Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

July 29, 2014

Center of Excellence – HSEM: Helping Haiti in a Time of Need

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness,Event,General Interest — coe at 7:59 pm

Mary Schoenfeldt, one of  the faculty members for the Pierce College Homeland Security Emergency Management Degree Program and the Public Outreach Coordinator with Everett Office of Emergency Management is a long time member of Green Cross which helps people who have been traumatized due to a disaster or catastrophic event.  Mary went with a group of Rotary members to Haiti to work with teenagers who are disaster victims for the earthquake.  Mary took 50 of the Center’s “to go” bags to share with the children and brought us back pictures of the children with their new bags.  She said  she could not believe the excitement by the children for receiving the bags which Mary had also added some additional supplies.  Certainly helps all of us put into perspective how important even the smallest items and gestures can be when someone is in need.   If you would like more information about what Mary does with Green Cross you can contact here at Mary Schoenfeldt MSchoenfeldt@everettwa.gov .  Thank you Mary for all the amazing work you do with people who have been through.

 

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July 8, 2014

Understanding Our Future Workforce

Filed under: Education,General Interest — coe at 5:11 pm

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 17, 2014

Center of Excellence: Advisory Committee Meeting Summary

Filed under: Event,General Interest — coe at 4:51 pm

On February 25, 2014 The Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) and Pierce College’s HSEM Degree Program held its first Advisory Committee Meeting of the year at the Port of Tacoma. The Committee elected Steve Reinbrecht and Keith Weir as Co-Chairs along with honoring our past Committee Chair, Vickie Brown for her six year services. She was unable to attend, but will be staying on as a member. We have four new members added to our Advisory Committee. Gerald Fiola is the Manager of Port Security at the Port of Tacoma; Bryant Harrison (alternate for Pat Massey) works at FEMA Region 10 specializes training and education in EM; Chris Johnson is an EM Program Manager at Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center; Richard Schroedel (alternate for Lowell Porter) works for Pierce County Emergency Management in supervising the Mitigation/Planning/Recovery process; and Jamye Wisecup is the Westside Representative at the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office in their Emergency Management Unit. Wisecup replaced former member, Ute Weber as our WSEMA representative.

After the approval of the October 22, 2013 meeting minutes our new members provided updates from their respected organizations and programs. Bryant Harrison updated everyone about the impacts on Alaska and Japan earthquake regarding radiation. He also mentioned how FEMA is trying to identify knowledge, skills, and ability (KSA) for their staff. FEMA is also transitioning to incident support instead of incident response. Harrison shared that the organization is working on new job titles and job organizations. Jeff Parsons at State Emergency Management Division (EMD) shared about the changes that happened at EMD. Parsons is in the business sector and deals with private business continuity. He explained that risk management is need for businesses. EMD staff, George Crawford is back to covering earthquake drills and exercises. Robert Ezelle is the new Director for EMD and he took command a year ago. Parson also shared that the Cascadia kick off for 2015 is in the works.

Jamye Wisecup works for WSEMA and replaced former Advisory Committee member, Ute Weber. Wisecup was unable to attend the meeting physically, but called via conference call to inform everyone what WSEMA has been up to this past year. The 2014 WSEMA conference is set to be hosted in Spokane on September 23-25. Wisecup informed that the organization is already working on the 2015-2016 conferences. The 2015 WSEMA conference will be a joint conference with Oregon. She also made notions to present to the WSEMA board about the HSEM curriculum and textbook requirements.

New member, Chris Johnson is involved with the Allied Health of EM. He said it is important we integrate Allied Health into the EM field. COE Director, Linda Crerar says that there is a possibility of establishing a certificate in Emergency Health and that one of the pieces that is missing to Health and EM is the lack of connectivity between each other. Johnson commented, “We want people in the Allied Health field to learn how to respond to a disaster.”  He also mentioned that often health care professions only want to interact when there is a disaster and that there isn’t anything really established where they could start working together. Co-Chair, Steve Reinbrecht mentioned that he feels that the HSEM program is very EM heavy and not very robust on the security side. He says we should split 50/50 EM, Pandemic, and Continuity of Operations.

Vice President of Workforce Education for Pierce College, Jo Ann Baria discussed plans to help military veterans transition into new careers and education. Baria said, “Our goal is to help veterans transition their skills from the military to civilian life. They will need access for advising on how to transition out and have information available about a pathway for education and employment.” Research has shown that there are four areas that are pretty common to transition veterans: (1) medic to nursing (some grant money is funded to help research. Trying to align what the gaps are in order to transition them faster. Carol Knight-Wallace was hired to research the skills, gaps, and trends), (2) HSEM and Criminal Justice field (Will get some money to help identify the gap areas,

(3) Trade Transportation and Logistics Management (Maybe next year a work group will get hired), (4) IT. Apprenticeships will need to be developed in order to help the veterans’ transition faster and easier. The HSEM degree program is happy to announce that they will develop a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree pathway by fall 2016. Advisory Committee member, Alisha Griswold (Port of Seattle) will help the degree program develop the Information Technology Certificate.

Ron May, Dean of Applied Technology/Allied Health Division shared that Pierce College’s marketing team has come up with a new initiative to market the school and programs’ Advisory Committees. What they would like to do is use Advisory Committees for marketing. They would take a picture and have members quote about the organization they are with. Robert Lord has volunteered the HSEM Advisory Committee members to participate. Linda directed everyone’s attention to the new COE-HSEM wire frame website content and address. We are going to be taking down our old site and replacing it with our new redesigned website. Amy Foster, a graphics and web designer at the college is helping the Center with the redesign for the new website. Robert Lord showed the members his educational plan for the Fire Command and HSEM degree programs and mentioned that he would like to integrate some of the HSEM courses with the FCA.

The next Advisory Committee meeting will take place on May 20, 2014 at Pierce County Emergency Management. Lowell Porter, Director of Pierce County Emergency Management, will be introduced as a new member and the Center and HSEM degree program are ecstatic about the new addition to the list of members. The upcoming meeting will focus more on a discussion of topics that our Co-Chairs will assist. Our goal is to keep the members engaged with what is going on in the industry and how we can improve our program.

 

 

December 16, 2013

Prevent Cold Injury, Frostbite, and Hypothermia

Cold injuries can occur whenever air temperature is below freezing (32 degrees F). Freezing of the skin surface is called ‘frost nip‘. When freezing extends deeper though the skin and flesh, the injury is called ‘frostbite‘.

Hypothermia is a life threatening condition in which deep-body temperature falls below 95°F (normally 98.6°F).

While you can get hypothermia even during relatively warm conditions, when temperatures plummet the danger and risk of getting frost nip, frostbite, or hypothermia becomes even greater – because it can come on much faster.

Tips to prevent hypothermia…

Body temperature falls when the body cannot produce heat as fast as it is being lost.

 

Heat Loss Through The Head

At rest, the body core loses about 7 percent of its heat through the head.

When exercising, the head will lose more body heat which can ramp up to 50 percent heat loss, but the heat loss percentage will then diminish when you start to sweat and when your muscles start demanding more blood flow.

When in hypothermia however (shivering), core body heat loss through the head increases to as much as 55 percent and remains at this high level.

 

Cold Injury and Hypothermia Prevention Tips

Stay hydrated. A dehydrated body will slow blood circulation.

Avoid smoking – nicotine will constrict the blood vessels.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine which can lead to dehydration.

If cold, it is better to be active than to huddle up.

Heat production is increased by physical activity, but avoid sweating.

Don’t skip meals which will lead to slower metabolism and blood flow.

Wear the right clothes the right way.

Too much clothing can cause overheating and dehydration.

Avoid tight fitting clothing.

Clothes should be worn loose and in layers.

Clothing should be made of material that water vapor can pass through.

Avoid 100 percent cotton. Use synthetic fabrics for wicking moisture.

Use water and wind resistant outerwear. Nylon, Gore-Tex.

Socks should be changed frequently.

Keep hands well protected. Mittens are better than gloves.

Cover your head. Wear a hat!

Use insulated hats and gloves made with materials such as Thinsulate™

Stay Dry. Stay Dry. Stay Dry.

A very lean person is more susceptible to cold (fat is an insulator).

Self Check by pinching your fingernail to watch how fast the blood returns to your finger.

Avoid being alone in the very cold. Buddy system.

Keep an eye on your children who don’t know about the dangers of cold.

Keep a survival kit nearby which should include a means to make fire.

Know how to build a fire and how to procure tinder and kindling in wet conditions.

Understand ‘wind chill’ and avoid windy places.

 

Winter Storm Prepardness

When there are forecasts of a winter storm bearing down on you, remember this… BEFORE the winter storm hits, check the following winter weather preparedness items for your home and your vehicle…

This short list should be a general reminder of things for you to think about BEFORE a winter storm strikes. In no way is this list all-inclusive (it would take a book), and in fact this list is quite minimal. If you’re interested, there are many additional articles to be found within our blog regarding preparedness, preps, and being better prepared.
Food Supply
While most people have enough food in their home to last at least a few days, double-check your consumables in advance of others clearing out the grocery store shelves of milk and bread, etc.

You should ALWAYS have some food in your vehicle (as in, 72-hour emergency kit). At a minimum, keep a number of food bars (typically 200-calories each) in case you’re stranded or delayed in bad weather. In theory, 10 of these would be enough calories for a day’s survival for one person.

Medicinal Needs
If you know that you are nearing a prescription refill, it is better to take care of that before a winter storm.

Flashlights and Batteries
Check your flashlights that they work. Do you need more batteries? Do you have a flashlight in your vehicle?
LED Lantern technology 
Best Rechargeable Batteries

Portable AM/FM Radio
Having a battery operated portable AM/FM/Shortwave radio is imperative for when the power goes out. It will become your source to information from the outside world.
Best Cheap Portable Radio
Best Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio

Weather Radio
A public alert weather radio is good all year round for all severe weather. During the winter you will be alerted to winter storm watches and warnings, and more…
NOAA Weather Radio Basics

Portable Emergency Heater
Most home heating systems will not operate if the power goes out. It is prudent to consider an alternative means of keeping warm in your home.
Mr. Heater Buddy

Sleeping Bag
If the power goes out, it would do you well to have a decent sleeping bag, which will keep you warmer than just in bed with blankets. Lots to pick from… Check temperature ratings…
Queen Size Sleeping Bag

Coffee Percolator
Creature comforts are important too. If you are like most people and you drink coffee in the morning, about the only way you’re going to get that cup of coffee when the power goes out is with a percolator (along with a portable camp stove to heat it).
Coffee Percolator

Portable Cook Stove
Without power, a portable camp stove will allow you to heat food, etc. Check for safety issues regarding cooking indoors. Some are deemed safe, while others are not.
Portable Gas Stove

Blankets
Do you have warm blankets at home? It is also important to keep a blanket to wrap around you in your vehicle during the winter.
The Warmest Survival Blanket

Road Flares
Should you get ditched in a snow drift or an unfortunate accident, a series of road flares will greatly increase visibility and caution for other drivers. You can find these at auto-parts stores and other stores…

Snow Shovels
I know this is pretty obvious. But don’t forget to keep a snow shovel in your vehicle! They make all sizes and shapes, so find one that will fit in your trunk.

Ice Melter
There are several types of ‘road salt’ for melting ice. There are also specific varieties that are pet-safe (won’t hurt their paws). Keep some at home, and a small bag in your trunk of the vehicle. Kitty litter works well for temporary traction.

Ice Scraper
Just be sure that you remember to put it in your vehicle. I would get a new one each year because the plastic blade tends to chip after a bit of usage and will not always do as good a job on the window the following winter.

Windshield Washer Fluid
Get the kind that is good to below zero-degrees! Otherwise it will freeze and won’t spray on your windshield when you need it the most. Check the label.

Fill Your Tank
Always keep your gas tank closer to FULL than EMPTY, especially during the winter.
The point is to run through an overview of what you might need BEFORE a winter storm hits. The big thing is to plan for an assumption that you may lose power. This is where it gets most dangerous (other than the dangers of driving during a winter storm). Be safe.

 

15 Tips for Staying Safe While Out Shopping

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness,General Interest — coe at 8:38 pm

Burglars know that shoppers are out shopping during the holiday season, and look for easy targets and vulnerabilities to exploit.

Here are a few common-sense tips to reduce the odds of becoming a victim…

1. Eliminate any signs that you are gone. Make your house look like you are home. Leave some lights on. Leave the TV or radio on.

2. Don’t tweet or facebook your social status that you are out shopping.

3. Maintain situational awareness of what is happening around you.

4. Don’t daydream while you’re walking around.

5. Keep your head up and look around you. Look confident.

6. Avoid walking around with your head down in your smart phone while texting.

7. Shoppers should always keep one hand free. When you are carrying a lot of bags or packages in both hands, you are more vulnerable.

8. When you are out shopping, go with someone else. Shop in pairs. Thieves are less likely to strike when there are a lot of people around.

9. Ladies, avoid carrying a purse. Instead, just carry your ID and payment in your pocket. You might consolidate those things (including additional necessities) into a smaller wallet which could drop into your pocket while shopping. You could keep your purse in the trunk of the car if you must bring it with you.

10. Carry pepper spray. Particularly when going to and from a parking lot, carry it in your hand while walking towards your vehicle. It is convenient to attach to your key-ring.

11. Have your car keys out and ready BEFORE you get to your car.

12. If you are licensed to carry a firearm, do so. It is your ultimate protection. If you are not, then you might consider looking into it.

13. If you are carrying a lot of packages back to your car, look around you. See if anyone is watching you loading packages into your car.

14. Put purchases in the trunk, out of sight. Not in your back seat.

15. Shoppers who are out late should park in well-lit areas.

Source: Ken Jorgustin via http://modernsurvivalblog.com/security/tips-for-staying-safe-while-out-shopping/

July 15, 2013

10 Ways To Be Prepared:

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness,General Interest — coe at 9:05 pm

1. Identify Your Risk
What are the hazards where you live and work? Find out what natural or human caused disasters pose a risk for you. Do you live or work in a flood plain, near a major earthquake fault or in a high fire danger area? Are you prepared for an unexpected human-made disaster that can strike at any time? Does your neighborhood or community have a disaster plan?

2. Create A Family Disaster Plan
Know where to meet if you have to evacuate. Designate a meeting place outside your home where family members can go. Know who you’ve identified as the out-of-state friend to be your “family contact” for everyone to check-in with. Keep a touch-tone phone (and phone cord) that does not require plugging into an electric outlet (after a disaster, cell phones and wireless phones may not be working). Take care of your family pets too. Store food and water for them in your disaster supply kit.

3. Practice Your Disaster Plan
Start by having family members meet at a designated spot outside your home – like you would after a fire or after the shaking stops. Know how to respond in the event of any disaster — whether to stay put indoors, or whether to evacuate your neighborhood by car. If your family needs to evacuate, know the proper evacuation procedures and routes.

4. Build A Disaster Survival Kit For Home And Car
If you are stranded in your car or have to be self sufficient at home until help arrives, you need to have a disaster kit with you.

Your home disaster supply kit should have at least the following items and be kept in containers that can be easily carried or moved such as backpacks, plastic totes or wheeled trash cans.

Carry a smaller kit in your car:
• Have at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable and canned food, and water for all family members. Replace water every six months. Don’t forget to restock food items.
• First Aid Kit.
• Battery-powered flashlight and portable radio with extra batteries. Replace batteries on a regular basis.
• Change of clothing and footwear, and one blanket or sleeping bag for each family member.
• Extra set of car keys, and a credit card and cash.
• Extra medications.
• Sanitation supplies (such as soap, cleaning supplies, shampoo, toilet tissue, etc.)
• An extra set of prescription glasses.
• Keep important family documents in a waterproof container.

5. Prepare Your Children
Talk to your kids about what the risks are and what your family will do if disaster strikes. Practice your family disaster plan every six months. Empower your children to help write the family plan, build the disaster supply, and lead the drills. The more informed and involved children are in disaster planning, the more prepared they will be.

6. Don’t Forget Those With Special Needs
Infants, seniors and those with special needs must not be forgotten. Make sure that supplies for your infant are in your kit and that you have items such as medications, or other medical supplies that seniors or persons with disabilities may need.

7. Learn CPR And First Aid
Contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross today and get trained on basic first aid and CPR.

8. Eliminate Hazards In Your Home And Workplace
You must secure the contents of your home or office to reduce hazards, especially during shaking from an earth-quake. Strap down large objects, secure cabinet doors, anchor tall furniture, and secure overhead objects such as ceiling fans and pictures. If you live in a high fire danger area, also take the necessary steps to protect your home against wildfires. Find out how you can make your home fire safe.

9. Stay Aware, And Understand The Risks
Stay abreast of the dangers and risks as they pertain to current events and the goings on in your local (and wider) area. Don’t be caught off-guard.

10. Get Involved, Volunteer, Bear Responsibility
Donate blood, join a local Community Emergency Response Team. Educate your neighbor(s). Volunteer. Perhaps join your local American Red Cross. Get involved and bear responsibility.

Source: Modern Survival Blog

4 Burglar Deterrents For Your Home Security

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness,General Interest — coe at 9:03 pm

These four simple, inexpensive, and practical security items WILL present a deterrent to a home burglar…
These cheap but effective home security devices provide effective deterrence and resistance to home burglary while you sleep peacefully at night.

1. Fake TV

This little device is amazingly effective in its similarity to a real TV from the perspective of a burglar who is outside looking at your windows during the night. It recreates the light of real TV with its bright LEDs which fill a room with light in thousands of possible shades of color while it simulates scene changes, fades,

swells, and on-screen motion. Just put it on a 24-hour timer for the evening hours, and from outside, it looks just like someone is home watching TV. Most burglars will not break into an occupied house.

2. Fake Security Camera

Today’s remarkably inexpensive fake security cameras look like the real thing and will completely fool a would-be burglar. Most of them also have a blinking LED light for realism. They can be mounted literally anywhere – with the idea being to have them in plain sight.

3. Door Security Bar

A security bar for your front and/or back door will provide an unbelievable amount of stopping power to a burglar attempting to force their way in. The harder they push, the more resistance it creates. It literally takes just seconds to place this under your doorknob at night before you go to bed.

4. Door Stop Alarm

While the security bar under your door handle will deter a burglar, a door-stop alarm will screech a siren should the door budge at all. This will alert you in the middle of the night, and give you time to dial 911 and take defense actions… This is also a great solution for those who travel overnight.

Source: Modern Survival Blog
http://modernsurvivalblog.com/security/4-burglar-deterrents-for-your-home-security/#more-28823

July 2, 2013

Emergency Management recommends ‘cooling’ centers to avoid excessive heat

Filed under: General Interest — coe at 5:36 pm

The National Weather Service has declared an excessive heat warning for the Puget Sound region until 11 p.m. Monday, July 1. The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to stay out of the heat as much as possible, and to check on elderly neighbors during this time.

Locations around Pierce County that people can go to cool down include movie theaters, local malls, and other large stores, as well as Pierce County libraries throughout the region. Other facilities that are open include:

• Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. in Spanaway 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Anderson Island Fire Department, 12207 Lake Josephine Blvd. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Mon-Tue • City of Buckley Multi Purpose Center, 811 East Main 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mon-Tues • Mid County Community Center, 10205 44th Ave. E in Tacoma 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon-Thurs • Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Mon-Thurs • Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lake Blvd 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon-Fri • Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon-Fri • Chapel Hill Church, 7700 Skansie Ave. in Gig Harbor 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs

The following locations allow people and their domesticated pets to come in and get out of the heat. Pets

need to be on a leash or in a crate and owners much provide water if they plan on being in the store for long periods of time. • Lowe’s – all stores, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Petsmart – all stores • VCA Pacific Avenue, 10324 Pacific Ave in Spanaway, open 24/7

According to the National Weather Service, an excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

Source: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/

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: http://www.wsema.com/

Source: WSEMA

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