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Creating a Needs Assessment for Emergency Preparedness Skills

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in our emergency preparedness and response skillset. Learn how to create a free skills matrix (a training needs assessment) for your organization using Excel and leave with an appendix of emergency preparedness training resources when gaps are identified.

Learning Objectives

  1. Create your own skills matrix template using Excel (strongly encouraged to have access to Excel during the training.
  2. Create a corresponding survey to complete the skills matrix using free online software.
  3. Receive an appendix, and an overview of the contents, of emergency preparedness training resources.

Intended Audience

Anyone working in a tribal facility could benefit from this training. Participants must have excel to get the full benefit of the training. Especially useful for anyone working in emergency preparedness or responsible for identifying gaps in training needs. Emergency response, HR, training coordinator, Quality Improvement, Continuous Improvement.


Sydney Sevier is currently an epidemiologist at Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and holds a masters degree in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. Before working at SPTHB, Sevier worked at the Oklahoma City County Health Department for 6 years in the Health at School program as a health promotion specialist. In addition to working with schools to improve their emergency preparedness, she served as the clerical supervisor for the Oklahoma City County Incident Command System and is a member of the Oklahoma City Medical Reserve Corps. Sevier holds a black belt in Lean Six Sigma and has the benefit of working closely with the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s Director of Continuous Improvement, with whom she helped create the first green belt coalition of tribal health care workers – currently in it’s pilot stage.


August 24
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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