Friday, June 10, 2011

As I await the bus shuttle to BMI, the reflection on a great week at the National Emergency Training Center is a combination of great food, fantastic presentations and plenty of time to relax and see the sights. Actually had a chance to get back into a regular workout routine – having taken off way too long over the winter. It feels good to just take the time to spend with your practioners in crime….emergency management. This year’s Higher Ed Conference in Emergency Management was very well done. I was very impressed with the organization of the conference from the start. The choice of topics presented and the selection of presenters made the entire week a productive and reactive session. The observation on how many networks, partnerships, and new friendships formed in three short days was exhilarating. I would encourage anyone who is part of the educational process, or has involvement in designing, developing, or delivering curriculum or any kind – relative to emergency management – should plan to attend next year. In the meantime, the effort of pushing the importance to provide and deliver quality information and education continues. The link at the end of this post is your door to finding what you may need if you are new or haven’t been able to locate people and resources involved in EM Higher Ed.

People from all over the globe where here – China, New Zealand, Haiti and Canada (just to mention a partial list). Diversity abounds with this group. We worked together on variety of issues and discussed many solutions. I had time to snap some pictures and share some of them in this post. It is my prayer that every one of those in attendance has safe journeys back home.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Flood Safety Awareness Week March 15-19, 2010

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 05:19:55 -0600
[from FEMA website]

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-sponsored 2010 National Flood Safety Awareness Week, observed March 15-19 ( Flooding is a coast to coast threat in the United States and its territories in all months of the year. According to FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Dennis Hunsinger, flooding is the nation number one natural disaster.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Hug A Red Cross Worker/Volunteer During Month of March

March is American Red Cross Month President Obama has proclaimed March as American Red Cross Month across the United States, a tradition upheld by every U.S. President dating back to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. President Obama, in a proclamation, said: “During American Red Cross Month, we honor the organizations across our country that contribute to our Nation's ongoing efforts to relieve human suffering.” For more information go to the press release on the American Red Cross website.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Flood Safety Awareness Week is March 15-19, 2010

This Citizen Corps News Digest is provided by FEMA's Community Preparedness Division to highlight community preparedness and resilience resources and activities recently announced by federal agencies and Citizen Corps partners.

Flooding is a coast to coast threat to the United States and its territories in all months of the year. National Flood Safety Awareness Week is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and what you can do to save life and property. Visit NOAA's webpage for more information, including outreach materials.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

NEW: Public Health Issues and Priorities for the Haiti Earthquake

From the Center for Disease Control:
(posted 1/18/10)

Based on previous experience with disasters in Haiti and earthquakes in other countries, CDC has a general understanding of what the public health needs will be in Haiti following the January 12th earthquake. The following projections and recommendations take into account Haiti's socio-economic and demographic situation, and the health of its people prior to the earthquake.

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Important Message from Deputy FEMA Administrator Richard Serino

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. President Obama has instructed the federal government to undertake a swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives in Haiti, and FEMA continues to support USAID and others in those efforts.

On behalf of FEMA Administrator Fugate, I’d like remind you that FEMA is supporting USAID’s efforts in Haiti with search and rescue teams, communications and coordination support, and relief supplies and commodities. As you well know, state, local, and tribal responders are the foundation of our nation’s search and rescue teams. I know the President and Secretary Napolitano share my gratitude for the commitment and dedication shown by these responders.

State, local, and tribal governments with goods and services to offer to the relief effort in Haiti should direct their offers to Responders are reminded to please not attempt self-dispatch to Haiti; USAID and the State Department are coordinating the deployment of resources to Haiti and responders should deploy only if tasked to do so.

The most urgent need that we can all fulfill at this time is to support ongoing disaster relief fundraising efforts. To help, I urge you to go online to to find relief organizations supporting the response in Haiti and make a contribution to support the disaster relief efforts.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

HAM Radio Course Scheduled for February

February 6th, 2010 8 am to 4 pm

Join a fellow group of highly motivated Amateur Radio Candidates for Winter 2010 Manitowoc County Radio Club - MANCORAD’s “HamCram” Class

HamCram is a specially designed single day session that teaches everything needed to become an FCC Licensed Radio Amateur, with official FCC Licensing the same day.

A preparation session several weeks prior will explain in detail all that you need to study & know to pass the FCC multiple choice Technician License (Entry Level License).

We will show you how you can easily join the exciting Amateur Radio hobby through the use of the course preparation materials, a few on-line practice quizzes, the HamCram class and testing at our in-house test session.

Pre-Class: Wednesday January 27th at 5 pm

HamCram: Saturday February 6th, 2010 8 am - 4 pm

Where: Lakeshore Technical College, Public Safety Building Room P114, 1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, WI 53015

Cost: $42.00 which includes the $15 FCC Exam Fee, a copy of the ARRL Manual, $6 for your course materials, and a Lunch on HamCram Saturday. (Fee without the ARRL Book is $22.00)

Contact: Mancorad - HamCram, P.O. Box 204, Manitowoc, WI 542210-0204 (All Registration for this community service course are handled by Mancorad - LTC cannot directly register you for this course)

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Daily Infrastructure Report

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