Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

November 5, 2014

Cyber Risk Summit – October 30, 2014

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The Center is one of the sponsors of the Cyber Security Summit being held today at Whatcom Community College. Over 100 people are attending and the focus is on business and industry needs. Whatcom and Western have a new pathway program in Cyber/Computer/Info Security www.whatcom.ctc.edu/cis. Corrinne Sande who is the program manager and also the Director for CyberWatch West which is sponsored ny a National Foundation Grant and who’s purpose is to increase the quantity and quality of the cyber security workforce throughout the western US www.cyberwatchwest.org. The Center and CyberWatch West are working together to help focus all hazard emergency management training and education needs to include understand the cyber risk.

 

Agnes Kirk the CFO for the state’s Technology Services shared the statistic that 60% of small and mid sized firms who have had a cyber breach go out of business in six month. This statistics mirrors our know statistics on what happens to small and medium sized business after an any disaster ‎ 50 to 60% will go out of business. Small and medium sized business normally don’t have the basics for good access control and will not have a business continuity plan.

 

The Center is working with the HSEM Degree Program and our partner colleges to offer a Certificate in EM Continuity and HSEM in Cyber Security for managers. This Summit it highlighting also the need for K-12 to focus not just on STEM but also information technology and security and the fact that most organizations only train IT people on security when it really it not just an IT issue it is everyone’s issue in the organization and company.

 

Agnes said that DHS has now identified higher educations as the next target for critical infrastructure hackers because we spent less then 1% on IT security and we have a huge amount of incredible valuable data to cyber hackers‎. Guess our focus on educating manager/administrator is very timely.   Cyber crime has now surpassed organized crime in revenue.

Passenger Train Emergency Response Training Select Dates November & December 2014

Railroad personnel will provide twelve (12) opportunities for PTER training on six (6) dates regarding passenger train emergency response

This Training is Free

Training, presented by Elizabeth Klute, AMTRAK

Northwest, David Albert, Southwest, Gary Miller

Midwest and Mike Stammel Southeast Regional

Emergency Managers, is specifically designed for Fire

Service, Law Enforcement, EMS, Emergency Health, Emergency Management, Public Works, and Utilities workers who may find themselves responding to a passenger train emergency or disaster.

Classroom training activities will Include familiarity with the following railroad topics:

  • Track / Train / Engine Dangers
  • Emergency Phone Numbers
  • Hazardous Conditions / Keeping Safe  Challenges of Extrication / Entry
  • Who’s in Charge?

 IF EQUIPMENT IS AVAILABLE

 Equipment orientation activities will Include:

  • Hands-on Walk Through
  • Access
  • Dangers of Power/Crush Injury etc.

Optional Equipment Drill activities can include:

  • Window Pull/Ladder Slide Extraction (Fire Only)
  • Emergency Medical Passenger Extraction(EMS/Fire)
  • Equipment Suspect Search & Clearing (Law Only)

Agencies must bring their own emergency equipment and pre register for the drill/exercising option by calling Lis Klute, Regional Emergency Manager for Amtrak.

 There is time for up to two agency exercises per class and a release of liability will be required.

 Water will be provided, Class size limited to 25 PER CLASS

 Training Sponsored by:

 AMTRAK

Seattle Fire Department

King County Emergency Management

Burlington Northern / Santa Fe (BNSF)

Railroad

November

10 – Monday (0900-1300) & (1400-1800)

  • – Thursday (0900-1300) & (1400-1800)
  • – Friday (0900-1300) & (1400-1800)

December

8 – Monday (0900-1300) & (1400-1800)

10 – Wednesday (0900-1300) & (1400-1800)

18 – Thursday (0900-1300) & (1400-1800)

Training site:  

Amtrak Maintenance &  Administration Facilities

Pacific International Room    187 S Holgate Street Seattle, WA    98134

Onsite Contacts:Elizabeth Klute (Lis)  (206) 445-5952 

 

Applied Baccalaureate Conference – November 4, 2014

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Pictures of the opening presentations for the BAS Conference. The purpose of the panel was to share experiences about collaborating with industry from the beginning to ensure that the degree meets workforce need: leveraging the knowledge and services of Centers of Excellence; and establishing An active and appropriate advisory committee.

Protecting Washington State’s Supply Chain: Security & Resilience 2014 Summary

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The Centers of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management and Homeland Security Emergency Management collaborated to conduct a one-day educational forum on October 15, 2014 at Highline College. The purpose of the forum was to examine the challenges and vulnerabilities businesses and organizations can endure while developing resiliency plans for supply chains and establish awareness of need for education and training that integrates security and emergency management training into the supply chain management career pathway.

Through discussions with supply chain management experts, representatives from private and public sectors, educators, and students we were able to focus on what the issues are and what skills are required to secure the physical infrastructure, conveyances, and information that is asset to building resiliency of our supply chain.

Welcome & Keynote

Welcome and opening remarks were made by Alice Madsen, Dean, Professional-Technical of Highline College with moderators Dr. Meg Ryan, Director, Center of Excellence Global Trade & Supply Chain Management and Linda Crerar, Director, Center of Excellence Homeland Security Emergency Management.

The Keynote Address by Representative Gael Tarleton, 36th Legislative District for Washington State helped set the tone of the forum. Rep. Tarleton spoke about being ready for risks and not waiting until they happen. She also shared that we need to know what is at stake if we do not establish security and resiliency for our supply chain industries. Rep. Tarleton said, “You are responsible for the choices you make. Resilience and security affects where we live and our everyday lives.” She also mentioned that knowing our environments psychologically, ecologically, socially, and diversity can help lead us in the right direction on building resiliency.

Morning Panel Discussion

Linda Crerar moderated the morning panel discussion about “Threats, Disruptions, and Vulnerabilities of the Supply Chain” in order to understand how we can secure our supply chain industries.

Panel members were: Representative Gael Tarleton, Member of Governor’s Task Force on Maritime & Manufacturing Industry; Eric Holdeman, Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience, Pacific NW Economic Region Foundation; Dr. Tim Melbourne, Director, PANGA Geodesy Lab, Department of Geological Sciences; Mike Williams, Supply Chain Manager, World Vision, and Chair of the Puget Sound Roundtable of the Council on Supply Chain Management Professionals; Jim Mullen, EM Northwest Consulting, INC.

Duplication and redundancy in order to fix our failures was brought up by Eric Holdeman. Jim Mullen said” If it doesn’t break than you don’t have to fix it, but you have to be prepared for it.” Introducing Lean Management as a way to collaborate with businesses and organizations on how to build an effective framework for restoration and mitigation.

Working Lunch – Cyber-Security in the Supply Chain

Dr. Amelia Phillips, Chair, Pure & Applied Sciences, Computer Information Systems/Computer Science, Highline College gave a presentation about cyber-security in the supply chain industry. The risks that can occur in the industry are new hardware and software, new threat vectors and contractors, and distribution of software systems between companies. Dr. Phillips informed everyone about the malware called “Blackshades” that have affected over half a million people worldwide. This type of malware sells for as little as $40 on the black market and is used to hijack computers, turn on webcams, access hard drives, and capture keystrokes to steal passwords all without the victim knowing what is going on.

Afternoon Panel

The first afternoon panel focused on the topic of “Natural Disasters and Economic Disruptions.”

Panel members were: Dr. Carlo Smith, Director, Supply Chain Management Institute, Central Washington University; Dr. Walter Szeliga, Geophysics Central Washington University; Dr. Toni Sipic, Economics, Central Washington University; and Dr. Jennifer Lipton, Environmental Geography, Central Washington University.

With our panel members expertise in their respected fields Forum attendees were informed about  how natural disasters can affect the supply chain industry and have a critical impact on the economy. The supply chain industry has become more complex with broaden geographical coverage and has increased the vulnerabilities that can occur within industry.

The second afternoon panel was a “Networking Roundtable: Information sharing on education/training programs.”

Panel members were: Steve Lettic, Faculty and Program Coordinator, Administration of Justice Department, Highline College; Robert Lord, Program Coordinator and Faculty, Statewide Homeland Security Emergency Management, Pierce College; Raegan Copeland, Program Coordinator and Faculty, Business, Highline College; Jesse Cooley, Manager, International Business, Bachelor of Applied Science Degree, North Seattle Community College; Abdul Waheed, Director, Transportation and Logistics Program, Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) were the main focus of this roundtable. All of our educators explained that it is vital for students to be able to think critically and apply what they have learned to their internship. Applying what students have learned helps to build their critical thinking skills and work on their soft skills. Being an effective decision maker and collaborator are other skills that the panelist talked about students needing to develop.

2015 Summit: Save the Date

The third annual Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management Summit will take place June 16-17, 2015 at Pierce College – Puyallup Campus.

This Summit will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center of Excellence of Homeland Security Emergency Management.

2014 Homeland Security-Emergency Management Summit – Summary

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The second annual Homeland Security Emergency Management Summit was conducted at the McGavick Conference Center on June 17th, 2014. The purpose of our Summit was to help move the HSEM industry forward in understanding that preparedness is a shared responsibility to which everyone contributes including individuals, communities, and the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

The theme of the conference was “Discovering Communities of Practice and Career Pathways in HSEM.”  All of our Summit’s presentations, workshops and discussions utilized the theme about “Communities of Practice.” The Summit helped participants gain a better understanding about the diversity and variety of educational and career pathways in the HSEM field.  Through our discussions, presentations, and workshops our participants were able to help discover and identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed by business and industry, government and private non-profit organizations. Our leading educators and practitioners helped to further divulge information and share knowledge in regards to HSEM careers, trends and innovations.

Welcome & Keynote

Welcome and opening remarks were made by Lowell Porter, Director of Pierce County Emergency Management, and Linda Crerar, Director of the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management.

The Keynote Address by Curry Mayer, Section Chief for Training & Exercise Division CA Governor’s Office of Emergency Services helped set the tone of the Summit. Ms. Mayer spoke about how we have the power to change the impact and the consequences of a disastrous event simply by collaborating with others in our community and how it is important to share the knowledge, skills, and abilities we have in order to significantly increase our community’s resilience.

Morning Panel Discussion

Jeff Parsons, WA State EMD, Private Sector Liaison, moderated the morning panel discussion about “The Importance of the Whole Community” in order to help understand public and private sectors interdependencies that promote and enhance disaster resilience.

Panel members were: Gerard Fiola – Port of Tacoma; Chris Johnson – Virginia Mason Healthcare; Terry Swanson – Safeway; John Wilhite – Guardsmark, LLC; Brian Sund – Boeing Employees Credit Union; Mike Williams – World Vision.

Shared responses and KSAs for all organizations in order to work together and with the community was brought up by Jeff Parsons. He also went on to explain how the HSEM field is becoming diverse with more women obtaining positions. Many of the panel members mentioned how networking is highly important to build relationships.

Grant writing, learning about each industry, and broad expansion of knowledge, understanding business owners, being adaptive, and taking the initiative were some of the skills that the panel members mentioned that are needed for individuals wishing to enter into the HSEM field.

Breakout Sessions

There were five breakout sessions our attendees were able to choose to attend: Emergency Services, Understanding Supply Chain Management, Public Health and Safety, Community Resilience, and Cybersecurity.

All of the workshop sessions feedback on what skill individuals need to have were relatively identical: critical knowledge, being able to communicate and make decisions, know how the government works, analytical skills, writing skills, familiar with labor groups, grant writing, making sure they know the impact of patients in an emergency, being able to take advantage of the opportunities when emergencies happen, being able to work with others, how to recognize and engage with all levels of communities, being able to share information through social media, technical skills, and understanding basic business process. The one skill that all of the workshops mentioned were the much needed soft skills an individual must have.

Working Lunch – “Eric’s Corner”

Eric Holdeman, Regional Center for Disaster Resilience, PNWER, gave a presentation about career pathways in emergency management. He went on to discuss what the career fields are in HSEM along with the challenges and educational pathways to help forge a career in emergency management.

Afternoon Workshops

In the afternoon there were four workshop sessions attendees could choose to attend. The topics were: Educational Pathways – from K-12 to Career Pathways in Emergency Management, Evolution of Online Education, The Intersection of HSEM and Cyber-security, and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Business Continuity.

Educational Pathways – from K-12 to Careers Pathways in Emergency Management: This workshop helped attendees put into perspective on how to understand the recruitment of students, developing curriculum, and sustaining programs.

Evolution of Online Learning: An overview of what the new trends and innovations to online learning are, and how to not only teach online, but to engage students in the process.

The Intersection of HSEM and Cyber-security: Provided an interactive cyber breach exercise for attendees and a discussion on what role cybersecurity plays in emergency management.

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Business Continuity: Attendees were given the opportunity to learn about the differences between disaster recovery and business planning.

 

Networking Reception

During the networking reception our attendees were treated with a catered BBQ hors’ d’oeuvres and had the opportunity to meet our Summit sponsors/exhibitors. Attendees also got the chance to win a variety of door prizes donated by exhibitors.

2015 Summit: Save the Date

The third annual Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management Summit will take place June 17, 2015 at Pierce College – Puyallup Campus.

This Summit will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center of Excellence of Homeland Security Emergency Management.

July 8, 2014

Understanding Our Future Workforce

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By: Kellie Hale

The new generation of young adults entering the workforce has gotten a bad reputation as being lazy, spoiled, entitled, and self-involved. Why is that and is it fair to judge them harshly? If you say yes, because you are uncertain if they have the appropriate or necessary skills for today’s workplace, then you are not looking at the bigger picture of how valuable young workers representing the Gen Y age group, aka Millennials can bring to the workforce. To help ease your hesitancy and apprehension about hiring Millennials, I have researched how they can be beneficial to, not only your organization, but the whole workforce.

What Millennials Can Contribute to the Workforce

Millennials, the generation born from 1980-2001, are an important part of the workforce.  What Millennials can offer to employers are a lot of opportunities. They are technologically savvy, innovative, highly entrepreneurial, and achievement oriented. Understanding the personal views of a millennial employee can help an organization thrive. By 2020, the workforce in the United States will be roughly 50% Millennials and 75% globally by 2030. Due to the total size of this demographic, organizations will have to re-think how they deliver their policies and practices if they want to stay ahead and move forward successfully. The Millennials should be seen as, not only the future, but the present and are willing to work when given the chance to succeed.

Benefits to Hiring Millennials

Whether as interns or permanent employees, it is the smart employers who are embracing the potential of the millennial generation to make significant contributions that can help lead to the success of their organization. There are certain defining characteristics in today’s generation of interns/employees. Being able to understand the qualities they bring can be beneficial to your organization such as the following:

1. Tech-savvy: As I mentioned earlier, Gen Y is very knowledgeable about today’s technology since they are the first generation to be brought up with computers. They can uncover, operate, and recommend the most advanced tools and technologies. For example, a millennial intern/employee can help teach you and your organization how to understand and use social media along with content management systems.

2. Cost-effective: Despite what people claim about Millennials being self-involved or have a sense of entitlement, they are actually they generation to appear less motivated by money. They prefer to find a proper balance and flexibility between work and home life.

3. Team players: Millennials have a heighted sense of community and peer-to-peer relationships. This translates into them having more of a group mentality and an increased ability to collaborate in the workplace.

4. Acceptance seeking: Millennials will work hard to make sure it is of a positive nature.

5. Self-expressive: In the workplace, Millennials are not afraid to put their ideas out there. They can offer new solutions and fresh perspectives.

6. Conscious of the competition: This generation of interns/employees are more willing to count their blessings when it comes to employment opportunities. They know that there is always someone willing to take their place. This makes them more likely to put in the extra effort in order to stand out amongst the rest.

7. Current: The Millennial generation can help keep your organization up to date with trends in social media, entertainment, technologies, and other markets.

Summary

Building a relationship that can offer the millennial generation an opportunity to grow with your organization can be a rewarding experience for both parties involved. Do not allow yourself to be fooled by the bad press in regards to Millennials. Yes, they may be a tad different than you. Weren’t you when you started out in the workforce? With the right attitude and designating the appropriate management style, working with Millennials as either interns or permanent employees can make all difference in helping an organization soar and succeed.

 

 

Works Cited

Fambro, Cassie. Denying millennials a chance in the workforce isn’t beneficial to anyone (Millennial Moment, Cassie Fambro). 28 February 2014.

Hoffman, Cynthia. The Mystery Behind Millenials: What They Can Contribute, How They Can Prepare. 14 January 2013.

Meister, Jeanne. Three Reasons You Need To Adopt A Millennial Mindset Regardless Of Your Age. 5 October 2012.

Resources, Employer. “Gen Y” interns: 7 Reasons Why They Are Good Hires. 23 July 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 6, 2014

Press Release: 2014 COE-HSEM Summit!

2014 State of the State – Discovering Communities of Practice and Career Pathways in HSEM Summit: June 17 & 18, McGavick Conference Center, Lakewood, WA.

The Homeland Security Emergency Management industry is rapidly growing and changing. Jobs within the industry are varied and becoming more specialized and technical. This Summit, sponsored by the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management, will bring together practitioners and educators from around the state to share their knowledge and experience with others in this “communities of practice.”

This Summit will address many issues including the importance of all hazards Emergency Management as it is being used in both the public and private business sector, the intersections of health care and cyber security with Emergency Management and the changing world on eLearning with new tools and other innovations.

Who is part of this “Communities of Practice” that should be attending our Summit?

 

–        First Responders

–        IT Professionals

–        Allied/Public Health Educators & Practitioners

–        Risk Management & Business Continuity Professionals

–        HSEM Educators and Practitioners

–        Global Trade Supply Chain Management Industries

–        Public Safety and Private Security

–        Maritime Port & Transportation Security

–        Food Safety and Food Security

Registration will available on our website, http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dist/coe/ , starting March 25, 2014. Please contact Kellie Hale at khale@pierce.ctc.edu for more information

January 24, 2014

Puget Sound Cyber Security Summit

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2014 Puget Sound Cyber Security Summit

July 30, 2013

Emergency Management Degrees

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With Emergency Management becoming a growing industry, many universities and schools across the U.S. are now offering degree/certificate programs about HSEM. The educational training a student can receive can help them build towards a career as an emergency program manager or director, emergency preparedness instructor/coordinator, risk management expert, or technical training supervisor.

Universities/Schools that offer Emergency Management Degrees:

 

California University of Pennsylvania – California University of Pennsylvania, Middle States Accredited, 158 years young, part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is proud to offer undergraduate and graduate programs in Legal Studies. The MS in Legal Studies includes tracks in Law and Public Policy, Homeland Security and Criminal Justice. Programs are ONLINE and delivered in a flexible and quality environment for busy adults seeking professional advancement. Veterans approved! Cal U also offers an ONLINE Certificate in Homeland Security through the Institute of Law and Public Policy.  Visit our website at www.calu.edu for additional information.

Degree Programs:

  • BS      in Legal Studies
  • MS      in Legal Studies:  Homeland Security
  • MS      in Legal Studies:  Law and Public      Policy
  • MS      in Legal Studies:  Criminal Justice

 

American Military University (AMU) – American Military University serves civilian and military students 100% online with emergency and disaster management degrees and NIMS-related courses. Whether responding to hurricanes, terrorist attacks, or hazmat spills, officials need to know how to establish command & control, coordinate communications, evacuate people, and perform clean-up. AMU offers both degree programs and professional development options in emergency management.

Emergency Management Degree Programs:

  • B.A. Emergency & Disaster Management
  • B.S. in Fire Science Management
  • M.A. Emergency & Disaster Management
  • M.A. in Public Administration
  • M.A in Homeland Security

 

George Washington University – The goal of The Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management is to improve the disaster, emergency, and crisis management plans, actions and decisions of government, corporate, and not-for-profit organizations by transforming theory into practice. The Institute’s objectives are to create and teach courses in crisis, disaster, and risk management; conduct research, and create knowledge through its research activities; and disseminate knowledge through education al programs, professional forums, and workshops. The Institute faculty and staff work to facilitate exchanges of crisis management information, knowledge, and best practices among all sectors. The Institute is engaged in both domestic and international endeavors.

Emergency Management Degree Programs:

  • M.S. with a concentration in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management
  • Ph.D. with a concentration in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Public Health

 

Lewis University Online – Take your next step toward advancement in emergency management, disaster response and public safety with the Lewis University MS in Public Safety Administration. The curriculum and coursework offer you tools and skill sets that you can use right away.

Emergency Management Degree Programs:

  • Master of Science in Public Safety Administration

 

North Dakota State University – The graduate concentration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) provides advanced education in the management of emergencies, hazards, disasters, and homeland security. The EMHS program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to work or currently work in the field of emergency management and homeland security.

Emergency Management Degree Programs:

  • Master of Public Administration with graduate concentration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security Certificate
  • Homeland Defense Certificate

 

University of Chicago – The Master of Science in Threat and Response Management is designed to prepare public health professionals, law enforcement officials, fire and emergency personnel, medical and nursing professionals, and policy makers to respond to and recover from complex incidents regardless of their size or cause. These incidents can range from terrorist attacks; biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear threats; natural disasters; and disease outbreaks. Upon completion of the core requirements, students choose one of two concentrations—Scientific/Threat or Administrative/Response Preparedness—to further focus their studies.

Emergency Management Degree Programs:

  • M.S. Threat and Response Management

 

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) – Homeland security concerns have created an urgent need for emergency management professionals in both government and private sectors. University of Maryland University College (UMUC) can prepare you for leadership in this rewarding career field. UMUC offers convenient online and on-site classes where coursework will prepare you for professional certification in emergency management. Scholarships, loans and an interest-free monthly payment plan available.

Emergency Management Degree Programs:

  • B.S. Emergency Management
  • B.S. Fire Science
  • B.S. Homeland Security
  • MBA/M.S. in Technology Management with Homeland Security Specialization

 

University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) – Earn an Executive Master of Science Degree in Crisis and Emergency Management. Whether you’re a current or future crisis and emergency manager, earning an Executive Master of Science Degree in Crisis and Emergency Management (ECEM) from UNLV will better position you for more responsible assignments in your career.

Emergency Management Degree Programs:

  • M.S. Crisis and Emergency Managament

 

Source: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/Emergency-Management-Degrees.html

July 2, 2013

WSEMA Scholarship

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WSEMA is pleased to announce that it is now receiving applications for the $2500 Joel Aggergaard Memorial Scholarship. WSEMA announces the winner of this scholarship at our annual Conference in September.

Eligible Applicants include students pursuing a certificate, diploma, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in emergency management or a closely related field. The scholarship award will be directly paid to the college.

All applicants must be residents of Washington State and attending a college or university in the State of Washington having completed one academic term (quarter or semester) prior to the scholarship application period. Applicants living in Washington State, participating in a distance learning program, are also eligible to apply.
Joel Aggergaard began working for the Washington State Department of Emergency Management in 1970′s and served until his untimely death in 1996. He thoroughly enjoyed his career with Emergency Management, and his “heart” was with supporting local Emergency Management Programs.

It may be necessary to be a local emergency manager to fully appreciate the enormous contribution Joel made to local programs during the years he worked with emergency management. If you have been stressed to the point there is not one additional free minute in your day, but you need to get an issue clarified with State Department of Emergency Management and it must be taken care of today …then… you will begin to understand. A phone call placed to Joel reached someone who was not only usually familiar with the issue but also very interested. The issues either became resolved or a commitment was made from Joel to follow-up for resolution.

Joel was commended for his extraordinary work with emergency management and named the “most helpful” state official by local, county and city emergency managers across Washington State. Joel assisted with countless floods, storms and local emergencies, and was a welcome addition to any activated Emergency Operating Center during a disaster.

Joel was also an avid supporter of youth and their activities. Because of his selfless support and commitment to local emergency management directors, WSEMA has chosen to provide an educational scholarship commemorating Joel in the hope that others who possess his worthy qualities and have a personal dedication to achievement may have expanded opportunities.

Joel’s life and dedication to emergency management in the State of Washington inspired this scholarship. Please pass along this opportunity to any students who qualify.

Deadline for application is August 1, 2013. Go to the WSEMA site to download the scholarship application: http://www.wsema.com/

Source: WSEMA

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