Emergency Managers Tweet about Resilience

On Friday, emergency managers participated in a conversation about building community resilience on Twitter with the hashtag #ExtremeEventGame. Many topics were discussed around the 4 themes of the Extreme Event game. Emergency managers shared their lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that may be useful in future disasters. Resources for COVID-19 and other disasters were also shared with the emergency management community.

Responding to the question “Have you built any new public or private partnerships to share resources?”

Emergency management professional Kyle Overly responded, “Yes! We worked with so many amazing stakeholders and developed new partnerships that will last for future #disasters, and as we implement #disasterriskreduction programs to make our communities safer.”

And Matt Green tweeted, “The amazing partnership I’ve seen develop between #PublicHealth and #EmergencyManagement is something I hope to see continue to grow and evolve.”

When LabX tweeted “How are you and your communities preparing for other disasters that might occur during #COVID19?”

Emergency manager Kyle Overly responded, “We built a system that can respond to any threat/hazard. This flexible approach has paid dividends through winter storms, hurricanes, flash flooding, civil unrest, the opioid crisis, COVID, cyber incidents, etc. Also – Relationships!”

Keri Stoever from LabX tweeted “Even though we can’t play the Extreme Event Game right now, we still want to hear how #EMGTwitter is building community disaster resilience during #COVID19 and beyond. 

The 4 resilience themes from the Extreme Event game are:

  1. Everyone has a role to play. We cannot expect any single person or sector to do everything it takes to make our communities more resilient. Even if emergency response isn’t part of your job description, you have resources that can be valuable in a disaster – and a responsibility to help yourself and others. 
  2. It’s all about coalitions. You don’t always have the resources you need to solve your problem. But often, someone else does. To get resources to where they’re needed most, we have to work together. Communication is key. 
  3. We’re all in this together. It can be tempting to focus only on your own problems and view others as competitors. But disasters cross neighborhood, city, state, and national boundaries. Focusing on what’s best for the community as a whole can help us get through short-term crises and build resilience in the long term. 
  4. You can’t plan for everything. Disasters bring surprises, and the impacts are often not “fair”. As new information becomes available and new challenges arise, we must be prepared to revisit our priorities and adapt to changing circumstances. 

If you have something to add to the conversation, share your thoughts on Twitter using #ExtremeEventGame

At the end of the chat, LabX shared an exciting announcement: A new Extreme Event Facilitator Training Program is in development. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, or just want more information on the training program, join the facilitator training mailing list.


Watch the video below to see a quick trailer of the Extreme Event game, then learn how easy it is to bring the Extreme Event Game to your group, community or classroom. You can do-it-yourself and download the game materials free, rent the game materials for mailing costs, or LabX can bring the game and a trained facilitator to you!

If you have run the Extreme Event Game in your group or classroom, we would love to feature a story about you! Send email to labx@nas.edu.