Emergency Preparedness for Nonprofit Organizations
Track Leader: John Cooper
When a natural disaster or other catastrophic event strikes an organization or community, those nonprofits that serve vulnerable populations are often at high risk as well. Being prepared to deal with an emergency can mean the difference between becoming defunct or being able to continue serving clients who rely on you. This workshop track takes participants through the process of creating an emergency preparedness plan for misfortunes such as fire, natural disaster, or the unexpected loss of executive staff.
Track Limit: 20
|John Cooperfocuses on community development, environmental justice, dispute resolution, public policy research, emergency management, and land use planning.John directed the FEMA Emergency Preparedness Demonstration Program, a $2.5 million effort to understand barriers to increased disaster awareness and preparedness in marginalized communities. In addition, he has provided consultation to community development advocates on issues of planning and civic engagement, and has been a visiting lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC).
He is a past member of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Advisory Panel and The Community Home Trust (Chapel Hill, NC) Board of Directors. He currently serves on a number of advisory boards including the Board of Visitors for the UNC Institute for the Environment, the Technical and Operational Advisory Committee of the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) and the Advisory Board for the Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters at UNC.
Educational background: Economics, urban planning, city and regional planning (Texas A & M University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).