Sunday, November 1, 2015

CSIS Event: Strengthening Collaboration on Humanitarian Emergency Response - Thursday, November 12

The CSIS Africa Program invites you to a conference on:
Strengthening Collaboration on 
Humanitarian Emergency Response 


Dr. Emmanuel Dolo
Head of Secretariat, Presidential Advisory Council on Ebola
Office of the President, Republic of Liberia

Hon. Gangalal Tuladhar
Member of Parliament, Government of Nepal
Coordinator, National Campaign for Disaster Risk Reduction, Nepal

Valerie Bemo

Senior Program Officer, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jeremy Konyndyk

Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID

Ky Luu

Executive Director, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, Tulane University

Moderated by:

Jennifer Cooke
Director, CSIS Africa Program
Thursday, November 12, 2015
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
CSIS | 2nd Floor Conference Room
1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

The West Africa Ebola crisis, the deadly April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, and ongoing crises in Syria, Central African Republic, and beyond have exposed weaknesses of global humanitarian emergency response efforts. Complex humanitarian emergencies require a constellation of actors from different sectors working collaboratively to save lives and provide critical services. A new report by the Disaster Resilience Group, A Networked Approach to Strengthening Emergency Response Capacity, draws lessons from international and local networks and offers recommendations for building capacity among first- and second-line responders and strengthening networks for emergency response. Panelists will present the report's findings and discuss how they might be implemented to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of emergency response.

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This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.  No direct sponsorship contributed to this event.

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Training Opportunity. "FEMA Promising Practice: FEMA Promising Practice: Inclusive Emergency Management Practices in Vermont" November 12th, 2015

ADA National Network/FEMA Webinar Series:

Emergency Management and Preparedness-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

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Announcing a new webinar - "FEMA Promising Practice: FEMA Promising Practice: Inclusive Emergency Management Practices in Vermont"

November 12th, 2015

Webinars begin at 2.30pm ET/1.30pm CT/12.30 pm MT/11.30am PT/9.30am Hawaii.
On August 28, 2011, the State of Vermont was devastated by Tropical Storm Irene, resulting in several deaths, hundreds of homes destroyed, over a thousand Vermonters displaced, damage to hundreds of businesses and farms, and thousands of roads and bridges being washed out. In the aftermath of this historic natural disaster and with funding made possible by the Vermont Department of Public Safety, Disability Rights Vermont and the Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Region of the American Red Cross worked collaboratively to survey emergency shelters for accessibility and develop emergency planning processes inclusive of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in disaster planning, preparedness, response, relief, and recovery efforts. Disability Rights Vermont also provided 8 two-hour trainings to 45 Red Cross volunteers and approximately 25 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers on the ADA, disability etiquette, and assisting individuals with disabilities during times of disaster.
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe processes for surveying and adapting emergency shelters to ensure accessibility and sheltering of people with disabilities in an integrated environment.
  • Name best practices for training emergency management staff and volunteers in working effectively with people with disabilities.
  • Identify strategies for building effective partnerships between state governments, emergency preparedness/disaster recovery agencies, and the disability community.
A.J. Ruben has been Supervising Attorney at Disability Rights Vermont (DRVT) since 2002. He and his family live in a rural town in Vermont that was cut off from the rest of the state for eight days during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and has worked with DRVT on emergency planning and preparedness issues for people with disabilities ever since.
Tina Wood has been a Senior Investigator/Paralegal with Disability Rights Vermont (DRVT) since 2000 and works mostly within the prisons in Vermont, investigating abuse and neglect allegations, and advocating on behalf of prisoners with disabilities. She has 15 years of experience volunteering in varying local emergency management roles, and currently is a Red Cross Disaster Liaison to the State Emergency Operations Center.
Michelle Bishop is a Disability Advocacy Specialist at the National Disability Rights Network (NRDN). In her role at NDRN, Michelle provides training and technical assistance to the national Protection & Advocacy Network (including DRVT) on inclusive emergency preparedness. She also works collaboratively with NDRN's MOU/MOA partners, FEMA and the Red Cross.
These 90 minute webinars are delivered using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform. Collaborate downloads files to your machine in order to run. We recommend that you prepare your technology prior to the start of the session. You may need the assistance of your IT Staff if firewalls prevent you from downloading files.
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The information presented in this webinar is intended solely as informal guidance, and is neither a determination of legal rights or responsibilities by NIDILRR or FEMA.
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Training Opportunity. FEMA. Comm Spec IEMC Recruitment Application Process Changes


Website Update

Training Bulletin - FY2017 Comm Spec IEMC Recruitment Application Process Changes

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Emmitsburg, MD — You are subscribed to EMI News for FEMA. The following information has recently been updated, and is now available on

Course Description:

Each year, state, local, tribal, territorial and specialized jurisdictions throughout the United States can apply to EMI to conduct a community-specific IEMC.
IEMCs are exercise-based training courses that place jurisdictions’ emergency operations center (EOC) personnel in realistic crisis situations within a structured learning environment. The jurisdiction selects the hazard(s) and the Core Capabilities it wishes to include in both the plenary and exercise components of the course to reflect the hazards or events facing the jurisdiction, the type of EOC used by the jurisdiction, and the organizations included in the jurisdictional emergency plans. Data reported in the applicable State Preparedness Report and the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment should be used as a basis for the request. Read more in Training Bulletin 1199

Emergency Management Institute Mission

To support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people. Read more...

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Emergency Management Institute
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Switchboard: (301) 447-1000
Office of Admissions:
(301) 447-1035      Fax: (301) 447-1658
FEMA Independent Study Program Office:
(301) 447-1200     Fax: (301)447-1201

2016. Announcing the Global School Human Rights Litigation Course. O�Neill Institute & Harvard FXB

Announcing the Global School Human Rights Litigation Course, hosted by the ONeill Institute & Harvard FXB
Announcing the Global School Health Rights Litigation Course, organized by the ONeill Institute & Harvard FXB

The ONeill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is pleased to announce that it will offer the Global School Health Rights Litigation course in conjunction with Harvard Universitys FXB Center for Health and Human Rights (  going forward.  The course will be co-directed by Alicia Ely Yamin, Policy Director of Harvard FXB, and Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director of the O'Neill Institute.

Harvard FXB is a world leader in building a conceptual basis to advocate for the right to health and for human rights-based approaches to the development of health policy.  It is a tremendous honor and pleasure for the ONeill Institute to undertake this collaboration with Harvard FXB.

The course will be offered annually at the Georgetown University Law Center campus in Washington, DC.  The courses curriculum will change each year, covering new topics that reflect important trends in the area of health rights litigation.  Additional information about the 2016 Global School Health Rights Litigation course can be found below. We welcome your promotion of the course to colleagues and students for whom you believe it might be of interest.

The ONeill Institute and Harvard FXB will host the 2016 Global School Health Rights Litigation course from June 13th - 17th at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.  This one-week intensive course offers participants an opportunity to develop specialist-level knowledge in relation to litigating health-related rights at the national, regional, and international levels.

During the course, globally renowned experts will lecture on a range topics, including: sexual and reproductive health and rights; rights issues arising in health-care settings; palliative care; approaches to health-care rationing and factors to consider in assessing the equity impacts of judgments; access to medicines and intellectual property; judicial legitimacy in deciding issues with budgetary and policy implications; and judicial effectiveness and impact of judgments. Confirmed instructors include professors from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), Harvard University (USA), and Georgetown University (USA), as well as leading practitioners from Human Rights Watch and the World Bank.

The course is conducted in English, is highly participatory, and uses case-based teaching and group exercises extensively. It will also include a moot court competition, opportunities for networking, and field trips within Washington, DC. Past participants left the course encouraged, enlightened, and well-connected. The course is designed for PhD students, scholars, practitioners (e.g., law, public health, human rights or development), policy-makers, and advanced masters students. The number of participants is restricted, and fellowships are limited.

Applications are available here ( and are due April 1, 2016. Additional information about the course can be found here ( .

Training Opportunity. Nov 4-6th, 2015. Maturing Public-Private Partnershps Workshop

Maturing Public-Private Partnerships Workshop 

being held at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 1565 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Maryland, by the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) , from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Wednesday, November 4th, through Friday November 6th. 

The Workshop is being offered free as part of a FEMA Homeland Security National Training Program through the Continuing Training Grants Office. To register contact

Space is limited so please apply as soon as convenient. For questions contact us at 240-629-7970.