Emergency Preparedness conference

In 2005 the city of New Orleans, and the city’s Jewish community, experienced one of the worst events in the history of the United States the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Since then the community heads have worked to prepare for the possibility of another tragedy occurring. As part of these efforts, through volunteers from Rosh HaAyin alongside their counterparts in New Orleans, Partnership2Gether initiated a professional conference under the banner of: Preparing for Emergency Situations. The Jewish Agency and Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans helped to organize the conference. This program is designed to enhance the substantial ties created between professional or experienced emergency, medical and health professionals from the partnering communities. New Orleans and Rosh Ha’ayin / Israel are threatened by emergency situations. New Orleans is prepared for a mass casualty event due to natural hazards as storm Katrina. The State of Israel is prepared for a mass casualty event that may occur for security reasons. The communities can collaborate and share knowledge in emergency preparedness. We propose to hold a seminar for emergency medicine professionals, integrating the fields of social work professionals, nurses and doctors, who specialize in these areas. The program is planned to take place in NOLA and might be continued by a reciprocal visit to RH afterwards.