Women in Leadership Profile: Frances Whalen


Women in Leadership Profile: Frances Whalen By Deb Moller Every emergency manager knows that FEMA expects a “whole community” approach to preparedness. This guiding principle is sometimes seen as less critical than other doctrine. But it’s impossible to develop strong situational awareness, the foundation for effective planning and response, without engaging broad representation across a jurisdiction. Most emergency managers struggle to operationalize this principle. They don’t have time for a lot of community events. They don’t have funding to make it possible. It’s a huge task. It’s hard to know where to start. A colleague of Frances Whalen’s, familiar with [...]

Women in Leadership Profile: Frances Whalen2022-03-24T22:37:46+00:00

Growing Our Own: How can we find the next wave of Emergency Managers?


Growing Our Own: How can we find the next wave of Emergency Managers? By Jim Mullen “ My goal for our discipline is that 20 years from now, my resume won’t qualify me to do the job I currently have” – a truly iconic (now retired) state director - not me! How can emergency management directors assure opportunities for those people who, over the next 20 years, will hopefully make people wonder why any of us ever had those jobs? A career in emergency management, once an afterthought or an accident, has become an attractive possibility for people in mid-career [...]

Growing Our Own: How can we find the next wave of Emergency Managers?2022-03-24T21:57:22+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

Thank you, coe-hsem, for an incredible 10 years!


Thank you, coe-hsem, for an incredible 10 years! By Kellie Hale Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d spend ten years at the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management. I never expected what was supposed to be an internship to transform my life. When I walked into the Center’s office that April day in 2012, I was met by one of the most exuberant, gracious, and influential people in my life, Linda Crerar. It was an instant connection between the two of us. She had such good faith in me and my abilities to grow [...]

Thank you, coe-hsem, for an incredible 10 years!2022-03-23T22:24:11+00:00

A Retrievable Legacy for Disaster Mitigation – March 2021


A Retrievable Legacy for Disaster Mitigation By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed In 1997 James Lee Witt, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), established a pilot program to reduce the human and economic cost of disasters. The purpose: incentivize the government, private sector, and the public to collaborate on the identification and reduction of a community’s most serious natural disaster hazards. That initiative was Project Impact. Seattle in late 1997 was among 7 jurisdictions chosen as a pilot site to demonstrate the effectiveness of Witt’s vision. As a chosen “pilot” jurisdiction, Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management OEM), where [...]

A Retrievable Legacy for Disaster Mitigation – March 20212021-04-07T22:06:08+00:00
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