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Audrey Heffron-Casserleigh, of Tallahassee, currently serves as the Deputy Director at the Florida Public Affairs Center and the Center for Disaster Risk Policy at Florida State University, where she specializes in the fields of emergency management, terrorism, and national service organizations. She also teaches several classes for the Emergency Management program at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy including terrorism and media relations. Ms. Heffron's work with FAVACA in the past five years includes outreach to the University of Belize regarding continuity of operations after a disaster, and in the Jamaica Green Hills community with disaster recovery and economic continuity for the local coffee growing communities.
DISASTER MANAGEMENT IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF JAMAICA. Ava-Gail Gardner, Director of the Cascade Citizens Association (CCA), contacted FAVACA about the local community's most pressing disaster mitigation needs. FAVACA sent veteran volunteers Audrey Heffron and Janet Dilling, both of Tallahassee, February 4-11, 2006 to train nearly 40 members of the CCA in areas such as: stakeholder's assessment, creating partnerships, disaster risk, community resource and assets, gap analysis, and design of disaster management and mitigation plans. CCA was established to promote the sustainability and development of the Cascade Community. Since 1999 Janet Dilling has been the Director of the Florida Public Affairs Center/Center for Disaster Risk Policy, and the Director of the Emergency Management Certificate Program at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University, where she is also a visiting professor within the department. Audrey Heffron is Director of Business Operations at the Florida Public Affairs Center, Adjunct Instructor of Emergency Management Risk Communication courses at FSU and the former Disaster Field Training Office Team Leader for FEMA.
UNIVERSITY OF BELIZE AND BELIZE'S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IMPROVES EMERGENCY PLANNING
Janet Dilling the Director of Florida Public Affairs Center, Audrey Heffron, the Director of Business Operations at the Florida Public Affairs Center and Robert McDaniel, the Assistant Director of the Florida Public Affairs Center traveled to Belize October 11 - 16, 2001 to observe the country's and university's response and recovery for Hurricane Iris. The volunteers assisted with the recovery action by university staff and students in San Antonio, the largest Mayan village in Belize. While in Belize, they met with key staff regarding current status of Emergency Planning for the University and developed recommendations for the design and development of a university Emergency Plan. The visit, especially timed during recovery from Hurricane Iris, proved invaluable for laying the ground work for improving emergency planning processes and procedures for the University of Belize.