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Number 501 • May 8, 2008 | Past Issues


1) May Natural Hazards Observer Available Online

The May 2008 Natural Hazards Observer is now available online.

This issue’s featured articles are:

  • Earthquake Early Warning Systems: An Investment that Pays off in Seconds
  • Managing Lahars the New Zealand Way: A Case Study from Mount Ruapehu Volcano
  • Enhancing the Resilience of Communities to Natural and Other Hazards: What We know and What We Can Do

Regular features include Washington Update, Contracts and Grants, Resources, and Conferences and Training.

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2) Last Chance to Comment on NIMS Revisions

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the final review of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Modifications since the last public comment period include language changes resulting from the recent release of the National Response Framework (NRF). The draft of the NIMS document is available online at, Docket ID FEMA2008-0008.

The last national comment period will end June 2. All submissions must include the agency name and docket ID. Comments can be submitted by the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal at Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail to Include Docket in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax to 866-466-5370.
  • Mail/Hand Delivery to Regulation & Policy Team, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Room 835, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472.

Because a large response is expected, FEMA requests comments be submitted using the form available Regardless of the submission method, all comments and material will be posted without change to the federal eRulemaking portal and personal information provided.

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3)Myanmar Aid Still a Waiting Game

Almost a week after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar, the first United Nations Aid supplies and international relief workers began to trickle into the country Thursday.

Although progress has been reported, resistance from the country’s insular military government has made response and recovery in the aftermath of the Category 3 storm a wait-and-see scenario. In the interim, the following resources will keep those interested up to date:

Provides updates on recent U.S. negotiation attempts to get supplies and disaster response teams into the country. Also aggregates information on the death tolls, other relief efforts, food security, health, logistics, and supplies.

Coastal Hazards Web Site
An English language portal to India’s Department of Scientific & Industrial Research and the National Institute of Oceanography’s coastal hazards site. The site compiles information on cyclone preparedness, mitigation, information systems, recovery, and safety. Also includes scientific information about cyclones as meteorological phenomenon.  

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
This site includes the most recent OCHA situation reports and other international resources.  

ReliefWeb’s Cyclone Nargis Page
Provides multi-agency reports, maps, and updates on funding and coordination.

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4) USGS Satellite Data Access Expanding

Three newly awarded satellite imaging contracts will expand access to commercial satellite data for use in environmental monitoring, land management, energy development, natural hazards mitigation, and other purposes.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) contracts awarded this month will provide electronic accessibility to federal agencies and groups with data licensing agreements and provide a central mechanism to meet land imaging requirements in a coordinated, efficient way.

Groups also will benefit from recently announced changes to the USGS Landsat imagery distribution, which make USGS Landsat data available for free via the Web. The move is among the latest USGS effort to improve access to national and global land imaging products.

More information on USGS Land Remote Sensing can be found at

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5) Critical Care Experts Issue Preparedness Suggestions

The Task Force for Mass Critical Care has issued a list of recommendations aimed at maximizing critical care services during a pandemic or other mass emergency. Their suggestions include increasing critical care capacity and independent delivery times, therapeutics and interventions, and a hierarchy of patient situations to be used in triage decision-making.

The Task Force report was created to help develop a guide for preparedness, not as a policy mandate, according to Chest , the medical journal for the American College of Chest Physicians where the recommendations were published this week.

For complete text of the report, see Definitive Care for the Critically Ill during a Disaster: a Framework for Optimizing Critical Care Surge Capacity in the May 2008 issue of Chest.

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6) FEMA Awards Mitigation Grants to Florida Counties

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nearly $800,000 in grants to improve tornado safety measures in three Florida counties.

FEMA awarded 12 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) grants totaling $790,405 toward projects in Lake, Volusia, and Sumter Counties, the agency announced this month. The money comes from funds FEMA made available to Florida in the wake of tornadoes that struck the state on Christmas Day 2006 and Groundhog Day 2007.

The counties will use the grants for programs that include improving citizen notification retrofitting public buildings for better wind resistance, improving first responder communications, and enabling mass notification of those with manufactured homes.

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7) Call for Papers: RC21 Conference Panel – Disasters, Pandemics, and the Global City: Vulnerability and Risk in the Contemporary Urban Region

York University Professor Roger Keil has issued a call for papers for an RC21 Conference panel entitled “Disasters, Pandemics, and the Global City: Vulnerability and Risk in the Contemporary Urban Region.” Keil is organizing the panel and invites papers that deal with the consequences of disasters and pandemics on urban regions in diverse areas, including governance, social movements, urban political ecology, and urban health.

Abstracts should be limited to 150 words and include name, affiliation, and address.Send paper titles and abstracts to session Keil at and ISARC21 Tokyo Conference Organizing Committee at by May 15, 2008.

More information on the conference and related panels can be found at

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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]

The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center
The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center was created by the Florida legislature in 2007 to support the state's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic storms. Topics include: understanding insurance pricing, government-sponsored insurance, addressing property losses, land use planning, and predicting future losses. This site also provides additional web links to other risk management organizations, news sources, relevant papers and reports, weather information, and more.

Center for Disaster Risk Policy (CDRP)
CDRP is a public service organization within the College of Social Sciences at Florida State University. This resource provides technical assistance, emergency management-related programs, and information systems development to government organizations. CDRP’s mission is to identify, develop, and promote best practices in the field of emergency management and public management.

Tsunami Hazard Information Service
Living in or visiting Hawaii? Want to know if your location is in a Tsunami evacuation zone? A quick search will give you all the information you need. This service provides residents and visitors quick online access to the state’s tsunami evacuation zone maps, as well as information about potentials risks, how to prepare, and what to do in the event of a tsunami. The Tsunami Hazard Information Service was created by the NOAA Pacific Services Center in partnership with the State of Hawaii to educate and inform residents and visitors about Tsunami events and preparedness.

Google Map for Wells, Nevada, Earthquake
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) had created a Google Map of the February 21, 2008, Wells, Nevada 6.0 earthquake. This map provides over 200 geo-referenced photos and additional information provided by Steve Bartlett and Chris Pantelides of the University of Utah and John Masek of VIE Consultant.

The Tornado Project Online
This Web site offers tornado information for severe weather enthusiasts, meteorologists, and emergency managers. A collection of at least 600,000 different tornadoes provides numerous resources such as tornado myths and oddities, personal tornado experiences, information on tornado chasers, tornado safety tips, and past and present tornado outbreaks. Books, posters, and videos are also available on the Web site.

Information Seeking Behavior and Viewpoints of Emergency Preparedness and Management Professionals Concerned with Health and Medicine
This is the final Report prepared for the National Library of Medicine by Murray Turoff and Starr Roxanne Hiltz on information requirements for health-related issues in emergency preparedness, management, and response.  Results are presented by a designed inquiry based upon returns of 34 professionals working in emergency management, health care, academia, libraries, and international organizations. Emphasis is on determining what sources are now used and what needs are unmet.

Guide to Developing a Food Defense Plan for Warehouse and  Distribution  Centers by the  USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service
This guide outlines measures to plan for food defense by reducing the chances of intentional contamination of the food supply by chemicals, biological agents or other harmful substances.

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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]

2008 Homeland Security Symposium: Fostering Public-Private Partnerships— Washington D.C.: May 22, 2008. This symposium aims to foster development of public-private partnerships; highlight successful public-private partnerships at the local, regional, and national level as models; and considers steps to develop and improve future public-private partnerships. The program includes presentations by recognized experts from government and industry engaged in operating and securing critical infrastructures. It encourages the participation of academe; federal, state, and local government agencies; private-sector companies; industry associations; and standards organizations.Visit or contact

American Meteorological Society Summer Policy Colloquium— Washington, D.C.: June 1-10, 2008. A select group will meet in Washington, D.C. for an intense, 10-day immersion in atmospheric policy. The Colloquium provides an overview of policy basics and how decisions are made governing the course and future of atmospheric science, as well as opportunities for participants to meet and talk with the federal officials, congressional staffers, and others who make those decisions. Also included are surveys of current atmospheric policy issues and uses of case study method to explore a limited number of issues in detail. It will help participants build skills, experience, and contacts they can use throughout their careers to understand and influence the atmospheric policy process and gauge their aptitude for and interest in the challenges of matching atmospheric science to national priorities and scientific program leadership. For more information contact or visit

Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) 1st Emergency Management and Homeland Security Symposium: We Know Where We Have Been, But Where Are We Heading? — New York, New York: June 18, 2008. The symposium will provide a forum for emergency management and homeland security personnel to exchange ideas and best practices in this emerging and vital field. Subjects to be covered in the symposium will include public health; special needs; and education. Some topics titles include Disaster Myths and Dealing with Contaminated Corpses, The Government’s Role in the Evacuation of Special Needs Populations, and the newly released National Response Framework and Effective Exercise Design Using Non-Linear Branching Table Top Exercises. E-mail questions to pburkes@mcny.eduor visit

National Environmental Health Association’s 72nd Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition Tucson, Arizona: June 22–25, 2008. The AEC and Exhibition is designed to present education in ways that are appealing to all generations of the environmental health workforce. The conference goal is to impart helpful knowledge and engage attendees in activities that connect them to experts, peers, partner companies and organizations in the field of environmental health. This conference offers several forums such as NEHA’s learning laboratory that features opportunities to interact with experts and share knowledge. The lecture hall will host more than 160 speakers and 130 educational sessions.Questions can be sent to For more conference information, visit

Continental Divide Disaster Behavioral Health Conference: Preparing for Pandemic — Colorado Springs, Colorado: July 8-10, 2008. This interactive conference is designed to assist emergency management and all-hazards planners, public health and homeland security officials, medical personnel, researchers, and behavioral health specialists to improve care provided to those affected by catastrophic events. Special pricing for students is available and academic researchers and instructors are encouraged to attend. Major speakers are leading civilian and military behavioral health experts. The conference addresses disaster planning, response, and recovery issues and includes a day-long table top exercise.For more information, visit

31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering — Hamburg, Germany: August 30-September 5, 2008. Organizers: Coastal Engineering Research Council (CERC) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Session topics will include coastal processes; coastal, shore, and estuarine structures; ports, harbors, and waterways; coastal environment; coastal risks; and coastal development. Sessions are expected to investigate different issues of theory, measurement, analysis, modeling, and practice. The conference will offer short courses, technical sessions, and poster sessions. See

7th International NCCR Climate Summer School: Key Challenges in Climate Variability and Change — Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ticino, Switzerland: August 31- September 5, 2008. Young scientists and leading climate researchers unite in a scenic southern Swiss alpine setting for keynote lectures, workshops, and poster sessions. Session topics include pertinent aspects of climate physics; climate phenomena and processes from seasonal to centennial time ranges; assessment of predictability and approaches to prediction and operational tools; and associated impacts of climate change on the society and economy's vulnerability. The courses cover a broad spectrum of climate and climate impact research issues and foster cross-disciplinary links. Each topic includes keynote plenary lectures and workshops with in-depth discussion in smaller groups. Visit

The ’88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond — Jackson Hole, Wyoming: September 7-13, 2008. Organizer: International Association of Wildland Fire and the Association for Fire Ecology in association with the 9th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The purpose of this conference is to remember the Yellowstone area fires of 1988. These history-making fires serve as springboards for discussions and presentations about lessons learned, fire effects, fire ecology, large fire management and policy, research related to the fires, the use of fire as a management tool, and other issues. Pre-conference and post-conference optional field trips will be scheduled on Sept. 7 and 13. See or e-mail or

2008 ASTHO-NACCHO Joint Conference: Becoming the Healthiest Nation in a Healthier World — Sacramento, California: September 9-12, 2008. An annual conference that specifically addresses the needs of state and local health officials and provides educational opportunities focused on the needs and experiences of these audiences. The conference offers learning and networking opportunities for state and local health officials and their public health partners from all geographical regions of the nation. Participants will be able to share perspectives and engage in dialogue on common key public health practice issues. Conference features will include skills-building training, educational sessions, networking opportunities, and access to information about available resources.For more information, see

International Snow Science Workshop — Whistler, British Columbia, Canada: September 21-27, 2008. Promoting avalanche awareness is an important consideration for companies that rely on mountainous backcountry recreation in the winter. Advocating awareness of avalanche terrain, improving avalanche forecasting techniques, and providing effective lines of communication to the general public are the focus of this year’s conference, which encourages a true merger of theory and practice. In addition to the oral and poster presentations on research and findings, virtual field trips, storm reports, or slide shows of remarkable events will be presented. Attendees can meet with more than 700 industry professionals for recommendations and testing of avalanche-related products, ski touring gear, and technical clothing. Contact issw2008@avalanche.caor

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10) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Emergency Services Coordinator
County of San Diego, San Diego, California

This position is a professional entry through journey level class responsible for planning and analyzing disaster emergency plans which lead to the development and implementation of county operational area policies and programs governing the county's emergency response and recovery operations (i.e., disaster preparedness, rescue and recovery, evacuations and shelter operations). This class also coordinates emergency and disaster preparedness activities that are inter-jurisdictional and regional in scope and serves, on a rotational basis, as Staff Duty Officer responsible for directing/coordinating the county’s response to any large-scale emergency or disaster that impacts the San Diego County Operational Area.

Qualified applicants must possess:
-- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with course work in public administration, emergency management or a related field of work, AND two years of experience in program or project management or administrative staff support responsible for planning, analyzing and solving problems of an organization, program or system, OR

-- A Certificate in Emergency Management (CEM) issued by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) AND six (6) months of experience in program or project management or administrative staff support responsible for planning, analyzing, and solving problems of an organization, program, or system.

  • Note: Additional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years. Experience in emergency management in a public setting is preferable. All candidates appointed to this class must be able to successfully complete Staff Duty Officer Training Program within a 12 month probationary period.

    For more information or to apply please see,


    Emergency Management Specialist
    City of Plano, Plano, Texas

    Required Education:

    Bachelor’s degree required with major course work in emergency planning, public administration, or related. Experience:

    -- Two years of full time experience in Emergency Management. Experience in actual disaster is preferred.

    -- 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 requires effective written and verbal communication skills; proficiency in computer use and applicable software applications.

    --Must have ability to prepare and present informative presentations.

    -- Licenses & Certifications: 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

    Job Description: 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 evaluate 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 others 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. Other duties as required by the Director of Emergency Management and Homeland.

    For more information or to apply please see,


    Emergency Management/COOP Position
    General Dynamics Information technology (GDIT), Washington D.C.

    The Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, is looking to hire a contractor to work as an Emergency Management Specialist to assist with planning and preparedness efforts. One person is needed as soon as possible, and possibly a few additional contractors in the near future. The contractor is General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT).
    This position supports the emergency planning and preparedness efforts of a large division of the U.S. Department of Justice, which includes support to all United States Attorneys' Offices nationwide.

    The incumbent will serve as a subject matter expert in emergency preparedness and continuity of operations (COOP), review and critique Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans and Occupant Emergency Plans (OEPs), prepare briefings, presentations, and other resources related to emergency management. Support the Occupant Emergency Program for a building in Washington, DC, -- including planning, training and exercises – and support the United States Attorneys District Offices nationwide in the areas of emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery. Additional tasks include writing policy recommendations and providing guidance on emergency management laws, regulations, standards and best practices. BA/BS Degree required.

    Excellent writing skills. In-depth knowledge and experience in the field of emergency management. At least three (3) years general experience and one (1) year of specialized experience. General experience gained by attendance at government sponsored training and on the job performance. A two year college degree may be substituted for one year of general experience. Specialized experience is gained in supervisory positions in the emergency management arena. Individual must possess the ability to deal effectively with individuals at all organization and management levels. Must be eligible for a Top Secret Clearance.

    For more information or to apply please see,


    Earthquake Program Manager
    Washington State Emergency Management Division, Tacoma, WA.

    Manages multi-seismic and geological programs for the State of Washington. It is a multi-disciplinary environment program that is highly influenced by the ever changing scientific and engineering disciplines and the internal and external policies and stakeholders it supports.

    A bachelor’s degree AND four years of professional level experience in emergency management, financial management (grant, contracting, claims management, budgeting), training/education, public information/affairs, program/project management, environmental analysis or planning, civil/structural engineering, legislative affairs, and/or urban planning. Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for the education requirement. A Master’s or Ph.D. degree will substitute for one year of the experience requirement. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Masters Degree. Experience working with Seismic Safety Programs and experience developing strategic and operational initiatives for a complex program(s). Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices associated with the field of seismic safety and the directives of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction (NEHRP).

    For more information or to apply please see,


    Health & Human Services Manager
    Miami-Dade County Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Miami, FL.

    The Miami-Dade County Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security in Miami, Florida has an employment opportunity for an experienced emergency management supervisor (manager). This position supervises the Health & Human Services Branch and reports to the Assistant Director of Emergency Management & Homeland Security.

    Day-to-Day Activities (subject to change): In conjunction with Assistant Director; directs all staffing and programmatic activity relative to the Health & Human Services Branch. Serves as the master custodian of all assigned agency plans, procedures, official planning documents, reference materials and related electronic and paper based files. Serves as lead for all pandemic emergency planning activities; provides planning leadership to ensure Miami-Dade County is prepared to manage pandemic emergencies. Coordinates with health and community medical groups to conduct risks assessments, develop operational plans and medical stockpile control procedures. Manages and updates county Pandemic Flu plan. Serves as lead for all emergency management mass causality, mass fatality, and National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) planning activities. Provides planning leadership to ensure Miami-Dade County is prepared to manage major events such as transportation emergencies, structural collapse, DMOT/DMAT activations, significant medical emergencies, etc. Manages and updates county mass causality-mass fatality documents. Provides planning & programmatic leadership to ensure mass care, evacuation, continuity of operations, continuity of government, and related plans are maintained, updated and coordinated through assigned staff. Provides planning & programmatic leadership to ensure health, medical, MMRS, and related programs are maintained, updated, and coordinated through assigned staff. Provide management oversight to the Ambulance Compliance program; ensuring ambulance billings, correspondence, databases, and contracts are effectively managed. Provide planning & programmatic leadership to ensure special medical needs, special population, and medical databases/registry programs are maintained, updated and coordinated through assigned staff. Provide planning & programmatic leadership to ensure nursing home plans are reviewed and the program is effectively managed in accordance with state requirements through assigned staff. In cooperation with the DEM&HS Training and Exercise Officer; plan, coordinate and participate in emergency exercises. Ensure Lessons Learned from actual emergency events, training and exercises, and are incorporated into plans, procedures, annexes, and other departmental documents. Serves in identified EOC role(s) and as DEM&HS Duty Officer as assigned. Fills in for assigned staff on assignments, as necessary. Manages program budgets and resources as assigned. Represent DEM & HS on committees and meetings as assigned. In conjunction with EM Public Information & External Affairs Coordinator, promotes Community and Volunteer programs through effective community outreach and educational programs. Serves as department supervisor; manages assigned personnel, reviews work performance, completes appropriate paperwork, provides staff training, and counseling as necessary. Upon Request, assist the directors with special assignments and projects.

    Minimum Qualifications: bachelor's degree. A minimum of three to five years of professional experience in coordinating, planning and/or developing emergency management programs is required. For more information please see,


    Radiological Emergency Planner
    State of Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management, St. Paul, Minnesota

    Create and maintain a well developed and integrated Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) planning and exercise program by providing technical expertise, exercise coordination, and planning direction to emergency management staff in order to ensure compliance with current and new federal and state requirements for nuclear power plant preparedness. To ensure compliance with federal preparedness requirements by establishing plans and procedures for nuclear power plant preparedness. This position will be responsible for development and updating of emergency operations plans/procedures and conducting training. The purpose of this position is to provide expertise for the coordination of planning activities and the implementation and outreach efforts of the State of Minnesota for the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program. This position works closely with the REP Administrator and is responsible for coordinating various activities of the Radiological Emergency Preparedness program for nuclear power plant emergency preparedness and response. This position is a leadership role with radiological emergency preparedness activities involving federal, tribal, state and local partner agencies. The incumbent will posses a background with experience as preparedness professional and is responsible for the development and implementation of the framework to ensure the safety of citizens near the nuclear power plants in Minnesota.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS This position requires four years of professional level experience in the field of Emergency Preparedness Planning or Continuity of Operations planning or Project Management. A four-year degree in science, biology, radiology, public health, medical or emergency management, homeland security or related and relevant field. Candidates with ten or more years of current professional experience in fields as identified above may be considered as equivalent to the four-year degree. Candidate must posses or be able to obtain a valid class D Minnesota Drivers License. In order to qualify, you must demonstrate competency in the following areas: 1. Experience in program development, implementation, management and evaluation. 2. Experience in providing training to adult learners and public presentations. 3. Experience in leading work groups, and coordinating the work of others. 4. Experience working with teams and diverse people.

    For more information or to apply please see,


    STATE PROG ADMIN COORD, Emergency Management
    Minnesota Homeland security and Emergency Management

    The purpose of this position is to provide executive leadership for the coordination of planning activities and the implementation and outreach efforts of the State of Minnesota for the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program. This Administrator works closely with the preparedness branch director and is responsible for directing the REP program for nuclear power plant emergency response. This is a statewide leadership role with radiological emergency preparedness activities involving federal, tribal, state and local partner agencies. The incumbent will posses a background with experience as an emergency preparedness professional and is responsible for the development and implementation of the framework to ensure the safety of citizens near the nuclear power plants in Minnesota. Create and maintain a well developed and integrated REP program by providing technical expertise and administrative direction to emergency management staff in order to ensure compliance with current and new federal and state requirements for nuclear power plant preparedness. To ensure that HSEM supports state and local REP activities by establishing priorities, developing goals, coordinating and assisting in plan and procedure development and maintenance, emergency response training and financial administration of the program.

    This position requires a minimum of 5+ years of current professional level leadership experience in the field of emergency preparedness planning or continuity of operations planning or project management or program management. Candidates must have a four-year degree in at least one of the following; health physics or science, biology, radiology, public health, public administration, pre-med, emergency management, homeland security or related field. Candidates with 10 or more years of current professional leadership experience in any of the fields listed above may be considered as equivalent to a four-year degree. Candidates must posses or be able to obtain a valid class D Minnesota Drivers License. In order to qualify, you must demonstrate current competency in all of the following areas: 1. Experience in program/project development, implementation, management, and analysis. 2. Experience in providing training to adult learners and public presentations. 3. Experience in leading work groups, managing and coordinating the work of others. 4. Experience working with teams and diverse people

    For more information or to apply please see,


    Emergency Management Agency Director
    Hanover Township, Bartlett, IL.


    The candidate will be expected to develop and activate the emergency operations plan, emergency operations center, achieve related certification, and assist the township in matters related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Send resumes and three references to: Hanover Township Administrator 250 S. Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103; or email to

    Qualified candidates will possess applicable work experience in public sector emergency management. Minimum requirements include an associate’s degree in a related field, bachelor’s degree preferred. Successful candidates will be energetic, self-motivated and able to work in a highly collaborative environment with other Township departments, local governments, first responders, and volunteers.

    For more information please see,


    Homeland Security Planner 2
    Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indianapolis, IN.


    The incumbent serves as a Homeland Security Planner 2 / Planning Program Manager within the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Planning Division. The incumbent is responsible for the development, maintenance, and support of all-hazard, operational, and tactical plans for the State of Indiana. He/She will work within federal or state authorities on national and state planning initiatives. The incumbent will also work under the guidance and report directly to a designated Planning Section / Team Leader.

    For a full job description or to apply please see,


    WI Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
    Pre-Emergency Planning, Poynette, Wisconsin

    Pre-Emergency Planning is a small consulting firm located in Southwest Wisconsin. We are seeking a creative and visionary individual to help us serve our clients.

    The Emergency Preparedness Consultant will provide support services to a variety of governmental and private industry clients. Duties of the position include:

    Develop and apply innovative approaches to the assessment and evaluation of preparedness policies and procedures.
    Assistance with the planning, development, and implementation (i.e., facilitation, evaluation, and control) of homeland security/ emergency management/public health exercises to advance community and organizational preparedness. Develop customized training courses, workshops and sessions based on client emergency preparedness needs. Additional responsibilities may include drafting, developing, and reviewing emergency management plans, procedures, and guidance for a wide range of issues and threats; and preparing correspondence and outreach documents for clients at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as community stakeholders.

    The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

    --Prefer a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
    --3 to 5 years of experience in emergency management or business continuity.
    --First responder, healthcare or emergency volunteer experience preferred.
    --Solid understanding of the National Incident Management System, Incident Command System, and the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation program.
    --Previous experience working within an all-hazards emergency management program is preferred.
    --Demonstrated ability to work independently, interface with clients, implement and track project work plans and produce final products.
    --Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
    --Flexibility for travel is required. Experience in Long Term Care Facility Planning and/or Community Emergency Response Team coordination is a plus.

    To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirement to:
    Pre-Emergency Planning, LLC PO Box 75 Lodi, WI 53555


    Risk Manager Coordinator
    Montgomery County, Norristown, Pennsylvania

    Responsible for the county's Risk Management program, in conjunction with the Broker and Providers of service and coverage. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
    --Supervision of the Loss Control Programs.
    --Serve as Chairperson of the Safety Committee.
    --Ensure that MSDS requirements are met.
    --Maintenance of current schedule of insurance and pending items; control over Certificates of Insurance required and furnished by vendors, contractors and lessees.
    --Maintain all in-force and expired Insurance policies.
    --Serve as gatekeeper for claims against the county.
    --Assist in the preparation of the annual risk management budget.
    --Coordinate the program with all county departments, including assessing the insurance needs of each department.

    --Knowledge of various forms of insurance (personal property, casualty, automobile, etc.)
    --Must be well-organized and detail-oriented
    --Excellent inter-personal, oral and written communication skills.
    --Must project a professional demeanor and be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
    --Must have excellent analytical and writing skills.
    --Computer literate and proficient in the use of MS Office products, including Excel.
    --Bachelor's Degree, together with a minimum of five years of experience working in insurance, benefits or a closely related field on an administrative level; or an equivalent amount of education and experience.

    For more information or to apply please see,,A,3,Q,65339.asp

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