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

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 … Continue reading To all B-Con Instructors:

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 … Continue reading FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release First PrepTalks Symposium

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

The Nation's critical infrastructure provides essential services that underpin American society and sustain the American way of life. We know critical infrastructure as the power we use in our homes and businesses, the water we drink, the transportation systems that get us from place to place, the first responders and hospitals in our communities, the farms that … Continue reading Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Disaster Preparedness for Livestock Owners

By: Shaylin Ruane Frederick Community College While it is true that a monetary value cannot be assigned to a human life, the impact of the loss of livestock affects not only the livelihood of their owners but the marketplace as well.  In December of 2015, Winter Storm Goliath unleashed a chilling terror over West Texas … Continue reading Disaster Preparedness for Livestock Owners

“Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill to Occur Today (10/19)

All Marylanders Encouraged to Participate and Practice Earthquake Preparedness REISTERSTOWN, Md. (October 18, 2017) — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is asking residents to register and take part in the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill [today]. Participants will learn proper earthquake preparedness and safety techniques while participating in this nationwide exercise. This year's ShakeOut is … Continue reading “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill to Occur Today (10/19)

What not to do in a disaster

An interesting article on what NOT to do when faced with an emergency.  Gorvett (2017) notes that "psychologists have known for years that people make self-destructive decisions under pressure.  Though news reports focus on miraculous survival, if people escape with their lives it's often despite their actions - not because of them" (para 7).  Read … Continue reading What not to do in a disaster

The Public as a Resource

BY W. CRAIG FUGATE  /  JULY 12, 2017  /  Source: govtech.com/em In the case of almost any disaster, the fastest response will be from your neighbor. Far too often, organizations consider the public a liability — something to be rescued in an emergency situation. The opposite is true. The public is one of our greatest … Continue reading The Public as a Resource

Free P3 workshop coming to Rhode Island this August!

Thank you to Donald Vincent, FEMA Community Preparedness Specialist, for the opportunity to present at the FEMA Region I webinar today regarding MACEM Training and Education Pathways. Maturing Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Workshop opens on August 10-11, 2017, Cranston, Rhode Island. Expand YOUR network - register at: Maturing Public-Private Partnerships Workshop On August 10, 2017, key … Continue reading Free P3 workshop coming to Rhode Island this August!

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 … Continue reading June is Pet Preparedness Month