Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

November 5, 2014

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?


 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:


Seattle Fire Department

King County Emergency Management

Burlington Northern / Santa Fe (BNSF)



10 – Monday (0900-1300) & (1400-1800)

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


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 


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

Cascadia Subduction Zone 2016 Castrophic Earthquake and Tsumani Exercise Kick-Off Meeting

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May 21, 2013

Free Emergency Preparedness Workshop!!

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Where: Pierce College Ft Steilacoom
When: Thursday, May 30, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m.
Located: International House, Room 103


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.

Training Opportunities E610 Introduction to Instructional Design Methodologies

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Training Opportunities
E610 Introduction to Instructional Design Methodologies

Emmitsburg, MD — You are subscribed to EMI News for FEMA. This following information has recently been updated, and is now available on

2013-180 – Training Opportunity – E610 Introduction to Instructional Design Methodologies-FEMA – DL2

935 – Training Opportunity – E610 Introduction to Instructional Design Methodologies-STATE – DL

Course Description:

This course, Introduction to Instructional System Design (ISD) Methodologies specifically focuses on the ADDIE Instructional Design Model. Systematic and thorough analysis is essential for identifying performance gaps, selecting appropriate interventions, designing, developing and delivering course materials, and evaluating training effectiveness are all elements of successful training programs. This course may require after class work.

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November 11, 2012

FEMA EMI – Multiple Independent Study Courses Released

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Multiple Independent Study Courses Released

IS-319 Tornado Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff
IS-320 Wildfire Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff

IS-321 Hurricane Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff
IS-322 Flood Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff
IS-323 Earthquake Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff
IS-453 Introduction to Homeland Security Planning

have all been released today. Complete Course List.

Distance Learning:

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. To get a complete listing of courses, click on Course List link above.

FEMA’s Independent Study Program offers courses that support the nine mission areas identified by the National Preparedness Goal. Read more…

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For additional information, contact:

Office of Admissions, Building I, Room 216
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998
(800) 238-3358, ext. 1035 or
(301) 447-1035
FAX (301) 447-1441


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

November 5, 2012

Are you a college or university emergency management professional? If so, join the Disaster Resilient University (DRU) community

Are you a college or university emergency management professional? If so, join the Disaster Resilient University (DRU) community for the latest on campus emergency management.

From their page:

Disaster Resilient University (DRU) Network
The mission of the Disaster Resilient University (DRU) network is to facilitate open communication, discussion, and resource sharing between university/college emergency management practitioners charged with making our campuses more disaster resilient. The goal of the DRU network is to provide a simple resource that can increased communication, coordination, and collaboration between universities around the world that can be used to increase the capacity of our campuses to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, continue operations during, and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other human-caused crises or disasters.


  • The DRU Listserv Archive catalogues previous listserv communications so that individuals can quickly search for information that might have already been asked or contributed on the listserv. The DRU listserv started in Jan 2005 unfortunately; the archive does not have the full history of the list. The archive only goes back to Oct 11, 2007. The archive is password protected and hosted on the University of Oregon web server. The password is provide when you sign-up for the listserv. The archive is managed by Andre Le Duc.
  • Accessible at:


  • Shared resources for the DRU network through “First Responder Communities of Practice” . Communities of Practice is a prprofessional networking, collaboration and communication platform.Created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. This vetted community of members focuses on emergency preparedness, response, recovery and other homeland security issues.

Disaster Resilient University (DRU) group has been established for university and/or college emergency management professionals to share information, technical resources (such as templates or examples, After Action reports, lessons learned, and best practices or case studies) and engage in discussions and dialogues related to the profession and emerging issues around campus emergency management.

On First Responder Communities of Practice you can also:

  • Join Communities that interest you
  • Collaborate on wikis, blogs and discussion boards
  • Find, share and store documents and best practices
  • Create and search profiles
  • Connect, chat, and email with other professionals

Who Can Join?

  • First responders
  • Members of the following groups, if engaged in homeland security:
  • Government employees
  • Government-sponsored academic professionals, contractors, and citizens

November 4, 2012

TEDx – Caitria and Morgan O’Neill: How to step up in the face of disaster

Highly recommended TEDx presentation on

Caitria and Morgan O’Neill: How to step up in the face of disaster

After a natural disaster strikes, there’s only a tiny window of opportunity to rally effective recovery efforts before the world turns their attention elsewhere. Who should be in charge? When a freak tornado hit their hometown, sisters Caitria and Morgan O’Neill — just 20 and 24 at the time — took the reins and are now teaching others how to do the same. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)

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