Thursday, December 18, 2014

Training Opportunity: Jan 6-8, 2015 FEMA Field Force Command and Planning course in Baltimore, MD

Field Force Command and Planning

FFC / MGT-300

This course is offered as part of:

Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Management and Law Enforcement


The Field Force Command and Planning training program is a three-day course that prepares the management level student to serve as a member of an incident management team during a civil action or disorder. The course provides instruction on incident management, incorporating preplanning considerations and other responsibilities of management level responders. Students are trained on how to develop a local Incident Action Plan (IAP) for a civil action or disorder and implement response actions from the management level. The course culminates with an application-level tabletop exercise in which students use knowledge and skills developed in the previous sessions to plan for and command resources at the incident site.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:
  • Determining assets required for controlling a civil action/disorder and establishing objectives for operational and support elements
  • Developing comprehensive strategic and tactical plans for an organization preparing for special events, civil disorders, and public assemblies
  • Identifying demonstrator tactics and techniques used during civil disorder events
  • Applying legal principles and applicable case and statutory law to individual positions and the department’s mission
  • Explaining the use of team tactics to mitigate protester actions during a civil disorder event
  • Recognizing differences between various Riot Control Agents (RCA) and Less Lethal Munitions (LLM) and determining proper use based on their potential liabilities and limitations
  • Defining the four levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to include the advantages and disadvantages of each level

Course Length

3.0 days

Course Code


Continuing Education Credits

  • The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by IACET to offer 2.4 CEUs for this program.
  • Police Officer Standards and Training (POST; approved per state): 24
Additional Requirements

To attend the FFC course, candidates must have successfully completed the IS-700.aNational Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction course offered by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Friday, December 12, 2014

Community Emergency Response Team. Train-the-trainer and Program Manager Courses

Upcoming 2015 Training Dates

Course Name: E0427 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager
    Course Dates: January 21-22, 2015     and      February 26-27, 2015
    Course Description: This course prepares participants to establish and sustain an 
                                        active local CERT program.

        Link for more information:
        Link to apply:

Course Name: E0428 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train-the-Trainer
    Course Dates: February 23-25, 2015
    Course Description: This course prepares participants to deliver 
                                        FEMA’s CERT Basic Training course.
        Link for more information:
        Link to apply:

For those individuals interested in attending the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD information can be found at:


  • You must make your own travel arrangements. Available airports were listed in your acceptance email/ letter.
  • You must be sure your flights meet the shuttle pickup/departure times, and the ticket purchase follows the parameters of travel as defined under “REIMBURSEMENT” in this package.
  • You will be reimbursed the cost of a direct (no side trips or extended stays), 21-day prior to the course travel date prepurchase, nonrefundable ticket for round trip transportation by common carrier (economy coach class, nonrefundable) for each course or back-to-back courses that you attend. Proof of nonrefundable fare is required!  

  • State, local or tribal government representatives.
  • Recognized volunteer organization representatives. 
  • Active emergency management organization representatives.
  • Representatives from state or local fire organizations.


Once you are accepted into a course, a room on the NETC campus will be reserved for you, unless you receive a letter indicating that you have been accepted with the knowledge that you agree to find your own accommodations or that you previously notified us that housing is not needed.


If you stay on campus, you must purchase a meal ticket. If you do not purchase a meal ticket you will be asked to vacate your room on campus. 

Prices Effective Aug. 5, 2012: The cost for the meal ticket is $25.04 per day

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fraud, Corruption is not just a South-to-South Issue but 'Whole Nations'

Program models at a minimum should have controls designed to address fraud, and corruption issues with prison sentences, and penalty\forfeiture of monetary resources of convicted company, officers of company, and others involved.

Grand Jury Says Fraud Persists in Programs Meant to Diversify Contracts in New York City and State

Most of the cases have ended in deferred prosecution agreements under which the company pays a large penalty and charges are eventually dismissed.

“…..recommendations to discourage similar frauds. It said that fines and prison sentences should be increased and that the agencies charged with certifying minority- and female-owned businesses should be given more resources.

U.S. Institute of Peace. Online Courses. 2015


Online Courses

The USIP Global Campus offers certificates through engaging training online courses designed to prepare individuals worldwide to prevent and transform violent conflict.
Why join the USIP Global Campus?
  • You need to hone your skills to effectively respond to violent conflict.
  • You want to increase your knowledge on how to build sustainable peace.
  • You need training in a flexible and convenient format tailored for busy professionals.
  • You want to join a vibrant learning community to connect with fellow experts and practitioners around the world.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ebola Crisis. African Risk Capacity

1.  Should the African Risk Capacity only be focused upon extreme climate risk?
2.   Is African Risk Capacity not being utilized in the current 'natural' disaster
      caused by the Ebola crisis to member nations? 

African Risk Capacity
Vision and Mission


The African Risk Capacity (ARC) was established as a Specialized Agency of the African Union by a Conference of Plenipotentiaries to help AU Member States improve their capacities to better plan, prepare and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters. It aims to assist its Member States to protect the food security of their vulnerable populations. 


The objective of the ARC Agency is to assist AU Member States to reduce the risk of loss and damage caused by extreme weather events and natural disasters affecting Africa's populations by providing targeted responses to disasters in a more timely, cost-effective, objective and transparent manner. (See Articles 2 and 3 of the ARC Establishment Agreement).
As currently structured, the international system for responding to natural disasters is not as timely or equitable as it could be. Funding is secured on a largely ad hoc basis after disaster strikes and only then can relief be mobilized toward the people who need it most.  In the meantime, lives are lost, assets are depleted, and development gains suffer major setbacks – forcing more people into chronic destitution and food insecurity in the world's least developed countries. 
ARC is an African solution to one of the continent's most pressing challenges, transferring the burden of climate risk away from governments – and the farmers and pastoralists whom they protect – to the ARC that can handle that risk much better.  This African-owned, AU-led financial entity will use Africa RiskView, an advanced satellite weather surveillance and software – developed by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) – to estimate and trigger readily available funds to African countries hit by severe weather events.  Because such events do not happen in the same year in all parts of the continent, pan-African solidarity in the creation of a disaster risk pool like ARC is financially effective.  Pooling risk across the continent could significantly reduce the cost to countries of emergency contingency funds, while decreasing reliance on external aid.
By merging the traditional approaches of disaster relief and quantification with the concepts of risk pooling and risk transfer, ARC will help create a pan-African disaster response system that meets the needs of those affected in a timelier and more efficient way and provides an important step forward in creating a sustainable African-led strategy for managing extreme climate risks.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Training Opportunity: January 13-14, 2014. Disaster Management for Electric Power Systems

On January 13 & 14, 2015, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments will be hosting a course on Disaster Management for Electric Power Systems.  This course is designed to provide training to managers and employees to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, or mitigate against threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters affecting electric power facilities and systems. The intended audience for this training includes:
·         Local Governments
·         Critical Infrastructure Owners
·         Fire Services
·         Emergency Medical Services
·         Law Enforcement
·         Emergency Managers

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to implement techniques to prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents that threaten electric power systems.

You may register for the training by clicking here:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Situation Awareness: Ebola Response and Recovery. Financial Controls

·       Could the Sixth Region (Diaspora) of the AU provide assistance in assuring financial controls are implement in the response and recovery from the Ebola crisis to ensure communities receive at a minimum 70% of funds for assistance, with 30% administrative and other costs?
·       Controls should be implemented to receive and disburse funds at every level (top level to community), and detect discrepancies in expenditures within standard procedures (weekly or monthly)

Following U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report should offer insight in disaster response and recovery controls for disasters, emergencies, and crisis events for financial control and performance.


DHS Inspector General Report

Black Emergency Managers Association  
We Support the GC

1231  Good Hope Road  S.E.

Washington, D.C.  20020

Office:   202-618-9097 


“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Situation Awareness. Hazards. Oil, Gold, and Bauxite mining.

Emergency Management (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery), Monitoring, and Community Response concerns (water and food security).
            Control your resources ( new 70/30 rule to build your infrastructures), effects to your 
                        environment, and impact to your communities.

Oil & Gas
        2008 Nigeria spills bigger than thought, says Shell

             A By Product Mercury: A Forgotten Source of a Global Poison.  
            Jamaica Bauxite mining and environmental concerns.                 
            Bauxite Residue Management. 
                           (Mining locations:  Jamaica, Australia, and Guinea)

Black Emergency Managers Association  
We Support the GC

1231  Good Hope Road  S.E.

Washington, D.C.  20020

Office:   202-618-9097 


“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, 
                 and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Saturday, October 18, 2014

U.S. Response. National Response Framework in Action.


For homeland security and emergency management professionals at the national, state, county, and city level the following information and references are an overview.

For community members, faith-based organizations, and BEMA partners, collaborators, and others this information will serve as a basis of the U.S. response to the current Ebola and other threats.


National Response Framework

The National Response Framework is a guide to how the Nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies. It is built on scalable, flexible, and adaptable concepts identified in the National Incident Management System to align key roles and responsibilities across the Nation.

This Framework describes specific authorities and best practices for managing incidents that range from the serious but purely local to large-scale terrorist attacks or catastrophic natural disasters.

The National Response Framework describes the principles, roles and responsibilities, and coordinating structures for delivering the core capabilities required to respond to an incident and further describes how response efforts integrate with those of the other mission areas. This framework is always in effect, and elements can be implemented at any time. The structures, roles, and responsibilities described in this Framework can be partially or fully implemented in the context of a threat or hazard, in anticipation of a significant event, or in response to an incident.

Selective implementation of National Response Framework structures and procedures allows for a scaled response, delivery of the specific resources and capabilities, and a level of coordination appropriate to each incident.          

Friday, October 17, 2014

Situational Awareness: FREE Webinar. Emerging Viral Infections.

Ebola and Emerging Viruses

October 21, 2014, 11:00am EDT

With the increase in urbanization and globalization, emerging virus infections are increasing both in prevalence and scale. 

The current Ebola virus epidemic is a notable and devastating example of the toll that emerging viral infections can have on the human population as well as the urgent need to understand the biology of this disease. 

In light of these on-going challenges, this webinar will bring together scientists and clinicians studying Ebola and other emerging viruses to discuss recent advances in our understanding of these viruses as well as potential therapeutic and public health strategies to rapidly respond and control these infections.

Gary J. Nabel
Chief Scientific Officer
Global R&D, Sanofi
View Presenter Biography
Pardis Sabeti
Associate Professor
Harvard University
View Presenter Biography
George F. Gao
Deputy Director-General, China CDC
Director and Professor
CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic
Microbiology and Immunology
View Presenter Biography
Ella Hinson
Scientific Editor, Cell Host & Microbe

Sri Devi Narasimhan
Senior Scientific Editor, Cell

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Upcoming Nonprofit and NGO Wars (2015-2020)

            The Upcoming Nonprofit and NGO Wars  (2015-2020)
The Emerging Market for Nonprofit Control:  Business Model Implications
………..”the new nonprofit business model will incorporate a holding company organizational structure to facilitate changes in corporate control, capital formation, efficiency, transaction processing, and risk mitigation.  Specifically, the holding company organization structure can be expected to yield the following benefits……..”

Within our community we have so many nonprofit organizations, some performing the same function with variations in mission & vision, and approaching the same funding pool with negative results.  Some forming at the drop of a hat, and even ordered online via the internet. 

We have to begin to combine our resources, by pass egos, promote collaborations, partnerships, and strategic thinking beyond the expected.  Two or four squeaky wheels are more effective supporting the wagon to get greased then one.

Think Tank. 6th Region of AU, the African Diaspora.

Anything is possible. 

Who speaks for you, your family, your community? 

Your unique cultural perspective, and views that no one else can speak for because of our unique experiences.

Organization/Structure of Think Tanks

How Think Tanks Work: Analyzing Budgets


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Situation Awareness 10/08/2014: Private Sector should be in the lead as a member of the Whole Community in West Africa

Check the date below.

Kind of late in the game.

Private sector should be in the lead in response, recovery, and mitigation for the future.


Private Sector Leadership and Ebola Crisis Response
11 December
New York, USA

The Global Compact will convene a special event in cooperation with the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group (EPSMG), a coalition of over 35 companies with major assets and operations in West Africa mobilizing business resources to support front-line Ebola humanitarian relief efforts while also advocating for a more concerted global response to the outbreak and recovery. The Global Compact and EPSMG are appealing to CEOs to pledge support for Ebola eradication and take leadership within their own companies to help stop the spread of the virus disease and help communities and the economy recover. Along with counterparts from the UN, governments and civil society, CEOs will gather at this event to share examples of interventions by business to support the Ebola response, identify lessons learned, explore how successes can be replicated and discuss the role of business in long-term recovery. For more information, please

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fayatteville State University Wins $749,994 Grant to Broaden STEM from Dept of Education

FSU News

CDHS partners with the School of Education to Win $749,994 Grant from the Department of Education to Broaden the Participation of Students with Disabilities in STEM

September 26, 2014 

Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS), in collaboration with the School of Education, developed a winning proposal in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program. This proposal was developed by former and current CDHS Scholars, Dr. Kelly Charles and Dr. Marlina Duncan.

Project “Science, Technology, Engineering, Advocacy and Mathematics (STEAM)” is designed to equip post-secondary and college-level students with diagnosed disabilities (i.e. students identified as disabled Veterans, wounded service members, and those from other underrepresented gender and minority groups) with the necessary skills and advocacy strategies required to compete favorably with non-disabled or non-minority workers in STEM-related career fields or graduate programs, including those related to defense and homeland security. Project STEAM will provide an enhanced learning environment through better trained STEM faculty in areas like differentiated instruction, transition support for students with exceptional learning needs and their families, as well as mentoring and learning community engagement for students who might be considered non-competitive on a customary STEM career path.

This Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program STEAM grant will also facilitate institutional transformation in terms of teaching capabilities, commensurate with the mission statement of Fayetteville State University, which states that “Committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service, the university extends its services and programs to the community, including the military and other educational institutions throughout North Carolina, the nation, and the world.”

“Support of the STEAM Project by the Department of Education will improve the quality of STEM education, increase enrollment, retention, persistence, and graduation of undergraduate,” said FSU Chancellor James Anderson. “With a stronger STEM background, these students will be exceptionally well prepared for graduate school and be highly competitive for graduate fellowships as well as become major contributors to the Nation’s STEM workforce.”

“Project STEAM is intended to address the CDHS’ focus area of STEM education and outreach which has objectives that will inspire students, parents, teachers, and the public to engage in STEM discovery and innovation; develop a future world-class STEM workforce talent pool; facilitate curricular innovations that will increase the number, quality and diversity of mathematics and science faculty, especially among underserved populations; and provide support for military personnel with STEM competencies who have a desire to transition into defense and homeland security workforce,” said Dr. Curtis Charles, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Transformation, and Executive Director, Center for Defense and Homeland Security.

Dr. Leontye Lewis, Dean of the School of Education also added that the STEAM grant provides a great opportunity for individuals with special needs, with affiliation to the military, and from underrepresented backgrounds to expand their opportunities and develop a commitment to STEM. “This grant will afford FSU the opportunity to apply instructional practices and resources that will support the needs of these students and guide them to success in STEM,” she said.

The CDHS’s 22-interdisciplinary scholars facilitate curricular innovations, research and partnerships in the areas of cybersecurity threats, national security challenges, emergency management and STEM education and outreach in preparing the next generation of STEM graduates and national security professionals. The CDHS leverages its partnerships with the military commands, National Laboratories, as well as, local and national defense businesses to expand the level and diversity of research in areas impacting defense and security, and to bring more external funding to the university in the form of contracts and grants. Over the past two years, three CDHS scholars, and eight STEM students have conducted summer research at MIT Lincoln Lab and Oakridge National Lab, while CDHS scholars have collectively published more than 75 peer-review journal articles in their disciplines.

The School of Education at Fayetteville State University is one of the oldest and most respected schools of education in this region. The School has maintained continued accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. The School of Education is committed to preparing highly qualified teachers and other school personnel through the development, administration, supervision, and evaluation of initial and advanced programs offered and is home to three departments: Educational Leadership; Elementary Education; and Middle Grades, Secondary, and Specialized Subjects. All teacher education programs are approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With nearly 5,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.

For more information, call (910) 672-1474.

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