Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Training Opportunity. EMI Master Exercise Practitioner Program. 2016

Every State, major urban city\jurisdiction, and college\university campus should have an MEP professional.




Emergency Management Institute's Master Exercise Practitioner Program Application Period Ends July 1


The Master Exercise Practitioner Program application period is open until July 1, 2016. Participants in the program are assigned to an exercise planning team where they are challenged to: demonstrate their expertise at all levels of exercise design and conduct; apply best practices and lessons learned from their organizations and experience; and use the concepts from the curriculum for their exercise planning team assignments.

Contact fema-emi-iemb@fema.dhs.gov for more information.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Training Webinar Opportunity. FEMA Continuity Webinar. Wednesday, June 1, 2016 2-3 PM ET

Dear Continuity Professional:

Please join us on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, for the Continuity Webinar titled: “Texas Continuity Initiative Webinar – Exercises.”  This is the second of a two part webinar.  This month’s speakers are Mr. Kevin Clement and Mrs. Maureen Clement.  Mrs. Clement is Texas’ Statewide Continuity Coordinator, State Office of Risk Management and Mr. Clement is the Strategic Planner for Texas Homeland Security, Texas Department of Public Safety.  They are located in Austin, TX.

In 2013, the State of Texas began a major initiative to address shortcomings in Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) by Texas State agencies.  The webinar provides a description of this initiative, obstacles addressed, and the tools, training, and exercises developed, and those promising practices and lessons learned in support of this effort.  This is the second presentation of two webinars:  The first webinar, May 4, 2016, focused on planning and training; and this webinar will focus on the planning and conduct of continuity exercises and sustainment of the initiative. 

Invited By:     FEMA-Continuity Webinar (FEMA-ContinuityWebinar@fema.dhs.gov)
When:            Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Time:             2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Speaker:        Mr. Kevin Clement and Mrs. Maureen Clement, Strategic Planners, Texas Homeland Security, Texas Department of Public Safety and Statewide Continuity Coordinator, State Office of Risk Management.

Connection Options for Webinar:   

1) Webinar (Do not need to dial into Audio Conference. Webinar can be heard through computer speakers.) 

  • Enter as a guest.
  • Type your FIRST and LAST name.
  • Click “Enter Room.
2) Audio Conference (Can be used if having trouble hearing Webinar through computer speakers. Please Dial In Prior to the Meeting Start Time.) 
While participating in the teleconference, please mute your phone.
  • Audio Conference Dial-In Number: 1-800-320-4330
  • Audio Conference pin: 470435
Technical Support 
If your screen freezes or locks up during the Webinar, click the “Refresh” button, or close the window out and reopen.

For technical support questions, contact:  
If you have never attended a Connect Pro meeting before, please use the following instructions to test your computer connection before the meeting:

Conduct an Adobe Connect connection diagnostic test at: http://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/kb/connection-test-connect-meeting.html If the test run is successful, your computer should be ready for any Adobe Connect web meeting.  If not, you may be advised to install some “add on” features after the test, please do so as advised.  If the Internet cannot display the page, please go to the advanced tab, Internet Options, and under Security check the box use TLS 1.0. 

Test your connection: http://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/kb/connection-test-connect-meeting.html
To get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

 “NCP’s vision is to be the Nation’s center of excellence for government continuity planning, guidance, and operations. Our mission is to serve the public by protecting our Nation’s constitutional form of government”. 
For additional information please contact us: 
FEMA-STTLContinuity@fema.dhs.gov: continuity of operations information for State, Territorial, Tribal and Local government.
FEMA-ContinuityWebinar@fema.dhs.gov: information on the monthly webinar series

http://www.fema.gov/continuity-operations: continuity news, tools, guidance, and other useful resources.

Continuity Updates:
Please help us get this message out by forwarding this bulletin to others and encouraging them to sign up for their own email updates by clicking here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSFEMA/subscriber/new?topic_id=USDHSFEMA_1010:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

U.S. Trusted Traveler Programs.

Comparison Chart

The following chart outlines the Trusted Traveler programs offered by the Department of Homeland Security.

                      TSA Prev               DHS\Global Entry             NEXUS                      SENTRI

Website www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck www.globalentry.gov NEXUS SENTRI
Eligibility Required U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents. U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of certain other countries.1 U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, Canadian citizens and lawful permanent residents of Canada. Proof of citizenship and admissibility documentation.
Application Fee $85.00 (5 year membership) $100.00 (5 year membership) $50.00 (5 year membership) $122.25 (5 year membership)
Passport Required No Yes; or lawful permanent resident card No No
Application Process Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center; provide fingerprints and verify ID. Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center for an interview; provide fingerprints and verify ID. Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center for an interview; provide fingerprints and verify ID. Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center for an interview; provide fingerprints and verify ID.
Program Experience TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening at participating airports. Expedited processing through CBP at airports and land borders upon arrival in the U.S..
Includes the TSA Pre✓™ experience.
Expedited processing at airports and land borders  when entering the U.S. and Canada.
Includes Global Entry benefits.

Includes the TSA Pre✓™ benefits for U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and Canadian citizens.
Expedited processing through CBP at land borders.
Includes Global Entry and TSA Pre✓™ benefits for U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents.
Ready to 
apply? Apply for TSA Pre✓® here      Apply for Global Entry here         Apply for NEXUS here Apply for SENTRI here

1For a list of eligible citizens, visit www.globalentry.gov

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

American Red Cross (AmRC). Volunteer Collection System.

Community members registration in the American Red Cross Collection System, in addition to working at the community level in your local jurisdictions CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a start for our future leaders to get involved in the community recovery from disasters.

Volunteer Opportunities can lead to a part-time, or full-time position.  The possibilities are endless.

Communities, BEMA, and the AmRC coming together for sustainable communities to recovery from crisis.


Volunteer Connection

Eastern MA - Chapter News 21

The American Red Cross has officially launched Volunteer Connection, a new volunteer management system, which will transform the way people are connected to the Red Cross.
“This is a game-changer for us, the functionality of Volunteer Connection will dramatically enhance our capacity to communicate with and engage our volunteers,” said Skip Zimmerman, Director of Volunteer & Community Services for American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. “We are part of a nationwide implementation that will bring this new system to more than 500,000 volunteers and we are very excited about it.”
With Volunteer Connection, people will be able to manage their involvement with the Red Cross by learning about and applying for volunteer opportunities that are available, scheduling volunteer shifts and being able to view the calendar of shifts and schedule of events.
It also gives volunteers the ability to build their Red Cross record by administering their own member profiles, recording volunteer hours, and registering for chapter events and disaster response shifts.
This new system makes it simpler to stay connected by downloading important files and documents, learning more about local chapters and regions, as well as communicating with other volunteers working in similar positions.
Volunteer Connection is made possible through the generous support of W.W. Grainger Inc... It will be beneficial for the Red Cross, its volunteers and the communities they serve. For more information, contact the volunteer resources department at the local Red Cross chapter.
Volunteers can start using Volunteer Connection now by logging ontohttp://volunteerconnection.redcross.org to register.


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