Over the last few weeks, the EPS has been holding a series of Resilience Huddles. These weekly virtual forums are a chance for peers within the emergency management profession to gather together and share learning, concerns and best practice.
The latest of these was themed around members’ interests and requests and featured invited guest speakers, Professor Chris Willlams and Professor Duncan Shaw, who spoke on Psychosocial Support and Spontaneous Volunteers respectively.
Professor Shaw led a discussion on how Spontaneous Volunteers can be embedded into a response and had a tremendous capacity to support while Professor William took the lead in discussions on stress management, helping people handle uncertainty, accept, recognise and communicate ‘waves’ of mood and offered advice on the kinds of activities people could do to help themselves through these difficult times.
Other topics and questions raised included specific support for health sector members, resilience officers, community morale and where to find support. In previous huddles, topics have included frustrations for resilience professionals, remote working and personal resilience alongside what recovery looks like.
Over the weeks the forum has been joined by up to 80 people for any one session.
Zoom invitations are sent to the email address the organisation has registered for members, so they should please make sure contact details are up to date. Any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also engage with the EPS via our social media channels – if you link with us on LinkedIn, you can then be invited to join our EPS closed group – follow this link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emergency-planning-society-the-eps-8061aa28/ or you can follow us on twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheEPS1 #ResilienceHuddle #VoiceofResilience