Training Opportunities

NOAA: Coastal Community Planning and Stakeholder Engagement Training

Coastal and waterfront areas face tremendous development pressure and communities grapple with guiding development and redevelopment in ways that maximizes benefits and limits potential negative consequences. How and where growth and re-development occurs in coastal communities has huge environmental, economic and social consequences. This training will actively engage participants in learning about planning processes, conventional patterns of development, impacts from these development patterns and alternative options for development in their community.  It will provide background information, examples, and resources to support alternative (smart growth) development in coastal communities and introduces the importance of natural hazard resilience. The training teaches stakeholder engagement techniques that can be applied in various group settings. Through group discussions and activities, participants will apply the knowledge and skills learned in this course.

The Peconic Institute, the Peconic Estuary Program, and the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University are partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to offer this training January 28, 2014 (8:30am-5pm at the Peconic Institute. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

Training format:
This training has two components.  The first component is online followed by a one day in-person workshop.  The online portion of the training should take participants 1-2 hours to complete and an easy step-by-step guide is provided. NOAA trainers and John Botos of the Peconic Institute will be available to answer any questions participants may have as they complete the online portion. Participants will have two weeks to complete the online component. The one day in-person workshop builds off the online component, highlights a local speaker, provides group exercises, and information on tools that can be used in your community to implement alternative growth approaches.
Who should attend?
The course is designed for local elected officials and related personnel (e.g., council members, commission members, etc.), developers, land use planners, business leaders, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, realtors, emergency managers, community groups, members of civic or organizations, coastal resource managers, and concerned citizens.
The Coastal Community Planning and Development training, developed by NOAA and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), enables participants to understand, plan, and guide efforts to implement alternative growth and development approaches in their coastal communities. The training is most productive when attended by a broad spectrum of community members, such as local elected officials, developers, planners, community groups, and concerned citizens.


National Disaster Preparedness Training Courses

Peconic Institute is hosting FEMA certified National Disaster Preparedness Training Courses organized by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center located at the University of Hawaii:

Coastal Community Resilience – February 7, 2014

This one-day training course will provide state and local government agency staff and other stakeholder groups with background on natural hazards. In addition, the course will guide an approach to (1) assess community resilience and (2) develop next steps for improved resilience. Through increased awareness of natural hazards and best practices, the course will enhance community resilience for state and local government agency staff that routinely interface with the community, private sector, and other stakeholder groups. The course will be designed for national implementation, while allowing integration of local concerns through case studies and focused group exercises.

Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery – February 21, 2014

The course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills regarding social media and its uses, as well as the current tools, methods, and models to properly make use of social media for crisis communication. Participants will take part in facilitator-led activities. Through the use of social media tools, participants will learn and master skills to disseminate information and monitor, track, measure, and analyze social media traffic. Participants will be able to use social media as a method to identify warning signs that a crisis is developing. The use of social media for disaster preparedness has two components:

1)  As an effective means for providing updated information about a crisis, proactive steps must be taken prior to disasters in order for effective communications to occur.

2)  As a part of crisis observation, managers should be monitoring social media platforms and channels that may be relevant to their organization. Observing can be as simple as conducting regular searches and analyses of media platforms for keywords and phrases that may imply an emerging crisis or disaster. Monitoring of social media should extend into the crisis response and post-crisis phases to check how crisis management efforts are being received.

NDPTC Trainer Christopher Tarantino

NDPTC Trainer Christopher Tarantino

HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities – [Two day course] January 16 & 17, 2014

Of all natural disasters, hurricanes are among the deadliest and most costly in the built environment. This is a two-day, performance-level course which provides professionals with the knowledge and training necessary to develop and design hurricane resilient communities and hurricane resistant buildings. This workshop will discuss existing regulations and propose new standards for community planning and building design in hurricane-prone areas in our age of global climate change.

Course module topics include an introduction to hurricane science and history; design strategies against primarily the hurricane hazards of wind, water and debris damage; current and suggested zoning and building codes which address hurricane forces; unsuccessful and successful case studies of post-hurricane sites; a prototype plan and design of a hurricane resistant school and community shelter facility; and an innovative hands-on planning and design project.

Coastal Flood Risk Reduction – [One day course, offered twice] February 26 (Brooklyn location) or 27 (Southampton location), 2014

This is a one-day performance-level training course that develops the participant’s ability to apply coastal risk reduction and opportunity enhancement measures to coastal floodplain management. The course format is as follows:

  • Modules 1 and 2 will introduce the course scenario, with Module 2 concluding with an activity requiring teams of participants to define one or more scenario-appropriate problems.
  • Modules 3, 4, and 5 will discuss both the risks and opportunities that are associated with natural coastal processes and their relationships with the manmade environment. These modules will conclude with practical exercises in which participant teams identify risks and opportunities associated with their problems identified in the previous team activity.
  • Module 6 will present capabilities that are available to coastal communities, and will conclude with teams developing “No Adverse Impact” (NAI) strategies and applying and designing these strategies to reduce risks and enhance the coastal opportunities associated with their scenario-driven problems. The strategies will be developed within the context of each emergency management phase: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Module 7 will conclude the course with a general discussion of strategies presented within the context of resulting “No Adverse Impact,” resiliency, and administration requirements.

    PI Board Member Bill Chaleff and Town of Southampton's Director of Land Management Kyle Collins participating in the HURRIPLAN course.

    PI Board Member Bill Chaleff and Town of Southampton’s Director of Land Management Kyle Collins participating in the HURRIPLAN course.

Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers of Senior Citizens - January 23 (Brooklyn location) or 24 (Southampton location), 2014 [One day course, offered twice]

Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards. Factors such as physical limitations, mental ailments, and medication requirements are issues of concern for caregivers of senior citizens. These specific needs, amongst other considerations for natural hazards, must be addressed in preparedness plans for these at-risk citizens.

This course is designed to enhance the caregiver’s awareness of vulnerability factors associated with senior citizens. Participants will learn how to identify, prepare, and perform a number of support activities that will ensure the safety and security of senior citizens when a natural hazard event occurs. Particular attention is directed toward developing an awareness of the preparedness and response needs of all senior citizens, inclusive of economic, medical, cognitive and mobility determinants.

Natural Disaster Awareness for Community Leaders – February 28, 2014

Community leaders have the responsibility and opportunity to enhance their communities’ ability to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all forms of disasters. This course will help to enhance these individuals’ understanding of disasters, risk assessment in the context of disaster management, prevailing emergency management procedures and operations, and the different vulnerability factors that exist within their local communities.

To Register and for more information about the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center :