Education as Part of a Broader National Preparedness System: Part 2

Kathy Francis, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion at the 19th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium regarding “Education as Part of a Broader National Preparedness System.”

Kathy’s insight is shared in the second of four installments. Continue reading

New! Maturing Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Workshops!

Capitalizing on input from participants, instructors, and hosts of the original 3-day workshops sponsored by DHS, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) has reformatted the delivery, making the following modifications:

  • Related materials and topics were consolidated to streamline the delivery;
  • Exercises were restructured to support the consolidated materials;
  • The target audience was expanded to ensure participation by representatives of the private sector.

Without modifying the participants’ objectives, the Workshop was reduced to a 14-hour offering to permit 2-day delivery.  The new 2-day workshops are designed to assist participants in expanding collaboration, engagement, and resilience.

Learn more about the 2-day workshops here!

Education as Part of a Broader National Preparedness System: Part 1

Kathy Francis, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion at the 19th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium regarding “Education as Part of a Broader National Preparedness System.”  Kathy’s insight is shared in the first of four installments. Continue reading

June is Pet Preparedness Month

Didi Culp, the animal guru at the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM), wants to remind everyone that June is Pet Preparedness Month!

Do your plans for special populations include the four-legged members of your community?  There are many programs to help families include their pets in their emergency plans, starting with https://www.ready.gov/animals.  Frederick County is home to many farms, petting zoos, zoos, animal rescues, and working animal operations, as well as a pet population as diverse as our human population!  Be a part of the conversation about how all of our emergency plans can better include Frederick County’s non-humans.

Didi’s list of contacts:

Your Favorite Veterinarian: Didi recommends Opposum Pike Vet Clinic, 301.662.2322, as they are one of the few veterinary hospitals in MD licensed to treat wild animals.

Local Animal Control: Frederick County, 301.600.1546

Wildlife Online Help: http://citywildlife.org/found-animal/

Lost and Found Pets: Lost & Found Animals in and near Frederick County Maryland Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/Lost-and-Found-Animals-in-and-near-Frederick-County-Maryland-102502063275248/

Emergency Preparedness for Families: www.Ready.gov

MACEM’s Anthony Dowell Honored in the Best of Homeland Security Education Programs

Anthony Dowell serves as an adjunct instructor for the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM).  As a subject matter expert in his field, Anthony developed the Information/Communication Technology pathway curriculum based on Esri ArcGIS Desktop and open-source software for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Career Technology Education (CTE) Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) program.  The curriculum is anchored to workplace competencies needed in the field today and positions the student for successful completion of the newly released Esri ArcGIS Desktop Entry certification.  “I commend Anthony for his expertise in the field of GIS and ability to translate that knowledge into meaningful courseware preparing students for a challenging and rewarding career,” said Kathy Francis, Executive Director of the MACEM.  Anthony continues to support the professional development of MSDE GIS instructors, serves as an Esri certified proctor, and supports the continued growth of MACEM technology courses.

Congratulations, Anthony!

Coming soon! MACEM EDGE: A value proposition for the whole community.

The MACEM EDGE prepares organizations to identify risk, engage partners, and drive change by integrating analytics, technology, and leadership to build connected communities prepared for challenges.  Finding gaps and providing the ideal training and materials to bridge them is the road to reaching organization, team, and individual goals.  Through the MACEM EDGE, local leaders advance their knowledge of environmental and demographic trends, hazards, drivers of change using situational awareness, collaboration, and multidisciplinary methods for managing the processes of developing community.

Learn more today by contacting MACEM@frederick.edu!

IAEM Scholarship Application Deadline is June 30th

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Scholarship Program benefits students pursuing studies in emergency management, homeland security, disaster management, and related fields.

IAEM’s Scholarship Program is available to full-time students pursuing degrees in emergency management, disaster management, or related programs.  Information, including the application, is available at www.iaem.com/scholarships.  The deadline for application is June 30, 2017.  Please share this opportunity! Continue reading

Homeland Security/Public Safety Professional Opportunity

Applications are now being accepted for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s (CHDS) newest offering, the Emergence Program.  The CHDS is looking for homeland security/public safety officials in the early stages of their career.  Additional information can be found at https://www.chds.us/c/academic-programs/emergence-program.  The deadline for applications is July 28.  See below for more details. Continue reading

Congratulations to #FCCclassof17!

Frederick Community College’s 59th Commencement ceremony was held Thursday, May 18.  Students shared the excitement and importance of their academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends.  Congratulations, graduates!

Sixteen (16) students earned nineteen (19) academic credentials, graduating with a degree and/or certificate in emergency management!  Three (3) students completed the A.A.S. Track II: Residency Program – our first graduating students from this program! Continue reading