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Uvalde: Facing the Unthinkable and Piecing It All Back Together

April 22, 2024
10:00 am –
10:50 am
Tennessee B

On May 24, 2022, a gunman walked into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX and committed one of the most horrific acts of violence in our country’s history. The media has extensively covered what happened in the minutes, hours, days, and months following that terrible event. However, there were many valuable lessons learned by the leaders of this primary responding EMS agency. Uvalde EMS is a relatively small EMS organization serving slightly over fifteen thousand residents of that community. There were no number of drills that could have prepared those EMS professionals for what happened on that day and the flurry of events that followed. Join us for an interactive discussion with Uvalde EMS Chief, Stephen Stephens as we discuss the volume of unexpected and unfortunate lessons learned by Stephens and his team. Including, how they managed the flood of requested and unrequested resources, the mental health and wellness of their team, the local and national media, and many other challenges that cannot be anticipated until something of this nature and magnitude strikes.