Tuesday, October 22, 2013

REMINDER: October 24, 2013 Psychological First Aid Training

Upcoming training in PFAT. 
Keep in mind that psychological first aid is not something for implementation to address disaster and traumatic events within the U.S. but is a practice that should and must be practiced internationally as part of disaster risk reduction planning for the mental health and  well-being of communities.
Think of obtaining training, and courses in your community.

Subject: RAPID Psychological First Aid Training - October 24, 2013

The Johns Hopkins Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center and the DHMH Office of Preparedness and Response are pleased to offer the Johns Hopkins~RAPID Psychological First Aid Workshop. It is a 6-hour, interactive training that provides non-mental health professionals with the concepts and skills associated with Psychological First Aid. Utilizing the RAPID model (Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition), this specialized training provides perspectives on injuries and trauma that are beyond those physical in nature. Additionally, the RAPID model is readily applicable to public health settings, the workplace, the military, faith-based organizations, mass disaster venues, and even the demands of more commonplace critical events, e.g., dealing with the psychological aftermath of accidents, robberies, suicide, homicide, or community violence.

DATE:  October 24, 2013

TIME:  9:00am - 4:00pm (registration begins at 8:00 am)
LOCATION: Best Western Grand Venice Hotel, Hagerstown, MD 21740

ACCOMMODATIONS:  For those requiring overnight accommodations, a room rate of $65.90 is being offered.

REGISTRATION:  https://trams.jhsph.edu/trams/index.cfm?event=training.catalogDisplay&trainingID=660
Additional Details Can Be Found Here:  http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-public-health-preparedness/training/calendar/index.html

CONTACT INFORMATION:  Katurah Bland, 443-287-6735/kbland@jhsph.edu

Cultural Compentency\Knowledge and Perspecitives. Morgan State University School of Global Journalism

Black Press Business/Economic Feature                              Week of October 14, 2013
By William Reed
Take Note of this Black Institution

"We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us." – Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm

That’s the sentiment of individuals at Morgan State University's (MSU) School of Global Journalism and Communication. When Cornish and Russwurm wrote these words nearly two centuries ago in Freedom's Journal, they started America’s Black Press. Founded as a New York City weekly on March 16, 1827, Freedom's Journal was established the same year that slavery was abolished in the state of New York. The paper served to counter the mainstream press on racial issues and interests. Cornish and Russwurm worked as senior and junior editors, respectively.

Richard Prince’s online news on journalism diversity issues, Journal-isms, was first to report that DeWayne Wickham, USA Today and Gannett Company columnist “was set to create a school of communications at Morgan State University.” Nowadays, Wickham is saying: “Morgan has given me the honor of conceptualizing this school and serving as its founding dean.” Kweisi Mfume, chairman of the Morgan State University Board of Regents recently introduced its new School of Global Journalism and Communication, located at 4905 Perring Parkway in Baltimore, during a ribbon cutting ceremony and Civil Rights and Media Symposium.

For Blacks seeking success and advancement in journalism, Wickham is well-suited to be dean of MSU’s School of Global Journalism and Communication to prepare Black students. A National Association of Black Journalists’ Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Wickham is a visionary in the field. His reach and ability to “conceptualize” were evident in the school’s recent presentation. Having ABC News Anchor and Chief National Correspondent Byron Pitts moderate the symposium on the Media and the Civil Rights Struggle in 1963, the most tumultuous year of the Civil Rights Movement was Wickham’s doing. Pitts led a panel of distinguished journalists analyzing coverage of events such as the March on Washington, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Medgar Evers, the Birmingham Children’s Crusade and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

There are some among contemporary African Americans of the “white is right” mentality and who seek “mainstream institutional” education. They should go elsewhere, but in reality, Wickham plans to help students “plead our own cause” and ensure that they receive the education, skills and experiences needed to become successful journalists in the 21st century. The opening of MSU’s School of Global Journalism and Communication makes that institution the nation’s only historically Black College with a primary mission to train the next generation of journalists and mass communicators to compete in a global environment.

During the 180 years since the appearance of Freedom’s Journal, the Black Press has chronicled and commented upon events as they have occurred and affected African Americans. Throughout his distinguished career, Wickham has stayed true to our culture. Wickham has already left an indelible mark on the Black Press and made arrangements for some MSU students to intern with the Afro newspapers. He’s co-founder of The Trotter Group, an organization of Black columnists, and a National Association of Black Journalists founding member and former president. Wickham’s contributions in public policy, politics and civic engagement are unparalleled. He has also worked for Black Enterprise magazine and as executive editor of BlackAmericaWeb.com.

At the symposium, Paul Delaney, a retired New York Times editor and national correspondent, chronicled the role of the Black Press in the Civil Rights Movement as a reporter for the Atlanta Daily World. The symposium provided a platform for Black reporters like Delaney to recount the outstanding coverage that the Black Press provided during the Civil Rights Movement’s most important events. The  symposium special included video interviews with Simeon Booker who led JET magazine’s Civil Rights coverage and Moses Newson who risked his life covering major events such as the Till murder trial, and Freedom Rides in 1963.

Wickham’s influence on students can be significant. His venture with MSU can set the standard for Blacks. Wickham can become a beacon for Blacks in journalism going forward.  

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org.

A global challenge: aiding those with disabilities


By Tara Sonenshine, Special to CNN
updated 7:45 AM EDT, Mon October 21, 2013
Disabled residents wait for help after being rescued from their nursing home during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in New Orleans.
Disabled residents wait for help after being rescued from their nursing home during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in New Orleans.
  • Tara Sonenshine: In disasters, the needs of those with disabilities should be in forefront
  • She says Hurricane Katrina, Japan and Haiti earthquakes demonstrate the problem
  • U.N. report says needs of a billion people are not being woven into disaster planning
Editor's note: Tara Sonenshine is former undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and currently a distinguished fellow at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs.
(CNN) -- Imagine not being able to hear a siren during an emergency or to see a warning sign to evacuate. Imagine navigating knee-high mud in a wheelchair or trying to explain to a child with Down syndrome why he or she must seek higher ground. Those are just some of the challenges facing those with physical and cognitive disabilities -- people often least prepared to face a natural disaster.
A largely overlooked report issued this month by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction found that the crucial needs of about 1 billion people living with physical and mental disabilities around the world are not woven into the disaster planning and emergency response plans of governments and civil society groups.
The result is that a disproportionate number of disabled persons suffer and die in disasters because of a lack of attention to their needs. Emergency response systems and shelters are poorly designed to handle their requirements. According to the report, 70% of those with disabilities who responded to the survey in over 100 countries said they did not know how to tap into any existing emergency response system in their communities. They become largely dependent on the good will of families and neighbors.
Tara Sonenshine
Tara Sonenshine
The report confirms the experience from recent catastrophes like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti -- where deaf victims were trapped underneath rubble, unable to hear the sounds of rescuers drilling above -- and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, where victims in wheelchairs could not board evacuation buses or get into temporary housing that had no ramps.
And we have seen in the U.S. during Hurricane Katrina and other major storms how those with disabilities suffer. In a post-Katrina study of survivors, reports found that people with physical or cognitive disabilities faced considerable barriers to transportation, evacuation, and housing. Dozens died in nursing homes and medical centers. Many of the disabled survivors did not have jobs, making post-crisis transition even more challenging.
It is tempting to presume that people with disabilities are small in number. The reality, however, is that roughly 15% of people in the world live with a physical or cognitive disability -- many of them in developing countries that cannot afford care and inclusion.
In the United States, 37.2 million Americans have some form of disability. Despite the success of programs like the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are millions of people left without meaningful employment, education, and services before, during, and after a crisis.
The United States has a global imperative to address the needs of the disabled today -- especially in difficult fiscal times. Leaving aside the moral obligation, there is an economic driver at work. Worldwide, people with disabilities have higher unemployment rates than those without disabilities. In developing countries, 80% to 90% of persons of working age with disabilities are unemployed, whereas in industrialized countries the figure is between 50% and 70%. Their exclusion from the workplace deprives societies of an estimated $1.4 trillion in gross domestic product.
As we plan for disaster relief, as well as routine development and assistance, it is vital that America lead with a sustained commitment to those with disabilities. The U.S. failure to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities -- a convention signed by 155 nations -- reinforces a perception that America does not care about the disabled.
Yet despite the failure to ratify the convention, America has a good story to tell on inclusive development and disabilities. The U.S. Agency for International Development has led the way on supporting principles of universal design that not only fund specific programs to address the targeted needs of disabled citizens, but integrate disabilities into generalized programs that improve job training, education, quality and accessibility of care.
Over 75% of U.S. missions and USAID offices report activities and programs that specifically include people with disabilities. The U.S. State Department has a special adviser for international disability rights and has made enormous progress in expanding the range of U.S.-funded exchange programs to include more participants with disabilities and to convene international experts around the issue.
Recently, a major conference took place in Washington, with leaders on disability rights from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Tajikistan, and Uganda and representatives from NGOs, universities, and government offices in the U.S., to address challenges facing persons with disabilities in their home communities. The U.S. sent the first-ever official team of disabled sports envoys to China to promote inclusion and equality for persons with disabilities.
This month we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month to pay homage to our own citizens with disabilities. The October campaign theme is "Because we are EQUAL to the task." This is a good time to think about those at home and overseas who are marginalized and excluded because of disabilities and make sure we are doing our part.

Spotlight: Washington, D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)

What is your jurisdiction offering?

Add in a listing of exercise events for communities and we have a winner.  Not just to satisfy grant requirements but something that challenges and involves community members and organizations.



The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) iPhone/iPad/Android application contains important information you can use before, during and after an emergency or disaster such as: 

· Emergency evacuation routes that lead you out of the District
· Alert DC emergency text alerts
· Current weather outlooks from the National Weather Service
· Disaster safety tips
· Help lines that provide telephone numbers to essential emergency resources and information
· A calendars informing the public about emergency preparedness training, HSEMA Community

 Outreach events as well as special events such as marathons and street festivals 

· A direct link to the local transit authority’s (METRO) main website and twitter page
· List of shelters that are opened after a disaster occurs
· A direct link to FEMA’s website,
· Maps of where District Police and Fire stations are located
· Regional preparedness links
· Steps to take to make a family emergency plan, a go kit, and much more! 

Do you know..... Interagency Coordinating Council on EM and Individuals with Disabilities

BEMA Network Members (Federal Employees):

As part of my quarterly review of the DHS National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), and FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC) the DHS Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities is also part BEMA’s situational awareness of policy and planning review at the U.S. national level.

How is your agency, department or office involved in this endeavor?  Are the purpose of the ICC issues within your continuity of operations, and considered in your emergency plans throughout your agency from the simplest fire drill, an active shooter, or in place sheltering to full evacuation to a remote facility.

Step outside of the norm.  Get outside of the box. 

The world is constantly changing and we must make the changes in our daily actions. 

Be proactive, rather than reactionary.


Black Emergency Managers Association  
1231  Good Hope Road  S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20020
Office:   202-618-9097 

"Leaders don't force people to follow, they invite them on a journey" - Charles S Lauer

Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities
The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC) was established by Executive Order 13347 to ensure that the federal government appropriately supports safety and security for individuals with disabilities in disaster situations.
The purpose of the Council is to:
·         Consider, in their emergency preparedness planning, the unique needs of agency employees with disabilities and individuals with disabilities whom the agency serves;
·         Encourage, including through the provision of technical assistance, consideration of the unique needs of employees and individuals with disabilities served by state, local, and tribal governments, and private organizations and individuals in emergency preparedness planning; and
·         Facilitate cooperation among federal, state, local, and tribal governments and private organizations and individuals in the implementation of emergency preparedness plans as they relate to individuals with disabilities.

Disability Emergency Preparedness
Much more information on the Council, including resources, newsletters, reports about emergency preparedness and individuals with disabilities, are available online at Disability.gov.

By mail or phone:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities
Building 410, Mail Stop #0190
Washington, D.C. 20528

Interagency Coordinating Council Reports
·         Annual Report 2009 (PDF, 48 pages – 1585 KB)
·         An Update on Activities and Achievements October 2006-July 2008 (PDF, 28 pages – 1797 KB)
·         Progress Report July 2005 - September 2006 ;(PDF, 47 pages – 1295 KB)
·         Annual Report July 2005 (PD

Natural disasters and adaptation to climate change

*  Natural disasters and adaptation to climate change Boulter, Sarah; Palutikof, Jean; Karoly, David John; Guitart, Daniela (Eds.), 2013

This volume presents eighteen case studies of natural disasters from Australia, Europe, North America and developing countries. By comparing the impacts, it seeks to identify what moves people to adapt, which adaptive activities succeed and which fail, and the underlying reasons, and the factors that determine when adaptation is required and when simply bearing the impact may be the more appropriate response. Much has been written about the theory...

Themes: Climate Change; Disaster Risk Management; Economics of DRR; Environment; Food Security & Agriculture; Governance; Health & Health Facilities; Recovery; Water
Hazards: Cyclone; Drought; Earthquake; Flood; Heat Wave; Storm; Tsunami; Wild Fire

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

K12 Schools....From Reactive to Proactive to..... Watch the weather. Free Training Opportunity. SkyWarn Basic Class

Training opportunity provided by the National Weather Service T his training not only teaches what types of incidents wou...

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