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Number 480 • June 14, 2007 | Past Issues

   

1) Natural Hazards Center Welcomes New Graduate Research Assistant

On June 1, the Natural Hazards Center welcomed Duke W. Austin, a new graduate research assistant. Duke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in liberal arts from the University of Texas in 1998. Since then, he has worked in Paraguay as a teacher trainer for the Peace Corps, throughout the United States as a wilderness instructor for Outward Bound, and at the University of Colorado (CU), Department of Sociology, as a part-time graduate instructor. Duke also conducted research in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, looking at the impact of the storm on race, class, and gender, and he co-founded the group Students for Peace and Justice, a non-violent student activist organization on the CU campus.

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2) …and a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Research Fellow

The Natural Hazards Center is also happy to welcome Edgar Villarreal, who joined the staff at the beginning of June as the Center’s visiting research fellow through START and DHS. During his visit, along with doing his own independent disaster research, Edgar will work on special projects and assist in many of the Center’s ongoing research programs.

Edgar holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, where he continues working on his PhD in counseling psychology. Edgar has been a part of DHS’s Research Scholarship and Fellowship program since 2005. Before joining the Natural Hazards Center, he was a member of the Texas A&M Student Counseling Services working as a counselor and graduate assistant. Through DHS he worked at the Monterey Terrorism, Research, and Education Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Edgar’s interests include crisis intervention counseling, critical incident stress management, community emergent behaviors during and after disasters, and the differential effectiveness of immediate psychological intervention following a disaster.

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3) Reminder: Natural Hazards Center Seeks Post-Doctoral Researcher

The Natural Hazards Center is seeking to hire a professional research assistant/post-doctoral scholar to assist with the coordination of its research program. This soft-money appointment extends for one year with the possibility of extension to two-three years.

The purpose of the position is to collaborate with the Natural Hazards Center director, program manager, research coordinator, and other staff on Center projects funded by NSF, the Department of Homeland Security, and others. The position will play a lead role in a newly funded Center project on preparedness among community-based and faith-based organizations and other nonprofits providing services to at-risk populations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Minimum Requirements:

Education: PhD in a social/behavioral science discipline or closely related field (e.g., public health).

Skills & Knowledge: Comprehensive knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, procedures, and techniques; experience coordinating fieldwork teams; advanced knowledge of qualitative data analysis techniques; excellent oral and written communication skills, accompanied by the ability to communicate with diverse audiences both inside and outside academia; excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with others; and the ability to design, plan, implement, troubleshoot, and administer all phases of the research work. Must be willing to travel.

Experience: Two or more years of experience in fieldwork related to hazards and disasters.

Applications will be considered beginning June 1, 2007, and will continue until the position is filled. Send vitae, samples of written work, and the names of three professional references to:

Kathleen Tierney, Director
Natural Hazards Center
University of Colorado
482 UCB Boulder, CO 80303
Via email: tierneyk@colorado.edu

The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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4) 2007 Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Winners

The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship recognizes outstanding individuals who share Mary Fran's commitment to disaster research and practice and who have the potential to make a lasting contribution to reducing disaster vulnerability.

Each summer, the Natural Hazards Center hosts an invitational Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop brings together over 400 members of the hazards community who are working to alleviate the pain and loss inflicted by disasters. One of Mary Fran’s primary concerns was ensuring that representatives of all ages, professions, and communities be represented at the workshop. Mary Fran recognized that many people and organizations who could greatly benefit from and contribute to workshop activities, including local practitioners, students, and international professionals, were among the least likely to be able to afford the meeting.

In 2003, members of the hazards community established the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship to fulfill Mary Fran’s explicit request that qualified and talented individuals receive support to attend the workshop. The intent of the scholarship is to bring new and fresh perspectives—and otherwise unheard voices—to the workshop.

The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship provides financial support to recipients so that they can attend and participate in the workshop to further their research or community work and careers. This scholarship covers all or part of the costs of transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, and workshop registration fees.

The 2007 winners of the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship are Steve Samuelson, Saeed Ashraf Siddiqi, and Yu Xiao.  

Steve Samuelson works as Zoning Administrator, Floodplain Manager, Residential Data Collector for the Appraiser, and Grant Writer for Lyon County, Kansas. Steve started working for Lyon County in December of 2005. Since then his accomplishments have included rewriting the floodplain regulations for Lyon County, enrolling Lyon County in the Community Ratings System, writing a comprehensive hazard mitigation plan for all the jurisdictions within Lyon County, successfully appealing problems in new Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and negotiating for certification of the levee that protects Hartford, Kansas.

Saeed Ashraf Siddiqi is Programme Manager (social protection) at the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) for the Government of Pakistan in Islamabad. Following the most debilitating earthquake in Pakistan’s history on October 5, 2005, the Government of Pakistan established ERRA with the mandate to work on a comprehensive response to devastation caused by the earthquake.

Yu Xiao is a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has education in planning, regional science, computer simulation modeling, and applied econometrics. She worked for the Mid-America Earthquake Center on economic impact analysis of disasters. Her current research is focused on empirically assessing the short- to long-run social and economic impacts of the 1993 Midwest Flood on various types of communities.

The complete biographies of the winners, along with more information about the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship, are available at www.colorado.edu/hazards/awards/myers-scholarship.html.

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5) 2007 Mary Fran Myers Award Winner

The Mary Fran Myers Award was established in 2002 by the Gender and Disaster Network and is co-administered by the Natural Hazards Center. The award recognizes that vulnerability to disasters and mass emergencies is influenced by social, cultural, and economic structures that marginalize women and girls. The award was so named to recognize Mary Fran's sustained efforts to launch a worldwide network among disaster professionals for advancing women's careers and for promoting research on gender issues, disasters, emergency management, and higher education. A goal of both the Gender and Disaster Network and the Natural Hazards Center is to promote and encourage such research and practice.

The 2007 award winner is Prema Gopalan.

As the Executive Director of Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) for over 15 years, Prema Gopalan has supported poor rural women in building bridges with local government to facilitate democratic processes that are inclusive of women. The impact of Prema’s work is clearly demonstrated by the experience of SSP after the Marathwada earthquake of 1993. The Maharashtran government enlisted SSP to catalyze residents in 300 villages to learn, cooperate, and apply new technology and construction techniques, and their remaining government subsidies, to rapidly repair their damaged homes. When SSP’s initial appraisal found that village officials and homeowners lacked basic information and opportunities to participate in reconstruction, Prema quickly determined that the women’s savings and credit groups, although largely defunct, could be reactivated as community organizations that could inspire and engage large numbers of women to lead their community’s repair and reconstruction. Since then, the efforts of SSP in Maharashtra to engage women’s groups in reconstruction efforts have established a platform of peer learning exchanges enabling other earthquake-impacted communities of women around the world to learn from these strategies. In earthquake and tsunami areas, Prema has supported women who mobilized to organize their communities to restore housing, livelihoods, community infrastructure, and basic services. She encourages participation in reconstruction and the creation of new, empowered spaces for women to continue their development activities after reconstruction is completed.

Prema’s complete biography is available at www.colorado.edu/hazards/awards/myers-award.html.

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6) Petition to Support a New American Planning Association (APA) Division – “Planning for Natural Hazards”

At the recent American Planning Association National Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a steering committee of approximately 22 planners voted to form a “Planning for Natural Hazards Division.” The steering committee felt that recent disasters have helped to elevate the importance of planning for natural hazards, and that it is important to coordinate hazard planning on a local, regional, state, and federal level.

If the new division is approved by the American Planning Association Board, the division will:

1) Facilitate communications between natural hazard planners at all levels of government and in the private sector
2) Guarantee natural hazard planning sessions at the Annual APA Conference
3) Strengthen relationships with other divisions in APA
4) Give a venue to facilitate additional training opportunities for members in this fast-changing specialty
5) Assist the APA with the development of legislation and policy positions and a research agenda related to natural hazard planning issues
6) Stimulate and contribute to the improvement and recognition of planning for natural hazards as a viable process in all areas of government
7) Encourage continuing professional development of members through opportunities provided by APA
8) Provide for the input of experienced professional planners into federal policy regarding mitigation and recovery planning

The steering committee needs 100 original signatures from APA members around the nation to get the APA to consider the formation of this division.

A copy of the petition is available at http://disasterjunkiesunite.blogspot.com.


7) Call for Presentations: Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference

Researchers, scholars, and practitioners in emergency management are invited to participate in the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference to be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, Washington, on April 1-2, 2008.

Partners in Emergency Preparedness has conducted a very successful regional conference each spring for over ten years. The conference has grown into the largest emergency management conference in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together non-profit organizations, public agencies, business and industry, military, healthcare, and schools to explore emergency management issues, principles, and practices. The theme for the 2008 conference is “It’s a different world: Looking to the future.” The Conference Steering Committee is particularly interested in presentations focused on business disaster preparedness and on translating disaster-related research into information useful to practitioners. Presentation sessions are generally 75 minutes in length; a limited number of double sessions may be available.

If you are interested in making a presentation at the 2008 conference, please provide an abstract, proposal, or brief description of your topic no later than September 1, 2007, to:

Sarah Miller
Curriculum Committee Chair
Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference
PartnersCurriculum@gmail.com
(206) 222-1923


8) Study Ranks U.S. Cities for Business Continuity Preparedness

AT&T has conducted its sixth annual study on business continuity and disaster recovery preparedness for the U.S. private sector, finding that 30 percent of the businesses across the country are not prepared for “the worst-case scenario.”

AT&T's Business Continuity Study surveyed 1,000 IT executives at companies throughout the United States with more than $10 million in annual revenue for their views on disaster planning and business continuity trends.

Of the 10 cities surveyed this year, businesses in New York ranked first in terms of being the most prepared for natural and human-induced disasters, followed by:

2) Houston
3) San Francisco
4) Boston
5) Memphis/Nashville
6) Atlanta
7) Chicago
8) Los Angeles
9) Minneapolis/St. Paul
10) Cleveland

The study notes that businesses in areas hit hardest by disasters have been able to learn lessons from the past, hence New York and Houston faring well. Cleveland came in at the bottom of the list, with its executives expressing that the probability of a disaster causing disruption is small.

For more information on the study, visit www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=7922.


9) 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/.]

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System Emergency Responder Field Operation Guide Draft
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Incident Management Systems Division is developing an Incident Command System (ICS) Emergency Responder Field Operating Guide (ERFOG). The purpose of the ERFOG is to assist emergency response personnel in the use and application of NIMS ICS during incident operations. This draft of the ERFOG has been released for a 30-day national comment period. All comments are due by Friday, June 23, 2007. Comments may be submitted via email to FEMA-NIMS@dhs.gov.

Caught Off Guard: The Link between Our National Security and Our National Guard
This report from the Center for American Progress examines the relationship of an expanded duty of the National Guard and its impact on the Guard’s mission of homeland defense. The report offers recommendations on how the Guard can function as the “active Army’s operational reserve” while also fulfilling its duties domestically and in homeland security.

Earth Portal
The Earth Portal, from the National Council for Science and the Environment, offers science-based, expert-reviewed information about the environment. It seeks to bring the global scientific community together to produce “the first free, expert-driven, massively scaleable information resource on the environment, and to engage civil society in a public dialogue on the role of environmental issues in human affairs.”

Emergency Management: Status of School Districts' Planning and Preparedness
This new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study notes that the nation's public schools lack the equipment and expertise necessary to deal with a range of emergencies, including terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and biohazard catastrophes. By examining school emergency preparedness nationwide, the GAO found that many schools are insufficiently prepared because they have not trained and integrated their response plans with local first responders, hospitals, or their city governments.

Citizen Corps May/June 2007 Newsletter
The May/June 2007 issue of the Citizen Corps Newsletter addresses topics ranging from hurricane season to home safety, and presents numerous stories from Citizen Corps Councils in the field. Also included are updates from Citizen Corp partners.

Interagency Strategic Research Plan for Tropical Cyclones: The Way Ahead
This report, compiled by the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research, identifies areas within the field of hurricane-related sciences that need research and focuses on transferring this research into operations. The report stems from discussion at the 61st Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference held in New Orleans in March.

Hurricane Preparedness: A Time for All Pet Owners to Get Ready
This online guide, from The Humane Society of the United States, reminds pet owners to get prepared for hurricane season by creating a plan and gathering supplies. The Humane Society is advising pet owners in hurricane-prone areas to create a kit for their pet that includes a three-day supply of food, bowls, photographs, medications, veterinary records, and other necessary supplies.

Topics Geo Natural Catastrophes 2006: Analyses, Assessments, Positions
For the past 13 years, the Munich Re Group has presented the results of its annual worldwide survey of natural catastrophes in the Topics Geo series. Long-standing readers will notice that the approach is different for 2006. The new format, beginning with the subtitle—Analyses, Assessments, Positions—reflects this change of emphasis. Instead of constituting a statistical study of natural catastrophes, the focus is now on providing background analyses that are of practical application. Topics covered for the year 2006 include the relatively calm Atlantic hurricane season, the Northwest Pacific typhoon season, the July 17 tsunami in Java, and the Yogyakarta earthquake.

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10) 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 Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) Conference: The Latest Training and Education on Comprehensive Crisis Intervention Systems— Naples, Florida, and San Francisco, California: June 21-24, 2007. These conferences, held simultaneously on both coasts, will address crisis intervention, mental health, traumatic stress, spiritual care, emergency services, and disaster mental health. Sessions during the three-day event include group crisis intervention, compassion fatigue, corporate crisis response, terrorism, and suicide prevention. For more information on the Naples, Florida, event, visit www.icisf.org/training/conference/brochures/2007/Naples%20FL_W.pdf. More information on the San Francisco event is available at www.icisf.org/training/conference/brochures/2007/SanFrancisco_W.pdf.

Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2007—Astana, Kazakhstan: June 25-27, 2007. The Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2007 will further review the progress made, identify the challenges that still exist, and propose the way forward to accelerate the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and its goals of ensuring sustainable social and economic development in the region. It is expected that about 100 participants will attend the conference, including officers in the field of disaster risk management, meteorology, hydrology, environment, and development in Asian countries; experts involved in disaster risk reduction; and representatives of UN agencies and international/regional organizations, academia, the media, NGOs, private sector, and civil society. For more information, see http://web.adrc.or.jp/acdr2007astana/index.html.

Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference 2007: From Warnings to Response and Recovery—Brisbane, Australia: July 3-4, 2007. For emergency managers, planners, risk assessors, asset and utility managers, natural hazards researchers, and scientists, this conference offers a forum to discuss the integration of hazard information into effective risk management. The conference emphasizes the application of recent scientific research and other hazard information to create best practices, develop effective warning systems, improve disaster response and recovery, and build resilient communities. For more information, see www.hazards-education.org/ahm07/.

16th Regional Training Course on Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)—Bangkok, Thailand: July 16-27, 2007. Organized by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, the CBDRM course provides an opportunity for practitioners to learn essential skills and knowledge in community-based disaster risk management to address implementation challenges in a systematic manner. CBDRM participants acquire tools and obtain knowledge on how to design and implement programs for reducing disaster risks and vulnerability and building community capacity to promote a “culture of safety.” More information is available at www.adpc.net.

CRED Summer Course 2007: Assessing Public Health in Emergency Situations (APHES)—Brussels, Belgium: July 16-27, 2007. This two-week intensive course is designed to provide professionals from various backgrounds with the epidemiological techniques and tools to determine impacts of disasters and conflicts on human health. It will also cover the different uses of quantitative tools for the assessment of health needs in populations affected by catastrophic events. The course is organized jointly by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters of the School of Public Health and the Demography Department of the Université catholique de Louvain, and the Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry Departments of the St. Luc Hospital. For more information, see www.cred.be/cred1/publicat/APHES%20-%20CRED%20summer%20course.pdf.

33rd Annual North American Victim Assistance Conference—Reno, Nevada: July 22-27, 2007. This conference lists a goal of invigorating victim assistance programs and enhancing relationships with traditional and non-traditional partners. It will feature educational opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and advanced advocates. A series of workshops will concentrate on experienced and beginning program managers and assistant managers. For more information, visit www.trynova.org/conference/2007/.

Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Annual Conference and Exposition— Baltimore, Maryland: August 5-9, 2007. This meeting will feature presentations on homeland security and public safety communications technology and include tracks on management and planning, interoperability, legislative and regulatory issues, among others. Visit www.apco2006.org.

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11) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Federal Career Intern Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Washington, D.C.

Office of Policy and Program Analysis

Two Positions:
Strategic Planning and Analysis
Program Analysis and Evaluation

Interested applicants can contact Patricia Stahlschmidt at patricia.stahlschmidt@dhs.gov or by phone at 202-646-4066.

FEMA’s Office of Policy and Program Analysis is seeking two candidates under the FEMA Federal Career Intern Program. This Office provides Agency-wide leadership and coordination for Policy; Program Analysis and Evaluation; Strategic Planning and Analysis; and, Transition Planning.

One intern position would be located within Strategic Planning and Analysis, and the other within Program Analysis and Evaluation. The specific knowledge and skills being sought for these two positions include: research and analytical skills; ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis; knowledge of planning and performance metrics; excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to prepare information for presentation to a wide range of audiences; and, a knowledge of emergency management and preparedness and interest in FEMA’s mission.

The entry level position for qualified candidates (including candidates with a Masters or equivalent degree) is a GS-09, with promotion potential to a GS-13. Interested applicants should direct questions and submit resumes via email to FEMA-OPPA-Intern-Applications@dhs.gov. These positions are located within FEMA’s headquarters office in Washington, DC. Relocation expenses are not eligible.

About FEMA’s Career Intern Program

The FEMA Career Intern Program (FEMA CIP) is a comprehensive, entry–level, professional, full-time employment and career development program. As a program participant, you will join an intensive two-year program designed to help you “jump-start” your career and develop your potential for future advancement within the Agency.

Attracting and retaining top-notch employees is crucial to the success of the Agency. To foster both their personal and professional growth, FEMA Career Interns (FEMA CI’s) participate in a two year FEMA familiarization and career development program.

Key components of the program are:

- An Orientation Process in Washington, DC, to introduce FEMA CI’s to the Agency and the Career Intern Program expectations.
- Rotational assignments, including an opportunity for a rotational to a different geographic location;
- Individual Development Plans to serve as road maps for professional and personal development during the program and beyond;
- Site visits and group project to introduce the “hand-on” work of the Agency;
- A Graduation Component, featuring team training and emergency management;
- On-going networking activities.

Applicant Characteristics: FEMA seeks graduates from academic programs and/or work experience in a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to:

- Emergency Management
- Information Technology
- Financial Management
- Public Administration
- Business

In addition, applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

- Leadership potential and teamwork skills
- Good citizenship and commitment to a career in public service
- Interest in Emergency Management issues
- Solid written and verbal communication skills
- U.S. citizenship not required, however applicants must meet certain criteria including the immigration and Naturalization requirements of the Federal Government.

Employment Information: Interns may be converted to career status after meeting all qualifications, performance requirements and successful completion of the program. Positions may be assigned at either FEMA’s Headquarters or Regional and Field Offices.

As a FEMA employee, FEMA CIP’s enjoy a comprehensive federal compensation package that includes health and life insurance, federal retirement program, sick and annual leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (Federal 401k plan). Quality of Work Life Programs such as: career and personal development, flexible work hours, and alternative work schedules may also be available.

Recruitment and Qualifications: Program positions will be filled through the Federal Career Intern Program (for Emergency Management Specialist, Program Specialist, Program Analyst, Information Technology Specialist, Financial Management Specialist, Human Resources Specialist and Contract Specialists), Selective Placement for People With Disabilities and Disabled Veterans, and hiring authorities for returned Peace Corps and Americorps/VISTA volunteers

To qualify, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level or a Masters/equivalent degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D, if relevant.

Other Information: All applicants for Federal employment receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation, age (with authorized exceptions), sexual orientation, or any other non-meritorious factors.

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Civil Engineer II – Stormwater Master Planning
City of Fort Collins; Fort Collins, Colorado

The City’s Utilities has an exceptional opportunity for a civil engineer with stormwater master planning experience. Assists in administration of the City’s stormwater master plans including the review and approval of hydrologic and hydraulic models and CLOMR and LOMR submittals; project management; preparation of maps using GIS systems; and assisting with response activities related to flooding. Requires a BS in civil engineering, hydrology, or related field, minimum of 3-5 years of related experience. Valid driver’s license. Professional Engineers License preferred. Salary Range: $4,624 – $6,524 /mo. DOQ. Classified, full-time position with excellent benefits. Apply online, www.fcgov.com, by June 25, 2007.

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Civil Engineer III – Floodplain Management
City of Fort Collins; Fort Collins, Colorado

The City’s Utilities has an exceptional opportunity for a civil engineer with floodplain management experience. Responsible for administering the City’s floodplain regulations including review and approval of development plans; providing assistance to the public related to floodplain mapping and assisting with emergency preparedness and response activities related to flooding. Project management responsibility. Requires a BS in civil engineering, hydrology, or related field, minimum of 8 years of related experience. Working knowledge of floodplain management principles and federal floodplain regulations and the ability to use GIS preferred. Valid driver’s license. Professional Engineers License or the ability to obtain. Certified Floodplain Manager or ability to obtain. Salary Range: $2,543 – $3,588/mo. (based on .5 FTE.). DOQ. Classified, part-time position with excellent benefits. For a complete job posting and to apply online go to www.fcgov.com by June 25, 2007.

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Various Positions
New York Disaster Interfaith Services; New York, New York

The New York Disaster Interfaith Services is seeking candidates for the following AmeriCorp Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) positions:

VISTA Leader – Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Program
To download the position profile, visit http://nydisnet.nydis.org/2007/download/050907_NYDIS_VISTA_Leader_Position_Profile.pdf

VISTA Member – National Disaster Interfaiths Network
To download the position profile, visit http://nydisnet.nydis.org/2007/download/050907_NYDIS_NDIN_VISTA_Position_Profile.pdf.

VISTA Members – Preparedness Outreach & Marketing
To download the position profile, visit http://nydisnet.nydis.org/2007/download/050907_NYDIS_Preparedness_Outreach_Marketing_VISTA_Position_Profile.pdf.

VISTA Member – Disaster Recovery & Advocacy
To download the position profile, visit http://nydisnet.nydis.org/2007/download/050907_NYDIS_Recovery_Advocacy_VISTA_%20Position_Profile.pdf.

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Various Positions
Office of Emergency Management; New York City, New York

The Planning Division seeks skilled individuals with experience in planning, project management and technical writing and with engineering, science or human services backgrounds. These individuals will work with City, State and federal partners to develop citywide response plans in one of five planning units —Health and Medical, Human Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, Logistics or Plan Management. Critical initiatives include the Coastal Storm Plan, the Pandemic Influenza Plan, the Area Evacuation Plan and the CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) Response Plan.

The Operations Division seeks candidates with emergency management, fire, police EMS, public safety, public health or engineering experience. These individuals will work side-by-side with City, State, and federal partners to coordinate emergency response and recovery in OEM Watch Command (communications center) or in Field Response.

View all job descriptions:
www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/about/job.shtml

To apply, submit resume and cover letter:

Annette Santiago, Director of Human Resources
165 Cadman Plaza
East Brooklyn, NY 11201
jobs@oem.nyc.gov
www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/about/job.shtml

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Tenure-track Faculty in Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies
Brandon University; Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies (ADES). The position requires a Ph.D. with an emergency management or disaster studies expertise. This will be evident in the candidate’s hazard-focused education and research as a specialty in a field such as Geography, Earth or Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Geology, possibly with a sub-field like meteorology or seismology. A Masters degree in these areas combined with sufficient relevant experience will also be considered and a visiting scholar or term position appointment is an alternative.

The successful candidate will teach required and elective courses related to their area of specialty. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach on natural and technological hazards, risk assessment and modeling, or similar disaster science topics. This position will complement the department’s current strengths in the social sciences and applied management perspectives.

Evidence of successful teaching, research and scholarship related to disaster studies and emergency management is required. The candidate should also have practical experience in the area and understanding of the challenges posed by an interdisciplinary approach to the field. This is an applied program so the successful candidate will have the ability to effectively link university-based activities with public and private agencies and institutions.

The ADES program has been in place since 2001 and has an established student base. Brandon University has invested significantly in library holdings and information technology, including a fully equipped Emergency Operations Lab, to support teaching and research. ADES offers four-year B.A. or B.Sc. degrees.

Applications are invited until the position is filled. The selection process will begin June 18, 2007. The appointment will take effect August 1, 2007 or upon candidate availability. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, citizenship or Canadian immigration status, and the names and email addresses of three referees to:

Dr. Austin Gulliver
Dean of Science
Brandon University
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
gulliver@brandonu.ca

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Short-listed candidates will be expected to provide copies of credentials at time of interview.

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