Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

October 26, 2011

U.S. Radiological Response to the 2011 Japan Earthquake Lessons Learned 

U.S. Radiological Response to the 2011 Japan Earthquake

Lessons Learned

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

Related Websites:
DOE/NNSA Situation Updates
National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Emergency Operations
Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC)
Radiation Emergency Assistance Center / Training Site
Radiological Assistance Program
The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents



CERT Lakewood WA Training for Evacuation and Sheltering in Place

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick reminder that we have our Quarterly training next week, November 2nd at 7:00pm at Station 21 (5000 Steilacoom Blvd SW).  We’ll be talking about Evacuation and Sheltering in Place.


253-983-4564 |  253-582-7912 fax  |  COLLEEN.ADLER@WESTPIERCE.ORG

"Respond Efficiently, Execute
Flawlessly, Be Nice."





The Top Wrong Reasons for Not Registering for Disaster Assistance

Filed under: General Interest — coe at 10:34 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. — With just a few weeks left to apply for disaster assistance before the deadline of Nov. 14, disaster officials would like to share the top wrongly held reasons people neglect to register for assistance.


The Top Wrong Reasons for Not Registering for Disaster Assistance



Attn: IAEM-USA Members – First Nationwide EAS Test on November 9, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Attn: IAEM-USA Members

From: IAEM Headquarters

The following is being forwarded to you as a service to members.


FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Office, in close coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first Nationwide EAS Test on November 9, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The Test will last approximately three and a half minutes.

The national-level EAS leverages the communications support of participating radio, television, cable, satellite, and wireline providers throughout the country. FEMA administers the EAS, and conducts training, tests, and exercises as directed by Executive Order 13407.


FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA’s vision for improving the EAS is incremental, which means testing the readiness and effectiveness of the EAS as it currently exists is the first step. A more effective and functional EAS requires continual testing to identify necessary improvements so the system can deliver critical information that will save lives and protect property.

Please consider communicating the Nationwide EAS Test information to your communities of interest and sharing the attachments with others in your organization. We greatly appreciate your assistance and invaluable efforts for this important public service.

In order to prepare the public, we will provide continuous and timely information through a number of resources via the FEMA IPAWS website, and attached to this email. Please feel free to direct any questions to me at

Thank you for your support,

Manny Centeno

Program Manager

IPAWS Program Office, National Continuity Programs

Department of Homeland Security – FEMA

500 C Street, SW

Washington, DC 20472

202-646-4328 Office

202-538-4199 Cell

October 17, 2011

FEMA’s Higher Education Program Bits and Pieces

FEMA’s Higher Education Program Bits and Pieces, 14 October 2011

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) sent this bulletin at 10/14/2011 03:46 PM EDT

FEMA’s Higher Education Program Bits and Pieces 

National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD   

14 October 2011

Hi Ed Website (submitted today to webmaster for posting next week):

v  Hi Ed Activity Reports –

  • October 5

v  College List – EM Programs – Masters Level –

  • Saint Louis University – Master of Public Health in Emergency Management and Crisis Leadership

v  College List – EM Programs – Masters Certificate, Specialization, Track –

  • Saint Louis University – Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Crisis Leadership

v  College List – EM Programs – Bachelor Level –

  • Upper Iowa University – Bachelor of Science in Emergency & Disaster Management

v  College List – EM Programs – Stand-Alone Certificate –

  • Upper Iowa University – Certificate in Emergency & Disaster Management

v  College List – HS Programs – Masters Certificate, Specialization, Track –

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice – Interdisciplinary M.A. Certificate Program in Terrorism Studies
  • Saint Louis University – Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Crisis Leadership
  • Upper Iowa University – Master of Public Administration with a Justice and Homeland Security Emphasis

v  College List – HS Programs – Certificates –

  • Michigan State University – Online Certificate in Homeland Security Studies

v  College List – Related – Graduate –

  • George Washington University – Master of Professional Studies in Security and Safety Leadership

v  College List – Distance Learning –

  • Upper Iowa University – Bachelor of Science in Emergency  & Disaster Management
  • Upper Iowa University – Certificate in Emergency & Disaster Management

v  College List – Data Documents –

  • Alphabetical Listing of Emergency management Collegiate Programs
  • Listing of Emergency Management Collegiate Programs By State
  • Listing of Emergency Management Collegiate Programs By Type
  • States With and Without Emergency Management Programs

v  Free College Courses, Textbooks, Materials – Courses Under Development – Crisis and Risk Communications –

  • Session 16 – Principles of a Successful Crisis Communications Strategy
  • Session 16 – Power Point

v  Free College Courses, Textbooks, Materials – Course Treatments –

  • International Response to Pandemic Influenza
    • Session 1 – Introduction and Course Outline
    • Session 1 – Power Point

All comments concerning website materials should be emailed to

14th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference Update


15th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference is scheduled June 4-7, 2012. 

College and University News:

Shannon continues to be hard at work with the yearly update of the Hi Ed website college list.  The college list is the section most used by potential students seeking program information as well as being used by other colleges and universities that are investigating the possibility of an emergency management program in their school.  For these and other reasons it is essential for us to have the most current and up to date information for your programs.  Please respond to Shannon’s email as soon as possible when she contacts you.  We appreciate the time you take to inform us of changes to your program. and Jacksonville State University

Partner to Offer Continuing Education Credit is extremely pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Jacksonville State University (JSU) to pilot the award of continuing education units (CEUs) for attending Webinar programs.

JSU’s Institute for Emergency Preparedness (IEP) offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in emergency management and this partnership was made possible through the generous efforts of Dr. Jane Kushma, Associate Professor and Director of IEP’s Doctoral Program.

The pilot will run through September 30, 2012. The response from the community and our experience during the first year will determine whether we continue to provide this service in the future.

There is no up front cost to enroll. A $35.00 fee is payable to JSU at the time you request a certificate to receive your credit. If you value this opportunity, we encourage you to register today!


For further details please see:


This educational opportunity is provided by the Emergency Information Infrastructure Project (EIIP).

Recordings of October 12th Program Now Available — Planning for Energy Emergencies


The Live Meeting recording of the October 12th program, “Planning for Energy Emergencies: Local Government Energy Assurance Guidelines,” with Ronda Mosley, Steve Foute, and George Burmeister of the Public Technology Institute (PTI), is now available. This is a large file and requires Windows Media Player or Windows Media Components for QuickTime or a similar product to view. The Audio Podcast, presentation Slides, as well as Ratings and Comments, are available from the Background Page. Please take a moment to rate this program for relevance and share your comments.


You are also invited to a Webinar hosted by PTI on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 2:00–3:00 PM ET on the topic “Addressing Cyber Security Concerns for Local Energy Assurance Planning.”  See for further information and  pre-registration.


Is your organization interested in becoming an EIIP Partner? Click here to review our Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles and access the Memorandum of Partnership.


Hi Ed Statistical Update for October 14, 2011:

  • Emergency Management Higher Education Programs – 251
    • 68 Certificate, Diploma, Focus-Area, Minor in EM Collegiate Programs
    • 48 Schools Offer Associate Degree Programs
    • 41 Schools Offer Bachelor Degree Programs
    • 84 Schools with Master-Level/Concentrations/Tracks/Specializations/Emphasis Areas/Degrees
    • 10 Schools Offer Doctoral-Level Programs
  • U.S. Homeland Security/Defense and Terrorism Hi Ed Programs – 125
  • U.S. International Disaster Relief/Humanitarian Assistance Programs – 15
  • Public Health, Medical and Related Program – 25
  • Listing of Related Programs – 29


The University of South Florida College of Public Health-Department of Global Health offers an MPH degree in Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief that is completely online.  The program has been advertised on the FEMA Bits and Pieces blog in the past, but we have recently been approved to offer the program at a reduced tuition (and fee) rate to out of state students.  Normally, tuition alone for out of state graduate students is $837.29 per credit hour not including fees, but we have been approved to offer the program to students outside of the state of Florida for $530 per credit hour plus a one-time $35 new student comprehensive fee.  The program is 48 credit hours in duration and admits in the fall term only.  The application deadline for fall 2012 is June 1, 2012.

For more information contact Dr. Wayne Westhoff,


Emergency Management and Homeland Security News:

Autumn has arrived and so has the very changeable weather. Check the FEMA website when preparing your home, car and work place for cold weather emergencies.  Important information can be found at

National Emergency Management Agency Learning Resource Center (NETC LRC) Update

Current Awareness: Weekly News Roundups – updated

New at the LRC Last Week

Selected Fire/EMS/Emergency Mngt topics:



American Journal of Disaster Medicine 

To subscribe to the American Journal of Disaster Medicine

About the Publisher

At Weston Medical Publishing, our mission is simple: to provide the highest quality professional journals and we take great pride in our company, our commitment to customer service and in the journals we publish.

CEMR Network Broadcast:

Please feel free to invite other EM professionals, researchers, professors, or others that you think would be interested in participating in the CEMR Network. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the CEMR Network, please feel free to post on the CEMR Network profile wall or send us an email.

If you would like to broadcast an announcement to the CEMR Network, please let us know at


New York City Citizen Corps Council News:

The NYC Citizen Corps Council News is an excellent source for emergency preparedness information.  This robust weekly newsletter for organizations includes information about:  

  • ·         NYC Citizen Corps Council Initiatives (  
  • ·         Webinars
  • ·         Conferences/Workshops
  • Resources

Organizations wishing to subscribe should contact Justin Land, Community Outreach Coordinator–NYC Office of Emergency Management at

Black Emergency Managers Association (BEMA)


  • Provide information, networking, professional development opportunities to African-American emergency managers.
  • To advance the emergency management and homeland security profession within African-American communities.
  • To assist and ensure African-American and minority community involvement in all phases of emergency management to include grant opportunities, training, preparedness, etc. with emphasis on the long-term recovery of the community.
  • To provide mentoring opportunities to high school and college level students so that these individuals will return with skills for their communities.


BEMA is an ‘all inclusive’ association and does not exclude any individual, organization, or entity that adheres to our primary mission & vision.


To join send an email to

Emergency Management Solutions is a free monthly newsletter written by Lucien G. Canton, CEM. It is intended to share ideas, tips and tricks that will help improve your emergency programs. You’re welcome to share the content with others with appropriate attribution. To subscribe to the newsletter or to view the current issue

Natural Hazards Observer, DR 575—October 6, 2011 is now available

o   FEMA: Lots of Small Change, No Credit

o   9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Enters Second Round

  • Tsunami Approaching? Have a Ball
  • Call Outs: Calls for Papers, Abstracts, Proposals, and More
  • New web Resources
  • Conferences, Training and Events
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Contributions of jobs, conferences, and other content to this newsletter can be sent to Please include “for Disaster Research” in the subject line.

To subscribe, visit or e-mail

Visit the Natural Hazards Center Web site to read the September and past editions of the Observer.

Emergency Management Magazine

How Emergency Management Is Changing (For the Better)

By: Elaine Pittman on October 03, 2011

For more information, contact 800-940-6039 or      

Journal of Emergency Management

Journal of Emergency Management is a professional, bi-monthly journal with a simple but urgent goal: to better equip all those responsible for emergency preparedness and response to deal effectively with everything from acts of terror, fires, floods, and weather emergencies to gas explosions and catastrophic accidents on land, in the air, or at sea.

With a well-focused game plan carried out by an unbeatable team of emergency preparedness and response experts, Journal of Emergency Management is already being hailed as long overdue and a “must have” for anyone responsible for the safety and well-being of both personnel and property.

For JEM subscription information:

Notes from the Hi Ed Program:

We are accepting news and events to be placed in our “Bits and Pieces” reports each week.  Let us know what emergency management or homeland security activities are happening at your college, university, and state or local emergency management office. 

Have a magnificent weekend,


Barbara L. Johnson

Higher Education Program Assistant


Department of Homeland Security

16825 S. Seton Avenue, K016

Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Ph: (301) 447-1452


Emergency Management Institute

A 60-Year Legacy of Training and Education in Emergency Management

“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.”

Campus Personal Property Theft Prevention – Pierce College

Dear Colleagues,

As the holiday season revs up, so do the local criminals. Here are some tips for keeping yourself and your property safe.

Personal Property Theft Prevention

  • Keep your purse, wallet, and all other valuable items with you or locked in a drawer, closet, or locker at all times.
  • Lock your office or area when it is not attended.
  • Do not place keys to offices, desks or file cabinets in unsecured locations.
  • Check the identity of strangers in your work area. Ask if they are looking for someone or something, or if they need help. If this makes you uncomfortable, contact Campus Safety for assistance.

Vehicle Theft Prevention

  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight. This includes gifts, electronics, cell phones, purses….etc.
  • Always lock your doors.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Never leave the motor running when your car is unattended.

Alert Campus Safety of all suspicious persons on campus

  • Report any crimes in progress to 911 first and then to Campus Safety.
  • Be prepared to report a physical description of the person. Example: white male, 30 years old, 6 feet tall, short red hair, wearing blue jeans, red shirt, carrying a black jacket.

For more information, please contact Campus Safety at either campus or visit our website at: .

Fort Steilacoom Campus Safety: (253) 964-6751

Puyallup Campus Safety: (253) 840-8481

Center of Excellence for Homeland Security at Pierce College, Washington State Emergency Management Division and members of the State Community Preparedness Strategic Planning Workgroup are teaming up with the Pierce Department of Emergency Management, Region 5, and Clover Park Technical College to host Roundtable Discussion


Please join us in a roundtable discussion to help our community become more resilient in times of disaster.  During the discussion, a cross-section of citizens, emergency management professionals, and representatives of business, industry, and non-governmental organizations will identify gaps in emergency preparedness and actions we can take to be better prepared and more disaster resilient as a community and as a state.  Roundtables are being held in nine locations across the State of Washington over the next several months.  Our first three Roundtables in Spokane, Vancouver and Port Angeles have had over 150 participants.


Research and on-the-ground experience after disasters shows that preparedness leads to increased resiliency within organizations and a community’s ability to recover.  The heart of enhanced community resilience is the recognition that activities which can better prepare a community to deal with disastrous events are also activities that increase a community’s daily functional capacity to meet the needs of its citizens, thus contributing to a higher quality of life for the community as a whole.


The Center of Excellence for Homeland Security at Pierce College, Washington State Emergency Management Division and members of the State Community Preparedness Strategic Planning Workgroup are teaming up with the Pierce Department of Emergency Management, Region 5, and Clover Park Technical College to host this

 roundtable discussion. Issues and action agendas from each roundtable will serve as a foundation for updating the statewide all-hazards emergency preparedness strategic plan and local emergency plans, and guide local emergency preparedness activities. The roundtables are also great opportunities to learn about resources and networks that can support and assist you in your community.


In return for sharing your knowledge, personal experience, understanding of community needs, and not more than five hours of your time, we will provide lunch and thank you with an emergency preparedness “go bag” and a drawing for emergency kits.


You are also welcome to attend our FEMA approved Citizen Preparedness Awareness Course offered by the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security called The Community College Citizen Preparedness Program (3CP2). It’s a great opportunity to learn how to prepare yourself and your family, and recover from a disaster. Your recovery depends on the planning and preparation done today! The 2 hour course will be offered right after the Roundtablediscussion in the same location. You are welcome to stay!


Who:  A cross-section of community members and emergency professionals

What: Participate in a community resilience roundtable

When: Tuesday, November 1st, starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending no later than 2:00 p.m.

and the 3CP2 citizen preparedness awareness course 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: McGavick Student Center, Bldg 23, Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, for directions visit

Food and refreshments will be available

Why:  To facilitate Pierce County’s resiliency in times of disaster

RSVP: Linda Crerar, or (253) 912-3689

                Lorianne Garces, or (253) 964-6395

Please contact Linda or Lorianne if you have any questions.


Mike Campbell, Pierce College Center of Excellence for Homeland Security/Emergency Management

Jill Bushnell, on behalf of the Washington State Community Preparedness Strategic Planning Workgroup

Amy Goings, Clover Park Technical College

Sheri Badger and Katie Gillespie, Pierce County Emergency Management Department

Lorianne Garces

Special Projects Intern

(253) 964-6395

Center of Excellence for Homeland Security and Emergency Management

October 12, 2011 Emergency Alerts – free posts emergency notifications on TV, radio and the
Internet.  This site will send email alerts to those that sign up for
this free service.  If you would like to receive emergency email alerts
from the please visit .  This is a free
community service and they assure us that our email addresses will not
be shared.

Center of Excellence Homeland Security Archived Newsletter – 9/9/11

NEWS – September 9, 2011

Good afternoon to all of our state Campus Security-Emergency Management-Safety staffand Community College Citizen Preparedness Program   Alumni.

September is National Preparedness Month and I have included a link to Washington’s Emergency Management website link for all of the preparedness information and materials they have available to support your efforts to educate and help your communities become prepared and additional information on upcoming webinars and other resource links for school preparedness. 

Please take a moment to check out the link as the resources appropriate for use by any organization or business anywhere in the country.

Higher Education Center News…

Webinar: “Available Resources to Prepare Schools for Emergencies”

On August 31, 2011, President Obama proclaimed September 2011 as National Preparedness Month. OSDFS will, along with FEMA, host “Available Resources to Prepare Schools for Emergencies” to answer questions for school administrators, principals, teachers, and concerned parents about getting schools prepared for a disaster of any kind. Among questions to be discussed are the following: How was Joplin (Missouri) successful in preparing for and recovering from a disaster? How can other schools learn from their experience? What free preparedness trainings are available for schools and school administrators, both online and in person?

Date: September 13, 2011

Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

For more information about this Webinar, please visit the Citizen Corps Web site.

Additional Links Regarding Preparedness

For information about the U.S. Department of Education’s preparedness resources, please visit ED’s Emergency Management for Higher Education Web site.

For emergency preparedness information from ED’s Higher Education Center, please visit the Center’s Web site.

To read the Presidential Proclamation, please visit the White House Web site.

To learn more about National Preparedness Month, please visit the FEMA Web site.

Information about other preparedness Webinars taking place during the month of September and beyond can be found at the Citizen Corps Webinar site.


ED’s Safe and Supportive Schools News

If you would like weekly e-mail updates on Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools programs, as well as other information related to school safety, substance abuse and violence prevention in education, and the promotion of student health and well-being, you may be interested in subscribing to ED’s Safe and Supportive School News. Subscription information is at


Linda Crerar

Special Projects Manager

Center of Excellence Homeland Security

Pierce College – HSEM Program Coordinator


253-964-6608 fax

360-455-0220 cell




Citizen Corps News Digest – Oct 5 Archive

Stay Involved in Preparedness All Year Long, Crime Prevention Month, Fire Prevention Week is Almost Here, and more!

This Citizen Corps News Digest 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.  

This week’s News Digest includes: 

National Preparedness Month: Stay Involved in Preparedness All Year Long

Crime Prevention Month

Fire Prevention Week is Almost Here!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month


DHS and FEMA Updates

National Preparedness Month Coalition Member Sign-up

National Preparedness Month 2011 was our most successful to date! Thank you for your commitment to preparedness and for helping us encourage nearly 9,000 organizations, businesses and individuals to sign up as Coalition Members. If you were not able to sign up during National Preparedness Month, do so today! It takes less than two minutes for you to put your community on the map! The National Preparedness Month website will stay active all year long so please continue to share your activities with the nation.

You, as a community leader, helped make a difference. Thank you again!

Citizen Corps Partners and Affiliates Updates

Crime Prevention Month

October is Crime Prevention Month. Since 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has worked closely with the federal family; state, local and tribal government agencies; civic groups; schools; businesses; and youth organizations to educate the public about crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities.

This first week of October kicks off the month with a focus on home safety. You don’t have to completely overhaul your home to ensure your family is safe and secure. Check out these five simple ways from the NCPC, for how you can improve your home’s safety today!

And don’t forget to check out the activities and tips throughout the month. Weekly activities will be centered on each of these themes:

About the National Crime Prevention Council: The National Crime Prevention Council’s mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. To achieve this, NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies.

Fire Prevention Week is Almost Here!

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week will be held October 9-15, 2011. NFPA has sponsored the fire prevention campaign since 1922, spreading awareness of the dangers of fires and inspiring individuals to prevent the deaths, injuries, and destruction they cause. This year’s theme, “Protect Your Family From Fire!” focuses on how to protect families from fire by planning ahead and integrating simple things into their everyday lives.

Stay tuned to next week’s message for fire prevention awareness and preparedness tips.

About NFPA: The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standardsresearchtraining, and education. The world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 2011 marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

This year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance  (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center  (MS-ISAC).

Through a series of events and initiatives across the country, Awareness Month engages public and private sector partners to raise awareness and educate Americans about cybersecurity, and increase the resiliency of the Nation and its cyber infrastructure.

Consistent with the Awareness Month theme that cyber security is our shared responsibility; you are invited to join the thousands of other individuals across the country, who have pledged their commitment to online safety. By signing the MS-ISAC Cyber Security Pledge you are affirming you take security seriously and use good practices both at home and at work.

Pass this information along to those individuals you know in your family, in your community and in those risk management and PS-Prep strategy planning teams where you work.

Click here to find out how everyone can do their part to practice cybersecurity during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and throughout the year.

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

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