American Preparedness Security Initiative Part III: The MACEM and APSI Solution Set

The MACEM APSI program offers solutions!

  • Educate and Empower Communities — enable them to act in their best interests, and ultimately, in the best interests of all. APSI members will craft community-focused, resilience-based education, training, and certification curricula to meet the preparedness requirements of both individuals and communities they can serve.
  • Continuously Question the Status Quo — institutionalize continuous innovation. Acknowledging that the private sector is the principal source of American ideas and innovation, APSI will institutionalize creation of a culture of continuous questioning of the status quo and preparedness innovation and will give voice to P4 organizations and preparedness innovators nationwide to help overcome human (and bureaucratic) resistance to change.
  • Build and Sustain Trust — enable relevant, accurate, timely and actionable “information exchange.” APSI will foster the disciplined exchange of community preparedness information based upon interrogative (who, what, when, why, and how) questions and answers. This exchange will drive preparedness requirements and informed and coherent investments in them between their communities and local, state, tribal, and federal governments.
  • Operationalize Community Resilience — mindsets, metrics, methodologies, and technologies. Equip the connected community college with the knowledge, tools, and abilities to Envision, Evaluate, Empower, Engage, and Evolve community preparedness and resilient actions.
  • Measure Success Pragmatically — positive change/continuous improvement in community preparedness. Because resilience is the metric of critical infrastructure and community preparedness, APSI will move resilience from rhetoric to reality by implementing its mindsets, metrics, methodologies, and technologies.

American Preparedness Security Initiative Part II: Why Engage Community Colleges?

To further national critical infrastructure and preparedness policies, programs, and goals, APSI will issue a bold call to action to community colleges nationwide. It will bring to bear untapped awareness, education, and certification capabilities to develop a new and objectively measurable culture of national preparedness. Serving as a national academic leader, I know first-hand the value of our local institutions of higher education. There are 1,462 community colleges supporting 12.7 million students a year. It is their mission to address the skills gap and translate new knowledge into action. As the center of community gravity, these institutions serve every student who walks through their doors. This broad audience ranges from preschool children and their parents to traditional-aged college students, working adults, career changers, employers, and those learning in retirement. As a proponent of opportunity, equity, and academic excellence, two-year colleges take progressive ideas and produce dramatic change. This initiative will leverage about half of the community colleges, or about 712, to build a constantly qualified, current, and replenished cadre of preparedness professionals and citizens. This program will provide the tools and respect to leverage commitment to continuously build safer, stronger, and better American communities and, by extension, a safer, stronger, and better America. APSI is a mechanism to improve existing community preparedness plans, programs, and efforts because standing still and maintaining the status quo is going backward. Continue reading

American Preparedness Security Initiative Part I: APSI Goal, Vision, and Purpose

The American Preparedness Security Initiative (APSI) is at the heart of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiative and has been presented and endorsed by the Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). This initiative also validates that America’s private sector is America’s change agent – the foundation of innovation, homeland security, and preparedness.

It is our goal to inspire a culture change where preparedness is the social norm. This goal produces the desired vision of comprehensively resilient and prepared American communities to ensure the safety, security, quality, and future of national life. By building and sustaining human intellectual capacities, combined with operationally proven and objectively measurable mindsets, metrics, and technologies, the APSI vision can be achieved.

The purpose of APSI is to: Continue reading

To all B-Con Instructors:

March 31 is National Stop the Bleed Day.

The main goal of this nationwide campaign is to highlight the importance of Stop The Bleed training and to help those interested find a course in their area. The group leading this effort has asked us to solicit participation from ALL instructors to increase the number of locations offering the Bleeding Control Basics course. I would like to encourage all B-Con instructors to help make this life-saving course available in your region on or around March 31.

The event information directs the public to bleedingcontrol.org to find a course in their area. Please be sure to list your course on the website so people can find it and thank you in advance for helping to make National Stop the Bleed Day a success.

Thank you all for your ongoing support of the Stop The Bleed initiative.

Mark Gestring, MD, FACS
Chair, EMS Committee
American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma

FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release First PrepTalks Symposium

WASHINGTON —FEMA, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, [on February 13] released the first video presentation from the inaugural PrepTalks Symposium, Dr. Dennis Mileti’s “Modernizing Public Warning Messaging.”

PrepTalks are 15-to-20-minute presentations by subject-matter experts and national and international thought leaders, designed to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now, and over the next 20 years.

“Emergency management is an increasingly challenging and complex field. To be effective, we must incorporate research and insights from many disciplines,” Deputy Administrator Daniel Kaniewski said. “The PrepTalks forum provides an engaging way for us to expand our perspective, challenge our thinking, and help foster a true culture of preparedness.”

The inaugural PrepTalks symposium occurred January 29, 2018, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Eight thought leaders representing a variety of disciplines challenged the audience to embrace new perspectives and innovation in the field of emergency management.

Dr. Mileti’s PrepTalk presents research on how to design and disseminate alerts and warning information that encourages public action. He also emphasizes that “multiple dissemination channels for public disaster warnings yield quicker and more comprehensive audience penetration,” he said. “One technology is insufficient because you need multiple technologies to reach different sub-populations in an at-risk audience.” He is the author of more than 100 publications.

The video of Dr. Mileti’s presentation and an accompanying Discussion Guide are available at https://www.fema.gov/preptalks. The next video presentation is scheduled for posting later this month.

Upcoming PrepTalks include pandemics, lessons learned about disaster survivors, and the importance of social capital in disaster mitigation and recovery. The next PrepTalks Symposium is tentatively scheduled for fall 2018.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

FEMA REGION III ENCOURAGES YOUTH TO APPLY TO JOIN FEMA’S YOUTH PREPAREDNESS COUNCIL

Good Morning Region III Stakeholders,

There’s little doubt that we rely upon you all to help us make our individual communities safer, more prepared, and more resilient. You, likely more so than us, have the ability to reach individual communities better than we do, and this includes middle schools, high schools, and youth organizations in your communities. That’s why we’re asking you to help us promote FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council.

Youth across the Nation can make a difference and transform the preparedness and resilience of their communities and beyond. Students in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, who have engaged in community services, or who are interested in emergency preparedness, are encouraged to apply to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council.

Formed in 2012, the Council engages members in local and national emergency preparedness projects. Selected to serve a two-year term, members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives, and projects throughout their term.

Adults working with youth or emergency management are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying. Youth applicants must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records.

We’ve also attached a press release that you can share with local schools, businesses, organizations, and even local media.

Applications are due March 18, 2018. For more information, to submit an application, or to see the projects current Members are working on, visit the Youth Preparedness Council website.

Thank you so much for your help. We can’t do it without you.