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FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release First PrepTalks Symposium

WASHINGTON —FEMA, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, [on February 13] released the first video presentation from the inaugural PrepTalks Symposium, Dr. Dennis Mileti’s “Modernizing Public Warning Messaging.”

PrepTalks are 15-to-20-minute presentations by subject-matter experts and national and international thought leaders, designed to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now, and over the next 20 years.

“Emergency management is an increasingly challenging and complex field. To be effective, we must incorporate research and insights from many disciplines,” Deputy Administrator Daniel Kaniewski said. “The PrepTalks forum provides an engaging way for us to expand our perspective, challenge our thinking, and help foster a true culture of preparedness.”

The inaugural PrepTalks symposium occurred January 29, 2018, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Eight thought leaders representing a variety of disciplines challenged the audience to embrace new perspectives and innovation in the field of emergency management.

Dr. Mileti’s PrepTalk presents research on how to design and disseminate alerts and warning information that encourages public action. He also emphasizes that “multiple dissemination channels for public disaster warnings yield quicker and more comprehensive audience penetration,” he said. “One technology is insufficient because you need multiple technologies to reach different sub-populations in an at-risk audience.” He is the author of more than 100 publications.

The video of Dr. Mileti’s presentation and an accompanying Discussion Guide are available at The next video presentation is scheduled for posting later this month.

Upcoming PrepTalks include pandemics, lessons learned about disaster survivors, and the importance of social capital in disaster mitigation and recovery. The next PrepTalks Symposium is tentatively scheduled for fall 2018.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.


Good Morning Region III Stakeholders,

There’s little doubt that we rely upon you all to help us make our individual communities safer, more prepared, and more resilient. You, likely more so than us, have the ability to reach individual communities better than we do, and this includes middle schools, high schools, and youth organizations in your communities. That’s why we’re asking you to help us promote FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council.

Youth across the Nation can make a difference and transform the preparedness and resilience of their communities and beyond. Students in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, who have engaged in community services, or who are interested in emergency preparedness, are encouraged to apply to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council.

Formed in 2012, the Council engages members in local and national emergency preparedness projects. Selected to serve a two-year term, members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives, and projects throughout their term.

Adults working with youth or emergency management are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying. Youth applicants must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records.

We’ve also attached a press release that you can share with local schools, businesses, organizations, and even local media.

Applications are due March 18, 2018. For more information, to submit an application, or to see the projects current Members are working on, visit the Youth Preparedness Council website.

Thank you so much for your help. We can’t do it without you.


Maryland Emergency Management Association: 2018 Student Scholarship Program

The Maryland Emergency Management Association (MDEMA) is offering five (5), $1,000.00 Scholarships for the school year 2018.  One scholarship will be awarded per Association Area: Area I – Western Maryland, Area II – Central Maryland, Area III – Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Area IV – Southern Maryland and Area V – National Capital Region.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to nurture, promote, and develop future emergency management professionals by furthering the education of students studying the emergency management career field or related fields.  It’s the objective of MDEMA to financially assist full-time students pursuing an associate or baccalaureate degree in emergency management or a closely related career field.  Applicant must be a senior enrolled in an accredited Maryland High School.  Applications can be obtained from your local high school guidance office or from your local Emergency Management Office.  Application and essay deadline is April 2, 2018.

Please see attachment for additional details and student application.

Scholarship MEMA 2018 Package Final

Seeking Student Volunteer Interns for FEMA’s 20th Annual EM Higher Education Symposium

The Higher Education Program is inviting students to participate as student volunteer interns at the 20th Annual Higher Education Symposium to be held June 4-7, 2018 at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Attached you will find necessary information for students to apply for the position of student volunteer intern.

The symposium theme this year is “Honoring our History and Future” and will feature the following three tracks: 1) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Emergency Management, 2) Research Methodology & Integration, and 3) Program Policy & Administration.  These four days will be filled with workshops, panels, lectures, dialogue, and discourse to strengthen current efforts, as well as enable new efforts to emerge.

2018 Symposium – Student Volunteer Intern Flyer

FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Private Sector Division


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requests that qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) submit an application to be considered for appointment.

The NAC is a federal advisory committee of up to 35 members that advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and the private sector on federal plans, programs, and strategies for all hazards. The NAC provides consensus recommendations to the Administrator and gives FEMA access to expertise, information, and advice on a broad range of issues. Topics of recent recommendations included provision of medical countermeasures, duplication of benefits in the Individual Assistance Program, and tribal partnerships training.

NAC members represent a geographically diverse mix of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, tribes and the private sector. Individuals appointed to these positions represent the whole community and bring their experience and expertise, along with their diversity of views and willingness to express them.

FEMA is now accepting applications for open positions in the following discipline areas:

  • Elected Local Government Official (one representative appointment)
  • Elected State Government Official (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Management Field (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Response Providers, which includes fire, law enforcement, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, and organizations representing emergency response providers (two representative appointments)
  • Communications Expert, an expert in communications infrastructure, public safety and first responder communications systems and networks, and/or broadcast, cable, satellite, wireless, or wireline services and networks (one Special Government Employee, or SGE)
  • Cybersecurity Expert, an expert in protecting and defending information and communications systems from damage, unauthorized use or modification, or exploitation, (one SGE)
  • In-Patient Medical Provider, a provider of medical care to patients admitted to a healthcare facility, such as a hospital or skilled nursing facility (one SGE)
  • Administrator Selections (up to two SGE appointments)

All appointments are for three-year terms beginning in September 2018. Applications must be received on or before March 18, 2018.

Detailed instructions on how to apply can be found at: and in the forthcoming Federal Register notice.

New Emergency Management Apprenticeship Program

Featured on the National Emergency Management Association webpage, Executive Director, Kathy Francis, co-authored an article sharing information on our new emergency management apprenticeship program.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) at Frederick Community College, in partnership with Maryland Colleges, have created a new emergency management apprenticeship program. Continue reading

February is Career and Technology Education Month

MACEM serves as the post-secondary affiliate to the Maryland State Department of Education, Career and Technology Education, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Program. More than half the school districts in Maryland are utilizing the program.  MACEM provides curriculum guides for the eight courses, professional development for the high school teachers, and supports the statewide HSEP Advisory Committee.

Join us and Governor Larry Hogan in celebrating Career and Technical Education in Maryland, and in the Nation. Continue reading