Monday, September 28, 2015

Free Online courses to get you on the path to MDG---to----SDG. Coursera

With all the discussion and talk on the MDG's leading to the SDG no need to get lost or confused.

Listed below are two 'free' online courses to get you, your family, and others in into the discussion.  
  • How is my community leaders, private industry and others planning to meet requirements to address the SDG's?
  • How is the local nonprofit, humanitarian aid, and other international organizations contributing to meeting and surpassing SDG's?
  • How is homelessness, poverty, water and food security, and other environmental concerns for me, my family, my grandchildren being addressed?

Time to act, get involved.  One planet, one race.


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Introduction to Sustainability
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign • Available Now

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The Age of Sustainable Development
Columbia University • Available Now

SDG Update 3: Take the Next Step Now that the SDGs Have Been Adopted

ISSUE 3 - 28 September 2015

Take the Next Step Now that SDGs are Officially Adopted

On Friday, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that address the most important economic, social, environmental and governance challenges of our time.
Now that all of us have agreed on where we want the world to go, it’s time for your company to play your part in helping to make the SDGs a reality. Operating in line with universal principles is the first step. Then, there is a world of opportunity once your company has taken care of basic responsibilities.
The SDGs provide a clear, common aspiration that all companies can mobilize around – allowing business to align their own sustainability goals with goals for the broader society. With trillions of dollars in public and private investments expected to redirect towards achieving the SDGs, there is an enormous opportunity for responsible companies in the coming years.

Share your Commitment to the SDGs

This past weekend, companies and other organizations announced their goals and partnerships in support of the SDGs at the UN Private Sector Forum. We hope you will join them.
Make a commitment or find partners at

Use Our New SDG Resources

The UN Global Compact and our partners have launched a number of SDG-related resources to help companies understand how they can leverage these goals to drive good practices and growth opportunities. These include the SDG Compass, A Global Compact for Sustainable Development, the Poverty Footprint and the SDG Industry Matrix.
Visit our library to see all SDG resources.
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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Instructor Training. Critical Incident Stress. November 2015.

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Remaining 2015 Instructor Programs Announced!

Dear Charles Sharp, 

Interested in becoming an ICISF Instructor?  See below for the final Instructor Programs of 2015.

Group Crisis Approved Intervention Approved Instructor Candidate Program-ONLY A FEW SEATS REMAINING!
Ellicott City, MD
November 12-14, 2015

Pastoral Crisis Intervention I & II Approved Instructor Candidate Program-FIRST TIME BOTH INSTRUCTOR PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED TOGETHER!
Hanover, MD
November 17-19, 2015

Advanced Group Crisis Intervention Approved Instructor Candidate Program
San Diego, CA
December 2-4, 2015

To request an information packet with tuition details and prerequisites, please email and indicate which instructor program(s) are of interest to you. 

Details about 2016 Instructor Programs will be emailed and posted to our website as soon as they are available. 


Kate Looram
Approved Instructor Support Dept. Manager
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
3290 Pine Orchard Lane, Suite 106
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Tel (410)750-9600
Fax (410) 750-9601

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Essence Poll: Black Women (and Men) Where Does Your Resilience Come From?


ESSENCE Poll: Where Does Your Resilience Come From?

Happy African-American Woman
The notion that Black women are strong and able to cope with many things isn't a new one, yet a new study reveals that this idea does have merit.
A study in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities found that Black women reported the highest number of stressful life events while White men reported the least exposure to stress, reports theHuffington Post. The study shows that although Black women face the most stress, White men are the most susceptible to depression.
What sets Black women a part when it comes to stress is the ability to cope.
"You start developing a type of resistance to it," said lead study author Dr. Shervin Assari. "After some types of very severe stressors, people transform."
When a person shows resilience or emerges from a traumatic experience stronger, this is known as post-traumatic growth and Black women seem to have mastered it.
Whether it's your belief in a higher power, your support system or an innate sense of strength, what do you believe makes you resilient?
Let us know below.
Where does your resilience come from?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Training Programs for our future leaders that work. The Coalition for Public Safety Training in Schools.

CPSTS a local model for national
consideration & international
implementation for our  cities, and
vulnerable communities.


High School Fire Science Cadet Program - Introduction of Junior Class

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) and the Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department officially introduced the second class of students of the High School Fire Science Cadet Program.  The 18 Junior (11thgrade) year students will join the 19 Seniors 12th grade) in this 2-year program that involves training for the next generation of firefighters and emergency medical personnel.  This morning’s event was held at the St. Josephs Community Fire/EMS Station in Springdale that serves as the base of operations for the cadet program.

In addition to cadet introductions the instructors and staff of the cadet program were introduced as well.

This two-year program will allow students to take fire and emergency medical services classes, while providing 17 college credits to those who successfully complete the curriculum.  Additionally, students will graduate from the program with all necessary training to be nationally certified as firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Prince George’s County Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Flowers HS Principal Gorman Brown, Community Advisory Council President Orlando Bego and Chair of the Program Advisory Committee Darrell Odom all spoke of the advantages of the Cadet Program and each referenced the “opportunity” that cadets have earned by being accepted into the program.

Charles Flowers High School was selected partly because of its close proximity to the Department’s St. Josephs Fire/EMS Station #806.  The station, which is adjacent the school, has both a training tower and classroom.  Students can walk the 200 or so yards to the station where they will receive instruction in fire and emergency medical services.   

High School Cadets will report to the Fire/EMS station at about 11:30 am each school day and will remain until the end of the regular school day at around 2:00 pm.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

$100 PMP Online Training for U.S. Vets (value $1895)

Veterans Day
Appreciation PMP Course

Project Management Academy honors and appreciates our military service members. We are therefore pleased to offer a Veterans Day Appreciation PMP Course for only $100 to the first 100 eligible veterans (form DD214 or DDForm2 required). Our primary mission is to help veterans gain a project management education and earn their PMP certification so they can better compete in the job market. All proceeds collected will be given to charities that support military veterans.

As a general rule all military service members are already qualified as project managers. Military service is project management. Every service member has planned and executed a wide array of missions (projects) and used knowledge, skills, tools and resources to achieve the stated objectives (project management).

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Situation Awareness. Dominica, Gambia, Tanzania. PreventionWeb.

       Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) funds to be redirected
       Source: Dominica - government
       Themes: Critical Infrastructure; Economics of DRR; Recovery
       Hazards: Storm

       CCRIF pays government of Dominica EC$6.5 million under its excess 
            rainfall programme following Tropical Storm Erika
       Source: Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility, the (CCRIF SPC)
       Themes: Economics of DRR; Insurance & Risk Transfer; Recovery
        Hazards: Storm

      NBR communities urged to be proactive in disaster prevention, preparedness
      Source: Daily Observer, the; Daily Observer Ltd., the
      Themes: Community-based DRR; Critical Infrastructure; Governance; Water

       As drought hits maize, Tanzania cooks up a sweet potato fix
       Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation, (TRF)
       Date: 8 September 2015
       Themes: Climate Change; Economics of DRR; Food Security & Agriculture
       Hazards: Drought

Monday, September 14, 2015

Internship Opportunity. Switzerland. Ecole Polytechnique F d rale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Internship in the Framework of a Massive Open Online Course on 
                           Disaster Risk Reduction Closing 
Date:                   18 September 2015
Organizer:           Ecole Polytechnique F d rale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Location:             Switzerland (Lausanne)  

Themes: Education & School Safety; Information Management


The purpose this internship is not to lead to further employment with EPFL or CODEV but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.
Please note that this is a locally recruited position. The intern should be either a Swiss national or a holder of a valid Swiss Work Permit.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Training Opportunity: FEMA. Course: V-0015A - Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) Series – Cyber –Based Focus

                      To apply see 'TO APPLY' listed below.

Exercise Date & Location:
        October, 6, 7 and 8, 2015 Virtual Exercise – Multiple Locations
Exercise Length:
        4 Hours. Start time is 12:00 P.M. EST and end time is 4:00 P.M. EST 
        (to accommodate multiple time zones).

Exercise Description:
This TTX is designed for jurisdictions interested in increasing cybersecurity awareness among their employees and senior leadership. The complexity of this scenario is based on a jurisdictions’ response to significant cyber events impacting multiple agencies. In addition to general awareness, the jurisdictions’ secondary priority is to examine the incident management structure used to manage multiple incidents.

Scenarios threat vectors:
• Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) • PII Breach/ data exfiltration
• Social Media Hack • Spearphishing
• User Error • Website Defacement
• Wiper Malware

The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting, and can be used to assess plans, policies, training and procedures. Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by the participating agency. This format will allow the common delivery of exercise materials, scenarios, modules and discussion questions among those participating in the exercise.

Benefit to the Whole Community:
The VTTX is a pre-packaged set of exercise materials requiring reduced effort by participating organizations. The new/novel delivery method will allow participating communities, Non-Government Organizations and industry to share real-time cyber-based related preparation, response and recovery concerns and solutions with all participants providing a unique environment for learning lessons and sharing information.

Exercise Goal:
This virtual exercise will enable the participants to exercise their knowledge, skills and abilities needed to effectively conduct all-hazards emergency 
preparedness, response and recovery. Overall goals include:

1.) Prepare participants for a cyber-based event affecting their community.
No. 1190  Wednesday, September 2, 2015  Course: V-0015A - Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) Series – Cyber –Based Focus  No. 1190  Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2.) Enable participants to better coordinate their response operations with counterparts from local governments, State governments, Federal agencies, Tribal, private sector organizations, and non-governmental agencies.
3.) Leverage VTC technology to reach remote sites.
4.) Provide a virtual, experiential education environment to exercise and enhance critical response and recovery tasks.

Target Audience:
This VTTX is designed for a “community based” organization with representation from multiple Emergency Support Functions (ESFs), comprised of whole community stakeholders and partners involved in a cyber-based response and recovery. It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that Cyber VTTX participating organizations include all of the following disciplines: emergency management, information technology, public safety, public information, communications and other government or private sector personnel involved in cyber incident response, as appropriate.

Exercise Design

This VTTX is designed to engage the participants in a no fault, hazard-specific exercise discussion. The lead facilitation will occur via VTC from the EMI campus, and will be complimented by a dedicated local agency facilitator at each VTC site.

The VTTX will be supported by an Exercise and Coordination Facilitation Guide, which will include all required logistical information (room layout, connection instructions, etc.), as well as, facilitation and hot wash instructions.

The VTTX will consist of:
• A hazard awareness briefing on the scenario hazard.
• Three discussion modules presented by the EMI facilitator.
• Local discussion with guided questions facilitated by an on-site facilitator.
• Brief-outs from each participating location after each module.

Participation Requirements:
Participants must have an appropriate site equipped with VTC capability that can access the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) VTC site (connection information will be provided by EMI). Participating locations will be responsible for local exercise logistics, and should designate an exercise coordinator to implement the logistical requirements for the exercise. In addition, the location must provide a person capable of facilitating the on-site portion of exercise. Electronic copies of the related exercise materials will be provided in advance by EMI.

To Apply:
Locations interested in participating in the VTTX series should submit an email request to participate in the exercise to Douglas Kahn at , phone (301) 447-7645. 

                      Your email is your program application. 

When applying, please provide a central point of contact from your organization to work all issues and your preferred date to take part. Each location will receive a logistical information and exercise materials to set up and facilitate the exercise locally.

Free Courses vs FEE courses in Disaster education and training,.

BEMA will promote free education and training over fee based training for maximum community engagement in disaster and emergency management, and resiliency building.

CEO Black Emergency Managers Association

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