On April 23-25th, 2019, CRRC and DPP co-sponsored a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Regional Preparedness Training (NRPT) Workshop at the USEPA facility in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The workshop, titled “Learning from the Past and Moving Forward: Response* Challenges from Severe Weather or Tsunamis to Shared Trust Resources and Mission Responsibilities”, focused on preparedness, planning and improving response to an extreme weather event or natural disaster.

This was the fourth workshop in a series of NRPT events, the goal of this workshop is to provide focused discussion regarding lessons learned from hurricane and natural disaster response for specific regions. NRPT workshops are conducted to improve preparedness and build a common understanding of how disasters can be addressed when they threaten personnel, infrastructure or natural resources. This program uses NOAA resources to address localized problems and concerns with respect to emergency preparedness and planning. The focus of the workshop was improving preparedness- through communication, logistics and building relationships/planning season for the Caribbean region (e.g., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) following the 2017 hurricane.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Improve knowledge and skills to enhance risk communications before and after a damaging or disastrous tropical hurricane (cyclone) or tsunami event.
  2. Apply lessons learned to “disaster readiness” for safety of staff and families as well as shared trust resources.
  3. Enhance effective mission response and recovery activities.
  4. Build resilient local coastal communities on the islands through preparedness planning to: (a) gain knowledge, (b) enhance cross-agency and cross-regional coordination, and (c) foster response/recovery planning and informed actions.

Workshop Goals:

  1. With adequate information and communicated knowledge, the public and response community will make informed decisions relative to personal protection and safety.

With adequate information and effective communications, responders and natural resource managers are prepared for and respond effectively to mitigate disaster impacts.


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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Regional Preparedness Training (NRPT) Workshop

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