Saturday, April 22, 2017

Can You Tell? Communities most affected. April 2017

Which communities are most affected by the results of disasters?
Communities of color, disenfranchised, and poorest.

Can you tell which country, which community the following photo is from?
New Orleans?
Sierra Leone?
South Africa?

Time to turn discussions into actions.  Time for communities to organize, plan, prepare for all types of calamities in their communities.  Water, food, sheltering, population migration, homelessness are just a few.  Any plan is better than nothing at all.

Contact BEMA International at to help.

BEMA International Hashtags and Social Media



      Sector Specific  (broad infrastructure specific) :

              #BEMAinternationalfoodsecurity   -  Food Security

              #BEMAinternationalgh   - Global Health

              #BEMAinternationalwatersecurity  -  Water Security

              #BEMAinternationalwastemanagement - Waste management

              #BEMAinternationalenvironment  -  Environmental

              #BEMAinternationalpreparedness  - Preparedness

              #BEMAinternationalresiliency - Resiliency, 100 Resilient Cities

              #BEMAinternationalfema - FEMA

              #BEMAinternationaldhs  - Dept of Homeland Security

              #BEMAinternationalairport - Airport Emergency Management and related areas

              #BEMAinternationalshelter - homelessness, sheltering and international sheltering

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Real Men Read. Water Security....
When Invited to participate in program of men reading to kindergarten classes one year a printed out copies as coloring book for each child, with permission from the school and instructor gave each child one small bottle of bottled water to drink during lunch or to take home, and read the following story to stress the importance of water.
Read to our future leaders. Make it educational and enjoyable.
Charles D Sharp CEO
Black Emergency Managers Association International
Water, the Never Ending Story
Story was created by the KMAC Kids 2001-2002.
A valuable resource for Parents and Teachers to find fun and educational materials related to Health, Science and the Environment we live in today.

Monday, April 10, 2017

March 2017. House Bill Requires FEMA to Provide a Plan for More Consistent Guidance After Disasters

House Bill Requires FEMA to Provide a Plan for More Consistent Guidance After Disasters

Bill’s author cites past incidents of lost paperwork, poor coordination as impetus for legislation.


A bill requiring FEMA to come up with a plan to provide “consistent guidance and accurate information” following a disaster passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a bipartisan 408-0 vote.
The FEMA Relief Improvement Act requires FEMA to “focus efforts on its core mission — helping people recover from disasters,” said the bill’s author, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., in a press release. “When people go through a disaster, such as floods or tornadoes, the people need to know that relief is on the way. From past disasters in Missouri, there have been repeated incidents of lost or misplaced paperwork, poor coordination between state and federal agencies and general lack of information from FEMA officials.”
The act requires FEMA to improve field transition by:
•    Providing consistent guidance to applicants on FEMA disaster funding procedures during the response to an emergency or disaster;
•    Conducting appropriate record maintenance and transfer of documents to new teams during staff transitions;
•    Providing accurate assistance to applicants and grantees to ease the administrative burden throughout the process of obtaining and monitoring assistance;
•    Implementing operating procedures and documenting retention requirements to ensure the maintenance of appropriate records throughout the life cycle of the disaster; and
•    Identifying new technologies that further aid the disaster workforce in partnering with state, local, and tribal governments and private nonprofits in the wake of a disaster to educate, assist and inform applicants on the status of their disaster assistance applications.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 23rd Full-Scale Exercise. WMATA. Washington, D.C. and Vicinity

Volunteer Request: WMATA Emergency Response Exercise

Good Morning Municipal Partners,

On April 23rd, WMATA will conduct a full-scale exercise to provide regional responders and WMATA personnel the opportunity to practice responding to the emergency. 

This is part of an ongoing exercise series aimed at improving emergency response during major incidents. 

Volunteers will act out the role of a community stakeholder on the train at the time of the emergency and will see first-hand how regional emergency responders handle the situation. 

Please share this with your volunteer groups and internal/external partners as appropriate. 

Volunteer registration for the exercise can be accessed at:

Job! Become a train-the-trainer at FEMA EMI. 2017

Apply to Become a Trainer for the National Emergency Management Basic Academy

EMI is offering a Train-the-Trainer course for the National Emergency Management Basic Academy. To qualify to enroll in the Train-the-Trainer course, individuals must have at least five years of experience working in the field of emergency management and at least three years of experience delivering emergency management instruction to adults.

The entry-point for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management, the Basic Academy offers the tools to develop comprehensive foundational skills. For those who are new to emergency management, the Basic Academy also provides a unique opportunity to build camaraderie, to establish professional contacts, and to understand the roles, responsibilities, and legal boundaries associated with emergency management. 

Course Dates:  August 7-11, 2017
Location:  Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD
Application Deadline:  June 26

For additional information, contact Jeff Januchowski at 301-447-1356 or

MONTHLY. Flood Virtual TableTop Exercise (TTX)

Emergency Management Institute Offers Flood Virtual Tabletop Exercise

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer a flood scenario May 24-25, 2017. The VTTX is designed to help emergency management professionals exercise their response to the impact of major flooding on their community. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting, and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures during a flood and inundation challenge.

Each month, EMI conducts a VTTX series using a Video Teleconference (VTC) platform to reach community-based training audiences around the country by providing a virtual forum for interactive disaster training.  The VTTX is designed for a group of ten or more representatives from state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management communities of practice. It provides a unique opportunity for responders across the nation to simultaneously participate in a hazard-specific, facilitated discussion. Participants will need to connect via a site equipped with the appropriate VTC capability (not Adobe Connect or Face Time-based), but alternate ways to participate are also available upon request.

The VTTX occurs 12-4 p.m. ET. To participate, send an email to or call 301-447-7645. Also, send a courtesy copy email to or call 301-447-1381. The application deadline is May 1, 2017. Additional information is available at

Monday, April 3, 2017

Foreign Policy Classroom April 6, 2017. "Air Quality and Health: A Foreign Policy Perspective" with the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Foreign Policy Classroom April 6


April 6, 2017
2:00 pm-3:30 pm


U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20520

You will enter the building through the U.S. Diplomacy Center
at the 21st Street entrance between Virginia Avenue and C Street, NW

Dear Student,  
You are invited to attend a Foreign Policy Classroom on " "Air Quality and Health: A Foreign Policy Perspective" with the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs  on April 6, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm. at the U.S. Department of State.
 A 30-minute session with Recruitment and Outreach on careers at the State Department will immediately follow.  

Click on the links below for event details, arrival instructions, and to register.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

What SDGs does your organization address? UN and SDGs. Handbook for Youth

Before you read, LISTEN.

What SDGs does your organization address?

   BEMA International promotes and addresses (directly or indirectly)
                         1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
                         HOW? By actions.

Future leaders.  Your Torch to Carry, it shall continue as ‘business as usual’.
Make the Change
Become aware to make the change that we were not fully capable of implementing worldwide. Racism, hunger, water food security, waste management, and other issues in SDGs must be fully addressed and implemented by 2030 globally.

CDS CEO Black Emergency Managers Association International

April 2017. Can China and the U.S. Find Common Ground With Africa.

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April 2, 2017

Can China and the U.S. Find Common Ground With Africa?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 9:00am - 4:30pm
Join the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Carter Center for a daylong conference examining concrete areas where the United States, China and Africa might work together to address some of the continent’s most pressing security challenges.

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