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Confluence News Magazine

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.

Washington Disaster Resiliency Work Group

In the 2019 legislative session Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler proposed legislation to help our state prepare for and mitigate climate disasters. The Senate Bill 5106 was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee and created a workgroup represented by 27 organizations including legislators, state agencies, insurance companies, Tribal leaders, [...]

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Japan Insights on Preparedness

By Nancy Aird March 3, 2011, marks the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster. Japan faced this experience with “BOSAI,” a science that can save your life. Nationally this cultural idea of preparedness /resiliency evolved from the EDO period experiences of [...]

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Preparedness Workshop

In January, we marked the 321st anniversary of the last full-rip 9.0 Cascadia earthquake. In March, we note the 20th anniversary of the Nisqually earthquake. Even though we live in earthquake country, we aren’t ready for a significant event. Will we ever be? Is getting people to prepare an [...]

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Looking Back While Looking Forward

By Linda Crerar, Director CoE-HSEM In 1969, I attended Shoreline Community College in Seattle, working on my Associate’s degree and intending to go into a health care profession. I had an opportunity to join a volunteer group at Harborview Medical Center in their Emergency Room, providing social work and [...]

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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 [...]

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“There is Too Much: Let Me Sum Up” – December 2020

“There is Too Much: Let Me Sum Up” - Emergency Management Once Removed 2020 By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed January: “Government’s Trust Deficit: A Possible Antidote” proposed that emergency managers “devise exercises in which the public can participate, to “penetrate the divisive “white noise” that makes essential [...]

CoE-HSEM Honors its Rising Star Awards of 2020

Congratulations to This Year’s Rising Stars! -  Brandi Hunter, Toya Moore, and Julie Jefferson Lakewood, WA - The Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management (CoE-HSEM) has always been focused on student success, helping people change their lives' trajectory positively and who have demonstrated excellence in their professional [...]

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Julie Jefferson – Rising Star 2020

Congratulations to This Year’s Rising Star! - Julie Jefferson Julie Jefferson Communications Director Lummi Indian Business Council Julie Jefferson exemplifies a student that has overcome many obstacles and demonstrated great determination in pursuit of her higher education degrees. With three grown children and five grandchildren, Julie applied to enter [...]

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Coe-HSEM Virtual Site Review – 2020

October 29, 2020 - The HSEM Center of Excellence hosted the first-ever “Virtual Site Review” by the State Board for Community and Technical College (SBCTC). Each Center is visited once in a three-year cycle to learn how the Center is currently working to understand and improve the relationship between [...]

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“How to Be an Antiracist”- Discussions within our Criminal Justice Programs

“How to Be an Antiracist”, Ibram X. Kendi – Discussions within our Criminal Justice Programs By Mary Weir “Antiracist: One who is supporting an anti-racist policy through their actions or expressing an anti-racist idea.” (Kendi 2019, 13). “An antiracist idea is any idea that suggests the racial groups are [...]

Welcome Brianna Rockenstire!

Welcome Brianna Rockenstire, Director for Center of Excellence Information and Computing Technology (ICT) The Center of Excellence for ICT provides research and reports on industry trends, current and future workforce demand, industry perceptions of the CTC system and its graduates, and emerging technology developments. Additionally, the Center works to [...]

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