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

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


Free Workshop Opportunity: Inspiring Gender Diversity in the Workplace Today


Register now for a FREE gender diversity workshop and networking opportunity held on Tuesday, July 24 at 1 p.m.  Engage in discussions with Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, a global consultant in law enforcement, defense and intelligence agencies, Eva Reid, a Senior GIS Analyst and Training Coordinator for the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and Marcie Roth, an established Inclusive Emergency Management Strategist and former Senior Advisor for Disability Issues to President Obama.  Register by clicking on the following link:

For questions or additional information, contact Stephen carter at 240.629.7970 or

Free MACEM Workshop: Inspiring Gender Diversity in the Workplace Today

Join public safety leaders on July 24th to examine the pathway to promoting a culture of gender diversity in the homeland security, emergency preparedness, administration of justice, and computer technology disciplines.  Learn about key career decision points, overcoming barriers, and developing cognitive flexibility in leadership.

For more information, visit the following link:

American Preparedness Security Initiative Part III: The MACEM and APSI Solution Set

The MACEM APSI program offers solutions!

  • Educate and Empower Communities — enable them to act in their best interests, and ultimately, in the best interests of all. APSI members will craft community-focused, resilience-based education, training, and certification curricula to meet the preparedness requirements of both individuals and communities they can serve.
  • Continuously Question the Status Quo — institutionalize continuous innovation. Acknowledging that the private sector is the principal source of American ideas and innovation, APSI will institutionalize creation of a culture of continuous questioning of the status quo and preparedness innovation and will give voice to P4 organizations and preparedness innovators nationwide to help overcome human (and bureaucratic) resistance to change.
  • Build and Sustain Trust — enable relevant, accurate, timely and actionable “information exchange.” APSI will foster the disciplined exchange of community preparedness information based upon interrogative (who, what, when, why, and how) questions and answers. This exchange will drive preparedness requirements and informed and coherent investments in them between their communities and local, state, tribal, and federal governments.
  • Operationalize Community Resilience — mindsets, metrics, methodologies, and technologies. Equip the connected community college with the knowledge, tools, and abilities to Envision, Evaluate, Empower, Engage, and Evolve community preparedness and resilient actions.
  • Measure Success Pragmatically — positive change/continuous improvement in community preparedness. Because resilience is the metric of critical infrastructure and community preparedness, APSI will move resilience from rhetoric to reality by implementing its mindsets, metrics, methodologies, and technologies.

American Preparedness Security Initiative Part II: Why Engage Community Colleges?

To further national critical infrastructure and preparedness policies, programs, and goals, APSI will issue a bold call to action to community colleges nationwide. It will bring to bear untapped awareness, education, and certification capabilities to develop a new and objectively measurable culture of national preparedness. Serving as a national academic leader, I know first-hand the value of our local institutions of higher education. There are 1,462 community colleges supporting 12.7 million students a year. It is their mission to address the skills gap and translate new knowledge into action. As the center of community gravity, these institutions serve every student who walks through their doors. This broad audience ranges from preschool children and their parents to traditional-aged college students, working adults, career changers, employers, and those learning in retirement. As a proponent of opportunity, equity, and academic excellence, two-year colleges take progressive ideas and produce dramatic change. This initiative will leverage about half of the community colleges, or about 712, to build a constantly qualified, current, and replenished cadre of preparedness professionals and citizens. This program will provide the tools and respect to leverage commitment to continuously build safer, stronger, and better American communities and, by extension, a safer, stronger, and better America. APSI is a mechanism to improve existing community preparedness plans, programs, and efforts because standing still and maintaining the status quo is going backward. Continue reading

American Preparedness Security Initiative Part I: APSI Goal, Vision, and Purpose

The American Preparedness Security Initiative (APSI) is at the heart of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiative and has been presented and endorsed by the Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). This initiative also validates that America’s private sector is America’s change agent – the foundation of innovation, homeland security, and preparedness.

It is our goal to inspire a culture change where preparedness is the social norm. This goal produces the desired vision of comprehensively resilient and prepared American communities to ensure the safety, security, quality, and future of national life. By building and sustaining human intellectual capacities, combined with operationally proven and objectively measurable mindsets, metrics, and technologies, the APSI vision can be achieved.

The purpose of APSI is to: Continue reading

To all B-Con Instructors:

March 31 is National Stop the Bleed Day.

The main goal of this nationwide campaign is to highlight the importance of Stop The Bleed training and to help those interested find a course in their area. The group leading this effort has asked us to solicit participation from ALL instructors to increase the number of locations offering the Bleeding Control Basics course. I would like to encourage all B-Con instructors to help make this life-saving course available in your region on or around March 31.

The event information directs the public to to find a course in their area. Please be sure to list your course on the website so people can find it and thank you in advance for helping to make National Stop the Bleed Day a success.

Thank you all for your ongoing support of the Stop The Bleed initiative.

Mark Gestring, MD, FACS
Chair, EMS Committee
American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma