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How to Establish an “Active Shooter” Campaign. How Hard Could it Be Webinar, Apr 8

Speaker: Brian Rich, Assistant Director of Training and Audit Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Adjunct Professor with American Military University

Even though WE know active shooter prevention training and instruction is the right approach for staff awareness, it will still require more than you are used to. You will need to wear your sales hat in an effort to convince and influence your healthcare partners, office managers, small business owners, grocery store managers, and education leaders.

Webinar learning objectives:

  • How law enforcement agencies can establish active shooter campaigns within their community, without panic and fear.
  • How to overcome any “pushback” when trying to establish these campaigns.
  • What steps to take to establish a campaign and be successful.



Humanitarian Protection in an Era of Pandemic Webinar, Apr 6

The rapid closures of borders around the world have been among the most dramatic migration-related effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 130 countries have introduced entry restrictions at their borders, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates. While these closures have virtually suspended leisure and business travel across the world, the effects are proving even more severe for refugees and migrants fleeing danger. Crossing an international border to a country of safety and filing an asylum claim is no longer possible in many places—a seismic shock to the foundations of a post-World War II international protection system that relies on the goodwill of national governments to grant access to their territory for those in need.

The pandemic has also placed into stark relief the unique vulnerabilities forced migrants now confront in the face of outbreak. The reception facilities where many asylum seekers live while awaiting a verdict on their claim invite outbreaks, even in high-income countries with well-run asylum and reception systems. Infection is likely to spread even more rapidly in severely overcrowded facilities, such as the camps on the Greek islands and informal settlements in Mexican border cities where migrants awaiting U.S. asylum hearings are massed. In developing countries where access to proper health care is limited even for nationals, the consequences of the pandemic could be disastrous for refugees who often live in densely packed housing with poor sanitation. At the same time, the suspension of resettlement operations by IOM and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has closed off a crucial lifeline for the especially vulnerable.

Please join us as we consider how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected—and perhaps, remade—the global protection systems. Meghan Benton, Director for Research of MPI’s International Program, will be joined by MPI colleagues for a free-flowing conversation regarding the effects of the pandemic on asylum systems in Europe and North America, as well as those in developing regions, where 85 percent of refugees remain. In addition to considering the immediate effects the crisis has had on national asylum systems and on refugees themselves, the conversation will look ahead and begin to assess the implications for the principle of asylum and access to protection in the future.


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M.S. in Humanitarian Studies Virtual Information Session, Apr 14

Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers an M.S. in Humanitarian Studies program that is uniquely focused on the theory and practice of humanitarian relief, and is centered on equipping you with a wide range of skills and competencies necessary for a dynamic career in the sector.

This 30-credit master’s degree is offered at Fordham’s Rose Hill (Bronx) and Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus locations. Online and evening courses are available to accommodate work or internship schedules.


Join Camille Giacovas, IIHA Communications and Research Officer, Garrett Marino, GSAS Admissions Director, and current students Samantha Slattery and Laura Ortiz, for a virtual information session to discuss program curriculum and requirements, the benefits of studying at Fordham, the GSAS admissions process, study abroad opportunities and internship experiences.


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IAEM Jobs Board Adds Category for COVID-19-related Jobs: Contact IAEM to Post at No Cost

Do you need short or long-term employees related to COVID-19 response and recovery? Are you searching for employment and willing to fill a position needed to respond to the current pandemic?


IAEM has enhanced its Jobs Board to assist members and others in their search for jobs and job applicants for jobs related to COVID response. There is now a category on the home page of the IAEM Jobs Board for COVID-19 jobs. Look under the categories at the bottom of the page.


If you know of an open position related to COVID-19 in the emergency management field, we will post it at no cost. Please reply to this email or email the listing to

FEMA extends preparedness grants application deadline

In response to COVID-19, FEMA will extend the deadline to submit applications for the following five preparedness grant programs:


Applications must be received by the new submission deadline of 5:00 p.m. EDT, Apr. 30, 2020. Additional questions may be directed to the Grants Program Directorate.

FEMA cancels National Level Exercise

Coordinating response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is FEMA’s top national priority. Therefore, FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor has cancelled the remainder of National Level Exercise 2020. This includes the FEMA-led Binary Blackout, Eagle Horizon component exercises and the unified functional exercise scheduled for May. The National Level Exercise was designed as a series of preparedness activities over a two-year cycle to prepare the nation for some of our greatest threats. The preparedness events that have already been held have helped make our nation more resilient. FEMA remains committed to preparing the nation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk. For questions, contact the National Level Exercise.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible FEMA Emergency Protective Measures

Consistent with the President’s national emergency declaration for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Mar. 13, 2020, FEMA urges officials to, without delay, take appropriate actions that are necessary to protect public health and safety pursuant to public health guidance and conditions and capabilities in their jurisdictions. FEMA released the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet, which provides guidance on the types of emergency protective measures that may be eligible under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program in accordance with the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration in order to ensure that resource constraints do not inhibit efforts to respond to this unprecedented disaster. All questions should be directed to the Office of External Affairs, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at