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NYC LOCAL: Thursday 18 March 2010 UNIGROUP: Steven M. Crimando on Behavi

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Thursday 18 March 2010 UNIGROUP: Steven M. Crimando on Behavior-Based Emergency Preparedness and Response
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:09:14 -0000

  what="official UNIGROUP announcement"
  rsvp="registration requested, see below"
  entrance-fee="yes, see";
  location="The Cooper Union School of Engineering, see below"
  edits="some paragraphs removed so notice fits in mailboxen">

 Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 03:16:15 -0500 (EST)
 From: Unigroup_of_NY <>
 Subject: UNIGROUP Meeting 18-MAR-2010 (Thu): Emergency Preparedness and 



       When:  THURSDAY, March 18th, 2010    (** 3rd Thursday **)

      Where:  The Cooper Union  <>
              School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
              41 Cooper Square  (3rd Avenue @ 7th St, between 6th & 7th Streets)
              East Village, Manhattan
              New York City
              Meeting Room: 504CS
              ** Please RSVP **

       Time:  6:15 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
              6:30 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                 Answers and Current Events
              6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
              7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

       Cost:  See the Meeting+Membership Fee Schedule Below.

      Topic:  Behavior-Based Emergency Preparedness and Response

    Speaker:  Steven M. Crimando,
              Managing Director,
              XBRM - Extreme Behavioral Risk Management <>



    Unigroup's March 2010 meeting will be about Emergency Preparedness
    and Response, based on a Human-Factors or Psychological approach.
    (This meeting has been discussed at recent Unigroup meetings.)



    To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
    Registration Page:

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    Please avoid Emailed RSVPs.

    Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
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    Please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably at least 2-3 days
    prior to the meeting date, so we can plan the food order.
    RSVP deadline is usually the night before the meeting day.

    Note: RSVP is requested for this location to make sure the guard
          will let you into the building.  RSVP also helps us to
          properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
          seating, etc.) and speed up your sign-in at the meeting.
          If you forget to RSVP prior to the meeting day, you may
          still be able to show up and attend our meeting, however,
          we cannot guarantee what building security will do if
          you are "not on the list".



    Topic: Behavior-Based Emergency Preparedness and Response

    Program Description:

    To be effective, emergency and disaster policies, plans
    and exercises must be based on what people are most likely
    to do in a real time incident.  An incomplete or inaccurate
    understanding of human behavior in disasters can lead to
    responses that are ineffective, inappropriate and in some
    instances, potentially dangerous.  Leaders and decision-makers,
    emergency managers and business continuity planners all have
    a responsibility to understand and stay current with disaster
    behavioral research that can make a critical different in
    response and recovery operations.  This program introduces
    must-know information to help decision-makers form accurate
    behavioral assumptions to guide their planning efforts.

    Participants will learn:
    - Myths and facts about disaster-related behaviors
    - Current research finding about human behavior in
      disasters and emergencies.
    - Tactical psychology: Using clinical information for
      its operational value.
    - Integrating human factors into policies, and plans.
    - Designing and developing behaviorally-accurate exercises
      and drills.

    Program Outline:

    - Introduction
      - Speaker Background
      - History of Services
      - The Importance of the Topic
      - References

    - Disaster Human Factors: Forming Accurate Behavioral Assumptions
      - The Human Factors/Behavioral Science Approach to Planning
      - Behavioral-based Emergency Management
      - U.S. Department of Homeland Security Human Factors/Behavioral
        Science Division (Directorate of Science & Technology)
      - Applications of "Tactical Psychology" in planning
      - Perception vs. Reality: Disaster Behavior Myths
      - Anticipating the "Psychological Footprint" of disasters

    - Key Concepts in Disaster Psychology
      - Making the "Emotional" vs. "Behavioral" distinction in
      - Potential Adverse Emotional and Behavioral Reactions
      - General Behavioral Response Types
      - Risk Acceptance
      - Panic and Denial in Emergencies
      - Optimism Bias: Case Example- "Super Tuesday" Tornado Outbreak
      - Physiology of Fear and Stress: Affects on Disaster Recovery
        Task Performance
      - Understanding Traumatic Stress
      - Risk Communications Strategies

    - Applications of Behavior-based Emergency Planning and Response
      - Applications in Natural Disasters: Case Examples
      - Applications in Technological Disasters: Case Examples
      - Applications in Conventional Terrorism: Case Examples
      - Applications in Public Health Emergencies and Unconventional
      - Applying the "Bookends" Concept to Behavioral Predictions
      - Reactions to Atypical Threats: Goiania, Brazil cesium-137

    - Behavior-based Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning
      - Employee Willingness and Ability to Report and Stay on
        Task During Disasters
      - Using the Extended Parallel Processing Model (EPPM) of
        Forecasting Staffing During Emergencies
      - Fear Control vs. Danger Control
      - Organizational Strategies for Addressing Threat and
        Efficacy Perception
      - Implications for Crisis Team Member Selection and
        Team Development

    - Wrap Up
      - Closing Comments
      - Questions and Comments
      - Resources and References
      - Contact Information

    Web Resources:



    Speaker Biography:

    Steven M. Crimando, MA, BCETS, CHS-III, is an internationally
    known consultant and educator specialized in the human
    factors/behavioral sciences aspects of crisis management,
    homeland security and disaster response and recovery.  He is the
    Managing Director of Extreme Behavioral Risk Management (XBRM),
    a division of ALLSector Technology Group, Inc., a New York
    City-based consulting practice dedicated to the human factor in
    business continuity planning.  With more than 20-years of front
    line disaster response experience, Steve served as a Disaster
    Field Operations Supervisor for the FEMA's mental health response
    to the 9/11 WTC attacks and coordinated on-site psychological
    services at New Jersey's anthrax screening center.  He helped
    coordinate crisis response efforts at such incidents as the 1993
    World Trade Center bombing, Hurricane Floyd, and TWA Flight 800
    crash.  He serves as a consultant and trainer for numerous
    government agencies, NGO's and multinational corporations, and
    is the author of many published articles and book chapters.  He
    has been featured for his work in behavioral crisis prevention
    and response in the New York Times and many newspapers and
    magazines and frequently appears on both network and cable news
    and talk shows, as well as in the courts, as a subject matter
    expert addressing public and private sector crisis management.


    Company Biography:

    XBRM is a unique crisis management consulting practice dedicated
    to human factors/behavioral sciences applications in emergency
    management, disaster recovery, and homeland security.  XBRM
    helps prepare decision-makers and incident responders by
    providing training, consulting and technology to effectively
    address the emotional and behavioral challenges associated with
    the full spectrum of hazards and the various phases of
    management.  XBRM is home to some of the world's foremost
    experts in disaster and crisis-related human factors and offers
    a compressive portfolio of products and services addressing this
    important facet of crisis management.

    For more information about XBRM, please visit:


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    Fee Schedule:

    Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group,
    and its members pay a yearly membership fee.  For Unigroup members,
    there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during
    their membership year.  Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup
    meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

        Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
        Student Yearly Membership (with current! ID):   $ 25.00
        Non-Member Single Meeting Fee:                  $ 20.00
        Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with! ID):   $  5.00

      * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.

      ! Students: We are looking for proof that you are
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        a CURRENT date.  We have been presented Student IDs
        containing NO dates whatsoever, and in the
        current environment, perpetual/non-expiring access
        to university facilities just does not feel right.
        If your ID contains no date, please bring
        additional proof of current enrollment.  Thanks,

    NOTE: Simply receiving Unigroup Email Announcements does
          NOT indicate membership in Unigroup.



    Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This
    includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna
    and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato,
    tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and
    assorted SOFT beverages.



      The Cooper Union  <>
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th St, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City
      Meeting Room: (see above)

    Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
    new building with the non-traditional appearance.
    Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7 Street.

    Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
    Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
      directions to Unigroup (the room varies from month-to-month).

    Nearest mass transit stations are:
      '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                    then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
      'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                    then 1 block South.
      '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
      'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.

    Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

    There are also parking lots on Broadway, at (or just south of)
      Astor Place (8th Street).


    Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
    Please tell your friends about Unigroup!


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    Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
    the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.
    Unigroup is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded
    volunteer organization.  Unigroup holds regular and special event
    meetings throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix
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    ability to hold monthly meetings at our regular meeting location.

    Planned regular meeting dates are (usually 3rd Thursdays):
      3/18/2010, 5/??/2010, 7/15/2010, 9/??/2010, ...
    Also watch for Special Event meetings and "Field Trips" to the
    facilities of local hardware and software vendors.

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