Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

July 31, 2011

July 24, 2011: A 3.7 magnitude earthquake rattled the Olympic Peninsula

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness,General Interest,Washington State — coe at 11:59 pm

On Sunday, July 24, 2011: 

SEATTLE – A 3.7 magnitude earthquake rattled the Olympic Peninsula early Sunday, waking up some residents but apparently causing no damage.

The quake hit at about 5:20 a.m., according to the Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network.

Some Olympic Peninsula residents said the quake woke them up and rattled wall hangings. The shaking was felt as far away as Silverdale on the Kitsap Peninsula.

The quake initially was reported to be 3.0 in magnitude, but was later determined to be a 3.7 earthquake.

It was the second quake to hit the Puget Sound region in as many days. The Carnation area experienced a 3.4-magnitude quake on Saturday.

The epicenter of the Sunday morning earthquake was on the eastern flanks of the Olympic Mountains, about 24 miles west of Poulsbo and 13 miles north of Brinnon.

The quake was 25 miles deep.

July 29, 2011

Continuity of Operations –Webinar Series. Next webinar: August 3, 2011

Continuity of Operations –Webinar Series

July 5, 2011


Effective continuity management allows organizations to maintain a competitive advantage, key business functions, and systems of integrity.


FEMA’s National Continuity Programs (NCP) Directorate is now offering a monthly continuity webinar series . The webinars are specifically designed for those who plan, train, and manage continuity of operations programs such as:

    • Private sector individuals involved in Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations
    • Faith based, volunteer, and neighborhood partnerships
    • Professors and students enrolled in Homeland Security and Business Continuity programs
    • State, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers
    • Federal Preparedness Coordinators
    • Federal Executive Board and Federal Executive Association members


Tune in to the series for discussions on:

o   identifying your organization’s exposure to internal and external threats

o   synthesizing hard and soft assets to provide effective prevention, planning, and recovery before, during or after a disaster.


Webinars occur the first Wednesday of every month at approximately 2pm EST.  Each 45 minute webinar includes a 10 minute Question and Answer session. Take this opportunity to meet with continuity experts across the emergency management family and share best practices on how government, organizations, and communities can prepare for and recover from a disaster.

To register send an email to:

Please visit for more information. Questions or requests for additional information may be submitted to




  • Have You Identified Your Mission Essential Functions?– July 6, 2011
  • Continuity at the County Level – July 6, 2011
  • Continuity Readiness Cell – August 3, 2011
  • National Preparedness Month – Practitioner’s Program Testimonial – September 7, 2011
  • Mission Essential Functions at State Level – October 5, 2011
  • Compare/Contrast of Federal and State Continuity Planning – November 2, 2011
  • Guardian Accord/National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) – December 7, 2011
  • Telework, OPM and States of New York and North Carolina – January 4, 2012
  • Continuity Planning in the Mass Transit Industry – February 1, 2012
  • Continuity of Operations Strategic Planning Webinar (NCP Conference Month) – March 7, 2012
  • Understanding Continuity in the Big City – April 4, 2012
  • Gaining Leadership Buy-In at the Executive Level – May 2, 2012

July 28, 2011

West Pierce & Tacoma Fire & CERT Joint Drill August 6th – 8:00 am- 1:00pm. Registration info

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness,General Interest,Washington State — coe at 10:12 am

From West Pierce CERT

Just sending out a reminder that our joint drill with Tacoma is right around the corner. If you’re interested in participating please contact me as soon as possible as I have to send in a list of participants.


This is a great way to refresh your CERT skills and prepare for the upcoming CERT Expo!


When:  August 6th – 8:00 am- 1:00pm


Where: Tacoma Training Center

2124 E. Marshall Ave, Tacoma

To register please contact:

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

"Respond Efficiently, Execute Flawlessly, Be Nice."

July 27, 2011

Follow Up to July 20th Joint Practitioner/Developer Webinar – Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) Overview

The Live Meeting recording from the July 20th Joint Practitioner/Developer Webinar, “Commercial Mobile Alert System Overview” with Mark Lucero and Brian Josef is now available for viewing from the FEMA Library at:

The Live Meeting recording is a very large file in Windows Media Video (.wmv) format and requires Windows Media Player

or Windows Media Components for QuickTime

or a similar product to view.  Presentations slides and text files are also available from the same location.

For further assistance, contact or

Victims needed for West Pierce CERT Drill, Saturday, August 13th from 10:00 am until 2:00pm

From West Pierce CERT

Hello all CERTs!

Hope everyone is having a great summer!  As many of you know, our CERT team has grown considerably in

the last few months and right now we have a University Place CERT class in session right now with the drill being held on Saturday, August 13th   from 10:00 am until 2:00pm. We will need many drill victims for the drill so I’ve started a list of CERTs who can participate.  Please let me know if you are interested in participating as a victim for the drill as it is just around the corner. It will be held at Station 21, 5000 Steilacoom Blvd. Lakewood.


Again, I would like to thank each of you for your continued commitment to your community through CERT!


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

"Respond Efficiently, Execute Flawlessly, Be Nice."



We’re interested in co-hosting a L363 FEMA course. Your interest appreciated. Puget Sound area.

This June Edmonds Community College and us, the Center of Excellence Homeland Security, co-hosted the Multi-hazard Emergency Planning L363 FEMA course and we had over 50 participants from several of our colleges attend and we received excellent reviews of the course.  We have an opportunity to again apply for another L363 FEMA course (see attached).

This 3 day course is designed for teams of campus personnel who are responsible for creating, reviewing, implementing and exercising operations plans.  The course covers the following:

  •        Phases of emergency management
  •        Identifying hazards and using a risk assessment process
  •        Responding using ICS and setting up an Emergency Operations Center
  •        Partnering with the community
  •        Developing plans; training and testing to the plans
  •        Engaging the campus community

The course trains teams of people from each campus who can take the skills and knowledge back to their own campuses to facilitate the emergency planning process.  Since we had a good response from our colleges in the King, Snohomish and Skagit County area we would very much be interested in applying to co-host this event in one of our other regions.  Please let me know if you may be interested in working with us on this event.

  FEMA provides all of the trainers and materials and we provide the location and staff time to get the word out and support the training event.  Edmonds was able to have 15 people attend from their college which included many of their executive management team.  It was time well spent.

The application it due August 31 so please contact me as soon as possible and we can discuss the details if you are interested.


2012 L363 Host Institution Application

L363 2012 Course Summary


Linda Crerar

Special Projects Manager

Center of Excellence Homeland Security

Pierce College – HSEM Program Coordinator


253-964-6608 fax

360-455-0220 cell




Amateur HAM Radio and Emergency Communications at Pierce College

Filed under: Campus Safety,Emergency Preparedness,Washington State — coe at 12:03 pm

Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio bands for purposes of private recreation,

non-commercial exchange of messages, experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication.

Many people start their involvement in amateur radio by finding a local club. Clubs often provide information about licensing, local operating practices, technical advice and leads on inexpensive equipment.  Interested in checking it out?  Go to:

Throughout the history of amateur radio, enthusiasts have made significant contributions to science, engineering, industry, social services and have saved lives in times of emergency.

Communications do go down in disasters and the key to any effective Emergency Management Plan is to have multiple systems to fall back on.  That’s where Ham’s come in!  Pierce College has an Emergency Operations Center and would like to hear from licensed Ham Operators.  Please send me an email if you’re interested in participating in our disaster response efforts.


Thank you!


Shelley Miell

Program Coordinator

District Campus Safety

1601 39th Avenue S.E.

Puyallup, WA 98374

Office: 253-864-3390

Fax: 253-864-3389

July 19, 2011

Info on Citizen Corps’ Community Preparedness Webinar Series, July 26th, 2011

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness,General Interest — coe at 3:19 pm

Community Preparedness Webinar Series

Volunteering in Times of Disaster

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011, 2 PM EDT

Log in as guest 10 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. Login here.


The Community Preparedness Webinar Series invites you to join us for a webinar discussing volunteering in times of disaster. The webinar will highlight the best practices of volunteer managers and those interested in volunteering during disasters. The webinar will include perspectives from community organizations,

and state and local emergency management who have experienced specific challenges, and organizations that are heavily engaged in volunteer management. This webinar will be helpful to those who are interested in becoming volunteers and for volunteer managers seeking practical knowledge.


·         Hands On Volunteer Management Guide

·         When Disaster Strikes… How to Donate or Volunteer Successfully

Related links and resources

·         Corporation for National Community Service Resource Center

·         Hands On Network Tools and Resources Page

·         National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Volunteer Resource Page

How to view our webinars

The Community Preparedness Webinar Series is conducted via DHS’s HSIN Connect system. You do not need to register in advance, nor do you need a HSIN account in order to view our webinars. Audio for this webinar will be broadcast within HSIN Connect; there willnot be a concurrent, phone-based teleconference. Questions and answers will be moderated via text-based chat inside the webinar. In order to ensure that your computer is capable of viewing our webinars and webcasts, we highly recommend that you read the below documents and perform the compatibility test prior to the start of the event. In addition, please ensure your computer’s speakers are working prior to the webinar. If for any reason you have trouble accessing the system, please send an email to

Using HSIN Connect
 (PDF) | Perform Compatibility Test

Additional information about this webinar

This webinar is free to the public and will accommodate the first 500 visitors that enter the site. This webinar will last approximately one hour. In addition to airing live, the webinar will be recorded and viewable at a later date and linked from this web page. The live webinar will offer Closed Captioning and a transcript of the webinar will be posted with the recorded version of the webinar.


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


The Role of Libraries and Librarians in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response – Recorded Webinar

Filed under: Campus Safety,Emergency Preparedness,General Interest — coe at 1:00 pm

The Role of Libraries and Librarians in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response

John C. Scott
Founder, Center for Public Service Communications

July 13, 2011

Live Meeting Recording (WMV) This is a large file and requires Windows Media Player or Windows Media Components for QuickTime, or a similar product to view.
Audio Podcast (MP3)

Related Websites:
National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center
NLM Disaster Information Outreach Symposium
NLM Emergency Access Initiative
American Library Association Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit
NN/LM Toolkit Archives for Mutual Aid Agreements
Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization Program
MLA Librarians without Borders
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER)
Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)
Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)















July 18, 2011

Homeland Security Digital Library Blog: key documents 10 years after 9/11

As part of the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s commemoration of the ten year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) will host ten special posts on its blog. Beginning Tuesday, July 5, the HSDL will publish one blog a week discussing different facets of our shared American experience that have changed significantly or been affected deeply by that historic Tuesday morning of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The goal is to honor those who died that day by highlighting some of the lessons learned,

key documents released, and changes that have occu rred as we seek to ensure nothing like 9/11 ever happens again.

Topics: July 5 – Terrorism, Terrorists and Threats

July 12 – The Department of Homeland Security

July 19 – The 9/11 Commission Recommendations

July 26 – Emergency Preparedness

August 2 – Border Security and Immigration

August 9 – Transportation and Travel

August 16 – Freedoms and Rights

August 23 – Protecting Critical Infrastructure

August 30 – Communication

September 6 – Commemorating 9/11

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