Working Together To Ensure Public Safety : Republic of Korea

  • 02 February, 2016

Over the course of a few days in the Valley of the Sun, scholars from the Republic of Korea discussed plans of public safety officials and affiliates during times of crisis and risk. Professional encounters from groups like the Emergency Team of Scottsdale, the Greater Phoenix American Red Cross and several others, allowed this group to develop a keen understanding of how group action yields the best results in times of crisis and how teams are crucial to the success of any public safety emergency. The group was escorted to each of their appointments by Global Ties Arizona’s intern, Mr. Gitae Um. Gitae is a student at Incheon National University and is currently in Arizona for education in international affairs.
Leaders from the Republic of Korea first met with Mr. Larry Olson, the Environment Resource Management representative from Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus. Mr. Olson provided an overview on curriculum used to teach students environment management, chemistry of hazardous material, risk analysis, among other related subjects. He also discussed the professional seminar courses offered at the Environment Technology and Emergency Management Department at ASU.
The group also made their way down to the Arizona State Capitol to meet with the Director of Business and Development events, Ms. Karin Jimenez of the Arizona-Mexico Commission Office of the Governor. The delegates also met with a representative from the Arizona Division of Emergency Management who will discuss the administration, training and funding for emergency planning programs. The Arizona-Mexico Commission Emergency Planning Committee is a bi-national committee and you will be meeting with the Chairs form both Arizona and Sonora.  They will be presenting a power point presentation on – Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, Recovery and first responder protocols from Sonora and Arizona.
Mr. Brent Olson, the Emergency Manager with the City of Scottsdale discussed several public safety initiatives in the City and reviewed action plans for times of crisis needing emergency attention. The City of Scottsdale’s Emergency Manager oversees the city’s preparedness for disasters and emergencies and coordinates large-scale emergency responses.  Mr. Olson also provided information covering Scottsdale’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) program.  This six-week course trains the community in basic disaster prevention and response skills such as disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, organization and disaster psychology.
The American Red Cross is one of the most well-known and notably the biggest global leader in disaster relief and national crisis. Leaders from the Republic of Korea met with Ms. Borucki of the Greater Phoenix American Red Cross chapter to discuss how the American Red Cross is working to ensure that people throughout Arizona are ready to handle disasters by training individuals in lifesaving skills and by empowering local businesses and organizations to develop the necessary resources and networks.
In a meeting at the Interstate - Tempe Office, Mr. Serey discussed the organization’s emergency restoration services dealing with anything from regional disasters to pipe breaks and how they work with local governments, schools and families. Interstate Tempe Office is a satellite office for the Company (that has 15 offices nationwide).
One of the last appointments during the delegation from the Republic of Korea’s stay in Arizona was with the Salvation Army, Emergency Disaster Services team in Phoenix. A representative from the group provided information covering the training of disaster volunteers who are ‘on call’ to serve disasters and civil disorders which place a community at risk  -  and how the Salvation Army collaborates with faith based, community and government agencies in order to develop emergency preparation plans.
While the International Visitor Leadership Program participants from the Republic of Korea discovered several new ways to promote and create disaster relief programs in their home nation, they also experienced an exciting evening at the NBA Suns game with Global Ties Arizona members Mr. Daehoon Sung and Ms. Charmy Park. They enjoyed classic snack bar food and excellent American sports competition.

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