Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

February 28, 2012

Citizen Corps Program Grant and Effective Funding Practices Webinar Thursday with Craig Fugate

Citizen Corps Program Grant and Effective Funding Practices Webinar
Thursday, March 1
3:00 p.m. ET (2:00 CT/1:00 MT/Noon PT)

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Overview

This Thursday, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division will host a FREE Citizen Corps Program Grant and Effective Funding Practices Webinar, featuring FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, to highlight strategies for meeting community preparedness funding needs and provide an update on the 2012 grants. If you’re interested in learning more about this subject please plan to join us at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Featured speakers for this 90-minute discussion include:

If you have questions regarding this event, please contact citizencorps@dhs.gov

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.

Earthquakeconference.org

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness,General Interest — coe at 12:27 am

Please visit http://earthquakeconference.org/ to find out more information regarding the 2012 National Earthquake Conference, April 10-13, 2012, Memphis, Tennessee.

Tomorrow: The Role of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) in School Preparedness.

Please join us for the upcoming Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center-sponsored webinar: The Role of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) in School Preparedness.

Webinar Details

Title:                            

The Role of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) in School Preparednessv

Date & Time:             

Tuesday, February 28, 2012  3:00 PM Eastern
(2:00 PM Central, 1:00 PM Mountain, 12:00 PM Pacific)

Duration:

1.5 hours

(Lines will open 15 minutes prior to the webinar for questions on using webinar format.)

REGISTER HERE: http://rems.ed.gov/index.php?page=training_webinars

The collective use of NIMS across all local incident response agencies, including K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs), and disciplines creates a common operating picture, promoting mutual goals and responsibilities, and ultimately, more efficient and effective response services. Developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003 in the wake of the 9/11 World Trade Center Terrorist Attacks, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which includes the Incident Command System (ICS), is a standardized emergency response system used by all first responders to coordinate response efforts before, during and after an emergency. In 2005, NIMS was mandated for adoption by all entities receiving federal preparedness funds, including grantees.  Because all schools and IHEs are integral components of every community and its government, regardless of whether they are recipients of Federal preparedness funds, DHS and ED recommend all schools and IHEs implement NIMS.

 

This one-and-a-half-hour webinar will focus on the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command Structure (ICS) as it pertains to K-12 schools and school districts. The webinar will present information about the key elements of NIMS, training for key personnel, ICS roles for schools, and examples of how districts and schools can implement NIMS/ICS.

 

The webinar will be presented by Bob Spears, Director of Emergency Services with the Los Angeles (CA) Unified School District’s Office of Emergency Services.

 

Participants will learn about NIMS as a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable to all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. Specifically, this webinar is intended to help participants:

  • Understand the basic elements of the Safe School Plan.
  • Gain awareness of the Incident Command Structure (ICS) principles, terminology, and implementation.
  • Learn multiple strategies for effective emergency exercises and training.
  • Engage in an interactive scenario.

This webinar may also assist schools in the identification of key personnel to receive training based on their roles and responsibilities. Additionally, this course highlights the importance of aligning key staff with appropriate ICS roles and responsibilities and the need to provide adequate training at the appropriate level of NIMS/ICS for their sector or department.

 

About the Presenter:

Bob Spears has been a teacher and administrator for the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1973. He has been in charge of School Safety at all of his administrative assignments. In 2003, he became the Director of Emergency Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has worked on the District’s Safe School Plan for Emergency Procedures and the District’s Emergency Operations Center plan. He is the point of contact for the Los Angeles Unified School District for the American Red Cross, Emergency Preparedness Departments for the City and County of Los Angeles as well as the 28 municipalities served by the District.

Communication with Vulnerable Populations – A Transportation and Emergency Management Toolkit

Communication with Vulnerable Populations

A Transportation and Emergency Management Toolkit

http://www.emforum.org/vforum/120222.htm

Webinar available.

 

 

 

 

February 27, 2012

Important Message from the Secretary of Homeland Security Concerning Guidance to State Administrative Agencies to Expedite the Expenditure of Certain DHS/FEMA Grant Funding

Filed under: General Interest,Homeland Security,Washington State — coe at 11:58 pm

*** Sent on behalf of Elizabeth M. Harman, Assistant Administrator, Grant Programs Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency***

Please see the attached memorandum from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano concerning Guidance to State Administrative Agencies to Expedite the Expenditure of Certain DHS/FEMA Grant Funding. In addition, please see the overview of the FY 2013 National Preparedness Grant Program which was introduced today in the President’s FY 2013 Budget.

Questions concerning this guidance should be directed to your FEMA Grant Programs Directorate or Regional Program Analyst.

Download PDFs:

Guidance to State Administrative Agencies to Expedite the Expenditure of Certain DHS/FEMA Grant Funding

FY 2013 National Preparedness Grant Program Vision Document

 

CSID
Grant Programs Directorate
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1-800-368-6498

 

More on Hazing Awareness and Scholarship Sign-up

Filed under: General Interest — coe at 10:26 pm

Now ANY STUDENT may apply for the Hazing Awareness Scholarship. Next deadline is  March 6, 2012.

Due to more recent CNN hazing news at
http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/23/us/florida-hazing-death/index.html
ANY Student may now apply for the March 6, 2012 deadline so if you have not already done so please post or apply now for the “Hazing Awareness Scholarship”.

Details at

http://www.cmu.edu/architecture/whats-good/fall-2011/hazing-scholarship.html  or students may print the attachment.

Thank you for posting or applying.  Any way you look at it, hazing does not add up. Recognize it. Report it. End it.

Apply now – $700 Hazing Awareness Scholarship

Filed under: General Interest — coe at 10:23 pm

$700 Hazing Awareness Scholarship (increase from $500 for fall 2011/spring 2012)

Note: Easy scholarship to apply for so do it today, don’t take this one for granted! No application fee required from you. Simply read and follow the instructions below. If instructions are not followed your application will not be considered.

Milk & Honey Publishing, collegegreekbooks.org and Big Walt Anderson are proud to announce up to seven $700 cash awards for the fall 2011/spring 2012 school year.

All students that are enrolled in any accredited college or university that has a greek s ocial setting may apply. You must be in good standing at your school with a minimum 2.0 gpa or C average.

Also, up to the first 10 applicants of each deadline month (see below) will receive one free collectible rare “Big Walt Anderson” autographed book of their choice from collegegreekbooks.org, which includes the Secret Sisterhood and Pledge Brothers but not the movie Frat Daze, nor movies Secret Sisterhood Part 1 or part 2 fall of the alpha chapter, delivered personally by Walter “Big Walt” Anderson or shipped via USPS (post office) mail.

Contact your school’s scholarship office and request an application or apply online at www.Collegegreekbooks.Org/cashaward.Html – you may download the scholarship application there as well.

Deadlines:  March 6th, 2012, April 6th, 2012, May 6th, 2012, June 6th, 2012 and July 6th, 2012. Your application will be valid for the upcoming deadline date only! You may apply once per long semester only!

Awards granted around the 15th of each month.

(You may check collegegreekbooks.Org/cashaward.Html for monthly award winners.)

February 13, 2012

Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage – FEMA NEHRP E-74 Webinar Tuesday

Nonstructural components of buildings include all elements that are not part of the structural system; that is, the architecturalmechanicalelectrical, and plumbing systems, as well as furniturefixturesequipment, and other contents.  During the recent earthquakes in Chile, New Zealand, Japan, Virginia and other earlier earthquakes in California, Washington, and other parts of the U.S., nonstructural failures have accounted for the majority of damage and injuries.  In many cases, businesses, schools,

hospitals, and other organizations had to spend excessive time and dollars for clean up and repair due to nonstructural failures; therefore impeding continued operations and rapid recovery.  Moreover, nonstructural component failures also impeded safe evacuation, delayed rescue, and caused additional hazards such as fire resulting in serious life safety issues.

 

This FEMA NEHRP-sponsored 1 ½ hour webinar describes the sources and types of nonstructural earthquake damage and the effective methods and guidance that individuals and organizations can use to take action now before the next earthquake and minimize future injuries and property losses from nonstructural risks.

 

WEBINAR INFORMATION:

Pacific Northwest Event – Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm PST

Audio: Dial 1-(888) 387-8686, Conference ID:  5416036

February 11, 2012

FEMA Administrator Fugate’s talk at the Tech at State

Filed under: General Interest — coe at 7:41 pm

‎(Feb 4) In case you missed Administrator Fugate’s talk at the Tech at State conference , we wanted to recap it for you, and we thought the best way to do that is to show you the tweets people posted while he was speaking: http://bit.ly/xih8ZF

Also, here are two other blog posts from around the web: http://bit.ly/xrfcJ2 & http://bit.ly/ypnfEi

Thank you to the U.S. Department of State for the invite to participate and continue the conversation about social media, technology, data, and emergency management.

(Short legal note: FEMA does not endorse any non-government Web sites, companies or applications.)

Learn more about Burn Awareness Week – Prevent injuries at home, at play, and on the way!

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness,General Interest — coe at 7:29 pm

Burn Awareness Week: February 5-11, 2012

Did you know children under the age of five account for fifty-two percent of all child fire deaths?

Did you also know young children’s skin is thinner than older children and adults, and their skin burns at lower temperatures and more deeply?

Since burns are recognized as one of the most painful and devastating injuries a person can sustain and survive, we want to arm you with the tools to keep the children in your community safe from this devastating injury.

Learn more about Burn Awareness Week and the role you can play to prevent injuries at home, at play, and on the way!

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