FEMA Reservist On-Call Job Opportunities

FEMA is seeking talented men and women who are eager to assist disaster survivors on an on-call basis as Reservist employees.  In this role, you will travel, receive training, build your professional network and support those in need.  Are you or someone you know looking for a rewarding on-call work opportunity to assist disaster survivors?  Send your resume to fema-careers@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA has the following Reservist job opportunities available (Click links to apply):

If you have experience in customer service, data entry, insurance processing, warehouse management, communications, information technology, or disability integration send your resume to fema-careers@fema.dhs.gov.

Use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need.  For additional information, please visit the FEMA Reservist Program page.


How Disaster Relief is Evolving with Technology

Technology positively impacts emergency management personnel and citizens who are affected by disaster. As a vital component of emergency management, technical tools are used for connecting, communicating, and commanding and have progressed and provide enhanced lifesaving information, real-time hazard data, timely messages, and analytical tools for the future. Read “From Katrina To Harvey: How Disaster Relief Is Evolving With Technology (https://www.fastcompany.com/40459641/from-katrina-to-harvey-how-disaster-relief-is-evolving-with-technology).

IAEM Scholarship Application Deadline

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Scholarship applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET, August 31.  All part-time graduate students working toward degrees in emergency management, disaster management, or a closely related field of study and also working or volunteering in the profession are encouraged to apply.  The application with complete instructions is also available on the IAEM website at www.iaem.com/scholarships.  Questions may be directed to IAEM Scholarship Program Director, Dawn Shiley at shiley@iaem.com.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency is Hiring!

MJOC Watch Supervisor – Closing August 23rd

The Emergency Management Operations Supervisor is responsible for the overall supervision of the Maryland Joint Operations Center (MJOC) and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on a 24 hour a day basis.  Link to job announcement: https://www.jobaps.com/MD/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=17&R2=002216&R3=0001 

NCR Program Manager (Contractual) – Closes August 30th

The position is primarily responsible for the monitoring and oversight required of grant funded projects in the National Capital Region, Maryland and sub-regions to ensure that they run efficiently, comply with federal and state law, and align with Maryland’s strategy for reducing risk. Link to job announcement: https://www.jobaps.com/MD/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=17&R2=005477&R3=0008

Public Assistance Officer – Closes September 1st

This position is responsible for managing and administering the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Program for the State of Maryland.  Link to job announcement: https://www.jobaps.com/MD/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=17&R2=002588&R3=0027

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.