Peer Listening: Building resilience in communities affected by human-caused disasters

Community Corner Until 2010, the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill was the largest oil spill disaster in U.S. waters. That March, people around the world turned on the news to see our devastated wildlife and beaches. No one doubted that the environment of Prince William Sound and other downstream areas were hurt. What was not apparent to almost everyone was the short and long term damage to the people in the region’s communities. Technological disasters, such as an oil or chemical spill, a nuclear accident, or a large building fire or collapse, affect communities differently than natural disasters. A technological disaster is caused by humans, and there is a person or persons who can be blamed for the incident. Natural disasters have no one to blame. Natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes, can often be predicted and prepared for. Technological disasters are often unexpected. After the Exxon Valdez spill, the council funded research on how technological disasters affect people living in the area compared to natural disasters. … Continue reading

Peer Listener Trainer Workshop

The council is hosting a Peer Listener Trainer Workshop to train peer listener trainers in Alaska communities. This workshop is geared towards counselors, wellness coordinators, medical professionals, social service professionals, and other related fields. Read more about the Peer Listener program: Coping with Technological Disasters Workshop details When? Thursday, September 29th and Friday, September 30th, 2016 Where? BP Energy Center at 900 E Benson Blvd., Anchorage, AK (MAP) Presenter: Dr. Keith Nicholls of the Coastal Resource & Resiliency Center … Continue reading