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20 Reasons Why We’re Proud of 2020


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.

20 Reasons Why We’re Proud of 20202021-01-07T22:10:02+00:00

Interview with Elyzabeth Estrada


For this month’s Confluence, we wanted to highlight tribal emergency managers. Our Education & Outreach Coordinator, Brandi Hunter, recommended we highlight Elyzabeth Estrada. Brandi said, “I met Elyzabeth on LinkedIn.  She had joined Aspiring Emergency Managers Online and introduced herself to me, and said she would like to help the community any way she could.  From there, I asked her if she would like to do one of AEMO’s video series called ‘3-Minute Informational Videos’, which features professional emergency managers and provides a snapshot of their experience as an emergency manager in their field/expertise and how aspiring emergency managers can [...]

Interview with Elyzabeth Estrada2021-01-07T22:24:54+00:00

Building Cultures of Preparedness With Tribes


Building Cultures of Preparedness With Tribes – An Overview In 1999, Governor Gary Locke and Attorney General Christine Gregoire joined tribal chairs from throughout the state in signing an “Agreement to Institutionalize the Government-to-Government Relationship in Preparation for the New Millennium.” This agreement, between the State of Washington and the Tribal Nations, was an affirmation of the 1989 Centennial Accord. This event capped a three-day retreat titled “Building Bridges for the New Millennium.” During the Accord meeting, state and tribal officials framed the terms and principles of the state/tribal relationship needed to cement their government-to-government relationship. Among these principles [...]

Building Cultures of Preparedness With Tribes2020-12-31T08:39:16+00:00

The Importance of Feeding America During COVID-19


Message from our New Advisory Board Member, Vincent Davis - The Importance of Feeding America During COVID-19 “In general, very few people are prepared for any kind of disaster including disability which doesn’t require a hurricane.” – Arthur Ashe As I go about the important work of feeding families impacted by our nation’s most deadly disaster, I try not to dwell on the despair millions face from food insecurity, but rather on the precious privilege I’ve been given to help make a difference. More than providing meals, Feeding America, through its generous donors and network of 200 food banks and [...]

The Importance of Feeding America During COVID-192021-01-07T22:35:25+00:00

Veteran’s Day Special Edition Confluence


With Respect, Honor, and Gratitude: Thank You Veterans For this special edition of Confluence, our Center would like to take a moment to thank and honor the men and women who serve and protect our country. It is important to not take our freedom and safety for granted. That is why it is crucial to take any and all opportunities to thank those who have made the commitment to represent, honor, and secure our way of life. Leaders Helping Veterans to Successful Civilian Employment Transitions: An Interview with Center’s Advisory Board Member, Captain Steve Vincent, PMP [...]

Veteran’s Day Special Edition Confluence2020-11-11T20:57:16+00:00

Cybersecurity Month: Do Your Part! #BeCyberSmart


By Kellie Hale The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deemed October as Cybersecurity month to highlight the broad effort to make sure Americans understand how to stay safe and secure in an online environment. This year’s theme is “#BeCyberSmart”, is crucial during times as “the line between our online and offline lives” have become interchangeable.    #BeCyberSmart theme is used to empower individuals, along with organizations about their roles to protect themselves against cyber-attacks. The overall goal is to have our interconnected world remain safe and secure, but most of all, resilient. Dr. [...]

Cybersecurity Month: Do Your Part! #BeCyberSmart2020-10-28T22:18:28+00:00

Happy 5th Year Anniversary of Jim Mullen’s blog, Emergency Management, Once Removed


By Kellie Hale At our 2015 Educators and Practitioners Summit, which celebrated the Center’s 10th year since its formation, Jim Mullen was one of our keynote speakers. I was amazed by Jim’s ability to tell a story. After the Forum, I knew I needed to get Jim to be our blogger. With his over thirty-years of experience in emergency management, I recognized that other people needed to have the chance to read about his stories and knowledge he could share with others. I am thankful that Jim accepted my offer. Now with five-years under his belt as our blogger, I [...]

Happy 5th Year Anniversary of Jim Mullen’s blog, Emergency Management, Once Removed2020-10-07T23:29:14+00:00

Introducing Lorraine Churchill


Please join us in welcoming Lorraine Churchill as a contributing podcaster to the Center of Excellence! We met Lorraine at the annual Washington State Emergency Management Association (WSEMA) conference and asked her to join us as an Advisory Board member for the Center, a role she has proudly held for the past three years. Lorraine’s daily life includes service as an emergency management and homeland security professional, with a unique blend of leadership and management sense, collaborative business development aptitude, and relationship-building experience delivering results vital in diverse, dynamic, domestic and international environments. Her current focus under this umbrella includes [...]

Introducing Lorraine Churchill2020-09-28T17:28:37+00:00

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!


From September 15 to October 15, the United States recognizes and celebrates the contributions and influences of Hispanic Americans through their history, culture, achievements. Originally referred to as Hispanic Heritage Week back in 1968 when it was first established. Twenty-years later, it was expanded to a month-long celebration in 1988 when Representative Esteban Edward Torres and Senator Paul Simon sponsored and amended the change, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. The reason the date of September 15 was chosen as the starting date to commemorate National Hispanic Month is because it centers around the anniversary of [...]

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!2020-11-25T06:10:50+00:00
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