FEMA-National Continuity Branch Webinar

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET (U.S. and Canada).



  • Kenyetta Blunt
  • Kevin Hutcheson
  • Mark Macalester, FEMA Response Directorate, National Planning Branch


Connection Options for Webinar:

1) Webinar (no need to dial into Audio Conference. Webinar can be heard through computer speakers.) Click:    https://share.dhs.gov/ncwdec2017


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  • Type your FIRST and LAST name.
  • Click “Enter Room.”


2) Audio Conference (Can be used if having trouble hearing Webinar through computer speakers. Please dial in prior to the meeting start time.)


While participating in the teleconference, please mute your phone.

  • Audio Conference Dial-In Number: 1-800-320-4330
  • Audio Conference PIN:  810953#

Student seeks volunteers for research study

Doctoral student from Northcentral University, Debra Shiflett-Picardi, seeks volunteers to participate in her research study as she works to complete her Ph.D. in Business Administration in Homeland Security, Leadership and Policy. The study is “Inter-agency Collaborative Governance in Emergency Management: A Qualitative Case Study.” The research questions being explored are: 1) How are collaborative governance standards applied to interagency relationship building to improve collaboration and support the DHS emergency management mission and objectives? 2) Why do failures of collaboration occur in interagency collaboration efforts? 3) What are the participant’s perceptions on collaborative governance as it applies to emergency management? Participation would include a 30-45 minute interview by phone, email, or audio file. Participation would be confidential and details will be provided to demonstrate how identity will be secured throughout the process. Those who are interested should email D.Shiflett0491@email.ncu.edu and put “Research Participant” in the subject line.

Mahila Partnership will close on December 31, 2017.

You haven’t heard from us in a while here at Mahila Partnership. The reason being is that the board members have undergone much collective soul searching and have decided to dissolve Mahila Partnership. We will close at the end of this year.

This year we celebrated our 10-year anniversary at Mahila Partnership. During a decade, we have invested in programs in Costa Rica, Haiti, India, Nepal, and here in the United States.  Each of these programs continues to operate and are led locally by the people who live there.

Earlier this year, we returned to Nepal where our work began. We saw a transformation for the better in the communities thanks to the leadership of local partners. Our goal was to create sustainable programs for communities impacted by disasters. Together we designed and implemented long-term solutions with a focus on the needs of women and girls.

Today, women are earning fair wages working in our partner’s sewing cooperatives, health clinics, and agriculture programs that serve thousands. As a result, we have seen improved health outcomes, economic growth, better nutrition, and reduced risk of disasters. For scale and growth to occur, it is time to connect our partners to new organizations that can invest in their success and fully support scaling these solutions.

We achieved what we set out to do when we started. Therefore, effective December 31, 2017, Mahila Partnership will officially close. There are no words that can effectively describe the magic of Mahila. We will forever be filled with gratitude for friends who were instrumental in changing the future for so many. Mahila Partnership connected us with amazing women around the world. Our Mahila friendships are what we hold most dear.

So, with heavy hearts, we will be closing Mahila at the end of 2017. We hope that you will continue to support the work we started by donating to our partner, Haiti Projects. Haiti Projects provides health, education, and employment to women and girls in rural Haiti. They are an amazing organization. Please consider supporting them at https://haitiprojects.org/. Once our partner in Nepal, Eco-Organic Nepal, finds another US-based partner, we will let you know how you can financially support EON, as well.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

With love,

Angela, Julie, and the Mahila Board

Jerusalem Issue Background, Analysis and Statements

Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem



Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem



U.S. State Department Blog, Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital



Letter about Jerusalem move from Palestinian mission to UN Security Council President



U.S. State Department Warnings





Council on Foreign Relations


United States Institute of Peace, What Does President Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem Mean for Israeli-Palestinian Peace?



Atlantic Council, Trump’s ‘Pretty Serious Mistake’ in the Middle East



Brookings Institute, Why is Trump undoing decades of U.S. policy on Jerusalem?


International Crisis Group, Counting the Costs of U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital



Center for Strategic and International Studies





The Elders condemn US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital as grave risk to peace






League of Arab States, Aboul Gheit: manipulating the status of Jerusalem is an unjustified provocation to the feelings of Arabs and intensifies instability in the region



United Nations: Issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between parties, UN chief stresses



Middle East Institute President’s Statement


Bill Appleby, past IAEM president, passed away June 19, 2017

IAEM recently received a belated notice of the passing of Bill E. Appleby, 69, on June 19, 2017. Bill, who was a past president of IAEM (1998-1999), also served Boone County, Kentucky, as its emergency management director. Survivors include his wife, Colleen (Bresnahan) Appleby; son, Ed Appleby; daughter, Angela Huskey; and an extended family that includes grandchildren, great-grandchildren, two brothers, a sister, and many nieces and nephews. The family encouraged that donations be made in Bill’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. An online guestbook is available here. IAEM expresses sympathy to Bill’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Harvey Relief Fund for Texas Division of Emergency Management Staff

Our Seva, a nonprofit in North Texas, has setup this page to support staffs of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) that have directly been affected by Hurricane Harvey. These are TDEM families from south Texas with significant damage and loss to their homes and possessions. The Our Seva volunteer family has always been strongly supported by emergency managers through their service to our community projects. We now want to support the TDEM emergency management family that is dealing with this unbelievable loss.

** 100% of proceeds with go directly to the families impacted by the storm and not Our Seva. The proceeds will then be split among the impacted families. Emergency management professionals work behind the scenes to coordinate disaster response and put in many countless hours to help our fellow citizens during disasters.
To donate go to: https://www.gofundme.com/TDEMHarvey

American Meteorological Society Matt Parker Communication Workshop, Jan 7

AMS President, Matt Parker, who sadly passed earlier this year, had a vision to bring the weather community together for a workshop to discuss communication challenges and best practices. In light of his vision and to honor him, the Matt Parker Communication Workshop titled, “(In)Consistency in a Social Media World: Communication Reflections of the 2017 Hurricane Season” will be held on Sunday, 7 January 2018 from 12:30pm to 3:45pm preceding the Presidential Forum and the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.


Why should I attend? Help us define “consistency” from a community perspective (Take a survey to help us: https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hrJD3qloA2QEyV examine the role that social media plays in our community, and come up with best practices and research priority areas. Topics could include: graphics and their look and feel differences; how lack of chronology on social media may give the appearance of inconsistent messaging; how sharing deterministic vs ensemble model information may promote inconsistent messages about uncertainty.


What’s the format? The workshop will have two primary components. An expert panel will help to spark new ideas and ways of thinking about (in)consistency in a social media world, and then participants will break into groups to discuss ways to address the challenges presented.

Who should attend? All diverse perspectives from emergency managers, broadcasters, the NWS, weather industry, and academia. Students and young professionals are encouraged to attend. We encourage people from all backgrounds to participate as your expertise will only improve the discussion.


Please note that regular AMS Annual Meeting registration expenses are considered separate from the Communication Workshop. There is a separate registration fee of $50 ($25 for students) for our workshop.To register, please go to the following website, https://www.ametsoc.org/meet/ atreg/ . Our workshop is the second to the bottom in the event list. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Gina Eosco (gina.eosco@noaa.gov) or Castle Williams (castleaw@uga.edu).