Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency
The Hero Project's cultural-based model of empowering tribes and small communities to prepare, plan, respond and recover from the psycho-social-emotional effects of disaster and shared trauma.
For diverse communities to unite before times of disaster and recovery so that mental, emotional, physical and spiritual support can emerge in a spirit of unity, diversity and peace.
To facilitate Disaster Tabletop events and trainings that prepare citizens to support each other psychologically during times of crisis through exploring the past effects of historical trauma, oppression and personal loss in their everyday lives. To help communities prepare for natural disasters by building social capital and increasing social resiliency skills.
FEMA's Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management
"When the community is engaged in an authentic dialogue, it becomes empowered to identify its needs and the existing resources that may be used to address them. Collectively, we can determine the best ways to organize and strengthen community assets, capacities, and interests. This allows us, as a nation, to expand our reach and deliver services more efficiently and cost effectively to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards."
Emergency Management Staff
Kaylynn Gresham, BS, MS is the Director of Emergency Management for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of WI and has worked in the Emergency Management capacity for over 10 years, while also spending time as a cultural educator. Kaylynn is currently the Chairwoman for the Wisconsin Tribal Emergency Management Alliance (WiTEMA), she is a member of the Wisconsin Emergency Management Association, a member of the WI Statewide Systems Management Group (SSMG) and a Threat Liaison Officer for WI Department of Justice. Kaylynn is also a member of the East Central Regional Incident Management Team (TEAM) for disaster response. Kaylynn has several National Certifications in Emergency Management, her WI Certified Emergency Management Certification as well as a Bachelors Degree in Social Change and Development and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. Kaylynn is a 2008 graduate of the Fox Valley Technical College Police Academy and served 4 years active duty in the United States Army.