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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

ENA Spring Regional Symposium

Join ENA in Seattle April 25-26 for the latest in an outstanding series of symposia that offer new clinical and quality improvement education from the best faculty in the field. CLICK HERE for more information about this event.
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Cyber Seek

Cybersecurity workers protect our most important and private information, from bank accounts to sensitive military communications. However, there is a dangerous shortage of cybersecurity workers in the United States that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk.
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The opening moments of the Chernobyl disaster: New theory

A brand-new theory of the opening moments during the Chernobyl disaster, the most severe nuclear accident in history, based on additional analysis. The new theory suggests the first of the two explosions reported by eyewitnesses was a nuclear and not a steam explosion...
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Rising seas: to keep humans safe, let nature shape the coast

Even under the most conservative climate change scenarios, sea levels 30cm higher than at present seem all but certain on much of the U.K.’s coast by the end of this century. Depending on emission scenarios, sea levels one meter higher than at present...
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The Cascadia Playbook

A Cascadia event is based on the threat of a catastrophic magnitude 9.0 Subduction Zone earthquake and resultant tsunami. Coastal counties will experience a devastating tsunami on top of severe ground shaking (up to five minutes).
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California Debris Cleanup for November Wildfires May Cost the State $3 Billion

The cost, which is speculative at this point, is more than twice the $1.3 billion it cost to clean up the destruction from the Wine Country fires in October 2017. The funding will come from a combination of federal, state and local governments.
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Governor’s 2019-21 Biennial Budget Proposal

Governor Inslee introduced his 2019-21 biennial budget. It contains several items that are important to emergency management.
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National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

Mark your calendars for November 12-17, 2018, to celebrate National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week across the country. Join us in promoting awareness & exploration of cybersecurity careers by hosting an event, participating in an event near you...
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Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Current Events

​The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and its Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) have been awarded 2017 and 2019 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge grants for critical infrastructure.
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Major Earthquakes & Cascading Events: Potential Health and Medical Implications

Deciding what degree to pursue is a big decision for students. It depends somewhat on what career the student wants to pursue, but not entirely. Many fields require a bachelor’s degree, but do not require a major in a certain field of study.
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Get Red Cross Ready for National Preparedness Month!

National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This is an initiative recognized nationwide through a number of organizations.
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Bellevue’s Tillicum Middle School gets $60M rebuild with security upgrades

BELLEVUE, Wash. – At the end of the month, some middle school students in Bellevue will start school in a new building. It’s equipped for learning and also the ...
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Is a Lack of Institutional Knowledge Plaguing Emergency Management?

As the emergency management field grows and evolves, it does so in the face of a warming climate, a proliferation of new technologies and a changing of the guard as baby boomers retire and are replaced with younger workers.
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Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop

A Unique Training Opportunity Pierce County and the National Protection and Programs Directorate Office of Infrastructure Protection, within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, are hosting a one-day Security Workshop to enhance awareness of...
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Disaster Health Information Search Guide

Disaster Health Information Search Guide Databases and Indexes of Disaster Literature MeSH Terms Used in Indexing Disaster-Related PubMed Disaster Medicine and Disaster Preparedness Journals in PubMed Emergency Medicine Journals in PubMed Journals in All-Hazards Database (FEMA) Glossa
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Kilauea Volcano Helps Emergency Managers Better Prepare for Threats in Washington

When emergency management workers from Washington travel to Hawaii to help respond to the Kilauea volcanic eruption, they also learn valuable lessons for Washington’s own volcano program.
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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Federal Agencies Could Improve Dissemination of Resources to Colleges

Emergency managers at 18 colleges across the country told GAO that their efforts to prepare for emergencies involved working with the campus community to develop, communicate, and practice plans, as well as working with state and local partners.
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Seattle makes little progress on buildings that can kill in earthquakes

"You might be on borrowed time,” warns the mayor of a New Zealand city where a 2011 quake destroyed unretrofitted brick buildings and killed 185 people. Retrofitting old buildings may be expensive, she said, but it costs less than the liability for injuries or fatalities.
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Work Experience Marketplace

We are driven to deliver support and cultivate environments within the community and technical colleges to help grow capacity and talent that create jobs in the expanding job market of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.
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Apply to Join FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council

Youth can make a difference in their communities. One way is to join the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). The YPC is open to 8th – 11th graders across the Nation.
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