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1) Registration begins for 33rd Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop

The Natural Hazards Center recently sent nearly 2,000 invitations to its 33rd Annual Research and Applications Workshop. The Workshop, which will be July 12-15, 2008, is invitation only.

This year’s workshop, along with the Hazards and Disasters Researchers Meeting that follows it, will be held for the first time at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado.

Also new is the Center’s commitment to reducing waste by posting registration materials and detailed workshop information on our Web site. The lessening of paper materials is a precursor to next year’s entirely paperless invitations.

For more information, or to register online, those with an invitational customer ID number can visit, Those interested in attending who haven’t received an invitation can request one online at

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2)Two new faces at the Natural Hazards Center

The Natural Hazards Center welcomes Jolie Breeden and Dan Whipple to the Center staff.

Jolie joined the staff in May as Program Associate. In that position, she compiles and edits the Disaster Research e-newsletter, manages the Center Web site, assists in the coordination of special projects and publications, and manages the Quick Response Research Program. Jolie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Before joining the Natural Hazards Center, she was as a reporter for various Front Range newspapers, including the Broomfield Enterprise, the Longmont Daily Times-Call, the BoulderDaily Camera and the Rocky Mountain News. She has also administered news Web sites for Clear Channel Denver.

Jolie is interested in how people use the Internet and Web communication to create authentic social groups outside real-time interactions and how these groups function in opposition to hegemonic institutions.

Dan Whipple joined the staff in May 2008, as the Observer editor. Dan will compile and edit the Natural Hazards Observer newsletter and assist with coordination of special projects and publications. Dan has been a writer and journalist for more than 30 years, specializing primarily in science and environmental issues. He served as editor of High Country News and Northern Lights and held several editorial positions at the daily Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming.

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Georgetown University and was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado during the 1997-98 academic year.

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3)Time to Submit 2008 Hazards and Disasters Researchers Meeting Abstracts

The 2008 Hazards and Disasters Researchers Meeting (HDRM) will take place on July 16, 2008, immediately following the 33rd Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop at the Omni Interlocken Resort. Submissions of scholarly research on hazards/disaster research from all disciplinary perspectives are being accepted. Please submit extended abstracts for papers electronically to with “HDRM Abstract” in the subject line.

The submission should include the following:

  • Author’s (and co-authors’) name, address, telephone number, and email address. Indicate who will present the paper;
  • Title of the paper;
  • Three or more keywords signaling the topic area of the paper;
  • An extended abstract of two pages, single-spaced and less than 1,000 words, describing the research; and
  • An indication of your willingness to serve as a chairperson and/or discussant.

The deadline for abstracts is May 30, 2008. Notification of inclusion in the program will be made by June 1, 2008. If an earlier decision is required to arrange travel, please indicate that in the submission.

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4) Resources on Recent Myanmar and China Events Available on the Natural Hazards Center Web Site

Two back-to-back disasters – Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in China’s Sichuan Province – have focused the world’s attention on Asia while weather, politics and infrastructure damage has hindered response efforts.

To help inform those interested in the events, the Natural Hazards Center has compiled links to resources and research on its Web site. The information includes everything from real-time maps and reports on the situations to general research about cyclones, hurricanes earthquakes and landslides. Check it all out at

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5) Policy Requires Citizenship for Evacuations of Rio Grand Valley

Residents in the south Texas Rio Grande Valley will be checked for citizenship by the Customs and Border Patrol before hurricane evacuations, according to a story in the Rio Grande Guardian.

Anyone who can’t prove citizenship or legal residency will be held in “specially designed areas ‘made to withstand hurricanes’,” Border Patrol Spokesman Dan Doty told the paper in May.

“By no means do we want to stop somebody from safely evacuating but we do, and we will do our job while we assist,” Doty said. “We check for citizenship, (and) with our agents it does not take long. It's a very quick process.”

The policy was brought to light during a mock hurricane evacuation exercise, when Border Patrol agents were seen checking documentation of residents. Hurricane season in the valley begins in June.

Federal plans to check immigration status in the event of a mandatory hurricane evacuation drew criticism from local emergency planners, according to another local paper, the Monitor.

The screenings could delay time-sensitive departure efforts and scare many undocumented Rio Grande Valley residents into staying behind and putting their lives in danger, planners said.

"It could certainly have a chilling affect," said Kevin Pagan, McAllen's emergency management coordinator. "No one's trying to accommodate undesirables entering the country, but this adds a level of complexity that we're not prepared to deal with."

Kathleen Tierney, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, had similar concerns.

"The institution of this new policy seems out of line with the state's obligation to protect public health and safety in future hurricanes,” Tierney observed. “A likely consequence of the policy is that people who fear citizenship checks will simply opt out of the evacuation process entirely. There is also the danger that particular groups within the population will be unduly singled out for scrutiny. Besides, does the state currently have any idea how many of its residents possess proof of citizenship currently, or how easy it would be for people to retrieve such information during an evacuation? And does the state have any plans for providing financial support to citizens who will now need to obtain proof of citizenship in advance of this year's hurricane season?"

Cameron County executive Carlos Cascos told the Associated Press the government's primary role was to save lives. "The Border Patrol, if they choose to do this, it just stands to reason that it's going to hinder or slow down the evacuation process," Cascos said. "And once word gets out, people will not evacuate. They'll just stay home. They won't leave if they fear they're going to be deported."

Full text of the Guardian story can be accessed online.

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6)Call for Abstracts: 2008 IAEM Student Poster Competition

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Student Council requests abstracts for the 2008 IAEM Student Poster Competition.

The competition, part of the Association's 56th Annual Conference, is an opportunity to highlight student research in emergency management and related fields. This year, the competition includes separate categories for both undergraduate and graduate research and more monetary awards.

Abstracts will be accepted until October 1, 2008. For details and directions on how to participate and other questions, visit IAEM.

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7) Call For Papers: Risk and Africa -- Conceptualizing Risk in the Context of Contemporary Africa Symposium  

An international symposium addressing the challenges of making theoretical and methodological advances in risk research relevant to understanding social change in Africa will be November 27-29, 2008, in Bayreuth, Germany.  

Contributions exploring these challenges from various fields are invited. Research-based contributions are particularly welcome, including comparative studies of cases from outside Africa.  

Papers are invited on the following topics:  

  • Theories of risk and their relevance to the African context; Risk as a catalyst of social transformation;
  • Risk, resilience and sustainability;
  • Risk perception and communication;
  • Risk, governance and power;
  • Risk and environmental change in Africa;
  • Development and risk production; and
  • Risk and uncertainty.

Post-conference publication of selected papers is planned. ZENEB will try to provide financial support for selected presenters from Africa.  Abstracts of 600 words or less are due June 30, 2008. Acceptance notifications will be emailed by mid July.  

The Symposium is organized by ZENEB, the Centre for Natural Risks and Development. ZENEB is based at the Department of Population and Social Geography at the University of Bayreuth.   For more information and an application visit the ZENEB Web siteor e-mail Lena Bloemertz.

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8)Emergency Management Certificate Open House

Kean University in New Jersey will host an open house Saturday, June 7, 2008, so prospective students can familiarize themselves with the University’s Certificate of Emergency Management Program.

The program includes five courses: Introduction to Emergency Management; Crisis Communication in the Public Sector; Intelligence Function; Terrorism Preparedness and Society; Bioterrorism and Public Health Policy. Classes can be taken at the graduate level for 15 credits toward a master’s degree in criminal justice, or as continuing education credits.

The open house will be held at 11: 00 a.m. at Kean Hall, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey. To attend, register by calling 908-737-3355. Those unable to attend can learn more about the program at

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9) Some New Web Resources

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

Emergency Resource Guide
Compiled jointly by the Washington Military Department and the Washington State Department of Health, this publication is aimed at educating people on preparation and, where possible, prevention of natural, biological and household emergencies. The easy-to-read resource guide includes information about what to do before, during and after specific emergencies, essential emergency supplies to keep handy, how to prevent the spread of germs and access medications and vaccinations during a public health emergency, and using the 911 system effectively.

Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness & Emergency Response (COTPER)
The federal Centers for Disease Control’s new COTPER Web site went up in April with the mission of providing strategic direction, coordination, and support for the CDC’s terrorism preparedness and emergency response activities. The site is an entry into a wealth of federal emergency preparedness resources, including information on training, preparation and planning, bioterrorism, chemical emergencies, mass casualties and other man-made and natural disasters.


Arizona Geological Survey Earth Fissure Maps
As the result of groundwater withdrawal, Arizona geological researchers are seeing more earth fissure activity. Growth in areas such as Phoenix and Tucson areas exacerbate the activity. Because the fissures are a hazard that can endanger people, property, roads and other infrastructure, the AZGS is now mapping earth fissures and making that information available to the public on 1:12,000-scale maps. This Web site allows users to download maps, see fissure photos and video, and access reports and news on fissure activity.

World Health Organization’s 60th Anniversary Site
This site marks the World Health Organization’s 60th anniversary with a variety of WHO resources, links to anniversary activities, videos, podcasts and other items that look at the history and the future of the organization. Visitors can view an exhibit of 60 years worth of WHO photos online; read up on historic health campaigns or listen to a history of world health.

Hospitals Safe from Disasters
The Pan American Health Organization, partnering with International Strategy for Disaster Reduction launched the Safe Hospitals site earlier this year to promote its global campaign to reduce disaster vulnerability in health facilities. The campaign focuses on structural safety of health facilities, keeping facilities functioning during and after disasters, and preparing health workers for emergencies. The site provides information about the campaign, news, resources and a hospital safety index that will help officials gauge the safety of their healthcare facilities.

Pacific Disaster Center Web Resources
The Pacific Disaster Center released enhanced versions of its Natural Hazards and Vulnerabilities Atlases and its emergency manager support systems this month. The atlas upgrades include more and different data, including historical and near real-time data for various hazards, as well as information about population, infrastructure, terrain and the environment. The online atlases also allow users to filter datasets. Upgrades to the Center’s secure decision support and early warning also are more functional. The password-protected provides decision makers and responders with integrated disaster warning, modeling, event analysis, and collaboration in both simulated and real disasters. The site also serves as the subscription center for alerts informing professionals about developing conditions that could require their attention.

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10) Conferences, Training, and Events

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

2008 Seismic Engineering International Conference: Commemorating the 1908 Messina and Reggio Calabria Earthquake — Reggio Calabria, Italy: July 8-11, 2008 . The 2008 Seismic Engineering International Conference commemorating the 1908 Messina and Reggio Calabria Earthquake (MERCEA'08) provide a forum to discuss state-of-the-art developments, best practices, and new research results in earthquake engineering and geotechnics.


National Pediatric Trauma and Disaster Services Summit — Los Angeles, California: September 11-12, 2008. This summit will bring together more than 500 people from across the country to discuss the current state of pediatric emergency services and disaster preparedness nationwide, determine and deliberate about successes and challenges facing trauma networks, develop consensus around pediatric trauma and disaster research, and discuss trends disaster communication and logistics support technology.

INTERGEO Conference and Trade Fair for Geodesy, Geoinformation, and Land Management — Bremen, Germany: September 30- October 2, 2008. The trade fair and conference will cover key trends, from geo-based information surveys and data processing to integrated applications. Topics include the environment, geo-caching, geo-marketing and the creation of geodata infrastructures such as INSPIRE and GDI-DE, satellite systems, flood protection, polar research, 3A modeling and urban renewal in times of demographic and economic change. Over 1,500 experts will give presentations on the latest developments in German and European markets. Running concurrently with the conference program, participants can get information on real-world scenarios from companies in the industry.

Ninth Regional Training Course on Flood Disaster Risk Management— Bangkok, Thailand: October 6-17, 2008. The Flood Disaster Risk Management course is an integrated approach to developing flood risk reduction strategies that involve engineering, settlement, development, public administration, and community-based land use planning with environmental consideration. This multidisciplinary treatment of flood problems and flood risk management gives a holistic view of the situation and preparedness needs. Case examples of various national and local responses will be presented.

IBHS Annual Conference on Property Loss Reduction: Building Solutions through Science— Tampa, Florida: November 13-14, 2008. This year's conference will offer workshops and speakers on a variety of topics important to the insurance industry, as well as discussions regarding the latest IBHS research. The annual conference brings together professionals in the insurance industry, emergency management, government agencies, and academic institutions to discuss the developments in natural hazards mitigation.

IAEM 56th Annual Conference and EMEX 2008: Putting a New Spin on Emergency Management— Kansas City ( Overland Park), Kansas: November 15-20, 2008.

The IAEM Annual Conference provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the most recent tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advances IAEM committee work. Sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health, and related professions to exchange ideas on collaborating to protect lives and property from disaster. Emergency managers, homeland security officials, first response coordinators, private industry risk managers and contingency planners are encouraged to attend.

The Pacific Coast Fire Conference: Changing Fire Regimes, Goals and Ecosystems— San Diego, California: December 1-4, 2008. Fire and fuel managers, planners, implementers, resource specialists, fire ecologists, decision makers, researchers, students, and fire fighters should plan to attend this conference providing a timely forum for the exchange of information on the ecology and management of fire. The conference will focus on adapted and affected ecosystems along the U.S. Pacific Coast, Canada and Mexico in a time of changing climate and rapid population growth and feature opening and closing plenary sessions related to the theme.

Eighth Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities— Albuquerque, New Mexico: January 22-24, 2009. This conference offers a variety of cross-disciplinary participants and speakers to share experiences, insights, tools, and strategies encouraging smart growth and implementation. Topics covered will be the latest in smart growth, including research, cutting-edge implementation tools and techniques, best practices, model projects, policies and codes, coordinated networking activities, interactive learning experiences, and new partners. This event offers opportunities to network and coordinate with peers and practitioners from many different disciplines.

 2009 ASPA Annual Conference: Governance in the Midst of Diversity, Bridging Opportunity and Challenge — Miami, Florida: March 20-24, 2009 . This conference will explore and develop innovative practices for public administration to address the growing diversity of communities around the country. It emphasizes the importance of context and culture on sustainability of innovations and ASPA’s role in supporting global public administration from a U.S. perspective. This conference seeks to provide a platform on which to build a new knowledge base helping to inform public administration practice and theory in the midst of diversity.

2009 National Hurricane Conference— Austin, Texas: April 6-10, 2009. The goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation; saving lives and property in the United States and 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. To accomplish these goals, the annual conference emphasizes lessons learned from hurricane strikes; state-of-the-art programs worthy of emulation; new ideas being tested or considered; information about new and ongoing assistance programs; and the ABC's of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

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11) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Office of Emergency Services Manager
Health and Human Services Agency, Visalia, California

Typical Duties:
Provides primary leadership in formulating plans for emergency operations and insures plans are reviewed with all cities, agencies and responders annually; design and conduct exercises to test the effectiveness of emergency preparedness programs; identify deficiencies in the provision of emergency services and implement decisions and recommendations to correct deficiencies; plan for and direct mobilization of personnel and resources during emergency situations; coordinate activities of various emergency services providers within the County; develop and prepare public service announcements, press releases and other media oriented reports; work closely with public and private agencies, including private ambulance companies, hospitals, communication agencies, volunteer organizations, public safety agencies and other entities within the county to develop emergency services plans; provides lead coordinator role in any opening of the Emergency Operations Center; negotiate contracts with private and public agencies; evaluate the achievement of program goals and objectives; develop required plans and objectives for all grants applicable to emergency operations; maintain current status on all grant amendment, reporting and invoicing for revenues; oversee the record keeping and reporting activities on the status of emergency response; assist in the development and implementation of the annual budget, as appropriate; assign, review, evaluate and train staff; represent the Agency before the Board of Supervisors, public organizations, on State and community committees, task forces and advisory boards.

Employment Standards:
Education/Experience - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be to graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in public or business administration, or a closely related field and two years of progressively responsible supervisory or administrative experience in the development and coordination of emergency services programs.

Knowledge of - Federal Disaster Relief and Emergency Act, and the California Emergency Services Act; principles and techniques of planning, developing and organizing; methods, techniques and programs that can be effectively utilized in providing emergency management; government health programs; principles of administration, management and supervision; agencies and community groups providing emergency services and emergency medical services; State and Federal emergency plan requirements for local jurisdictions; State emergency medical services regulations and plan requirements for local jurisdictions; policies related to emergency action.

Analyze emergency situations quickly and accurately and adopt effective courses of action; develop and manage interagency emergency service programs; read and understand complex laws and regulations; analyze and evaluate emergency services delivery; write project proposals and develop programs; formulate and develop policies and procedures for an emergency management system and emergency medical services system; negotiate contracts; develop, prepare, and present comprehensive reports and recommendations; speak effectively before public gatherings; organize and coordinate training programs; ability to supervise others engaged in emergency services activities.

For more information or to apply please see 


 Emergency Management Director
Chatham Emergency Management Agency, Savannah, Georgia

Plans, develops, organizes, and directs coordinated response to a natural and/or man-made disaster. Communicates hazard analyses and vulnerability studies to governmental officials. Develops response plans, exercises and training programs; develops public education and awareness programs. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, plus 5 or more years of progressively responsible experience in the field of Emergency Management. Satisfactory completion of Emergency Management Professional Development courses required.

For more information or to apply please see,


 Regional Planner
Office of Emergency Management, Seattle, Washington


  • Develop catastrophic event response and recovery plans in consultation with regional interdisciplinary teams
  • Research legal mechanisms such as mutual aid pacts and agreements to identify gaps and design solutions to bridge shortfalls
  • Help coordinate various projects undertaken by regional partners
  • Advise key senior and elected officials on policies and protocols necessary to effect regional solutions to disaster relief service delivery
  • Conduct research on hazard vulnerability, response capabilities, and best practices related to projects
  • Compose the aspects of regional planning for catastrophic events that do not yet exist in other plans
  • Liaison with regional partners
  • Keep project on time, within budget, and oversee the process and product of multiple vendors and contractors
  • Set agendas for meetings with regional partners and other stakeholders
  • Lead for selected RCPG projects
  • Alternate chair to RCP Team and individual project meetings

For a complete job posting or to apply please see


Project Director
Emergency Transportation Planning, Sandy Spring, Maryland

Project Director will be responsible for all aspects of operational planning, coordinating, and directing emergency transportation in response to situations requiring emergency ground transportation during natural or non-natural disasters in the United States.

The ideal project director will have 15 plus years experience in one of the following; Emergency Management Services with NIMS Command and General Staff qualifications and operational field experience as a Logistics or Planning Section Chief or Senior Military Officer (War College or CGSC/SAMS).

Professional Characteristics:
Excellent Communications and Listening Skills
Able to work effectively within team environment
Professional demeanor
Strong process oriented experience
Able to lead a diverse team working throughout the U.S.
Able to operate in the field for extended periods under disaster conditions
Travel as required estimated at 30%

To apply for this position please see


Emergency Management Analyst
System Planning Corporation, Washington D.C.

Emergency Management Analyst (EP) – 2-5 years of experience in emergency preparedness and family assistance center planning. Duties include providing program support for emergency preparedness including the outreach materials, provision of training, assisting with exercises and drills, and emergency action and family assistance center planning.

Required qualifications include:

• 2-5 years of relevant experience.
• A bachelor's degree in emergency management, political science or related field.
• Working knowledge of current emergency management and family assistance center planning is desirable, as is experience in the development and conduct of training.
• Strong writing skills are essential.
• OSHA familiarity; safety training preparation and presentation experience; ADA compliance; and safety equipment experience are all desirable.
• Capitol Hill experience or understanding is preferred.

For more information or to apply please see


Branch Director
Federal Emergency Management Agency , Washington , D.C.

This position is located in the Office of Management, Disaster Reserve Workforce Division, Program Management Branch. FEMA is looking for a highly competent professional with excellent verbal and written communication, innovative problem solving, tactful, and exceptional leadership skills to serve as the Director of the Program Management Branch with responsibility for aggregate Reserve workforce planning and strategies, planning and executing the Agency’s Disaster Reserve training budget, developing policy, allocating resources, and maintaining systems in a way that adapts the Disaster Reserve Workforce Program to the evolving needs of FEMA and Disaster Reservists.

For more information or to apply please see


Hospital Emergency Management Project Manager
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:
Reporting to the Manager of Emergency Management, this position is responsible for facilitating work with contracted clients and managing internal Emergency Management projects and activities at the Medical Center. Incumbent must have exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills, ability to lead interdisciplinary teams, and provide Emergency Management guidance and mentoring to individuals and teams. Previous hospital-based experience is preferred and emergency management experience is required

Bachelor’s degree in a health related field or a business discipline preferred. Three to five years experience in emergency management, health care operations, and project management is preferred. Working knowledge of health care operations preferred. Excellent skills in client management team building, and motivating large groups is preferred. Excellent interpersonal, negotiating, verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills. Strong organization skills and ability to work with multiple priorities. Excellent Customer Service skills. Demonstrated analytical and quantitative skills.

For more information of to apply please see


Senior Emergency Planner
IEM, Multiple Locations

Locations: Baton Rouge, LA, Arlington, VA, Atlanta, GA, Washington D.C.

• Assist clients in developing or updating their emergency plans and procedures, including incorporation of response and recovery issues into their planning efforts. Be flexible enough to help design and deliver this assistance in a variety of ways, ranging from facilitating clients through the planning process to direct plan writing assistance.
• Ensure that plans and procedures developed by IEM for clients are consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) or the National Response Framework (NRF) as appropriate, as well as other appropriate federal, state, or locally accepted legal/regulatory requirements or guidance.
• Effectively represent emergency management and homeland security needs on a variety of IEM projects from the user perspective to ensure that IEM products and services delivered to those users meets client expectations.

Skills required:
• Functional usage of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Project.
• Good listening skills – ability to identify critical customer needs.
• Demonstrated oral communication skills – ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences, adjust presentation to audience, and speak comfortably in front of wide group of emergency management personnel.
• Practical experience facilitating a variety of stakeholders at the city, county, and/or state level to achieve defined objectives.
• Ability to quickly research federal and state regulatory bases for programs, guidance, and technical materials, condense and analyze the information, then use it to devise models for application in operational environments, as well as facilitation of that application with the client.
• Ability to organize and write clear, concise technical reports for delivery to customers.
• Practical experience in development of strategies and plans for response to terrorism, natural, and technological hazards at the city, county, and/or state level. Familiarity with current requirements, guidance, and practices.
• Ability to work in fast-paced, changing environment with individuals from diverse areas of specialization.
• Ability to efficiently apply existing knowledge as well as assimilate new material quickly and apply it across a broad range of projects.
• Ability to manage multiple, concurrent tasks.
• Demonstrated project management or team leadership skills.

• Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred. Degree in emergency/disaster management, public safety, or related field preferred.
• Minimum ten (10) years experience related to emergency management or emergency response operations.
• At least six (6) years experience in emergency planning at a city, county, or state (population exceeding 200,000 people desired).
• Primary authorship of an approved emergency or homeland security plan, standard operating procedures, or standard operating guidelines currently in use in a county, city, or state.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of the federal legal/regulatory basis for current emergency management and homeland security initiatives and programs.
• Ability and willingness to travel for business and to deploy to support disaster response/recovery operations for periods of up to 30 days.
• Ability to obtain security clearance required.

For more information or to apply please see



Emergency Management Planner
Department of Fire & Rescue Services, Howard County Maryland

Duties: Perform intermediate professional administrative work in such programs as:
Comprehensive Emergency Management (CEM); citizen preparedness; National Incident Management System (NIMS) implementation; RACES; Training and
Exercising; Hazardous Materials Response Cost Recovery; Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC); Disaster Mitigation; Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA); and continuity of operations planning.

Will provide support and analysis of functional activities such as developing emergency plans; planning trainings and workshops; provide training and presentations; and collaborating with County, community and
regional partner agencies. Must possess technical skills to conduct research on best practices and prepare draft solutions and examples; implement programs; develop policies and procedures; develop requests for proposals, memorandums of understanding, and other technical documents. May also supervise personnel, projects, project teams, groups, and meetings. This position requires a flexible work schedule for community functions, work with allied organizations and participate in emergency incident management.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 2 years of research and/or planning experience
  • A background investigation


  • 2 years of research and/or planning experience
  • Exemplary writing, public speaking, problem-solving and decision-making
  • The ability to work independently, research/extract information, comprehend
    technical/research publications, and effectively interact with others

For more information or to apply please see


 Regional Coordinator
Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Chesterfield County, Virginia

The Regional Coordinator provides routine, direct hands-on assistance to assigned localities. This position will direct and supervise all programmatic, fiscal, personnel, and operational activities of a regional level unit. Responsible for coordination, delivery, monitoring, and compliance activities related to the development and maintenance of comprehensive emergency management programs for assigned localities. Candidate will provide a full range of planning, training, exercise, fiscal, and operational guidance needed for all phases of the emergency management program. This position will maintain primary responsibility for ensuring adequate emergency management support for localities and field level state agency activities by coordinating the integration of related activities consistent with the mission of VDEM and the Commonwealth’s Emergency Management system. This is a restricted position.

Qualifications: Considerable knowledge of the role of the state, local and federal governments in emergencies; emergency response programs, policies and procedures; federal and state program regulations. Working knowledge of supervisory principles/practices and agency budget processes. Knowledge of needs assessment and program methodology. Demonstrated proficiency in adult methods of instruction. Demonstrated ability to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of local emergency management programs. Direct planning, safety and field operations activities; accurately assess potential emergency situations; recommend solutions and make decisions in high stress environments; interpret state and federal regulations; adapt to fluctuations and changes in program activities; supervise personnel and communicate effectively both orally and in writing with all levels of staff, general public and public officials.

Degree in emergency management, public administration, related field, or equivalent combination of training and experience. Completion of FEMA PDS and APS series, CEM preferred. A valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record is required. Selected applicant will be required to complete a Statement of Economic Interests form and pass a criminal background check to include fingerprinting and DMV check.

For more information or to apply please see,

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