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Orlando, FL – Councilman Maldonado joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund and more than 45 Latino public officials from across the country to discuss issues relating to emergency response and community preparedness at the National Policy Institute on Emergency Response and Management convening. The two-and-half day event took place from November 22-24, 2013 at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, FL.
Councilman Maldonado and other policymakers participating in the Institute had an opportunity to work directly with emergency preparedness officials to enhance their understanding of multi-agency coordination and the incident command system, a systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response situations. Councilman Maldonado will receive a certificate indicating his participation in the Department of Homeland Security overview and training.
With disaster becoming more common and costly - and with some regions enduring multiple disasters - the importance of building community resilience and preparedness during emergency response has never been greater.
“Given South Florida’s well documented history bearing the brunt of so many destructive hurricanes, it stands to reason that we need to take emergency preparedness with utmost seriousness,” said Councilman Maldonando. A life-long resident of Homestead. “Like you, I remember Hurricane Andrew all too well. While we are ultimately helpless to stop nature’s course, we can always do a better job heeding our early warning systems and our first responder’s directives to keep our communities out of harm’s way.”
The timely Institute highlighted ways elected officials can promote emergency preparedness to help their respective communities respond to and recover from natural disasters, pandemics and other hazards. The event, which is the second NALEO Educational Fund convening focused on emergency response issues, also addressed the important role that policymakers can play as an information broker to immigrant and non-English speaking residents during times of crisis in their communities.
At the Institute, Councilman Maldonado heard from a number of elected officials and experts on how to ensure their respective communities are prepared in the event of a natural disaster or emergency including a Federal Emergency Management Agency Director of Individual and Community Preparedness Gwen Camp, Former Mass. State Rep. and American Red Cross of Massachusetts CEO Jarrett Tomás Barrios, City of Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez and LISTOS Co-Founder Gracie Huerta.
The National Policy Institute on Emergency Response and Management is made possible through the generous support of Title Sponsor, State Farm®. A full schedule and list of speakers is available on the NALEO Educational Fund website at http://www.naleo.org/emergencymanagement.html.