Monday, April 30, 2018

Webinar: Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes: Innovations from the Field


Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes: Innovations from the Field

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Division invite you to participate in a hurricane preparedness webinar.

On Tuesday, May 8, learn innovations in preparedness that you can implement in your own community. Participants will hear from local and national leaders. Attendees can engage one another in a conversation with the goal of building resilience for the coming hurricane season.

Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes: Innovations from the Field

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2:30 – 3:30p.m. (ET)

This webinar will feature the following presenters:
  • Lauren Stienstra, HERricane Project Lead, Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management, Arlington County, VA
  • Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH)
  • Cheryl Nelson, TV Host, Broadcast Meteorologist, CBM & Natural Disaster Preparedness Spokesperson
  • Marcus Coleman, Director (A), DHS Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, FEMA
  • Matthew Lyttle, Branch Chief, Partnership and Engagement, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will be able to join us on May 8!

Thursday, April 26, 2018


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Food Security: USDA Seeks Nominees for Reestablished Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee APRIL 24, 2018

USDA Seeks Nominees for Reestablished Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
APRIL 24, 2018
Eligible nominees include anyone actively working in the fruit and vegetable industry as growers, shippers, wholesalers, distributors, brokers, retailers, restaurant representatives, processors, fresh cut processors, foodservice suppliers, representatives of state departments of agriculture and members of trade associations.
Written nominations must be received by May 24, 2018 and should be emailed to or or sent to c/o Marlene Betts, Acting Designated Federal Officer, Specialty Crops Program, USDA Room 2077-S, Stop 0235, Washington, D.C. 20250-0235; or faxed to (202) 720-0016.
Nominees who applied through the previous call for nominations published in the Federal Register Aug. 2, 2017, do not need to reapply. Former FVIAC members who wish to be considered for a position on FVIAC must reapply.
For more information about candidate qualifications, nomination requirements and forms, the nomination process and the advisory committee background, visit the committee page on the Agricultural Marketing Service website.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Amazon Selection for East Coast HQ. One key Factor NO ONE DISCUSSED!

Just a thought and a little insight.

One key factor that all the candidate location for the East Coast HQ of Amazaon?

Resiliency, safety of key resource:  STAFF in being able to live and work in a community that has an all-inclusive emergency management disaster planning capability, ensures inclusion of 'whole community' members, able to respond and recovery from both man-made and natural disasters. 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Emergency Needs Assessment Online Game. April 2018

Could you assess the damages to your home?

Could you assess damages in you community and relay that information to appropriate local emergency management disaster assessment or others for assistance?

Could you assist other communities in assessing damages?

Get the training & education from your local emergency management office, join a CERT (community emergency response team in your community.  Get involved before, during, and after a disaster strikes.

BEMA International

Program and Project Management


Emergency Needs Assessment Online Game

Through a realistic scenario, you will have the chance to practice the planning and implementation of an emergency needs assessment in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Choose your team, conduct interviews, and apply the Sphere standards in this interactive learning experience.
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Special eBrief: CERT Prepares for the 2018 Hurricane Season. April 2018

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Special eBrief: CERT Prepares for the 2018 Hurricane Season

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invites Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) across the country to participate in the 2018 National Level Exercise.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Grant Opportunities....$4,000.00 Dollar General. Youth Literacy Grants Program

Dollar General is accepting applications for its Youth Literacy Grants program. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations.

Application Deadline: May 18, 2018
Click Here
to see full details or go to:

I hope this information helps!



Tracy J. Brown, CEO
Urban Awareness USA


If you don't work with youth literacy, please share this information with someone who may benefit from it.

Click Here for full details.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

FEMA Reservist Opportunities. April 2018

FEMA is seeking talented men and women who are eager to assist disaster survivors on an on-call basis as Reservist employees in the Operations Cadre.

In this role, you will travel, receive training, build your professional network and support those in need. Reservists work on an intermittent basis, supporting survivors of all-hazard incidents. They are the main FEMA workforce during an emergency or disaster that assists the agency in accomplishing its mission.

The Operations (OPS) cadre ensures the efficient and effective delivery of immediate emergency assistance to individuals and communities impacted by major disasters, emergencies, or acts of terrorism.  

They coordinate the delivery of accessible Federal assistance programs and services, including life-saving assistance (including search and rescue support, medical support, and evacuation support), life-sustaining assistance (including shelter, water, and food), and program. They are also responsible for all tactical incident planning and operations.

Positions available
  •       Mission Assignment Specialist
  •       Operations Branch Director
  •         Division Supervisor
  •       Mission Assignment Manager

  •       Experience with managing complex projects, tasks and programs
  •       Experience managing, tracking, and organizing both electronic and paper documents.
  •       Experience using computers, Microsoft Office tools, electronic databases (i.e WebEOC, eCAPS) or similar tracking and financial software systems.
  •  Experience coordinating with state, tribal, local, and other federal agency officials
  • Demonstrate effective supervisory and leadership principles
  • Ability to comprehend and understand Stafford Act Programs and Emergency Management principles


If you are interested in a position in the Operations cadre, please send your resume to, and include "Operations" in the subject line.

For more information please explore FEMA’s Reservist program webpage.

April 2018. NEW: Get Certified in Humanitarian Practice

Humanitarian Essentials


Building Blocks for Humanitarian Practice

The building blocks for humanitarian practice are the values, ethics, and principles that underpin humanitarian action. This course introduces the bodies of law that inform humanitarian response and the legal basis of humanitarianism. Learn how you can lead effective and successful projects that service beneficiaries when disasters strike.

This course was developed by our partner Humanitarian U. You will be eligible to earn a certificate after completing the course.

Courses are intended for government executives, private-sector and nongovernmental organization (NGO) leaders, and emergency management practitioners. April 2018.

Nonprofit organizations, private-sector, small and medium entrepreneurial businesses each has a role as members of their local community, the ‘whole community’ to understand their role locally and nationally from man-made and natural disasters when they strike. 

You are a vital member of the community.

Ensure key executives, management, administrative, operations, and front-line staff members understand their role not only within your organization, but locally and nationally when disaster strikes.  To reduce the stress, and contribute to business, individual, family, and community planning and preparedness.

How?  It starts by completing just one of the FEMA independent study courses listed below.

Be safe, Be prepared, understand your role.

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Release of National Preparedness System Independent Study Program Courses

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, in coordination with the National Integration Center, has released revised Independent Study courses for the National Preparedness Goal and National Planning Frameworks. These courses introduce participants to the concept and principles of the Goal and Frameworks. The courses are intended for government executives, private-sector and nongovernmental organization (NGO) leaders, and emergency management practitioners. This includes senior elected and appointed leaders, such as Federal department or agency heads, State Governors, mayors, tribal leaders, and city or county officials.

The National Preparedness Goal defines what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies. These risks include events such as natural disasters, disease pandemics, chemical spills and other man-made hazards, terrorist attacks and cyber-attacks. The National Preparedness Goal also describes 32 activities, called core capabilities, which address the greatest risks to the nation. 

The National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. They describe the coordinating structures and alignment of key roles and responsibilities for the whole community and ensure interoperability across all mission areas.

The updates to the Independent Study Courses focus on discrete, critical content revisions as a result of the 2015 and 2016 National Preparedness Goal and National Planning Framework refresh efforts. Additional changes in the courses are the result of the lessons learned from implementing the
Frameworks through recent real world events, as well as the findings of the National Preparedness Report.

The course web links are listed below. A revised course for the refreshed National Disaster Recovery Framework will be released at a later date.

IS-2000: National Preparedness Goal and System Overview:

IS-2500: National Prevention Framework, An Introduction:

IS-2600: National Protection Framework, An Introduction:

IS-2700: National Mitigation Framework, An Introduction:

IS-800.c: National Response Framework, An Introduction:

Free Online Courses Enable Training of Spontaneous Volunteers Before or During a Disaster

Software provider launches five video-based courses that aim to aid continuity during disaster.

First responders can only do so much during a disaster. Volunteers are increasingly a huge part of the equation, and that includes spontaneous volunteers.

There has been little or no training for these responders, but that just changed with the launch of, an online portal that provides free courses for volunteers or potential volunteers. The video-based courses run from 10 to 15 minutes and are accessible by smartphone, PC or tablet.

The initial phase or pilot consists of five graphically driven videos, each with downloadable infographics that outline the key points of the topics. At the end of each video is a knowledge assessment to drive home the key ideas of the subject matter.

The videos were developed by software provider Cornerstone OnDemand in collaboration with FEMA, Catholic Charities USA; Emergency Management Institute; Mennonite Disaster Service; Points of Light; Southern Baptist Disaster Relief; Team Rubicon; and The Salvation Army.

“We know from working with our working group and the number of organizations in our orbit [Cornerstone OnDemand also previously launched] is we have heard consistently from these organizations that are working with spontaneous volunteers that there is a lack of training and resources for this audience,” said Alexis Denny, director of grants and consulting for the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation.

Denny said the groups with which Cornerstone OnDemand has been affiliated have been mostly focused on affiliated volunteers, who have been given specific training. “For individuals just showing up, most of them have no experience and don’t necessarily understand what they’re stepping into, and there’s really nothing that exists in terms of on-demand training.”

For volunteer coordinators, the scene can be chaotic and dealing with new, spontaneous volunteers who need some direction is difficult. A coordinator can point potential volunteers to the videos to see what they may be getting into, what they may be asked to do and help the potential volunteer decide if it’s really what he/she wants to do at the time.

The courses, so far, include: Spirit of Service; Know Before You Go; Code of Conduct; Rules and Disaster Response; Physical Safety; and Emotional Resiliency. Denny said those five were chosen from a long list of subjects and that more courses will be available in the next couple of months.

The Spirit of Service course, Denny said, is a bit of an introduction to volunteering. “A feel-good video, if you will,” she said. “We talk about what contributions someone who isn’t necessarily experienced can bring and how they can work with professional organizations.”

She said the Code of Conduct course teaches safety and effectiveness of volunteers and how to help people during times of need and grief with respect to cultural differences and emotions.

“The energy and enthusiasm of local volunteers is welcomed and encouraged when disasters strike,” read a statement by Team Rubicon’s Deputy Director of Field Operations Pat Ross, on the website. “Pausing to ensure individuals are ready to go, enhances safety, promotes effective integration into volunteer organizations, and ensures an awesome experience for those volunteering,” he continued.

Denny said the idea came to light two years ago when, after launching, which focuses on training humanitarian workers outside of the country, the foundation wanted to have an influence in the States also.

With the number of disasters and the high incident of volunteerism, the foundation convened a working group. “The idea is that people can take this training in advance or even onsite,” Denny said.

“It’s intended to provide some basic concepts they need to know and also help people understand if they should show up to help. If you’re a volunteer coordinator, it’s super chaotic and the likelihood you’re going to be able to step away and give someone very clear instruction before you put them into a task is highly unlikely.”

Thursday, April 19, 2018

May 2, 2018. CSIS World Bank Investigation & Prevention: Global Systemic Impact

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World Bank Investigation & Prevention: Global Systemic Impact


Pascale Hélène Dubois, Vice President, Integrity, World Bank Group

Kathrin Frauscher, Deputy and Program Director, Open Contracting Partnership

Hasan Tuluy, Board Director, Partnership for Transparency and former Vice President, World Bank 


Charles Kenny, Director of Technology and Development and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

The World Bank Group committed nearly $60 billion for development projects and programs in fiscal year 2017.  As the largest individual source for development finance in the world, the Bank frequently sets standards and adopts practices that spread both to other multilateral institutions as well as governments worldwide.

In 2017, the Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), an independent office within the World Bank Group that investigates and pursues sanctions related to allegations of fraud and corruption in World Bank Group-financed projects, opened 51 investigations and issued 52 reports covering 68 Bank Group projects, while also providing preventative services and undertaking internal investigations. Through its Integrity Compliance Office, INT plays a preventive role by actively engaging sanctioned entities in pursuing rehabilitative measures, such as the implementation of integrity compliance programs.

These activities helped safeguard the World Bank Group’s funding against misuse, but was there a broader impact beyond the contracts and contractors involved?

Pascale Hélène Dubois will discuss the global impact of World Bank investigation and prevention activities and then join a panel with Kathrin Frauscher, Deputy and Program Director, Open Contracting Partnership and Hasan Tuluy, Partnership for Transparency Board Director, former World Bank Vice President, to dive deeper into what more can be done at the World Bank and other international institutions to combat corruption.

Date & Time

Wednesday, May 2
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Still have questions? Email us at or visit

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Preparedness Summit. Atlanta. April 17-20, 2018

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Preparedness Summit 2018
Calling all Student Summit Attendees! Focus Group Invitation:
Understanding Awareness of Nuclear Preparedness
       in Institutes of Higher Education

As a graduate student, how much do you know about radiologic and nuclear preparedness?
Do you feel like you know a lot, or do you wish you knew more?
Does your school offer courses in radiologic and nuclear preparedness?

Download the NACCHO Conferences App
Build a personalized agenda for the summit by downloading the NACCHO Conferences app on Apple and Android devices. The app features full session descriptions, presentation materials, maps, and more. For help with the app, look for conference staff or stop by the registration desk.

On Thursday, April 19th at 12pm - 1pm, please bring your lunch to Room Chicago D, where the Emory University Student Outbreak and Response Team (SORT) will host a focus group with student attendees of the Summit.

The focus group is seeking to gain insights into the baseline knowledge and current educational opportunities for nuclear preparedness and radiation safety among students enrolled in higher education.

Whether you have had a lot or a little exposure to nuclear preparedness, please come share your experiences in or desires for more training on nuclear preparedness. 

If you have questions or plan to attend, please RSVP to Sydney Shuk ( by Tuesday, April 18th.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Mano River Union: Role of Rural Women in Building Sustainable and Resilient Rural Communities in the margins of the IMF-World Bank Group Spring Meetings April 22, 2018 – 10:00am – 12:00pm World Bank Group

Mano River Union: Role of Rural Women in Building Sustainable and Resilient Rural Communities
in the margins of the IMF-World Bank Group Spring Meetings

April 22, 2018 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
World Bank Group – 701 18th Street, N.W
Room # J 8-044

Mano River Union (MRU) covers Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

The conference will build upon the outcomes of the MRU session held in October 2016 led by African Diaspora, and focus on the role of rural women in developing sustainable and resilient rural communities.

Women in rural areas continue to make significant contributions to the social and economic circumstances in our society. They help to maintain a sustainable and productive agriculture sector as the essential economic, environmental and social basis of rural areas which contributes to rural development, sustainable food production, and to a potential creation of jobs for rural women.

Both the SDGs Agenda 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063 envision "a high standard of living, quality of life and well-being for all citizens in all spheres of life which involve “incomes, jobs and decent work, poverty, inequality and hunger, social security and protection including persons with disabilities, modern, affordable and liveable habitats, and quality basic services, biodiversity, conservation, and sustainable natural resource management, water security, health and nutrition, climate resilience and natural disasters preparedness, education.”

The conference aims to highlight the role of rural women in building sustainable and resilient rural communities, in the perspective of meeting the African Union Agenda 2063 and SDGs Agenda 2030; and to discuss potential solutions to the challenges.  Speakers from:
·        Cote d’Ivoire
·        Guinea
·        Liberia
·        Sierra Leone
·        USA – African Diaspora
·       USA – Non African Diaspora

RSVP required: Contact: Jeannette Kah Le Guil –

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