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How Governments Are Closing the Gender Pay Gap

For years, Caseca Stegall, a Fulton County IT manager suspected that she was paid less than some of the men who held the same job but had less experience and education than her. Proof came after she filed an open-records request...
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Why Recovery Exercises Fall Short – Emergency Management, Once Removed, August 2018

Recently I attended an Initial Planning Meeting for the Central United States Earthquake Consortium 2019 exercise ominously entitled "Shaken Fury". The discussion as it related to the acknowledgment of challenges that proposed scenario poses for recovery officials...
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Inslee hands keys to future innovation, clean-tech campus to Port of Skagit

Gov. Jay Inslee today handed over the keys to the future Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Center to the Port of Skagit. The 225-acre property will be developed into a clean technology campus that serves as an economic engine for the area.
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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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Joel Aggergaard Memorial Scholarship

The WSEMA Joel Aggergaard Scholarship Application information can be found here. A $2,000.00 scholarship is awarded.
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Recovery Redux Plus a Footnote from June – Emergency Management, Once Removed, July 2018

One might think, for example that Hurricane Maria was all over shortly after it passed through Puerto Rico. The "official" death toll, 64, led the president and others to comment that it could have been a lot worse. It apparently was a lot worse.
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Congratulations to our Staff and HSEM BAS Degree Graduate Shane Moore as an HSEM BAS Graduate and Pierce College 2018 Outstanding Student

Shane has worked with the Center since 2017 as our Employer Engagement/Outreach Specialist and will graduate on June 15, with the first HSEM BAS degree in Washington State.
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Pierce College Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management (BAS-HSEM)

Pierce College is pleased to announce its new Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management degree program beginning winter 2017 (January 2017). This leadership and management degree program is part of a guided career pathway designed...
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To stay or go? Emergency Management, Once Removed, June 2018

Emergency managers are not strangers to the "stay or go" dilemma. In my career, during but also before entering emergency management, I myself sometimes felt like, well, a lot of federal Administration employees may currently feel these days...
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Hey, What About Us? – Emergency Management, Once Removed, May 2018

With the current federal government seemingly in perpetual crisis, how can emergency management compete for attention to its’ needs? Let’s be honest: the current spate of investigations, accusations, counter-accusations, all against the backdrop of midterm...
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Going Back to School After the Military

You’ve spent years serving in the military, defending your values and standing up for your country. After an honorable discharge or a shift away from active duty, you’re looking to transition back into civilian life and move on to the next chapter.
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Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference 2018

The Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference, organized by the Washington State University takes place from 18th April to the 19th April 2018 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, United States Of America.
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SAVE THE DATE – Global Change Agents: Women in leadership

Join us for our 2nd Annual Global Change Agents luncheon celebrating and recognizing women in global leadership roles who are thriving amongst any potential barriers.
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Observations from the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) 2018 Mid – Year Forum – Emergency Management, Once Removed, April 2018

The current FEMA headquarters team seems intent on making a positive difference. FEMA leadership describes itself as building on what was already in place and adapting to new situations and opportunities.
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Medical Surge and the Role of Urgent Care Centers

In the U.S., approximately 8,100 urgent care centers—medical clinics with expanded hours that are equipped to diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of non-life and limb threatening illnesses and injuries—provide care to 30 to 50 patients each per day on average.
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Opportunity scholarships expanded to include technical and community colleges

A generous state scholarship program that helps pay college tuition at four-year schools will soon expand to help students earn professional technical degrees at community and technical colleges.
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National CyberWatch Center – Weekly Power Lunches

Get in the know with National CyberWatch Center's weekly Power Lunches via Facebook Live! Throughout March, Casey W. O'Brien, Executive Director of National CyberWatch, will showcase various curricular resources available to faculty.
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The Changing Face of Emergency Management Education – Emergency Management, Once Removed, March 2018

Whenever the subject of preparing emergency managers for the future a couple of familiar refrains are sounded. Here are some of examples.
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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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