Free Webinar on College and University Emergency Response Training

As part of FEMA’s Emergency Management Higher Education Program, the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering the following webinar:

“In Emergency Response, Great Plans Are a Smart Thing: Training is Everything!”

April 23, 2015
11:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Bo Mitchell, President/Founder 911 Consulting

Smart plans are critical. But, if we don’t get the words off the paper and into people’s heads, we have failed. Thus, training is everything given that people can’t and won’t run to look at binders for response in a real emergency. What are the legal requirements for training? What are the current practices and obstacles on campuses regarding training? What are the proven ways to train for emergency response? How does your campus compare?

Learning Objectives:

  1. What are the laws, regulations and standards that control emergency plan training?
  2. How will lawsuits affect you and your campus?
  3. What are – versus what should be – the overriding attitude of administrators in training employees in emergency response?
  4. What are the obstacles and consistent mistakes administrations make in emergency training?
  5. Do we need to train the Emergency Team differently than the rest of employees?
  6. How to protect your administration?

Conference Number: 800-320-4330
Participant Code: 316172

To join the meeting: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/he/

For additional information, contact Lillian Virgil, Chief, Mitigation Branch, Emergency Management Institute, Lillian.Virgil@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-1490.

 

Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations Webinar Approaching

There is still one week to register to attend the Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations webinar, presented by Heritage Preservation and Mark Randle, Small Business Administration Public Information Officer. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 3, from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information, see our previous post about this series of webinars, or register here.

Mitigation and Mitigation Planning  

Mitigation is a subject often overlooked until a disaster comes to pass. Yesterday, Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, presented a terrific webinar on the subject. Some of the topics Scott covered included the importance of establishing a relationship with your local emergency manager and planning committee, hazard identification and risk assessment, and funding that might be available in the event of a major disaster. For private nonprofits (PNPs), funding is available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP); other funding programs include Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). Flood mitigation is notably in the news today: FEMA awarded a hazard mitigation grant to the village of Glenview, Illinois, to acquire and demolish flood prone structures.

If you missed the webinar, it is available online in its entirety here, along with many resources to help you get cultural resources incorporated into local mitigation plans.

This webinar is the second in a series produced with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information on future webinars, see “Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness” and “Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations.”

Mitigation and Mitigation Planning Webinar Today; Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness Webinar Approaching;

There is still time to register to attend the Mitigation and Mitigation Planning webinar, with Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist, Colorado Office of Emergency Management. The webinar will take place today from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information on what topics will be covered, click here and register here.

There is still one week to register to attend the Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness webinar, presented by Heritage Preservation and Kiran Dhanji, Section Administrator, Preparedness, Texas Division of Emergency Management. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 20, from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information, see our previous post about this series of webinars, or register here.

Mitigation and Mitigation Planning Webinar Approaching

There is still one week to register to attend the Mitigation and Mitigation Planning webinar, presented by Heritage Preservation and Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist, Colorado Office of Emergency Management. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 13, from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. For more information, see our previous post about this series of webinars, or register here.

Webinar Series to Cover Mitigation, Continuity Planning, and Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance

Heritage Preservation is hosting a series of webinars this fall to raise awareness about important emergency management programs offered at the state and federal levels. Each 90-minute webinar will include time for attendees to confer with the presenters during a Q&A session.

Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist, Colorado Office of Emergency Management, will be presenting on Mitigation and Mitigation Planning. Topics to be discussed include hazard identification, risk assessment, and how to obtain funding and communicate the necessity of cultural resource inclusion in state and local hazard mitigation plans. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 13, 3:00 – 4:30 EST. Register for this webinar here.

Kiran Dhanji, Section Administrator, Preparedness, Texas Division of Emergency Management, will be presenting on Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness. Topics to be discussed include the link between disaster response and continuity of operations plans, planning essential functions, and the planning process as a whole. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 20, 3:00 – 4:30 EST. Register for this webinar here.

Mark Randle, Small Business Administration Public Information Officer, will be presenting on Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations. Topics to be discussed include the SBA federal declaration process, types of loans available to organizations, eligibility, and the application and disbursement processes. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 3, 3:00 – 4:30 EST. Register for this webinar here.

Interested members of state cultural heritage emergency networks are welcome to register for the webinars. Our aim is to keep participation manageable to facilitate the discussion, so feel free to share registration details with colleagues at the state level, but please bear in mind that these webinars are aimed at providing information that’s most useful to network members, who will then be better equipped to help their constituents.

Thanks to the support and funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the webinars are presented free of charge. However, if you cannot attend, the webinars will be recorded and will be available as soon as possible at the State Heritage Emergency Partnership website, www.heritagepreservation.org/shep. We encourage you to share the recordings as widely as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Katelin Lee, Emergency Programs Assistant, 202-233-0835.

Participate in EMI’s Winter Storm Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX)

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering a four-hour Winter Storm Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTX) in November. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures. This exercise will provide an excellent opportunity for cultural agencies to engage with their EMA (and vice versa) to further customize the scenario to include cultural and historic resources.

The VTTX differs from other tabletop exercises in that it is conducted using Video-Teleconference (VTC) technology (not web-based), and is intended to provide an opportunity for responders across the nation to participate simultaneously in a hazard-specific facilitated discussion. Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by the participating EMA. This is a great opportunity to prepare for potentially disastrous winter weather.

This format will allow the common delivery of exercise materials, scenarios, modules, and discussion questions among those participating in the exercise.

Click here for more information, but don’t delay. The deadline for your EMA to apply to participate in the exercise is November 3, 2014.