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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

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.

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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2017 Summer Institute at the MACEM

Ft. Detrick Frederick, MD

2016 Summer Institute participants visiting the Level Four-Bio Containment Laboratory.

Pre-registration for MACEM’s 2017 Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Career and Technology Education (CTE), Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) Summer Institute is OPEN!

The week-long program, held at Frederick Community College from July 24th through the 28th, provides professional development to Maryland HSEP high school teachers, and is open to all interested public safety educators.

Frederick EOC

Participants visiting the local Emergency Operations Center to experience functions during a response.

This year, the team will be touring the site of a severe inland flooding event and observing the recovery efforts in the area.  Participants will experience presentations on technical writing, K-9 search and rescue, DHS policy making, Tennessee Emergency Management operations, law enforcement and community colleges, and curriculum updates.

Contact us at 240.629.7970, or register online with a credit card here.

Social Media and the Boston Marathon Bombings: A Case Study


Communications are key to the success of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.  Accurate information disseminated to the general public, to elected officials and community leaders, as well as to the media, reduces risk, saves lives and property, and speeds recovery.  The emergence of new media like the Internet, e-mail, blogs, text messaging, cell phone photos, and the increasing influence of first informers are redefining the roles of government and media. Continue reading