What not to do in a disaster

An interesting article on what NOT to do when faced with an emergency.  Gorvett (2017) notes that “psychologists have known for years that people make self-destructive decisions under pressure.  Though news reports focus on miraculous survival, if people escape with their lives it’s often despite their actions – not because of them” (para 7).  Read the full article at http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170711-what-not-to-do-in-a-disaster?ocid=ww.social.link.linkedin.



Gorvett, Z.  (2017).  What not to do in a disaster.  Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170711-what-not-to-do-in-a-disaster?ocid=ww.social.link.linkedin

Explore Additional Professional Development: Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education unites ideas and people.

By: Kathy Francis

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education convenes thinkers and doers from around the globe who are committed to advancing the public interest. Our executive programs—most one week or less—are developed with you in mind and offer the opportunity to step outside of your day-to-day routine to focus on global issues and sustainable solutions. Reach beyond your current knowledge and skills, expand your thinking, strengthen your ability to lead and re-energize your drive to make a difference.

Explore a rich array of programs designed for individuals and teams or customized for domestic and international organizations.

Colleagues,  I recently attended this the week-long course entitled “Crisis Leadership in Higher Education” at Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education.  I found the experience to be outstanding in terms of the content, presenters, new collegial contacts and follow-up courses.  They have a variety to options available.  Ask me more this week!

Strategies for a Crisis

Crisis Leadership in Higher Education gives you critical information about proactive training and planning so you can implement effective crisis management systems in advance of a critical event. The program is designed by faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Kennedy School.

Educators are invited to share in the dialogue: EM Apprenticeship Steering Committee

Kathy Francis, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM), is leading a steering committee to develop a Non-traditional, Registered Apprenticeship Occupation in the field of Emergency Management.  Kathy is seeking additional steering committee members.  Volunteers will join a group represented by MEMA, MACEM, FEMA EMI Higher Education, MSDE, FCWS, FCPS, and the private sector.  This effort launched with the belief that providing the next generation of skilled, educated, and innovative emergency managers in Maryland requires a blend of training, education, and experience.  This team is developing a “Learn and Earn” apprenticeship model, typically three years in duration, to build cross-agency partnerships, engage employers, design education and training programs, and provide workplace experiences.  Share your interest with Kathy at KFrancis@frederick.edu.

Educators are invited to share in the dialogue: EMI Special Interest Group

By: Kathy Francis

Kathy Francis will kick-off the EMI Special Interest Group: Collaboration, Connection, and Commitment to Two-Year Emergency Management Programs on Wednesday, August 16 at 3 p.m.  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8955592960525376001

The purpose is to increase the exchange of knowledge and broaden and deepen the areas of study and understanding of practice among two-year emergency management institutions.  This SIG will convene via webinar(s) to review and update the outcomes report in relation to the many changes in the field and the expected and desired product of our two-year programs.  The results will be presented during the FY18 EMI Higher Education Symposium.  This group will also work to inspire and motivate FY18 symposium submissions on topics relevant to or supporting two-year institutions.  The groups will serve as an advocate between two-year colleges nationwide and EMI, support collaboration and connections between institution program leads, and advance knowledge dissemination.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

The Public as a Resource

BY W. CRAIG FUGATE  /  JULY 12, 2017  /  Source: govtech.com/em

In the case of almost any disaster, the fastest response will be from your neighbor.

Far too often, organizations consider the public a liability — something to be rescued in an emergency situation. The opposite is true. The public is one of our greatest resources in times of crisis and should be included as an important part of your resilience planning and training.

Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management Presents
Free DHS-Certified Public-Private Partnerships Workshops

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Free P3 workshop coming to Rhode Island this August!

Thank you to Donald Vincent, FEMA Community Preparedness Specialist, for the opportunity to present at the FEMA Region I webinar today regarding MACEM Training and Education Pathways. Maturing Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Workshop opens on August 10-11, 2017, Cranston, Rhode Island. Expand YOUR network – register at: Maturing Public-Private Partnerships Workshop

On August 10, 2017, key stakeholders in FEMA Region I will converge for a free P3 workshop to bolster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts sponsored by the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA). Continue reading

Education as Part of a Broader National Preparedness System: Part 3

Kathy Francis, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion at the 19th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium regarding “Education as Part of a Broader National Preparedness System.”

Kathy’s insight is shared in the third of four installments.

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