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Connecticut Annual Citizen Corps Council Conference – 2013
“The Citizen Responder - A Proven Force Multiplier”

Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5, 2013
Water's Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498
Note: We have reserved a block of rooms, priced at $81 each.
If you are planning to stay overnight, register with the hotel as soon as possible!


(unfortunately, we will not be able to guarantee lunch for onsite registrants)

AGENDA - Printer Friendly - updated 8/19/2013


Please Note: Final Program will be available at registration on September 4, 2013



- Wednesday, September 4, 2013
  7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast  
  8:15 - 8:25 a.m.

Presentation of Nation’s Colors – Public Safety Academy, Student Honor Guard, Enfield, Connecticut
National Anthem – Ms. Ally Schulz, Berlin High School, Berlin, Connecticut

  8:25 - 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks - William H. Austin, Chairperson,
Connecticut Statewide Citizen Corps Council
  8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Welcoming Comments - - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy; Senator Richard Blumenthal; Senator Chris Murphy (invited); First Selectman Noel Bishop, Westbrook, Connecticut; Deputy Commissioner William P. Shea, Connecticut Department Emergency Services Public Protection; Director of Emergency Management, William J. Hackett, Division Emergency Management Homeland Security; Jonathan Best, Director, Public Health Preparedness and Response, Connecticut Department of Public Health; Joseph Sastre, President, Connecticut Emergency Management Association; and Theresa M. Bachhuber, Senior General Manager, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care      
  9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Building Community Resilience William Spear, Creator of the “Second Response” initiative and CEO Fortunate Blessings Foundation, Litchfield, Connecticut. How CERT and Medical Reserve Corps units can build resilience in handling children during disasters.  Mr. Spear’s 20 plus years of experience includes deployments to Japan, Russia, Israel, Haiti, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy help us focus our skill in dealing with child trauma.  
  10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break  
  10:30 - 11:15 a.m. FEMA Region 1 Preparedness Update – William Webster, FEMA Region 1, Federal Preparedness Coordinator                
  11:15 a.m.- 12:10 p.m. General Session (GS-1)  The Role of Collaborative Response in Emergency Preparation and Response, William P. Herdegen, President, Connecticut Light and Power, Inc.  
  12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (provided for attendees) and Citizen Corps Award Presentations – Katherine McCormack, Co-chair, Citizen Corps Awards Committee – Conference award program with awards based on nominations and approval action by the Citizen Corps Awards Committee.  A special presentation of the new “Connecticut Community Preparedness Hero Award” will be made.  
    Afternoon sessions are more fully described in the printable Agenda.  

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Energize Your Team

The Future of Citizen Corps in the DEMHS Vision

CT Emergency Management Association Meeting
(CEMA Members only allowed to vote)

  3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break Break  
  3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Statewide Grant Funding Process and Training Requirements Managing CERT teams, the problems, issues and leadership required (CERT Team managers only)  

- Thursday, September 5
  7:30 Registration and Full Breakfast
  8:00 - 8:10 a.m. Opening Remarks – William H. Austin, Statewide Chairperson      
  8:10 - 9:00 a.m. General Session (GS-2) The Impact of HR 1303 on Connecticut Schools - Bruce Lockwood, former Commissioner of the National Commission on Children in Disasters - How the Connecticut gun legislation affects your community, your children and you.
  9:00 - 9:50 a.m. General Session (GS-3) Citizen Corps – Social media – Your Team’s Opportunity– A presentation on four initiatives that can directly affect your team’s functional ability in public relations and communications.  Four presenters will give you creative ideas to maximize your team’s community efforts.  
  9:50 - 10:00 a.m. Break  
  10:00 - 10:55 a.m. General Session (GS-4) The Mobile CPR Project– Kelsey Sheak, - In the U.S. each year, over 300,000 adults will suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).That’s why experts from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine with support of a sponsorship by The Travelers Companies, Inc., have teamed up with the American Heart Association, Hartford area hospitals, community-based organizations and the City of Hartford to launch an innovative community project to bring CPR training to the public at no cost. The new two-year program, The Mobile CPR Project – Hartford, will focus on local communities with low rates of CPR training, using a proctored presentation including a video and instructional kit that teaches CPR in less than 30 minutes.  
  10:55 - 11:55 a.m. General Session (GS-5) Making a Difference: When the Unthinkable Happens and a Role for Volunteers – Jenna Bush Hager, NBC News Correspondent, Editor-at-Large for Southern Living Magazine, founder of the NOVO Project and Chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation Special note:  Ms. Jenna Bush Hager will join us for lunch and photo opportunities.  
  Noon - 12:50 p.m. Lunch (provided for attendees) – William H. Austin, Statewide Chairperson, Introduction of the DEMHS Regional Coordinators  
    Afternoon sessions are more fully described in the printable Agenda.  
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
CERT Trainer Annual Meeting
CL&P and CERT Team Electrical Safety
TRACK C (1:00-2:30 p.m.)
Medical Reserve Corps Conference
  2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break Break    
  2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Statewide Citizen Corps Council Meeting      

Special thanks to the Connecticut Statewide Citizen Corps Council Conference Planning Committee for 2013:  Karen Stewartson; Viola Heath; Joel Severance; Katherine McCormack; Paul Gibb; Gary Ruggiero; Joe Perrelli; Donald Janelle and Bill Austin.


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Sponsored by Connecticut Light and Power Company

Sponsored by the Medical Reserve Corps
Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Public Health
Sponsored by the Connecticut Emergency Management Association (CEMA)
Sponsored by Vitas Innovative Hospice Care

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