Pierce College Center of Excellence co-hosts best practices summit

homeland-security-buildingLater this month, some of the state’s leading infrastructure and emergency management experts will converge for the 9th annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit, organized in part by Pierce College’s Homeland Security-Emergency Management Center of Excellence (HSEM). The summit takes place June 18-19 at Centralia College, and is designed to provide expert advice on how to be prepared for natural disasters and other emergency situations.

The first day will focus on climate change and its impact on the frequency of potentially devastating natural disasters, and the second day of the summit will focus on earthquake preparedness.

“The message we hope to get across is the importance of making sure our community is prepared for anything,” said Linda Crerar, director of the Pierce College Homeland Security-Emergency Management Center of Excellence. “We need people to understand that if our major businesses go down, it will devastate the region. We cannot let our state’s economic fortune be at the whim of natural disasters.”

Washington is the first and only state to codify Centers of Excellence into state statute. Ten centers throughout the state each represent a sector strategy to serve as economic development drivers for industries that help grow the state’s economy.

“We need urgent action against the threats of climate change, and we need to design a carbon-reduction and clean energy plan that will work for Washington,” said Gov. Jay Inslee in a congratulatory letter to the participating centers of excellence. “This summit will advance this important conversation by featuring industry experts who will respond to the implications of climate shifts, carbon solutions and work force impacts. They will help clarify the most pressing issues we face, as well as the potential solutions to these problems and the implications on workforce development, such as recruiting, training and retraining needs.”

One day prior to the Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit, the HSEM Center will host a summit geared to educators and practitioners called Discovering Communities of Practice and Career Pathways in Homeland Security-Emergency Management.

This summit brings together HSEM educators and practitioners, first responders, global trade supply chain management professionals, public safety officers and more.

For more information about the Homeland Security-Emergency Management Center of Excellence or the upcoming summits, please visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/dist/coe.

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