Year of Resilience 2024


Year of Resilience 2024 By Linda Crerar In 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) introduced the Whole Community Emergency Management Strategy to coordinate all levels of government, increase individual preparedness, and engage with members of the as vital partners to strengthen resiliency and security in this country. In January of 2024, FEMA announced the expansion of their efforts to continue building resilient communities. FEMA wants to stop the “cycle of response, recovery, rinse, and repeat”, and thanks to an increased investment of resources this past year, FEMA will be better able to help communities prepare for and mitigate [...]

Year of Resilience 20242024-07-12T18:45:20+00:00

Climate Change: A Practical Guide


Climate Change:  A Practical Guide By Linda Crerar & Nancy Aird How are more extreme weather, rising temperatures, and climate change affecting our health, homes, finances, safety, and day-to-day activities? What can we do about it? Every year, Washington faces floods, wildfires, landslides, tornadoes, and snow. Our Confluence staff has talked with experts and reviewed current studies to assess the risks. What are some risks and possible gains that are being noted today so mitigation steps can be initiated before issues become more severe? Remember some of these extremes: Wildfire: Labor Day 2020 - Wildfires in eastern WA destroyed Malden [...]

Climate Change: A Practical Guide2022-04-28T19:39:45+00:00

Volunteers: Partners in Emergency Management Preparedness


Volunteers: Partners in Emergency Management Preparedness By Linda Crerar April is National Volunteer Month and we are recognizing the work and service of the many dedicated volunteers like those who have been so instrumental in establishing, supporting, and implementing the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference every year. Volunteers have built this organization for 31 years and it is important to understand the history of the organization and the contributions volunteers have made to sustain it. Partners is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1991 and is the largest and most successful regional emergency management preparedness conference in the Pacific Northwest. [...]

Volunteers: Partners in Emergency Management Preparedness2022-04-28T19:40:18+00:00

International Women’s Day 2022


International Women’s Day 2022 By Linda Crerar The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2022 was “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow. ” Many events recognized how women around the world are responding to climate change. The International Women’s Day website provides a platform to help forge positive change for women. It has chosen the theme #BreakTheBias and asks people to imagine a gender-equal world, free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. Instead, imagine a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world where difference is valued and celebrated. International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 to highlight the achievements [...]

International Women’s Day 20222022-03-23T23:06:14+00:00

A Bitter-sweet Message


   A Bitter-sweet Message By Linda Crerar It is again that “bitter-sweet feeling” I share with Kellie about her wonderful new job at PACMTN Workforce Development COUNCIL, working with William Westmoreland, the Director and also a Center Advisory Board Member and his great team. Kellie has received a warm welcome from William and his team. I know that many of you have known and worked with Kellie over the past decade and come to rely on her knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve as a very successful leader on our Center’s team of staff, Board Members, Senior Fellows, and Associates. [...]

A Bitter-sweet Message2022-03-23T22:47:18+00:00

Featured Interview: Jim House


By Linda Crerar Society continues to be reminded of the importance of making emergency planning efforts inclusive of people of all ages and abilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. ACL. I interviewed Jim House, disability community leader working to ensure that people with disabilities are included in emergency preparedness efforts. Jim House is the Emergency Planning Disability Integration Manager working with the Coalition on Inclusive Emergency Planning (CIEP). ( ) CIEP is a statewide cross-disability advisory group that works with state and local emergency stakeholders to build disability accessibility and inclusion into all [...]

Featured Interview: Jim House2021-04-29T20:15:01+00:00

Women are Essential to Peace…


By Linda Crerar The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women’s Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.” Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture, and society in the United States since 1987. Women’s history is full of trailblazers in [...]

Women are Essential to Peace…2021-05-04T23:07:26+00:00
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