In response to COVID-19, the Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management staff will be working from home until further notice. Please be sure to visit Pierce College’s COVID-19 Information Center for updates.
Washington 211 is operating the State COVID-19 Helpline (1-800-525-0127) for the Washington State Department of Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak. Normal 211 services are available but wait times have increased. If you need immediate assistance in finding services please visit www.wa211.org and use the resource search tool.
Our Center provides statewide leadership which supports diversity and ensures the industry’s academic programs remain cutting-edge.
The Center of Excellence for Homeland Security-Emergency Management (HSEM) helps state community and technical colleges (CTC) prepare a skilled workforce to help maintain our national security, ensure an effective response to all-hazard events through education and training initiatives, and build disaster resilience in our communities.
Our goal is to provide effective leadership and coordination that rapidly responds to the interests of educational institutions and workforce training needs of the HSEM (all-hazard) business and industry sectors across the state. From our offices at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington, we accomplish this through working with a coalition of all 34 community and technical colleges, public agencies, and private sector organizations.
The Center serves as a liaison with business and industry to the CTC system faculty and administration. Public and private organizations and businesses receive technical assistance, expertise, information and research on current regional, state and national security and economic development initiatives and workforce trends.
The FEMA mobile app for phones and tablets contains disaster safety tips, an interactive emergency kit list, storable emergency meeting locations, and a map with open shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
Confluence Media - The Exchange and Flow of Information and Ideas
Our new news magazine “Confluence” serves as an intersection where we come together to share Center events and activities each month and important information about our all hazard emergency management career pathways. Our video and pod casts will bring together our pathway programs, their faculty, students and employers, and our communities across the state to discuss a variety of issues, interests, trends and discussions about our career pathways.