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News in Emergency Preparedness & Training

It is important to stay prepared in the time of an emergency. It could be a natural disaster, man-made accident, or terrorist attack. The resources on this page will provide you with information on planning, training, organizing, and exercising a plan during an emergency situation.


LATEST NEWS & TRENDS IN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Hazard Mitigation Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Water and wastewater utilities are vulnerable to a variety of hazards including natural disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, tornados, and wildfires. For utilities, the impacts from these hazard events include damaged equipment, loss of power, disruptions to service...
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Go Stay Kit

Besides high winds, flooding, and rain, Harvey has now caused the evacuation of over 30,000 area residents to emergency shelters. When an emergency responder knocks on your door and says, "You've got 2 minutes to get out! What'll you take?"
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Emergency Safety Officer Course – UW Center for Education and Research in Construction

This course will familiarize personnel serving as Safety Officers, Assistant Safety Officers, and in other safety-relevant Incident Command System (ICS) roles with physical and psychosocial hazards and stressors that may impact the health and safety of workers and responders...
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Urgent call to vaccinate horses now for West Nile virus

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is urging horse owners to vaccinate their animals as soon as possible to protect against West Nile virus. “Now is the time to vaccinate for this mosquito-borne disease...
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Natural Hazards Mitigation Association Disaster Risk Documentation

News from the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association: NHMA has released its update of the venerable Patchwork Quilt white paper which went though some 50 or so editions over the past 20+ years.
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Free Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities Webinar

The Water Security Division of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water is hosting a webinar on free preparedness tools and resources for drinking water and wastewater utilities. This webinar will feature the new Route to Resilience (RtoR) Tool.
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FEMA

Public Health Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination Webinar

In this webinar you will learn about roles and responsibilities of public health partners, methods and tips for engaging your public health partners, common public health surveillance practices and leveraging resources to detect contamination.
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Oklahoma Tornado

The Future of FEMA: Recommendations of Former Administrators

This hearing was the second in a series of hearings that will provide recommendations to the next Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Subcommittee will receive testimony from previous FEMA leadership regarding their experiences...
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Emergency Preparedness Hazard Vulnerability Analysis Tool

Kaiser Permanente has developed a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis tool which is available for download as a planning resource. Individuals or organizations using this tool are solely responsible for any hazard assessment and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
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FEMA

Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations Event

Join us at no cost on April 4 & 5, 2016. This course will focus on preparedness processes and activities and provides hospitals and healthcare personnel an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to help them ensure the sustainability...
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Renton Tech

Developing a Clery Compliance Committee

Historically, the burden of complying with the Clery Act has been largely relegated to the campus police or public safety department because schools have narrowly viewed this Federal law to be limited to disclos­ing crime statistics.
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Infrastructure Disaster Management Certificate Program

The TEEX Infrastructure Disaster Management certificate is designed for professionals who wish to enrich their personal knowledge and skills related to critical infrastructure disaster management and resilience while earning International Association...
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Government Groups

Intersection of Title IX and the Clery Act

The purpose of this chart is to clarify the reporting requirements of Title IX and the Clery Act in cases of sexual violence and to resolve any concerns about apparent conflicts between the two laws. To date, the Department of Education has not identified...
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Annual Security Report Checklist – Clery Center for Security on Campus

While the Annual Security Report Checklist contains discussions of general legal principles and specific laws, it is neither intended to be given as legal advice nor as practice of law and should not be relied upon by readers as such.
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Cascadia Exercise Retrospective – Washington State Emergency Management Association (WSEMA)

Cascadia was exercised at various levels of government, jurisdiction and tribal nation this past June. The Exercise unveiled gaping holes in our response capabilities and plans. Some we had already known about, secretly hoping we would never experience a true event...
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disaster relief

Washington State Training & Exercise Winter Newsletter

This week, we completed our Washington State 2017-2019 Training & Exercise Plan. Our plan reflects a collaborative effort that derived from our State Training & Exercise Planning Workshop in August. I appreciate all of the input from local jurisdictions representing...
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Oklahoma Tornado

National Higher Education Emergency Management Needs Assessment Report

In 2015, the National Center for Campus Public Safety, in partnership with the Disaster Resilient Universities Network and the International Association of Emergency Managers-Universities and Colleges Caucus, sponsored a nationwide study to identify...
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Firewise Communities Online Courses

Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.
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Cascadia Rising – Large Scale Earthquake and Tsunami Exercise Recap and Video

9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) and the resulting tsunami is the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face.
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Emergency Drill

Resources from the National Disaster Distress Helpline

Collection of some resources from the national Disaster Distress Helpline + additional behavioral health resources to support immediate and long-term recovery following the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL on 6/12/16.
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