Hoboken, New Jersey Mayor Dawn Zimmer shows FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Oct. 2012
Are You A Current Or Former Elected Official With Disaster Experience To Share?
Are you the mayor of a city or leader of a county or parish that has been through a disaster and want access to that guidance? Are you a proactive elected official who wants to learn more about keeping your community safe? Click here to create a profile and be vetted to join the private LeadersLink network.
Once you submit your profile, LeadersLink will verify your identity and allow you to enter our Brainstorming Chamber. There you will have 24-7 access to post suggestions and advice, sharing what worked for you that could help others. If your community has experienced a crisis and you've got questions, post them here to learn how your peers solved the same problem. If you're crafting a disaster prevention plan and aren't sure where to start, here you can find out what others did.
This is also where you can get involved in out "disaster mentor" program. If you have significant experience dealing with a serious disaster and have time to share what you've learned one-on-one with another elected official facing a similar crisis, let us know. If your community has just been hit by a disaster and you'd like to talk to a mentor, just ask! This is a unique partnership where leaders via phone, email, text, Skype, Facetime or even in person share their first-hand knowledge - what worked, what didn't and what might be coming around the corner.
Because we believe disaster preparedness is so important, feel free to click "Resources" above and access LeadersLink's acclaimed production Leading Through the Storm. The video walks you through the steps Gulf Coast elected officials took as they grappled with the worst natural disaster in U.S. history - Hurricane Katrina. The lessons and advice are timeless and instructive to anyone who might someday be at the helm during a major crisis.
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"It's a great idea. The lessons learned and experiences gained through a disaster are so helpful to instruct or guide people. It's just so valuable that experience, and so helpful. There's an art to this."
"I would love to have had someone saying 'for the next 3 weeks here's what you need to focus on'. That would have really helped me. There really wasn't a lot of information passed on to us about what was coming in the weeks and months ahead. I remember pulling articles from the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. We did our best to anticipate a lot of issues."
"A website would be really helpful. The ability to link to somebody, talk to somebody in a city of 10,000 or 300,000. There is just some consolation to hearing affirmation. Truthfully, the emotional support means a lot."
"There's a lot of people sit back and say, 'Oh my God! What am I going to do?' At times, you just need someone to talk to about what you need to be doing next."
"You're going to get the first call. So you'd better have some answers. You have five minutes! You need to know what you're going to do."
"If we keep educating folks - however it needs to be done - but if we can keep educating and letting them know what we know now and wished we had known back then, I think we'll all be better off."
"I think it's very important. It gives us an opportunity to take lessons learned and mistakes made and pass them forward and help people make the right decisions and keep from making the wrong ones."
"Anytime you tap on experience, that's a whole lot better a lot of times than a bunch of books. If you have somebody that lived it say, this is what you need to do. Especially if it worked out."
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