Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

January 28, 2011

“Train the Trainer” funding available to attend a 10-day Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HazWOPER)


1. Funds from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) are available for instructors to attend a 10-day Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HazWOPER) Train-the-Trainer Program

offered by the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE). Instructors leave with curriculum to teach OSHA-required courses. To learn more, visit the PETE website.

2. FEMA/DHS funds are available for colleges to attend a 2.5 day Train-the-Trainer program at one of five community colleges with outstanding homeland security programs. Instructors will leave with a two-hour curriculum to offer students and will learn how the five lead colleges financially support their programs. For more information, visit the Community College Citizen Preparedness Program (3CP2) website.

AACC Contact: Carolyn Teich

Info from Veteran Student Center at Pierce College FS

Filed under: General Interest,Washington State — coe at 1:51 am

The Veteran Student Center at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is a designated space for veteran students to gather, study, and connect with other veterans. The Center offers information, services and resources, to help veterans be successful in higher education and transition into civilian life.

U.S. Military veterans are invited to visit the Center to use the computers, study, meet other veterans, and connect with both on and off-campus services and resources. Community service providers will be available to assist veterans with transitioning to the civilian workforce, confidential counseling and recovery from brain injury.

VetCorps Veterans Resource Liaisons are available to assist with applying for VA benefits, connecting to the veteran community, volunteer service opportunities and community resources. Assistance with registration and using student support services is also available.
Center’s Winter quarter hours of operation are:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Look for the following activities in February. All are sponsored by the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, unless stated otherwise.

Now offered daily 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cascade 425
Variety of subjects

Wed., Feb. 2nd 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Cascade 425
Workshop Summary: Brain Injury is the signature wound of the Iraq/Afghan wars. Brain Injury has its own language/vocabulary. Find out what these terms mean and more importantly, how they feel. What about support groups? Treatments? Where does PTSD fit? Hints on what works – All from the point of view of a brain injury survivor.
Presenter Info: Stephen Zagelow, JD, LL.M, is a veteran of the Vietnam unpleasantness, a brain injury survivor and a board member of the BEST – Brain Energy Support Team. BEST is the leading organization of individuals with brain injury and their caregivers. BEST provides peer-to-peer support, resources, and access to services for those with brain injury and their caregivers to jump beyond surviving brain injury.

Thur., Feb. 3rd 12:00 – 12:50 pm
Olympic 205
Presenter: Michael Mesa
Event sponsors: Fort Steilacoom Corps of Veterans Student Club and VetCorps

Mon., Feb. 7th 2:30 pm
For information contact Joe Jackson at or (253) 355-1836.
Sponsor: Student Programs

Wed., Feb. 9th 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Cascade 332 – Lecture Hall
The WDVA, in partnership with the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council, has created a program that helps Veterans, family members, and community members survive, even thrive,

after their service related injuries have impacted them. This one-hour presentation is for those who have either have deployed or know of someone who has deployed in the line of service. The workshop will cover 1) defining TBI; 2) service related exposures; 3) common signs and symptoms; and 4) what to do if you suspect that you have experienced a TBI.
Presenter info: Timm Lovitt is a U.S. Army veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the WA State Director of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and a TBI Field Coordinator with the WDVA.
Event sponsor: VetCorps

Feb. 16th 3:00 pm
Cascade 523
Pizza provided – RSVP required
Information for veterans and active duty military interested in transferring to a university. Details available soon.

Thur., Feb, 24th 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Olympic 202
Workshop summary: What does your resume say about you? Does your military to civilian resume reflect your skills and accomplishments in the best light? Are you using the most appropriate resume format? What is the purpose of a resume, anyway? Attend this workshop to better understand the answers to these questions and more. Learn how to drill for skills and accomplishments you didn’t know you had, format your resume so it is easy to read by busy hiring professionals, and position you for the real purpose of the resume . . . to get an interview!!

Presenter info: Patricia Conover, Director of the Boots to Shoes Foundation, has years of experience in effectively communicating and translating skills across Industries and Professions. A skilled workshop leader, Patricia makes the chore of writing a resume an interesting self-exploration that further builds confidence for job seekers. Boots to Shoes Foundation provides Mentors, Mock Interviews, and Business Panel discussions to support 21st. Century Veterans in their capture 21st. Century Jobs.

Jennifer Cooke
Retention and Transition Success Manager
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
9401 Farwest Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
(253) 964-6592

January 27, 2011

Emergency Ride Home (SAFE-Ride) for Pierce Employees

Filed under: Campus Safety,General Interest,Washington State — coe at 10:22 pm

The State Agency Free Emergency (SAFE)-Ride is available to state employees in Pierce County who ride the bus, drive or ride in a carpool or vanpool, walk, or bike to work. The program is funded through the State Agency Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program at the Department of General Administration (GA).

Think of SAFE-Ride as your smart commuting insurance policy. If you come to work by bus, vanpool, carpool, walking or bicycling and have an emergency occur during your work hours – such as a family illness, unexpected overtime,

or a missed ride – you can take a taxi home and the SAFE-Ride program will pick up the tab (excluding gratuity). SAFE-Ride will pay for up to 65 one-way miles and you may take up to eight (8) trips a year with no more than four (4) for unexpected overtime.

State employees assigned to a worksite in Pierce County are eligible for SAFE-Ride. You are eligible on any day you ride the bus, vanpool, carpool, bicycle, or walk to work.

Working late unexpectedly – i.e. your supervisor informs you that day that you must work overtime

Missed normal ride home – i.e. your carpool driver had to leave early for an emergency

Other emergency situations that may occur during the work day

If you need an emergency ride home, call your worksite SAFE-Ride Coordinator.

Fort Steilacoom
Barb Brennan x6533
Mary Davis x6586
Ben Gomes x6751

Barb Howard x8417
Maureen Rickertsen x8481
Connie Rogers x8420

January 25, 2011

Social Media and Law Enforcement: Who Gets What Data and When?

Filed under: General Interest,Homeland Security — coe at 4:02 am

Social Media and Law Enforcement: Who Gets What Data and When?

EFF‘s ongoing Freedom of Information Act project has brought a new round of revelations about how data collected by social networking sites can be obtained by the government. As part of our request to the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, we asked for copies of the guides social

networking sites themselves send out to law enforcement explaining how agents can obtain information about a site’s users. The guides we got back enabled us to make an unprecedented comparison of these critical documents, as most of the information was not available publicly before now.

Read the entire article here:

January 23, 2011

Scholarships Available: PERISHIP Dissertation Awards; Program in Hazards, Risks, and Disasters

Filed under: General Interest — coe at 2:38 am

PERISHIP Dissertation Fellowships

Ph.D. students are invited to apply for the 2011 PERISHIP dissertation awards. The deadline to apply for the Dissertation Fellowship Program in Hazards, Risks, and Disasters is Monday, February 1, at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Ph.D. students will receive up to $10,000 to support interdisciplinary dissertation work.

The program assists top scholars in completing hazards dissertation work in natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and engineering, and in interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies. The PERISHIP Fellowship is administered by a partnership between the Natural Hazards Center and the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) with funding from Swiss Re and the National Science Foundation. For more information on the program and application guidelines, visit the PERISHIP Web site at

2011 Quarterly CERT National Newsletter

Dear CERT Community,

The CERT National Program Office is pleased to bring you the first 2011 quarterly “CERT National Newsletter.” This is an exciting edition and features an informative story on Haiti CERT’s response to the devastating earthquake a year ago.

Also, be sure to read the stories on promoting CERT in your community, a rodeo in Guam that refreshes disaster readiness skills, and how a “disability” is a special skill in disguise. Click on the following link to read and download the newsletter:

We hope you enjoy this newsletter. If you know of others who would be interested in receiving CERT National newsletters or CERT updates, please have them subscribe at the following website:

Thank you.


CERT National Program Office
Community Preparedness Division
Federal Emergency Management Agency

January 19, 2011

Washington Director Mullen to Lead National Emergency Management Association

Washington Director to Lead National Emergency Management Association

LEXINGTON, KY – On January 14, Jim Mullen began his tenure as president of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). Mullen has been the director of the Washington Division of Emergency Management since July 21, 2004. He previously served as director of emergency management for the city of Seattle for 12 years. He takes over for outgoing NEMA president David Miller who recently left his position with Iowa state government.

Innovation and collaboration have been hallmarks of Mullen’s emergency management career, particularly during challenging times. “Difficult times also provide opportunities. What we do in emergency management is important and how we define ourselves and present our capabilities to the Congress and the nation is very important,” said Mullen.

“We have a new Congress, with new staff and we also have new colleagues, with new ideas. We all have the same basic commitment to our citizens and the readiness of this country to respond appropriately to threats to their safety and well being: it transcends the other issues that divide our country’s politics and government.”

Mike Womack, director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, will serve as interim vice president for NEMA until elections are held during the 2011 Annual Conference this fall.

NEMA is an association of state emergency management directors
and professionals dedicated to protecting our nation.

January 18, 2011

Lakewood CERT Formidable Footprint National Neighborhood Exercise Series

The Formidable Footprint National Neighborhood Exercise Series in an online tabletop exercise designed for community teams to work together through a scenario and associated injects. The earthquake scenario is scheduled for January 29, 9:00 a.m. – noon. Our CERT team will meet at Station 21/Training Room at 8:00am.

Some details about the process:

Each team member needs to register to participate, receive important situational awareness materials and Certificate of Participation.

The team will use one login and work from one computer to submit answers to the questions that are posed

You will want to use projector/large screen for viewing from the whole team

Three hours are allotted, but time will vary by the size of your team and amount of discussion

At the completion of the exercise, each team member will need to login to complete the hot wash and receive a certificate of participation

As stated below, there is NO CHARGE to participate. Please check out the link below to learn more and to register.

To register:

For more information about the exercise and to register go to:

Scholarship Resources for WA State Students –

Filed under: General Interest,Washington State — coe at 6:33 pm

Now that students are ramping up their college and scholarship application efforts, we thought it was time to share an update with you on In addition, we’ve included some helpful hints to pass along to the students you may work with.

As of January 4, 2011, there are over 200 active scholarships available on the site, which will result in over 13 million dollars in scholarship awards to Washington students.


To assist your students in getting the best scholarship matches from, we developed these guidelines to help scholarship seekers as they create or update their profile. Please share these tips with your students:

Complete as much of your profile as possible. Your scholarship matches are based on the information that you enter in your profile. Also, keep your profile up to date, as changes you make may result in increased matches.

ABOUT ME tab — At the bottom of the page, you are asked if you identify with or have any of the personal attributes listed. There are specific scholarships attached to these categories. If they don’t apply to you, indicate N/A (not applicable). Remember, all of your profile answers are confidential and not shared.

In your profile, be sure to select all of the two and four-year institutions that you are considering. There are a number of scholarships for students who are committed to attend or are attending a specific school and if those schools are part of your profile, you will see those scholarships in your matches.

Financial Need tab — Don’t forget to indicate the type of support that you are looking for — tuition, room and board, transportation, etc.

Review your list of scholarship matches carefully. A scholarship may have a name that is misleading. Make sure you read all of the eligibility requirements for the scholarships in your list. For example, the United Negro College Fund can award scholarships to students who aren’t from an ethnic minority, but who do have financial need.

Not finding matches under “100% Matches”? Take a look at “All Matches”.

You may only have one minute to share information with the Senior class, or just a moment at a local Financial Aid event. Attached are free tools for you to use, which make promoting even easier.

60 second commercial without audio

Slideshow presentation for Financial Aid nights

In addition, there is a Powerpoint with voice over to help you and your students build a great seeker profile. However, it’s too big to email! It’s titled SEEKER HOW TO.PPSX and you’ll find it in the RESOURCES section, along with other printable and downloadable materials.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need more information or wish to share a suggestion,

Jenny Crane
Customer Service Provider
888-535-0747 x8

Mary Beth Lambert
Marketing & Communications Consultant

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