4th Annual Virtual Emergency Management Theory and Research Conference, Feb 21-22, 2018

Since 2014, the emerging academic discipline of emergency management has had its very own research conference. Thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Higher Education Program scholars were given a room at the Emergency Management Institute for one day each of the last three years–and in that room was held each of the first three conferences.
The first three iterations allowed the community to get experience offering a conference, build interest in participation, and build infrastructure to support coordinating it. And, a planning committee comprised emergency management program faculty at Arkansas Tech University, Jacksonville State University, North Dakota State University, and Oklahoma State University is collaborating currently to coordinate the 4th iteration in a bigger, better, more accessible way! The committee hopes you will save the date for the conference and spread the word.


For complete details on this conference e-mail: EMTheoryandResearchConference@gmail.com  1-ebola.jpg

IAEM names scholarship for Robert C. Bohlmann, CEM

Attn: IAEM Members

From: IAEM Headquarters


The IAEM Scholarship Program application period for 2017-2018 scholarships will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 30, 2017. Applications are available at www.iaem.com/scholarships. The IAEM Scholarship Program supports the future of emergency management by providing scholarships through a competitive process to full-time undergraduate and graduate students working towards degrees in emergency management, disaster management, or a closely related field of study. Since 2001, the program has provided $88,000 in scholarships to 51 students.


Honoring Robert C. Bohlmann, CEM


The IAEM Scholarship Program grew through many years of leadership by its co-founder, Robert C. Bohlmann, CEM, who passed away November 2016. Bob left a legacy of knowledge and experience to the Scholarship Program. In his honor, an undergraduate scholarship has been established: The Robert C. Bohlmann, CEM Scholarship for Service in Emergency Management. This scholarship will be awarded for the first time this year to the undergraduate student who has the highest score under the scholarship rating system. Other undergraduate and graduate scholarships will be awarded as IAEM scholarships.


“We are proud to honor Bob by naming a scholarship after him,” said Anthony S. Mangeri, CEM, Scholarship Commission chair. “He devoted 17 years to developing and continuously improving the Scholarship Program with a keen sense that the goal was to nurture, promote and develop disaster preparedness by furthering the education of students. Bob’s presence will forever be felt in the Scholarship Program. When making decisions, the question that is always asked is: What would Bob do?”


Bob Bohlmann, CEM, a Lifetime IAEM member, served as a volunteer emergency management director for several communities during a 40-year period. He retired in 2011 as the emergency management director for York County, Maine. He served as adjunct faculty for FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (1998-2007), Maine Emergency Management Agency, New Hampshire Fire Academy, and Maine Fire Service Institute. After his retirement from York County, he was a FEMA Disaster Assistance employee, where he continued to maintain currency within the emergency management profession. He was a highly skilled and sought-after assessor for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), where he served on a number of state and local emergency management onsite assessor teams for 10 years. Bob earned his Certified Emergency Manager credential in 1998 and maintained that credential throughout his life. Learn more about Bob’s life on the IAEM website.


Please Donate to Honor Bob

 The Scholarship Program survives through generous contributions by our donors and its annual fundraising activities at the IAEM-USA Annual Conference. The Scholarship Commission welcomes donations at www.iaem.com/donate. If Bob motivated you during your career, please consider giving back to the Scholarship Program in his name to further his mission. 


Direct any questions to Scholarship Program Director Dawn Shiley at shiley@iaem.com

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: https://hazards.colorado.edu/awards/myers-award

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 http://ow.ly/6YOK30bGxxt

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 www.iaem.com/scholarships. Questions may be directed to Scholarship Program Director Dawn Shiley at shiley@iaem.com

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 https://www.chds.us/c/academic-programs/emergence-program. 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 hissvora@nps.edu if you have questions about the application process.