December 6, 2017
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Salt Palace Convention Center
100 South West Temple, Suite 255
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
How does a community recover from a major disaster? From flood, to fire, to the Big One, our valley is as vulnerable as any other. What matters is how we are prepared to deal with these challenges, and ultimately how to recover. Learn about Salt Lake County's emergency preparedness, and hear from experts from all over the country.
EDGAR HARRELL - USS Indianapolis SurvivorKeynote SpeakerOne of only 317 survivors of the disaster of the USS Indianapolis, Edgar Harrell was stranded in the open ocean for five days. Surviving shark attacks, hypothermia, severe dehydration, and salt-water hallunications, they were eventually rescued — only to face a Navy coverup.
SANDRA MILLERS YOUNGER - The ComeBACK FormulaSandra lost her home, 12 neighbors, and nearly her own life in California's biggest wildfire. Afterwards, she discovered that personal resilience is both a natural strength and a skillset we can build like a muscle. Combining her own experience with leading academic research, she developed The ComeBACK Formula, a five-step system of practices to transform disaster into opportunity.
JAMES SCHWAB - Hazards Planning CenterProper planning for hazards mitigation, post-disaster recovery, and climate change adaptation can enable communities to be prepared for the 21st century. Includes guidelines for how to develop safe, resilient communities that can minimize their losses from disasters while efficiently utilizing their resources to recover in an improved manner.
MARIA BERNADZIKOWSKI & CATHERINE BEDOLLA - 2016 Ellicott City FloodOn July 30, 2016, Ellicott City, Maryland experienced its worst flooding since Hurricane Agnes. The destruction to the historic town was massive; two individuals lost their lives, and the county suffered over $16 million in economic damage. This presentation will provide a history of Ellicott City’s flooding, the vulnerabilities of this town and others like it, and how it compares to cities within Salt Lake County.