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Number 498 • March 27, 2008 | Past Issues

   

1) Second Issue of Research Digest Now Online

The Natural Hazards Center is proud to announce the second issue of its new electronic publication titled Research Digest—a quarterly online compilation of recent research related to hazards and disasters. It provides the complete references and abstracts (when available) for current research in the field. The aim of Research Digest is to advance and communicate knowledge on hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery within an all-hazards, interdisciplinary framework.

The current issue includes more than 175 articles cataloged between August and mid-November 2007. The issues are compiled and edited by Center staff and include more than 35 peer-reviewed publications. Check out the past and present issues online at http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/rd.

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2) National Response Framework In Effect

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the National Response Framework (NRF), successor to the National Response Plan, went into effect on Saturday, March 22, 2008.

The NRF focuses on response and short-term recovery, and articulates the doctrine, principles, and architecture by which the nation prepares for and responds to all-hazard disasters across all levels of government and all sectors of communities. The NRF also focuses on preparedness and encourages a higher level of readiness across all jurisdictions in a streamlined document that is less bureaucratic and more user-friendly than its predecessor.

On January 22, 2008, the NRF was initially released following an extensive process of outreach and coordination among DHS and key stakeholders representing federal, tribal, state, and local governments; non-governmental agencies and associations; and the private sector.

More information on the NRF is available at http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nrf/. The complete FEMA press release is available at http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=43018.

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3) ASU Announces Gilbert F. White Chair in Environment and Society

Arizona State University has announced that Billie Lee Turner is joining the university as the inaugural Gilbert F. White Chair in Environment and Society.

The position honors Gilbert F. White, a pioneer in the scientific study of hazards, a preeminent environmental geography, and founder of the Natural Hazards Center. White was the Gustavson Distingushed Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Colorado. Naming the chair for White honors his vast contributions to the broader science of sustainability, a core transdisciplinary theme at Arizona State University.

As the Gilbert F. White Chair in Environment and Society, Turner will strengthen the interdisciplinary links between geographical sciences and other sustainability initiatives at ASU. The chair was established to recognize the importance of connections between science and society and the role of geographical sciences in contributing to the greater understanding of the interaction between human behavior and the environment.

Turner, whose research deals primarily with human-environment relationships focusing on land-use change, is currently the Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He also is director of the Graduate School of Geography and a research professor in the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

In his work, Turner uses methods and approaches crossing the natural, social, and spatial sciences, including remote sensing and GIS, combined with extensive field work, primarily in Mexico and Central America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia, to understand the causes and consequences of deforestation and desertification. His recent research focuses on the concept of vulnerability of place, combining insights from cultural and political ecology with an analysis of risk and hazard.

To read ASU’s complete press release about Turner and the Gilbert F. White Chair in Environment and Society, visit http://asunews.asu.edu/20080313_geography.

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4) Call for Applications: 2009 Leopold Leadership Fellowships

Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment is accepting applications for its 2009 Leopold Leadership Fellowships.

The mission of the Leopold Leadership Program is to advance environmental decision making by providing academic environmental scientists the skills and connections they need to be effective leaders and communicators. It brings together outstanding academic scientists from across North America, provides them with leadership and communications training to assist in working with nonscientific audiences, and builds a network of scientists and trainers committed to science outreach beyond the academy.

Applications are welcome from a broad range of disciplines including biological, physical, and social sciences and technical, medical, and engineering fields related to the environment. Applicants must be employed by an academic institution, be midcareer as a tenured or tenure-track professor, and be active in research and teaching.

The deadline for applications for the 2009 Leopold Leadership Fellowships is April 14, 2008.

For more information, visit http://www.leopoldleadership.org/content/application/process.jsp.

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5) Call for Abstracts: UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters

UCLA invites abstracts from students for a poster session at the 6th UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters, May 18-21, 2008, in Torrance, California.

To be eligible for consideration, poster abstracts are to be authored solely by students and must be submitted either electronically or by fax no later than April 2, 2007.

The abstract submission form and more information about requirements can be found here, http://www.cphd.ucla.edu/.

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6) 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 Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Transportation: Special Report 290
The National Academies Transportation Research Board (TRB) and Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS) have released a pre-publication version of this special report, which explores the consequences of climate change for U.S. transportation infrastructure and operations. The report provides an overview of the scientific consensus on the current and future climate changes of particular relevance to U.S. transportation, including the limits of present scientific understanding as to their precise timing, magnitude, and geographic location; identifies potential impacts on U.S. transportation and adaptation options; and offers recommendations for both research and actions that can be taken to prepare for climate change.

Firestorm: The Treatment of Vulnerable Populations During the San Diego Fires
The ACLU of San Diego, Justice Overcoming Boundaries, and the Immigrant Rights Consortium have issued this report that chronicles the experiences of vulnerable populations during the 2007 Southern California wildfires. The report concludes that a series of breakdowns in policies, procedures, and standards forced many of the San Diego’s most vulnerable residents affected by the devastating wildfires to be denied emergency services.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Media Center
The Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Interactive Media Center features numerous video PSAs, in both Spanish and English, on topics such as emergency supply kits, hurricane wind protection, pets and disaster, and family disaster plans. The site also presents videos of officials discussing lessons learned and a regular video blog from Craig Fugate, the director of the FDEM.

Identifying People Who Are Vulnerable in a Crisis: Guidance for Emergency Planners and Responders Civil Contingencies
This guidance document from the United Kingdom Civil Contingencies Secretariat is intended for those who develop local action plans and need to identify groups of people who may be vulnerable in an emergency. The document recommends four stages in identifying vulnerable populations: Building Networks, Creating Lists of Lists, Agreeing on Data Sharing Protocols and Activation Triggers, and Determining the Scale and Requirements.

M/V Cosco Busan Oil Spill After Action Report
This After Action Report was developed by the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) Department of Emergency Management to evaluate official response efforts to the November 7, 2007, Cosco Busan Oil Spill in the San Francisco Bay. The report identifies strengths in the response, like the successful collaboration among CCSF departments, and also explains areas where improvement is needed, like a procedure for disseminating emergency information to CCSF departments.

Public Health Law Program: Emergency Law Training
The Public Health Law Program (PHLP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the third version of the “Public Health Emergency Law” and “Forensic Epidemiology” training materials on CD-ROM. These self-contained training packages were developed by for use by instructors in any jurisdiction in the United States who provide public health preparedness training to front-line practitioners. “Public Health Emergency Law” is targeted at public health practitioners and emergency management professionals to improve understanding of the role of law as a public health tool. “Forensic Epidemiology” is designed to help public health and law enforcement agencies strengthen coordination of responses to pandemic influenza and similar threats. CD-ROMs can be ordered free from the above site.

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7) 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.]

2008 FEMA National Flood Conference—Chicago, Illinois: May 7-10, 2008. This year’s conference marks the 40th anniversary of the National Flood Insurance Program and the 25th anniversary of the conference. The meeting will include workshops, general sessions, exhibits, and awards presentations. See http://www.fema.gov/business/nfip/natl_fldconf.shtm.

UNESCO-ERCE Ecohydrological Processes and Sustainable Floodplain Management Opportunities and Concepts for Water Hazard Mitigation, and Ecological and Socioeconomic Sustainability—Lodz, Poland: May 19-23, 2008. This conference will unite specialists from various disciplines, with the aim of contributing to the perception of floodplains as an integrative element of strategies to manage water-related disaster risks and enhance opportunities for sustainable management. Sessions will be organized around regional perspectives (Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North and South America). Their aim is to present a range of contrasting philosophies and associated practical approaches appropriate for different parts of the world. Lectures will reflect different scales of problem solving, ranging from large-scale systems (e.g., the Aral Sea, the Danube River basin, the Florida Everglades, the Great Lakes, etc.) to small ones (e.g., single watersheds and streams). Visit http://www.erce.unesco.lodz.pl/.

Effective Risk Communication: Theory, Tools, and Practical Skills for Communicating About Risk—Boston, Massachusetts: May 19-21, 2008. This introductory program by the Harvard School of Public Health will introduce the scientific foundations for effective risk communication. The program features the latest scientific findings on risk perception, global case studies, a suite of practice tools, and hands-on training. It is designed to aid professionals in communicating risk to various audiences. Legislators and their staff, along with senior policy makers, managers, regulators, and communications staff from government, public safety, and public health agencies at national, regional, and local levels are encouraged to attend. See http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/ccpe/programs/RCC.shtml.

Climate Change: From the Geological Past to the Uncertain Future: A Tribute to André Berger—Louvain-la-Neuve ( Belgium): May 26-29, 2008. This symposium celebrates the retirement of André Berger, who has been a key figure in the world of past and future climate modeling since his 1978 publication of an algorithm to calculate the changes in the earth’s orbit that trigger glacial-interglacial cycles. With the help of his team in Louvain-la-Neuve, he never stopped delivering world-leading research on the astronomical theory of paleoclimates. Scientists worldwide, including some of the most authoritative experts on quaternary climatic changes, past climates reconstruction, and climate modeling, will summarize some of the most intriguing and outstanding questions about the astronomical theory of paleoclimates: What are the mechanisms of glacial-interglacial cycles? When and why did they regime change? Would they occur in absence of orbital forcing? What do we learn from recent marine, ice core and terrestrial records? Can we predict climate on long time scales? When will the next glacial inception occur? Do past and future greenhouse gas emissions have long-term consequences? See http://www.uclouvain.be/berger2008.

Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) 2008 Annual Conference— Anaheim, California: June 1-4, 2008. This conference features sessions on human resources, law/legal, financing, public administration, risk management, schools, and terrorism. Attendees will have access to state-of-the-art risk management products and services at the trade show. The annual conference attracts companies featuring safety, workers’ compensation, finance, insurance, training, and software geared specifically toward risk management professionals. Visit http://www.primacentral.org.

Geo-Environment & Landscape Evolution2008: Third International Conference on Evaluation, Monitoring, Simulation, Management, and Remediation of the Geological Environment and Landscape—The New Forest, United Kingdom: June 16-18, 2008. This conference aims to study the role of geosciences in environmental management. The meeting’s objective is to provide a forum for discussion of these topics among researchers, engineers, planners, decision makers, consultants, and other professionals interested in the contribution of geosciences and geo-information to environmental management, land preservation, remediation, and sustainable development. See http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2008/geoenv08/

Debris Flow 2008—New Forest, United Kingdom: June 18-20, 2008. Population pressures on natural resources in hazard-prone areas and the development of activities that may increase the magnitude of hazard call for improved identification of debris flow risk areas. This conference will provide a forum for engineers, scientists, and managers from laboratories, industries, governments, and academia to exchange knowledge and expertise in the fields of erosion and slope instability, sediment transport, debris flow and debris flood data acquisition, debris flow phenomenology, and laboratory tests. Visit http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2008/debris08/index.html.

Sixth Annual Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Meeting—Portland, Oregon: June 18-20, 2008. The 6th Annual NEES Meeting will provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss the past, present, and potential benefit of NEES research to the built environment. This conference features high profile plenary sessions, informative breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. Session tracks include implementing research innovations, innovations in structural research, innovations in geotechnical research, next generation research and experimental techniques, information technology, and cyberinfrastructure applications. See http://www.nees.org/Education/AnnualMeeting/.

The International Conference on Flood Recovery Innovation and Response (FRIAR) 2008—London, United Kingdom: July 2-3, 2008. FRIAR 2008 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners who are actively involved in the repair, reinstatement, and resilience of flood-damaged property. The goal of the conference is to identify and disseminate good practice in flood repair, reinstatement, and flood management. The meeting will also cover research in appropriate flooding and property issues in order to develop critical perspectives on the impact of flooding. Key themes of this conference are risk management in relation to flood events and climate change, pre-event planning and business continuity, management of major events,  post-damage restoration and recovery, victims of flooding, and international and national government policy. Visit http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2008/friar08/index.html.

Coping with Global Change in Marine-Social Ecological System—Rome, Italy: July 8-11, 2008. The central goals of this symposium are to share experiences across disciplines and to identify key next steps and common elements and approaches that promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems in the face of global changes. This involves exploring conceptual issues relating to social-ecological responses in marine systems to global changes; analyzing case studies of specific examples of social-ecological responses in marine systems to significant environmental changes manifested locally; synthesizing the work of natural and social scientists and building comparisons of social-ecological responses in marine ecosystems subjected to major environmental variability; developing innovative approaches to the use of science and knowledge in management, policy and advice; and identifying lessons for governance for building resilient social-ecological systems. While the focus is on climate and environmental change, how these interact with other global changes are important considerations. Visit http://www.peopleandthesea.org/.

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8) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Various Positions
Institute of Development Studies Climate Change and Disasters Group; Brighton, Sussex

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for research, teaching and communications on international development, based at the University of Sussex.

There are a number of opportunities in the Climate Change and Disasters Group, representing a major expansion of the Institute’s research on climate change.

-Research Fellows – Climate Change and Development (Grade 7-8: depending on experience) Ref 268.
-Research Fellows – Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team (Climate Change and Social Protection) (Grade 7-8: depending on experience) Ref 265.
-Knowledge Sharing Officer – Adaptation Knowledge Sharing in Africa (Grade 6: depending on experience) Ref 267.
-Research Officer – Children in a Changing Climate (Grade 6: depending on experience). Ref 269
-Research Officer – Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (Grade 6: depending on experience). Ref 270.

The Group currently focuses on five thematic areas: International climate policy, pro-poor climate and disaster governance, climate change and social exclusion, organisational change and climate change knowledge services. The Group is engaged in a range of activities including policy-related research, advisory work, capacity-building, networking and developing innovative and accessible knowledge services.

Candidates with experience in linking work in climate change and social protection are particularly encouraged to apply for the research fellow posts within the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team.

For all the positions, you will need to be flexible, willing to travel and able to manage a complex portfolio of projects with sometimes-conflicting priorities and deadlines. You will need to be both a team player and able to work independently, with excellent communication skills.

IDS offers attractive salaries, favourable holiday allowance, a flexible working ethos and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The post is based in Brighton, Sussex.

OFFICIAL APPLICATIONS FORMS ONLY, CVs are not accepted

For further information and to download an application form please log on to http://www.ids.ac.uk/go/about-ids/working-at-ids/current-vacancies.

Alternatively to receive an electronic or hard copy please email Human Resources, hr@ids.ac.uk or call our confidential answer phone 01273-678682 [Int +44 1273-678682]

IDS values diversity and is committed to equal opportunities; applications are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates who meet the stated criteria.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship
National Weather Center; Norman, Oklahoma

Applications are invited for a newly established position as a Post Doctoral Fellow to be housed in the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, Oklahoma. This new activity is a partnership involving the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, the OU Vice President for Research, the Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS), CIMMS, the Center for Spatial Analysis (CSA), and the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences.

The appointee will enter on the ground floor of an exciting, unprecedented effort to integrate social science into the new National Weather Center located on the University’s Research Campus. The National Weather Center brings together students, scientists, numerous public agencies, the university, and practitioners — all of which are engaged in various aspects of the weather and climate enterprise. The appointee will be part of a team that includes one senior scientist and two Ph.D. students. The selected Post-Doc will help establish a new program in integrated social science activities at the National Weather Center.

The appointee must have a passion for collaborating across the entire weather and climate spectrum and a dedication to bringing agencies, students, departments, different levels of government, and a wide variety of private sector companies together in projects that:

  • Foster sustainable interdisciplinary working-relationships for meteorologists and social scientists
  • Produce more effective ways to communicate forecast uncertainty within technical and non-technical communities
  • Develop socially relevant forecast metrics
  • Build pathways to incorporate social science into NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed in Norman
  • Conceptualize a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at OU focused on the societal impacts of weather and climate
  • Explore new tools, methods, and concepts for more effective socioeconomic applications and evaluations of weather and climate products
  • Build an individual identity as an integrative scientist within the weather enterprise located at University of Oklahoma

Applicants must have: (1) a Ph.D. or equivalent (or be in the final stages of the dissertation before applying) in meteorology, geography, communications, anthropology, decision sciences, economics, environmental policy, or a related field; (2) a strong commitment to a balanced approach between theory and practice in interdisciplinary research; (3) evidence of research potential in an area of societal impacts of weather and climate; (4) the ability to work independently and cooperatively with others; (5) excellent communication skills; and (6) demonstrated written communication skills (including papers published in or submitted to refereed journals).

Applicants should be familiar with the work of the Weather and Society Integrated Studies program (WAS*IS; www.sip.ucar.edu/wasis ) and the Summer Policy Colloquium sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (www.ametsoc.org/atmospolicy/colloquium_summer.html).

Applicants should submit a letter of application stating the applicant’s vision for this Post-Doc appointment, a CV, and the names and contact details for three (3) referees. The letter of application also should discuss ways whereby the applicant’s work adds to and complements existing and/or new programs dedicated to integrating social science into meteorology.

Each application will be rated in the following manner:

  • 10% — Balance between theory and practice
  • 20% — Potential for research in societal impacts of weather and climate
  • 15% — Ability to work independently and cooperatively
  • 15% — Communications skills
  • 25% — Application letter and vision statement
  • 15% — Content of CV and letters of reference

This position is a full-time, fixed term appointment and is funded by a 50/50 partnership between NOAA and the University of Oklahoma. The incumbent will serve a customary probationary period during the first year and can be extended for two additional years subject to satisfactory performance.

Submit application materials to:

Dr. Peter Lamb, Director
Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies
Suite 2100, 120 David L. Boren Blvd.
Norman, OK 73072

For additional information, contact Eve Gruntfest at ecg@uccs.edu , Ken Crawford at kcrawford@mesonet.org , or Jeff Kimpel at James.Kimpel@noaa.gov or visit these web sites: ags.ou.edu or nwc.ou.edu

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on May 27, 2008. We expect the Post-Doc to begin in Norman in September 2008.  

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Emergency Preparedness Evaluation Manager
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; New York City, New York 

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (NYC DOHMH), Bureau of Emergency Management (BEM), seeks an experienced individual to serve as an Emergency Preparedness Evaluation Manager. BEM is a fast-growing bureau seeking talented professionals to carry out its mission: to promote DOHMH's ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

The Emergency Preparedness Evaluation Manager will:
• Work collaboratively with local, state and federal stakeholders to shape performance evaluation, improvement and reporting relating to emergency preparedness.
• Manage the implementation of public health emergency preparedness performance measures at DOHMH.
• Track and develop a system to report on DOHMH's preparedness progress on a continuous basis (e.g., annual preparedness report).
• Supervise Evaluation Unit Staff, including BEM’s After Action Report Coordinator and Corrective Action Coordinator.
• Collaborate with BEM’s Exercises and Training Unit in overseeing exercise evaluation.
• Oversee preparation of BEM's Quarterly Performance Review.
• Work closely with BEM's Grant Manager on an on-going basis to develop grant applications and progress reports for submission to federal funders.
• Be a key member of the agency's incident command structure during emergency events, which may include 24-hour availability.

The ideal candidate will have:

• At least a baccalaureate degree plus progressively responsible experience in either health services (laboratory, hospital or patient care facility) or a public health, environmental health or mental hygiene program.
• Project management experience.
• Exceptional communication (verbal and written) skills, as well as strong interpersonal and managerial skills.
• Experience in performance measurement, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and the design and implementation of surveys and other types of evaluations.
• Broad knowledge of healthcare needs and services.
• Experience with Power Point, Excel or other presentation and documentation software.

Note: New York City residence is required.

To apply for this position, visit www.healthsolutions.org. Search for NYC Dept. of Health – Emergency Preparedness Evaluation Manager - 0327. We accept online applications only.

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Emergency Management Program Coordinator
Division of Emergency Management/Homeland Security; Richardson, Texas

The City of Richardson Human Resource Department has posted the position announcement for Program Coordinator for the Division of Emergency Management/Homeland Security. This Division is a part of the City Manager's Department reporting to the Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services.

IF you are interested in reviewing this announcement go to http://www.cor.net. Touch job openings, then click on Full Time Positions, and scroll to the EM position and open.

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Government Analyst II
Florida Division of Emergency Management; Tallahassee, Florida  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

-Demonstrated supervisory skills.
-Demonstrated skill in Microsoft Windows software, and Lotus Notes or similar software.
-Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to provide technical assistance to local governments and other entities.
-Ability to oversee the financial aspects of the program’s budget.
-Ability to plan, coordinate and develop emergency recovery activities, and to coordinate and manage the operational response and support to local governments during disasters.
-Ability to travel and to work non-traditional works hours during emergency events.
-Knowledge of state, local and federal responsibilities during disasters.
-Knowledge of the implementation and maintenance of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

In response to emergency events, Division of Emergency Management employees may be required to work irregular hours, to work more than 8 hours per day, to work extended periods (including weekends and holidays), to work at locations other than their official headquarters, and to perform duties in addition to those outlined in the employee’s position description. Employees must be able to deploy to emergency sites with limited advance notice.

Please note that a criminal history check and a driver’s license check is conducted on each recommended applicant.

For additional information or to apply see, https://jobs.myflorida.com/viewjob.html?erjob=249481&eresc=ERNOTIFY

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Operations Manager
Disaster Response NECHAMA

NECHAMA: Jewish Response to Disaster is a non-profit organization that provides clean-up and recovery assistance to individuals following natural disasters. We are seeking a qualified Operations Manager to play a key role in our vital humanitarian work. You will be the first to arrive at a disaster site, where you will assess needs, secure work sites, coordinate with governmental agencies and other disaster response teams, and lead a team of volunteers on a deployment. Additional responsibilities will include maintaining vehicles and supplies, developing training programs and manuals for staff and volunteers, and cultivating a committed and qualified volunteer base.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualities/skills:
-Mechanically competent
-Detail-oriented
-Ability to lead and motivate and group of volunteers
-Effective teaching skills
-Ability to follow-through with assignments and see them through to completion.
-A schedule which allows you to leave for a disaster site on 6 hours notice and be prepared to stay for up to two weeks at a time.
-Sincere desire to improve the world by providing comfort to those in need.

Please send resumes to Seth Gardner at sgardner@nechama.org. Call 763-732-0610, x1 with questions. Find out more about NECHAMA at www.nechama.org.

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Epidemiology Specialist - Pandemic Flu
St. Louis County Department of Health; Clayton, Missouri


Examples of Duties:

• Participate as team member to develop a local pandemic influenza response plan.
• Develop an antiviral distribution plan that is consistent with state and federal requirements.
• Develop a vaccine distribution plan that is consistent with state and federal guidance.
• Coordinate an exercise focused on antiviral and vaccine distribution and security.
• Perform such additional duties as may properly be required of a position in this job class.

Typical Qualifications:
A Master's Degree in Public Health, Nursing, Health Care Administration, or a related field and at least one year of professional experience in public health, epidemiology, emergency management or a related area; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Strong computer and analytical skills are required.

For more information or to apply see, http://www.stlouisco.com

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Public Health Preparedness Supervisor
Southern Nevada Health District; Las Vegas, Nevada

Responsibilities:
To supervise, assign, review, evaluate and participate in the work of staff responsible for assuring the Health District’s capacity to respond to bioterrorism and other health emergencies or community disasters.

• Supervise, organize, and review the work of professional, technical, and clerical personnel.
• Interpret, explain, and enforce policies and procedures.
• Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public and related external contacts.
• Research, analyze and evaluate new emergency response preparedness strategies, methods and practices.
• Work independently in the absence of supervision.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare clear and concise reports.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Qualifications

Knowledge of:
• Public health organization and functions
• Public health preparedness.
• Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
• Grant management, development and administration.
• Basic principles of emergency management public health preparedness.
• Program planning, management and evaluation.
• Homeland security-related initiatives, i.e. Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS) National Response Plan, and other related initiatives.
• Office procedures, methods and computer operation and software.
• Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
• Principles and procedures of record keeping and documentation.
• Exercise design utilizing national standards such as Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).

Training:

Equivalent to a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in medicine, public health, public safety , emergency management or a closely related field. A Master’s degree in Public Health, Emergency Management or an MBA is highly desirable. Experience: Four years of experience with a minimum of one year of direct supervision of staff, in a public health agency, public health preparedness or similar emergency management program.

Working Conditions

• Office site environment.
• May have to travel.
• Speak in public forums in a variety of environments including urban and rural communities.

License or Certificates

• Possession of an appropriate, valid Nevada driver’s license.
• Must complete Certification of ICS training series 100, 200 and NIMS 700 prior to conclusion of probationary status.
• Must complete certification of ICS training 300 and 400 within one year of employment.

Conditions: All required licenses must be maintained in an active status without suspension or revocation throughout employment. Any employee may be required to stay at or return to work during public health incidents and/or emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency. For complete description of duties and working conditions see classification specifications at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.

Contact Information
Human Resources Office
(702) 759-1101
www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org

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