Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

May 23, 2011

Business Continuity PPTs from John Ufford’s Presentation

John Ufford’s PPTs from his presentation:

Business Continuity Step 1

Business Continuity Step 2

Business Continuity Step 3

Business Continuity Step 4

Excel Sheet: Business Continuity Worksheets

2011 Nonprofit Security Grant Program update – applications due June 9

Download the NSGP Investment Justification Excel document: FY11 NSGP investment justification template

Some highlights in the guidance this year:

  • Preference will be given to applicants that have not received NSGP funding in the past.
  • Becoming a member of your local Citizen Corps Council is still significant.

The deadline for emailing me the investment justification is Wednesday, June 9, 2011.

We have been told by FEMA to expect the grant guidance to be coming out imminently. And with the release, will come shortened deadlines. Although we have no reason to expect much will have changed from 2010, there is always the chance a few things could be added or taken away. I’ve included the template and instructions we sent out last year as well as the grant guidance and scoring criteria.

If you were interested at all in applying, now would be a perfect time to draft your application and then put the final touches on it once the guidance is released. If you would like expand or enhance last year’s application, I can email your 2010 application.

Attached you will find the FY11 NSGP investment justification template.


Sierra Wardell
Homeland Security Program Coordinator
Emergency Management Division
20 Aviation Drive, Bldg 20
Camp Murray, WA 98430-5122
(253) 512-7121 desk
(253) 273-8477 cell

Updated: Seasonal Climate Forecast

From Oregon Department of Agriculture

Updated: Seasonal Climate Forecast

Will we finally see some relief to our seemingly endless cold and wet weather this spring? The Oregon Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry just updated their Seasonal Climate Forecast,

extending through the summer months. You can access Meteorologist Pete Parsons updated forecast here: Please feel free to share this link with others via your favorite social media outlet.

If you need one, a free PowerPoint viewer can be downloaded here:

Steve Pierce
Vice President
Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

May 13, 2011

Important Venue & Schedule Change for our Resiliency Summit in Pasco WA (only)


We unfortunately have had to cancel the 2nd day of our “Pathways to Resilient Communities” Summit on the May 20th in Pasco at Columbia Basin College.

We will, however, be holding the Workshops on May 19th. Workshop #1 is the Coach/Mentor “pilot” Business Continuity Training and Workshop #2 is the Business Continuity Plan training that John Ufford is doing on how to actually build a business continuity plan for your agency/business. Registration is still available for these workshops on line (see link below).

CHANGE OF LOCATION FOR WORKSHOPS: The Workshops on the 19th will be in the Career and Technical Education (CCTE) Building at the north end of campus of the College. Room 203 and 203A.

We still have lots of room for anyone who would be interested in spending a day in Workshop 2 and coming out with a business continuity plan or participating with us in Workshop #1 to help us build our statewide volunteer Coach/Mentor Program.

We will still be provide refreshments and lunch and I believe most of you were signed up for both days so we look forward to meeting you on the 19th. Please email me if you have any questions.


Linda Crerar
Special Projects Manager
Center of Excellence Homeland Security
253.964.6608 fax
360.455.0220 cell

FEMA & Citizen Corps Engage Virtually in National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE11)

This Citizen Corps Notice is provided by FEMA’s Individual & Community Preparedness Division to highlight community preparedness and resilience resources and activities recently announced by federal agencies and Citizen Corps partners.

Dear Colleagues;

We invite you to participate in the Engaged National Level Exercise (NLE 11) which will begin on Monday, May 16th thru Thursday May 19th:

Engage Virtually in National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE11)


Join the hundreds of private sector organizations that will participate virtually in the White House directed National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 11) next week (May 16-20.) Virtual Engagement provides participants with a flexible and meaningful way to participate in NLE 11 – whether they are a business owner, a responder, or an individual interested in how they can prepare for and help respond to an incident of significant magnitude. This selection enables participants to follow the flow of the exercise and afford them the opportunity to consider the impact on their own environment.

How it Works

During the week of May 16th, participants will receive a daily email with a link to an NLE 11 specific website that provides scenario and exercise updates, a short series of questions, and a feedback mechanism.

The questions are designed to provide an opportunity for input and feedback to FEMA from individuals and organizations that historically have not been able to participate in National Level Exercises. FEMA will utilize a “Whole Community” approach to encourage identification of novel alternative solutions and unique capabilities that could be utilized during the life saving and life sustaining challenges of a catastrophic disaster response. The input from the virtual engagement will be analyzed for applicability for future response planning.

Sample questions include:

1) What would you be most concerned about during an incident of this magnitude?

2) How would you be communicating with your employees to determine the impact on them?

3) Do you have specific hazardous or fragile materials in your facility/business location that you would need to retrieve or stabilize immediately? If so, what would you be doing to access your location?

Registration Process

FEMA’s GovDelivery system is being used for registration as a Virtual Engagement participant. In order to register, the participant must click on the following link:

Once the pop up box opens, enter a valid email address and click on the “Go” button. This will bring the subscriber to the subscription page.

Scroll down the topic list until the NLE 11 topic and eight respondent categories are listed.

Select which of the respondent categories (you may select up to eight) you fall into and therefore want to provide feedback and input into during the NLE 11 Functional Exercise week (May 16-20).

Registration Questions

Please send all questions regarding Virtual Engagement to Please include Virtual Engagement in the subject line of the email.


The National Office of Citizen Corps
FEMA Individual & Community Preparedness Division

May 10, 2011

FEMA Continues to Support Ongoing Flood Fight


FEMA Continues to Support Ongoing Flood Fight

FEMA Continues to Urge Residents to Monitor Conditions Closely; Visit for Preparedness and Safety Information

WASHINGTON – As the Federal Emergency Management Agency and our federal partners continue to support the response to the severe storms that affected the Southeast earlier this month, we are also continuing to closely monitor the ongoing flood fight along the Mississippi River Valleys, its tributaries and other low-lying areas.

Historic flood levels have been set at many locations where the river has crested. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA are coordinating closely with officials from the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana in preparation of the crest moving down the Mississippi River. FEMA encourages individuals to follow the directions of local officials, as record flood levels are anticipated as the crest continues to move down river.

“This flood fight has and will continue to require a team effort. FEMA is just part of the team that includes the entire federal family, state, local, and tribal governments, the faith-based and non-profit community, the private sector and most importantly the public,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The public can do their part, by preparing before floods strike, and if told to evacuate, leave immediately, follow evacuation routes announced by local officials, and stay away from river banks and streams.”

FEMA, through our regional offices in Atlanta, Ga., Chicago, Ill., Denton, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo., remains in close contact and coordination with our state and local partners in all of the areas affected by, or potentially impacted by, flooding. FEMA has staff on the ground, at the request of the states, in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee working with state emergency management partners, to coordinate federal support. Last week, President Obama declared emergency declarations for Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana, and a major disaster declaration for Kentucky, allowing the federal government to support emergency measures to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety.

FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets, strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States. FEMA is sending supplies to a FEMA staging area in western Kentucky to ensure the needed supplies are located close to the affected areas. More than 720,000 meals; more than 460,000 thousand liters of water; more than 39,000 blankets, more than 20,000 tarps; and more than 14,000 cots have arrived at the staging area.

The National Weather Service remains the source for official weather information, and has issued flood warnings across several states, from Cairo, Illinois to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, including Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana as rivers are forecast to crest over the next few weeks.

Everyone should get familiar with the terms that are used to identify a flooding hazard and discuss with your family what to do if a flood watch or warning is issued:

  • Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information
  • Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
  • Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

Visit or for more flood preparedness information, as well as additional information on staying safe during emergencies.

Follow FEMA online at,,, and Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Additional Information:
President Declares Major Disaster For Tennessee
President Declares A Major Disaster For Missouri

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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ESF-15 Private Sector Desk
National Response Coordination Center (NRCC)
Desk: 202-646-2477

April 2011 Tornadoes A “Particularly Dangerous Situation”

April 2011 Tornadoes
A “Particularly Dangerous Situation”

May 11, 2011 — 12:00 Noon Eastern is pleased to host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion May 11, 2011, at 12:00 Noon Eastern time (please convert to your local time). Our topic will be the record-breaking series of tornadoes that have devastated the Southeast during April. The “particularly dangerous situation” (PDS) wording is used for tornado watches in rare situations when there is high potential for long-lived, strong and violent tornadoes.

Our guest will be research meteorologist Harold Brooks, Ph.D., Head of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Modeling, Observation, and Analysis Team in Norman, Oklahoma. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he was a National Research Council Research Associate at NSSL and joined the permanent staff there in 1992. During his career, his work has focused on why, when, and where severe thunderstorms occur and what their effects are, and on how to evaluate weather forecasts.

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. As always, please feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues.

The text transcript of our May 5th program, “Perspectives from the Christchurch Earthquake” with FEMA Deputy Administrator Timothy Manning is now available.

New Blog: The Washington State Emergency Planner’s Forum

New blog in town.

The Washington State Emergency Planner’s Forum

“The internet meeting place for emergency planners, primarily in the State of Washington, but open to good ideas from anyone in the emergency planning community.

We’ve created this forum/blog as a resource for all of you emergency planners out there…Public Sector, Private Sector, Emergency Management Volunteers…anyone who has a role or interest in emergency planning. We will be posting the latest news, developments, good ideas, and publications on this site. Look forward to a wide-ranging exchange of questions and answers here! ”

May 9, 2011

Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security

Filed under: General Interest,Homeland Security — coe at 10:32 pm

Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security

by John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart

Download the PDF on the Ohio State University website here: Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security

“The cumulative increase in expenditures on US

domestic homeland security over the decade since 9/11 exceeds one trillion dollars. It is clearly time to examine these massive expenditures applying risk assessment and cost-benefit approaches that have been standard for decades. Thus far, officials do not seem to have done so and have engaged in various forms of probability neglect by focusing on worst case scenarios; adding, rather than multiplying, the probabilities; assessing relative, rather than absolute, risk; and inflating terrorist capacities and the importance of potential terrorist targets. We find that enhanced expenditures have been excessive: to be deemed cost-effective in analyses that substantially bias the consideration toward the opposite conclusion, they would have to deter, prevent, foil, or protect against 1,667 otherwise successful Times-Square type attacks per year, or more than four per day. Although there are emotional and political pressures on th e terrorism issue, this does not relieve politicians and bureaucrats of the fundamental responsibility of informing the public of the limited risk that terrorism presents and of seeking to expend funds wisely. Moreover, political concerns may be over-wrought: restrained reaction has often proved to be entirely acceptable politically.”

Prepared for presentation at the panel, “Terror and the Economy: Which Institutions Help Mitigate the Damage?” at the Annual Convention of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Chicago, IL, April 1, 2011

Download the PDF on the Ohio State University website here: Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security

UW Seattle, Role-play volunteers needed to assist in the training of Emergency Campus Response

University of Washington Emergency Management seeking volunteers.

Role-play volunteers needed to assist in the training of commissioned police officers by standing in as a victim, a shooter or the general public.

The schedule we expect to have is below:

Day 1 (May 10)
6-8 minimum role players (long sleeves, pants)
10 maximum
Times: 1330-1615

Day 2 (May 11)
6-8 minimum role players (long sleeves, pants)
10 maximum
Times 1245 – 1715

Day 3 (May 12)
10 role players minimum (long sleeves, pants)
15 maximum
Need one with extra pants for fake blood (will wash out)
Times 0945-1715

Day 4 (May 13)
18-30 role players (long sleeves, pants)
1/3 will need grubby pants, shirts for fake blood
Times 0945-1715

The location will be at Cedarbrook Elementary

If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, please contact Scott directly at

B. Scott Preston, CEM, ABCP, EMT-B
Business Continuity Manager
UW Emergency Management
A Facilities Services Department
UWEM 24/7 Duty Pager 206-797-0176
Phone 206-897-1882|

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