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FEMA’s Higher Education Program Bits and Pieces

National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD

9 December 2011
Hi Ed Website (submitted today to webmaster for posting next week):

  • Hi Ed Activity Reports – http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/activityRA2011.asp

  • December 2

  • College List – EM Programs – Bachelor Degrees - http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/collegelist/embadegree/

  • Madonna University – Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

  • College List – EM Programs – Associate Degrees - http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/edu/collegelist/emassociate/

  • Salem Community College – Associate of Arts in Emergency Management

  • College List – EM Programs – Stand-Alone Certificates – http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/collegelist/emstandalone/

  • Madonna University – Emergency Management Certificate Programs

  • St. Petersburg College – Emergency Management and Homeland Certificate Program supporting the Associate Degree in Emergency Administration and Management

  • College List – HS Programs – Certificates/Diplomas – http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/collegelist/dhscertificate/ 

  • Madonna University – Certificate of Completion in Homeland Security  

  •  St. Petersburg College – Emergency Management and Homeland Certificate Program supporting the Associate Degree in Emergency Administration and Management

  • College List – Distance Learning - http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/edu/collegelist/dl/  

  • St. Petersburg College – Emergency Management and Homeland Certificate Program supporting the Associate Degree in Emergency Administration and Management

All comments concerning website materials should be emailed to Barbara.L.Johnson@fema.dhs.gov.
14th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference Update

  • 15th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference is scheduled June 4-7, 2012.

College and University News:

  • Shannon continues to be hard at work with the yearly update of the Hi Ed website college list. The college list is the section most used by potential students seeking program information as well as being used by other colleges and universities that are investigating the possibility of an emergency management program in their school. For these and other reasons it is essential for us to have the most current and up to date information for your programs. Please respond to Shannon’s email as soon as possible when she contacts you. We appreciate the time you take to inform us of changes to your program.

  • Hi Ed Statistical Update for December 2011:

  • Emergency Management Higher Education Programs – 254

  • 68 Certificate, Diploma, Focus-Area, Minor in EM Collegiate Programs

  • 47 Schools Offer Associate Degree Programs

  • 43 Schools Offer Bachelor Degree Programs

  • 86 Schools with Master-Level/Concentrations/Tracks/Specializations/Emphasis Areas/Degrees

  • 10 Schools Offer Doctoral-Level Programs

  • U.S. Homeland Security/Defense and Terrorism Hi Ed Programs – 126

  • U.S. International Disaster Relief/Humanitarian Assistance Programs – 15

  • Public Health, Medical and Related Program – 26

  • Listing of Related Programs – 27

  • Currently the Higher Education Program has one course development project underway with one new textbook and one course revision to begin shortly. Review comments are appreciated and can be emailed to me at Barbara.L.Johnson@fema.dhs.gov. All comments will be forwarded to course developers for consideration.

Course currently under development - Sessions currently posted for comment

  • Crisis and Risk Management - http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/crisisandrisk/

Course revision – draft materials have not yet been submitted but should begin soon

  • Hazards Risk Management Course Revision

New textbook project – draft materials have not yet been submitted but should begin soon

  • Issues in Disaster Science and Management

Emergency Management and Homeland Security News:

  • Winter Weather. Check the FEMA website when preparing your home, car and work place for cold weather emergencies. Important information can be found at http://www.ready.gov/
  • Put a freeze on winter fires

By U.S. Fire Administration Staff

As we move closer to winter and home fire deaths begin to increase, the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association remind everyone that fire safety is especially important in the coming months. USFA and NFPA are sponsoring a special initiative - Put a Freeze on Winter Fires - to get the word out.

Each winter, an estimated 108,400 home fires occur in the United States, resulting in 945 deaths and $1.7 billion in property loss. Space heaters account for about one third of home heating fires and approximately 80 percent of the home heating fire deaths. Cooking is the leading cause of winter home fires. Winter home fires occur mainly in the early evening hours.
The USFA and NFPA recommend these safety tips to prevent winter home fires:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking something on top of the stove or when grilling or broiling food.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from space heaters, woodstoves, etc.

  • Replace damaged electrical or extension cords.

  • Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home; carbon monoxide gas might kill people and pets.

  • Don't put your live Christmas tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water.

  • Avoid using lighted candles; try flameless candles.

For more information, visit the USFA Web site and the NFPA Web site.

  • Received from: Greta E. Marlatt; email: gmarlatt@nps.edu/;

  • New or Updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports:

  • Federal Agency Actions Following the Supreme Court’s Climate Change Decision in Massachusetts v. EPA: A Chronology. R41103

  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology: An Appropriations Overview. 95-30

  • Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board: New Independent Agency Status. RL34385

  • Secret Sessions of the House and Senate: Authority, Confidentiality, and Frequency R42106

  • Berghof Conflict Research

  • Anti-terrorism Legislation: Impediments to Conflict Transformation http://www.berghof-conflictresearch.org/documents/publications/PolicyBrief02.pdf

  • Mapping a National Security Failure: The Ratification of the New START Treaty http://supportsecurefreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Lerner-Mapping-a-National-Security-Failure-102720111.pdf

  • Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS)

  • CIP Report: November 2011 - Risk Management http://cip.gmu.edu/archive/CIPHS_TheCIPReport_November2011_RiskManagement.pdf

  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)

  • Commodity Price Cycles: The Perils of Mismanaging the Boom http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2011/wp11283.pdf

  • Effectiveness of Capital Controls in Selected Emerging Markets in the 2000s http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2011/wp11281.pdf

  • How Costly Are Debt Crises? http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2011/wp11280.pdf

  • The Multilateral Aspects of Policies Affecting Capital Flows http://www.imf.org/external/np/pp/eng/2011/101311.pdf

  • The Multilateral Aspects of Policies Affecting Capital Flows - Background Paper  http://www.imf.org/external/np/pp/eng/2011/102111.pdf

  • What Can Low-Income Countries Expect from Adopting Inflation Targeting? http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2011/wp11276.pdf

  • US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NUREG)

  • Recommendations for Enhancing Reactor Safety in the 21st Century: The Near-Term Task Force Review of Insights From the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Accident http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1118/ML111861807.pdf

  • National Emergency Management Agency Learning Resource Center (NETC LRC) Update

Current Awareness: Weekly News Roundups - Just updated

  • All-Hazards News and Information: 


Some of what you’ll find includes -

  • New Madrid earthquake: NETC library display of the month:  Click here

  • Winecoff Hotel | Atlanta GA, | December 7, 1946 | 119 fatalities | About this incident |

  • December 7, 1941 - the Day the Honolulu Fire Department Went to War : Click here
  • Firefighters adapt to quirks of electric vehicles

  • 2011 Atlantic hurricane season by the numbers: how accurate were forecasts?

  • Protecting the public from bioterrorism

New at the LRC Last Week

  • All new library materials (152 new items this week)

  • Downloadable titles

Selected Fire/EMS/Emergency Mgmt topics:

  • Campus safety

  • Disaster planning/preparedness

  • Emergency Management

  • Interagency Cooperation

  • Mass casualties

  • Mass Evacuation 

  • Natural disasters

  • Pandemics

  • Public Health

  • Rescue Operations

  • Resiliency/Critical Infrastructure

  • Risk evaluation/management

  • Terrorism

  • Training - Emergency Mgmt

  • Wildfires

  • Disaster Bookstore – Emergency Management Books and Related Products

A new online bookstore, featuring high-quality, low-cost books on emergency and risk management, hazards, and disasters, as well as related products, such as disaster time line charts.

This site is the successor to the bookstore operated by the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI). As such, it is the exclusive seller of the book Emergency Management: The American Experience, 1900-2005 and a number of other PERI-sponsored products.

Additional titles available include:

  • Managing for Long-Term Community Recovery in the Aftermath of Disaster;

  • Challenges of Emergency Management in Higher Education: Planning and Strategies;

  • Holistic Disaster Recovery: Ideas for Building Local Sustainability After a Natural Disaster;

  • Characteristics of Effective Emergency Management Organizational Structures;

  • Are you Ready? What Lawyers Need to Know About Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery;

  • Integrating Emergency Management Studies into Higher Education: Ideas, Programs, and Strategies

  • Ideas From An Emerging Field: Teaching Emergency Management in Higher Education; and

  • Emergency Management in Higher Education: Current Practices and Conversations.

Our online store offers convenient and prompt service. We look forward to your patronage, and we welcome comments and suggestions.

Visit the bookstore online today at www.disasterbookstore.com!

  • EMForum.org

U.S. Emergency Management
Looking Back to Look Forward

December 14, 2011 -- 12:00 Noon Eastern

As our last program for 2011, EMForum.org is pleased to host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion Wednesday, December 14, beginning at 12:00 Noon Eastern time (please convert to your local time). At the time of year when it is traditional to look to the past while anticipating the future, our program will review the development of emergency management over several decades and what we can learn from this history to inform further development in the decades to come.
Our guest will be Claire B. Rubin, noted emergency management researcher and President of Claire B. Rubin & Associates. Ms. Rubin is the author of the book Emergency Management: The American Experience 1900-2005, which she is in the process of updating for publication in the near future. The companion Century Timeline graphically illustrates the interplay of events and policymaking that have brought us to where we are today.
Please make plans to join us, and see the Background Page for related materials and Instructions. If this will be your first time to participate, please check your connection at least a day in advance by clicking on the Live Meeting Login link. The Live Meeting client must be used in order to access the audio. As always, please feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues.


EIIP and Jacksonville State University are now partnering to offer CEUs for attending EMForum.org Webinars.  See http://www.emforum.org/CEUs.htm for details.


Is your organization interested in becoming an EIIP Partner? Click here to review our Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles and access the Memorandum of Partnership.

  • The Vacation Lane Group

NOAA: U.S. Sets Record With a Dozen Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters in One Year

Source: NOAA, 12/7/11


To date, the U.S. set a record with 12 separate billion dollar weather/climate disasters in 2011, with an aggregate damage total of approximately $52 billion.  This record year breaks the previous record of nine billion-dollar weather/climate disasters in one year, which occurred in 2008.  Previously only 10 events were reported; the two new billion-dollar weather and climate events added to the 2011 total include:

·        The Texas, New Mexico, Arizona wildfires event, now exceeding $1 billion, had been previously accounted for in the larger Southern Plains drought and heatwave event.  This is in line with how NOAA has traditionally accounted for large wildfire events as separate events.

·        The June 18-22 Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes and Severe Weather event, which just recently exceeded the $1 billion threshold.


PPD-8: National Preparedness System Description

Source: FEMA, 12/6/11


The National Preparedness System Description is the second deliverable required under PPD-8: National Preparedness.  Specifically, it identifies six components to improve national preparedness for a wide range of threats and hazards.  The system description explains how as a nation we will build on current efforts, many of which are already established in the law and have been in use for many years.  These six components include:

1.      Identifying and assessing risks;

2.      Estimating capability requirements;

3.      Building or sustaining capabilities;

4.      Developing and implementing plans to deliver those capabilities;

5.      Validating and monitoring progress made towards achieving the National Preparedness Goal; and

6.      Reviewing and updating efforts to promote continuous improvement


  • American Journal of Disaster Medicine 

Abstracts from the most recent issue:

  • The public health impact of industrial disasters

  • Factors associated with inpatient mortality in a field hospital following the Haiti earthquake, January-May 2010

  • Radiostethoscopes: An innovative solution for auscultation while wearing protective gear

  • Comparative study of physiological and anatomical triage in major incidents using a new simulation model

  • Characterizing public health emergency perceptions and influential modifiers of willingness to respond among pediatric healthcare staff

  • A survey on disaster management among postgraduate students in a private dental institution in India

  • Case study: Experience with the use of close-relative allograft for the management of extensive thermal injury in local national casualties during Operation Iraqi Freedom

To subscribe to the American Journal of Disaster Medicine http://shop.pnpco.com/category.sc?categoryId=3
About the Publisher

At Weston Medical Publishing, our mission is simple: to provide the highest quality professional journals and we take great pride in our company, our commitment to customer service and in the journals we publish.

  • CEMR Network Broadcast: http://cemr-network.org/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Please feel free to invite other EM professionals, researchers, professors, or others that you think would be interested in participating in the CEMR Network. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the CEMR Network, please feel free to post on the CEMR Network profile wall or send us an email.
If you would like to broadcast an announcement to the CEMR Network, please let us know at inqury@cem-research.org.

  • New York City Citizen Corps Council News:

The NYC Citizen Corps Council News is an excellent source for emergency preparedness information.  This robust weekly newsletter for organizations includes information about:  


  • NYC Citizen Corps Council Initiatives (www.NYC.gov/citizencorps):

  • Webinars:

  • Conferences/Workshops/Exercises:

  • Resources

Organizations wishing to subscribe should contact Justin Land, Community Outreach Coordinator–

NYC Office of Emergency Management at citizencorps@oem.nyc.gov.

  • Black Emergency Managers Association (BEMA)


  • Provide information, networking, professional development opportunities to African-American emergency managers.

  • To advance the emergency management and homeland security profession within African-American communities.

  • To assist and ensure African-American and minority community involvement in all phases of emergency management to include grant opportunities, training, preparedness, etc. with emphasis on the long-term recovery of the community.

  • To provide mentoring opportunities to high school and college level students so that these individuals will return with skills for their communities.

BEMA is an 'all inclusive' association and does not exclude any individual, organization, or entity that adheres to our primary mission & vision.

To join send an email to BlackEmergManagersAssociation@verizon.net

  • Emergency Management Solutions is a free monthly newsletter written by Lucien G. Canton, CEM. It is intended to share ideas, tips and tricks that will help improve your emergency programs.

To subscribe to the newsletter or to view the current issue http://www.luciencanton.com/newsletter.html.

  • Natural Hazards Observer, DR 579—December 1, 2011 is now available

  • Durban Climate Talks: Existential Crisis or Theater?

  • Scientific Lip Service: Will Obama Have Integrity by Putting Money Where His Mouth is?

  • IPCC Special Report: Extreme Weather Calls for Extreme Measures

  • Resolve to Be a part of the 2012 Hazards Workshop

  • Call Outs: Calls for Papers, Abstracts, Proposals, and More

  • Some New Web Resources

  • Conferences, Training and Events

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Contributions of jobs, conferences, and other content to this newsletter can be sent to jolie.breeden@colorado.edu. Please include “for Disaster Research” in the subject line.

To subscribe, visit http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/dr/ or e-mail jolie.breeden@colorado.edu.
Visit the Natural Hazards Center Web site to read the November and past editions of the Observer.

  • Emergency Management Magazine – http://www.emergencymgmt.com

Emergency Management is the award-winning, all-hazards publication of record for emergency management, public safety and homeland security stakeholders charged to protect our communities, critical infrastructure and the security of our nation.
For more information, contact 800-940-6039 or www.emergencymgmt.com/info

  • Journal of Emergency Management

Journal of Emergency Management is a professional, bi-monthly journal with a simple but urgent goal: to better equip all those responsible for emergency preparedness and response to deal effectively with everything from acts of terror, fires, floods, and weather emergencies to gas explosions and catastrophic accidents on land, in the air, or at sea.
With a well-focused game plan carried out by an unbeatable team of emergency preparedness and response experts, Journal of Emergency Management is already being hailed as long overdue and a "must have" for anyone responsible for the safety and well-being of both personnel and property.
For JEM subscription information: http://www.pnpco.com/pn06001.html

  • The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS)

The CIP Report is a monthly, electronic newsletter for professionals in industry, government, and academia who have an interest in critical infrastructure protection (CIP). The newsletter provides the latest information about CIP including emerging legislation, government initiatives and leaders, and academic endeavors. All versions of The CIP Report are available in The CIP Report Archive with a complete listing of all volumes of The CIP Report organized by date and topic.
The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS), originally called the CIP Project, is located in the George Mason University School of Law.  The Center received initial funding in 2002 and enjoyed subsequent renewal through the current fiscal year.  Executive management of the grant is through The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  As the project expanded, on-going activities were leveraged to generate new funding that matured the project scope to address unexplored areas of critical infrastructure protection.  By 2004, the CIP Project grant had evolved into a family of projects under the overall umbrella of the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS), featuring core research (NIST-funded) and contracted research projects.  Additional funding sources include, but are not limited to, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Battelle, and SANDIA National Laboratories.
To subscribe to the CIP/HS Report: http://listserv.gmu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=cipp-report-l&A=1

Notes from the Hi Ed Program:

  • Higher Education Program Manager vacancy announcement

A vacancy announcement has been posted for a Training Specialist, GS-1712-14 (Higher Education Program Manager) in the National Training Education and Exercise, Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD, National Preparedness Directorate, Protection and National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).


  • Higher Education website has a new look

Please take the time to check out the Higher Education website’s new look at http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/edu/. The updated website went live Thursday, December 1, 2011. Let us know what you think, pros and cons.

  • We are accepting news and events to be placed in our “Bits and Pieces” reports each week. Let us know what emergency management or homeland security activities are happening at your college, university, and state or local emergency management office.

Have a magnificent weekend,

Barbara L. Johnson

Higher Education Program Assistant


Department of Homeland Security

16825 S. Seton Avenue, K016

Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Ph: (301) 447-1452


FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.”

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