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Number 493 • January 17, 2008 | Past Issues

   

1) Proceedings from the Hazards and Disasters Researchers Meeting Now Online

The proceedings from this year's annual Hazards and Disasters Researchers Meeting are now available. The proceedings offer a collection of short papers presented at the two-day meeting held in Boulder, Colorado, on July 11 and 12, 2007, following the annual hazards workshop. The meeting brought together more than 100 researchers who presented findings related to hazards and disasters. The research presentations addressed aspects related to vulnerable populations, risk and decision making in hurricanes, recovery and reconstruction, and multi-organizational collaboration.

The proceedings are available at www.colorado.edu/hazards/workshop/researcher_meeting.html.

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2) Call for Papers: Annual Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition

The Natural Hazards Center is pleased to announce its fifth annual Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition.

Papers may present current research, literature reviews, theoretical arguments, or case studies. Subject matter may include, but is not limited to, floods/floodplain management, Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes, climate change, warning systems, hazard mitigation, emergency management, vulnerability, or other topics relevant to the social/behavioral aspects of hazards and disasters.

Papers will be judged on their originality, organization, and demonstrated knowledge of the topic. One undergraduate and one graduate winner each will receive $100; mention in the Natural Hazards Observer; publication on the Natural Hazards Center Web site; and an invitation to the Annual Hazards Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, registration fees included.

The deadline for submission is March 14, 2008. Additional information is available at: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/awards/paper-competition.html.

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3) Request for Applications: Mary Fran Myers Scholarship

Mary Fran Myers was co-director of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado for 16 years until her untimely death in 2004. Reducing disaster losses, both nationally and internationally, was her life's work.

Each summer, the Natural Hazards Center hosts an invitational Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop brings together more than 400 members of the hazards community who are working to alleviate the pain and loss inflicted by disasters, and the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship provides financial support to recipients so that they can attend and participate in the workshop and further their research or community work and careers. This scholarship covers part or all of the costs of transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, and workshop registration fees.

The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship is awarded annually to at least one potential workshop participant, who is then formally invited to the workshop. Each year, the recipient or recipients are recognized at the workshop and may be asked to serve as panel discussants, where they can highlight their research or practical experiences in the hazards and disasters field.

All hazards researchers, students, and practitioners are eligible for the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship. However, preference is given to individuals with demonstrated financial need and those who have not previously attended the workshop.

The scholarship application and more information are available by visiting
www.colorado.edu/hazards/awards/myers-scholarship.html.

Applications must be received by Friday, April 4, 2008.

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4) Call for Nominees: Excellence in Flood Loss Reduction

The national awards for excellence in flood loss reduction are conferred at the annual floodplain managers’ conference each spring, and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) is asking for nominations. The 2008 ceremony will occur during the annual ASFPM awards luncheon on Thursday, May 22, in Reno-Sparks, Nevada.

Please see the award categories and submittal instructions at www.floods.org/awards/nomination.asp.

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2008.

Direct any questions to Diane Brown in the ASPFM office at diane@floods.org or call 608-274-0123.

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5) Call for Manuscripts: Minority Resiliency and the Legacy of Disaster

“Minority Resiliency and the Legacy of Disaster,” a peer-reviewed book, discusses race, class, ethnicity, nationality, and gender, and how these factors have affected people's relationships with the American government in the context of disasters. This edited volume will allow historians, public administration professionals and researchers, social scientists, and political scientists an opportunity to reflect on the experiences of Hispanic, African, Asian, and Native Americans in the context of natural and technological disasters, and focus on how these experiences have impacted these groups' political, economic and social development in American society. There is currently a lack of comprehensive research on the way minority groups are adversely affected by disasters and the long-term impacts of these events on their social and political development.

Chapter proposals about minority experiences in the context of natural and technological disasters and their impacts on minority group social, political and economic development are being accepted in the following four areas:

  • Hispanic Americans
  • African Americans
  • Asian Americans
  • Native Americans

For more information, and for the complete call for manuscripts, contact Jason D. Rivera ( Rowan University) at riveraja@rowan.edu.

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6) Summer 2008 Program for Certification in Tsunami Science and Preparedness

Professional Certification in Tsunami Science and Preparedness will be awarded to graduates of a program offered June 16-27, 2008, by the University of Washington Extension (UWE) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The certification program consists of three courses providing overviews of tsunami hazard assessment, tsunami warning systems, and tsunami-resilient communities.

Designed for planners, policy makers, emergency managers, scientists, and engineers, the curriculum trains professionals to develop, establish, and maintain tsunami warning and preparedness systems at national, regional, and local community levels.

Program graduates receive UWE/NOAA Professional Certification in Tsunami Science and Preparedness; a DVD of all instructional materials; templates for developing hazard assessments and community plans; and access to an alumni network, including archives of additional tsunami information and educational tools.

For more information on this certificate program visit www.extension.washington.edu/ext/certificates/tsp/tsp_gen.asp

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7) Call for Papers: Disaster as a Sociological Event: Modern Destruction and Future Instruction

Social Forces seeks papers for a special section on the sociology of natural disasters. Original papers are invited for consideration that address the way in which disasters disturb not only the natural environment but also tear at the social fabric. Papers might focus on how communities recover based on the composition of their social structures, the conditions in which social groups best deal with disasters, and what sociology tells us about past behavior and its predictions for the future. Sociology and sociological inquiry have been at the center of disaster research for years. However, contemporary disasters have taken on significantly different forms and future catastrophes may have predictable, yet different contours. Can sociology help provide an understanding of society’s reactions to these catastrophes? Can sociology help discern common processes in these episodes or understand unique features of any specific episode? Papers that make a theoretical contribution in this area will be particularly welcomed, as will empirical papers based on any sound methodological approach.

The special section will be edited by David L. Brunsma, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri.

The deadline for submissions is June 13, 2008. Manuscripts should be limited to 5,000-9,000 words including references and endnotes and should be e-mailed as a Microsoft Word attachment to Social_Forces@unc.edu. Submission fees for this section are waived, so please note that the submission is for this section.

Inquiries about the review process or about a particular manuscript should be directed to David L. Brunsma at brunsmad@missouri.edu.

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8) 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 www.nrc.no.

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9) FEMA Seeks Volunteers for Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program Evaluation

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently seeking volunteers for FY2008's Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program National Evaluation. PDM is a nationally competitive grant program that provides funds to states, territories, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, and communities for hazard mitigation planning and mitigation projects. Funding these plans and projects reduces overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from disaster declarations.

During early March, 2008, more than 100 hazard mitigation professionals, planners, engineers, and code and building officials will gather to evaluate grant applications. Eligible participants are full-time employees of federal, state, local, tribal or U.S. Territory government agencies. Other panelists from other organizations/companies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. FEMA pays all travel expenses.

If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else as a National Evaluator, please contact Mary Taylor at Mary.Taylor@DHS.gov. Nominations are due February 1, 2008.

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10) 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/.]

“White House Engaged in Systematic Effort to Manipulate Climate Change Science”
This report presents the findings of the Committee on Oversight and Government reform investigation into allegations of political interference with government climate change science under the Bush Administration. The committee concluded that the Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policy makers and the public about the dangers of global warming.

Groots International
Groots International is an international network of grassroots women’s groups on disaster mitigation and management that facilitates peer-to-peer learning and capacity building. The goal of Groots is to develop, over time, a movement giving voice and power to grassroots women's local visions and initiatives, attracting long-term partners and creating new policies to expand and strengthen their leadership.

Select Department of Homeland Security 2007 Achievements
This fact sheet from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) presents select accomplishments of the department during 2007. Included are border protection successes, record-breaking law enforcement, new communications technologies, record FEMA staffing levels, and new operations capabilities.

National Hurricane Program
FEMA’s National Hurricane Program (NHP) site has been revamped, and now includes additional external links and more user-friendly navigation. The NHP helps protect communities and residents from hurricane hazards through various projects and activities. Established in 1985, the NHP also conducts assessments and provides tools and technical assistance to state and local agencies in developing hurricane evacuation plans.

“Preparing Your Community for Tsunamis: A Guidebook for Local Advocates”
Version 2 of the GeoHazards International tsunami preparedness guidebook, “Preparing Your Community for Tsunamis: A Guidebook for Local Advocates,” has been released. This version has photographs and maps and a more polished presentation than previous drafts. The guidebook provides a step-by-step approach to making communities safer, and describes what to do to prepare communities for tsunamis and how to do it so that people pay attention.

“World Disasters Report 2007: Focus on Discrimination”
The “World Disasters Report 2007,” produced by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, looks at discrimination in disasters based on gender, ethnicity, age, and disability, and asks key questions such as: How does discrimination affect the vulnerable in an emergency? How can we spot it? What can we do about it? This report also looks at what legislation exists to protect the rights of vulnerable people and whether it is enough.

EIIP Podcast: Top Ten Favorites for 2007
This podcast features the top ten favorite virtual presentations given as part of the Emergency Information Infrastructure Partnership (EIIP) Virtual Forum series during 2007. This 10-minute review is provided as a recommendation for those that may have missed them earlier in the year. All transcripts are archived and available from the EIIP Virtual Forum homepage at www.emforum.org.  

INEE Minimum Standards
The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) has developed these standards that present a global framework for coordinated action to enhance the quality of educational preparedness and response, increase access to relevant learning opportunities, and ensure humanitarian accountability in providing these services. The INEE Minimum Standards can be used to enhance preparedness, and while they do not address disaster risk reduction (DRR) explicitly, the standards can also be used to enhance DRR through areas such as establishing a safe and secure learning environment and providing essential survival and life skills information.

Disaster Zone: Emergency Management in the Blogosphere
“Disaster Zone: Emergency Management in the Blogosphere” is dedicated to sharing information about the world of emergency management and homeland security. This blog presents interesting information on all aspects of disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, recovery, and response.

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11) 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.]

Emergency Management Summer Institute—Wellington, New Zealand: February 11-15, 2008. Relationships between the physical and social aspects of natural hazards and their management will be explored during this course, which is designed for those involved in all aspects of emergency management: planners, educators, engineers, local and central government policy makers, insurance managers, emergency managers, and business, utility and property owners. This short course program provides a theoretical and practical introduction to selected topics relating to emergency management. Each course will begin with an introduction and review of New Zealand and international research and practice. The topics will then be explored through a series of relevant case studies. For more information, see www.gns.cri.nz/news/conferences/index.html.

National Flood Risk Management: Levee Safety Summit—St. Louis, Missouri: February 26-27, 2008. Flood risk managers, levee owners, and colleagues are urged to participate and attend the National Flood Risk Management conference, hosted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA). The objectives of this meeting are to solicit broad feedback from and provide updates to local, state, regional, and federal officials, and the private sector on vital national flood risk management policies currently under consideration at the federal level. Key issues that will be addressed include levee certification/decertification, levee operations and maintenance, vegetation management, flood insurance and mapping issues, and residual flood risk in levee-protected areas. Specialized sessions on levee issues and a technical field tour of local flood loss reduction projects will be offered. For more information, see www.floods.org/leveesafety.

Wildland Urban Interface 2008—Reno, Nevada: March 4-6, 2008. Organized by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Wildland Firefighter magazine, this conference will address operational best practices for preparedness and response, innovations and procedures in fighting wildland fires in the interface, and opportunities to network with peers on shared issues like ensuring firefighter safety and engaging community stakeholders as partners. For more information, see www.iafc.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=100.

National Disaster Management Conference—Kingston, Jamaica: March 5-6, 2008. The 2008 conference will address two very important areas of risk management and risk reduction: landslides and earthquakes. These have been identified as two of the most critical subject areas in the national, regional, and international disaster management dialogue. The conference program includes speakers from across the field in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean and other parts of the world and provides excellent opportunities for networking with experts and practitioners in disaster management/planning, risk reduction, emergency response, business continuity, disaster management research, information technology, community planning, risk management, the environment, and many more areas. For more information see, www.odpem.org.jm.

37th Regional Training Course on Disaster Management (DMC-37)—Bangkok, Thailand: March 17 -April 4, 2008. The purpose of the course is to provide comprehensive disaster management knowledge and skills to enhance the capabilities of executive managers who have key disaster management responsibilities. The course is designed to enable professionals working in disaster management, development, and donor agencies to effectively integrate disaster management into their development programs and policies. Participants will be encouraged to develop key skills and adopt proactive attitudes through participation in interactive lectures and reflection on a range of key issues raised during discussions and practical activities. For more information, see www.adpc.net/v2007/TRG/TRAINING%20COURSES/Special%20Courses/2007/DMC-37/DMC-37.asp.

Spring World 2008—Orlando, Florida: March 30-April 2, 2008. Organized by the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ), the purpose of this conference is to guide planning professionals through the complications and challenges of contingency planning, focusing on resilience and recovery. Industry experts will share their expertise and knowledge. This year’s meeting will offer attendees more than 40 sessions, workshops, and courses, as well as mock disaster exercises, an exhibit hall, receptions, and networking breakfasts and lunches. For more information see, www.drj.com/conferences/orl2008/.

URISA/NENA Addressing Conference (formerly GIPSC)—Portland, Oregon: April 7-10, 2008. The 2006 and 2007 Geospatial Integration for Public Safety Conference (GIPSC) brought together GIS professionals, addressing coordinators, and 9-1-1 and emergency response specialists to one place for opportunities in networking and learning. Following this conference, discussions were held about bringing an addressing focus back to the conference while maintaining the qualities of the GIPSC event. The specified three general program tracks for this year’s conference are: addressing basics, coordination, and standards; emergency response and 9-1-1; and case studies of GIS integration with public safety. For more information see, www.urisa.org/conferences/Addressing/Info.

National Earthquake Conference—Seattle, Washington: April 22-26, 2008. Organized by FEMA, USGS, NIST, and NSF, this broad, multidisciplinary conference has five goals: (1) to develop a shared understanding of scientific, engineering, and social research; (2) to exchange ideas about tools for earthquake hazard and risk reduction; (3) to showcase successful programs; (4) to learn from past disasters; and (5) to build resiliency. The 2008 conference theme is “Understanding Earthquakes: From Research to Resilience.” Visit www.earthquakeconference.org.

World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008—Honolulu, Hawaii: May 12-16, 2008. This congress is an opportunity for the best minds at work in water and environmental fields to convene and focus on key topics of today. In this time of climate changes and shifting resources, it is vital that those working at the forefront of the profession share their ideas and insights from research and experiences in the field to generate the best practices for the future. This congress will focus on sustainability issues related to water resources and the environment in 18 technical tracks covering local, national, and global issues, with special focus on the Pacific Rim Region. For more information, see http://content.asce.org/conferences/ewri2008/.

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12) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Useful Job Sites:

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

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

DisasterManagementJobs.com
www.disastermanagementjobs.com/

USAJOBS
www.usajobs.gov/

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

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Social Sciences Position in Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies (ADES)
Brandon University; Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

Brandon University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies (ADES). A candidate with a Ph.D. in emergency management or disaster studies is preferred. A Masters degree in these areas combined with sufficient relevant experience will also be considered. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in education and research focusing on the social science perspectives of disasters. This may be as a specialty in a field such as sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, psychology, planning, or human geography.

The successful candidate will teach required and elective courses related to their area of specialty. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach the sociology of disasters, vulnerable populations, disaster recovery, and/or similar topics. This position will complement the department’s current strengths in the physical 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 an 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 February 18, 2008. The appointment will take effect August 1, 2008, 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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Physical Sciences Position in Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies (ADES)
Brandon University; Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

Brandon University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies (ADES). A candidate with a Ph.D. in emergency management or disaster studies is preferred. A Masters degree in these areas combined with sufficient relevant experience will also be considered. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in hazard-focused education and research with a specialty in a field such as geography, earth or environmental sciences, engineering or planning. Expertise in a sub-field such as meteorology or seismology would be of value.

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 an 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 February 18, 2008. The appointment will take effect August 1, 2008 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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Assistant or Associate Professor-Human Dimensions of Climate Change or Hazards
University of Waterloo; Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The University of Waterloo invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level specializing in Human Dimensions of Climate Change or Hazards. Preference will be given to applicants who have expertise in the consequences of climate change and response options (adaptation and mitigation policy, planning and technology, cultural sensitivity, or expertise in assessing the vulnerabilities of human systems to hazards. The ability to contribute to the research program of the new Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The position is in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Environmental Studies. The Faculty also includes the Department of Environment and Resource Studies, School of Planning, Centre for Environment and Business and Centre for Knowledge Integration. For additional information on the Department of Geography see: http://www.fes.uwaterloo.ca/.

Application Review Begins: Friday, 15 February 2008. For more information or to apply, see http://www.geog.uvic.ca/dept/cag/jobs.htm#L701

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Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator
McKinney Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management; McKinney, Texas

The Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator (AEMC) will assist and support the day-to-day administrative and operational activities for the City’s Emergency Management Program. The AEMC will maintain the Emergency Management Plan, assist with the operations of the Emergency Operations Center including implementation of processes and coordinate the Community Emergency Response Team program.

Salary: $44,209 Year
Closing Date: Currently Open

An application must be completed to apply for this position. Apply on-line at: http://www.mckinneytexas.org/frameset.asp?aid=144

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

Fort Collins 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 responsibilities also apply. The position requires a BS in civil engineering, hydrology, or related field with a 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 is required. Candidates must have Professional Engineers License or the ability to obtain one, and be Certified Floodplain Manager or ability to obtain. Salary Range: $5,468 – $7,629/mo. DOQ. This is a classified, full-time position with excellent benefits. For a complete job posting and to apply on-line go to www.fcgov.com by February 1, 2008, Job #7162. EOE.

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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Environmental Health
University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida

The Department of Geography and Emerging Pathogen Institut at the University of Florida invites applications for a full time tenure-track appointment in environmental health at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor to join our faculty in August 2008. Emphasis will be given to 1) climatology and health, and 2) the modeling of spatial distributions of, and application of geospatial technologies and statistics in understanding the spread of, emerging pathogens.

The successful candidate will work actively with the EPI research program while maintaining good standing in teaching and service to the Geography Department and its mission. Ph.D. required. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Interested candidates should submit resume, letter of interest, statement of teaching experience and research, and names and contact information for 3 referees, to

Dr. Michael Binford
Search Committee Chair, Department of Geography
University of Florida
PO Box 117315
Gainesville , Florida, USA , 32611

Applications via email are encouraged; please send the requested information to mbinford@geog.ufl.edu as attachments in either word or pdf format.

Application deadline is February 15, 2007. Short-listed candidates will be contacted to provide 3 letters of reference immediately thereafter.

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Emergency Preparedness Coordinator I
Lexington County , South Carolina

Serves as Regional Area Coordinator for the Sumter, Clarendon, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Orangeburg County Area to assist counties with the development of a comprehensive emergency management program, and insure programs are developed in accordance with the concepts of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). The coordinator assists county emergency management personnel with plan enhancement, training, exercise development, evaluation, and after action reviews. Assists local risk managers in conducting capability assessments within the counties to identify shortfalls, and plans for improvement. Train and assist county emergency management personnel on emergency management software such as WebEOC. Assists in the implementation of various recovery programs to include damage assessment team training. Assists counties during actual emergencies, responds to incident scenes, and serves as a liaison to the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). Relays pertinent information to SCEMD director and appropriate chiefs on the status of programs within assigned areas of operation. Establishes and maintains professional relationships with local organizations, and maintains knowledge of local and county governments operations and procedures. If required, works in the SEOC.

Closing Date/Time: Mon. 01/28/08 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Salary: $29,975.00 - $55,461.00 annually
Job Type: FTE - Full-Time

Interested candidates can find additional information at http://www.iaem.com/resources/Career/Job_bulletin_board/forums/DCForumID6/5810.html.

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Emergency Management Planner
Prince William Police; Prince William County, Washington

The Prince William County Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Emergency Management Planner. This position is generally responsible for developing and maintaining the Public Safety Operation Plan, County’s Emergency Operations Plan, Mitigation Plan, COOP/COG Plan, Bio-terrorism Plan and other plans involving the County’s response to natural and man-caused disasters.

For full details and application information see, http://www.pwcgov.org/jobs/applynow/vacancy.asp?intVacancyID=3250

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Mitigation Project Coordinator
Virginia Department of Emergency Management; Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating statewide preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts from emergency and disaster situations. We are seeking a Mitigation Project Coordinator to effectively manage a broad range of complex work tasks associated with the delivery of Hazard Mitigation grants. This position will coordinate the development of mitigation grant applications and monitor the implementation of the projects in compliance with federal grant regulations and guidelines of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMAP), the Severe Repetitive Loss Program (SRL), and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program, as administered by FEMA. Resource allocation, efficiency, and quality of work products are essential elements of effective grant tracking required for program implementation. This position is responsible for quarterly reporting, invoice processing, grant expenditure reconciliation, and grant close out. Provide customer service to sub-grantees in processing of draw-downs, payments, reports and project close-out.

For full details and application information, see http://www.nemaweb.org/jobs/Job_Description.cfm?ID=1095.

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