3.11  Think! Swim! Survive! - How to Alter Your Thinking Patterns for Personal and Work Survival and Recovery After the Disaster
Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Venue: George R. Brown Convention Center
Room: 320C

A Disaster is in progress in your locality. You are in the process of losing your house and your facility. No home. No job. But for the present, your entire focus is on self-preservation - for you and your family. All of your training and planning is useless because no one could have foreseen what is unfolding before your very eyes. You literally have to survive by your wits. Join us for a combination presentation and panel discussion where several Facility Managers will recount how they responded to disasters, both big and small and where they will exchange ideas, tips and key learning from their personal experience. Attendees will learn, through testimonials, about the decision-making and option-sorting processes that each panelist used. See how their differing perspectives might assist you when you are faced with a life-threating situation. Many people’s brains shut down when faced with a survival situation. Attendees will leave this session with an awareness of how disasters unravel and will be able to carry “Lessons Learned” and “survival thinking” with them in the unfortunate event that they are faced with a critical, but undoubtedly different situation in the future. All disasters are unique and there are enormous benefits to planning, but there are always unexpected “twists” that can render your plans useless. What do you do then? Join us. Listen. Learn. Hopefully, you will never have to face a disaster, but if you are, you will be able to draw upon the past experiences of others to guide you to survival and recovery.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
Examine how the world changes both during and after a disaster and understand key learnings that can help you survive personally and professionally.
Identify critical elements for getting your organization back to work; understand the timeframes for different recovery approaches and assimilate how an understanding of Human Nature can give you an advantage in the bewildering post-disaster world
Learn through a round-table discussion how Facility Managers have responded to both small and large scale disasters and how leveraging social media should be a critical component of any disaster plan.
Assess how "lessons learned" in this discussion can help you create a mental map for disaster survival and provide a path for recovery; both personally and professionally.
Levels of Learning
200 level
Topic Category:
Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity
Susan Moury, Business Continuity Coordinator, Tower Federal Credit Union
Mr. Barry Lynch, Strategic Facility Planner/ Workplace Strategist, Labarre Associates, Inc.