Urgent appeal for volunteers for justice-driven disaster recovery

The Disaster Justice Network (DJN) is a volunteer network lending support to share critical information that is not easily accessed for the Hurricanes Laura, Delta, and Zeta recovery processes. The network includes community leaders, faith leaders, advocates, activists, practitioners, researchers, and students weaving together environmental justice and disaster expertise to develop strategies that address the inequitable access to disaster response and recovery efforts and to advocate for a justice-driven recovery process. Through the generosity of time and commitment, individuals and organizations are sharing resources and expertise that can avoid usual pitfalls in disaster recovery and help find healthy safe alternatives.

DJN is looking for volunteers to support this work! If you can lend your expertise to urgent needs in the Hurricanes Laura, Delta, and Zeta recovery processes, please fill out this survey. If you have any questions, please send an email to: disasterjusticenetwork@gmail.com.

Tips and Tricks for Landing an Emergency Management Job with Jessica Geib Webinar, May 10

7-8pm EST

The sixth Spring 2021 meeting of IAEM at FSU will feature Pinellas County Emergency Manager Jessica Geib giving tips and tricks on landing a job in emergency management! Don’t miss this valuable talk on effectively diving into the EM career world after college!

Monday, May 10th at 7pm on Zoom!

Meeting ID: 959 8325 6299
Watch the webinar at: https://fsu.zoom.us/j/95983256299

Jessica Geib currently serves as an Emergency Manager with Pinellas County, FL and has served as Chair of Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, State Liaison in Emergency Disaster Services for the Salvation Army, Academic Liaison and Internship Coordinator in External Affairs for the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Director of Community Involvement for Florida’s Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. She graduated from Florida State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Social Work, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She is also a Florida Professional Emergency Manager with FEPA and a Certified Emergency Manager with IAEM. 

Online Dialogue on Education: Meeting New Challenges, Apr 29

1-3:15pm EST

Join the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY together with the Coalition for the UN We Need and other partners for a dialogue on education. Education at all levels has faced unforeseen challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Education is covered in the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals and is key to the success of the UN2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to “Leave No One Behind.”

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9WgrHIYgRd-EyQWPv8vXKQ

C4UN Global Call on “We the Peoples” UN Digital Consultation, Apr 30

9am-10am EST

With the world facing unprecedented and interconnected challenges, the United Nations is seeking input on the future of multilateralism.

On behalf of the UN Secretary-General’s office, a digital consultation called “We the Peoples” is being facilitated by the Igarapé Institute and partner organizations from different sectors and regions, including C4UN.

The consultation aims to gather views from diverse stakeholders on how to accelerate the commitments made in a recent Declaration adopted by the General Assembly to mark the UN’s 75th anniversary. The Declaration asks the Secretary-General to report back by September 2021 with further ideas and recommendations “to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges”. The report will be informed by consultations with Member States, thought leaders, young thinkers, and public consultations. The “We the Peoples” digital consultation is part of this effort.

The consultation will run until May 21, 2021.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LSEflZ3YTmGT5j2eig7wcw

From Emergency Relief to Humanitarian Multilateralism: The Legacy of Near East Philanthropy in the Age of Genocide Webinar, Apr 26

The Armenia Permanent Mission to the United Nations is hosting a webinar on Monday, April 26th at 10am EST.  This webinar will discuss the development of international relief cooperative, including its discourse norms and practice.  Discussions will focus on the ways in which governments have been working with community-based organizations and other local actors, also, through the prism of the humanitarian legacy of the Near East Foundation.

This webinar includes several panelists to include:

  • Dr. Khairchig Mouradian
  • Ms. Savita Pawnday
  • Ms. Tali Nates
  • Dr. Hugo Slim

Watch live: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87930467419

FEMA opens application period for emergency management programs

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) announces the application period for the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, the National Emergency Management Executive Academy, and the Master Public Information Officer Program. The application period ends June 1 and applicants will be notified in late summer of their selection status. Download the application packets from the FEMA website.

IAEM opens application period for EMvision Talks

The IAEM EMvision Talks call for speakers is now open through May 7. These talks provide a forum for people to share a personal connection to an idea, experience, or passion related to emergency management, leadership, communication, community engagement, or other related topics. Talks are limited to seven minutes and will be held live on the plenary stage on Oct. 19, 2021, at the IAEM 2021 Annual Conference, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To apply, submit a biography and an abstract. Review the Speaker Guidance for more information.

NIMS Alert 09-21: FEMA Releases Updates to Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool

FEMA released updates to the Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool. The updates include the most current census tract demographic data, estimated annualized frequency of 15 hazards by county and new data layers on National Flood Insurance Program policy penetration rates.

This update also includes new symbology legends, revised navigation tabs and data display tools that simplify the analysis of community resilience indicators.

The Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool is a geographic information system webmap tool. The tool allows users to combine layers of community resilience indicators, infrastructure locations and hazard data to visualize, prioritize and implement strategies for planning in community outreach, resilience, response and recovery.

This update includes the latest census data from the American Community Survey five-year data from 2015-2019, including tribal census data and a new data layer on broadband internet access data. In addition, FEMA added data on National Flood Insurance Program penetration rates for residential buildings in special flood hazard areas.

The resilience tool now includes county-level estimates of how often hazards are likely to occur per year for 15 natural hazards, which are drawn from FEMA’s National Risk Index analysis. Through FEMA’s collaboration with the National Weather Service, the Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool maintains real-time weather, watches and warnings data. The tool also includes historic hazard data on tornadoes and hurricanes, which is drawn from the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data Open datasets.

The Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool is publicly available at FEMA.gov. This website also includes supporting documents on the tool, including a user guide, a summary list of resilience analysis and planning data layers and sources, a summary of community resilience indicators research and video how-to guides to demonstrate functions and tools.

OSHA to increase COVID-19 protections for EMS and other workers

On Jan. 21, President Biden signed an Executive Order directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop additional programs to protect American workers from COVID-19. The National Emphasis Program (NEP) increases protections for EMS and other workers against contracting COVID-19 and will enhance COVID-19 related training and enforcement activities.

OSHA will update the Interim Enforcement Response Plan to prioritize on-site workplace inspections.The NEP includes plans to ensure that workers are protected from retaliation. States with an OSHA-approved state plan have 60 days to notify OSHA if they already have the equivalent to an NEP plan or will adopt the federal plan.

University of Delaware New Hybrid M.S. in Disaster Science and Management

This program will become a hybrid Master’s degree program in Fall 2021.  This course will be more convenient for working professionals with weekend in-person session, blended distance-learning curriculum, and a full cohort experience. The university will be accepting application until August 1, 2021.

Complete details are available at: https://www.bidenschool.udel.edu/masters-programs/academic-programs/m-s-in-disaster-science-management?fbclid=IwAR3eL3RiMQIz7RmRFHQBQ3x24HTu6ixDEMCOSa3vP0Ws1Wu2_ae57aGpPFE