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

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.

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:

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

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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.

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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

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 administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), the REMS TA Center provides a hub of information, resources, training, and services in the field of school and higher education emergency operations planning.  They offer virtual and live trainings, technical assistance, planning tools, resources, and a virtual space for project collaboration.  Click here to learn more.

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 you to explore and encourage you to join this post and share your networking ideas with our team. Continue reading

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 in making a difference in their communities, and potential to expand their impact as national advocates for preparedness.  Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply. Continue reading

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, or private career school.

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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 impacts of disasters. Community coalitions are widely organized, recognized, and supported to provide essential services before and after disasters occur. Recovery after disasters is rapid and includes funding from private capital. The per-capita federal cost of responding to disasters has been declining for a decade.

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