WIB managed as an economic development organization Eco devo integrated into business services, WIB funding, leadership capacity, etc. Partnerships already in place help speed up workforce system’s disaster response WIB’s eco devo integration recognized nationally by IEDC, DOL, etc. E.D. Background
Affected employers tracked by Business Retention Coordinator at Joplin Chamber of Commerce Utility outages, traffic, and safety challenges at one-stop center Rapid Response approach – get to the victims directly Crisis communications Responsiveness
Use of mobile units and relief centers Help from neighboring WIBs Outreach for disaster-specific UI Initial intake in anticipation of NEG Responsiveness
National Emergency Grant Recovery for Joplin tornado and flooding in other Missouri counties Started at $5.8 and grew to $30+ million Branded statewide as Missouri Disaster Recovery Jobs Program The N.E.G.
Peaked over 1,400 jobs at 22 worksites in Joplin and Duquesne Debris removal positions Humanitarian positions in several local non- profits, municipal agencies, and faith-based groups Private property NEG provisions new to Missouri; Right of Entry process DRJP Overview
22 worksites in Joplin and Duquesne 780 debris removal positions 200 humanitarian positions in several local non-profits, municipal agencies, and faith- based groups Total orientations: 2,257 Total enrolled in NEG: 1,090 Customers exited: 763 DRJP Volume
Private property NEG provisions new to Missouri; Right of Entry process Extensive screening process different than typical workforce programs Physical safety profiles Extra safety training Drug screening Background screening Employer of Record DRJP Overview
MO well-versed in flood NEGs, but tornado of this magnitude more like hurricane NEG Applying standard fiscal and program rules in a disaster scenario, subjective views Shifts, re-shifts, and interpretations of policies hindered implementation and monitoring Balancing intense political pressures at all levels vs. realities in startup and continuity Work comp in tornado environment Emotional trauma and long-term effects on staff Challenges
National Guard logistical and safety support WIBs should have a Disaster Preparedness Plan: Updated contact info for local, county, and state officials; refresh it annually Partnerships should already be in place Backups for local operations; contingencies for capacities like facilities, communications, etc. Scenarios for immediate responsiveness, customer outreach and NEG intake Applying stand-in costs for gray areas Explore digital imaging system for WIA files Lessons Learned
80% of DRJP workers tested for National Career Readiness Credential Specialized job fairs and training programs for second phase of NEG Debris removal/clean up jobs through December 2012 Consistent demand for humanitarian jobs through March 2013 On-boarding new NEG workers due to six-month work limit with DRJP Going Deeper
WIB’s social media strategy launched two months prior to tornado Social media responsiveness and volume in disaster response and recovery WIB’s disaster recovery messaging in vast landscape of disaster communications Joplin tornado best practices and lessons learned published in University Extension disaster guide for social media Social Media
Clearinghouse for information Connects the dots between needs & resources Always reference the “official source” of news and/or resources Speed of “timeline” may require frequent re-posts of critical information It’s a crisis, not a content, don’t be afraid to borrow and give credit elsewhere Set up the social web presence ahead of the disaster so it deploys quickly Social Media Tips
Official word of disaster occurrence Safeandwell.org as official resource in searching for loved ones First word of triage centers and shelters Evacuation details Ask for reports and photos (videos) Emergent needs Volunteer status – whether volunteers are allowed, where needed, etc. Promote link-sharing to spread the word Post disclaimers on a regular basis Frequently-updated list of needs Priority Content
Alignment of disaster recovery projects with long-term workforce priorities Hard re-boot of eco devo strategies Recovery vs. long-term strategies Industry sector shifts; gains in construction Master-planned, mixed-use communities within Joplin Replacing destroyed school buildings with nation’s most innovative HS, tech center, and other facilities Joplin’s performance compared to other disaster zones across the nation Leveraging goodwill for Joplin’s growth Opportunities
Re-engineering the WIB’s Work-Based Learning programs and On-the-Job training More volume for National Career Readiness Credential New channels to prove success to stakeholders and elected officials Opportunities
Citizen led planning group for Joplin recovery plan Covers economic development, schools, community facilities, housing, infrastructure, and environmental issues Aligns workforce tools and strategies with recovery resources Certified Work Ready Communities Soft skill training Joplin C.A.R.T.
Grew out of Bright Futures program at Joplin School District Mission: remove physical, mental, and emotional barriers for vulnerable families and community members struggling to recovery Resource and volunteer match-making Emerging efforts in housing reconstruction Grant administration for Community Reinvestment Act resources from banks, federal grants, loans, etc. Rebuild Joplin
Highest one-year recovery rate nationally for unemployment Positive roles in disaster recovery Experience to pay it forward in other disaster areas Refined WIB strategies and techniques Jasper County 1 st nationally- certified Work Ready Community Successes
Build the partnerships with economic development and emergency management agencies Plan ahead for your worst-case scenarios Disaster Preparedness Official Agency Plan Contacts verified and updated annually Operations backups Various NEG scenarios Connect (or build) the social networks Summary Takeaways
Jasen Jones Executive Director Southwest Missouri WIB firstname.lastname@example.org 417-206-1717 Ext. 106
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