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SCAPA Dinner, Meeting & Presentation

Coping with Disaster: A Place for Disaster Airlift Teams

Presented by Colin Tanner, City of Gilroy Community Emergency Response Team

Colin Tanner will describe what he believes is the need for local Disaster Airlift Response Teams in emergency and disaster response. He will show how he is working with SCAPA’s DART to fulfill this need in South County. During the presentation you’ll also see how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has adopted and developed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) nationwide system to provide ordinary people with the skills to safely take care of themselves and their families after a disaster and also to be able to assist with the disaster response by safely extinguishing small fires, providing immediate life-saving disaster medical care and performing light urban search and rescue.  Colin will also briefly describe how CERT and other volunteer organizations can fit into overall disaster response plans.

About the speaker: 

Colin Tanner is the Gilroy CERT Team Leader and Program Manager.  Colin is a CERT Basic Training Course Trainer, a CERT Train-the-Trainer Support Instructor as well as being an Active Shooter Response Trainer.  Colin also sits on the Santa Clara County Mass Fatality Task Force as the CERT Chair and is the Communications Chair for the Gilroy Garlic Festival overseeing approximately 375 hand-held two-way radios, five base stations, five repeaters and a volunteer staff of roughly 25 people for the three day festival.  In his “day job” Colin is the Director of Business Development for National Violent Intruder Preparedness Solutions, a firm that provides violent intruder response training, threat assessments and vulnerability assessments for businesses, schools, colleges, universities, hospitals as well as the public and private sectors. Colin was named the Mick McDonald 2011 Volunteer of the Year with the Santa Clara County Emergency Manager’s Association, and won the California Emergency Services Association August 2013 Silver Award for exceptional efforts in support of emergency management and preparedness

Colin lives in rural Gilroy with his wife, two dogs, two horses and numerous cats.


*Dinner $15 members, $20 non-members

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