Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

June 30, 2011

Reminder: DM Open Platform for Emergency Networks 1.0 and DMIS Tools to be Decommissioned Tomorrow

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Reminder: DM Open Platform for Emergency Networks 1.0 and DMIS Tools to be Decommissioned June 30, 2011

IPAWS-OPEN enables the interoperable sharing of emergency alerts and incident-related data between systems that comply with non-proprietary information standards, and serves as the message aggregator for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. IPAWS-OPEN 2.0 supersedes the existing DM-OPEN that will be decommissioned June 30, 2011. Concurrently, the Disaster Management Interoperability Services (DMIS) Toolset system will also be retired.

In order to remain functional, all third party software currently connecting to the legacy DM-OPEN application must be migrated to IPAWS-OPEN 2.0 by June 30, 2011. After that time, the legacy DM-OPEN will no longer be available and IPAWS-OPEN 2.0 must be utilized.

Several private and public sector software developers have executed Memorandum of Agreements with FEMA in order to access the IPAWS-OPEN test environment. A listing is available in Adobe PDF format from and in text format from

National Level Exercise 2011 – Self-directed Tabletop (TTX)


I’m sending this on behalf of Dan Stoneking, who is in travel mode today, but did not want this to delay. This year, thanks to your keen insights and stellar feedback, we took innovative steps toward consolidating the whole community approach to emergency management. We listened. And we created five distinct options for the private sector to participate in the National Level Exercise 2011.

This is where the rubber meets the road. The Self-directed Tabletop (TTX) with complete facilitator notes is available now for download at: We are asking you to access the tool, test it with your organization, and provide us with feedback on how helpful it was in testing and validating your emergency management plans.

We’ve posted the exercise online in both Adobe pdf and PowerPoint formats for your convenience with full download instructions for each. Please distribute broadly to all of your association and organization members and encourage them to distribute further.

This self-directed TTX, is a scaled down version of the full level play, designed to fully simulate the catastrophic nature of a major earthquake in the central U.S region of the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). It includes three mock news videos, and interactive discussion and planning questions, including emergency management planning tools for employees and community members with disabilities and accessibility needs.

To demonstrate a little humility with bravado, I will say that this is not a perfect product, which is why your feedback and comments are greatly appreciated and much desired. It is however our sincere effort to support you in your role as the nation’s key emergency management leaders, because protecting and serving the nation and local community is what you do each day.

Visit the site, test the tool, and share widely with a broad audience, so they can test their capabilities as well.

We look forward to hearing your feedback and are pleased to provide you with a convenient, yet meaningful, option to participate in this year’s National Level Exercise.

Thank you for participation in the National Level Exercise 2011.

Ebony Turner

Private Sector Liaison

Private Sector Division

Office of External Affairs

Federal Emergency Management Agency

202-212-1797 Desk

June 29, 2011

Images from … One week after 305 tornadoes touched down in Alabama

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness,General Interest — coe at 11:44 pm

Agility Responds to Recent Tornadoes

As stories of survival and devastation pour in from the Midwest, we felt the following was worthy of sharing.

The images in this slideshow were taken on May 4, 2011, one week after 305 tornadoes touched down in Alabama…the 2nd deadliest outbreak in US history.

These images document Agility’s disaster recovery efforts in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville and Decatur, Alabama.

Click here to view Slideshow.

For more information about how Agility can help your businesses prepare and recover from disaster
call 866.364.9696 or visit

People First language puts the Person before the Disability

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People First language puts the Person before the Disability.

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and the lightening bug. – Mark Twain

Who are people with disabilities?
Historical and current myths tell us they are:
People who suffer from the tragedy of birth defects
Paraplegic heroes who struggle to become normal again
Victims of diseases fighting to regain their previous lives
Categorically the crippled, the retarded, the autistic, the blind, the deaf, the learning disabled.

Who are they really?
Neighbors, friends, employees, students, leaders, movie stars, followers, teachers, moms, dads, sons, daughters, beauty pageant winners,

they are…….people. They are People.

Are you myopic or do you wear glasses?
Are you cancerous or do you have cancer?
Are you freckled or do you have freckles?
Are you handicapped/disabled or do you have a disability?

People First Language says

what a person HAS not what a Person IS


Carl Hanson
Co-chair Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
Emergency Preparedness Classes Presenter

Training Opportunity: Emergency Planning for Campus Executives

Course: G367 Emergency Planning for Campus Executives
EMI – Emergency Management Institute
National Emergency Training Center

More information on the PDF here: Emergency Planning for Campus Executives

Course: G367 Emergency Planning for Campus ECourse Description:

Tragedies and catastrophic incidents have taken place at colleges and universities in the past. These incidents, ranging from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to the suicide bomber at the University of Oklahoma and incidents involving homemade explosives at other institutions have been reviewed and captured in various after-action and lessons-learned reports. Findings and recommendations from these reports point to two major needs for institutions of higher learning: the concept of operations should be based on an all-hazards approach and the incident management of response mechanisms should transfer easily from one incident to another.

Together with its State, local, and private-sector partners, the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) determined that an effective step toward meeting these identified needs is to develop all-hazard exercise-based training courses.

The courses should highlight the importance of comprehensive planning as well as the important relationships that need to be established during a response to an emergency involving institution of higher education.

This 2-hour overview of emergency planning serves as a briefing for executives of institutions of higher education. It provides them with insights into multi-hazard emergency planning and their role in protecting lives, property, and operations. The course consists of seven modules which can be delivered independently so that executives can tailor it to fit their schedules and needs.

Emergency Management: What Is It? Why Do It?
Executive-level Support
Developing Your Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
Evaluating Your EOP
Responding Using Incident Command System (ICS)
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Engaging Your Campus

Course Goal:
Provide executives of institutions of higher education (IHEs) with insights into multi-hazard emergency planning and their role in protecting lives, property, and operations.


Course Length:
2-hour seminar

Target Audience:
Presidents, vice presidents, provosts, chancellors, deans and other leadership positions at institutions of higher education.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

Location to download materials:
The G367 Emergency Planning for Campus Executives training materials are available for free download to use as needed on college campuses from:

EMI Point of Contact:
For more information, contact the EMI course manager, Barbara Nelson at (301) 447-1247, 1-800-238-3358 (ext.1247), or email

Intergovernmental Advisory FEMA and FCC Announce Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System

June 9, 2011
First Ever National Emergency Alert System Test Scheduled for November 9, 2011

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The nationwide test will occur on Wednesday, November 9, at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and may last up to three and a half minutes.

The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, governors, and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts.

Over the past two years, as part of ongoing national preparedness planning efforts, FEMA, the FCC and other federal partners, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, Emergency Alert System participants and other stakeholders have been working toward making this national test a reality. The national test will help the federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers nationally and regionally.

Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the nationwide test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline video service providers across all states and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

On November 9, 2011, the public will hear a message indicating, “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for both radio and television. Under the FCC’s rules, radio and television broadcasters, cable operators,

satellite digital audio radio service providers, direct broadcast satellite service providers and wireline video service providers are required to receive and transmit presidential EAS messages to the public.

Damon Penn, FEMA’s Assistant Administrator of National Continuity Programs, notes, “A national test of our Emergency Alert System, with the vital communications support and involvement of participants, is a step towards ensuring that the alert and warning community is prepared to deliver critical information that can help save lives and protect property. Because there has never been an activation of the Emergency Alert System on a national level, FEMA views this test as an excellent opportunity to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the current system. It is important to remember that this is not a pass or fail test, but a chance to establish a baseline for making incremental improvements to the Emergency Alert System with ongoing and future testing. It is also important to remember that the Emergency Alert System is one of many tools in our communications toolbox, and we will continue to work on additional channels that can be a lifeline of information for people during an emergency.”

As the federal, state, tribal, territorial and local governments prepare for and test their capabilities, this event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses. Anyone can visit for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency. 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.

Pierce County Emergency Management and Pierce County Citizen Corps are holding their annual Community Emergency Shelter Summit

PDF on the event here.

Pierce County Emergency Management and Pierce County Citizen Corps are holding their annual Community Emergency Shelter Summit on Saturday, July 16, from 8:00 am – 3:00pm at Pierce College/Ft. Steilacoom campus in the Health Education Building. The link for directions and parking can be found at

This training opportunity is free but you are asked to register. Registration is through July 8 This is a great opportunity for our community college campus safety, emergency management and security professionals and other college staff that would be part of an emergency response team to help shelter citizens in a disaster to receive excellent training,

meet the first responder and government emergency managers and participate in an actual exercise.

The 2010 Campus Safety and Security: Improvements and Recommendations Report completed by the SBCTC outlined the actions and activities for our campus professionals for this coming year which included taking every opportunity to collaborate with our state and local government partners and involve ourselves in training and drills/exercises that were being offered as well as increasing our participation with first responders and other government emergency management professionals. This Summit certainly offers the opportunity to fulfill many of those needs.

June 27, 2011

The theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month is A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare.

Thanks Citizen Corps

National Preparedness Month 2011

Dear State and Local Partners,

September 2011 is the eighth annual National Preparedness Month. This initiative has grown every year since launch, and with your help, this will be our most successful and coordinated effort to date! The many disasters happening across the United States,

and throughout the world, have focused the public on emergency preparedness like never before. As you know, this year will also mark the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As we encourage citizens to prepare we want to focus on honoring the local first responders that keep us safe, promote volunteer programs that help us prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, and continue promoting the message that preparedness is a shared responsibility with the whole team, including you.

The theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month is A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare.

2011 Washington Seminars – Advanced Flood

Sponsored by: PIA Western Alliance, Washington Department of Ecology and FEMA Region X

2011 Washington Seminars Advanced Flood

June 28, 2011
Olympia, WA

– 8:30 – 9:30am
Seminar – 9:00am – noon

Comfort Inn Turnwater
1620 74th Avenue
Olympia, WA 98501


June 29, 2011
Seattle, WA

– 8:30 – 9:30am
Seminar – 9:00am – noon

Doubletree Hotel Southcenter
16500 Southcenter Parkway
Seattle, WA 98118

These seminars quickly address basic flood insurance issues and focus on more advanced flood insurance components. At the conclusion of the course, attendees with little or no prior NFIP experience will understand important components regarding the flood insurance policy. More experienced attendees will develop an even better understanding of:

A Standard Flood Insurance Policy’s major coverage areas
FEMA’s Elevation Certificate
Grandfather Rules
PRP Eligibility Extension
and much more!

These seminars meet the minimum FIRA flood insurance training requirements for Washington and Idaho, and 3 hours

of continuing education credit is available for the “Advanced Flood” seminar from the sponsor of this course.

All registrations for this class are being handled by PIA West.

The registration fee for these seminars is $44 for PIA members and $53 for non-PIA members.

Email Kim Legato at

To register, please use the links above.

Please submit in advance requests for accommodation for any disability at 1.888.246.4466.
If you have questions regarding NFIP Training, please write to or visit

Lakewood WA CERT will have an info booth at Summerfest

Sending out a reminder that the Lakewood WA SummerFest is Saturday the 25th of June! CERT will have a booth there so come on by and say hello and enjoy the festivities!

Saturday, June 25th – FREE
• Army Strong Fitness Expo
Special appearances by professional sports teams
• 3 – on – 3 Basketball Tournament
Sponsored by the Seattle Storm and Army Strong
• Over 150 Food and Arts Vendors
• KIDZ Zone ($5)
• Partners for Parks Car Show
• Chalk Art Competition
• Lakewood Police Motorcycle Rally
• Safety Fair

• Movie at Dusk presented by Comcast
Sunday, June 26th – FREE
• FREE 5K Fun Run at 9:30am
Pre-register at
• Army Strong Fitness Expo (9am – 12pm)
call 253.983.7887 for more information
or visit
Movie at Dusk, presented by:

Hope to see you all there!

253-983-4580 | 253-377-5874 M

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