Disaster Research 470

January 25, 2007

Table of Contents

  1. Welcome Corey!
  2. New Quick Response Reports from the Natural Hazards Center
  3. Summer Research Institute for Undergraduates
  4. Call for Abstracts: Association of State Dam Safety Officials
  5. Association of State Floodplain Managers' Academic Discussion Group
  6. Wanted: Gender Advisers for Deployment in Humanitarian Emergencies
  7. Congress: FEMA Reform Not Progressing
  8. Some New Web Resources
  9. Conferences, Training, and Events
  10. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

1) Welcome Corey!

The Natural Hazards Center is happy to welcome Corey Reynolds, who joined the staff at the beginning of the year as the Center’s Program Associate. In that position, Corey will compile and edit the Disaster Research e-newsletter, manage the Center’s Web site, coordinate special projects and publications, and manage the Center’s Quick Response Research Program.

Corey holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Colorado, where he worked in communications and outreach at the nation’s largest student-run environmental center. Before joining the Natural Hazards Center, he was a reporter for newspapers in central and northern Colorado.

His interests include the role of the media before, during and after disaster; the effect of trauma reporting on media organizations and individuals; risk communication; and emergency management public policy.

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2) New Quick Response Reports from the Natural Hazards Center

With funds from the National Science Foundation, the Natural Hazards Center offers social scientists small grants to travel to the site of a disaster soon after it occurs to gather valuable information concerning immediate impact and response. Grant recipients are then required to submit reports of their findings, which the Center posts online. Two new Quick Response reports are now available at www.colorado.edu/hazards/qr/qrrepts.html.

QR187 Providing for Pets During Disasters, Part II: Animal Response Volunteers in Gonzales, Louisiana, by Leslie Irvine. 2006. Using Hurricane Katrina as a case study, this researcher examined how emergency responders provide for pets after a disaster. Irvine used participant observation to note the emotional needs of volunteers who help rescue, feed, shelter, and care for animals in a disaster. Irvine also notes that animals, because they are central to many families, cannot be left behind, and emergency response plans must account for pets.

QR188 An Assessment of the Personal and Emotional Barriers to Effective Disaster Response on the Part of Healthcare Professionals, by Laura L. Banks, Michael E. Richards, and Mark B. Shah. 2006. Using face-to-face interviews and surveys from hospital employees in Martin County, Florida, the researchers catalog numerous barriers to the provision of quality patient care immediately after two back-to-back hurricanes in 2004 (Frances and Jeanne). The research team found that more planning and preparation at hospitals is needed for adequate storm recovery.

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3) Summer Research Institute for Undergraduates

The Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware is again offering a Summer Research Institute for undergraduate students to provide hands-on research training and mentoring on the social science aspects of disasters. Each summer, 10 students from a wide variety of social science disciplines are selected to participate in the nine-week Summer Institute. All transportation and lodging expenses are covered for the student participants, who also receive a generous stipend for the summer. All students who will be entering their junior or senior year in the fall of 2007 are invited to apply. Students who are underrepresented in graduate schools–minority students, women, students from poorer regions of the country, and students from institutions with limited graduate programs–are especially encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is February 1 and students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by March 1.

Program details, guidelines, and application materials can be found online at www.udel.edu/DRC/REU.

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4) Call for Abstracts: Association of State Dam Safety Officials

ASDSO invites all persons interested in the safety of dams to submit abstracts of papers to be considered for presentation at Dam Safety 07, the annual national conference of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. This year's conference will be held September 9-13 at the Hilton Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas.

The deadline for abstract submittal is Friday, February 9, 2007. Specific instructions and a new online submittal process are available on ASDSO's Web site:

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5) Association of State Floodplain Managers’ Academic Discussion Group

Feeling that a vehicle is needed to assist in the academic preparation of future floodplain managers, the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) is creating an Academic Discussion Group. There are a number of members of the association that presently teach floodplain management courses at the university level, and this discussion group would be comprised of individuals who teach these and similar university-level courses and/or would like to promote and facilitate course offerings at that level. 

This group, as envisioned, would provide opportunities for participants to:

  • Exchange course syllabi
  • Discuss course contents
  • Share research needs
  • Discuss policy and management approaches
  • Provide general academic support 

Membership would not be restricted to ASFPM members. The association is soliciting those who might be interested in participating or assisting in the work of this discussion group. It is also seeking help in identifying individuals that are teaching floodplain management related courses at the college or university level. If you can assist in either of these endeavors, go to the ASFPM Web site: www.floods.org and then to Floodplain Academic Discussion Group.

For more information, contact George Riedel, Deputy Executive Director, ASFPM, (608) 274-0123, george@floods.org.

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6) Wanted: Gender Advisers for Deployment in Humanitarian Emergencies

The Norwegian Refugee Council, in cooperation with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Sub-Working Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action, is seeking “Gender Advisers in Humanitarian Emergencies” for the GenCap project. GenCap will consist of two full-time gender advisers as well as a standby roster of 15 advisers. The purpose of GenCap is to ensure that gender issues are considered and addressed in emergency preparedness and response.

The main responsibility of the gender advisers will be to support the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator’s role in promoting gender equality and non-discrimination throughout the humanitarian operation.

For the complete description, more information, and to apply, visit http://www.flyktninghjelpen.no/?did=9131861.

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7) Congress: FEMA Reform Not Progressing

Frustrated at the lack of progress towards an overhaul of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the chairmen and ranking members of both the House and Senate homeland security committees last month sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

The congressionally mandated overhaul of the agency calls for reconstituting FEMA as an independent agency within the Department of Homeland Security and restores its disaster preparedness function previously moved to a different agency. The FEMA director will also carry the rank of a deputy secretary and will be the president’s principal adviser for emergency management.

“There are already some indicators that DHS may not be effectively and promptly implementing the bill,” wrote Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I- Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Peter King, R-N.Y.

Though Chertoff publicly opposed the overhaul, officials at the DHS said they are working hard to implement the reforms and they’re not “dragging their feet.”

Read the letter at http://lieberman.senate.gov/newsroom/release.cfm?id=267172.

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8) Some New Web Resources

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

UN/ISDR Asia-Pacific
The UN/ISDR Asia and Pacific Web site offers information on disaster risk reduction and communicates activities and events of organizations throughout the Asian and Pacific regions. The site, launched in 2006, also contains a wealth of information about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and a directory of Asian and Pacific disaster-related agencies and centers.

Community-Based Disaster Management Toolkit
This, the online version of UNESCO Jakarta’s Community-Based Disaster Management Toolkit, contains general but concise guidelines on preparedness and prevention of disasters at community level, a ready-to-use form book in the event of a disaster, brochures and posters on disaster preparedness, and eight comic books on different disaster topics.

Inamura-no-hi Tsunami Awareness Booklets
The Asian Disaster Reduction Center has created these tsunami booklets in nine languages for adults and children in eight Asian countries. An old Japanese tsunami story, called Inamura-no-hi, is told in the context of tsunami evacuation for the particular country. These booklets will soon be distributed at the community level.

Dr. Jeff Masters’ Wunderblog
Founded by Dr. Jeff Masters in 1995, Wunderground.com features basic NWS forecasts, satellites, and radar. But it is Masters’ WunderBlog that is notable, receiving almost 125,000 page views each day. Forums for asking questions, sharing information, or posting pictures, weather-related weblogs are gaining popularity and WunderBlog is seen as one of the most recognizable on the net.

Mass Emergencies
The predecessor to the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Mass Emergencies was published 14 times between 1975 and 1979. The journal was started by E. L. Quarantelli, co-director of the Disaster Research Center (then located at The Ohio State University), and Jiri Nehnevajsa of the University Center for Urban Research ( University of Pittsburgh). The complete contents of Mass Emergencies are now available online, at no cost.

Developed by UNESCO, the TsunamiTeacher Information and Resource Toolkit synthesizes new and existing information on tsunamis into one, easy-to-use resource. Materials available online help build awareness and the capacity to response to and mitigate the impact of tsunamis. TsunamiTeacher is available as both an on-line, dynamic resource, and an off-line set of DVDs.

Community Disaster Resilience: A Summary of the March 20, 2006 Workshop of the Disasters Roundtable
This 15-page report summarizes a workshop that brought together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to focus on community resilience in the face of disaster. Participants discussed such issues as the nature of local resilience to disaster, what can further or inhibit it, and how progress can be measured.

Reuters AlertNet Interactive Map
AlertNet has launched its interactive mapping service bringing users detailed images of the world. Zoom in on any region, search for news on specific countries and crises, download maps, measure distances between locations, and much more.

Nevada Seismological Laboratory Ranking of Seismic Activity
This University of Nevada-Reno study ranks the top 10 most seismically active states in the United States. Using the catalog of earthquakes from the Advanced National Seismic System, researchers determined the greatest magnitude earthquake reached once per year, on average, for each state. Based on this measurement, Alaska took the top spot, followed by California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Washington.

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9) Conferences, Training, and Events

[Below are some recent announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. For a comprehensive list of upcoming hazards-related meetings, visit our Web site at www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/conferences.html.]

The National Emergency Management Summit— New Orleans, Louisiana: March 4-6, 2007.
Sponsors: Health Affairs, Harvard Health Policy Review, and the Louisiana Hospital Association.
Environmental and geopolitical events have coalesced to create a heightened risk of natural disasters, epidemics, and terrorism in the United States. Participants at the National Emergency Management Summit will assess these risks and articulate practical approaches for planning, response, and recovery focusing on the special challenges that health care organizations face in emergency situations. For more information, visit www.emergencymanagementsummit.com.

Higher Education All-Hazards Planning and Emergency Management Institute— Boston, Massachusetts: March 5-7, 2007.
Organizer: Academic Impressions, Inc.
This conference will help emergency managers, as well as professionals in campus police/security, environmental health and safety, and facilities management, to plan more thoroughly for all-hazards emergency management. The conference will identify the resources, tactics, and stakeholders needed to develop, test, and refine a campus-wide emergency management plan that addresses all issues, including communications and partnering with external agencies. Participants will leave the institute with a work plan that details how to develop a plan for their institution of higher education. For more information, visit www.academicimpressions.com/conferences/0307-emergency-planning.php.

DRJ’s Spring World 2007— Orlando, Florida: March 25-28, 2007.
Organizer: Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ).
DRJ conferences focus on all aspects of disaster recovery, contingency planning, and business continuity through plenary and breakout sessions, workshops, exercises, and networking opportunities. An exhibit hall will showcase the latest products and services in the industry. For more information, visit www.drj.com/conferences/orl2007.

Risk & Rationalities— Cambridge, United Kingdom: March 29-31, 2007.
Organizer: Economic and Social Research Council, Social Contexts and Responses to Risk Network.
This conference will examine the dynamics of risk, approaches to risk in different disciplines, government responses to risk, varying rationalities in the management and regulation of risk, the advantages and limitations of heuristics, affect and emotion in explaining risk responses, trust and risk, and more. For more information, visit www.kent.ac.uk/scarr/events/events.htm.

Analyzing Risk: Science, Assessment, and Management— Boston, Massachusetts: April 10-13, 2007. Offered by: Harvard School of Public Health, Division of Continuing Professional Education and Center for Risk Analysis.
Risk analysis plays an important role in environmental and public health decision making, and recent executive orders and regulatory guidelines ensure that it will have increasing prominence in upcoming years. This program provides education about current risk analysis methods, how risk analysis is interpreted, and how it influences regulatory decision making. It is designed for industrial, regulatory, and public health professionals responsible for managing, conducting, or evaluating risk assessments associated with occupational, food-borne, or environmental hazards. For more information, visit www.hsph.harvard.edu/ccpe/programs/RISK.shtml.

Seismological Society of America (SSA) Annual Meeting— Waikoloa, Hawaii: April 11-13, 2007.
2007 marks the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the SSA, which was formed due to the increased concern and need for scientific understanding of seismology following the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Last year, the SSA commemorated that event by holding its annual meeting in San Francisco and hosting several sessions and presentations on the 1906 disaster. This year, to celebrate its founding, the society invites members and others concerned about earthquakes and their consequences to travel to Hawaii, scene of a major quake last October. For more information, visit www.seismosoc.org/htdocs/meetings.

Conference on Disaster and Migration— New Orleans, Louisiana: April 12-14, 2007.
Organizer: Sociology Department, Tulane University.
The conference will bring together scholars whose work contributes to understanding disaster and migration through theoretical analyses or empirical research. Using the migrations that resulted from Hurricane Katrina as a basis for discussion, participants will offer theoretical perspectives on migration and disaster; discuss research on the social process of evacuation; and examine the migration of both the returnees and the displaced. To learn more, visit www.tulane.edu/~sociol/DisasterandMigration.html.

15th Annual VOAD Conference— Albuquerque, New Mexico: April 17-20, 2007.
Organizer: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).
NVOAD is committed to the precept that the best time for agencies and organizations to train, prepare, and become acquainted with each other is before a disaster takes place. This annual meeting is a forum for NVOAD members (and others) to do just that, and to begin to coordinate their efforts for more effective disaster response. For more information, see www.nvoad.org/annualconf1.php.

18th Global Warming International Conference and Expo— Miami, Florida: April 19-20, 2007.
Organizer: Global Warming International Center (GWIC).
This conference is dedicated to furthering scientific research, technology, and education for global warming mitigation. This year, in addition to the scientific program and the technology expo, the organizers are developing a public program and an education program based on the feedback of concerned citizens, educators and school teachers, and technology innovators. To learn more, see http://gw18.globalwarming.net.

2007 National Flood Conference— Denver, Colorado: April 29-May 2, 2007.
Organizer: National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Intended for insurance adjusters, agents, lenders, planners, government officials, and others involved in the NFIP, this conference will address the evolving NFIP program and current issues, both local and national. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/business/nfip/natl_fldconf.shtm.

4th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2007)— Delft, The Netherlands: May 13-16, 2007.
Organizer: International Community on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management.
Among the topics to be pursued at this meeting are disaster management and internationalization, geographic information systems in crisis management, advanced information technologies for disaster management, and modeling and simulation of communication technology for disaster mitigation and recovery. For more information, see www.iscram.org.

CPM 2007 WEST— Las Vegas, Nevada: May 23-25, 2007.
Offered by: The CPM Group.
This conference brings together business leaders and practitioners to explore best practices and latest developments in business continuity, contingency planning, disaster simulation, emergency management, and security. For more information, visit www.contingencyplanning.com/events/west.

3rd International Symposium on Geospatial Information for Disaster Management (Gi4DM 2007)— Toronto, Ontario, Canada: May 23-25, 2007.
Organizer: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
Spatial information plays a key role in response to disaster, ensuring the interoperability of various emergency services, providing appropriate information to the appropriate entities, and enabling managers to make effective decisions. This conference will explore new technologies, user requirements, research, development, and the intelligent use of spatial information for emergency disaster operations. For more information, see www.ryerson.ca/~isprs/events.htm.

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10.) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Director, Business Continuity and Emergency Management Office
University of Texas at San Antonio

RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a professional position responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, and maintenance of a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan to ensure the continuation of critical services in the event of a critical incident which significantly disrupts the operations of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). This position is also responsible for the development, continuous evaluation, and implementation of an Emergency Management Plan to address critical incidents which significantly disrupt university operations. In addition, this position is responsible for all aspects of the university's business continuity and emergency management to include serving on the Business Continuity and Emergency Planning Advisory committee, partnering with campus departments to help develop, implement, maintain, and validate their emergency management strategies/business continuity plans, coordination of critical incidents with the UTSA Police Department, and the operation of the Business Continuity and Emergency Management Office. For additional information about this position, including salary range and benefits please visit UTSA STARS at www.utsa.edu/hr .

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or Risk Management. Preferred: Graduate Degree in one of the above disciplines. Required: A minimum of three years experience in business continuity planning, emergency management, project management or related area. Must have exceptional verbal and written communication, interviewing and planning skills.

CONTACT: Douglas Sonego, 210-458-4247, www.utsa.edu/hr .


Crisis Management Administrator/Planner
The Walt Disney Company; Burbank, California

OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE: Coordinate all aspects of Crisis Management Planning (international and domestic). This includes, but is not limited to, Crisis Management team development and maintenance, site information tracking, and business recovery planning. The Administrator will be responsible for general crisis management that involves company coordination, planning, and preparedness as well as assisting with global emergency operations concepts and global connectivity strategies and process. Crisis Management Emergency planning proactively identifies and coordinates process, to make it clear, faster, and more efficient.

Through his/her direct contributions to emergency plans for the Walt Disney Company, the Administrator will help facilitate improved, business continuity, emergency preparedness and implement programs and exercises to enhance their effectiveness. The majority of Crisis Management staff focuses on identifying specific procedures and resources to facilitate effective, efficient response to different emergency situations.

In addition, Crisis Management coordinates the company’s plans for staff awareness and exercises. In the event of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation, will work with representatives from multiple departments during the event and assist in implementing the emergency response protocols of their respective areas.

-Coordinates with Human Recourses the establishment and maintenance of the Company’s Business Continuity planning.
-Assist with the development and updating of The Walt Disney Company’s Crisis Management Plans.
-Assist with the implementation of specific planning efforts such as Pandemic Flu and Natural Hazard Planning.
-Assist with the tracking control and the status of all Crisis Management equipment procurement.
-Update CM Portal website with needed information
-Respond and render emergency management assistance, as needed, to the Crisis Management Team during an emergency situation.
-Assists with Corporate Emergency Operations Concepts and develops global connectivity strategies and process.
-Assist with goal development, implementation and tracking for Crisis Management.
-Assist with the development of Global crisis management exercises, debriefs and after-action reports for each exercise and develop recommendations from such exercises.
-Assist Director with projects as assigned.

-Minimum 2 years of related experience.
-Bachelors degree from an accredited university. Master’s degree preferred.
-Knowledge of basic computer applications (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database) preferred.
-Strong writing and project management skills preferred.
-Work experience in a formal emergency management organization is preferred.
-Experience with emergency management required.
-Knowledge of the Business Continuity Planning, Federal Response Plan (FRP), Incident Command System (ICS), and other emergency management concepts.
-Knowledge of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism response, and public health helpful.
-Knowledge of exercise design is preferred.
-Experience in the areas of emergency management, planning, project management and/or other related fields.
-Experience working for or with emergency response organizations.
-Good verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills are necessary.
-Experience in project management and meeting facilitation is desired.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://disney.recruitmax.com/main/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=60016&szReturnToSearch=


Safety and Health Specialist/Emergency Preparedness Planner
Auburn University; Auburn, Alabama

The Risk Management and Safety Department of Auburn University is currently seeking candidates for the position of Safety and Health Specialist (Emergency Preparedness Planner). This position will report to the Associate Director of Safety & Health.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop, implement and regularly review the University emergency preparedness programs, to include development of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery plans; development, coordination and delivery of training/educational programs for faculty, staff and students; and collaboration with public and private agencies to ensure public safety and public health resources are coordinated with the University emergency preparedness program. Design, coordinate and evaluate emergency preparedness exercises at least annually. Provide guidance and consultation to department coordinators in developing facility-specific emergency preparedness plans. Develop, organize and exercise facility evacuation plans. Coordinate the operations and resources of the University Emergency Operations Center.

Respond to actual emergencies and assist as necessary. Prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and reports. Ensure University compliance with all emergency preparedness requirements and regulations. Perform other duties as assigned. This position will be on call 24/7 and required to work after hours and on weekends as necessary.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Emergency Preparedness, Fire Science, Environmental Science, Health and Safety, Biological Sciences, Engineering or Chemistry plus seven years' experience in emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery; OR a Bachelor's degree in any other field plus nine years' experience in the emergency preparedness field. Past experience should include evidence of a highly energetic work ethic exhibiting a professional demeanor and self-motivation; the ability to work independently as well as part of a team; strong interpersonal, written communication and presentation skills; and demonstration of good judgment, flexibility, creativity and sensitivity to changing situations and needs. The individual in this position must work well under pressure to meet deadlines, and must have experience in developing emergency preparedness programs to address all hazard emergencies.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Training in Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, Hazardous Materials Incident Command, NIMS and/or other FEMA courses in emergency preparedness. Certification as Certified Emergency Manager, Certified or Master Business Continuity Planner, Emergency Exercise Designer, and/or related certifications. Experience working in higher education highly desired.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.auemployment.com. Contact Auburn University's Department of Human Resources at (334) 844-4145.


Department Head - The Department of Emergency Administration and Management
Arkansas Tech University; Russellville, Arkansas

Arkansas Tech University is a state-supported institution of approximately 7,000 students serving the northwest quadrant of Arkansas and is located in Russellville, a community of 23,000 on I-40 midway between Little Rock and Fort Smith.

The Department of Emergency Administration and Management is seeking a department head to oversee the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees with a total of 200 majors including a large Chinese cohort. The program is accredited by the Foundation on Higher Education in Disaster/Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and the bachelor’s degree is approved by the North Central Higher Learning Commission for online delivery. 

REQUIREMENTS: graduate degree relevant to emergency management, proven record of successful management with progressively responsible and innovative leadership, current experience with distance delivery, competence in building internal and external collaborations, proven record of excellence in teaching, applied and action research and scholarship, program planning and scheduling, student and faculty advising and evaluation, assessment of program outcomes, oversight for the delivery of training and technical assistance, knowledge of current technologies for curriculum integration. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: earned doctorate from an accredited institution; ABD with validated completion date considered with strong administrative background in higher education, experience as a department head highly preferred, specialized research into best practices relevant to emergency management and business continuity, attracting external funding, maintaining currency with respect to state, regional, national and international developments affecting Homeland Security issues.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience for the twelve-month, tenure-track contract, effective August 2007. Complete program and curriculum information available on the Web site: http://commed.atu.edu/EAM. Review of applications will begin March 12, 2007, continuing until position is filled. Application must include a statement of qualifications, vita, copies of transcripts, email address, and contact information for three references and submitted to:

Dr. Mary Ann Rollans, Dean
School of Community Education
Lake Point Conference Center at
Arkansas Tech University
61 Lake Point Lane
Russellville, AR 72801-2222


Assistant/Associate Professor of Emergency Management
University of Akron

The University of Akron's Summit College invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor of Emergency Management. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, teaching undergraduate courses in the Emergency Management Bachelor's program; curriculum review and development with increasing emphasis on distributed education; establish collaborative relationships with the public/private sector; and fulfilling standard duties of an academic professor in an undergraduate program.

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Masters Degree in emergency management, public administration, homeland security or a related field required, Doctorate preferred. 2. Minimum of three years of related professional experience required. 3. Experience in grant writing, research, and collaboration between academia and the public/private sector preferred. 4. Teaching experience in emergency management or a related field required.

Salary competitive.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications starting January 31, 2007. Position is open until filled.

Send VITA and supporting documents, including transcripts of degrees earned, to:

Professor John E. Mumper, Chair
Emergency Management Search Committee
Polsky Bldg. Suite 161
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-4304


Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services
Westchester County, New York

Westchester County is seeking a highly motivated professional with experience in all aspects of emergency management, including emergency preparedness & response, communications, planning & training to provide strategic leadership for the County's Office of Emergency Management. Candidates should have experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals, groups, and representatives of government, business and industry, and volunteer organizations and effective communication skills to articulate the mission of the department. Bachelor's degree in Emergency Management or Public Administration required. Salary Range: $99,645 to $127,125 with excellent benefits. Please submit resume with cover letter by February 15, 2007, to:

Vicki Duval
Westchester County Department of Emergency Services
4 Dana Road
Valhalla, New York 10595


Director, Office of Plans, Operations & Homeland Security
U.S. Capitol Police; Washington, D.C.

The Office of Plans, Operations and Homeland Security (OPOH) is responsible for planning, administering and coordinating a comprehensive emergency management program for the US Capitol complex on all matters dealing with emergency management, including continuity of operations during major disasters or disruption to normal operations; program development of emergency operations plans; emergency preparedness; interagency emergency response coordination; disaster recovery planning and operations; exercise design, execution, analysis; and emergency preparedness training design, development, and execution for the USCP and Congressional entities; and ensuring emergency management initiatives impacting upon the USCP throughout the Capitol complex are properly coordinated within the USCP and with Congressional entities.


1) LEADING CHANGE: Demonstrated ability to develop and implement an organizational vision using human resources management and other general management strategies. Ability to balance change and continuity; to continually strive to improve program performance within area of responsibility; to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking; and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.

2) LEADING PEOPLE: Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies that maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting organization's vision, mission, and goals. Skill in strategic human resource management, including skill in reducing the distance between customers and decision-makers and reshaping organizations to achieve results.

3) RESULTS DRIVEN: Demonstrated skill in stressing accountability and continuous improvement. Ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and implementing and evaluating programs and policies, including using human resources and other general management tools to establish program and/or policy goals and the structure and process necessary to implement the organization's mission and strategic vision.

4) BUSINESS ACUMEN: Skill in strategic human resource management, competitive sourcing programs, e-government initiatives, integration of budget and performance goals, internal controls, and improved financial performance in the assigned program area. Ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner that instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission; and the ability to use new technology to enhance decision making.

5) BUILDING COALITIONS/COMMUNICATIONS: Ability to explain, advocate, and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner; negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally; develop an expansive professional network with other organizations; and identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.

PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: 1) Extensive professional experience and knowledge of program management, especially in the area of a comprehensive emergency management program, and administration of a program to ensure readiness for normal and emergency operations. 2) Demonstrated experience formulating and executing the budget process and financial management practices and procedures for a complex emergency preparedness program.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated broad knowledge of emergency management program policies, principles and procedures, as well as related internal controls and regulatory principles.

QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE: All applicants must meet the Mandatory Executive Core Qualification and Professional Technical requirements listed to be eligible for further consideration. Eligibility will be based on a clear showing that the applicant's training and experience is of the scope, quality and level of responsibility sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this executive position. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: The applicant must meet the following requirements: 1) U.S. citizenship; 2) high school diploma; 3) pass background investigation; 4) ability to obtain and maintain Top Secret/SCI Clearance. To apply and view the detailed vacancy announcements, please visit the USAJobs Web site at www.usajobs.opm.gov or Avue Digital Services at www.avuecentral.com.

SALARY: $132,237.00-$158,677.00


U.S. Capitol Police
Fax: 253-573-9869


Emergency Management Faculty
Harper College; Palatine, Illinois

RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a full time tenure track faculty position in the Emergency Management program beginning August 2007. Responsibilities include teaching in the new Emergency Management program as well as serving as a liaison for the EMS program.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in Emergency Management, Criminal Justice, Fire Science or Public Administration is preferred. Bachelor's degree is required. Two years of teaching experience is preferred. Five years of related occupational experience. Must have documented experience in Emergency Management.

For more information or to apply, go to: http://jobs.harpercollege.edu.

Fax: 847-925-6051

If you or your organization would like to add a job posting here in the DR, please feel free to email the information to hazctr@colorado.edu.

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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