New quarterly emergency management journal is now available

Pracademic Affairs, a new online journal, is part of Homeland Security Affairs, the Journal of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. The mission of Pracademic Affairs is to bridge the gap between practitioners and academics. This is achieved by providing emergency management and homeland security practitioners a welcoming platform to write, explore, analyze, and examine real-world critical lessons learned to improve the resilience of our communities. The first issue has just been published and can be accessed here. The journal welcomes any practitioner submissions. The process to submit is on the journal website. Questions or comments may be directed to the journal co-directors, Meg McPherson and Michael Wallace, at pracademic@chds.us.

Identifying Ukrainian collections under threat

The U.S. Department of State, the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) are working together to help identify, and where possible assist with efforts to save/protect priceless Ukrainian archival, cultural, and scientific collections under threat. They are requesting your help in quickly identifying relevant collections in Ukraine and their needs. Please use this Google Form to provide information about the respective collections, including descriptions, locations, special needs, and points of contact. Please submit one form entry for each collection. The data submitted will be stored in a secure database with the US State Department.

FEMA’s FY 2022 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP): “Enhancing Community Preparedness and Resilience” National Priority Area Webinars, May 24-26

On May 13, 2022, FEMA released the FY 2022 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) Notice of Funding OpportunityThis fiscal year, Community Preparedness and Resilience has been added as an additional priority area.

Following the release, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) and Preparedness Grants Division (PGD) are hosting a webinar series focused on the new “Enhancing Community Preparedness and Resilience” National Priority Area (NPA).  The webinars will take place via Adobe Connect.

As a part of this call, ICPD Director Aaron Levy and PGD Deputy Director Ginny Warren will present on:

  • How to use the HSGP to effectively mitigate DHS concerns on terrorism;
  • Guidance on meeting requirements for the “Enhancing Community Preparedness and Resilience” National Priority Areas; and
  • Additional guidance on how to submit a strong application for the HSGP.

FEMA will host three webinars, dates and times listed below. The webinars are free, but registration is required.

These webinars will provide clearer guidance on how to navigate the new grant program requirements. For further support, work with your State Administrative Agency and/or Urban Area Working Group.

Please bring your HSGP-related questions to the webinar session. Direct any meeting logistical questions to FEMA-Prepare@fema.dhs.gov.

A special section of the IAEM website provides resources for students

To assist students as they navigate into a career in emergency management, IAEM has created a home base for students on its website to provide resources. The new section is easy to find in a highlighted box on the home page, just below the main banner. The student section helps students navigate IAEM membership, join committees and caucuses, learn about IAEM scholarship opportunities, create IAEM student chapters, pursue professional development, and find jobs and internships. Visit the student section of the IAEM website to use the new resources. To suggest additions to the resources, contact IAEM Marketing and Communications Director Dawn M. Shiley.

Sale of Twitter’s impact on the Global Crisis Management Report

By now you are aware that Elon Musk has bought Twitter and will take it private.  The Global Crisis Management Report like many of you are concerned regarding this sale and what Mr. Musk has stated in the past regarding Twitter’s efforts to curb hate speech and disinformation on Twitter.

The Global Crisis Management Report will of course be monitoring the situation and will still enforce our page rules which are available on our website: https://www.globalcrisismgmtrpt.com/  We will continue to assess whether or not to remain on Twitter once Mr. Musk takes over Twitter and will keep our followers informed on any future decisions. 

Thank you,

Steve Detwiler, Editor/Creator

Global Crisis Management Report

Show me the data! What numbers mean to COVID-19 communications Webinar, Apr 27

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, recommendations and guidance from CDC have changed based on new data from a variety of qualitative and quantitative sources. During the webinar, CDC experts will discuss the science to keep people safe during public health emergencies, including COVID-19. You’ll hear more about how CDC evaluates data to give updated recommendations, the sources of the data, and how health equity fits into the framework of an emergency response. You’ll also learn more about where we are in the COVID-19 pandemic, including COVID-19 Community Levels. Join CDC for a webinar on Wednesday, April 27, at 2 p.m. ET.

The webinar will feature presentations by

  • John T. Brooks, MD – Following the science 
  • Brian King, PhD, MPH – How CDC monitors data/COVID-19 Community Levels
  • Capt. Matthew Ritchey, PT, DPT, OCS, MPH – Quantitative data
  • Anisha Verma, MPH – Qualitative data

CDC encourages everyone who uses data to make recommendations in emergency communications to attend. This includes community leaders, public health workers, and emergency responders. Closed captioning, an ASL interpreter, and live Spanish interpretation will be available.

Webinar Information

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1608022803?pwd=THdDTklocVVpUCtTektsK3ZiOTNZdz09%20  

Dial In: US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373

Or Telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 669 254 5252, +1 608 022 803# or +1 646 828 7666, +1 608 022 803#

Webinar ID: 160 802 2803

International numbers available: https://www.zoomgov.com/u/aeALwSyDTo

How is 5G impacting emergency communications Webinar, June 29

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. EST entitled How is 5G impacting emergency communications?

The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey found that more public safety organizations (60%) are currently using a cellular system than land-mobile radio (57%), and therefore, need to be prepared for the deployment of 5G – the fifth-generation technology standard for cellular networks.

New and emerging technologies offer advanced capabilities to enhance command, control, and situational awareness for emergency response. Yet, the rapid rate of technology advancement continues to outpace the public safety community acquisition cycle.

The arrival of 5G is transforming the way we communicate, introducing a vast array of new connections, capabilities, and services. As telecommunications networks are evolving to this next generation of wireless technology, 5G presents the opportunity to enhance operations, support information-sharing, improve efficiency and response time, augment security, and increase capacity for more connected devices.

In this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • 5G capabilities and impacts on public safety communications.
  • The CISA 5G Strategy and other resources on preparing for emerging technologies.
  • Leveraging the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) to address emerging technology challenges.

This webinar is presented in partnership with CISA’s National Risk Management Center as part of its Implementing the National Emergency Communications Plan webinar series.

No advanced registration for this webinar is required. Simply visit CISA’s HSIN Connect Room at the following link at the scheduled time to join: https://share.dhs.gov/necpwebinars.

ADL, Antisemitism Uncovered

With antisemitism at the highest levels we’ve seen in decades, ADL has created the powerful new Antisemitism Uncovered video series to help explain and combat the most prevalent antisemitic myths that have spread for centuries and still drive anti-Jewish hate today.

New today is an alarming and insightful video about how anti-Zionism can fuel antisemitism. The entire set of short videos is now available on YouTube, providing a compelling extension of the much-praised ADL website Antisemitism Uncovered: A Guide to Old Myths in a New Era.

The below videos cover myths of: