Disaster Research 472

February 22, 2007

Table of Contents

  1. FEMA Seeks Applicants for the National Advisory Council
  2. GAO Report Highlights Faults in Small Business Administration’s Response to Katrina
  3. Two New Research Grants: “Emergency Activation and Individuals with Disabilities” and “Emergency Management Technologies”
  4. UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction
  5. Call for Papers: Fire Service College Annual Conference
  6. Call for Abstracts: 8th Conference of the European Sociological Association
  7. Call for Abstracts: Disaster and Emergency Management Evaluation
  8. Call for Paper Proposals: Dangerous Trade—Histories of Industrial Hazard Across a Globalizing World Conference
  9. Request for Research Survey Participants
  10. Request for Practitioners to Complete a Questionnaire
  11. Some New Web Resources
  12. Conferences, Training, and Events
  13. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

1) FEMA Seeks Applicants for the National Advisory Council

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants who wish to be considered by the FEMA administrator to sit on the National Advisory Council.

The council is being created as an advisory role to the FEMA administrator to help ensure effective and ongoing coordination of the federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other human-induced disasters. Specifically, the council will focus attention on the development and revision of the national preparedness goal, the national preparedness system, the National Incident Management System, the National Response Plan, and other related plans and strategies.

Individuals seeking to be considered for an appointment on the council should submit a resume detailing their experience in the arena of emergency management and related fields. Resumes must be received by FEMA by March 9, 2007, and could be sent via e-mail to: john.sharetts-sullivan@dhs.gov.

Materials can also be mailed to:
Attention: John Sharetts-Sullivan
500 C Street, SW
Room 316
Washington, DC 20472

The FEMA news release about this call for applications can be viewed here: http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=34152.

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2) GAO Report Highlights Faults in Small Business Administration’s Response to Katrina

A report released last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concludes that the Small Business Administration’s poor planning – and specifically its lack of a detailed disaster plan – severely thwarted the agency’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

After the 2005 disaster, the SBA saw a backlog of more than 200,000 applications for its Disaster Loan Program. And over the past year, the program has been close to shutting down three times due to insufficient funds.

The 41-page GAO report recommends the SBA establish timeframes to complete key aspects of its disaster plan. The report also states that the SBA must rely more on simulations and models of disasters to anticipate needs.

The GAO report, entitled Small Business Administration: Additional Steps Needed to Enhance Agency Preparedness for Future Disasters, is available at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07114.pdf.

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3) Two New Research Grants: “Emergency Activation and Individuals with Disabilities” and “Emergency Management Technologies”

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education invites applications for two new research grants in the areas of "Emergency Evacuation and Individuals with Disabilities" and "Emergency Management Technologies."

"Emergency Evacuation and Individuals with Disabilities" is a three-year Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) with projected funding at $450,000 per year. "Emergency Management Technologies" is a five-year Rehabilitation Research and Engineering Center (RERC) with projected funding at $950,000 per year.

More information and the complete grant notices are available at http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html. Application packages are also available at this site.

Applications are due on or before Monday, April 16, 2007.

Peer Reviewers: Persons interested in being a peer reviewer for either of these competitions should send a detailed resume to OSERSPRS@ed.gov, with copies to bonnie.gracer@ed.gov and thomas.corfman@ed.gov. Please include a cover letter describing your areas of expertise. You must include your academic credentials, complete contact information and a description of your experience in relevant areas (e.g., research, engineering, emergency management, disability).

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4) UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) is calling for the nomination of individuals or institutions for the 19th U.N. Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction.

The United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is worth approximately $50,000, to be shared among the Sasakawa Laureate and recipients of the Certificates of Distinction and Merit. It is presented annually on the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the second Wednesday of October.

The candidate can be an individual or an institution, distinguishing herself/himself/itself through outstanding and internationally recognized action in the following fields:

  1. The implementation, at international or regional level, of activities designed to strengthen people's awareness of disasters triggered by natural hazards;
  2. The launching of scientific activities contributing to technological innovation facilitating disaster prediction;
  3. The launching of scientific or social activities contributing to the strengthening of disaster risk reduction;
  4. The promotion of activities which reduce the economic impact of disasters and contribute to sustainable development;
  5. Any other activities recognized as essential in promoting disaster risk reduction (early warning, environmental management, land use planning, promotion of building codes, awareness-raising, education, etc.).

Those interested should complete the nomination form by June 29, 2007. The nomination form and the information in support of the nomination should be submitted to the ISDR Secretariat.

More information, along with the nomination packet, is available here: http://www.unisdr.org/eng/sasakawa/2007/Sasakwa-Award-2007-English.pdf.

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5) Call for Papers: Fire Service College Annual Conference

The Fire Service College, in association with the Institution of Fire Engineers, invites papers for inclusion in plenary, parallel, or poster sessions during the annual conference, November 7-8, 2007. Organizers wish to hear from individuals, fire and rescue authorities, and other organizations looking to showcase best practice, initiative, and cutting-edge research. The conference attracts a wide audience from across emergency services, the fire industry, research communities, and other private or public sectors interested in the latest fire-related issues, developments, and concerns. Conference organizers welcome a broad range of backgrounds and professional approaches including technical, engineering, legal, social, psychological, economic, operational, and national and international perspectives, giving the conference its distinctive multi-disciplinary and multi-agency flavor.

Those interested in presenting at the conference should submit a short summary of their work by Friday, April 6, 2007, using this form: https://www.iaem.com/events/Calendar/documents/RE07CallforPapers0207.pdf.

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6) Call for Abstracts: 8th Conference of the European Sociological Association

The European Sociological Association has issued a call for abstracts for its 8th annual conference, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in September. The conference theme is “Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society.”

Proposed themes include:

  • Disaster, crisis, society, and community: re-examining central concepts
  • Globalization and disaster: threats, trends, and responses
  • Climate change, risk, and society

Conference organizers welcome proposals for additional session themes.

Abstracts (150-200 words) should be submitted by February 28, 2007, via the conference Web site: http://www.esa8thconference.com.

Please direct any questions to Philip Buckle, philip.buckle@gmail.com.

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7) Call for Abstracts: Disaster and Emergency Management Evaluation

Editors of the journal New Directions for Evaluation are calling for abstracts for an issue with a theme of Disaster and Emergency Management Evaluation.

This special issue aims to encourage the review and examination of disaster and emergency management evaluation in international and domestic settings. The editors welcome applied, empirically based, and theoretical contributions. Suggested topics are provided on the announcement below; the editors encourage and welcome additional related topics. Accepted abstracts will be included in the full proposal and submitted for review to the New Directions for Evaluation editorial board. Upon approval by the editorial board, authors will be invited to submit papers of not more than 20 pages in length.

The deadline for abstracts is April 9, 2007.

For more information, visit http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/NDE_DEME_CallForAbstracts.pdf.

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8) Call for Paper Proposals: Dangerous Trade—Histories of Industrial Hazard Across a Globalizing World Conference

Conference organizers invite paper proposals for an international conference on the historical relationship between industrial hazards and globalization. The conference will be held December 13-15, 2007, at Stony Brook University, in Stony Brook, New York, and will focus especially on two more recent periods of global economic integration—the late nineteenth/early twentieth and the later twentieth centuries.

Accepted participants will be expected to submit a full manuscript version of their paper a month and a half beforehand, as a basis for conference discussions. Funds will likely be available for accepted presenters to cover food, lodging, and travel, nationally as well as internationally. Organizers hope to strike an even balance between U.S. and non-U.S. participants.

Paper proposals must include an abstract of at least 500 words and curriculum vitae. The deadline for paper proposals is March 31, 2007.

Paper proposals should be sent as e-mail attachments to csellers@notes.cc.sunysb.edu, or as hard copies, to Christopher Sellers, History Department, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794 USA.

For more information, contact Christopher Sellers, csellers@notes.cc.sunysb.edu, or Joseph Melling, J.L.melling@exeter.ac.uk.

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9) Request for Research Survey Participants

Lucy Stanbrough from the University of Hertfordshire, England, is conducting research into the use of online GIS for natural hazard information, and is looking for GIS users and content providers to complete a short survey.

According to Stanbrough, to date there have been no studies that that aim to identify and compare the content providers’ assessment and provision of user needs against actual user needs on a global multi-hazard level, which could provide a valuable piece of research in this burgeoning field.

Online GIS applications can include anything ranging from complex applications like ESRI Web services to more simple services such as Google Maps or Google Earth.

The survey can be found here: http://www.the-online-gis-survey.co.uk.

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10) Request for Practitioners to Complete a Questionnaire

Two development management students at the London School of Economics and Political Science are assisting the Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre in conducting an assessment of the indicators that can be used by local partner organizations and communities to demonstrate the impact of disaster risk reduction programs in achieving a disaster-resilient community.

The students are requesting that practitioners note this list of indicators, available here (PDF).

The questionnaire is available here (RTF).

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11) 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/.]

Tsunami Information Sources
Robert L. Wiegel, professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley, has compiled “Tsunami Information Sources,” a comprehensive, three-part series of lists noting research, bibliographies, journals, newsletters, photographs, organizations, and more dealing with tsunamis.

Downloads from the First European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology
The First European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in September of last year. Now, a book of 2,000 abstracts is available on the conference Web site, along with the PowerPoint presentations and videos of the ten keynote speakers. An order form for the CD of the proceedings and a list of participants is also available.

Base Map Inputs for Floodplain Mapping
After a congressional mandate, FEMA is now in the process of modernizing floodplain maps to better serve its National Flood Insurance Program, and the agency has set goals of what it wants the new maps to look like. This National Research Council report concludes that though there is sufficient two-dimensional “base map imagery” from aerial and satellite photographs to meet FEMA’s flood map modernization goals, the three-dimensional data (“base elevation data”) is not sufficient. FEMA needs elevation data that are about 10 times more accurate than today’s available data, and aerial laser technology should be used to address this problem, the report concludes.

Protegiendo a su familia de los terremotos—Los siete pasos a la seguridad para prepararse en caso de un terremoto (Protecting Your Family From Earthquakes—The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety)
An abridged, Spanish-language version of the U.S. Geological Survey handbook “Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country—Your Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Area,” this resource is geared toward the Spanish-speaking population in the Bay Area with a goal of making earthquake preparedness information readily available. The book is also available here, in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.

First Annual Streamflow Summary
This new U.S. Geological Survey publication examines streamflow in 2006 relative to the conditions seen over the past 75 years. This year has produced some record-breaking high streamflow conditions in the northeastern United States, as well as some near-record low conditions in other areas, the report notes. But despite these regional highs and lows, streamflow conditions nationwide were relatively typical.

The African Centre for Disaster Studies
The African Centre for Disaster Studies was established in 2002 at the North-West University in South Africa. The center identifies disaster-related research, training, and education needs in southern Africa and the continent as a whole. This recently redesigned site includes a resources section, news of interest, a blog, and links to the center’s e-journal and newsletter.

Community Land Use Planning and Natural Hazards
The American Planning Association and the Institute for Business & Home Safety have partnered to provide an annual update of state land use planning laws and their requirements for addressing natural hazards. Some cities, towns, counties, and districts consider the effects of floodwaters, ground shaking, and other hazards when administering development regulations. Others do not. This inventory presents each state’s laws governing land use planning.

Global Incident Map
This public service Web site was created to give the public, law enforcement, military, and government individuals a new way to visualize, and become instantly aware of terrorism and security incidents across the world. The site, which is updated every 300 seconds, reports incidents of terrorism, explosions, suspicious circumstances with explosives, and airline turmoil, among other events.

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12) 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.]

International Emergency Management Conference and Exhibition— Adelaide, Australia: March 13-16, 2007. Convener: 2007 World Police and Fire Games Corporation. “Reaching beyond Catastrophe—The Return Journey” is the theme of this conference designed for specialists in emergency management. It will have broad interagency appeal and a varied program featuring a range of keynote speakers from Australia and overseas. There will be significant involvement from the business, technology, social justice, and academic communities. To learn more, visit www.2007wpfg.com/files/WPFG_RegoBook_pt5.pdf.

5th Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop— Seattle, Washington: March 20-23, 2007. Organizers: National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Services Division and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. This workshop will bring together a diverse group of climate science producers and users to share developments in research and applications related to the use of climate predictions in societal decision making. The workshop will not address technical challenges of making climate predictions, climate modeling, or other technical topics related to the science of climate predictions. To learn more, see www.cses.washington.edu/cig/outreach/workshopfiles/cpasw07/.

ASBPA’s 2007 Coastal Summit: America’s Coasts, America’s Treasures: National Perspectives and Policy— Washington, D.C.: March 21-23, 2007. Organizer: American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). The objectives of this conference are to provide an in-depth look at critical issues affecting beach preservation and management; enhance media relations and lobbying skills; develop an understanding of federal budgeting and appropriations; and provide networking opportunities with members of Congress, federal officials, and beach lovers. Learn more at www.asbpa.org/conferences/conferences.htm.

International Meeting of Psychology in Emergencies and Disasters— Buenos Aires, Argentina: March 21-23. Sponsored by: The Argentine Society of Psychology for Emergencies and Disasters. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Role of Communities and Institutions in Disaster Reduction,” and experienced professionals from Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Italy, the United States, and other countries will lecture on human factors in disaster management. For more information, see www.sapsed.org.ar/encuentrointernacional.

68th ASPA National Conference—Monumental Possibilities: Capitalizing on Collaboration— Washington, D.C.: March 23-27, 2007. Organizer: American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA). This annual conference will focus on collaboration across sectoral and governmental lines, extending to topics such as budgeting, finance, accountability, and performance; intergovernmental and international relations; human resource management and social equity; responding to threats and disasters; public safety, law, and the courts; ethical issues and administrative courage; environmental justice, public works management and policy; housing, social services, health policy and management; environment, science, and technology; education for the public service; the political context of public service; issues in local government; and issues in federal service. Learn more at www.aspanet.org/scriptcontent/index_aspaconference.cfm.

Emergency Preparedness and Service Restoration for Utilities 2007— New Orleans, Louisiana: March 28-30. Utilities more than ever need to be sure that their emergency preparedness and service restoration is as good as it can be, capable of effective execution during an emergency. This conference will assemble utility executives to present and debate the latest tools, processes, insights, and lessons learned in planning for, and restoring service from, major power disruptions. For more information, visit www.pmaconference.com/3.28.07a.pdf.

The National Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Conference— Miami, Florida: April 10-12. Hosted by: Southeast Florida UASI and Charlotte UASI. The National Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Conference is intended to bring UASI participants, state administrative agencies, Department of Homeland Security officials, and private sector partners together in an open and collegial environment to discuss issues of importance to those responsible for implementing and supporting UASI programs across the nation. The conference will also serve as an opportunity for sharing best practices from UASI program participants and to assess overall UASI objectives. For more information, see http://urbanareas.org/.

2007 Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) Annual Meeting— Greensboro, North Carolina: April 13-14. Organizer: SEA. The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Political Economy of Hazards and Disasters.” Throughout human history, natural disasters and intentional violence have affected economic and political systems. Economic aspects of disasters involve not only the devastation they cause, but also the social construction of risk and vulnerability in the form of subsistence strategies, class differentiation, venues for cooperation, and so on. Economic anthropologists have a great deal to contribute to understanding patterns of societal resilience and failure in the face of disasters and, while prior to Hurricane Katrina relatively few anthropologists worked directly on contemporary disasters, this theme provides an opportunity for economic anthropologists to consider structures of risk, vulnerability and adaptation in the context of extreme events. For more information, see http://sea.org.ohio-state.edu/.

12th International Conference of Fire Service Women— Oakland, California: April 25-29, 2007. Organizer: Women in the Fire Service (WFS). This meeting is intended to provide concrete, useful information and training to women in (or seeking to enter) the structural or wildland fire service. Visit www.wfsi.org/news_and_events/events.php?event_id=12.

15th World Conference in Disasters and Emergency Management— Amsterdam: The Netherlands: May 13-16, 2007. Organizer: World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. This congress aims to catalyze thought processes and to come up with very clear products to better prepare experts, organizations, and governments for the next disaster or crisis. The central themes will be preparedness, knowledge, training, and networks. Attendees will include policy makers, researchers, clinicians, responders, planners, administrators, and other experts from around the world who have interest in the most urgent medical and humanitarian problems of the 21st century. To learn more, see www.wcdem2007.org/.

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13.) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Director of Emergency Management
Broward County, Florida

THE COMMUNITY: Broward County is located at the center of the Southeast Florida ‘Gold Coast’, between Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. Broward County has a population of 1.8 million citizens. With 23 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach, Broward County encompasses over 1,197 square miles. The County is bounded on the west by Florida’s famed Everglades (which occupy over two-thirds of the territory) and has over 300 miles of navigable waterways. Approximately 30 municipalities are part of the County.

THE AGENCY: Broward County’s Emergency Management Agency is responsible for the management of all emergency preparedness program areas within the County. The primary role of the Agency is to develop and implement comprehensive disaster and homeland security planning, mitigation, and response activities within Broward County under the provisions of Florida statutes. The Agency also develops and maintains emergency plans for all types of natural and technological hazards and provides the analysis and recommendations necessary to make decisions that will effectively save lives and protect property in such emergencies.

The Emergency Management Agency is housed in a secured, state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center in central Broward County with technological resources for the coordination of innumerable federal, state, and local agencies, the Red Cross, other emergency response agencies, and Broward County internal agencies such as Mass Transit and Human Services. This coordination is critical to providing the resources necessary to prepare for, and respond to, emergency situations, including meeting the needs of Broward County’s special needs population.

The Emergency Management Agency’s operations also include emergency training exercises, protocol review and revision, and emergency related grant writing and administration. Nineteen staff members are dedicated to the mission of this agency.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate will possess a four year college or university degree with major course work in emergency management or related field and experience at the director level (or assistant director of a large agency) in emergency planning and management including considerable high level supervisory and administrative experience. FPEM or CEM certification is highly desirable.

COMPENSATION: The salary range for this position is $89,813 - $147,293 with starting salary dependent upon qualifications. Broward County also offers a comprehensive array of fringe benefits.

CONTACT: All resumes must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2007. Information must be clearly documented on the resume. Submit to: Staffing Manager, Broward County Human Resources Division, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Annex B, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301, or e-mail to jmcgahee@broward.org. Phone: 954-357-6020.

Associate or Assistant Professor of Coastal Policy
Institute for Interdisciplinary Coastal Science and Policy, East Carolina University; Greenville, North Carolina

East Carolina University seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position at the advanced Assistant or Associate professor level. The position will be a joint appointment in the new Interdisciplinary Institute for Coastal Science and Policy (IICSP) and the applicant’s corresponding home department and carries a reduced teaching load commensurate with a half time appointment. The goal of IICSP is to promote research that enhances understanding of the complex interactions between human behavior and the coastal/marine environments. IICSP presently includes faculty with expertise across a wide range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences.

The position is broadly defined to consider all candidates with strong evidence of research in coastal policy issues. We are open as to discipline and encourage applications by individuals from across the social sciences (e.g., political science, public administration, public policy, economics, sociology, anthropology, recreation/tourism, geography, or planning). The ideal candidate shall have a primary orientation in Coastal Policy as demonstrated by a strong publication record, significant external funding, and a commitment to graduate education. IICSP affords the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary setting to teach courses in the PhD Program in Coastal Resources Management.


Research-The successful candidate will have a significant coastal policy-oriented publication record as indicated by quantity of publications and quality of the publication outlets, evidence of external funding, and a record of interdisciplinary research.

Outreach/Service-Desirable factors include evidence of professional impact through international activities, record of dissemination to wide audiences, interaction with policy making organizations, and organization of conferences, workshops, and other synergistic activities.

Teaching-Evidence of effective teaching and active involvement in all aspects of graduate education especially in an interdisciplinary setting is a plus.

East Carolina University , the third-largest university in the UNC system, is a rapidly growing institution of over 23,000 students committed to excellence in research and teaching. ECU is located within North Carolina’s coastal plain and a short distance of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system.

Minimum requirements for the position include a doctoral degree in a policy-relevant discipline, established publication record, and relevant work experience. Appointment is expected to be at the rank of Associate Professor; however, other ranks will be considered. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Please submit a letter of interest, a current curriculum vita and names and contact information of three references online to www.jobs.ecu.edu. Review of applications will begin March 16, 2007, and continue until the position is filled. To view the complete job description and requirements, visit this Web site, https://ecu.peopleadmin.com/applicants/, and use keyword “coastal policy”. The position number is 29860.

Assistant or Associate Professor in Disaster Medicine and Management
Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University invites applications for a non-tenure track, 12-month position in Disaster Medicine and Management at the assistant/associate professor level beginning July 1, 2007.

Responsibilities include instruction in an online master of science program, creating liaisons with disaster organizations and agencies, curriculum development, disaster-exercise planning, student recruiting and advising, and grantwriting and other scholarly activities.

Qualifications: 1) Doctoral degree. 2) Experience in disaster medicine, emergency preparedness, and emergency management required. 3) Experience in distance-education methods and technology in online education.

Preference will be given to candidates with prior university teaching experience. Candidates must demonstrate a record of successful teaching, research, and scholarship, and\or professional-service activities to support an appointment to assistant/associate professor.

Competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of application, resume and the names and contact information for three references to: Director, Disaster Medicine & Management Program, Philadelphia University, School House Lane and Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144 or E-mail: humanresources@PhilaU.edu. Philadelphia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please visit www.PhilaU.edu for more information.

Philadelphia University , founded in 1884, is a private university with 3,100 part- and full-time students from 38 states and 30 countries. The University offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, master's degrees, and a doctoral degree in textile engineering and science. Academic programs encompass architecture, design, business, engineering, textiles, fashion, science, and health.

Logistics Coordinator
D.C. Emergency Management Agency; Washington, D.C.

DUTIES: The incumbent would be responsible for developing, implementing and improving the District's logistical and resource tracking plans to improve response and recovery operations during an emergency. Develop, review and improve current resource lists and plans. The incumbent will also coordinate the program with both District emergency response agencies and our regional counterparts. Act as the Agency's lead for Resource management within the District in ensuring compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) requirements. Prepares all correspondence necessary to implement each activity.

Basic Requirements: Candidates must have one (1) year of Specialized Experience. Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Ranking Factor #1: Skilled in planning, coordinating, and implementing a variety of procedures.

Ranking Factor #2: Comprehensive knowledge of the organization and functions of the Office of the Mayor and other District government agencies.

Ranking Factor #3: . Ability to gather and assemble information to be used for reports, responds to inquiries, composes administrative correspondence, and responds positively and adequately to high-level government officials and community groups.

Ranking Factor #4: Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

BENEFITS: This is a permanent, Career Service appointment. Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave, and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

SALARY: $60,538 - $77,431

CLOSING DATE: February 26, 2007

HOW TO APPLY: D.C. Office of Personnel, Reeves Center Personnel Office, 2000 - 14th Street, N.W., Fourth Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009

CONTACT: Ms. Mable Price (202) 671-1830

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency; Framingham, Massachusetts

POSITION SUMMARY: The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during and immediately following emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare
for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. The disaster life cycle describes the process through which emergency managers prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond to them when they occur, help people and institutions recover from them, mitigate their effects, reduce the risk of loss, and prevent disasters such as fires and floods from occurring.

The Director of MEMA is responsible for accomplishing the goals set forth by the Commonwealth's State Homeland Security Strategy, which addresses:

  • enhancing the Commonwealth's ability to assess risk and prevent future attacks or critical incidents;
  • improving the Commonwealth's ability to collect, analyze, disseminate, and manage key information;
  • improving preparedness by enhancing regional coordination;
  • improving the ability of first responders to communicate at the scene of a terrorist attack or other critical incident;
  • improving the Commonwealth's ability to recover from a terrorist attack or other critical incident.

At every stage of a disaster, it is the responsibility of the Director of MEMA to ensure that the state agency charged with building and supporting the Commonwealth's emergency management system provides a well-trained emergency management team with a grasp of the growing body of knowledge needed to evaluate the threats of terrorism and natural disasters and respond to all types of catastrophic events.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) six years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, supervisory or managerial experience in business administration, business management, or public-administration and (B) of which at least four years must have been in a managerial capacity.


  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of emergency program management, public administration, emergency planning, mitigation and coordinated response to emergencies which require timely effective response actions.
  • Thorough knowledge of all federal, state and local regulatory requirements applicable to emergency management and major issues which require effective coordinated actions.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of supervision, organization
    and administration.
  • Ability to plan, implement, and coordinate technical and administrative programs.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to formulate, interpret, and apply regulations and policies relating to a civil preparedness program.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic background regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability or political affiliation.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership background in emergency preparedness and response.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a culturally diverse community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with local and state officials.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage administrative operations and supervise staff.
  • Demonstrated skills in program development.


  • A minimum of three years of successful work experience in emergency management, law enforcement, terrorism preparedness, fire and emergency services, public administration, military intelligence, domestic intelligence gathering or a related field.
  • Thorough experience in developing protocols and procedures for implementation of emergency plans and response, mitigation, and recovery actions.
  • Experience in operational planning, financial management, and budgeting.

Please send resume and cover letter to:
Irma L. Gutierrez, Director of Human Resources
Executive Office of Public Safety
One Ashburton Place, Room 2133
Boston, MA 02108

For more information, and a more complete listing of job responsibilities, visit

Program Manager
The International Association of Fire Chiefs; Fairfax, Virginia

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is the nation’s premiere fire service organization. For the past 130 years, the IAFC has provided leadership, education and support to Chief Fire Officers and Emergency Services Managers. The IAFC is looking for two experienced Program Managers to work at the Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters as follows:

1) Intra-State Mutual Aid Program (IMAS): management of a limited term, federally funded project, IMAS, a program funded under a cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security and the NIMS Integration Center (NIC). The program is just beginning its second year of building a National Fire Service Mutual Aid System.

2) Wildland Fire Program: management of a limited term, federally funded project, improving the effectiveness of Fire Service responders in wildland-urban interface fires.

Qualified candidates must possess a BA/BS degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Communications, or related field. Two to three years project management experience is also required. Skills critical to this position include strong written and oral communications, organizational ability, and computer proficiency. In addition, qualified candidates must be able to work in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment as part of a team focused on achieving results.

IAFC provides excellent benefits to its employees and supports work/life balance. For consideration, please send cover letter and resume with salary requirements to Personnel Dept., IAFC, 4025 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033; fax: 703-273-9363 or e-mail: jobs@iafc.org.

Hazard Mitigation Planner
Chesapeake Fire Department, Emergency Management Division; Chesapeake, Virginia

JOB DESCRIPTION: Comprehensive knowledge of mitigation planning related to natural and human-caused disasters. Demonstrated leadership experience with ability to work with volunteers to develop planning recommendations to a wide range of mitigation issues.

Specific duties will include reviewing, updating, and implementing Chesapeake's hazard mitigation plan and applications; administering mitigation planning programs; preparation of mitigation planning grant proposals, and creating informative printed or oral reports and/or presentations and deliver to diverse audiences.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requires Bachelor's degree or education and training equivalent to four years of college education in planning, business, liberal arts, or a closely related field. Requires over one year of closely related experience. Must have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with staff, public officials, and the general public. Demonstrated ability to represent the City on boards and committees on mitigation subject matter. Ability to coordinate and implement emergency preparedness plans and programs as they relate to mitigation. Prefer minimum of one year experience in Emergency Management with strong focus in mitigation planning.

SALARY: $31,558 (min) - $39,446 (mid) DOQ, Grant Funded

POSITION CLOSES: February 27, 2007

TO APPLY: https://www.jobs.cityofchesapeake.net

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