SDMI unveils Industry Emergency Management Orientation
Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) works to prevent the suffering of animals involved in disasters
SDMI & Continuity Insights partner to host small business continuity workshops on April 30th in conjunction with the 2014 Continuity Insights Management Conference

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News & Highlights

Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) Holds Quarterly Meeting

April 4, 2014

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The Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) held its quarterly meeting at LSU’s Business Education Complex on Friday, April 4th. Members of ADAG gathered to discuss solutions and form working groups to tackle the various needs of pets and other animals that arise as a result of disasters and other emergencies, including: recovery policies, pet evacuations and sheltering, pet decontamination, pet evacuation mobile shelters and a pet identification plan.

Also included in the meeting was a presentation by Bruce Davis, Ph.D., Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. Davis introduced a mobile image analysis tool, currently in development, which utilizes the functionality of currently available mobile tablets and smartphones and allows disaster responders to access pre and post disaster images as an intelligent map. The mobile tool permits search and rescue responders to gather photos and information of affected areas and animals and quickly update the system with the most current information in the shared system from their mobile devices.

Members of ADAG will also be participating in the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness’ (GOHSEP) full scale exercise on April 5th to test the disaster response capabilities of local, state and federal agencies. The Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are active in the drill with a focus on animal rescue during disaster response.

The Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) was formed by SDMI and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) to address these issues and lead a coalition of involved and interested organizations to reduce the harm to animals as a result of disasters. ADAG is made up of individuals representing local, state, and the federal government, academia, and private institutions, with expertise in emergency animal preparedness, response, and recovery matters. … Read the rest

SDMI Participates in “A Day Without Business” Symposium

April 3, 2014


The 2014 A Day Without Business Symposium kicked off April 3rd in Tulsa Oklahoma with representatives from SDMI attending the event to participate in a  business continuity and disaster preparedness panel. Attendees of the symposium hear from those who have experienced and survived  disasters first-hand and learn from experts in the fields of continuity planning, information technology, insurance, finance, disaster recovery, and more.

SDMI has participated in A Day Without Business in previous years and was asked to return for the 2014 symposium to share knowledge and resources with participants.  A Day Without Business is presented by Tulsa Parters, Inc., a non-profit organization with a vision to create disaster-resistant and sustainable communities.

To learn more about the symposium and Tulsa Partners, visit:

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SDMI announces Industry Emergency Management Orientation

March 24, 2014

The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) is excited to announce a new initiative which involves introducing petro-chemical companies that are new to Louisiana to the local and state level emergency management process and response protocol. The Industry Emergency Management Orientation, created in partnership between SDMI, Louisiana State Police, Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) Directors, and the Louisiana Department of Environment Quality (LA DEQ), was designed to educate the industrial facility decision makers and help them prepare for, and hopefully prevent or lessen the effects of, any serious hazardous materials event at their facility.

The orientation also creates an opportunity for these decision makers to have an open discussion with emergency management professionals about their specific emergency plans and how a safer environment can be created for their employees and the communities in which they are located.

“The Industry Emergency Management Orientation initiative is based upon a very basic concept; working together to accomplish a common goal,” says Taylor Moss, Command Technician of Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Unit. “Most often it is easier said than done and requires an organization that has the ability to pull together a large number of stakeholders and to focus their energy towards accomplishing a unique task in a condensed timeline; the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute has accomplished this. With the participation of the industry decision makers in this program, we believe they will be better prepared to address serious issues and to take the actions necessary to protect their employees and the citizens in the surrounding communities. I am honored to be a part of such a worthwhile endeavor to have the opportunity to work with an organization consisting of the finest local and state emergency management professionals.”

The Industry Emergency Management Orientation kicked off in March in Ascension Parish with representatives from Methanex.… Read the rest

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