Thursday, October 12, 2017

Boston Corporate Security Symposium on December 8, 2017

Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Stakeholders,

Please join your private and public sector colleagues at the Boston Corporate Security Symposium on December 8, 2017 at the Federal Reserve Plaza, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210. This symposium is open to individuals in the private sector, state and local government, as well as personnel supporting the homeland security mission. This symposium will feature speakers from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, other U.S. Government entities, state and local agencies, and the private sector. Speakers at this day-long event will address a wide range of homeland security topics including: Domestic Terrorism, International Terrorism, Cyber Mitigation and Response, Insider Threats, BRIC Shield Program, Resources for Critical Infrastructure, Enhancing Security Through Strategic Partnerships and Security Consideration for Mass Gatherings.

The symposium is jointly facilitated by Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Domestic Security Alliance Council. This event is being hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank.

Attendance is free; however, pre-registration is mandatory. Walk-ins will NOT be admitted.

Please register online at:

Water Conference. CAWST at the UNC Water and Health Conference October 16-20, 2017

WHERE:   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s main campus

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CAWST at the UNC Water and Health Conference
October 16-20, 2017

Connect with Laura, Candice and Naomi!

We are excited to participate in the 2017 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy. Meet the CAWST team traveling to the conference:
Connect with Laura, Candice and Naomi at the UNC Conference

Here's where they'll be:

Monday, 16 October

  • 10:30am-12:00pm Annual Meeting of the WHO/UNICEF International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS Network)
    • CAWST is a co-convener with the WHO, UNICEF and The Water Institute
HWTS Network Meeting - UNC Water and Health 2017
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch Discussion about the HWTS Network’s Latin American Regional Workshop: Advancing the Water Safety Agenda
  • 4:00-5:00pm Household Filtration Verbal Presentation Session
    • Candice is presenting “Priorities of Emergency WASH Practitioners when Selecting Household Water Filters”
Priorities of Emergency WASH Practitioners when Selecting Household Water Filters
  • 6:00-7:00pm Young Professionals Networking Session
    • Naomi is participating as a speaker
Young Professionals Networking Session - UNC Water and Health 2017
  • 6:00-8:00pm HWTS Network Happy Hour

Tuesday, 17 October

  • 8:30am-12:00pm Choosing a Household Water Treatment Product that Works: Product Performance and Quality in Emergencies
    • CAWST is a co-convener with the WHO, ELRHA Humanitarian Innovation Fund and University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Choosing a Household Water Treatment Product that Works
Choosing a Household Water Treatment Product that Works
  • 2:30-3:30pm Latrines Verbal Presentation Session
    • Candice is presenting “Motivators and Barriers to Latrine Uptake in Rural Haiti”
Motivators and Barriers to Latrine Uptake in RUral Haiti - UNC Water and Health

Friday, 20 October

  • 8:30-10:00am Biosand Filter Updates: Implementer Support Tools, Research and Inquiry
    • CAWST is a co-convener with Lehigh University and Pure Water for the World
BSF Updates - UNC Water and Health

Dominica PM calls for climate action. Message from the Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr Roosevelt Skerrit

#IDDR2017: Dominica PM calls for climate action

Message from the Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr Roosevelt Skerrit:

PM Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit (left), meeting with UN Secretary-General, António Guterres in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria - UN Photo/Rick Bajomas 

Geneva, 12 October 2017 - Following the devastation wrought on his Caribbean island home by Hurricane Maria, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, is calling on the world not “to turn its back” on the problem of climate change and for greater investment in disaster risk reduction. In a message for International Day for Disaster Reduction which is celebrated around the world tomorrow, Mr. Skerrit says: “Both this year and last year all 72,000 people living on Dominica have been affected by disasters. Some have lost their roofs and livelihoods for the second time as a result of Hurricane Maria.

See the full story here:

UNISDR Communications

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
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10/12/2017. FEMA. Private Sector Advisory. California Wildfires

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
                           Private Sector Division/
National Business Emergency Operations Center

Private Sector Advisory
FEMA Coordinating with State, Local, and Tribal Officials in Support of
Wildfire Firefighting Efforts in California
October 12, 2017

FEMA, through its regional response coordination center in Oakland, California and deployed teams, continues to closely coordinate with state, local, and tribal officials supporting firefighting response activities in California.
There are eighteen large fires burning approximately 156,000 acres of state and private land, in parts of northern California.  Evacuations are in effect in some areas. Critical infrastructure is also threatened or damaged.
A FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team remains on site at the California emergency operations center to coordinate directly with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to support response activities and ensure there are no unmet needs.
Federal agency representatives are also working to support federal and state requirements at the state operations center in Sacramento. Representatives from the Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, General Services Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy, and the American Red Cross are deployed.
On Oct. 10, President Donald J. Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of California to supplement state, tribal and local efforts in areas affected by the wildfires that began on October 8, 2017 and continuing. The action makes federal assistance available to the state and eligible local government and certain nonprofit organizations, on a cost-share basis, for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.  The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is available statewide.  
The American Red Cross activated the Safe and Well program to allow survivors to let family members know they are safe and for family members to search for loved ones.
On Oct. 11, FEMA and the state began joint damage assessments in support of the California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr’s. request for Individual Assistance for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba Counties. The assessments leverage state-developed imagery and remote sensing information.      
Due to worsening fire conditions new evacuation orders were issued by local officials for areas of Sonoma County and the entire city of Calistoga in Napa County.
FEMA is staging ambulances at several safe locations closer to the fire areas with the majority traveling to Travis AFB, and continues to support anticipated shelter and evacuation needs by moving water, meals, cots and blankets to the federal incident support base. 
Preparedness and Safety Tips
  • The state of California’s Office of Emergency Services website is a resource with links to fire information, air quality information, updates on evacuation centers and shelters, including shelters for animals and pets, volunteer opportunities and donations needs.
  • Residents are reminded to continue to monitor local radio or TV stations for updates emergency information, and follow the instructions of state and local officials.
  • If ordered to evacuate during a wildfire, do so immediately- make sure and inform someone where you are going and when you have arrived.
  • If you see a wildfire and haven't received evacuation orders yet, call 9-1-1.  Don't assume that someone else has already called.
  • If there is a wildfire in the area, be ready to evacuate on short notice.
  • As soon as safe, individuals affected by the fires can contact their home and auto insurance agent or company.  Survivors can document damage by taking photos and keeping receipts. 
  • Additional volunteer and donation opportunities are available on the website of the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters,, and the website of California Volunteers
  • The FEMA app (available in English and Spanish) provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, directions to open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.  The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.
  • Visit or to learn more about these and other preparedness tips.
  • Businesses of all sizes should prepare in advance of wildfires to prevent loss of life, property, or disruption to operations. Businesses can review and update their business continuity plans and ensure their workforce knows what to do before and during the storm. Resources are available on web sites such as  and


Powering Up with Technology Conference (PUWT). November 11, 2017. Oxon Hill, MD.

With a budget of nearly $2 billion, Prince George’s County Public Schools is one of the largest K-12 districts in the United States.

For over 20 years, the district has been gathering to learn about and celebrate the use of technology in district classrooms and administrative offices and it’s not too late for you to join the 350+ K-12 education leaders at the Powering Up with Technology Conference (PUWT) on November 11 in Oxon Hill, MD.

This interactive Conference gives sponsors the opportunity to connect with Prince George’s County Public Schools’ administrators, faculty and technologists as they explore innovative techniques and strategies to educate the 21st century student in and beyond the classroom using digital tools and incorporating new technology to increase student engagement.

As Lisa Spencer, Executive Director of Instructional Technology & Support at Prince George’s County Public Schools states, “The ultimate purpose of our PUWT Conference is to inform our educators of ways to enhance teaching and learning using technology; increase student engagement; share information, resources and digital tools to enhance curriculum, and apprise staff of emerging technologies and current trends in instructional technology.”

If you’re interested in connecting with some of the D.C. area’s top K-12 education leaders, contact us here for more information on how to participate. 

Alan Cox, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Converge magazine
Center for Digital Education |

Webinar: Tues, Oct. 24, 2017. Free. Disasters and Equity: Race, Gender & Ability.

Join us on Tuesday, October 24th for the second BAF Professional Development Series Webinar of 2017! 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
1-3 PM EST
Disasters and Equity: Race, Gender & Ability 
BAF Professional Development Series 
Webinar II

Registration is open, without charge, to students and early career professionals.

Please share this opportunity widely with any appropriate colleagues, students or friends. 

Expert Panelists Include:

Marcie Roth 
Former Senior Advisor, Disability Issues to FEMA 
Founder, FEMA Office of Disability Integration & Coordination
John T. Cooper, Jr., Ph.D
Assistant Vice President for Public Partnership & Outreach, Texas A&M University
Jennifer Tobin 
Ph.D. candidate in the department of sociology at Colorado State University
Program and Research Associate, The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder 
Recipient, 2014 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship 


1. To provide participants with an overview of how racism, sexism and ableism impact our ability to prepare for, cope with and recover from disasters. 

2. To provide participants with knowledge about the long-term impact of socioeconomic inequality on global disasters. 

3. To provide participants with a few examples of how disaster researchers and practitioners can help to reduce inequality before, during and after a disaster.

There will be a special introduction to the webinar by Dr. Lori Peek, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder and member of the Bill Anderson Fund Board of Directors. Dr. Peek recently authored A Just Resilience in August 2017 as an editorial in response to the current Administration's announcement of plans for infrastructure improvements alongside its response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Click on the red button below to register for this exciting webinar today! 

Meet the Panelists 

Marcie Roth 
Marcie Roth established Inclusive Emergency Management Strategies (IEMS) LLC after transforming nationwide whole community inclusion from inside FEMA. She brought over 30 years of strategic leadership across local, national & global disability advocacy and civil rights initiatives. IEMS designs & delivers customized tools, resources & technical assistance to anticipate & resolve whole community inclusive emergency management challenges across local, national & global stakeholders. IEMS manages the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies. The Partnership is a national emergency management stakeholder coalition with state & territory affiliates & a shared mission of equal access & full inclusion for the whole community before, during & after disasters. 
John T. Cooper, Jr., Ph.D 
Dr. Cooper is the new Assistant Vice President for Public Partnership & Outreach at Texas A&M. He previously served as Professor of the Practice in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, where his work focused on helping future planners understand principles related to the design of collaborative planning programs. Before returning to A&M, Dr. Cooper was a program director at MDC, a nationally respected non-profit based in Durham, NC. At MDC he managed a $2.5 million FEMA funded effort to understand barriers to increased disaster awareness and preparedness in marginalized communities. He also serves as a board member for a number of organizations, including the Coastal Hazard Center of Excellence at UNC - Chapel Hill, the Bill Anderson Fund, and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities. He holds a Ph.D in City & Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M. 
Jennifer Tobin
Jennifer is a Ph.D candidate in the department of sociology at Colorado State University and a program and research associate at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She was previously the director of research and engagement at the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at CSU. She earned her bachelor's in sociology and women's studies in 2005 and a master's in sociology in 2008. Her master's thesis research drew on qualitative interviews with local disaster recovery workers and single mothers who were displaced to Colorado after Hurricane Katrina. Tobin is the recipient of the 2014 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship. 

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