Saturday, August 31, 2019

Tech to Protect Challenge. September 2019

Tech to Protect Challenge: Washington, DC
Date: September 27-29, 2019, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Location: 509 7th Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20004

The Tech to Protect Challenge, implemented by the RedFlash Group and SecondMuse under contract with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division, is a national open innovation contest designed to help emergency responders—including EMS, firefighters and police—accomplish their mission to serve and protect our communities nationwide.
Join entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators with diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in creating technology that can improve the safety of their communities. 

Regardless of your area or level of expertise, we invite you to use your talents and join researchers, scientists, and emergency responders in advancing technologies and applications for public safety.

For additional information on how to participate in-person or online, the contests you can create solutions for, the rules and more, visit

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Tech to Protect Challenge can be found at

Faith-based Organizations. Disaster Relief Ministry and Training. September 2019

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BEMA International

Setting up a Disaster Relief Ministry - Presented by Saddleback Church
Date: September 20, 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 361 Tilghman Road, Salisbury, MD 21804
For over 14 years, Saddleback has had an effective Disaster Relief ministry. For the first time they are providing the opportunity for other churches to learn from their experiences, by bringing this training to us! Get tips and ideas of how to set up a new DR ministry at your church. We will discuss successes, pitfalls to avoid and even the characteristics of the people who are best at leading this type of ministry. You can take what Saddleback does and how we do it and use those principles to create a ministry in your church that works for your congregation. Pizza provided from 5:30 - 6pm, training from 6-8:30pm.

Disaster Relief Volunteer Training - Presented by Saddleback Church
Date: September 21, 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 361 Tilghman Road, Salisbury, MD 21804
Have you been watching disaster updates on the news and wondered if you could help? It is the desire of our Saddleback Relief Team that everyone be equipped to reach out to the suffering and displaced both here in the US and around the world. We have developed these classes to do just that!
Light breakfast snacks will be available in the morning. Lunch will be provided from 12-1pm.
9am - 12pm: Orientation: This orientation will prepare you to serve in the aftermath of these disasters, or others in the future. We will also talk about the emotional stages of what people go through in a disaster, as well as specific things you can say and do that are helpful to them. There are a variety of ways you can serve -- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Don't wait until the next big disaster happens. This class will prepare you to respond with us quickly
1-5pm: Trauma training: Follow-up to the basic orientation which discusses more in depth the spiritual and emotional help you can give to someone in the aftermath of a disaster. You will learn the basics of how to simply enter into someone’s pain for a short time and help them process and recover from the disaster and to also notice the symptoms that may require professional counseling.

We Support the GCBlack Emergency Managers Association   

Disaster Insurance Presentation. September 17, 2019

Disaster Insurance Presentation
Date: September 17, 2019, 6:00-7:30pm
Location: George Howard Building – Howard County Government Complex, Columbia/Ellicott City Room, 3430 Court House Dr # 100, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Contact: Howard County OEM at 410-313-6030,
Often times, "conducting an insurance check-up" isn't on disaster preparedness checklists. But having the right type and amount of insurance is a crucial component of disaster preparedness, and the best way to maintain a healthy financial future following a disaster. Making sure you understand all your insurance options, what is covered (and more importantly NOT covered by insurance), and updating your insurance coverage should be as routine as an annual physical. Take the first step in conducting a disaster insurance check up by joining us to hear the Maryland Insurance Administration's presentation on what you can do to prepare for a disaster, what your insurance will and will not cover, and what resources are available to help.

Is your business prepared? Business Preparedness Day. Sep. 17, 2019. DC HSEMA

Business Preparedness Day
Date: September 17, 2019, 9:00am-3:00pm (deadline 9/13)
Location: 2720 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20032


Whether it’s a flood, blizzard, or hurricane, a disaster can strike the District at any moment. The effects can be devastating to both residents and businesses. A swift and coordinated private sector response can expedite recovery and restore normalcy in the District. This 6 hour event will convene first responders, emergency managers and the District’s private sector partners to: Discuss business preparedness initiatives in the District; Showcase new technologies that are being leveraged by the BEMOC; Identify and prioritize operational issues that can be solved through public-private partnerships; Conduct the first ever BEMOC Tabletop Exercise. Be prepared show a photo identification when you arrive. There is a free visitor parking lot available. If you prefer to take the Metro, the closest station is Anacostia and the following buses take you to HSEMA: A2, A4, A6, A8, and W3.

Urban Violence. September 2019. Baltimore, MD.

Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence
Date: September 10, 2019, 5:30-7:00pm
Location: Sheldon Hall (W1214), 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, Maryland

The 21st Century Cities Initiative and the Urban Health Institute at Johns Hopkins welcome Thomas Abt for a discussion of his new book Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence – and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets. Urban violence is one of the most divisive and allegedly intractable issues of our time. But as Harvard scholar Thomas Abt shows in Bleeding Out, we actually possess all the tools necessary to stem violence in our cities. Coupling the latest social science with firsthand experience as a crime-fighter, Abt proposes a relentless focus on violence itself — not drugs, gangs, or guns.