Workshop prepares officials for disaster response

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Guam – In partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Guam Homeland Security – Office of Civil Defense (GHS-OCD) is conducting a series of workshops to discuss preparedness in the event of a natural disaster.

The two-day Typhoon PAK-ZU’ 2019 Senior Leaders Seminar and Emergency Management Officials Workshop started on Tuesday.

According to a press release from GHS, the seminar gave an opportunity for key senior officials to discuss the roles and functions of GovGuam, FEMA, and military personnel during response and recovery operations in the event of a destructive typhoon.

Workshop topics include the Guam Catastrophic Typhoon Plan, crisis and risk communications, and incident management.

In July, officials will participate in Typhoon PAK-ZU, a tabletop exercise that will simulate what actions organizations should take in the event of a catastrophic typhoon.

According to GHS/OCD public information officer Jenna Blas, the intent of the workshop is to build a common understanding of organization responsibilities and to foster collaboration between agencies during natural disasters.

Blas said, “The Senior Leaders Workshop is specific for those director and agency heads to go through those tough decision making items and that way, they’re able to expound on what their agency would do if there was an actual catastrophic typhoon.”

For more information about the seminar, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671)489-2540 or via email at