About the webinar: The 2018 disaster season was catastrophic, and the greatest impact was on our most vulnerable population – children. Children who experience disaster are five times more likely to have serious emotional trauma than adults. As a nation, we are still behind in implementing programs and standards to protect them. In fact, 79% of recommendations made by the National Commission on Children in disasters in 2010 remain unfulfilled. However, there are innovative ways to address the current gaps in child protection and ensure that communities are equipped to protect children. Join us for a special session to understand the unique needs of children, learn best practices from the 2018 disaster season, and explore how you can pioneer new programs to protect children and advocate for policies that create lasting change. We hope to see you there!
About the presenters:
Sarah Thompson, CEM, is the director of U.S. emergencies for Save the Children, where she leads emergency preparedness, recovery and psychosocial programming. In addition to developing a robust training library that help caregivers prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, Sarah is the author of the Prep Rally curriculum, an innovative program that teaches children preparedness skills through play and has reached more than 100,000 children and won the 2017 FEMA Community Preparedness Award. Sarah also manages national partnerships in building momentum around youth preparedness and recovery, including as a leader of FEMA’s National Youth Preparedness Strategy and as chair of the National VOAD Preparedness Committee. Sarah holds a Masters in Health Communications from Johns Hopkins University and is a certified emergency manager.
Cameron Lewis is a program specialist in U.S. emergencies at Save the Children. Cameron manages signature programs, including the Prep Rally that teaches children preparedness skills through fun interactive exercises and Child Friendly Spaces to provide a safe environment in which children can play, socialize, learn and express themselves in times of disaster. Cameron began his career in emergency management more than a decade ago, by serving in national service programs including AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps VISTA, and the Peace Corps. His experience responding to Hurricane Katrina inspired him to receive a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management. He is currently serving as the Chair of the NVOAD Volunteer Management Committee and AmeriCorps Alums Triangle Chapter.