Kathleen Regan Figley, MS, DMin
Green Cross Volunteer 1997 - Present
Figley Institute Accredited Site Director (2005-2015)
In 1991, I began my emergency management career.
During the winder of 92', DEM was on travel restrictions. Independent Study was my only training in Emergency Management
My disaster activation role was Assistant State Human Services Officer.
When Hurricane Andrew made landfall, I experienced a 90 degree learning curve.
A good sense of humor and my fellow disaster workers were wonderful support, but totally insufficient for the level of stress I experienced. I learned the meaning of compassion fatigue, but did not know it was "a thing".
+ Started activation right after North Tower fell
+ Networked with GCP members, Accredited Site Directors, DEM
+ Staffing / - Staffing
+ Facilitated team defusings
+Served on PlanningTeam
+ Later served as Incident Commander
+Provided both Field Traumatology and Compassion Fatigue Training to 32BJ EAP providers
+ Quiet Room with comfort, amenities, and privacy
- Reported to Team Leaders rather than Incident Commander
+ Post-deployment self-assessment
- Did not include pre-deployment self-assessment
+ Per Diem - in CASH
- Needed to open a checking account
Press Q & A
+ Air Life Line
+ 32BJ made hotel reservations and paid for rooms directly
Taking care of our teams
Growing through the pain
Distinguished Chair at Tulane University, School of Social Work
Woodland Drives Neighborhood Disaster Committee Chair
On September 11, 2001, we deployed under the Green Cross Projects banner.
Today we are the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.