24 April 2015 Higher Education Program News

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National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD

24 April 2015
Higher Education Program News:

  • EM Hi Ed Webinar Series:

The Higher Education Program is continuing with the webinar series started in 2013.  The webinars will be used to increase the flow of information and knowledge to the emergency management higher education community.  Knowing what is important and essential to your programs is important.  To that end, we request that you provide us topics that are of particular interest and necessary to your academic programs or your institution.  An April webinar is currently in the planning stages.  Ideas for webinar topics may be sent to Lillian Virgil at Lillian.virgil@fema.dhs.gov.

  • Hi Ed Symposium

Application and pertinent information for the symposium is posted to the Hi Ed website at http://www.training.fema.gov/hiedu/educonference15.aspx. When submitting the application complete, signed and returned to the NETC Admissions office at netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov. The applicant’s signature is the only signature required on the application. Deadline for submitting applications is May 8, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. All non-U.S. citizens attending the symposium must have a security clearance conducted and completed before they are accepted. A security clearance takes 8-12 weeks to complete. Non-U.S. applicants must submit a complete and signed application by February 13, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be accepted.

Application Information - Course Code - E0392 Annual EM Hi Ed Symposium
Everyone attending or presenting at the Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium must submit an application and be notified of acceptance. Individuals without an accepted application will not be granted admittance to the NETC.
Symposium applicants will be notified by email of their acceptance to the higher education symposium. Make sure your email address is legible on the application.

  • Moderators/Facilitators Needed for the Hi Ed Symposium

We are in need of moderators/facilitators for the symposium.  Moderators/facilitators are very important to the operation of the symposium.  They are responsible for keeping the breakout session to the allotted time, introduce speakers and maintain a cool and professional atmosphere for speakers and participants.   If interested please contact Shannon Cool, Shannon.Cool@associates.fema.dhs.gov or Barbara Johnson, Barbara.Johnson3@fema.dhs.gov. For more information about moderator/facilitator duties go to the Hi Ed website symposium section at http://www.training.fema.gov/hiedu/educonference15.aspx and click on the Symposium Moderators/Facilitators Information bullet. 

  • Join the May 7 webinar “Emerging Training and Education Strategies for Homeland Security”

The Higher Education Program is co-sponsoring a webinar with the First Responders Group at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. Featured presenters include Tommy Hicks, International Association of Fire Chiefs; Dr. Katherine Worboys Izsak, University of Maryland; Dr. Karl Kapp, Bloomsburg University; Keeley Sorokti, Northwestern University; and Lt. Nick Hurley, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Attendees can earn certificates of completion and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits.

Register for the event at http://bit.ly/reg4training or learn more by visiting the Capacity Building Webinar Series website: http://www.firstresponder.gov/SitePages/GrantsAndTraining/Webinars.aspx.
Learning Objectives

·       Understand how Massive Open Online Courses are delivered and their benefits

·       Apply social media to facilitate social, networked learning experiences

·       Understand gamification and game-based learning concepts

·       Explain how video games can be used to facilitate scenario-based, experiential learning

·       Apply best practices to deliver effective on-the-job mentoring and coaching

College and University News:

  • All-Hazards Journal Articles Alert

All-Hazards Journal Articles alert: a monthly digest of citations to recently published first responder articles from scholarly, professional and trade journals. - http://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/library/collections/all_hazarts_alert.html

  • University of North Texas - Tenure-Track Faculty Position


The Department of Public Administration in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service invites applications for a faculty position at the assistant professor level starting August 10, 2015 or January 4, 2016. Candidates for this tenure-track position should have a demonstrated record of effective teaching and research in emergency management.


Teaching responsibilities are primarily in the undergraduate Emergency Administration and Planning Program and in the emergency management specialization in the M.P.A. and Ph.D. programs. Preference will be given to candidates who have expertise in hazards, vulnerability, disasters or other areas related to emergency management.


Candidates must hold an earned PhD in emergency management, geography, sociology, public administration, public affairs, or any disaster-related discipline and relevant teaching experience. Prior involvement with grants and relevant professional experience is preferred, but not required.


The University of North Texas, the largest and most comprehensive university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has about 36,000 students, one-fourth of whom are graduate students. The M.P.A. program is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the area of city management and urban policy. The department offers a B.S. in Emergency Administration and Planning, the first of its kind in the nation, and a Ph.D. in public administration and management. More information may be obtained at www.padm.unt.edu. Proximity to the DFW metropolitan area, which includes hundreds of local governments, many non-profit organizations and foundations, and federal regional headquarters, affords numerous opportunities for research and student experiential learning.

Application Procedures:

Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2015, and continue until the search is closed. All applicants must apply online at: https://facultyjobs.unt.edu Applicants will submit a letter of interest, current vita, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references with the online application.

Contact for position and/or department questions:

Dr. Skip Krueger, Search Committee Chair

Department of Public Administration

University of North Texas

(940)565-2165 (940)-565-4870


Emergency Management/Homeland Security News:

  • Congressional Research Service Report on Homeland Security:

  • Barriers Along the U.S. Borders: Key Authorities and Requirements, April 8, 2015

  • Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2015 Action in the 114th Congress, March 16, 2015

  • United States Fire Administration: An Overview, March 11, 2015

  • Assistance to Firefighters Program: Distribution of Fire Grant Funding, March 10, 2015

  • FEMA's Disaster Declaration Process: A Primer, November 12, 2014

  • Department of Energy --- Advancing Research and Technology in the Sciences (ARTS) Summit

The Department of Energy's Office of Minority Education and Community Development (MECD) will host its first annual Advancing Research and Technology in the Sciences (ARTS) Summit on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the U.S. Department or Energy in Washington, D.C. 

The goal of the summit is to: 
(1) broaden the Department's knowledge of minority serving institutions (MSIs) capabilities;

(2) increase MSI knowledge about DOE funding opportunities; and

(3) explore student opportunities at the Department and its National Laboratories. 
Minority Serving Institutions will have an opportunity to meet and network with Department program office representatives and discuss partnerships relating to research and development, technical assistance, grant and contract opportunities. In addition, if you would like to attend or if there are specific schools you would like the Department to contact please provide name(s) and contact information by close of business Friday, April 17, 2015. 
You may submit names and questions to Ms. Jamie Scipio at: Jamie.Scipio@hq.doe.gov.

  • DHS S&T National Conversation--Two New Ideas Re Screening!


Go to the National Conversation and share your thoughts on two new ideas that address screening!
An Integrated Lane of the Future
How can existing vehicle screening technologies (lane, operations booth, and command and control capabilities) be integrated to help speed up screening and increase situational awareness?
Read more and weigh in!
Border Patrol Checkpoints & the Fourth Amendment

How can technology help agents navigate probable cause and travel impediment issues? 

Read more and weigh in!
The National Conversation is intended to bring together everyone to play a role in shaping the future of homeland security technology. This means responders, operational users, citizens, academia, and industry. Exciting technology developments occur every second...how can they be leveraged and adapted to help keep our communities and those who protect them safe and resilient?

  • Disaster Information Outreach by Librarians DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB@LIST.NIH.GOV

***Course Offering in Austin, TX: A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders
The Medical Library Association (MLA) Conference, being held in May in Austin, TX includes stand-alone continuing education course offerings.  The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center is sponsoring the course “A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders”. Anyone can attend the CE without having to register for the conference.  Credits from this course may be applied toward the MLA Disaster Information Specialization Advanced Level. http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/trainingresources.html
MLA Course Information: http://mla15.meeting.mlanet.org/education/courses-date-friday-may-15

To register for this CE only, select the “Continuing Education Course Only” package on the Medical Library Association Conference online registration system.

A Seat at the Table: Working With Local Responders

Medical Library Association Continuing Education

Austin, Texas

Austin Convention Center, Level Four, 19A

Friday, May 15, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
This course covers the basics of initiating and developing relationships with all relevant local, state, and federal officials and agencies, as well as with emergency responders.

Instructors: Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian, and Diane Brown, Deputy State Librarian, State Library of Louisiana–Baton Rouge

***New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. 


NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfofunding.html.


Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.


The deadline for proposals is July 6, 2015 at 12 pm ET.


The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps.gov:

For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015”, please visit http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2015disasteroutreachrfq.html.  
***Information, data, imagery, and other research related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: 
USGS Oil Spill Response: http://www.usgs.gov/oilspill/
USGS Emergency Management, Emergency Operations Portal, Digital Library: http://hdds.usgs.gov/digital-library  
USGS Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, USGS Water-Quality Response Resources and Information: http://water.usgs.gov/owq/deephorizonoilspill/
USGS Publications Warehouse Search:  http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/

Search results, "Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill" : http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/search?q=%22Deepwater+Horizon+Oil+Spill%22

U.S. Geological Survey Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room: http://www.usgs.gov/foia/

- the relevant documents are online and listed under, "Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill"

- use the phrase search in quotes :  "Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill" , in the bibliographic databases listed at: http://library.usgs.gov/publiceresources.html
Science (AAAS): http://www.sciencemag.org/search?site_area=sciencejournals&y=13&fulltext=%20%22Deepwater%20Horizon%20Oil%20Spill%22&x=23&journalcode=sci&journalcode=sigtrans&journalcode=scitransmed&submit=yes



PNAS: http://www.pnas.org/search?tmonth=&pubdate_year=&submit=yes&submit=Submit&submit=yes&andorexacttitle=and&format=standard&firstpage=&fmonth=&title=&tyear=&hits=10&titleabstract=&volume=&sortspec=relevance&andorexacttitleabs=and&author2=&tocsectionid=all&andorexactfulltext=and&author1=&fyear=&doi=&fulltext=%20%22Deepwater%20Horizon%20Oil%20Spill%22%20

ACS: http://pubs.acs.org/action/doSearch?text1=+%22Deepwater+Horizon+Oil+Spill%22&field1=AllField
For your own subscription to Disaster Information Outreach by Librarians, sign up at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dimrclistserv.html.
The DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB archives are available at https://list.nih.gov/archives/disastr-outreach-lib.html.

  • Emergency Management in an Interconnected World

Organized by The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) USA Chapter
June 23 - 25, 2015, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon USA
At the same time climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme natural events, and populations

are aging and becoming more concentrated in vulnerable areas, we increasingly rely on infrastructure

supplying critical water, energy, transportation, and information services. Increasing interconnectedness

within and between communities across the world creates new challenges for emergency management --‐--‐--‐ and new opportunities.

This conference will explore the challenges and benefits brought to emergency management by

our growing interconnection and interdependence as a global network of communities. Topics

to be considered include

  • Climate change --‐ shared vulnerabilities and solutions

  • Managing disease outbreaks as a global community

  • Global information connectivity and managing cyber threats

  • Managing risks due to energy interdependence and transportation

  • Insuring business continuity and the participation of businesses critical to emergency preparation and response

  • Facilitating collaboration across international, organizational, and professional boundaries

  • Technologies, approaches, and case studies relevant to global emergency preparation and response.

Conference Contact: Tom Robertson thinkingteams@gmail.com


Papers are sought on the above topics, for presentation during themed paper sessions.

Presenters will be allocated 20 minutes for each presentation, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Presenters will be asked to submit presentation materials (PowerPoint or equivalent) for use at

the conference and for publication in the conference proceedings. Presenters may also submit

full papers for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

Please submit 300--‐word abstracts for proposed papers by April 30, 2015 through Abstract

Submission. Abstracts will be approved by May 15. Authors will be asked to submit PowerPoint

presentations by June 12, and they may also elect to submit full papers by May 15 for inclusion

in the conference proceedings. Full papers will be reviewed, with final revisions due June 12.


This conference provides a unique opportunity in the US to connect with the international

emergency management community. Researchers, practitioners, industry representatives,

academics, students, political and administrative decision makers, risk management specialists,

authorities, the insurance industry and others with interest in participating in or learning from

international emergency management will benefit from attending. Come enjoy the hospitality

and beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and join us for stimulating conversation, to learn from

each other, and to collaborate in making our global community safer and more resilient!


Register for the conference through the TIEMS registration. The following fees apply. Register early and take advantage of reduced rates!

  • IAEM Dispatch, April 24, 2015

Join the conversation during today's IAEM Think Tank on Ebola & Infectious Diseases
Please join Richard Serino as he hosts our second IAEM Think Tank, today, Apr. 23, 2015, from 2:00-3:30 pm EDT. Unlike webinars, IAEM Think Tanks engage the whole community in conversations to promote innovation in the field of emergency management. The focus of April's conference call will be on Ebola and infectious diseases. Don't be left out of the conversation. Get complete information and register to participate in today's call.
IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles: 'Marketing Your Emergency Management Program'
The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its upcoming special focus issue on the theme of "Marketing Your Emergency Management Program." Examples of articles could include, but are not limited to: how to reach out to businesses, schools and other groups who don’t normally get involved in EM ideas and concepts; lessons learned: what marketing techniques worked for your program and what didn't work; how and who you coordinated your marketing program with; and methods for integrating or collaborating with stakeholders. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines prior to submitting your article of 750 to 1,500 words via e-mail to Editor Karen Thompson, no later than July 10, 2015. The Editorial Work Group welcomes and encourages article submissions from members of all IAEM Councils worldwide, including the Student Council. Remember, the IAEM Bulletin publishes 12 times a year, not just the special focus issues. So timely articles on any topic of interest to IAEM members are welcomed.
145 Japanese skyscrapers could be at risk due to substandard earthquake dampers
One of the leading Japanese manufacturers of shock absorbers designed to enable large structures to withstand earthquakes has admitted that 145 buildings have been fitted with substandard equipment. Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. has been ordered to carry out a thorough investigation into all the seismic damping equipment it has fitted to more than 200 buildings after the firm admitted that employees falsified performance data on the systems before they were installed.
IAEM-Global Student Council Announces 2015 Student Member Essay Contest
The IAEM-Global Student Council has launched its 2015 Student Member Essay Contest. Entrants are asked to write an essay comparing the pros and cons of beginning and continuing a career in emergency management by gaining practical experience and on-the-job training experience or pursuing an academic degree as a foundation. Include such considerations as knowledge gained, potential for being hired, long-term benefits, and how ultimate career goals might impact choices. Finally, include a determination of which path is best or explain why such a determination is not possible. Both an undergraduate and graduate winner will be selected by a panel of academics, practitioners, and a member of the IAEM-Global Student Council. Each winner will be provided with a complimentary conference registration and hotel costs for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 17-28, 2015, Clark County, Nevada. Additionally, both winning submissions will be published in the IAEM Bulletin. Complete information, guidelines, and details are available here. Submissions must be emailed to iaemgsc@gmail.com no later than July 1, 2015, 16:59 hours UTC.
Order IAEM student honor stoles now to receive in time for graduation
IAEM Honor Stoles are available for IAEM student members in good standing, who are graduating. The blue-and-white satin stoles may be purchased in the IAEM Store. The stoles were created by the IAEM-USA Student Region for wear during commencement ceremonies, and they offer a form of recognition for IAEM members. Proceeds from sales benefit the IAEM Scholarship fund. Shop at www.iaemstore.com.
Agencies coordinate actions to increase safe transportation of energy products
U.S. Department of Transportation via WWBT-TV
The U.S. Department of Transportation announces with its agencies, the Federal Railroad Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, a package of targeted actions that will address some of the issues identified in recent train accidents involving crude oil and ethanol shipped by rail. The volume of crude oil being shipped by rail has increased exponentially in recent years, and the number of significant accidents involving trains carrying ethanol or crude oil is unprecedented.
Big insurance companies are warning the US to prepare for climate change
A coalition of big insurance companies, consumer groups, and environmental advocates are urging the United States to overhaul its disaster policies in the face of increasingly extreme weather due to human-caused climate change. According to a report released by the SmarterSafer coalition, the U.S. needs to increase how much it spends on pre-disaster mitigation efforts and infrastructure protection. That way, it asserts, the U.S. can stop wasting so much money on cleaning up after a disaster happens.
Oklahoma scientists say earthquakes linked to oil and gas work
Oklahoma geologists have documented strong links between increased seismic activity in the state and the injection into the ground of wastewater from oil and gas production, a state agency said. Oklahoma is recording 2-1/2 earthquakes daily of a magnitude 3 or greater, a seismicity rate 600 times greater than observed before 2008, the report by the Oklahoma Geological Survey said. It is "very likely that the majority of the earthquakes" are triggered by wastewater injection activities tied to the oil and gas industry, the OGS said. It warned residents should be prepared for a "significant earthquake."
Experts: Earthquake fault heightens California tsunami threat
Los Angeles Times
The earthquake fault cuts through the heart of Ventura's quaint downtown, past the ornate hilltop City Hall and historic Spanish-era mission before heading into the Pacific Ocean. For decades, some seismic experts believed the Ventura fault posed only a moderate threat and was incapable of producing a major temblor. But research in recent years shows that the fault is extremely dangerous, capable of producing an earthquake as large as magnitude 8 as well as severe tsunamis that until now experts didn't believe were possible from a Southern California quake.
FCC fines 2 companies for multi-state 911 outage
The Federal Communications Commission has resolved its investigation of an April 2014 multi-state 911 outage that prevented more than 11 million people in seven states from being able to reach emergency call centers for over six hours. The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has reached a $16 million settlement with CenturyLink and a $1.4 million settlement with Intrado Communications related to the companies' failures to meet their emergency call obligations during the 911 outage.
Kansas Turnpike tornado shelters: A lesser-known haven for motorists during severe weather
Motorists traveling on the Kansas Turnpike have a way to protect themselves during severe weather by using the turnpike's storm shelters. But trying to outrun a tornado to find one of those 30 shelters along the 236-mile route is not a good idea, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Meteorologist Brandon Sullivan said.

Win a free registration to the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference & EMEX
Are you passionate about emergency management? Are you a good storyteller? This is your chance to present your story live on the plenary session stage for the IAEM presents EMvision Talks at the Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The top five to seven selected speakers will be part of a live contest where the audience will vote for the top speaker who will win a complimentary registration to the IAEM 64th Annual Conference & EMEX in Savannah, Georgia, Oct. 14-19, 2016. View the Speaker Guidance for more information.
Come to the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference and visit 'The Shimmering Dessert'
The IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX will be located in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 13-18, 2015. Clark County enjoys 340 days of sunshine per year and an average daily temperature of 83 degrees. Blue skies by day turn into sunsets that melt into the mountains at night. Nevada has no shortage of compelling landscapes, and Clark County is no different. It sits right in the middle of the beautiful, surprisingly colorful Mojave Desert. This area is your gateway to the southwest and the perfect jumping off point for many of the Southwest's natural wonders. Within a short 20-minute drive are Mt. Charleston, the Red Rock National Conservation, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, and the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon National Park is 150 miles to the southeast, and Death Valley and the Zion National Park are both easy day-trips. Find out about all area attractions. What are you waiting for? It's time to plan your trip to Clark County for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference. Learn more.
How disaster relief can increase corruption
The Washington Post
In 2004 and 2005, Bulgaria was unexpectedly hit by several waves of torrential rain that caused extensive flooding. To deal with destruction sustained during the floods, the central government awarded nearly 67 million euros to 257 flood-stricken municipalities. For many of Bulgaria's impoverished municipalities, the awarded funds represented a substantial financial injection; mayors and local councils were the final authority on how this windfall would be spent. Not surprisingly for the country ranked second for corruption in the EU, the media uncovered multiple instances when local politicians pocketed the money instead of using it for disaster relief.
Companies urge FAA to speed up use of drones in disaster response
Reuters via The Huffington Post
U.S. companies including insurers and aerospace manufacturers urged federal aviation regulators to speed up the use of drones in disaster response and relief operations in the United States. A report sponsored by the groups and released by the consulting firm 32 Advisors advocates drone use for purposes ranging from response planning and damage assessment to supply delivery and Wi-Fi and cellular phone relay services.
American Red Cross takes serious look at using drones for disaster relief, holds off for now
The Washington Post
A new study, commissioned by the American Red Cross, calls drones one of the most promising and powerful new technologies to improve disaster response and relief efforts. The report, which will be announced at the American Red Cross's Washington headquarters, was conducted by Measure, a startup that provides drone services to companies around the world, along with several of the Red Cross's corporate partners.
Social media can help track tornadoes, but was that tweet real?
Recently, as a big storm bore down on Rockford, Illinois, students in a Purdue University classroom prepared to track its effects using Twitter. Using software jointly developed by Purdue, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service, they huddled around laptops to analyze a tiny sample of the tweets from the storm's immediate vicinity. They were looking for keywords like "damage" or "tornado" and for pictures of funnel clouds. Their professor, Tim Filley, says social media can track a storm's path of destruction just as radar does.

Prep courses will jump-start your certification process
Have you thought about attending the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course as you prepare to start the certification process? Find out what is covered in the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and join us for one of the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ offerings:

· May 12 & 13 (Prep Course and Exam): San Antonio, Texas

· May 16 (Exam Only): New York, New York

· June 6 (Exam Only): Las Vegas, Nevada

· June 6 (Exam Only): Sayreville, New Jersey

· October 20 (Prep Course and Exam): Indianapolis, Indiana

Interested candidates should register through the IAEM website. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 registrants for the Prep Course. If you have any questions, contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.
EPA releases Water Utility Response On-The-Go mobile website
EPA has launched the Water Utility Response On-The-Go mobile website, an innovative tool that consolidates, and makes accessible from the field, information and tools that water utility operators and their response partners may need during an emergency. The site allows users to: identify and contact emergency response partners; monitor local and national severe weather; review and complete incident-specific checklists; and populate, save and email both generic damage assessment forms and FEMA incident command system forms. A presentation and demonstration of Water Utility Response On-The-Go mobile website is going to be given during an upcoming webinar hosted by U.S. EPA Water Security Division on May 13, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT. Register today.
IOM releases report on communities after disasters
In the devastation that follows a major disaster, there is a need for multiple sectors to unite and devote new resources to support the rebuilding of infrastructure, the provision of health and social services, the restoration of care delivery systems, and other critical recovery needs. In some cases, billions of dollars from public, private and charitable sources are invested to help communities recover. National rhetoric often characterizes these efforts as a "return to normal." But for many American communities, pre-disaster conditions are far from optimal. With support from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine convened an expert committee to develop an approach to disaster recovery that mitigates disaster impacts on health and promotes healthy communities. Learn more in the report: Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities and Planning for Recovery.
IOM releases report from workshop series on regional disaster response coordination
As many communities within a region will have similar vulnerabilities when considering disasters, a logical step in planning is to establish responsibilities and capacities, and be able to work toward common goals to address all-hazards when the entire region is affected. To explore these considerations, the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events organized a series of three regional workshops in 2014. The workshops explored opportunities to strengthen the regional coordination required to ensure effective medical and public health response to a large-scale multijurisdictional disaster. The purpose of each regional workshop was to discuss potential mechanisms to strengthen coordination among multiple jurisdictions in various regions to ensure fair and equitable treatment of communities from all impacted areas. The final report, Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health Outcomes: Summary of a Workshop Series, is available for download.
Report identifies state public health scores
When ranked on 10 indicators of their ability to manage severe infectious disease threats, half of the states plus the District of Columbia scored five or fewer. Only five states reached eight of the 10 indicators; no states met nine or 10 of the indicators. In the Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases report, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provide information on how each state fared against 10 benchmarks including vaccinations, preparedness exercises, funding, and healthcare-acquired infections. In a statement, the executive director of TFAH said the recent Ebola outbreak showed where systems worked and failed when tested, and that remaining vigilant in preventing and controlling emerging threats is important, but not at the expense of ongoing or seasonal diseases.
Federal preparedness initiatives to support rail transport of crude oil released for emergency managers
"Preparedness Initiatives in Crude by Rail Transport: Federal Resources to Support Crude by Rail Preparedness Initiatives" was released Apr. 17 by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. The publication is intended for partners in emergency management, transport partners, and environmental stakeholders, providing information on federal resources available to help the whole community prepare for crude oil by rail transportation incidents. Download here.

NAGC Communications School set for June 2-4, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee
A don't miss event, the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) 2015 Communications School will take place June 2-4, 2015, at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. This year’s theme is "Blues, BBQs, and Government News," and registration is now open. The Communications School is the only event of its kind that provides invaluable networking opportunities and practical educational sessions to help government communicators increase their skills. And who needs those skills more than emergency management professionals! Download the program, and get an advance peek at the top government communications speakers and trainers slated for this year's NAGC Communications School.
UN: Death toll in migrant boat capsize thought to be 800
NBC News
The United Nations refugee agency said that more than 800 people are believed to have perished when a ship crammed with migrants capsized in the Mediterranean, making it the worst maritime disaster the agency has ever recorded in the Mediterranean. Only 28 people are known to have survived when the ship got into trouble as it ferried around 850 people from Libya to Southern Europe, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement. The migrants were from Eritrea, Syria, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia, the agency said.
Tornado kills 2, injures 120 in southern Brazil
The Associated Press via ABC News
A tornado battered a city in southern Brazil, killing two people, injuring 120 others and forcing more than 1,000 people from their homes, officials said. The National Institute of Meteorology said a supercell storm produced the tornado that struck Xanxere city in the state of Santa Catarina. The storm damaged about 500 homes and knocked down lampposts, leaving many residents without electricity. Two people were killed, apparently inside their homes, and 120 have been taken to hospitals, including 15 who were seriously injured, said Santa Catarina's civil defense director, Luciano Peri.
4 dead as super storm lashes Australian east coast
A cyclonic storm lashing Australia's east coast for a third day was declared a catastrophe after destroying homes, cutting power to more than 200,000 homes and causing millions of dollars of damage in Sydney and other cities. New South Police said an 86-year old woman was killed in the Central Hunter region of the state after her car was swept into floodwaters, bringing the confirmed death toll from the storm to four. The Bureau of Meteorology warned that a second storm cell was gathering at sea north of Sydney, with gale force winds of up to 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour) and heavy winds hitting the coast.
South Korea sets plan to raise 'corroded' Sewol ferry year after disaster
South Korea said it will raise the Sewol ferry that sank a year ago, killing more than 300 people, most of them children, yielding to pressure from mourning families who have called for a deeper investigation into the disaster. The Sewol, which was structurally unsound, overloaded and traveling too fast on a turn, capsized and sank during a routine voyage and lies 44 meters (144 feet) deep off the southwestern island of Jindo.
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  • Is Your Campus Committed to Preparedness? Show the World with America’s PrepareAthon!

America’s PrepareAthon!SM is the biggest disaster preparedness event in the United States. Already, nearly six million people have decided to take action to become better prepared this year, and we are asking you, your staff members, and your students to join them!

We recently shared 11 different ways that your school could participate in America’s PrepareAthon! this year. Today, we wanted to let you know we will be featuring colleges and universities with high levels of participation in America’s PrepareAthon! this spring. In order to be eligible, you will need to register your campus preparedness activity on our website by April 30, 2015, where you can now also be recognized as a participant. When you submit your activity, click “yes” to be listed. You can also see the individuals, communities and organizations who are taking action this spring to prepare for disasters. Just click the “America’s PrepareAthon! Participants” tab located on the lower left side of the homepage.

We will be giving a shout out to the schools that get the most participants in America’s PrepareAthon! involved through our Twitter feed @PrepareAthon, and we will be featuring one school in our Individual and Community Preparedness e-brief, which reaches over 100,000 subscribers!

Don’t wait! Sign up today, and be counted in the nation’s largest preparedness event! By registering, your school will also serve as an example to motivate others to participate and prepare.
Free tools and resources designed to help your campus practice what to do, where to go, and how to stay safe during a disaster are also available on the America’s PrepareAthon! website ready.gov/prepare.
Be sure to follow us @PrepareAthon on Twitter and tell us about your school’s participation with #PrepareAthon. Show America how colleges and universities throughout the nation are taking action to help others become better prepared!

  • Naval Postgraduate School - Greta E. Marlatt; email: gmarlatt@nps.edu/, April 17, 2015

New or Updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports:

  • Cuba: U.S. Restrictions on Travel and Remittances. RL31139

  • The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action of November 20, 2014: Overview and Issues. R43852

  • Climate Change Adaptation by Federal Agencies: An Analysis of Plans and Issues for Congress. R43915

  • Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis. R43821

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

  • Asia-Pacific Cyber Insights https://www.aspi.org.au/publications/asia-pacific-cyber-insights/ASPI-Asia-Pacific-Cyber-Insights.pdf

  • No Exit: Next Steps to Help Promote South Pacific Peace and Prosperity https://www.aspi.org.au/publications/no-exit-next-steps-to-help-promote-south-pacific-peace-and-prosperity/SI87_No_exit.pdf

  • Sounding  the Alarm: Terrorism Threat Communications with the Australian Public https://www.aspi.org.au/publications/sounding-the-alarm-terrorism-threat-communications-with-the-australian-public/SI86_terror_alerts.pdf

Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

  • What is so Attractive About the "Islamic State"? http://www.cidob.org/en/content/download/59751/1574486/file/NOTES+112_BOUREKBA_ANG.pdf

Business Executives for National Security (BENS)

  • Domestic Security: Confronting a Changing Threat to Ensure Public Safety and Civil Liberties http://www.bens.org/file/Domestic-Security-Report_Feb2015.pdf

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee

  • Preventing Another Boston Marathon Bombing; Reviewing the Lessons Learned from the 2013 Terror Attack http://homeland.house.gov/sites/homeland.house.gov/files/documents/041415-Boston-Marathon-Bombing-Report.pdf

Congress. House. Judiciary Committee

  • Analyzing Misconduct in Federal Law Enforcement http://judiciary.house.gov/index.cfm/2015/4/analyzing%20misconduct%20in%20federal%20law%20enforcement

  • Oversight of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement http://judiciary.house.gov/index.cfm/2015/4/hearing-oversight-of-u-s-immigration-and-customs-enforcement

Congress. House. Science, Space, and Technology Committee

  • The President’s UN Climate Pledge: Scientifically Justified or a New Tax on Americans? http://science.house.gov/hearing/full-committee-hearing-president-s-un-climate-pledge-scientifically-justified-or-new-tax

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

  • Overview of the Federal Budget http://www.cbo.gov/publication/50111

Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee

  • American Food Aid: Why Reform Matters http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/american-food-aid-why-reform-matters-04-15-15

Congress. House. Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

  • An Overview of the U.S. Coast Guard's Missions http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=398767

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

  • 2015 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits. GAO-15-404SP http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-404SP

  • Air Traffic Control: FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen. GAO-15-370 http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-370

  • Amphibious Combat Vehicle Acquisition: Marine Corps Adopts an Incremental Approach. GAO-15-385 http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-385

  • Department of Defense: Acquisition Rulemaking Practices. GAO-15-423R http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-423R

  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Assessment Needed to Address Affordability Challenges. GAO-15-364 http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-364

  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Observations on Program Progress. GAO-15-429T [testimony] http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-429T

  • Fragmentation, Overlap and Duplication: An Evaluation and Management Guide. GAO-15-49SP http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-49SP

  • Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits. GAO-15-522T [testimony] http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-522T

  • Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits. GAO-15-523T [testimony] http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-523T

  • National Nuclear Security Administration: Observations on Management Challenges and Steps Taken to Address Them. GAO-15-532T [testimony] http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-532T

  • Presidential Helicopter Acquisition: Program Established Knowledge-Based Business Case and Entered System Development with Plans for Managing Challenges. GAO-15-392R http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-392R

Heritage Foundation

  • Congress Should Continue Momentum on Coast Guard Cutter Fleet http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/pdf/IB4389.pdf

  • The Good of Corporations http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/pdf/BG2964.pdf

  • Global Experience Shows that Physician-Assisted Suicide Threatens the Weak and Marginalized http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/pdf/IB4383.pdf

  • Progress Is Coming on Defense Acquisition Reform http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/pdf/IB4388.pdf

  • Senate’s Iran Nuclear Bill Misses the Point http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/pdf/IB4387.pdf

  • Time to Reform the U.S. Counterterrorism Enterprise—Now http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/pdf/IB4384.pdf

  • Three Terrorist Plots Disrupted in Three Weeks: 66th Islamist Plot Reconfirms Scope of Threat http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/pdf/IB4386.pdf

  • U.N. Conference Debating a Ban on Autonomous Weapons: Understanding Key Issues http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/pdf/IB4385.pdf

Pew Research Center U.S. Politics & Policy

  • In Debate Over Legalizing Marijuana, Disagreement Over Drug’s Dangers http://www.people-press.org/2015/04/14/in-debate-over-legalizing-marijuana-disagreement-over-drugs-dangers/   

Polish Institute of International Affairs

  • What Lies behind the Anti-West Outburst in Russia? http://www.pism.pl/files/?id_plik=19540


  • Air Transport Pilot Supply and Demand: Current State and Effects of Recent Legislation http://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/RGSD351.html   

  • Assessing and Evaluating Department of Defense Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade: An Annotated Reading List http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR809z3.html

  • Assessing and Evaluating Department of Defense Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade: Desk Reference http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR809z1.html

  • Assessing and Evaluating Department of Defense Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade: Handbook for Practitioners http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR809z2.html   

  • Australia's Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise: Preparing for the 21st Century http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1093.html   

  • The Economic Consequences of Investing in Shipbuilding: Case Studies in the United States and Sweden http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1036.html

  • Identifying and Mitigating Risks in Security Sector Assistance for Africa's Fragile States http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR808.html

  • There Will Be Battles in the Heart of Your Abode: The Threat Posed by Foreign Fighters Returning From Syria and Iraq: Addendum [testimony] http://www.rand.org/pubs/testimonies/CT426z1.html

Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

  • The Future of Research and Development in the UK’s Security and Intelligence Sector https://www.rusi.org/downloads/assets/201503_OP_R&D_in_Intelligence.pdf

Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

  • Report of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/04/f21/2015-03-31_FINAL_Report_SEABNuclearNonproliferationTaskForce_0.pdf

Stanley Foundation

  • Catalyzing Climate Action at All Levels http://www.stanleyfoundation.org/climatechange/LimaConferenceReport.pdf

  • Summary of Outcomes from the NAZCA Platform Consultation Workshop http://www.stanleyfoundation.org/climatechange/GenevaConferenceReport.pdf

United Kingdom, Ministry of Defense

  • UK National Strategy for Maritime Security https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/322813/20140623-40221_national-maritime-strat-Cm_8829_accessible.pdf

White House

  • Fact Sheet: VA Vet Centers and Administration Progress on Mental Health https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/17/fact-sheet-va-vet-centers-and-administration-progress-mental-health-0

  • FACT SHEET: U.S.-Iraq Cooperation https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/14/fact-sheet-us-iraq-cooperation

  • FACT SHEET: U.S. Participation in the 7th Summit of the Americas https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/11/fact-sheet-us-participation-7th-summit-americas

  • Message to Congress -- Report to Congress with Respect to the Proposed Rescission of Cuba's Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/14/message-congress-report-congress-respect-proposed-rescission-cubas-desig

  • National Strategy for the Arctic Region Implementation Report https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/report_on_implementation_of_the_national_strategy_for_the_arctic_region_....pdf   

  • Statement by the Press Secretary on the Proposed Rescission of Cuba’s Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/14/statement-press-secretary-proposed-rescission-cuba-s-designation-state-s

  • United States of America Midterm Self-Assessment Report for the Open Government Partnership; Second Open Government National Action Plan 2013-2015 https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/NAP%202%200%20Self-Assessment%20Report%20final.pdf

  • New York Citizen Corps Communications Network, April 8, 2015

NYC Emergency Management’s Tip of the Week

Earthquakes Can Rock - Know What to Do
Our planet really knows how to move and groove to its own tune during an earthquake. They may seem unlikely here in New York City, but earthquake tremors can occur, and it's important to be prepared. In the event of an earthquake: DROP to the floor, take COVER under a solid piece of furniture or next to an interior wall, and HOLD on. Get more information on what to do in the event of an earthquake 
(new) First Aid for Your Finances

Being read for a disaster is more than storing extra water and supplies; it is equally important for you and your family to be financially ready for disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Operation HOPE created the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) to help with identifying important documents, medical records, and household contracts. For example, pictures or a video of your home and belongings, and tips on how to store critical documents in a safe place.

Employment Information:

  • Chemist / Chemical Engineer / Materials Scientist / Physicist

An opportunity exists for post-doctoral researchers to conduct applied research in support of NETL Solid Oxide Fuel Cells research.  Research efforts associated with this position focus primarily on: (1) electrode infiltration technology; (2) examination of electrode degradation processes; (3) fundamental reaction and transport measurement.
For more information, please visit http://orau.gov/netl/open-projects/projects.html

  • FEMA/CDP – Program Analyst

A vacancy announcement has been posted for a Program Analyst, GS- 0343-11 in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Directorate (NPD, Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).
FEMA-15- EA-45364 MP:   https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/401755600
FEMA-15- EA-45364 DEU:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/401756400

  • FEMA/CDP – Public Affairs Specialist

A vacancy announcement has been posted for a Public Affairs Specialist, GS- 1035-09 in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Directorate (NPD, Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).



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