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Monday, 19 May 2014 16:04
What happens when disaster occurs in your community?
For the first time ever, Rock Island and Scott Counties have collaborated in an effort to bring national and local speakers in to share their personal experiences dealing with disasters. The Quad Cities Disaster Readiness Conference will be held on May 21, 2014 at the Isle of Capri Conference Center, and will address lessons learned from actual events in Joplin, MO, Washington, IL, and LeClaire, IA. Presentations will provide firsthand information to first responders, support agencies, community partners and elected officials who will be responding to and managing large scale disasters. This conference is a collaboration of the Scott County Healthcare Coalition, Rock Island and Scott County Emergency Management Agencies, Rock Island and Scott County Health Departments, Genesis Health System, Unity Point Health-Trinity, Rock Island Arsenal/Garrison, American Red Cross, and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.
The agenda for the conference and speaker bios are below.
7:15-8:00 am
8:00-8:10 am
8:10-9:00 am
Ryan Nicholls, MS Fire and Emergency Management, “Responder Logistical Support”
9:10-10:00 am
Rebecca and Genevieve Williams, “Social Media, Joplin, MO”
10:00-10:30 am
Networking and Vendors (Opportunity for media interviews with speakers)
• ServPro, ProPac, Rock Island Medical Reserve Corp, Red Cross/Quad City VOAD, Werner Restoration, Modern Woodman of America and Grainger
10:30-11:20 am
Breakout Session:
• Donna Dubberke and Maren Stoflet, “Severe Weather Response”
• Lt. Kody Stitz, Coast Guard, “LeClaire Tugboat Incident”
• Troy Erbentraut, RHCC Peoria, “Washington, IL Tornado”
Closing Remarks and Evaluation
Administrative Center
600 W. 4th Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801-1030
Office: (563) 326-8618 Fax: (563)326-8774
Speaker Bios
Ryan Nicholls: Ryan is the Emergency Management Planning Specialist for the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to that, he served as the Director for the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management where he worked in all phases of emergency management for the local governing bodies.
Ryan worked for the FEMA Long-Term Recovery Team following Katrina. Since Katrina, he has worked in Springfield, Greene County as the local Emergency Management Director. He also serves on the Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team. Since his time in these positions, he has worked many disaster incidents such as ice storms, floods, and tornadoes, including the Joplin tornado of May 2011 and Hurricane Sandy of 2012.
Ryan has a Masters Degree in Fire and Emergency Management at Oklahoma State University. He has received his Certified Emergency Manager from the International Association of Emergency Managers, the Missouri Certified Emergency Manager, and has completed the Emergency Management Advanced Professional Development Series from FEMA. He received his Bachelors of Nursing from Missouri State University. Prior to Emergency Management, he worked as a Registered Nurse in a Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit. He lives in Greene County with his wife and six children.
Rebecca Williams: Rebecca is the managing administrator at Joplin TornadoInfo a Facebook community with over 46,000 fans She is co - author of "The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery" a field guide currently in revision. Rebecca is a seventh generation Ozarkian and community activist. She is a 1986 graduate of Missouri Southern State University with an Associate of Science in Nursing. Rebecca has worked as a crisis intervention specialist, psychiatric nurse, home health and labor & delivery nurse. She has experience in radio, television and cable television broadcasting, sales, copywriting, public relations and voice over work. Rebecca is dedicated to promoting disaster recovery social media infrastructure preparedness.
Genevieve Williams: Genevieve is the co-founder and project manager of Joplin Tornado Info, and is obsessed with Web 2.0 and Disaster Recovery. She has worked in Social Media and Web Marketing for the past 4 years. Genevieve is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Missouri State University and previously studied Alternative Energy at Crowder College where she participated in three DOE Solar Decathlons.
Donna Dubberke: Growing up in tornado country, Donna always wanted to be a meteorologist (from the time she was 9 years old!) She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Meteorology, and then joined the National Weather Service in 1992. Since then she has worked in forecast offices in Texas, Oklahoma, and now the Quad Cities. She is currently the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) for the Quad Cities Forecast Office. In this role, she is responsible for facilitating community safety and preparedness initiatives throughout eastern Iowa, western Illinois, and northeast Missouri.
Maren Stoflet: Mare is the Service Hydrologist for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Davenport, IA. She earned a bachelor of science degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maren began her career with the National Weather Service in 2002, and has served as a meteorologist at the weather forecasting offices in Springfield, Missouri and Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas. Her interest in the hydrologic aspects of forecasting brought Maren to her current role as Service Hydrologist, where she oversees the NWS Davenport office’s hydrology program and interacts with federal, state, and local partners.
Lt. Kody Stitz: LT Stitz serves as the Supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment Quad Cities in Rock Island, Illinois. As the Supervisor he is responsible for Coast Guard operations in all or portions of a five state area (Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Nebraska) that includes over 700 miles of commercially navigable waters of the Missouri, Des Moines, and Upper Mississippi rivers and their tributaries. He leads eleven active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel in promoting safety, security, and environmental protection in the region.
Major ICS events that LT Stitz has been involved with: Towing vessel Stephen L. Colby sinking in the Mississippi River with 90,000 gal of oil on board (2013); Oil tanker Eagle Otome collision in Beaumont, TX spilling 460,000 gal of crude oil into the Sabine River (2010), Hurricane Ike devastation to the Texas coast (2008), Ferry LeConte grounding in Alaska with 109 passengers and 20,000 gal of oil on board (2004).
LT Stitz is a prior enlisted member who achieved the rank of Marine Science Technician First Class prior to selection to the Coast Guard’s Precommissioning Program for Enlisted Personnel (PPEP) where he was granted a 2-year sabbatical to complete his Bachelors of Business Administration Degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. Upon completion of the degree LT Stitz attended Officer Candidate School in New London, CT, graduating in 2007.
His military decorations include the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, Meritorious Team Commendation, Humanitarian Service Award, as well as other unit and team awards.
A native of Madison, South Dakota, LT Stitz is married to Sofia, his High School sweetheart, and together they have been blessed with four wonderful children.
Troy Erbentraut: Troy has his degree in Criminal Justice and spent six years in Law Enforcement as a police officer before coming to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in 1999.
He has worked in various divisions of the medical center including Emergency Services, Materials Management, Facilities, and Clinical Operations.
Troy is currently the OSF SFMC Disaster Preparedness Manager / Illinois Region 2 MRT Director of Response Operations / Region 2 RHCC/ POD Coordinator.
His responsibilities include improving the emergency preparedness of the medical center, regional medical facilities and EMS systems.
Also in his current position, he coordinates the disaster and emergency response for OSF Saint Francis while also managing the Regional Hospital Coordinating Center (RHCC) for Illinois Department of Public Health, EMS Region 2.
Troy is a National Registered Emergency Technician and holds numerous certificates including a Certified Healthcare Coordinator from Georgia College of Medicine.
He is also a member of the Illinois Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Team. Troy has been involved in disaster responses as part of the Healthcare Incident Management Team, as well as being active in medical response teams within the region, throughout the state of Illinois, and internationally.
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