OU Resilience Development Institute Announces Inaugural Training

The University of Oklahoma Resilience Development Institute will host its inaugural disaster preparedness and recovery training session October 18-22 in Oklahoma City.

The Resilience Development Institute (ReDI), through University of Oklahoma Outreach, was founded to address the need for applied learning in resilience strategies and tactics among both public and private institutions in the wake of an increase in both the frequency and intensity of natural and man-made crises. ReDI meets this need by providing first-of-its-kind certification training for organizational leaders that focuses on disaster preparedness, response and recovery, in addition to strategies and tactics that can be immediately applied.

ReDI was designed to give government officials, business leaders, economic developers, emergency and risk management professionals, charitable organizations, as well as architects, engineers and utility companies not only a solid foundation in resilience strategies, but also the flexibility to develop the specific skills each individual needs maximize his or her capabilities.

ReDI’s trainers are leading industry experts who teach hands-on applications for all phases of disasters—preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery. ReDI institutes will also help participants build a network of peers with a diverse range of skills that can be activated in times of need, helping communities, organizations and corporations become stronger and more stable when facing times of crisis or disaster.

ReDI’s board of advisors includes Joshua Barnes, disaster recovery coordinator, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration; David Dodd, chief executive officer, DADCO Consulting, Inc.; Warren Edwards, executive director, Community and Regional Research Institute; Mike Ferdinand, director, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency; Alex Kaplan, vice president, Global Partnerships Swiss Re; Heather Reichert, executive director, Center for Community, Energy and Economic Development; Trina Sheets, executive director, National Emergency Management Association; Darry Stacy, commissioner, City of Norman, OK; Sam Tabuchi, director, Asia PPP Institute; Eryn Tribble, president, DSC Planning; and Chuck Wemple, chief executive officer, Houston-Galveston Area Council.

The inaugural training session of the OU Resilience Development Institute will take place at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel in Oklahoma City. Registration for the event ends on October 9. For more information about OU ReDI, visit OUReDI.org.

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