Friday, June 7, 2013

June 16-22 International Fire & EMS Safety & Health Week

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.

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Join ICISF in Supporting
International Fire & EMS Safety & Health Week
June 16-22

The International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council are sponsoring a week long event to call attention to the importance of the safety and health of Fire and EMS training and education. 

Given our mission of providing leadership, education, training, consultation, and support services in comprehensive crisis intervention and disaster behavioral health services to the emergency response professions, other organizations, and communities worldwide, ICISF is pleased to offer its support of this very important effort.

This year's international effort will capture the importance of responders taking responsibility for looking out for their own and each other's mental and physical well-being. Participating departments are encouraged to develop a week-long training program that focuses on a variety of issues that address their specific needs and environment. 
A major focus of the international campaign will be behavioral health issues, a topic that many still see as taboo in the hard-charging world of emergency response, but many departments are struggling with. 

Please join us in supporting this event by visiting the website for International Fire and EMS Safety and Health Week, where you will find an assortment of resources, including materials you can use in your own department or agency to promote and focus on responder health and safety. The resources include a list of activities that you can implement during this special event.

Thank you for all that you do to support the well-being of the first responders in your community.


Donald Howell
Executive Director
3290 Pine Orchard Ln, Ste 106
Ellicott City MD 21042
(410) 750-9600


Training Webinar: June 12, 2013. Terrorism Response Operations

Terrorism Response Operations
An Update on Current and Emerging Threats

June 12, 2013 -- 12:00 Noon Eastern is pleased to host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion Wednesday, June 12, 2013, beginning at 12:00 Noon Eastern time (please convert to your local time). Our guest will provide an overview of current and emerging threats, improvised explosive devices (IED) and homemade explosives (HME) awareness, as well as planning and response considerations.

Our guest will be August Vernon, instructor, author, and Operations Officer for the Forsyth County, NC Office of Emergency Management. Mr. Vernon provides critical incident and crisis management planning and training at the local, regional, state and federal level.

Please make plans to join us, and see the Background Page for links to related resources and participant Instructions. On the day of the program, use the Webinar Login link not more than 30 minutes before the scheduled time. As always, please feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues 

In partnership with Jacksonville State University, EIIP offers CEUs for attending Webinars.  See for details.

Is your organization interested in becoming an EIIP Partner? 
Click here to review our Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles and access the Memorandum of Partnership.

Training Webinar: June 20, 2013. Reduce Recidivism using Predictive Analytics

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You Are Invited to Attend this FREE Webcast
Reduce Recidivism using Predictive Analytics

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Reduce Recidivism using Predictive Analytics
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Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm EST    

Jumpstart your prison reform programs with predictive analytics

What if you could take all your prisoner files and determine which interventions would work best for specific types of prisoners? It's now possible with predictive analytics.

Predictive analytics allows agencies to perform complex analyses of millions of files about prison populations, demographics and repeat offenders that reveal trends and patterns hidden in the data.

Attend our complimentary webinar on June 20 at 2:00 EST and learn how predictive analytics can greatly reduce recidivism and accelerate many corrections reform initiatives, such as:  
  • Security and parole planning   
  • Offender movement within the system   
  • Program effectiveness   
  • Population trending   
  • Staffing projections and resource allocations

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Social Media in the Emergency Management Field 2012 Survey Results

Published Date: June 3, 2013
Quite a bit is known about the public’s social media habits, including the public’s expectations concerning emergency management agencies’ use of social media. For example, 76 percent of adults responding to a 2012 American Red Cross survey expect help to arrive in less than three hours if they post an emergency-related request on social media. However, what is not well known are the perspectives of emergency managers toward social media. Do they feel emergency management agencies should be monitoring social media? Do their agencies’ capabilities for social media align with public expectations?
To date, much of the data on social media and emergency management is limited to anecdotal accounts or case studies. Thus, CNA, in partnership with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), funded the development and nationwide distribution of a 56-question survey to state, county, and local emergency management and response agencies in late 2012 to answer questions about social media use in emergency management. By taking a survey approach, we were able to provide a broader, complementary perspective to existing anecdotes and case studies. This report provides the key results of that survey.