Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

April 29, 2011

Volunteers needed for Operation Gnome Surprise – May 18

Volunteers needed for Operation Gnome Surprise

A Region 5 Health & Medical Exercise.
Wednesday May 18, 2011

Local hospitals need volunteers to participate in a terrorism exercise. The drill runs from 8:00 AM—11:00 AM, so you will need to be at your location prior to that time.

For specific information and to volunteer at different hospital locations, contact:

Multicare Health System:
Andrea Mason 253.403-8182
Need 20 volunteers

Franciscan Health System:
Davina Nolten 253.426.4869
Needs a volunteer for St. Anthony from 0945 until noon.

Western State Hospital:
Lee Chase 253.756.2571
Need 10 volunteers, including at least one who is mobility challenged.

Barbara Nelson
Pierce County Emergency Management

Crisis Commons

The Center of Excellence Homeland Security suggests you look into the following organization:

Important Links from Lakewood WA CERT




Citizen Corps IS317

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

Emergency Preparedness

Volunteer Protection Act

Rite in the rain- CERT docs:

Lakewood CERT website:


Lakewood, WA CERT

Disaster Supplies:

Continuing your knowledge! Resources from Lakewood CERT

Continuing your knowledge!

[For more information you can go to the follow…] – Learn more about earthquakes and any other disasters.

How to become disaster prepared and build disaster kits. Learn how to get involved with FEMA and see the current activities that FEMA is involved with or has been involved with. –> this website shows the latest earthquakes that happen in the Pacific Northwest from northern California, Oregon, and Washington. – will show you the latest information about disasters, road blocks, traffic accidents, etc. [You can minimize the search to your specific county only!] – receive a phone call to your phone

about local information in your area…note* this takes a little bit longer to receive updated info given that each state is listed* – Make a plan, Build a kit, and Get involved. – Receive winter and inclement weather preparedness tips, information and resources for Seattle, King County, and Western Washington. This site also gives you real time information. – similar to 3days3ways…this is the Federal version. – [click preparedness tab on the LEFT you’ll see
different tabs to click on of your choice]

The Preparedness Videos – This series of “How To” video clips demonstrates easy step-by-step instructions to help you secure the contents of your home and reduce hazards in the event of a disaster.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation, according to the Aspen Institute

Filed under: General Interest,Washington State — coe at 3:16 pm

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation, according to the Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program on Monday named Pierce College Fort Steilacoom to its list of the nation’s 120 best community colleges for its high standards for learning, college completion without delay, and serving as a training ground for jobs that pay competitive wages.

The winners were presented Monday by Dr. Jill Biden, a professor at Northern Virginia Community College, and Arne Duncan, education secretary at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.

Inclusion on the list makes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom can now compete for the $700,000 Aspen Prize, which was announced at the White House’s Community College Summit in October.

“The country is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of community colleges in educating our way to a stronger America. I am inspired by all of today’s community college students—the workers who have returned to school to improve their job prospects, the mothers who juggle jobs and childcare while preparing for new careers, and those who work diligently while at community college, preparing to transfer to a four-year institution,” said Biden.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is now eligible to submit an application containing detailed data that demonstrates that it delivers exceptional student results, uses data to drive decisions, and uses that information to continually improve over time.

Aspen will conduct site visits to each of the ten finalists in the fall. And, based on the evidence, the prize jury will select a grand prize winner and two to three runners-up, to be announced in December.

The full list of eligible institutions can be found at

Amanda Haines
Communications Specialist
Pierce College District
Possibilities. Realized.

phone: 253.864.3239

April 26, 2011

Evacuating Students With and Without Access and Functional Needs – recording posted

Evacuating Students with and Without Access and Functional Needs

Webinar on Evacuating Students With and Without Access and Functional Needs. Marcie Roth, director of the Office for Disability Integration and Coordination at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Richard Devylder, Senior Advisor for Accessible Transportation at the U.S. Department of Transportation, will be providing strategies for planning and responding to the needs of children during evacuations.

Both are national leaders in planning for and responding to the needs of children and adults with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

Access the archived recording of this webinar here:

Washington State Centers of Excellence featured in Best Practices report

Filed under: General Interest,Washington State — coe at 9:49 pm

We are featured (Washington State Centers of Excellence) on pages 28-29 of this report – “Degrees for What Jobs? Raising Expectations for Universities and Colleges in a Global Economy” from The National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices.

THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION (NGA), founded in 1908, is the instrument through which the nation’s governors collectively influence the development and implementation of national policy and apply creative leadership to state issues. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories, and two commonwealths.

The NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) is the nation’s only dedicated consulting firm for governors and their key policy staff. The NGA Center’s mission is to develop and implement innovative solutions to public policy challenges.

Jobs w/ FEMA – Training Specialist, apply by April 29th

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Positions Available at FEMA

Training Specialist, GS-1712-14
Thu, 14 Apr 2011 19:00:00 -0500

You will serve in the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), National Training Education, National Preparedness Directorate, Protection and National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency (…

Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


From $105,211.00 to $136,771.00 USD per year

Closing Date:

Who may apply:
US Citizens and Status Candidates

Pay Plan (series/grade):

Appointment Term:

Job Status:

Job Announcement Number:

Control Number:

Lakewood WA Disaster Preparedness Day this Saturday April 30 at Lowe’s 10am-1pm

Attention Lakewood!

Would you and your family be ready if a disaster were to strike tomorrow?

1. First 100 families will receive items to start their family’s disaster kit.
2. Free raffle to win a pre-assembled disaster kit
3. Special kids area presented by the YMCA

Lakewood Lowe’s
5115 100th Street SW
April 30, 2011
10:00am – 1pm

First National Conference on “Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships”

First National Conference on “Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships”

Save the Date!
August 3 – 4, 2011, Washington, DC

You are invited to participate in the first conference of its kind, joining innovators, practitioners, peers and pioneers from across the nation, as we focus on “Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships.”

This will be different from any conference you have attended before – in large measure because you are going to help craft it. We want your participation, and we also want your ideas and input. The audience is different too.

We are including federal liaisons to the private sector, regional liaisons, state liaisons and the actual private sector. All together. In one room. And our presentations will be interactive – not a “one-way death-by-PowerPoint” format. Speakers will be required to allow 1/3 of their presentation time for audience questions and interaction.

On the second day, we will address the top half-dozen objective statements that we, as a group, determine to be worth exploring. We will break out and examine these issues and then regroup to determine the best collaborative path for the year ahead.

We are inviting you, the best and the brightest. Save the date. RSVP today. Send agenda suggestions. Send objective suggestions. Let’s make a difference.

Attendance is free. However, space is limited so we encourage you to RSVP early to

Sponsored by FEMA in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Private Sector, US Northern Command, and co-hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce, and the American Red Cross.

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