Center of Excellence – 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.


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, , starting March 25, 2014. Please contact Kellie Hale at 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 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



July 2, 2013

WSEMA Scholarship

Filed under: Education,General Interest — coe at 5:34 pm

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:

Source: WSEMA

May 29, 2013

Apply for the 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Today

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The application period for the 2013 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness (ICP) Awards is now open. Please nominate outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils and programs working to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared for any disaster or emergency event.

The ICP Awards application period is open through June 5, 2013. All submissions must feature achievements taking place between January 1, 2012 and June 5, 2013. Please submit your application to A distinguished panel of judges from the emergency management industry will select the winners in each of the following categories:
• Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives;
• Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Council Initiatives;
• Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives;
• Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness;
• Preparing the Whole Community;
• Awareness to Action; and
• Community Preparedness Heroes.
Winners of the 2013 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards will be announced in fall 2013. They will also be FEMA’s honored guests at a community preparedness roundtable event in Washington, D.C. As you prepare your submission, don’t forget to take a look at previous winners on our website.

We can’t wait to see what incredible work is being done to support preparedness and awareness in communities across the nation! Visit to learn about more information on how to apply!

May 21, 2013

2013 Upcoming Events:

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For Teachers and Community Educators–

Educational and professional development opportunities are available this summer for teachers interested in expanding their curriculum to include an emphasis on Cascade Range volcanoes.  The USGS-CVO, in cooperation with other agencies, offers these workshops and resources for community and classroom educators.


  • Mount St. Helens Teacher Workshop, June 24-26, 2013. This three-day workshop, offered at the Coldwater Science and Learning Center, provides information and resources for your school’s field trip to Mount St. Helens.  More information will be posted soon by the Mount St. Helens Institute at
  • Mount Rainier Teacher Workshop, July 29-August 2, 2013.  This five-day classroom and field-based workshop at the Mount Rainier Education Center offers information, classroom activities, and resources for Mount Rainier and other Cascade Range volcanoes.  More information will be posted soon on the Mount Rainier Teacher Professional Development, at
  • STEM Fest Vancouver Science Festival, September 21-23, 2013.  This will be a fun filled three-day Vancouver, WA, community science festival.  Watch the STEM Fest website,, for schedule details as the date approaches.
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), October 24-26, 2013.  While participating in NSTA conference in Portland, OR, sign up for a half-day field trip to USGS-CVO and visit USGS-CVO’s volcano session during the NSTA meeting. NSTA information is available by clicking NSTA webpage,

December 11, 2012

DHS careers and training – The Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP)

The Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP), announced by Secretary Napolitano in October 2012, is a new recruitment initiative for exceptional recent graduates. SHP offers professional development and training opportunities for

talented entry-level people focused on DHS careers in cybersecurity, information technology, management, emergency management, policy and law.

Check the DHS website at for additional career opportunities.

November 10, 2012

Securitas USA – Advances in Technology Aid in Identifying Campus Threats

Securitas USA – Advances in Technology Aid in Identifying Campus Threats

Security on a college campus presents a unique set of challenges. A safe and secure campus is one of the highest priorities for administrators and parents, while students crave an open environment. Security officers must manage to observe not just outside threats, but also be aware of a young population living on their own

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for the first time. Technology and training are making a huge difference. Computing mobility changes the way security officers can report observations, and with advanced campus awareness training an officer can report an incident as it occurs by using a tablet. Securitas USA officers log daily activity reports through similar mobile technology, and through their observations, certain pre-incident indicators can be “red tagged.” Tagged data allows Campus Threat Assessment Teams – typically comprised of school administrators – to highlight perceived vulnerabilities and generate notifications as patterns emerge. Capturing consistent information is vital and without the ability to assess the data on a frequent basis, vulnerabilities and threats may go unnoticed. To learn more about how Securitas USA can assist your college or university in managing risk, please contact Barbara McCormack at (617) 568-8743.

November 6, 2012

What exactly is Disaster Medicine?

American Journal of Disaster Medicine

What exactly is disaster medicine?

Even to practitioners, the discipline’s definition can be fuzzy and somewhat confusing. If it appeared in dictionaries (which it doesn’t yet), it would look like this: med.i.cine (di zas’ tor med’i sin) n 1. the study and collaborative application of the professional skills of diverse medical and public health specialties to provide “crisis management” (altered standards of care) in mass casualty incidents 2. not the same as conventional medical care 3. requires a fundamental change in the approach to the care of patients in order to achieve the objective of providing the “greatest good for the greatest number of patients 4. requires knowledge of the fundamentals of disaster management, specific injury patterns commonly encountered in disasters and the ability to work as part of a multi-organizational response team

Independent and strictly peer-reviewed, guided by a internationally recognized editorial review board and accepted for inclusion in the National Library of Medicine’s prestigious PUBMED database, American Journal of Disaster Medicine is designed for those of us who will find ourselves on the frontlines of a major disaster. It offers practical, real time guidance as we seek to combine emergency medical and trauma skills with crisis management and new forms of triage in the effort to save lives.

To subscribe to the American Journal of Disaster Medicine at

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