Friday, January 26, 2018

“Lost Persons Behavior” training 24 February Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Subject: Training - Lost Persons Behavior
AAACERT is hosting “Lost Persons Behavior” training program on 24 February at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy from 0800 – 1700.

Lost person behavior is the cornerstone of search and rescue efforts.  During this one-day class, participants will learn about behavioral profiles that give insight into what drives the basic

behaviors of lost people, how to pinpoint the most likely areas to search, and how to create reflex tasking to deploy teams into the field as quickly as possible.  Participants will put their knowledge to practice with numerous map problems.

Participants will be provided with the Lost Person Behavior book that can be used as a field reference.  The LPB book is the definitive guide to solving the puzzle of where a lost person might be found.  Included in the book are 41 subject categories with statistics from over 50,000 international SAR incidents, behavioral profiles, suggested initial tasks, special investigative questions, survivability, track offset, dispersion angles, and classic statistics such as distance from the initial planning point.  Quite simply, the purpose of the book is to help searchers look in the right place to find lost subjects faster.

Also included are topographical maps for completing map problems in class.  Participants should bring a pen, highlighter, and ruler.  A certificate will be presented upon successful completion of the course.
The cost is $50 per student and includes textbook.

This course will be taught by Ms. Lisa Kakavas of UMBC and part of a Search and Rescue Team.
This class is appropriate for CERT, SAR, FD/EMS, Law Enforcement and others involved or interested in lost persons.

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Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis Webinar Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

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Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis Webinar

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Join the Administration for Children and Families and SAMHSA during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for a webinar that highlights emerging trends, case studies, and research on human trafficking and substance use, with a specific focus on the opioid crisis. Grantees will discuss the role of substance use by individuals at risk of, currently experiencing, or recovering from human trafficking; examine trauma-informed approaches from multiple perspectives to understand contributing factors to vulnerability; identify promising practices; and recommend spotlight treatment options that address the underlying issues that can put victims and survivors at risk. 

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

CONDEMN RACISM and SLAVERY in the 21st Century.

Racism, like 21st Slavery you either condemn it, condone it, or pratice.

Which are you?

Just the word 'CONDEMN' on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, OR LinkedIn is enough.

Charles D. Sharp
Black Emergency Managers Association International
Washington, D.C.


Friday, January 12, 2018

PrepTalks Symposium to be held from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Washington, D.C. on January 29, 2018

For those that can attend.  See you there.   CDS

I just love the diversity and inclusion
Regrettably BEMA International is not a partner in the emergency management community, but we survive.


PrepTalks are given by subject matter experts and thought leaders to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now and over the next 20 years.
PrepTalks are a partnership of the emergency management community:
·        The Federal Emergency Management Agency
·        The International Association of Emergency Managers 
·        The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security
·        The National Emergency Management Association
·        The National Homeland Security Consortium

The registration page for the January 29, 2018 Symposium is now live at:

It is important for attendees to know:
· The PrepTalk presentations will be filmed, so attendees will not be able to enter or leave the auditorium during the program.  Attendees are expected to stay for the duration of the program, from 12:00pm to 5:00 pm. 
· There will be a short Q&A after each presentation and audience members will be able to ask questions.

Speaker/Time Slot
Dr. Daniel Aldrich
Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Masters Program in Security and Resilience, Northwestern University
The Importance of Social Capital and How to Build It
Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery
Amanda Ripley
Journalist and author
Understanding Personal Response to Disaster
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why
Dr. Dennis Mileti
Director Emeritus, Natural Hazards Center
Effective Messaging to the Public
A Guide to Public Alerts and Warnings for Dam and Levee Emergencies; extensive social science research
John Hope Bryant
Founder and CEO, Operation HOPE
Financial Literacy and Overcoming Liquid Asset Poverty
The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation
Dr. Robert Chen
Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network
(CIESIN), The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Manager, NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC)
Using Data to Understand your Community
NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center
Dr. Phil Berke
Professor, Land Use and Environmental Planning. Director, Institute of Sustainable Coastal Communities at College Station, Texas A&M
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Academic publications

Francis Ghesquiere

Head of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank
The Making of A Riskier Future: How our Decisions are Shaping Future Disaster Risk
The Making of A Riskier Future: How our Decisions are Shaping Future Disaster Risk
John Barry
Non-pharmaceutical Interventions for Pandemics
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

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