"In the Wrong Hands" By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed It is long past time to restructure or eliminate the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Reservations expressed at its inception about the potential abuses of power that such an agency might commit were ignored. Post 9/11, such concerns were subsumed by decision makers more worried about the psychological and political consequences of another successful terrorist attack. Combining multiple federal agencies under one Secretary of DHS was thought to assure greater collaboration among agencies with law enforcement and regulatory missions. It was posited that such a superagency would allow for greater [...]
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We know this is a trying time for all of us and in these times of so much uncertainty, there can be a lot of stress, anxiety and fear. We are all trying our best to support and work with our wonderful students, which is why it’s even more important for us all to do our part to stay calm and balanced to provide them the support they need from us all right now. That means all of us doing self-care and assuring we are doing our part for our hearts, minds and spirits! We wanted to provide some suggestions [...]
Congratulations Graduates of 2020 By Kellie Hale Being in a graduating class for 2020 has been a tumultuous time. None of us expected the current events to such a huge impact on our daily routines or scheduled plans (e.g. graduation ceremonies). I am a part of the graduating class of 2020 at Excelsior College where I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business. I had originally planned to attend the commencement ceremony in Albany, New York to celebrate with my fellow students. Unfortunately, with COVID-19 still not under control, the College had to forgo the face-to-face graduation ceremony for a [...]
Mental Wellness and Resiliency: Adjusting to Life and Addressing Challenges During Uncertain Times By Ryann Leonard, PhD Feeling fatigued? More impatient than normal? Are you finding it hard to balance working from or just being at home? You are not alone. These are all signs that your mental wellness is being challenged by uncertainty and stress. Currently, COVID-19 has influenced the wellness of most of us across the globe whether that be emotionally, physically, or mentally. We are living in rapidly changing times where we are constantly bombarded with media and messaging about what we should do, or should know, [...]
What you can do The State of Washington is seeking to fill shortages of specific personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection-control products. The Department of Health is supporting enrollment and activation of emergency volunteer health practitioners for the COVID-19 response. There's a vital need for blood donors right now. LEARN MORE
Leaders Helping Veterans to Successful Civilian Employment Transitions: An Interview with Center’s Advisory Board Member, Steve Vincent, PMP By Linda Crerar There is an increased demand in all sectors of the community for professionals, who understand the complex nature of Public Safety, Security and Emergency Management.
Safe Start Washington Governor Jay Inslee, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, has established a data-driven approach to reopen Washington and modify physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. This approach reduces the risk of COVID-19 to Washington’s most vulnerable populations and preserves capacity in our health care system, while safely opening up businesses and resuming gatherings, travel, shopping, and recreation. The plan involves assessing COVID-19 activity in the state along with health care system readiness, testing capacity and availability, case and contact investigations, and ability to protect high-risk populations. Governor Inslee announced in [...]
When Disruption Becomes the New Normal: Resilience and Connection within the Education Community By Kellie Hale Community colleges and universities across the state of Washington have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, instructors were ordered to move their classes online so students could complete their course work. Switching from a face-to-face setting to online teaching has not been easy for some instructors and students, particularly those who have never taught online or taken online courses. The lack of experience with online can be both daunting and stressful for students and instructors. The instructors that I have been [...]
2-1-1 is a free confidential community service and your one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, health, childcare, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. 2-1-1 is always ready to assist you in finding the help you need. Dial the three digit number 2-1-1 on your phone or Find Help here. If you are outside of Washington or have a problem dialing the number 2-1-1, please dial 1-877-211-9274. Tim Sullivan is the Statewide Director for Washington 211. Tim has over 25 years of management experience in health and human services for [...]
Interview with Ryann Leonard, Criminal Justice Faculty at Big Bend Community College and Highline College How has operations changed? Ryann Leonard: For me, very little has changed. I have been teaching fully online for several quarters. The difference for me is I have set up more check-ins with students and have extended a bit more grace. More globally, my colleagues are stressed. They have been rushed to change their teaching radically without the proper time to even contemplate how they would transition successfully. They care about students and miss the face to face and also are struggling on what to [...]