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.



February is Career and Technology Education Month

MACEM serves as the post-secondary affiliate to the Maryland State Department of Education, Career and Technology Education, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Program. More than half the school districts in Maryland are utilizing the program.  MACEM provides curriculum guides for the eight courses, professional development for the high school teachers, and supports the statewide HSEP Advisory Committee.

Join us and Governor Larry Hogan in celebrating Career and Technical Education in Maryland, and in the Nation. Continue reading

New Educational Resources from the Center for Homeland Security Defense and Security (CHDS)

The Homeland Security Digital Library has put together a timeline of homeland security events and milestones.  View the timeline here: https://www.hsdl.org/c/timeline/



Learn more about a career in EM!

via Emergency Management Directors at My Next Move


MACEM Diversity Teaching Resource

Research shows that more diverse environments increase all students’ level of critical thinking, raise levels of their knowledge and awareness, challenge assumptions, and raise levels of their contact connections and communications.  Our one-page diversity teaching resource can serve as a classroom tool for facilitating student learning about diversity and its importance.

Diversity Teaching Aid Feb. 2017


Creating a Safe Space for Students After a Disaster

A new Orleans school leader, who taught in one of the first schools to open after Hurricane Katrina, offers advice to educators in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Read more by clicking here.


How educators can teach about Hurricane Harvey

The New York Times offers resources for teaching and learning about one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history.  Browse lesson plans, tips, and resources to help educators teach their students about Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.  Teachers can use photos to spark classroom discussions and prompt writing assignments, for example.

The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)



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


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.