University of Applied Research & Development, Accelerated Bachelor in Emergency Response and Risk Management

This program is for those emergency management professionals who seek to master the ability to respond effectively when keeping populations safe, mitigating losses, and ensuring the reliable continuity of essential services and businesses. If you have a recognized industry certificate or standard, and an AA degree (minimum) this highly sought-after international qualification prepares professionals to enter or advance their career in this rewarding and high demand field. This program provides you an opportunity to:

  • Develop high-level analysis and response skills
  • Grow your professional network
  • Gain an international qualification
  • Gain and implement ethical research skills in an area of your own interest

Complete details on this program is available at:

Boulder, CO Wildfire Children’s Books Donations

The Boulder Valley School District has over 750 students that lost their homes to this fire.  The Boulder Bookstore and the Impact on Education have partnered together to distribute funds to affected students to help them rebuild their personal libraries.

If you wish to contribute please visit:

UN76 Dialogue: Innovative Technologies Impact the SDGs Webinar, Jan 28

3:30-4:30pm ET

The NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, together with the Coalition for the UN We Need, the PVBLIC Foundation and other partner organizations is hosting a webinar taking place January 28, from 1 to 3:30 pm EST on “UN76 Dialogue: Innovative Technologies Impact the SDGs.” A jam-packed and diverse program includes 11 speakers from the private sector, indigenous representatives, civil society organizations, the World Bank, UNDP, and the UN Global Compact. C4UN Senior Advisor Jeffery Huffines will update participants on the UN Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda.

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UN We Need’s Global Update Call, Jan 27

9-10am ET

The UN Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda (OCA) report provides a catalyst for a strengthened United Nations system. With nearly 90 proposals for consideration by member states and others, the OCA is generating considerable activity and discussion on the way forward to revitalize the UN and “turbo-charge the implementation of Agenda 2030”. A C4UN summary of the OCA report is here.

Most OCA recommendations will require a process of discussion and negotiation among Member States and other stakeholders. Notably, the UN General Assembly will hold an initial series of five OCA-related thematic meetings in February and March (including contributions from civil society experts).

The C4UN January 27 Update Call will include discussion of UN developments with respect to the OCA process, as well as updates on campaigning and events initiated by Coalition partners.

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FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Webinars, Jan 26, Feb 1 & 9

The FP&S Program provides financial assistance directly to eligible fire departments, national, regional, state, local, tribal and non-profit organizations such as academic (e.g., universities), public health, occupational health, and injury prevention institutions for fire prevention programs. The program also supports firefighter health and safety research and development such as clinical studies that address behavioral, social science, and cultural research.

FEMA will host a series of webinars to provide an overview of the FY 2021 FP&S Program and assist with navigating the grant application. The upcoming webinar schedule is as follows:

  • FY 2021 FP&S Activity – Wednesday, Jan. 26, noon – 1:30 p.m. EST.
  • FY 2021 FP&S Activity – Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST.
  • FY 2021 FP&S Activity – Wednesday, Feb. 9, 3 – 4:30 p.m. EST.

Advanced registration is not required for these webinars. Webinar sessions will be broadcast using an Adobe Connect webinar link. FEMA suggests saving this link to your web browser’s favorites:

A conference line will also be available at 800-320-4330, Conference Code: 258436.

No Resilience Without Representation –Building a diverse and inclusive flood risk management workforce Webinar, Feb 9

12-1:15pm PT

What do workforce inclusion and representation have to do with flood resilience, equity, and environmental justice?  During the webinar, participants will learn why a diverse environmental, water resources, and military workforce is essential to delivering equitable outcomes and environmental justice. We will hear about barriers to representation and what some organizations are doing to increase diversity of under-represented groups in the field. Panelists will also share personal experience and provide tangible actions we can each take to build, leverage, and retain a flood resilience workforce who looks like the communities we serve and whose strength comes from the diversity of its lived experience.

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POD SimPLER: Point of Dispensing Simulation Program for Leveraging and Evaluating Resources Webinar, Feb 9

1-2pm ET

The webinar is feature Lauren Finklea, a physical scientist with the National Center for Environmental Health, and Robert Garcia, lead health education specialist with the Division of State and Local Readiness in the Center for Preparedness and Response, will highlight new features of the SimPLER software and walk-through example scenarios for use of the tool. POD SimPLER was developed through user testing with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments around the country.

Participant Information

Dial-In: (669) 254-5252 (Audio only)

Meeting ID: 161 241 1865

Passcode: 569595

Web Link: 

Deadline extended to Feb. 28 to reply to the comprehensive stressors and mental health survey for emergency managers

The Journal of Emergency Management seeks emergency managers and affiliated professionals for an industry-wide stressors and mental health survey. The goal of the survey is to assess the multitude of factors related to the unique stressors in the emergency management field. The data collected will be used to establish a baseline of the current state of mental health and support analysis and research on how we can better lead, support, recruit, retain, and grow emergency management professionals and organizations capable of meeting the increasing demands of tomorrow. The long-term goal is an annual survey to track improvements or challenges that need to be addressed. The survey is the product of a team led by the Journal of Emergency Management Publisher and Managing Editor Richard DeVito, Jr., and comprised of team members Kim Guevera, Ph.D., and Ali Meyer, MSW, of Mozaik Solutions, Timothy Erickson, MD and Sonny Patel, MPH of Harvard University, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Journal of Emergency Management Editor-in-Chief William Waugh, Jr., Ph.D. Please help by completing this survey. The survey uses Harvard’s Kobo Toolbox for data collection and all data collected is completely blinded. As this is a mental health survey, the appropriate data protection and informed consent safeties are in place. If you are in crisis, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.

FEMA seeks public comment for updated public assistance policy

FEMA recently released the “Public Assistance Appeals and Arbitration Policy” that clarifies changes to procedures, roles, and responsibilities concerning Public Assistance appeals and arbitrations resulting from revisions to 44 C.F.R. 206.206. The policy was originally published in the Federal Register on Aug.16, 2021. FEMA requests comments on the draft policy by 5:00 p.m. EST on Jan. 19. The policy applies to all FEMA stakeholders, including all regions, Public Assistance grant recipients and applicants.