you have completed your emergency plan, your institution can now focus on staff training for the specific plan. Training will include both internal training for all staff, and training for some staff within the community. The latter is both an opportunity to integrate your emergency plan into other community responses, and to get to know emergency responders before the emergency. In this module you have access to two webinars. Part one will look at different kinds of training opportunities available for your staff, both institution and community emergency training. Part two will discuss practical exercises you can use to train staff for emergency situations.   

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) webinar was developed by Michael Wood, Michael R. Wood Consulting, and presented by Dr. Larry Killmar, Vice-President, Animal Science and Conservation, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.
Training Staff webinar is presented by Dr. Larry Killmar, Vice-President, Animal Science and Conservation, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

Webinar Length:  19 min. 28 sec.
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Discussion Question: Of the practical exercises (table-tops and drills) presented in the Training Staff webinar, would either or both work well for your institution? Describe all the training exercises you think will be most effective for your particular institution and how you will develop and implement them.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum - Training Sample (.pdf) 
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Online Resources
California Preservation Program, Disaster Plan Exercise

Heritage Preservation, On-line Courses in Emergency Management for Cultural Heritage Responders

Rescuing, Implementing the Incident Command System (ICS) for Cultural Institutions, (handbook of table-top exercises)

Speaker Biography
Michael Wood has over two decades of experience working for and with local governments and non-profits as a professional planner and planning administrator. His experience covers a wide range of topics including comprehensive planning, community redevelopment, public safety – hazard mitigation, economic development, environmental protection, affordable housing, and historic preservation. He has twice managed the complete revision of the Manatee County Comprehensive Plan and the complete policy update of the Highlands County Comprehensive Plan. Michael is a graduate of Ohio State University with a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, and a BA in Political Science. 

Larry Killmar has traveled extensively around the world, during which time he visited over 200 zoos. Larry is now Vice-President, Animal Science and Conservation at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. He is also an Affiliate Professor with George Mason University, a member of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group of IUCN and of the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquaria. Larry was recently elected President of the Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He was previously Deputy Director of Collections for the Zoological Society of San Diego, where he was employed for 36 years and managed one of the largest and most diverse collections in a zoological garden. 

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