Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dynamic Partnerships. Webinar/Conference Call on Wednesday, September 26, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) Community Members;

The Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) team is scheduling a Webinar/Conference Call on Wednesday, September 26, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST to discuss and explore the strategic needs classified as “Dynamic Partnerships”:

1.       Empower individuals, neighborhoods and communities to play a greater role throughout all phases of disasters.

2.       Proactively engage business in all emergency management phases and solicit its contribution to policy development in light of the critical nature of private sector capabilities.
3.       Intensify disaster response collaboration and planning with Canada and Mexico, recognizing scope for both national and local actions.

4.       Foster increased collaboration to ensure appropriate use of the military to provide specialized capabilities or to augment capacity in complex, overwhelming disaster incidents.  

Jacqueline Yannacci, Community Resilience Program Manager at the American Red Cross National Headquarters will present on the Community Resilience Strategy, highlighting the organization’s work with developing dynamic partnerships.
Daniel Hahn, MA, CEM, FPEM, Santa Rosa County Plans Chief will introduce the Escarosa Business Continuity Initiative that is focusing on developing active partnerships within the Escambia and Santa Rosa County business community in Florida for enhancing disaster resiliency and continuity. 

As part of the conference call, the SFI team will provide a brief overview of the strategic needs highlighted above and invite participants to share anecdotal information about how their programs/initiatives are meeting these needs, along with any challenges and solutions identified when implementing actions to meet the strategic needs.

To access the Webinar, please follow the following guidelines:
·         To access the training, please go to:

·         Please test the software on your computer before the training date at:

      You do not need any special adobe connect software, but you will need to make sure you have flash and ActiveX installed on your computer. You should be prompted to install ActiveX as soon as you pull up the adobe connect site. The installation process should only take a few minutes

·         When you are on the Adobe Connect homepage, please select "Sign in as Guest" and enter your first and last name.  

·         We will be using a conference call to communicate with participants during the webinar.  

Please call: 1-800-320-4330 and enter PIN 857311.  Please note that your phone must be muted during the webinar. 
·         You can post questions to the presenters using the chat functionality of Adobe Connect.  We will moderate the Q&A portion of the webinar by calling on particular participants to elaborate on their questions/ideas posted under the chat window.
For more information on the SFI, you can contact the SFI Project Team via email at FEMA-OPPA-SFI.

Reference: Homeland Security Digital Library


HSDL Critical Releases in Homeland Security [September 2012]

Every two weeks, the Homeland Security Digital Library identifies a targeted collection of recently-released documents of particular interest or potential importance. [Login to the HSDL is necessary to open some documents.*]

·         Operation Tomodachi Registry
Military Health System (U.S.)

·         Rebuilding TSA into a Smarter, Leaner Organization
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Homeland Security. Subcommittee on Transportation Security

·         Recommendations for Fusion Centers: Preserving Privacy & Civil Liberties While Protecting Against Crime & Terrorism
Constitution Project (Georgetown Public Policy Institute)\

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation’s premier collection of homeland security policy and strategy related documents. It supports local, state and federal analysis and decision-making needs and assists academics of all disciplines in homeland defense and security related research. The HSDL provides quick access to thousands of important U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents as well as specialized resources such as theses and research reports from various universities, organizations and local and state agencies.

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This first Supplemental Research Bulletin examines the emotional impact that natural and human-caused disasters have on children and youth, one of the populations most at risk for negative mental health outcomes after a disaster.
Topics include the following:
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  • Patterns of resilience and recovery
  • Social and environmental effects
  • Implications for practice, policy, and planning.
About the Supplemental Research Bulletin
The purpose of the Supplemental Research Bulletin is to provide disaster behavioral health practitioners, planners, and other responders a summary of several recently published research articles and literature reviews. Each Supplemental Research Bulletin will highlight a number of chosen articles related to a specific topic of current interest to the field.
We would appreciate your feedback on this publication, as well as suggestions for future topics. Please send feedback to

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