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WTO and Y2K – The Story I Was Never Asked To Tell – Part 5 (Final): A Look Back

Despite, perhaps due, to the constraints we struggled against, the WTO riots enhanced Emergency Management’s standing across Seattle city government. My staff deserved praise and respect for their dedication, endurance and skillful performance...
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WTO and Y2K – The Story I Was Never Asked To Tell – Part 4: Havoc in the Streets

As WTO approached, The Mayor’s Office became concerned about the contrast between the cheery outlook presented by SPD and the Mayor’s own staff and the "negativity" some of us were projecting. The Mayor asked what everyone thought were the chances of riots occurring.
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Confluence News Magazine – June, 2019

Confluence serves as an intersection where we share events, interests, and important information about our Center and the state’s all-hazard emergency management pathway programs. The summer edition is in memory of Jamye Wisecup.
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WTO and Y2K: The Story I Was Never Asked To Tell – Part 3: WTO “Planning” vs “Seminars in Crisis and Consequence Management”

Whether in internal SPD meetings leading up to the WTO conference, or when the Mayor’s Office met with the SPD planning team, it was clearly SPD’s preference that OEM kept any concerns to itself.
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In Honor and Remembrance-September 11

September 11th is Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day Americans across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders...
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WTO and Y2K – The Story I Was Never Asked To Tell – Part 2: Pre WTO & Y2K Environment

The Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) organizational location in the City hierarchy is important in understanding the events that unfolded. From the beginning of my tenure as Director of OEM, it had been an ongoing struggle to maintain...
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WTO and Y2K: The Story I Was Never Asked To Tell – Part 1: WTO Planning

Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) had only learned of the pending (November/December 1999) WTO Conference in March 1999. When “planning” did begin, it was clear that Emergency Management’s inclusion was tolerated rather than welcomed.
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WTO and Y2K: The Story I Was Never Asked to Tell – Background Information on WTO and Y2K

In early 1999, concerns surfaced across the public and private sector that the turn of the century would require a rewrite of coding for a number of computer operated machines. Among the darkest predictions if this was not adequately addressed...
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Now for Something Completely Different: The Story I Was Never Asked To Tell

Emergency managers often scorn the intrusion of "politics" or "politicians" into their work. Untimely "special" requests during regular business and even during a crisis feed the instinct of most emergency managers to "lay low" in a political environment.
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The Pacific Northwest EMPA Disaster and Emergency Communication Conference 2019

This year EMPA leaves its Australian and New Zealand shores to come to Portland, here, where the innovative and ‘weird’ idea is the root for growth! We are excited to exchange practical, proven means of communicating through critical situations.
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Educator Externship Scholarship Opportunity to Attend the Pacific Northwest EMPA Disaster Conference!

The Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management is offering the opportunity to attend the Two-Day Pacific Northwest EMPA Disaster & Emergency Communication Conference!
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Give “Electeds” Their Due – Emergency Management, Once Removed, July 2019

Emergency managers often scorn the intrusion of "politics" or "politicians" into their work. Untimely "special" requests during regular business and even during a crisis feed the instinct of most emergency managers to "lay low" in a political environment.
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Confluence News Magazine – June, 2019

Confluence serves as an intersection where we share events, interests, and important information about our Center and the state’s all-hazard emergency management pathway programs. Read more in the June Edition of Confluence News Magazine.
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Confluence News Magazine – May, 2019

Confluence serves as an intersection where we share events, interests, and important information about our Center and the state’s all-hazard emergency management pathway programs. Read more in the May Edition of Confluence News Magazine.
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Dividing the Burden – Emergency Management, Once Removed, June 2019

Whose responsibility is it to restore the social equilibrium in a post-disaster environment? It is not solely the government’s role to provide the “answer” in difficult times. Each of us has a role.
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Climate Change and Emergency Management – Emergency Management, Once Removed, May 2019

At the 2007 National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Annual Forum, I persuaded the Chair of the Preparedness Committee to allow a presentation on climate change at the Committee’s meeting. The expert proved uniquely qualified to describe the looming threat...
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A Problem or an Opportunity? – Emergency Management, Once Removed, April 2019

The Disaster Reform and Recovery Act (DRRA) addresses longstanding issues in the disaster management system. Pre - Disaster Mitigation (PDM) is touted as a high priority for attention – so far, so good. Here is the problem...
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Intersectionality: Vital Component for Feminism

The first known use of the term “intersectionality” was in 1989 by Kimberle Crenshaw, a scholar and civil rights advocate. It was when Ms. Crenshaw was studying to be a lawyer that she saw how race and gender were treated...

By Kellie Hale

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Confluence News Magazine – April, 2019

Confluence serves as an intersection where we share events, interests, and important information about our Center and the state’s all-hazard emergency management pathway programs. Read more in the April Edition of Confluence News Magazine.
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Kick Doors Open, But Be Sure to Leave a Doorstop

When I organized/planned the first Women in Leadership Forum back in 2015, I originally thought it was going to be a one-time forum. The positive response from attendees indicated that the Forum needed to be a yearly event.

By Kellie Hale

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