Responding to Disaster; The Role of Parks and Recreation


Hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, earthquakes...Natural disaster events happen. Goals of the Operation Recreation Response initiative include helping agencies proactively develop capacity to natural disasters through better management practices. ORR has several layers: 1) Before an event - Emergency preparedness through proactive planning and assessments; 2) During the event, aligning mutual aid type assistance and providing services to those affected, including staff; and 3) After the event - Providing assistance to rebuild and repair park and recreation assets. We will cover tools, best practices, and innovations for preparation and response

Session Length: 1.25 Hours

Credit: 0.1 CEU

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Linda Smith

Interim Director of Parks and Recreation, Town of Chapel Hill

Linda Smith is a parks and recreation professional particularly skilled in budgeting, business, industry, events, and planning. Linda received her Bachelor’s from SUNY Cortland and her Master’s from UNC Chapel Hill. Linda spent 15 years at the Town of Cary's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. Linda is currently Interim Director, Parks and Recreation, for the Town of Chapel Hill.

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