Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute participants next Thursday, April 9, will learn the ins and outs of Carson City emergency management, which will include a community aircraft flyover.
“This is our first visit to the National Guard and our first flyover,” said Ronni Hannaman, chamber executive director, including a couple of the day’s aspects in her description of the event.
“A few years ago leadership grad John Wilkinson suggested we incorporate an emergency management day into the curriculum,” she said. “We did, and on Thursday we will learn how our community is prepared to handle disasters.”
The flyover part will be handled by Mike Reynolds, mobility manager for Nevada Rural Counties RSVP and vice president of the Experimental Aircraft Association Sierra Chapter No. 103.
Reynolds said the flyover part of the day from the Carson City Airport will include a sort of aerial scavenger hunt, challenging leadership institute members to identify actual places by spotting them using aerial photographs. He said the flyover link to emergency preparedness involves such things as evacuation needs or care flights.
The 15 institute members also will learn about emergency management from Assistant Fire Chief Tom Tarulli, spend time at the state emergency operations center at the Nevada Department of Public Safety, tour the 911 dispatch center at the Sheriff’s Office and go to the Nevada National Guard for other exposure to emergency procedures.
The chamber’s leadership institute program involves adults in the community and is designed to create committed leaders during a nine month program, which this time ends in June. The next session begins in October. The chamber said no two years are the same because what is presented changes as deemed necessary.