DISASTER RESEARCH 462

September 22, 2006

TABLE OF CONTENTS


  1. Student Listserv: Natural Hazards Centerís Disaster Grads!
  2. New Societal Impacts Newsgroup and Newsletter
  3. Young Professionals for Disaster Risk Reduction Network
  4. Earth Institute Fellows Program
  5. Draft HHS Strategy for CBRN Threats
  6. Call for Presentations: 17th World Conference on Disaster Management
  7. Call for Authors: Disaster Nursing Text
  8. Some New Web Resources
  9. Conferences, Training, and Events
  10. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

1) Student Listserv: Natural Hazards Center’s Disaster Grads!

If you are a student studying hazards and disasters, you should be on Disaster Grads, where you can stay up to date with regular postings of calls for papers, announcements about assistantships and fellowships, news about programs, conferences and workshops, and information inquiries. Disaster Grads is an e-mail listserv for informal discussion and information sharing among undergraduate and graduate students who do research in the area of hazards and disasters. The list is a great way to exchange information with other students with similar interests and to ask for and share support and resources. Disaster Grads currently has approximately 500 subscribers representing 24 countries, numerous academic institutions, and a variety of departments and programs, such as geography, engineering, public health, sociology, and economics.

To subscribe, send an e-mail to listproc@lists.colorado.edu with the message “subscribe disaster_grads [first name] [last name]” (Example: subscribe disaster_grads John Doe) and read the guidelines and rules of conduct at www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/disaster-grads.html. To offer feedback, ask questions, and/or express concerns, contact the list moderator, Christine Bevc, at (303) 492-0428 or christine.bevc@colorado.edu.

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2) New Societal Impacts Newsgroup and Newsletter

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Societal Impacts Program (SIP) has launched a WxSoc newsgroup focusing on the societal impacts of weather and weather forecasting. Members of WxSoc are welcome to exchange societal impacts research issues and information, ask questions, and send notices of related journal or news articles, conferences, and jobs. Notices of directly related educational and other similar opportunities are also welcome. To sign up for the WxSoc newsgroup, visit www.sip.ucar.edu/wxsoc.jsp.

The program will also debut a societal impacts newsletter in October. They will be looking for contributing authors and submissions of conferences, grant opportunities, etc. in the coming months. If you are interested in contributing, contact Emily Laidlaw at (303) 497-2892 or laidlaw@ucar.edu. To subscribe to the newsletter, visit www.sip.ucar.edu/news/.

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3) Young Professionals for Disaster Risk Reduction Network

Young Professionals for Disaster Risk Reduction (YPDR) is a network that emerged out of discussions at the 2006 International Disaster Reduction Conference in Davos, Switzerland, this summer. The goal of YPDR is to establish an international network between young professionals and relevant organizations whose mission it is to strengthen disaster management initiatives.

If you are an individual wanting to be part of this network as a young professional (i.e., you are looking to study, work, or participate in disaster risk reduction initiatives), or are an individual or organization that wants to support the network: (i.e., you are interested in collaborating with young professionals involved in promoting disaster risk reduction), send an e-mail that answers the following questions to ypdrdavos@gmail.com:

  • What is your name and where are you located?
  • What is your current situation? (Are you working? If so, for what organization? Are you studying? If so, where and in what?)
  • What do you (as an individual or as an organization) see YPDR as being able to offer (e.g., information on jobs, links to different organizations, sharing experiences, help finding interns)?
  • Do you know any relevant organizations or groups that could support or enhance the work of YPDR (e.g., other networks you may belong to)?
  • Would you be interested in providing support for the implementation of this network (you could help with communications, finance proposals, Web design/hosting, translations, professional advice, etc.)?

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4) Earth Institute Fellows Program

The Earth Institute Fellows Program at Columbia University provides postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to build a foundation in one of the core disciplines represented within the Earth Institute (i.e., any of the social sciences, earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, and health sciences), while at the same time acquiring the cross-disciplinary expertise and breadth needed to address critical issues related to sustainable development and reducing environmental degradation, poverty, hunger, and disease.

Fellowships are ordinarily granted for a period of 24 months. Candidates should submit a proposal for research based in one of the core disciplines mentioned above or in a thematic area represented by the cross-cutting initiatives of the Earth Institute. Applications submitted by December 1, 2006, will be considered for fellowships starting in the summer or fall of 2007. For additional information, contact Hilary Dewhurst; (212) 854-3893; hd6@columbia.edu; www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/postdoc/.

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5) Draft HHS Strategy for CBRN Threats

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a draft of its Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) strategy for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats. The United States faces serious public health threats from the deliberate use of weapons of mass destruction by hostile states or terrorists and from naturally emerging infectious diseases that have a potential to cause illness on a scale that could adversely impact national security. Effective strategies to prevent, mitigate, and treat the consequences of CBRN threats is an integral component of the U.S. national security strategy. To that end, the United States must be able to rapidly develop, stockpile, and deploy effective medical countermeasures to protect the American people. The ultimate goal of the PHEMCE strategy is to establish the foundational elements and guiding principles that will support medical countermeasure availability and utilization for the highest priority CBRN threats facing our nation.

The public is invited to submit comments on the draft PHEMCE strategy through the first week of October. Read the announcement and strategy in the September 8, 2006, “Federal Register,” Vol. 71, No. 174, pp. 53097-53102, which can be found in any federal depository library and online at www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/ , or at www.hhs.gov/ophep/ophemc/bioshield/PHEMCEStrategyFRNotice090806.pdf. For more information, contact Susan Coller, Office of Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures, Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, 330 Independence Avenue SW, Room G640, Washington, DC 20201; (202) 260-1200.

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6) Call for Presentations: 17th World Conference on Disaster Management

The Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness is calling for presentations for the 17th World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM). The conference will be held in Toronto, Canada, July 8-11, 2007. The conference theme will be “Emergency Management and Business Continuity Working Together.”

WCDM is an annual event that addresses issues common to all aspects of disaster/emergency management. The conference program includes speakers from many parts of the world and provides opportunities for training and networking among those in emergency planning/management, business continuity, emergency response, disaster management research, emergency communications, emergency health, risk management, security, information technology, human resources, environmental/community planning, as well as for the organizations that supply and service these professions.

Presentations should fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Real events/lessons learned
  • Emerging trends in disaster management
  • The human element in disaster management
  • Technical issues/threats
  • Disaster management principles and practices
  • Research and development

Presentation abstracts must be submitted by December 3, 2006. To learn more, visit www.wcdm.org/ or contact Adrian Gordon at (905) 331-2552 or agordon@ccep.ca.

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7) Call for Authors: Disaster Nursing Text

Contributors and reviewers are needed for a disaster nursing text to be published through the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine. This work will provide nurses with an understanding of how the different emergency agencies and systems work and respond during a disaster event. Sections will detail preparedness and response from local and state emergency management, public health, mental health, federal resources, first responders, and special needs programs, which will be linked to their impact on hospital and nursing preparedness. Other sections will explain the immediate impact on hospitals in the first 72 hours as well as long-term sustainability issues necessary to maintain hospital function. The work will focus heavily on hospitals and emergency departments and will need expert contributors in hospital preparedness and emergency department response. Contributors are also needed with expertise in federal, state, and local agency preparedness and response. Contact Robert Powers at rpowers@wakemed.org for further details.

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8) Some New Web Resources

[Below are some new or updated Internet resources we've discovered. For an extensive list of useful Internet sites dealing with hazards, see www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/.]

Emergency Management - New Magazine
The editorial mission of this new magazine is “to provide stories and case studies to help the emergency management community with the prevention, preparedness, response to, and recovery from a disaster scenario.” Digital and print subscriptions are available for free.

Mass Emergencies
Between 1975 and 1975, 18 issues of Mass Emergencies, a predecessor journal to the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, were published. Some classic articles appeared in Mass Emergencies, which is now available free online.

Hazard & Risk Science Review
The third edition of the Hazard & Risk Science Review (44 pp.) from the Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre and PartnerRe is a digest of the latest academic and technical natural hazards research. It provides a synopsis of over 75 scientific papers published during the past 12 months and focuses on the four major areas of hazards relevant to catastrophe insurance and reinsurance: atmospheric, geological, hydrological, and climate change.

Ready New York for Pets
This new guide from the New York City Office of Emergency Management outlines steps pet owners can take to ensure their pets are prepared for all types of emergencies. It is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.

Online Database: International Projects and Concepts for Disaster Prevention
The German Committee for Disaster Reduction created this online database, which includes information on approximately 250 disaster prevention projects worldwide. The integrated search function enables users to query the database for project name, implementing organization, project financing, geographical location, type of project, and type of hazard.

Lloyd’s 360 Risk Project
The aim of the Lloyd’s 360 Risk Project is to generate discussion and debate on how to manage risk in today’s environment. It is a long-term initiative addressing different aspects and elements of risk across a range of issues. The first series is about catastrophe trends, and as it evolves, project organizers hope to understand more about catastrophe trends and what the insurance industry and the wider business world and society can do to cope with catastrophes. The report (27 pp.), “Climate Change: Adapt or Bust,” can be downloaded here.

NWS Volunteers: SKYWARN Spotters and Cooperative Observers Flyer
The National Weather Service (NWS) depends on support from the general public in providing vital, real-time observational data. This new flyer describes the NWS’ SKYWARN and Coop programs, including what the jobs entail and how to get involved.

Expanding the Mitigation Toolbox: The Demolish/Rebuild Option
This white paper (8 pp.) from the Association of State Floodplain Managers, based on comments from its members and from mitigation professionals across the nation, summarizes the reasons for adding the demolish/rebuild option to the mitigation toolbox used by floodplain managers.

Liability for Water Control Structure Failure Due to Flooding
Written by Edward A. Thomas for the Association of State Floodplain Managers, this paper (25 pp.) discusses standards used by U.S. courts to assess liability for damage due to the failure of flood control structures such as dams, levees, and other major nonnatural structures that store, divert, or transport large volumes of water.

Hurricane Damages Soar to New Levels: Insurance Companies Abandoning Homeowners in High-Risk Coastal Areas
This Web page from the Earth Policy Institute looks at the rising costs of hurricane damage and the reasons behind it. Accompanying data files illustrate economic and insured losses for billion-dollar hurricanes and typhoons from 1950 to 2005.

Hurricane Katrina: Natural Disaster, Human Catastrophe
This report (26 pp.) from the Campaign for America’s Future argues that the federal government’s failure to prepare, respond, and rebuild stems from conservative policies that shrunk indispensable government services, promoted cronyism over professionalism, outsourced government responsibility to the private sector, and backed pay-to-play politics.

The Women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast: Multiple Disadvantages and Key Assets for Recovery
Part I: Poverty, Race, Gender and Class
Part II: Gender, Race, and Class in the Labor Market
These briefing papers from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research examine the multiple disadvantages experienced by women who lived in the areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Part 1 (12 pp.) focuses on poverty, race, gender and class, in general. Part 2 (32 pp.) looks specifically at gender, race, and class in the labor market.

The Calm in the Storm: Women Leaders in Gulf Coast Recovery
This report (20 pp.) from The Women’s Funding Network and the Ms. Foundation for Women looks at how one year after Hurricane Katrina, women have taken up leadership for a fair and just recovery, drawing on a history of community-based organizing and support of women’s funds across the United States.

Crisis, Preparedness, and Response in the Wake of Katrina
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University has launched a five-year project to follow the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast. They are focusing their efforts in Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes, Louisiana, and Harrison and Hancock Counties, Mississippi, to examine how different social, legal, political, and economic institutions engender different types of response, and how they may have affected different communities before, during, and after the hurricane.

CRS Report: Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority
This Congressional Research Service report (24 pp.) provides an overview of federal and state public health laws as they relate to the quarantine and isolation of individuals, a discussion of constitutional issues that may be raised should individual liberties be restricted in a quarantine situation, and federalism questions that may arise where federal and state authorities overlap. In addition, it discusses the possible role of the armed forces, specifically whether the Posse Comitatus Act would constrain any military role, and other statutory authorities that may be used for the military enforcement of health measures.

State Pandemic Influenza Summits: Building Partnerships for Pandemic Preparedness
This report (14 pp.) from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials presents an overview of the trends, experiences, and outcomes of the pandemic flu summits held in spring 2006. It highlights innovative planning mechanisms that may be adapted for other health-related purposes.

World Health Organization Global Influenza Programme
This Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response Web page from the World Health Organization (WHO) monitors the pandemic situation and offers information on the WHO’s core activities related to avian influenza, global influenza surveillance, recommendations for influenza vaccines, pandemic preparedness, the global agenda, meeting and training activities, and more.

1908 Lakeview Elementary School Fire
This PowerPoint presentation was submitted by a reader who thought it would be of interest to other readers. The purpose of the presentation is to make people aware of the tragedy that claimed the lives of 174 students and 2 teachers and to demonstrate the vulnerability of children to all types of disasters and crises.

Business Continuity Planning Workgroup for Healthcare Organizations
Business Continuity Planning Workgroup for Healthcare Organizations (BCPWHO) is a membership organization for the health care industry exclusively focused on providing leadership in the advancement of business continuity, disaster recovery, and emergency management through collaboration and research.

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9) Conferences, Trainings, and Events

[Below are some recent announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. A comprehensive list of upcoming hazards related meetings and training is available from our Web site: www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/conferences.html.]

Americans at Risk: The Growing Threat of Natural Disasters and What We Can Do about It—Washington, DC: September 21, 2006, 9:00-11:00 am. Organizer: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, former National Park Service director Roger Kennedy, and other experts on the subject will convene to discuss the growing threat of natural disasters and the policies that might best address them. Blumenauer will discuss ways in which the federal government can be a better partner to communities in preventing harm from natural disasters, and Kennedy will explore the fire threat we currently face, explaining how we got here and what we can do about it. For more information, visit www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.event_summary&event_id=197193.

Shaking Cities: Current Issues in Urban Seismic Hazard and Risk—London, United Kingdom: October 12, 2006. Organizers: Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre and Under 35s Reinsurance Group. Speakers at this international workshop will address issues such as engineering, hazard and risk assessment, and modeling in the context of urban seismic threats. For more information, visit www.benfieldhrc.org/activities/education/shaking_cities/shaking_cities.htm.

Citizen Engagement in Emergency Planning for a Flu Pandemic—Washington, DC: October 23, 2006. Organizer: Disasters Roundtable of the National Academies. In consultation with the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Population Health, this workshop will address public and citizen involvement in actions to prepare for a possible flu pandemic occurring in the United States. It will feature invited presentations and discussions that are expected to demonstrate the relevance of improved emergency planning that considers the real needs of diverse U.S. communities; verify, from research and practice-based knowledge, the societal benefits of including citizens in emergency planning; assess the feasibility of engaging citizens in public health emergency planning; and consider the challenges and advantages of inclusive planning in the context of pandemic influenza and potentially explosive situations such as mass casualties and medical triage, scarce antivirals and vaccines, and community-wide disease containment. To learn more, visit http://dels.nas.edu/dr/f18.shtml.

ESRI Homeland Security GIS Summit—Denver, Colorado: October 23–26, 2006. This summit will examine the role of geographic information system (GIS) technology as a standards-based, interoperable framework for managing, serving, and deploying geospatial data and analysis. Presentations and discussions will examine how GIS supports collaborative communication for emergency response, business continuity, public health, evacuation planning, agriculture, and disease tracking. To learn more, contact Lisa Thouas, ESRI; (909) 793-2853 x11250; lthouas@esri.com; www.esri.com/events/homeland/.

2006 ESRI Health GIS Conference—Denver, Colorado: October 23–26, 2006. This conference will provide government officials, elected leaders, business executives, and utility managers the opportunity to discuss the geographic information system (GIS) framework for preparedness, situational awareness, command centers, community awareness, and more with colleagues from public health and hospital systems as well as university faculty, researchers, and other professionals. To learn more, contact Lisa Thouas, ESRI; (909) 793-2853 x11250; lthouas@esri.com; www.esri.com/events/hug/.

Leaders 2006—Kingston, Jamaica: November 20-December 1, 2006. Organizers: Pan American Health Organization, Regional Center for Disaster Risk Reduction of the University of the West Indies, and Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Response Agency. This capacity-building course for professional development in the disaster risk reduction field offers a balance between the development process, wide-ranging mitigation issues, effective preparedness, and efficient response. It is geared toward participants who are stakeholders in risk reduction issues, including but not limited to health disaster coordinators, national disaster coordinators, public sector managers and others who deal with mitigation issues, as well as academics who work in disaster mitigation topics. Originally designed for small island developing states, it expects to attract participants primarily from the Caribbean, but also professionals in the field from other parts of the world. Find out more at www.disaster-info.net/LIDERES/english/jamaica2006/.

The World Disaster Response Summit—Atlanta, Georgia: January 23, 2007. Organizer: Equity International. Suggested attendees at this international event include individuals active in Katrina reconstruction, disaster housing, temporary structures, emergency communications, emergency command and control, aerial surveillance, satellite imagery, emergency health, emergency food distribution, water purification, hurricane preparedness, pandemic flu preparedness, biodefense, earthquake preparedness, tsunami preparedness, facility security, business continuity, risk management, disaster management, and other areas of disaster preparedness and response. Learn more at www.rec-dev.com/conferences/conferences/current/World_Disaster_Response/index.asp.

Homeland Security: The Ripple Effect—Washington, DC: February 6-7, 2007. Organizer: American Military University. This symposium will explore the impact of a large-scale event on small towns, counties, and states surrounding metropolitan areas. It will address the resources, planning, and training needed to prepare for such an event. Participants will mix practice with policy through lively and informed exchange among politicians, planners, emergency managers, and scholars with a goal of developing a systematic approach that will assist communities in responding to future disasters. To learn more, contact Jeffrey McCafferty, American Public University System; (304) 724-3848; events@apus.edu; www.apus.edu/disaster/.

National Conference on Disaster Planning for the Carless Society—New Orleans, Louisiana: February 8-9, 2007. Organizers: University of New Orleans Transportation Center, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, and Regional Transit Authority. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita revealed how vulnerable carless residents are in emergency situations. Evacuation plans in most major cities across America fail to adequately take into account the needs of the elderly, disabled, and transit dependent populations. The goal of this conference is to bring together government officials, professionals, and experts to discuss how we can better prepare to help those who most need it. Learn more at www.carlessevacuation.org/.

9th World Conference on Stress, Trauma, and Coping—Baltimore, Maryland: February 14-18, 2007. International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). This event is a forum for the multidisciplinary exchange of ideas and information among those who provide crisis intervention services. Over 150 presenters will explore concepts, practical applications, and results in sessions designed for professionals in all practice settings covering areas of crisis intervention, such as emergency services, the faith-based community, disasters and terrorism applications, schools, children, the military, public health, and business. To learn more, contact Shelley Cohen, ICISF; (410) 750-9600; scohen@icisf.org; www.9thworldcongress.org/.

Geo-Denver 2007: New Peaks in Geotechnics—Denver, Colorado: February 18-21, 2007. Organizer: Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. This conference will provide professionals and students of geotechnical engineering with information about innovative and emerging technologies needed to advance the field and related disciplines. Topics will include risk assessment and management, earthquake engineering and soil dynamics, engineering geology, and many others. To learn more, visit http://content.asce.org/conferences/geodenver07/.

Firehouse World Conference & Exposition—San Diego, California: February 25-March 1, 2007. Organizer: Cygnus Public Safety Group. This event offers hands-on training programs, preconference workshops, and classroom sessions to better prepare participants from the fire, rescue, and emergency medical services for the challenges they face every day. To learn more, e-mail Info@firehouseworld.com; www.publicsafetyevents.com/pub/fhw/index.po.

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10) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Useful Job Sites:

International Association of Emergency Managers
www.iaem.com/resources/Career/Job_bulletin_board/cgi-bin/dcboard.pl

National Emergency Management Association
http://nemaweb.org/jobs/

DisasterManagementJobs.com
www.disastermanagementjobs.com/

USAJOBS
www.usajobs.gov/

The Chronicle of Higher Education
http://chronicle.com/search/jobs/

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Director of the Office of Emergency Management
Boulder County, Boulder, Colorado

The director of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for Boulder County and the City of Boulder is responsible for developing, implementing, upgrading, updating, and coordinating contingency plans for dealing with large-scale emergencies that have the potential of occurring within, or impacting, the city of Boulder or unincorporated Boulder County. The director is responsible for the management and supervision of OEM staff, the OEM budget, and the budget for the Hazardous Materials Response Team. The director will be classified and paid under the Boulder County employment system and will take direction from a board of directors comprised of the Boulder County sheriff, the Boulder police chief, and the Boulder fire chief. The sheriff will supervise and evaluate the director.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public or business administration, public policy, planning, or a related field. Five years of increasingly responsible management experience, including two years supervising staff and three years in emergency disaster preparedness or closely related programs.

Desired Qualifications: Certified as an emergency manager from the Colorado Emergency Managers Association, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or some other widely recognized U.S. certification program and experience with National Incident Management System compliance requirements.

Applications are due October 9, 2006. Find out more at www.co.boulder.co.us/jobs/Director%20of%20OEM.htm.

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CERT Assistant Coordinator
Office of Emergency Management, Brooklyn, New York

With general direction and guidance from the New York City (NYC) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program unit and the program manager, the NYC CERT assistant coordinator is responsible for supporting the NYC CERT program.

The CERT program is multifaceted and the candidate will be responsible for many of the day-to-day tasks:

  • Support CERT recruitment throughout NYC
  • Coordinate quarterly team chief meetings
  • Research and coordinate additional training for CERTs
  • Schedule and support individually sponsored public training sessions
  • Assist with inventory of CERT equipment prior to training cycles
  • Assist with outreach
  • Maintain CERT database
  • Staff the emergency operations center during activation

Find out more about the position, including qualifications, preferred skills, and how to apply, at www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/about/job_cert_coor.shtml.

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Ready New York Assistant Program Coordinator
Office of Emergency Management, Brooklyn, New York

The New York City Office of Emergency Management’s Ready New York program – a wide-scale, multi faceted preparedness program – s seeking an assistant program coordinator to assist in coordinating all aspects of the program, including ongoing community outreach programs and individual events. The job will include assisting the Ready New York coordinator with project management, community outreach, managing equipment and inventory; coordinating events in the field; and assisting in the development of preparedness training curriculums and other special projects. The selected candidate will be required to give preparedness presentations to members of the public, including local community boards, elected officials, and community groups, sometimes in the evening or on weekends.

Find out more about the position, including qualifications, preferred skills, and how to apply, at
www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/about/job_rny_coor.shtml.

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Emergency Management/Sociology
North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota

North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Department of Sociology/Anthropology is seeking to hire an full-time, tenure-track, assistant/associate professor in emergency management to begin in fall 2007. Qualified applicants will have a PhD in sociology, anthropology, or a closely related field. Other minimum qualifications include demonstrated expertise in emergency management, the ability to teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, and effective oral and written communication skills. Preferred qualifications include a strong academic background and research expertise in disaster preparedness, mitigation/prevention, response and recovery; an undergraduate degree or significant concentration in sociology or anthropology; teaching and/or research expertise; grant writing experience; and the demonstrated ability to obtain external grants and to manage personnel, programs, and budgets. NDSU expects faculty members to demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service in an open and collaborative environment.

To apply, send a curriculum vitae, official PhD and master’s degree transcripts; names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references; and a letter of application that describes your research and teaching interests, strengths, and future plans to Daniel J. Klenow, Search Committee Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105-5075; (701) 231-8925; daniel.klenow@ndsu.edu; www.ndsu.nodak.edu/socanth/. Screening will begin on November 1, 2006, and the position will remain open until filled.

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Coordinator of Homeland Security/Emergency Management
Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville, Arkansas

The Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) is seeking a coordinator of homeland security/emergency management to start in January 2007.

Job Duites:

  • Teach courses in homeland security and emergency management (HSEM)
  • Recruit adjunct instructors
  • Coordinate all business pertaining to the HSEM degree program, including scheduling classes, managing budgets, and evaluating instructors
  • Serve as a liaison with public and private homeland security/emergency management agencies
  • Facilitate information sharing and cooperative efforts with NWACC’s Institute of Corporate and Public Safety

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a discipline related to homeland security or emergency management
  • Minimum of 1-2 years experience related to disaster operations, emergency planning, mitigation, and training
  • Teaching experience, preferably on the college level

Applications are due September 29, 2006. Find out more at www.nwacc.edu/personnel/faculty.php.

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Disaster Volunteer Coordinator/Disaster Call Center Manager
Presbyterian Church (USA), Louisville, Kentucky

The Presbyterian Church (USA) is looking for a disaster volunteer coordinator/disaster call center manager to supervise volunteer operators, assign volunteer work teams to volunteer villages, and provide electronic database reports. For more information, see the full job description at http://onedoor.pcusa.org/. Apply online or send your resume/cover letter to jobs@ctr.pcusa.org (Attn: HR W06-09-43) or Presbyterian Church (USA), Attn: HR W06-09-42, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202.

Questions for the readership and contributions to this e-newsletter are encouraged. Questions and messages should be indicated as such and sent to hazctr@colorado.edu.

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