Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

November 19, 2010

GIS in Hospital and Healthcare Emergency Management – Recording posted

Filed under: General Interest — coe at 7:56 pm

The Live Meeting Recording of EMForum.org program, “GIS in Hospital and Healthcare Emergency Management” with Ric Skinner, is now available.

This is a large file and requires Windows Media Player or Windows Media Components for QuickTime or a similar product to view.

The presentation Slides, as well as Ratings and Reviews, are available from the Background Page.

Earthquake Safety & Mitigation for Schools – Webinars in ’11

FEMA will be hosting a one-hour webinar, Earthquake Safety & Mitigation for Schools, on January 20, February 17, and March 17 at 3:00 pm EST. This webinar opportunity is directed to school officials (i.e. administrators, facility managers, principals, teachers, local planners, etc.) and other stakeholders interested in earthquake safety for school facilities.

It is related to earthquake safety and mitigation and how school officials and other stakeholders can identify the risk, make a plan, and take risk reduction actions to ensure safety of schools and its occupants.

http://www.mmrs.fema.gov/pdf/privatesector/earthquake_safety_mit_school_flyer.pdf
Flyer is from last year.

For questions or additional information, Claudette Fetterman can be contacted at claudette.fetterman@dhs.gov.

WA State Emergency Management Division’s BlogEMD launched

WA State Emergency Management Division’s BlogEMD launched

Washington State Emergency Management Director Jim Mullen on Nov. 15 initiated a new forum for discussing current and pressing issues in the emergency management field – “BlogEMD.”

Mullen hopes the blog can be a platform for dialogue with the emergency management community and general public. Check it out at www.blogemd.blogspot.com.

November 15, 2010

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Prevention

Filed under: General Interest — coe at 11:01 pm

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Prevention

Use of prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription or only for the experience or feeling they cause is commonly referred to as “nonmedical” use. Many prescription painkillers, when taken without a physician’s direction, can cause serious adverse consequences and produce dependence and abuse. Stimulants,

which have been dubbed “study drugs,” are being used on college campuses to increase energy, alertness, mood, and well-being. These “study drugs” come with their own set of risks if they are taken without a prescription.

More information: http://www.higheredcenter.org/services/assistance/prevention-update/prescription-and-over-counter-drug-abuse-prevention

New Study on Alcohol-Related Traffic Risk Behaviors Among College Students

Filed under: Campus Safety,General Interest — coe at 10:59 pm

This Week! New Study on Alcohol-Related Traffic Risk Behaviors Among College Students

Approximately 25 percent of college students report that they have driven while intoxicated in the past month. A new study finds that prevalence and frequency of alcohol-related traffic risk behaviors significantly increase when college students turn 21 years old.

Results are published in the August 2010 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

More information about This Week! Features can be viewed on the Center’s Web site.

http://goo.gl/nxrZM

Recording Available: Violence Goes to College: Detecting and Preventing Avenger Violence

During this session, focus was on on two main phases in violence prevention: the downward and inward phase which involved detection of early warning signs; and the upward and outward phase which involved interrupting and/or responding to a violent incident.

For access to the recording of this event, click here: http://goo.gl/jFEMk

GIS in Hospital and Healthcare Emergency Management – Upcoming Webinar

GIS in Hospital and Healthcare Emergency Management

November 17, 2010 — 12:00 Noon Eastern

In observance of GIS Day 2010, EMForum.org is pleased to host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion Wednesday, November 17, 2010, beginning at 12:00 Noon Eastern time (please convert to your local time). Our topic is based on the book GIS in Hospital and Healthcare Emergency Management published earlier this year. A first of its kind, the volume features contributions from leading experts in the application of GIS technologies to emergency management for medical and health service organizations, and provides 16 chapters of case studies examining the use of GIS modeling for real-world scenarios and solutions.

Our guest will be Ric Skinner, Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), Principal with The Stoneybrook Group, LLC, and editor of the book. Ric previously served as Program Manager at Baystate Medical Center’s Health Geographics Program where he managed the HGP team and participated in a variety of GIS projects including epidemiology, automated vehicle dispatch & tracking/GPS systems, facilities management, hospital/healthcare preparedness, Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, and medical/clinical research. He co-edited the book Geographic Information Systems and Health Applications (2003) and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications,

presentations and reports on topics in hospital preparedness, Health Geographics and environmental management.

Please make plans to join us, and see the Background Page for related materials and Instructions. If this will be your first time to participate, please check your connection at least a day in advance by clicking on the Live Meeting Login link. The Live Meeting client must be used in order to access the audio.

Looking to go Back to School? Concerned about how you will pay for it?

Filed under: General Interest — coe at 10:30 pm

Looking to go Back to School?

Concerned about how you will pay for it?

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Applying for college and understanding all financial aid options can be an overwhelming process. Unfortunately many individuals do not start school because of their lack of knowledge in these areas. Mind Streams can help build a simple game plan for those seeking to earn an Associates, Bachelors,

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Free Class – Basic Self Defense for Women Class in Lakewood – Offered by Lakewood Police

Filed under: General Interest,Washington State — coe at 10:09 pm

WOMEN ONLY SELF DEFENSE CLASS DEFENSE

When: This is a 12 hour course over 4 days. The dates are December 8, 10, 15, and 17, at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Lakewood Police Department Training Room

9401 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

The class will be taught by certified Rape Aggression Defense instructors

Register: Contact Lt. Steve Mauer Lakewood PD at (253) 983-7853 (Lv Msg if no answer) or email to smauer@cityoflakewood.us.

THE CLASS IS FREE WITH A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF 20 STUDENTS PER CLASS.
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November 14, 2010

Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock since 9/11

Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11

Report to Congress Of the Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force
September 2010

Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11 (“Report”) presents recommendations on
national preparedness from the Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force (“Task
Force”). At the request of Congress, the Task Force brought together 36 members representing a range of
disciplines and perspectives from across local, State, Tribal, and Territorial governments. Together with
25 ex officio members representing Federal departments and agencies, we worked collaboratively to take
stock of national preparedness and provide recommendations for improvement.
In accordance with our congressional mandate, we independently undertook a series of analytical
activities, including:

Considering what “preparedness” has meant in the United States both historically and
since the 9/11 attacks;

Reviewing post-9/11 preparedness-related activities to understand achievements to date
and remaining areas of concern, with a particular emphasis on cost-effectiveness and
efficiency; and

Proposing recommendations to improve national preparedness outcomes.

Our discussions focused on four main areas, as we considered: 1) the strategic investments needed to improve the cost effectiveness and efficiency of achieving preparedness outcomes; 2) the policy and guidance that outline desired national preparedness goals and objectives; 3) capabilities and assessments employed to measure success in achieving preparedness outcomes; and 4) the preparedness grant administration which provides funding to develop and sustain capabilities.

In addition to the experience and expertise housed in the Task Force itself, we sought additional perspectives through outreach to non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and the public. We solicited innovative ideas from the private sector and general public through a web-based National Dialogue on Preparedness which enabled thousands of stakeholders around the country to submit and vote on stakeholder-initiated recommendations.

Read the entire report (PDF): http://goo.gl/3OsSL

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