Saturday, August 31, 2019

Tech to Protect Challenge. September 2019

Tech to Protect Challenge: Washington, DC
Date: September 27-29, 2019, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Location: 509 7th Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20004

The Tech to Protect Challenge, implemented by the RedFlash Group and SecondMuse under contract with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division, is a national open innovation contest designed to help emergency responders—including EMS, firefighters and police—accomplish their mission to serve and protect our communities nationwide.
Join entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators with diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in creating technology that can improve the safety of their communities. 

Regardless of your area or level of expertise, we invite you to use your talents and join researchers, scientists, and emergency responders in advancing technologies and applications for public safety.

For additional information on how to participate in-person or online, the contests you can create solutions for, the rules and more, visit

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Tech to Protect Challenge can be found at

Faith-based Organizations. Disaster Relief Ministry and Training. September 2019

May be of interest to your organization.

Not able to attend.  How can you get this training\presentation at your location.

BEMA International

Setting up a Disaster Relief Ministry - Presented by Saddleback Church
Date: September 20, 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 361 Tilghman Road, Salisbury, MD 21804
For over 14 years, Saddleback has had an effective Disaster Relief ministry. For the first time they are providing the opportunity for other churches to learn from their experiences, by bringing this training to us! Get tips and ideas of how to set up a new DR ministry at your church. We will discuss successes, pitfalls to avoid and even the characteristics of the people who are best at leading this type of ministry. You can take what Saddleback does and how we do it and use those principles to create a ministry in your church that works for your congregation. Pizza provided from 5:30 - 6pm, training from 6-8:30pm.

Disaster Relief Volunteer Training - Presented by Saddleback Church
Date: September 21, 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 361 Tilghman Road, Salisbury, MD 21804
Have you been watching disaster updates on the news and wondered if you could help? It is the desire of our Saddleback Relief Team that everyone be equipped to reach out to the suffering and displaced both here in the US and around the world. We have developed these classes to do just that!
Light breakfast snacks will be available in the morning. Lunch will be provided from 12-1pm.
9am - 12pm: Orientation: This orientation will prepare you to serve in the aftermath of these disasters, or others in the future. We will also talk about the emotional stages of what people go through in a disaster, as well as specific things you can say and do that are helpful to them. There are a variety of ways you can serve -- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Don't wait until the next big disaster happens. This class will prepare you to respond with us quickly
1-5pm: Trauma training: Follow-up to the basic orientation which discusses more in depth the spiritual and emotional help you can give to someone in the aftermath of a disaster. You will learn the basics of how to simply enter into someone’s pain for a short time and help them process and recover from the disaster and to also notice the symptoms that may require professional counseling.

We Support the GCBlack Emergency Managers Association   

Disaster Insurance Presentation. September 17, 2019

Disaster Insurance Presentation
Date: September 17, 2019, 6:00-7:30pm
Location: George Howard Building – Howard County Government Complex, Columbia/Ellicott City Room, 3430 Court House Dr # 100, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Contact: Howard County OEM at 410-313-6030,
Often times, "conducting an insurance check-up" isn't on disaster preparedness checklists. But having the right type and amount of insurance is a crucial component of disaster preparedness, and the best way to maintain a healthy financial future following a disaster. Making sure you understand all your insurance options, what is covered (and more importantly NOT covered by insurance), and updating your insurance coverage should be as routine as an annual physical. Take the first step in conducting a disaster insurance check up by joining us to hear the Maryland Insurance Administration's presentation on what you can do to prepare for a disaster, what your insurance will and will not cover, and what resources are available to help.

Is your business prepared? Business Preparedness Day. Sep. 17, 2019. DC HSEMA

Business Preparedness Day
Date: September 17, 2019, 9:00am-3:00pm (deadline 9/13)
Location: 2720 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20032


Whether it’s a flood, blizzard, or hurricane, a disaster can strike the District at any moment. The effects can be devastating to both residents and businesses. A swift and coordinated private sector response can expedite recovery and restore normalcy in the District. This 6 hour event will convene first responders, emergency managers and the District’s private sector partners to: Discuss business preparedness initiatives in the District; Showcase new technologies that are being leveraged by the BEMOC; Identify and prioritize operational issues that can be solved through public-private partnerships; Conduct the first ever BEMOC Tabletop Exercise. Be prepared show a photo identification when you arrive. There is a free visitor parking lot available. If you prefer to take the Metro, the closest station is Anacostia and the following buses take you to HSEMA: A2, A4, A6, A8, and W3.

Urban Violence. September 2019. Baltimore, MD.

Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence
Date: September 10, 2019, 5:30-7:00pm
Location: Sheldon Hall (W1214), 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, Maryland

The 21st Century Cities Initiative and the Urban Health Institute at Johns Hopkins welcome Thomas Abt for a discussion of his new book Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence – and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets. Urban violence is one of the most divisive and allegedly intractable issues of our time. But as Harvard scholar Thomas Abt shows in Bleeding Out, we actually possess all the tools necessary to stem violence in our cities. Coupling the latest social science with firsthand experience as a crime-fighter, Abt proposes a relentless focus on violence itself — not drugs, gangs, or guns.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Oct 2019. BAEMCONF.....West Coast Emergency Management Conference.

Join key industry leaders for the 6th annual BAEM Conference
The Premier West Coast Emergency Management Conference

BAEM Conference 2019

The 6th annual Bay Area Emergency Managers Conference (BAEM), is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17th. Learn more at

WHAT: BAEM is one of the premier emergency response and disaster recovery conferences on the West Coast. Our goal is to bring Emergency Managers, EH&S, and Business Continuity professionals together and share actionable insights that help your business better prepare for the next disaster.

WHY ATTEND: Attending BAEM gives you the opportunity to learn best practices while networking with some of the key leaders in the industry; including Genentech, FEMA, Applied Materials, Stanford University, eBay, Cisco, Wells Fargo and Kaiser Permanente to name a few. This is a community conference, so your attendance helps everyone be better at enhancing preparedness in the Bay Area.

·    The conference date has been moved to October
·    We added more networking time
·    We've added interesting interactive practice sessions during the conference
·    To help everyone beat the traffic, there's a later start time and earlier end time

October 17th, 2019
8:30AM - 4:30PM

Genentech Event Center 
401 DNA Way 
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Free Parking is available

REGISTER TODAY so you don't miss out!

To learn about registration, parking, the agenda, and see highlights from last years conference browse the BAEM website for complete details.

Contact us with questions by using the Contact Form or send us an email:

Greg Jones, Genentech
Jeff Hamilton, Nexis Response

Hosted by: 

BAEM 2018 Committee, 401 DNA Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Disability Approaches to Disaster Assistance. Webinar. Septermber 2019. Preparedness Month.

The Black Emergency Managers Association International (BEMA International), and the National Disability Rights Network (NRDN) are collaborating on the upcoming National Preparedness Month September 2019.  Two vital webinars conducted by the NDRN on disability approaches to disaster assistance and humanitarian actions available September 4th & 5th at 1:00 PM ET.

Register early to participate.

BEMA International

Session One | A Disability Justice Approach to Disaster Assistance

Date:          September 04, 2019
Time:          01:00 PM [Eastern Time]
Duration:     1 Hour 15 Minutes
An interactive virtual workshop on Disability Justice approaches to disaster assistance that recognizes histories of harm and centers communities of color.

The session will be co-facilitated by Justine Shorter who serves as the Disaster Protection Advisor for NDRN and Valerie Novack who is currently a Portlight Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Together, they will guide participants through critical questions that call for a nationwide reimagining of how we prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters/emergencies.

Interested participants can Click here to register.

Session Two | Disability Justice Approaches to Humanitarian Action

Date:          September 05, 2019
Time:          01:00 PM [Eastern Time]
Duration:     1 Hour 15 Minutes
With a particular focus on global humanitarian action, this thought provoking session will feature Disability Justice approaches that recognizes historical trauma and centers on underserved communities. Join us as we pose critical questions that call for a collective reimagining of international development, foreign policy and humanitarian interventions.

The session will be facilitated by Justine Shorter who serves as NDRN’s Disaster Protection Advisor and Valerie Novack who is currently a Portlight Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

We welcome disaster/emergency management professionals worldwide, international development practitioners and anyone else with an interest in disability-centered humanitarian assistance.

Interested participants can Click here to register.

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“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today.  We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.  Procrastination is still the thief of time.  Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity.  This may well be mankind’s last change to choose between chaos or community.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Where Are We Going From Here:  Chaos or Community’.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Mental Health. Webinar. Impacts of Childhood Trauma September 4, 2019

Mental Health 101:
The Long-term Mental Health Impacts of Childhood Trauma
Sept. 4, 2019 | 12pm ET
Trauma ― specifically trauma experienced as children or adolescents ― can significantly impact individuals across their entire lives. In fact, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (@NCTSN) notes that survivors of childhood trauma are more likely to have long-term health problems and are at a higher risk of premature death than their peers. Correlatively, @NCTSN noted, “Adult survivors of traumatic events may also have difficulty in establishing fulfilling relationships and maintaining employment.”

As the stigma surrounding mental health begins to slowly fade — in faith communities, as well as the broader culture — people are starting to ask questions, such as, “What constitutes as trauma?" "How does it affect the whole person?" and "How can it be addressed most effectively?”

This webinar seeks to address these and other questions by focusing on the impact untreated childhood trauma  also referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) — can have on those who may be struggling with mental health concerns. We hope to help local faith and community leaders recognize ACEs' signs and symptoms, and to equip them with proven resources they can choose to incorporate into their congregational and community outreach efforts. 

·       Philip G. Monroe, MA, PsyD, Director of Training and Materials @Mission: Trauma Healing

Certificates of Attendance will be available upon request (Participants only, please)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Friday. 9/20/2019. Boston, MA. Changing Climate, Changing Health: Strategies for Addressing Public Health in the Age of Climate Change

Register now to attend the next Climate Adaptation Forum

Changing Climate, Changing Health
Strategies for Addressing Public Health
in the Age of Climate Change

Friday, September 20, 2019

Registration - 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Forum - 8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

University of Massachusetts Club
One Beacon Street
Boston, MA

The public health field is rapidly shifting to incorporate the new realities of climate impacts. From extreme heat waves to the growing prevalence of diseases, issues with water quality, trauma from storms and allergy and asthma triggers, there are many challenges to address. While we are all vulnerable to this changes, low income communities and communities of color face disproportionate risks.

Keynote Speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator and Director of the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (Harvard C-CHANGE) will explore some of the key public health issues impacted by climate change. Following her presentation, a panel discussion will dive into both what is happening on the ground to address heat, asthma, mental health and how the built environment is supporting resilient wellness.

Join us for this EBC/UMass Boston Climate Adaptation Forum to learn about how climate change is impacting public health.

Keynote Speaker
Gina McCarthy
Professor, Practice of Public Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Director of the Harvard Center for
Climate, Health, and the Global Environment

Confirmed Speakers

·    Thomas Chase, Project Manager, New Ecology, Inc.
·    Dr. Adrienne L. Hollis, Lead Climate Justice Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
·    Dr. Jean Rhodes, Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston
·    Nancy Smith, Program Manager for Community Engagement, Office of Public Health Preparedness at Boston Public Health Commission

Forum Co-Chairs

·    Gabriela Boscio Santos, Sustainability Engagement Manager, Boston University
·    Deanna Moran, Director, Environmental Planning, Conservation Law Foundation
·    Alex Papali, Green Justice Organizer, Energy and Zero Waste Campaigns, Clean Water Action

Thank you to Forum Sponsors & Supporters

The Black Emergency Managers Association International

Membership Dues (New and Renewal)

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