Michele Gay of Safe and Sound Schools to Speak About Community Resilience
The National Resilience Institute understands that crisis is not a matter of if but when. It is our mission to build individual and collective human resilience by providing support to those working in their community each day to heal and strengthen others. We are proud to announce Michele Gay, Co-founder and Executive Director of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative is a keynote speaker for our Resilience Summit.
Following the tragic loss of her daughter, Josephine, in the Sandy Hook School tragedy, Michele joined Sandy Hook mother Alissa Parker to establish Safe and Sound Schools as a national resource for school safety. The mission: To better protect our schools. To provide safe schools, secure schools, for our children and educators. And to help others do the same in their communities.
Michele travels across the country sharing her message of inspiration, recovery, and school safety education and advocacy. She conducts school safety workshops and seminars, presenting Safe and Sound’s school safety model and resources, and facilitating school safety development in communities across the country.
Her presentation, “When Tragedy Strikes: Community Resilience,” will address how communities can collaborate across sectors to ensure they are actively working together towards building resilience. Michele will share her personal perspective on the Sandy Hook School tragedy including response and recovery efforts. She will outline the challenges, successes, and lessons learned in the aftermath of tragedy and loss to better prepare others to respond and recover from emergencies, crisis, and disaster.
She will also include insights on emergency notification, communication, death notification, protection of victims and victims’ families, mental health needs and services, media management, and financial considerations.
Michelle is one of the many summit speakers with real-world experience to provide tools and facilitate solutions to the most pressing questions you’re grappling with in essential areas of human resilience:
- Collaborating for better solutions
- Leading through adversity
- Putting resilience research into practice
- Building psychosocial resilience
- Responding after crisis.