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

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

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 … Continue reading The Public as a Resource

2017 Summer Institute at the MACEM

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 … Continue reading 2017 Summer Institute at the MACEM

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 … Continue reading Social Media and the Boston Marathon Bombings: A Case Study

REMS – Take a Second Look

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center has been redeveloped and contains a wealth of information.  REMS supports schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs), with their community partners, in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs) and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts.  Established in October 2004 and … Continue reading REMS – Take a Second Look

Public Safety Educators Engage in the Dialogue

By: Kathy L. Francis, MS, CEM, MDPEMP Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management Public safety professions are dynamic, ever-changing, and rely heavily on networking. When was the last time you critically reviewed your professional networks and listservs to ensure that you are connected with progressive and innovative groups? I offer a few ideas for … Continue reading Public Safety Educators Engage in the Dialogue

FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Youth Preparedness Council

Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council.  FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together teens from across the country who are interested and engaged in advocating for preparedness.  Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, efforts … Continue reading FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Youth Preparedness Council

Maryland Scholarships and Grant Programs

Each year, the State of Maryland awards over $100 million in need-based grants, scholarships, and loan repayments. Every year, more than 57,000 students receive money that ranges from $200 per year to over $30,000. Maryland scholarships and grant programs are available to eligible students who plan to attend a public or private Maryland college, university, … Continue reading Maryland Scholarships and Grant Programs

Characteristics of a Resilient Nation in 2030

The nation, from individuals to the highest levels of government, has embraced a “culture of resilience.” Information on risks to and vulnerability of individuals and communities is transparent and easily accessible to all. Proactive investments and policy decisions, including those for preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery, have reduced the loss of lives, costs, and socioeconomic … Continue reading Characteristics of a Resilient Nation in 2030