Disaster Management

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OCU Faculty Member to Conduct Disaster Preparedness Workshop in Beirut, Lebanon

Ohio Christian University's Disaster Management and Relief Director, Professor Thad Hicks, traveled to the Middle East this summer with the Conflict Analysis and Intervention Group, CAAIG to conduct Disaster Preparedness workshops with a number of organizations active in the emergency relief field.  Conflict Analysis and Intervention Group is a U.S.-based organization with a Middle East North Africa (MENA) regional office in Beirut, Lebanon. CAAIG's mission is to transform conflict and manage emergencies through education, capacity building, and cross-cultural engagement.

On July 2nd, Professor Hicks will be presenting at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon.  Hicks' workshop is titled, "Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management" This one-day didactic and interactive workshop addresses Basic Preparedness, Natural & Technological Hazards, War & Terrorism, and Recovery from Disasters.  Attention will also be given to the core competencies of planning, incident command, potential injury patterns and consideration for special populations. It examines emergency management, planning, and response techniques and emphasizes on the effective coordination of medical facility personnel, public and non-profit agencies and the military to deal with a variety of man-made and natural events. 

The intended audience for the workshop includes organizations working on relief operations, medical trauma staff, and pre-hospital professionals who will most likely be the first receivers of casualties following major disasters. Other health care providers, administrators, public health personnel, and emergency managers were also encouraged to apply.  The organizers of the workshop decided that the workshop should be restricted to 25 attendees in order to allow for a better learning environment for those attending.

These connections being formed by Professor Hicks and CAAIG will pay off in the future for OCU students as they seek internships and eventually jobs in the disaster field. "I have seen the list of attendees and there are many very important groups attending, great places to send our students," Hicks added.