Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day — May 2017

May 19th is National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States to emphasize the importance of testing persons at risk for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, most of whom are unaware of their infection status. Recognizing the effectiveness of testing and other preventive and treatment measures, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently set goals for the elimination of HBV and HCV as public health threats in the United States.*

HCV is the most common form of viral hepatitis in the United States and in 2013, accounted for approximately 19,000 deaths per year, a number that was greater than that of 60 other nationally notifiable infectious diseases combined (1). During 2010–2015, HCV incidence increased by 294% with the highest rates among young persons who inject drugs (PWID).†

This issue of MMWR includes two reports describing trends in HCV incidence and the availability of HCV prevention and treatment services that stop transmission. In the first report, only three states had comprehensive laws providing full access to HCV preventive and treatment services for PWID. The second report estimates rates of HCV infection among pregnant women in the United States and Tennessee; in the United States, HCV rates nearly doubled during 2009–2014, and in Tennessee, the rate in 2014 was approximately three times the national rate. Data from both reports emphasize the importance of viral hepatitis surveillance to identify communities at risk for HCV and public health policies that make available interventions that prevent HCV transmission and disease.


1. Ly KN, Hughes EM, Jiles RB, Holmberg SD. Rising mortality associated with hepatitis C virus in the United States, 2003–2013. Clin Infect Dis 2016;62:1287–8.

Hepatitis C cases in the US jumped by nearly 300% between 2010 and 2015

May 12, 2017

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Deadly Consequences

Hepatitis C cases in the US jumped by nearly 300% between 2010 and 2015—likely fueled by the use of injected drugs like heroin, the CDC reported yesterday.

Despite the fact that more than 90% of hepatitis C cases are curable, 19,000 people still died in 2013, and the CDC researchers said that the disease is associated with more deaths in the US than 60 other infectious diseases combined.

The researchers held up efforts to boost access to clean needles as one of the best ways to fight the disease’s spread.

May 2017. Urban disasters highlight need for resilience in Africa

Urban disasters highlight need for resilience in Africa

Rescuers work at the scene of the rubbish dump landslide in Addis Ababa (Photo: AP/Mulugeta Ayene)
By Evelyne Karanja
NAIROBI, 10 May 2017 – Rising disasters in Africa’s cities and their links with poverty and rapid, unplanned urbanisation are ever more apparent from tragedies such as the recent rubbish dump landslide in Addis Ababa, which killed at least 113 people.
Tackling urban risk will be a key issue when governments and a broad range of other stakeholders, including businesses and tech experts, meet in two weeks’ time in Mexico for the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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2017 Metro CERT Training (Jun 1, 2017 - Jun 8, 2017)

2017 Metro CERT Training (Jun 1, 2017 & Jun 8, 2017)

You are invited to the following event:         2017 METRO CERT TRAINING

Multiple events from:
Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:00 PM &
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 9:00 PM (EDT)
                 Carmen E. Turner Training Facility
                 3500 Pennsy Dr
                 Landover, MD 20785

Event registration is by invitation only. Register with your email address to attend this event.

Who can Participate:

  •  Everyone who has completed the CERT Basic training.
  •  The Metro CERT Training:
  •       -Is for two days, June 1st  and June 8th, you must choose both dates and attend both             evening training sessions which start at 6 pm and end at  9 pm.
  •      -On June 1st & 8th, you will need to bring your own or have change for snacks;   
  •   June 8th will consist of hands-on training you will need your safety boots and cert vest.

  Metro CERT Training will cover:
  1. What your local risks are and what you need to do to prepare as a CERT member riding Metro.
  2. How to manage utilities, hazardous materials, and put out small fires using the appropriate Fire Extinguisher
  3. CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers to be effective as a team and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.
  4. CERT members can react to emergencies ranging from rail safety to identification of terrorist activity. The members are taught how to help themselves and their fellow passengers.
  5. To be a member of the Metro Citizen Corps, you must be an active CERT member, a regular Metro rider, a U.S. Citizen, and 18 years of age or older.
  6. Metro CERT-trained volunteers will be well-versed in what to do in the event of an emergency in a transit environment.
  7. CERT members will receive actual hands-on training in the rail system and the mock tunnel environment including a tunnel and “right-of-way" walk where participants will test third rail electric power of the tracks with a hot stick and learn the safe way to cross over the electrified rail.
  8. CERT members will receive information on the location of emergency trip stations and how to access them in the case of an emergency. 

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We hope you can make it!

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Take up the ‘noble pursuit’ of disaster risk reduction

By Andy McElroy
BEIJING, 12 May 2017 – Young researchers in China have been urged to take up the ‘noble pursuit’ of applying science and technology to save lives and protect livelihoods from disasters.

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser, called on students at Beijing Normal University to develop scientific evidence that informs policy and action to prevent and reduce disaster risk and losses.

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Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, calls on students at Beijing Normal University to take up the 'noble pursuit' of disaster risk reduction (Photo: UNISDR) 

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Upcoming Training Opportunities. FEMA 2017 CERT Program Manager, and Train-the-Trainer.

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Training Opportunities

Course: E0427 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager

Course: E0428 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train-the-Trainer

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This course prepares participants to deliver the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) CERT Basic Training course.
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This course prepares participants to deliver the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) CERT Basic Training course.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:30 AM MDT Broomfield, Colorado. 3rd Annual BAF Disaster Dash 5k

The 3rd Annual BAF Disaster Dash 5K 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 
6:30 AM MDT 
Broomfield, Colorado  

The 2017 BAF Disaster Dash will be held in concurrence with the 42nd Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, an event with international attendance that will be hosted July 9-12 by the University of Colorado Boulder Natural Hazards Center. Whether you are attending the workshop or are a local community member looking to contribute to a good cause, we invite you to join us for a fun run!

The BAF Disaster Dash 5K is an easy run (or walk or jog, if you prefer!) to experience the outdoors in Colorado, meet other attendees and get some fresh air and exercise. It was developed because of Bill Anderson's love of walking-which he did nearly six miles of each and every day! As the BAF grew, the Fellows wanted to pay tribute to Bill's love of being active outdoors and because they felt a need to inject movement and fellowship into the Workshop experience.

If you are not attending the workshop, we are thrilled to offer you the opportunity this year to participate virtually - including supporting individuals and teams who are running/walking to support the BAF!

This event is an important way that we promote and support hazard and disaster mitigation for communities of color and other vulnerable populations. The BAF is dedicated to improving disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in marginalized communities by connecting students and early career professionals from underrepresented groups to careers in disaster mitigation, response, and research.

Click the button below to register today as a participant (including to participate virtually or start a team):

Visit the Disaster Dash event website to learn more about the event and how your support makes a difference: 

Shout Outs: 

Big shout-out to Elaina Sutley for being our very first registrant, starting the team: Rock Chalk Jayhawks for BAF! You're a rockstar, Elaina!

Also, we'd like to thank our first four registered Teams for organizing to create some friendly competition on behalf of the BAF:

GSU Dashers 2.0 
Texas Aggies Unite! 
Rock Chalk Jayhawks for BAF 
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May 2017, Award Applications Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnernships. DHS\FEMA.

Faith-based community members get your applications in!

Award applications due by May 30, 2017.

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Planning and Preparing for Disasters

Faith-Based Community

DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships

The DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships was created in 2006 by an executive order to help emergency managers effectively engage with faith and community-based groups. The DHS Center carries out the policies and program priorities of the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  
For more information on the DHS Center please visit
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FEMA Calls for 2017 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Applications
FEMA is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2017 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open. The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by honoring individuals, organizations, and jurisdictions that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster.

You can now apply or nominate someone for the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness (ICP) Awards. Winning an award may help with greater promotion and exposure of your efforts. 
If you have taken action to prepare your community for disasters, here is your chance to receive national recognition for your efforts. Winning a FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award or honorable mention may help you:
  • Expose your program to national media.
  • Expand your organization’s local, state and federal networks.
  • Participate in promotional activities with FEMA such as webinars, social media events, and/or news articles. 
To be considered for this year’s awards, all applications must be sent to by May 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT and feature program activities occurring between January 1, 2016 and May 30, 2017.
For more information on how to apply, visit:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released five documents designed to strengthen the Resource Management component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and is now beginning a 30-day National Engagement period. The National Engagement period will conclude at 5 pm EDT on June 9, 2017.
NIMS provides a consistent and common approach and vocabulary to enable the whole community to work together seamlessly to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. 
The drafts released today include the NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and accompanying Position Task Books (PTBs), the NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid, and an updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel.  Together, these documents are designed to enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid.  
  • NIMS Guideline for the NQS provides a common language and approach for qualifying and certifying deployable emergency personnel, enabling enables mutual aid partners to accurately communicate resource needs in disasters.
  • NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined deployable incident positions.
  • NIMS Position Task Books (PTBs) identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident position.
  • The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid is designed to help unify mutual aid efforts by providing stakeholders with common practice and processes for use in mutual aid planning.
  • The updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel provide national standards and guidance for credentialing incident personnel.
 FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft documents and answer participants’ questions about providing feedback. All open webinars are geared toward the whole community. 
National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure that the final documents reflect the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. To review the drafts of the NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools, and to obtain additional webinar information, visit           
To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to


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