Building Resilient Economies in Coal Communities Webinar, Nov 29

Join NACo for an informational webinar on the application process for the Building Resilient Economies in Coal Communities (BRECC). BRECC offers two competitive opportunities to receive technical assistance, connect with peers and advance economic diversification projects. Find out if your community is a good fit as BRECC program specialists walk you through the application process. Attendees will learn program services, eligibility criteria, and how to apply for both programs:

  • The Coal Communities Commitment Coalition, a leadership and peer-learning network of local leaders from coal communities
  • The Coal-Reliant Communities Action Challenge, a team-based, technical assistance and capacity-building program for low-resourced coal communities

More information on the BRECC’s partners and core programs is available hereRegister for the session.

Innovation & Technology: Building Community Webinar, Dec 7

7:00-8:00 PM EDT

Imagine a new city that leads with people by encouraging engagement and co-creation. Using innovation and technology, we can help develop a stronger, more involved community. 

Kristen Castell will lead our discussion and Q&A. She is a finance executive and entrepreneur, currently Impact Advisor, Telosa Community Foundation, innovation and technology community engagement group. She is also COO & Head of Product at Seeds Investor.

Our expert speakers include:

  • Nick Mastronardi – Founder & CEO, Polco, a firm providing community engagement and analytics solutions
  • Michelle Kobayashi – Senior VP of Innovation, Polco 
  • Kelly Corsette – Communications & Public Affairs director, City of Scottsdale, AZ
  • Brianna Bullentini – Chief Executive Officer, Women Of Dichotomy; a cultural movement and platform aimed toward elevating women in the Web3 space. 

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Heatwaves: The Silent Disaster Webinar, Nov 22

1500-1600 hours

A reminder that we will be meeting next Tuesday November 22nd at 15:00 (GMT/UTC+0) for our final seminar of the year, Heatwaves: the silent disaster. We will be hearing from Dr. Gulrez Azhar (RAND Corporation & Center for Health and the Global Environment, University of Washington), Mr. Mihir Bhatt (All India Disaster Mitigation Institute), and Dr. Carlee Purdum (Texas A&M University). An abstract and Zoom link can be found below. 

Abstract: Heatwaves have had devastating effects throughout history. A heatwave across Europe in the summer of 2003 killed over 70,000; projections show that by 2100, 2 percent of India’s population will be exposed to the ‘heat survivability limit;’ and at baseline climate conditions, the US could lose an average of approximately $100 billion annually via heat-induced labour productivity decline. Despite the threats posed by heatwaves to human health and safety, and their implications for national economies, heatwaves are comparatively understudied within academia. Moreover, they are often not regarded by governments or media as a ‘disaster’. There are various reasons for this, including: heatwaves do not involve mass destruction of property, the deaths that result from heatwaves are often relatively widely dispersed, and they are often not directly attributed to heatstroke. However extreme heat is increasing in severity and intensity. It is necessary to understand (1) the (unequal) threat this poses to communities, and (2) the power that lies in interdisciplinary mitigative tools to prepare for and protect against heatwaves in an inclusive manner.

Zoom link for the seminar:

Meeting ID: 826 9214 8208

National Family Caregivers Month Webinar, Nov 22

On Nov. 22, FEMA will host a webinar at 2 p.m. ET in recognition of National Caregivers Month. Led by FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, the webinar will explain how the agency helps to prepare caregivers for emergencies and disasters.

National Caregivers’ Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities and increase support for caregivers.

Families are the primary source of support for older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. Many family caregivers both work and provide care, leading to experiencing conflicts between competing responsibilities. Research indicates caregiving takes a significant emotional, physical and financial toll. The Administration for Community Living and FEMA are proud observers of National Caregivers Month and work year-round through programs and councils to support and empower family caregivers.

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NASEMSO seeks input on a national project on collaboration between EMS, 911, emergency management, and public health

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is coordinating a project to develop guidelines for building collaboration between the four disciplines of EMS, 911 and emergency communications, emergency management, and public health. IAEM is supporting and participating in this project as a member of the Technical Expert Panel. As part of the project, NASEMSO is collecting the best practices and ideas for collaboration from across each state and from the representatives of the four disciplines. The national scan for the project is formed around 13 separate domains that are common throughout all states and all four of the disciplines. You are invited to participate in the scan and provide links to materials or documents that you feel should be considered in developing the guidelines. Access the survey for the project to provide your input. Guidelines are under development right now, so we would appreciate your quick attention and response.

Peer reviewers sought for wildfire risk reduction toolkit

ARISE-US and Crowddoing are collaborating to create a free community wildfire risk reduction toolkit for U.S. and worldwide use that aims to combine in one place all the information needed for a community to understand, mitigate, adapt, respond to, and manage wildfire risk at the individual property, neighborhood and landscape scales. The initiative is a response to the fragmentation in the available information, and the uneven spread of valuable innovations that would reduce wildfire risk. The goal is to pull as much as possible into “one place” where communities can turn for advice and guidance. ARISE-US and Crowddoing are taking a holistic approach based on the UN DRR’s “Ten Essentials” of disaster resilience, addressing factors such as the financial architecture of wildfire risk reduction, which approaches to use in which circumstances, the role of nature-based methods in tandem with traditional approaches, how to achieve effective community engagement, and effective post-event planning (in advance!) alongside the traditional aspects of risk understanding, infrastructure and property protection, alarm systems and emergency response. They now seek expert emergency managers who wish to volunteer as collaborators and peer reviewers for the material in the Toolkit as it is produced, beginning with a Wildfire Risk Reduction scorecard which seeks to baseline a community’s current state of readiness. Reviewers contributions will be fully acknowledged. Anyone wishing to participate should contact Peter Williams of ARISE-US, at, Bobby Fishkin of Crowddoing at, or Claudia Brenner of Crowddoing at

White House Virtual Summit on Covid-19 Equity and What Works Showcase, Nov 16

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
12:00 – 5:00 PM ET 

From his first day in office, President Biden committed to a Covid-19 response that placed equity squarely at its center. Since that time, much progress has been made in a truly whole-of-society effort to protect, support and uplift the hardest-hit and highest-risk communities in the face of this unprecedented public health threat. In particular, the efforts of organizations and collaborations in communities across the country amounts to a historic proof of concept for how—when appropriately resourced and supported—inequities in health can be minimized and eliminated with thoughtfulness, intentionality, and innovation.

While there remains much to do in pursuit of Covid-19 equity—and beyond—the White House Summit on Covid-19 Equity and What Works Showcase on November 16, 2022 highlights interventions and approaches that have moved the needle on equitable Covid-19 outcomes, and showcases a path forward. This event will convene community organizations, equity leaders, government officials and philanthropic organizations in the sharing of best practices to light the way forward. Panel discussions (described below) will be live streamed, and followed by an in-person as well as a virtual showcase featuring community organizations from across the nation and their groundbreaking work on COVID-19 equity.

The White House is joined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in hosting this event.  

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Understanding the Cascading Impacts of Disasters Webinar, Nov 15

The next CDRN Seminar, Understanding the Cascading Impacts of Disasters, will be held next Tuesday 8 November at 15:00 (UK Time).

Seminar Abstract:

Disasters can lead to fatalities, property destruction and environmental damage. While media and government agencies report these immediate impacts of disasters, uncertainty can exist regarding these direct consequences.

Disasters also contribute to cascading impacts which can be even more uncertain and difficult to assess. This seminar will explore existing research that can help to develop a more holistic understanding of the cascading impacts of disasters.

The speakers for the seminar are:

  • Dr. Gianluca Pescaroli (UCL IRDR), Dr. Lauryn Spearing (University of Illinois
  • Chicago), and Dr. Radley Horton (Columbia University)

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 869 3418 7241

Journal of Emergency Management seeks papers on climate change and sustainability in emergency management by Dec. 31, 2022

The Journal of Emergency Management seeks papers for a special issue that will focus on the intersection of emergency management and climate change as well as the trend toward integrating new, leading-edge sustainability research and practice into pre-disaster planning and mitigation and post-disaster reconstruction. The special issue will be led by guest editor Professor Attila J. Hertelendy, Ph.D., MHA, MS, who has extensive experience as an emergency management and disaster medicine practitioner and an academic researcher with the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Hertelendy is joined by current Editor-in-Chief William L. Waugh, Jr., Ph.D., who will team up with a special group of peer reviewers focused on reviewing research and content as quickly as possible to disseminate real-time information to the field. Learn more.