Announcing the 2017 Mary Fran Myers Gender & Disaster Award Recipients

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2017 Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award, Dr. Debra Parkinson, the late Ms. Claire Zara, and their colleagues at Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE), Women’s Health in the North (WHIN), and collaborative efforts with researchers based at the Accident Research Center, Monash University’s Disaster Resilience Institute (MUDRI), Emergency Management Victoria, and Health Protection Office in Victoria, Australia. The Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award recognizes disaster professionals who continue Mary Fran Myers’ goal of promoting research on gender issues in disasters and emergency management. As co-director of the Natural Hazards Center, Myers recognized that disaster vulnerability is influenced by social, cultural, and economic structures that marginalize women and girls. The Natural Hazards Center and the Gender and Disaster Network established the award in 2002 to honor women and men whose advocacy, research, or management efforts have had a lasting, positive impact on reducing disaster vulnerability.


Dr. Debra Parkinson is a long-time researcher and advocacy campaigner with WHGNE/WHIN, and Adjunct Research Fellow with MUDRI. Over the past two decades, Debra’s novel research on gender inequality and gender based violence has led to transformative change in policy and practice. From 2009-2014, her research with Claire Zara focused on environmental justice and the gendered impacts of disasters. Her standout research following the 2009 Black Saturday fires garnered national attention and catalyzed the first workshop on domestic violence and disasters in 2012. This was then followed by research focused on men’s experience with disaster.


The late Ms. Claire Zara was a researcher, journalist and published author, holding degrees in the arts, education, and children’s literature. Claire’s insightful research and compassionate spirit contributed new insights into gendered experiences in the wake of the 2009 Black Saturday fires, and her work was pivotal in a 2013 VicHealth award for ‘Family violence after a natural disaster: breaking new ground’. Among many other publications and accomplishments, Claire engaged internationally with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s publication, Women’s Leadership in Risk Resilient Development: Good Practices and Lessons Learned presented at a conference in Japan. Up until her death in 2015, Claire remained steadfast in her commitment to advancing gender equity in disaster risk reduction. As a testament to her contribution, the 15th Annual Emergency Management Conference hosted the Inaugural Claire Zara Memorial Oration.


Debra, Claire, and their colleague’s efforts have led to the Gender and Disaster taskforce, which galvanized partnerships between government, university, and NGOs.  In 2015/16, national Gender and Emergency Management Guidelines were developed with federal funding and engaging 350 stakeholders. The award recipients note the invaluable role of the local community in making this work successful!


Please join us in thanking this team for their hard work, serving as an inspiration to all of us. To learn more about the Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disasters Award, including more on this year’s award recipients and past winners visits the Natural Hazards Center Website,” with a link to this page:

IAEM Announces New Poster Showcase at Conference – Open to All

Apply before June 16 to participate in IAEM’s expanded Poster Showcase and earn credit toward certification! Now open to everyone, the Poster Showcase lets students, academics and practitioners share their knowledge or findings obtained through experience or research. Participants in all divisions will participate in the Poster Showcase on Nov. 14, during lunch in the EMEX Hall. Those chosen to display their posters will receive a certificate of participation that documents credit towards IAEM Certification under “Professional Contribution Category F: Speaking.”

Learn how to enter on the conference website at

IAEM Scholarship Program is accepting applications for 2017-2018 scholarships

Full-time students working towards a degree in emergency management, disaster management, or a closely related field, should apply now for the IAEM Scholarship. Graduate and undergraduate applications with complete instructions are available at Questions may be directed to Scholarship Program Director Dawn Shiley at

Environmental Extremism and CBRN Weapons Webinar, May 23

Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT


During this webinar we will assess the threat of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) attack from fringe elements within the radical environmental movement. The movement as a whole generally rejects violence, but some outliers appear significantly motivated. Moreover, while capabilities are mostly low, exceptions are plausible, even likely.


Featured Speakers:

  • Philipp C. Bleek | Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management and Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, both at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. His research and teaching focuses on the causes, consequences, and amelioration of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons proliferation to states and non-state actors.
  • Zachary Kallenborn | Senior Associate Analyst at ANSER, a not-for-profit government consultancy. At ANSER, he conducts futures analysis, organizational strategy assessments, and systems thinking analysis for offices within the Departments of State, Commerce, and Homeland Security.


Meeting room will be open at 1:30 pm in order to conduct sound checks and assist with any connectivity problems.



  • When you sign in, please indicate your name/agency (i.e. John Doe, Agency/Company X).
  • You may be asked to install some plugins to allow the audio and visual part of the presentation to work properly on your system. If so, please accept them and afterwards you should be brought directly to the virtual presentation.
  • Please feel free to e-mail analysis@njohsp.govor call 609-588-2144 for assistance.

Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security Emergence Program

Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Emergence Program

October 22-27, 2017 and March 5-8, 2018
Monterey, California

The Emergence Program is a unique opportunity for homeland security/public safety professionals who are in the early stages of their career. The program provides an educational forum and innovation lab (at the NPS campus in Monterey, CA) for participants to explore “emerging” trends in the world around us – e.g. technology, environment, and terrorism. Participants will discuss both the challenges associated with these complex trends as well as the opportunities to rethink how we protect our communities and the nation. In addition, program sessions will assist participants in “emergence” strategies for implementing innovative ideas, being a leader, and for a successful homeland security career.

All costs associated with participating – tuition, books and travel – are covered by CHDS through its sponsor, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA.

Program Objectives:

  • Enhance the next generation of homeland security leaders’ understanding of the homeland security discipline and emerging trends.
  • Facilitate participants’ homeland security perspectives and what they view as opportunities for change and contributions their generation can make to the evolving discipline.
  • Emphasize and enhance critical inquiry, analysis, and evidence based research to understand complex problems and to develop and implement new ideas.
  • Develop and explore strategies for success in a changing work environment.
  • Inspire participants to a career in homeland security/public safety.

Learning Structure:

  • (2) one-week sessions (a six day in-residence, October 22-27, 2017, followed by a four day in-residence, March 5-8, 2018) at the Naval Postgraduate School for professionals with a demonstrated commitment to homeland security/public safety and who are at the early stages of their career.
  • The cohort of 32 participants will be chosen from a national applicant pool and will reflect the variety of professional backgrounds and geographic areas that comprise the homeland security community.
  • The program will include advance readings and online work in the weeks prior to the in-residence sessions.
  • Sessions are a mixture of interactive and informative presentations, discussions and group exercises.
  • A significant part of the Emergence Program includes an innovation lab for participants to research and develop an idea for change within their organizations (e.g. new policy, approaches, program, procedure, system, use of technology, etc.). Participants will work collaboratively during the lab. CHDS staff will be available to assist with the drafting of individual innovation plans.
  • As part of the program, participants will present their ideas to their agency leadership for consideration and feedback following the first in-residence.


  • Full-time government employee of a local, state, federal, territorial, or tribal homeland security/public safety agency or a private sector employee with security/safety responsibilities.
  • Preferred 2-7 years work experience in any area (does not need to be homeland security related), 2 years (approximately) with their current agency or organization.
  • A demonstrated commitment to a career in homeland security/public safety.
  • Applicant should have strong collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and an appreciation for continuous education and professional growth.
  • Applicant should enjoy learning through interactive activities (program includes walking on flat established outdoor trails).


Open an online application at The selection committee will not review your application until you finalize the materials and click submit. A complete application includes the following:

  • Current resume including educational history.
  • Short essay (2-3 pages, doubled spaced) detailing an opportunity for homeland security/public safety change within your organization as well what you view as 1 or 2 possible challenges/barriers to achieving the change (you will develop your innovative idea* for change during the program and brief it to your leadership upon returning to your organization).
  • A letter of support from a supervisor or organizational leader:
    • highlighting your qualities as a candidate for the program (see qualifications)
    • confirming you will be allowed the time away to attend, if selected
    • committing to participate in your Emergence Program education by providing you the opportunity to brief organizational leaders on your idea upon completion of the Emergence first in-residence and providing feedback regarding its potential for implementation
  • Optional Creative Submission: use whatever medium you wish – e.g. written, recorded, video, art, etc. – to show us something that is important to who you are and why you are a good candidate for the program.
  • The application deadline is July 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by the end of August. Contact Heather Issvoran, 831-402-4672 or if you have questions about the application process.

Heritage Emergency National Task Force shares resources for salvaging damaged family valuables and heirlooms

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies, which is co-led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Smithsonian Institution, is reaching out those affected by flooding in the Southern and Central plains. When floodwaters recede, the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the flooding in the Southern and Central Plains will be left with the task of recovering. Available resources include: After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures; Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms; and the free ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage app. Cultural institutions should keep the 24/7-hotline number handy (202-661-8068) for access to the National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals who are available to provide advice to cultural stewards. Additional response and recovery resources can be found on the Heritage Emergency National Task Force website.

DHS seeks feedback on homeland security issues that concern you and your community

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is conducting its 2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, a major strategic review of its programs and priorities. As part of the review, DHS is seeking comments from the public through its “My DHS Idea Campaign. “These are some of the important missions that DHS staff perform every day: counterterrorism; border security; immigration enforcement; trade enforcement and facilitation; drug interdiction; disaster preparedness and response; and cyber security. The agency wants to know what homeland security issues you care about, what areas you think DHS should prioritize; and what you see as the most pressing risks facing your community and the nation as a whole. Use the IdeaScale platform to post your own ideas to address homeland security challenges important to you and your community, comments on others’ ideas, and vote on the issues and approaches you think are the most important for DHS to consider.