Whodunnitt!

2024-02-23T02:10:40+00:00

WHODUNNITT! By Jim Mullen I have observed the renewal of a “debate” of sorts that seems to preoccupy some emergency management academics and practitioners: aren’t most disasters man- made and not ”natural?” -an interesting proposition if there weren’t more pragmatic concerns for emergency managers. We could trace our problems all the way back to the Original Sin, but I prefer focusing on mitigating our hazard vulnerabilities. Speaking recently to University of Washington graduate students about hazard mitigation, I described Seattle Project Impact’s (SPI) success at illuminating the benefits of confronting known hazards (earthquake in Seattle) through a grass roots, whole-community [...]

Whodunnitt!2024-02-23T02:10:40+00:00

Volunteer to Change the World by Planting Trees

2023-04-27T01:03:14+00:00

Volunteer to Change the World by Planting Trees Trees are Resilience Equalizers By Nancy Aird Arbor Day (April 28) encourages us to join the world in making a step to resolving disparity, inequality and environmental justice for mankind by reforesting rural and urban land. Nature-poor neighborhoods negatively impact social, economic, and wellness of residents. Joining forces in planting even 1 million trees will start the change by absorbing 24,000 tons of CO2, stabilizing climate, releasing oxygen, restoring fish and animal habitat, and working on neighborhood tree equity urban heat island effects. The Washington Tree Equity Collaborative was created [...]

Volunteer to Change the World by Planting Trees2023-04-27T01:03:14+00:00

National Volunteer Month Volunteers Supporting Community Resiliency

2023-04-27T00:55:19+00:00

National Volunteer Month Volunteers Supporting Community Resiliency By Linda Crerar Society needs resilient communities. Volunteering is a major engagement tool with open positions available in most communities. Joining people together helps to achieve stronger shared goals, strengthens trust and relationships as stronger bonds of solidarity are forged by creating strategies for managing risks. Localized volunteering helps communities organize, set priorities, and take ownership of local needs. Community volunteer are frequently the first responders and may be the only source of available help available in a crisis. They help provide better interpretations of information to immediate crises with the [...]

National Volunteer Month Volunteers Supporting Community Resiliency2023-04-27T00:55:19+00:00

“Back to the Future” – Taking Control and Personal Responsibility Over Our Destiny-reclaiming our future to Engage and Take Action

2023-01-12T21:11:32+00:00

“Back to the Future” - Taking Control and Personal Responsibility Over Our Destiny-reclaiming our future to Engage and Take Action By Linda Crerar The main theme of the movie “Back to the Future” (1985) concerns taking control and personal responsibility over one's own destiny. A situation can be changed even if it seems otherwise impossible to overcome. Lea Thompson, actress and director, who is best known for her role as Lorraine Baines-McFly in the movie, said the film represents how one moment can have a significant and lasting impact on a person's life. Three lessons from Back to the [...]

“Back to the Future” – Taking Control and Personal Responsibility Over Our Destiny-reclaiming our future to Engage and Take Action2023-01-12T21:11:32+00:00

Center of Excellence for Clean Energy: Helping to lead the way in alternative fuels for our future

2022-11-09T22:23:56+00:00

Center of Excellence for Clean Energy: Helping to lead the way in alternative fuels for our future By Nancy Aird On October 24, 2022, Nancy Aird (staff for CoE HSEM) attended the Hydrogen in Focus Conference held at Centralia College hosted by the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy and Twin Transit. Monica Brummer, Director of Coe Clean Energy, is leading a coordinated, strategic approach to clean energy workforce development for the region. She works with regional partners to define energy efficiency, jobs, and skills standards and create a regional clearing house for energy efficiency job openings. The conference [...]

Center of Excellence for Clean Energy: Helping to lead the way in alternative fuels for our future2022-11-09T22:23:56+00:00

RESILIENCE FOR NEXT EARTHQUAKE: Video Game promoting preparedness

2022-11-09T22:11:58+00:00

RESILIENCE FOR NEXT EARTHQUAKE: Video Game promoting preparedness By Nancy Aird Lewis & Clark students and professors created a video game called Cascadia 9.0 (https://www.cascadia9game.org) to promote preparedness incorporating technology. The players navigate through an earthquake devastated city looking for their corgi dog that escaped during the earthquake. The game teaches what you should do in case the infrastructure is disrupted by the player making correct survival choices. For example, should you drink unpurified water? What happens during aftershocks and gas leaks? The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is our nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian [...]

RESILIENCE FOR NEXT EARTHQUAKE: Video Game promoting preparedness2022-11-09T22:11:58+00:00

Women with Disabilities: Barriers and Bias in the Workplace

2022-11-09T22:07:16+00:00

Women with Disabilities: Barriers and Bias in the Workplace By Kellie Hale Women with disabilities will often experience an array of barriers and biases in the workplace. They often experience an imbalance in hiring and promotion opportunities, limited access to training and retraining opportunities, and unequal pay rates. Women with disabilities in the workplace tend to be ignored in conversations about economic decision-making. The unemployment rate amongst women with disabilities is 9.4%. For women without disabilities, the unemployment rate is 4%. What do these percentages indicate? It means that, compared to their non-disabled counterparts, “Women with disabilities are more [...]

Women with Disabilities: Barriers and Bias in the Workplace2022-11-09T22:07:16+00:00

Securing the Supply Chain Summit 2022: Building Resilience through Sustainability

2022-11-09T21:58:09+00:00

Securing the Supply Chain Summit 2022: Building Resilience through Sustainability On October 18, 2022, the Centers of Excellence for Homeland Security-Emergency Management and Global Trade and Supply Chain Management held their sixth summit, which focused on “Building Resilience through Sustainability.” This was the first time in three years that we were able to host a hybrid in-person and virtual event at Highline College. Forty people attended in person, and thirty people attended virtually. Attendees represented industry, public and private agencies and organizations, faculty and students from our community colleges pathway programs, and Center of Excellence staff. Josh Gerstman, Vice [...]

Securing the Supply Chain Summit 2022: Building Resilience through Sustainability2022-11-09T21:58:09+00:00

A Legacy of Excellence gala for Dr. Michele L. Johnson

2022-11-09T21:46:27+00:00

A Legacy of Excellence gala for Dr. Michele L. Johnson On Saturday, October 22, 2022, Nancy Aird (Data Research Specialist for our Center) attended the Legacy of Excellence Gala to celebrate Dr. Michele Johnson at Pierce College. Pierce College has been creating quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners for the last 55 years. During the gala, attendees were shown inspiring videos and performances emceed by Dr. Warren Brown. Dr. Johnson has worked at Pierce College for 45 years. During her time working, she has focused on pursuing student success. Dr. Johnson will be retiring on December [...]

A Legacy of Excellence gala for Dr. Michele L. Johnson2022-11-09T21:46:27+00:00
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