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 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 ( 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? 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. 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. 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 ( 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


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,, and Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at 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

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: