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Number 496 • February 28, 2008 | Past Issues

   

1) Natural Hazards Center Seeks Program Associate

The Natural Hazards Center invites applications for the position of Program Associate located at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The position will be responsible to the Director and Program Manager for the effective management of the Natural Hazards Center’s Web site, electronic and special publications, and Quick Response research program.

In particular, the Program Associate will perform the following duties:

* Research, write, and distribute the Center’s Disaster Research e-newsletter
* Manage, maintain, and update the Center's Web site
* Develop plans for new Web content, including the implementation of Web 2.0 and social networking strategies
* Oversee the Quick Response research program, soliciting proposals, coordinating deployments, and editing and distributing reports
* Edit Center special publications (both print and electronic forms) to improve clarity, consistency, and accuracy and to ensure publications meet the needs of targeted audiences
* Assist the Program Manager in the planning and implementation of outreach initiatives for the Center and its programs

To apply, a resume, writing sample, and cover letter should be sent to Ezekiel Peters, Program Manager, at ezekiel.peters@colorado.edu. Review of materials will begin on March 10, 2008, and continue until the position is filled.

The complete job description is available at http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/ProgramAssociate.pdf.

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2) Conference Calendar Updated

The Natural Hazards Center’s conference and meeting calendar, http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/conferences.html, has been updated to include events through the end of 2008.

Please send other events of interest to hazctr@colorado.edu for listing on the calendar.

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3) Call for Nominations: Firewise Leadership Awards

The national Firewise Communities program has announced a call for entries for the 2008 Firewise Leadership Awards, which recognize outstanding efforts to promote a cooperative approach to reducing the risk of wildfire in the wildland/urban interface at the local, state, and regional levels.

Information about the Firewise Leadership Awards program, including guidelines for entries, can be found at http://www.firewise.org/awards. All entries must be submitted by June 30, 2008. Efforts submitted must be ongoing, or must have been completed after January 1, 2007.

Questions about the Firewise Leadership Awards should be directed to firewiseawards@nfpa.org.

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4) Call for Papers: Disaster & Development

The editorial board of the journal Disaster & Development is inviting original paper submissions for forthcoming issues. The journal covers a wide range of issues on disaster risk reduction and focuses on linkages between disasters and development strategies. It covers issues related to environmental, natural, technological, or civil disasters. The journal often highlights cross-cutting issues, like role of GIS, gender issues, economic and environmental impacts, risk finance, policy instruments, land use, and so on.

Papers submitted by February 29, 2008, will be considered for the forthcoming issue.

For more information, contact Anil Gupta at environ_disaster@hotmail.com.

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5) Call for Applications: 2008 Summer WAS*IS Workshop

The National Center for Atmospheric Research Societal Impacts Program has announced a call for applications for the 2008 Summer WAS*IS (Weather and Society * Integrated Studies) workshop. WAS*IS is a movement to change the culture of meteorology to fully integrate social science into meteorological research and practice. WAS*IS is building an interdisciplinary community of practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders who want to learn and explore new tools, methods, and concepts for more effective socio-economic applications and evaluations of weather products.

The 6th WAS*IS workshop will begin with an evening reception on Thursday, August 7 and adjourn on Friday, August 15. Due to potential funding limitations, participants may be asked to cover some of their own costs.

Please visit http://www.sip.ucar.edu/wasis/summer08/apply.jsp to learn the application details and to read more about the WAS*IS movement.

Applications are due by Friday, March 21, 2008. Please contact Eve Gruntfest (ecg@uccs.edu) or Julie Demuth (jdemuth@ucar.edu) if you have questions.

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6) FEMA Offers Refunds for Travel Trailers in Wake of Health Concerns

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced in January that it will refund the purchase price of travel trailers or park models to individuals who wish to return units purchased directly from FEMA or through the General Services Administration (GSA). This initiative is part of an ongoing effort to address concerns about possible adverse health effects of formaldehyde associated with recreational vehicles.

Refunds for the purchase price of travel trailers and park models will be offered for units purchased through GSA auctions on or after July 24, 2006, until such sales were suspended in July 2007. Individuals who want to return their travel trailer or park model unit must contact FEMA within a 60-day period beginning January 17, 2008.

To read the full press release, visit http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=42317.  

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7) USGS Recaps 2007 Earthquake Activity and Fatalities

At least 709 deaths resulted from earthquake activity worldwide in 2007, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and confirmed by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Most of the fatalities for the year, at least 514, occurred when a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck Pisco, Peru, on August 15. Earthquakes caused casualties or damage in 23 countries during 2007, including Barbados, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France (Martinique), Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Vanuatu. The largest earthquake of the year occurred in Sumatra, Indonesia, where a magnitude 8.4 event struck on September 12 and caused 25 fatalities. A magnitude 8.1 quake hit the Solomon Islands on April 2, causing 54 fatalities, and another magnitude 8.1 event occurred east of the Kuril Islands ( Russia) on January 13. Because of the sparse population on those islands, no casualties and only minor damage were reported, showing that the location of an earthquake is as important as magnitude in determining potential impacts. The largest earthquake of the year in the United States was a magnitude 7.2 event that struck the Andreanof Islands of Alaska on December 18.

To read the full press release, visit http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1846. For more information about earthquakes, visit the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Web site at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/.

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8) Some New Web Resources

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

Public Health Preparedness: Mobilizing State by State -- A CDC Report on the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER) has released its inaugural report on public health emergency preparedness. The 164-page report highlights the progress that has been made in state and local preparedness and response, identifies preparedness challenges facing public health departments, and outlines the CDC’s efforts to address those challenges.

EIIP Virtual Forum Transcript: Principles of Emergency Management
The transcript is now available from the February 13 Emergency Information Infrastructure Partnership (EIIP) virtual forum, which featured Mike Selves, past president of the International Association of Emergency Managers and a founding member of the Emergency Management Roundtable of emergency management stakeholder organizations, which produced documents on the “Principles of Emergency Management” in 2007. Selves discussed the “Principles of Emergency Management,” defining what emergency management is and does.

Gender and Disaster Network
The Gender and Disaster Network (GDN) has launched an updated version of its Web site, which contains recent resources and information in the gender and disaster field. The site features a more updated look with simple navigation tabs; a resources area, which hosts the Gender and Disaster Sourcebook; and the Knowledgebase, containing key resources, reports, practical guides, and case studies on gender relations in disaster contexts.

Talk of Alaska
The Web site of the Alaska Public Radio Network’s “Talk of Alaska” show features numerous downloadable podcasts about the ongoing effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. A $2.5 billion settlement was awarded to the affected residents, businesses, and communities, but has been appealed by Exxon Mobile. The Supreme Court is hearing the appeal arguments Wednesday. The latest podcast, titled Social Impacts of Exxon Valdez Settlement, looks at potential impacts when and if settlement money arrives to the affected communities. Many useful Web resources on the Exxon Valdez settlement and social impacts are linked from the site.

U.S. EPA: Multimedia Center
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched this new multimedia portal, which contains environmental videos, podcasts, and photography. The portal also includes interactive features, such as “Ask EPA” and the Deputy Administrator's blog, “Flow of the River.” Additioanlly, “EPA in Action” goes behind the scenes and documents the diverse jobs performed by the EPA workforce.

Disaster Law and Policy Listserv
This listserv is an outgrowth of a conference held at the University of California at Berkeley last year to consider ways of developing Disaster Law as a field of study. The listserv is intended to create a more active community of scholars in the area of disasters and the law. Many of the initial subscribers were law professors, but others include academics in other disciplines, government officials, and lawyers whose practice includes disaster-related issues.

USFA Continuity of Operations
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is hosting this business continuity resources site that features the Continuity Connection video series, a dozen short videos created to aid businesses in the development of a continuity of operations (COOP) plan. Related materials and other training resources are also available from the site.

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9) Conferences, Training, and Events

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

Search and Rescue (SAR) 2008—Bournemouth, UK: March 18-20, 2008. Organized by the Shephard Group, this meeting brings together world leaders in Civil and Combat Search and Rescue and provides delegates with the opportunity to hear their perspectives and priorities for saving lives and for rescue mission success. Visit http://www.shephard.co.uk/Events.

EMS Today Conference and Exposition—Baltimore, Maryland: March 25-29, 2008. EMS Today Conference and Expo 2008 will return to Baltimore, Maryland, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. As a leader in pre-hospital care education, EMS Today prides itself on bringing together the best national speakers with powerful, relevant topics, and discussions, focused session tracks, and an interactive exhibit hall. The 2008 meeting will include commemorative 25th anniversary events, powerful keynote addresses, and many networking opportunities. Visit http://www.emstodayexpo.com.

Urban Water Management—Louisville, Kentucky: March 31-April 2, 2008. This conference, titled An Integrated Water Quality Conference & Exhibition,
will focus on the integration of Stormwater BMPs, Phase II regulations, green infrastructure, and funding of municipal water management programs. It will also cover design, construction, maintenance, and emerging technology for urban water quality. See http://uwm08.events.pennnet.com/fl/index.cfm.

2008 National Hurricane Conference—Orlando, Florida: March 31-April 4, 2008. The primary goal of this conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific. In addition, the conference serves as a national forum for federal, state, and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve emergency management. For more information, see http://www.hurricanemeeting.com.

Solutions to Coastal Disasters—Oahu, Hawaii: April 13-16, 2008. Organizer: The Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This conference is designed for coastal planners, managers, social scientists, engineers, geologists, biologists, economists, oceanographers, meteorologists, property owners, elected officials, and others interested in the coast. The series was developed to provide formal and informal venues for the exchange of information, tools, and ideas relating to coastal hazards. It will include plenary and technical sessions, exhibits, posters, field trips, and social events that encourage participant interactions. See http://content.asce.org/conferences/cd2008/.

Resilience 2008: Resilience, Adaptation, and Transformation in Turbulent Times—Stockholm, Sweden: April 14-16, 2008. The organizers of the Resilience 2008 conference agree with the findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment that the capacities of societies to manage the earth's ecosystems are not evolving quickly enough. This conference aims to explore to what extent human societies are adapting their capacity for learning and foresight to deal with new global challenges. The overall framework of the conference emphasizes the following: society and nature represent truly interdependent social-ecological systems; social-ecological systems are complex adaptive systems; and cross-scale and dynamic interactions represent new challenges for governance and management in relation to interdependent social-ecological systems and ecosystem services. For more information, visit http://www.resilience2008.org.

5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM)—Washington, DC: May 4-7, 2008. This conference provides an important networking opportunity where the latest research on the design, development, use, and evaluation of information systems for crisis response and management are presented and discussed. The meeting will take place at the George Washington University and is hosted by the Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management. The general theme of ISCRAM2008 is "Creating Advanced Systems for Inter-organizational Information Sharing and Collaboration." Visit http://www.iscram.org.

11th Annual FEMA Emergency Management High Education Conference— Emmitsburg, Maryland: June 2-5, 2008. This conference is designed to provide a medium for academics to discuss problems and issues faced in the fields of hazards, disaster, emergency management, and homeland security/defense educational programs. Representatives of colleges and universities that have such programs in place or are attempting to develop and implement programs in these fields are encouraged to attend. See http://www.training.fema.gov/emiweb/edu/.

18 th World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM)—Toronto, Ontario, Canada: June 15-18, 2008. Organizer: The Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. The theme of this conference will be Resiliency - Individual, Community and Business. Participants will be from diverse backgrounds, including emergency management, business continuity, emergency response, risk management, IT disaster recovery, emergency health, or other related disaster management disciplines. The conference aims to provide a unique venue for disaster management professionals from around the world to present, network and learn. A major goal of WCDM is to offer a program that challenges delegates by examining traditional concepts and methods and provides new ideas and approaches to problem solving, both leading edge and topical presentations, and opportunities to connect with key individuals and organizations across the disaster management spectrum. See http://www.wcdm.org.

5th Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Conference (AOGS 2008)—Busan, Korea: June 16-20, 2008. This conference assembles scientists to discuss recent research. Scientists studying atmospheric science, hydrological science, planetary science, solar terrestrial science, solid earth science, ocean science, or interdisciplinary groups are encouraged to attend. The conference exhibition provides an opportunity for organizations in both public and private sectors to present their objectives and programs to the worldwide geoscience community. Visit http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2008.

6th National Seismic Conference on Bridges and Highways—Charleston, South Carolina: July 27-30, 2008. Sponsors: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Transportation Research Board (TRB), South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), and the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER). This conference aims to help others understand and mitigate damage to the nation’s highway infrastructure caused by earthquakes and other natural hazards. Potential topics include lessons learned from recent earthquakes and other extreme events, seismic-induced earth pressure loads, liquefaction and mitigation strategies, international technologies and practices, emerging seismic design and retrofit technologies, and performance criteria and economic considerations. See http://www.scdot.org/events/6NSC/.

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10) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Public Heath Emergency Preparedness Planner
Philadelphia Health Management Corporation; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This position will coordinate planning activities and initiatives related to a comprehensive public health emergency response plan, specifically focusing on planning for the deployment of the Strategic National Stockpile Program resources.

Responsibilities:
· Review and update the county’s operational plan for the receipt of the Strategic National Stockpile, including a plan for mass distribution of medication or mass vaccination, including:
· Coordinate the County’s public health response planning activities with local, regional, state and federal agencies, including the County Offices of Emergency Management, the Pennsylvania Southeast Region Task Force, Pennsylvania Department of Health, American Red Cross and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
· Ensure that the direction and activities of the Emergency Preparedness Program are in line with other local, state and federal response plans, and with appropriate local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations
· Attend local and national meetings on public health preparedness, as needed, to meet the goals of the program

Skills:
· Ability to develop techniques and procedures for accomplishing goals and objectives to design work plans for major programs and direct their implementation. · Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; well-developed organizational skills; experience in relating to diverse populations; and ability to organize and work with internal and external stakeholders including a variety of health care professionals.
· Basic word processing, data management skills and familiarity with computerized information systems and related electronic data processing skills.

Experience:
Experience in a public health or emergency response agency, with a focus on disaster assistance, health programs or other public health preparedness activities, must include strategic planning, policy and program development and implementation, program evaluation and coalition building.

Education Requirement:
Master’s Degree – Public Health, Health Administration, Planning or related field OR Bachelors Degree and three years of relevant experience

For more information about this position or to apply, please see http://www.iaem.com/resources/Career/Job_bulletin_board/forums/DCForumID6/6020.html

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Emergency Preparedness Regional Planner I/II
Tri-County Health Department; Colorado

Tri-County Health Department, a district health department servicing Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties is seeking an Emergency Preparedness Regional Planner. Full Time or Part Time position. Performs public health preparedness program work in the areas of pandemic preparedness and all-hazard preparedness activities with a focus on plan development and updates and exercise design and documentation. These activities occur at TCHD and with partners in the North Central All-Hazards Preparedness Region. Works independently and may assume technical responsibilities in the planning, training and evaluation of public health preparedness activities. Also serves as a consultant to other divisions and community agencies.

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health, communications, and emergency management or a related field and 2-3 years relevant work experience. Knowledge and experience related to public health and homeland security planning and exercise design/evaluation, incident command system, domestic preparedness and biologic agents is preferred. Valid Colorado Driver's License and your own vehicle for on the job transportation is required. Mileage reimbursement provided. Salary: DOQ Grant Funded position may end when the grant ends. Send resume and cover letter to humanresources@tchd.org

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Director, Emergency Management
Multi Care Health System; Tacoma, WA

Position Summary: The Director is responsible for the development and maintenance of the MHS Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), which provides for the needs of the organization and surrounding communities while allowing for the integration of resources and services between public and private agencies during emergencies and disasters; and for the provision of facility support activities related to all those areas not part of the MultiCare Medical Center or Allenmore Hospital Campuses. This position has a strong working relationship with the executive team of MHS requiring close interaction with system-wide administrators, directors, managers, physicians, and community agencies, and developing strong, effective, and cooperative professional working relationships.

Qualifications:
Minimum Requirements: Specific experience in outpatient and ambulatory operations preferred. Experience in planning and directing administrative and fiscal services, operations, management analysis, and reengineering required. Experience in, understanding of, and compliance with JCAHO Emergency Management standard. Minimum of five years of increasingly responsible and successful senior level management experience required.

Education/Licenses/Certifications:
Minimum of a BA degree in Business Administration or related field.

To learn more about the position or to apply, see www.multicarejobs.org.

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Assistant Regional Emergency Management Planner Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC); Chesapeake, Virginia

The Assistant Regional Emergency Planner is a professional planning position responsible for the assistance and contribution of technical studies and planning documents that provide emergency management guidance for the region. This position supports the Regional Emergency Management Planner in addressing emergency management issues and supports the HRPDC. The position, working within the HRPDC will assist in providing regionally oriented planning and advocacy of regional emergency management issues; assist in conducting specialized planning and research in areas determined to meet the region’s emergency planning needs; support a wide range of programs to complement the existing preparedness programs for emergencies and disasters; and will be expected to support coordination with jurisdictions, agencies and businesses across the region. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Regional Emergency Management Planner.

Typical Tasks:
Individual assists in research and the preparation of professional studies, reports and planning documents related to regional emergency management mitigation, preparedness, response, prevention, and recovery phases. Individual will assist with clerical, data collection/entry, research, technical studies and other emergency management regional planning projects. Individual will attend regional emergency management meetings, prepare professional agendas, and technical documents for the Regional Emergency Management Planner in a timely manner. Individual will support regional concepts of emergency management principles in all areas of planning and participation. Individual must maintain a good working relationship with fellow employees, committee members, government officials, state and federal officials. Accomplishes other tasks and projects as assigned by the Regional Emergency Management Planner.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Individual must possess knowledge of theory and practice of emergency management; as the theory and practice of technical research data collection, reporting and planning; knowledge of theory and practice of personal computers, applications and software; knowledge of the geography, demographics, and economics of Hampton Roads; skill in working with various groups and individuals; skill in making oral presentations to various size and types of groups; skill in preparing professional planning documents and emergency plans; the ability to effectively communicate both in writing and orally; the ability to work with varying groups and individuals; the ability to analyze complex problems and situations; the ability to analyze and systematically compile technical information. Must be able to conduct oneself in a professional manner and work cooperatively with co-workers, supervisors, localities, and vendors. Must be able to follow supervisor’s instructions and HRPDC rules and regulations. Must be appropriately respectful of the rights of others in the workplace. Regular attendance is an essential function of this position.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management or a related field and experience in the field of emergency management or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. Designation as a CEM (Certified Emergency Manager) is preferable. Other emergency planning certifications are a plus.

Send resume to:

Dwight Farmer
dfarmer@hrpdcva.gov
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake , Virginia 23320

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Captain, Fire Marshal
Walt Disney Studios

Objective and Scope:
Oversee and provide Fire Protection operations, Emergency Response and Fire/Life Safety for all West Coast facilities, including Motion Picture/Television Production. Support activities within the oversight of the Global Crisis Management Department.

Reports to: Chief, Walt Disney Studios Fire Department

Specific Responsibilities:
Oversee all fire protection, maintenance, inspection systems and testing. Maintain all fire prevention code manuals (NFPA, UFC, UBC, NEC, CCR, Title 19, Reg. 4 etc.) for the department and company use.

For a detailed job description, see
https://disney.recruitmax.com/MAIN/CareerPortal/
Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=130404&szReturnToSearch=1&szWordsToHighlight

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Visiting Assistant Professor
Macalester College, St. Paul Minnesota

Environmental Studies Department invites applications for a full-time, one-year appointment in environmental policy at the Asst. Prof. rank beginning fall 2008.  Ph.D. in Environmental Studies or Political Science preferred; teaching experience desirable.  Macalester's Environmental Studies Department emphasizes a fully interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues, drawing on contributions from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.  An attractive application will show strong teaching interests in and commitment to such interdisciplinary approaches to environmental policy with an emphasis in the area of political science.   The successful candidate will teach five courses including two sections of Environmental Politics and Policy (one of the Department's required introductory courses for majors), Sustainable Development, and two elective topics courses in Environmental Studies and/or Political Science related to the candidate's field of expertise.  Geographical focus and/ field of specialization within the environmental policy area are open, but research and/or teaching experience relating to issues of international environmental policy is desirable.  

Send letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, course syllabi, a pedagogical statement, and student evaluations if available to:

Dr. Daniel J. Hornbach
Chair, Department of Environmental Studies
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue , St. Paul, MN 55105 .  

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Director, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
Oregon State University

Position: The Oregon State Legislature recently established the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) within the Department of Higher Education. The OCCRI will be administered by Oregon State University and its institutional partners within the Oregon University System. The OCCRI will 1) facilitate research by OUS faculty on climate change and its effects on natural and human systems in Oregon, 2) serve as a clearinghouse for climate change information, 3) provide climate change information to the public in integrated and accessible formats, 4) support the Oregon Global Warming Commission in developing strategies to prepare for and to mitigate the effects of climate change on natural and human systems, and 5) provide technical assistance to local governments to assist them in developing climate change policies, practices, and programs. At least every two years, the institute will also develop an assessment of climate change science as it relates to Oregon and the likely effects of climate change on the state.

Qualifications: The University seeks candidates with demonstrated success in bringing innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to climate issues, who are recognized as distinguished scientists, who have broad research and policy experience in fields related to climate change.

To apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0002062

Position announcement, see http://www.coas.oregonstate.edu/

Inquiries about the position may be directed to:

Dr. Peter Clark
clarkp@geo.oregonstate.edu
541-737-1247 (phone)
541-737-1200 (FAX).

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Director of Emergency Planning
UC Berkeley; Berkley, California

For a detailed job posting and to apply, see
http://police.berkeley.edu/about_UCPD/careers/oep_director.html

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EM Specialist - Preparedness & Response
City of Plano; Plano, Texas

Job Requirements:
Assist the Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security with the development and implementation of goals, objectives, and priorities. Recommend and implement resulting policies and procedures relating to Emergency Management. Coordinate all activities related to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for the City of Plano. Review legislation related to emergency management issues and evaluates pending legislation to determine impact on the City's Comprehensive Emergency Management Program. Ensure operational readiness of the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Assist in the development and maintenance of departmental work plan for assigned emergency management services and activities. Review, evaluate, maintain, and update the City's emergency management plan; resolve problems or recommend solutions for implementation. Proactively monitor and evaluate service delivery methods and procedures. Assure proper implementation of emergency operations plans for emergency/disaster situations. Continuously monitor preparedness of emergency management organization. Assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of emergency preparedness exercises and drills; complete all required reports. Provide training to City staff and other regarding the Emergency Management Program. Prepare and present public awareness programs to civic groups, medical facilities, schools, and other organizations. Prepare articles for public release. Provide assistance to organizations conducting facility surveys to evaluate their emergency plans and to make appropriate recommendations as needed or requested. Represent the City at emergency scenes, conferences, meetings, seminars, etc. as required. Draft reports and studies required by local, state, and federal agencies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Position requires an understanding of the National Incident Management
System (NIMS), the four phases of Emergency Management, and the concept of an all-hazards approach to emergency management. Position Require the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; proficient in computer use and applicable software applications. Must have ability to prepare and present informative presentations.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree required with major course work in emergency planning, public administration, or related. Two years of experience in Emergency Management required. Experience in actual disasters is preferred. Texas Class C driver's license required. Must obtain a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certification from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) within two years of entry into position. To apply, see
http://www.plano.gov/Departments/HR/employment.htm.

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