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Read about the latest news in homeland security and emergency management from Washington State. Learn about common trends, threats, and emergency situations from the Pacific Northwest. This page will help you learn how to respond to an emergency event.

WASHINGTON STATE NEWS & TRENDS

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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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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HSEM Center of Excellence – Internship Guidebook

This Guidebook is intended for employers with any level of knowledge of internships. It can serve as a training tool for those looking to understand what an internship program is and is not, identify the purpose of an internship program, and much more.
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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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Exploring Government and Private Sector Applications of UAS-Drones in Washington State Workshop Summary

Tom Hagen (President Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Cascade Chapter). Drone was coined in 1930s by the Navy. Today UAS/Drone is an acknowledgement of a link with vehicle with no driver on board. Hagan envisions a fleet of UAS by 2050...
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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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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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Taking a Look at Emergency Management Careers

Every ten years, approximately 27 million people are displaced globally due to natural disasters. Additionally, there is a wide variety of human-caused chaos and somewhat lesser disruptions, ranging from bomb threats to fires and protests.
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2018 Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit

Join Smart Grid Northwest and our community from across the region – Washington, Oregon, Idaho and BC – at the 2018 Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit. At this unique one-day meeting, you will participate in presentations, panel discussions...
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Climate Resilience, Energy Justice, and Security: The Renewable Energy Transformation

Strengthening communities through developing alternative energy sources can contribute to resilience and response to shocks to our systems. This 3-day short course will examine how we can address challenges to resilience on a global scale...
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2018 National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting

The 2018 National Earthquake Program Managers meeting will be held on May 1-3, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The meeting is being hosted by the Washington Emergency Management Division. Please stay tuned to this page for information and registration details.
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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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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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Are You Prepared? Emergency Management Event

The World Trade Center Seattle has partnered with the American Red Cross to present a panel of experts for a discussion on emergency preparedness, business continuity and how to preserve our Pacific Northwest quality of life in the face of disaster.
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Living with Earth Hazards in Western Washington Symposium

Please join us for the 2018 symposium Living with Earth Hazards in Western Washington, February 16th – 18th at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Come learn about the geologic hazards of your neighborhood and how to protect your family and property.
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Olympia’s Indifference to Earthquake Prep Could Kill Us All

From President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech to reports on the shortcomings of U.S. bridges, this is a week when critical infrastructure is in the news — and when people and organizations argue for more funding for that critical infrastructure.
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Emergency Management Internship, 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Support

Hybrid: Virtual, with on-site location beginning June 29-July 8 at the University of Washington Seattle Campus. Occasional meetings and work sessions at various office and agency locations in the Seattle area prior to July 28, 2018. This is an unpaid internship.
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2018 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

Do you know an outstanding volunteer - someone who devotes incredible energy to making your community and our state a better place to live? How about a national service member whose volunteer service goes above and beyond the requirements.
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