Volunteering and EM

According to the Corporation for National Community Service, volunteering by United States residents is at an all-time high. Thirty percent of adults are supporting their communities by donating their time and energy to causes important to them. Americans, whether or not they volunteer, donated over 400 Billion dollars to charities in 2018. (Giving USA).

Knowing this about our nation is important at a time when constant news keeps us aware of sensational events of crime and even terror acts occurring around the world. Especially, important is considering that Citizen Corps, many fire departments, and disaster relief efforts are volunteer programs. Emergency management is both a profession and a calling, whether we are paid in salary or not, Americans respond when disaster arrives.

If you’ve considered a volunteer position, there are several organizations to turn to for information and support. Here are just a few:

Red Cross
AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps
The National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP)

If you are looking to combine a volunteer experience with your academic or career goals consider an internship for credit at FCC or an Apprenticeship in Maryland through the DLLR Maryland Registered Emergency Management Specialist. (http://apps.frederick.edu/fccforms/MACEMFTP/Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship%20Program%20Information/ApprentProgramDesc.pdf)

See the Volunteering In America report here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve/via

MACEM Participates in the Maryland State Transition Plan Development

MACEM Executive Director Kathy Francis and Instructional Coordinator Stephen Carter had the opportunity to participate in the development of the 2019-2020 Maryland State Transition Year Plan for Career and Technology Education.  A series of three-day long programs supported by virtual collaboration resulted in a draft plan under the leadership of the CTE staff of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). MACEM representatives participated in the sub-committees addressing Special Populations, and Preparing an Educated and Skilled Workforce.

The Maryland plan is in response to the new federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, known as “Perkins V.”  The legislation was passed by the United States Congress and signed by the President in August 2018. The program is a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006, which guides Career and Technical Education at both the secondary and post-secondary levels.

The completed plan will be available to public comments between December 2018 and February 2019 with anticipated implementation in July 2019. The purpose of the Perkins V effort is to develop more fully the academic knowledge, and technical and employability skills of secondary education students and post-secondary-education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs and programs of study. The draft plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in April 2019.

National Apprenticeship Week

The Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management at Frederick Community College is the approved sponsor of a statewide Emergency Management Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Program. The non-traditional program was approved by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council in January 2018. The program provides on-the-job training and academic courses over a three-year period to develop employees for emergency management, business continuity, and crisis management. Public and private sector employers with positions in emergency management-related duties are invited to participate. Employers may receive partial salary and educational benefit support through various Workforce Development Programs. If you have the need for entry level crisis or emergency management staff, please contact Kathy Francis at kfrancis@frederick.edu or 240-629-7804..

Apprenticeship Lunch and Learn Flier

New Orleans Evacuteers

Looking at the history of emergency management, it’s easy to find events that presented challenges resulting in new ways of doing things. Hurricane Katrina had such an impact on disaster response due in part to the number of people rescued from flood waters and subsequently displaced and even homeless. New Orleans Evacuteers (Evacuteer.org) recruits, trains and manages volunteers during mass evacuations.

Americans are a resilient people willing to both fund federal programs of assistance for survivors of disaster and step-up individually to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness for themselves, their families and communities. Evacuteers are just one example of what it means to build back better.

Emergency Kit Cookoff!

Lt. Colonel Amy Bennett, retired, says that there is room for everyone in emergency management. You may think that storing bottles of water and granola bars isn’t very interesting but preparedness is a way of life. Are you interested in food? Emergencykitcookoff.org challenges you to find creative uses for three days of food that you’ve stored in case of emergency. The site offers recipes and features a chef’s tips for using supplies wisely. You do know you have to rotate your stock, right? The site also offers tips on emergency preparedness and invites you to share your recipes with other preparedness minded cooks.

Do 1 Thing

As September comes to an end, you may be thinking another emergency preparedness month has passed, and there are things you would have liked to get in order for your own disaster kit but just didn’t find the time. Getting started is the most important step. This time next year, you can be fully prepared. Just do one thing. Do1thing.com provides a 12 month program to ensure that this time next year you will have completed a program that puts your family on the road to readiness. It’s free!

September’s task is easy. Sign up for emergency alerts from your local government, FEMA, or a weather service. Help your family members do the same. See? One thing taken care of. Doesn’t that feel good? You’ve got this.

FEMA Partners with the Ad Council to Launch Public Service Announcement for National Preparedness Month

Private Sector Advisory

FEMA Partners with the Ad Council to Launch Public Service Announcement for National Preparedness Month

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Ready.gov Helps You Learn How.

August 30, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Ad Council kick off National Preparedness Month with new public service announcements for the Ready Campaign. While a high percentage of people are taking at least one action to prepare, only 46 percent take three actions. The new campaign provides simple actions that lead to life-saving, self-reliance and resilience in times of unexpected emergencies.

“National Preparedness Month serves as a springboard for building a culture of preparedness,” says FEMA Administrator Brock Long. “Now is the time to expand our preparedness planning beyond having a communication plan, to include becoming financially ready for the unexpected costs associated with disasters. Make sure to have adequate insurance coverage, and learn a life-saving skill like CPR.”

The campaign this year encourages families to create and communicate an emergency plan, learn life-saving skills, check their insurance coverage and save for emergencies. Ad agency Wordsworth and Booth created pro bono radio spots, print and out-of-home ads. The TV and digital component of the campaign will feature videos with disaster preparedness tips to run on broadcast TV and Facebook.

“These videos instill an emotional connection to the importance of preparedness by featuring sentimental objects left behind after disasters,” says Ad Council CEO, Lisa Sherman. “Knowing what my family and I would do in a disaster gives me peace-of-mind, and I believe this campaign will equip families across America with the resources and encouragement to plan ahead.”

This round of creative work for the Ready Campaign follows 15 years of educating the American public about disaster and emergency preparedness. In that time, $1.6 billion in donated media enabled the campaign to reach millions of Americans, and encouraged more than 100 million visits to the campaign’s website (Ready.gov) by people taking proactive steps to prepare.

Each week of National Preparedness Month, the Ready Campaign will emphasize a unique aspect of preparedness:

  • September 1—8: Make and Practice Your Plan
  • September 9—15: Learn Life Saving Skills
  • September 16—22: Check Your Coverage
  • September 23—29: Save for an Emergency

Join the National Day of Action on September 15.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact FEMA’s Private Sector Engagement Team at FEMA-Private-Sector@fema.dhs.gov.


Please help support FEMA’s mission of “Helping people before, during and after disasters.”

The 2018-2022 Strategic Plan creates a shared vision for the field of emergency management and sets an ambitious, yet achievable, path forward to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country. We invite all of our stakeholders and partners to also adopt these priorities and join us in building a stronger Agency and a more prepared and resilient Nation.

Download the FEMA App to locate and get directions to open shelters across the state, and receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States. Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at https://twitter.com/fema_brock. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Congratulations to Kathy Francis!

Kathy Francis was recently named a Featured Leader by Same Shield, an organization that highlights and honors females working in public safety.

Kathy serves as the FCC Executive Director of Emergency Management Programs and directs the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM). In this position, she leads the MACEM to provide education, training, and professional development in all phases of emergency management, including authoring and instructing U.S. Department of Homeland Security certified specialty courses in emergency management.

FCC is fortunate to benefit from Kathy’s expertise in and passion for public safety. She has extensive experience in emergency management at the local, state, and national level and has devoted her career to keeping individuals, organizations, and communities safe.

Prior to joining FCC, Kathy served with the Frederick County Government in the Division of Emergency Management. She also served as the Senior Crime Analyst with the Sanford Police Department in Sanford, Florida. Kathy has worked in all phases of emergency management, including the execution of large mitigation projects, continuity of operations planning, emergency operations planning, hospital evacuation planning, exercise design and evaluation, and response and recovery operations during four Presidentially-declared disasters.

Kathy earned a Master of Science degree in management from the Johns Hopkins University Police Executive Leadership program and is trained in higher education crisis leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

To read more about Kathy on the Same Shield website, visit http://www.sameshield.com/SameShield_Leadership.asp.

In our July e-news, we will have a Q&A with Kathy on what she enjoys about working in emergency management, what it’s like to be a female in a male-dominated career field, and what advice she has to individuals interested in pursuing a career in public safety.

We thank Kathy for her commitment to public safety and educating the next generation of individuals who will keep us all safe.

From Frederick Community College Communications Central