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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

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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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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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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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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What’s In a Name? Educating Emergency Managers – Emergency Management, Once Removed, February, 2016

Before launching onto this month’s blog, has anyone else been angered by the expropriation of the title “emergency manager” by the state of Michigan, to describe state-appointed fiscal overseers of local government in the city of Flint making decisions that resulted...
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Let’s Count Our Assets – Emergency Management, Once Removed, December, 2015

One of the advantages of being in semi-retirement ( as an independent consultant) is that between contracts there is often time to reflect on issues that have an impact on our profession. But you also have time to watch old movies.
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Dealing with Climate Change – It’s On Us – Emergency Management, Once Removed, November, 2015

I recently attended the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) annual forum in Miami. The search for an acceptable way to address climate change among the nation’s state directors of emergency management.
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How to Prepare for an Earthquake

Earthquakes can bring mild to violent shaking and can occur anytime, anywhere. This guide can help you protect yourself, your family, and your property before, during, and after an earthquake.
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The Big One: Our Big Gap – Emergency Management, Once Removed, September, 2015

The recent New York Times article about the potentially devastating impact of a major earthquake sparked the predictable reactions: some bemoaned the repeated warnings would continue to go unheeded and forecast grave consequences, while others argued...
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Options for Consideration Active Shooter Preparedness Video/Resources

Options for Consideration demonstrates possible actions to take if confronted with an active shooter scenario. The video also shows how to assist authorities once law enforcement enters the scene.
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6 Ways to Prepare Your Business for ‘The Really Big One’

A devastating earthquake/tsunami combo is predicted in the Pacific Northwest. Here are some tips to help your company be ready if a disaster such as a 9.0 magnitude earthquake were to hit your area.
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Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).
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First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within NTIA to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety.
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Guide for Improving Survivability in Active Shooter Incidents

Recent improvised explosive device (IED) and active shooter incidents reveal that some traditional practices of first responders need to be realigned and enhanced to improve survivability of victims and the safety of first responders caring for them.
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FEMA Releases 2015 National Preparedness Report

The Disaster Resource eGUIDE covers what you need to know about FEMA’s 2015 national preparedness report, released on May 28. The fourth version of the report – first released in 2011 and describing progress in building, sustaining and delivering 31 core capabilities.
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Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS)

During an emergency, alert and warning officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is a modernization and integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure...
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Health Resources for Children in Disasters and Emergencies

The intent of this compendium is to consolidate the multitude of resources available across a variety of organizations, Web sites, databases and training sites, making the search for relevant materials simpler and more direct.
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