Presentation Descriptions

Virginia Tech: A Survivor's Perspective on Safety Preparedness

Lisa Hamp shares a first-hand testimony of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and her recovery journey afterwards. She describes what happened when she first heard gun shots, how her class built a barricade to prevent the shooter from entering their classroom, and their police escort out of the building. She shares what life was like after the shooting and her struggle to return to a “normal’ life afterwards.  She provides concrete advice on what to do if you encounter an active shooter.    Thinking about safety and having a plan is becoming more important than ever. Like Eisenhower said, "Plans are worthless, but planning is everything." 

Virginia Tech: A Survivor's Perspective on Trauma and Recovery

Lisa Hamp shares a first-hand testimony of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and her recovery journey afterwards. She describes how she struggled to return to a “normal’ life during the weeks, months, and years that followed. Through her motivational and inspirational presentation, she explains what made her eventually seek counseling after eight years and a variety of hard, but powerful lessons she has learned since that tragic day.  She shares her perspective on PTSD, trauma, counseling, recovery, self-care, and community response to tragedy. With the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, and most recently, Stoneman Douglas High School, learning and sharing these lessons is more important than ever.

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"Lisa Hamp provides a moving and personal perspective on surviving a mass casualty incident.  Her story is a candid, poignant, and honest reflection on trauma, survival, and resiliency.  Her experience emphasizes the importance of recognizing trauma and victimization in all its forms, as well as honoring the experiences of ALL victims and survivors, including those whose wounds may not be the most obvious." - Gene Deisinger, Ph.D., Managing Partner, SIGMA Threat Management Associate, Deputy Chief of Police & Director, Threat Management Services (Retired), Virginia Tech

"Typically, after a tragic event the focus of recovery efforts begins with the injured or deceased. Lisa, through her experiences from the Virginia Tech incident, brought forward the impact these tragic events have on the non-injured survivors. As a community leader, her presentation helped me understand the importance of assistance for all survivors of tragic incidents." - Chris Heppel, Assistant Chief, Lane Fire Authority

"Lisa shares a profoundly important perspective to what it means to be a survivor and resilient leader, her voice helps each of us realize our own responsibility in keeping safety and security a community priority.“ - KA, Executive Director, Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools

"A rush of emotions came over me as I heard Lisa give her presentation. Lisa opened my eyes to seek help. Her horrifying experience helped shape her strength and through her strength I found mine as I sought out my recovery. I learned to not belittle my position as a survivor simply because I was not in the direct line of fire; I was there, I went through my own experience and I was empowered to overcome the emotional distress afterwards through her inspirational presentation." - Laura Flores

"Lisa Hamp is one of the most courageous people I have ever met.  Her story is one that we all should hear. It is a story of strength, intellect, perseverance and ultimately, grace.  Lisa reminds us that we are all scared by the senseless violence affecting our society.  She also shows us that with faith, all things are possible." - Robert Boyd, Executive Director, Secure Schools Alliance