Laboratory and Numerical Studies of Tornado Loading on Low-Rise Buildings Webinar, Feb 2

12-1pm CST

As one of the most destructive natural hazards, tornadoes continue to devastate civil infrastructure, resulting in excessive fatalities and property losses as well as major interruptions of social functions every year. Much work has been done to reduce the impact of tornadoes on society. In particular, many studies have been conducted in recent decades to understand tornados and their loading on structures, the outcomes of which have enabled the development of codes for structural design and vulnerability assessment of existing structures, such as those included in ASCE 7-22. However, the understanding of tornadoes and their effects on civil infrastructure remains inadequate, especially compared to the understanding of synoptic winds and their effects.

This webinar presents the laboratory and numerical studies that are being conducted at Texas Tech University to understand tornado-like winds and tornado-like loading on low-rise buildings. In the laboratory studies, tornado-like vortices are generated in a tornado simulator that is currently one of the largest in the world, and models of low-rise buildings are tested in these vortices. The seminar will present the characteristics of the vortices, the loading on the model by the vortices, as well as the dependence of the loading on the influencing factors, such as the openings in the building envelope, that have been revealed by the experiments. In addition, two types of numerical studies are conducted to complement the laboratory studies. One type utilizes computational fluid mechanics to develop a digital twin of the simulator to overcome the limitations of laboratory testing, and the other type applies probabilistic simulation to reproduce data from the laboratory testing and enable assessment of building response in tornado-like winds. The webinar will also present the outcomes from these numerical studies.

Register at: https://texastech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_79Rb2O3BT_ui6Il8SZsDyg

Online training: Addressing the Needs of Older Adults in Disasters

The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is currently featuring a free online course supporting its At-Risk Individuals program: HHS/ASPR Addressing the Needs of Older Adults in Disasters.

The older adult population is growing. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by the year 2035, there will be more Americans who are 65 and older than there will be children under the age of 18.

Older adults are a very diverse group, with varying life experiences and capabilities. In many cases, older adults demonstrate greater resilience in the face of disasters than younger populations. However, many disasters and emergencies disproportionately impact the older adult population, especially older adults ages 85 and older. It is important to understand how to identify and address the specific needs of older adults during a disaster or emergency.

This course is targeted to public health and medical responders and is designed to improve their capabilities to address the access and functional needs of community-dwelling older adults in disasters. The course provides information, resources, tools, and strategies to help responders address the needs of older adults during natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and other common disaster situations.

The course is estimated to take about 1 hour to complete. It is self-paced and can be paused and resumed at any time.

The course is hosted on the TRAIN Learning Network, a national learning network powered by the Public Health Foundation (PHF), a non-profit dedicated to improving public health and population health practice to support healthier communities.

ASPR leads the nation’s medical and public health preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters and public health emergencies. ASPR collaborates with hospitals, healthcare coalitions, biotech firms, community members, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and other partners across the country to improve readiness and response capabilities.

To take this course, first create a free account with the TRAIN Learning Network. Then, see the course page for instructions on how to launch the course. You can also share this learning opportunity using the downloadable course flyer.

FBI releases data on 2022 law enforcement line-of-duty deaths

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its preliminary 2022 data on law enforcement officer line-of-duty deaths. The FBI’s reporting breaks down the statistics on the circumstances surrounding felonious and accidental officer deaths. It also provides a breakdown of number of deaths due to various medical conditions.

The FBI will use this line-of-duty death data to update its Officer Safety Awareness Training (OSAT) program so that this training effectively targets the most pressing safety issues for law enforcement officers.

There were 60 felonious deaths, 58 accidental deaths, and 81 deaths due to medical conditions, totaling 199 law enforcement officer line-of-duty deaths in 2022. Notable findings from the FBI’s preliminary 2022 statistics include:

  • The 60 felonious deaths represent a 17.8% decrease from the 73 officers feloniously killed in 2021.
  • Among the 60 felonious deaths, the circumstance associated with the largest number of deaths (12) was ambushes against officers involving entrapment and premeditation. The FBI defines this circumstance as one where an unsuspecting officer is deliberately targeted or lured into danger. These 12 deaths represent a 50% increase over the number of deaths due to ambush attacks in 2021 (8).
  • The circumstance associated with the biggest decrease in felonious deaths when compared with 2021 data was unprovoked attacks. In 2021, 24 deaths were associated with unprovoked attacks. This circumstance significantly outpaced all other felonious deaths in 2021 and was the highest number of deaths attributed to unprovoked attacks in 30 years of reporting. In 2022, this number declined 75% to only 6 deaths due to unprovoked attacks.
  • Firearms were used in 81.7% of felonious deaths in 2022.
  • 48 of the 58 accidental deaths involved circumstances related to motor vehicles, where either a pedestrian officer was struck by a vehicle, or the officer was involved in a motor vehicle crash.
  • 52 of 81 deaths attributed to medical conditions were due to illness related to COVID-19. While these COVID-19-related deaths represent the majority (61%‍) of all deaths due to medical conditions in 2022, this is a drastic decrease from the 257 officers who died from COVID-19-related illnesses in 2021.

To learn more about the FBI’s 2022 statistics on law enforcement line-of-duty deaths, see the FBI’s Jan. 12 news release. You can download this report and related data from the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer (CDE), under the LEOKA section of the CDE. Learn more about how the FBI collects and uses this data through its Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) program.

FEMA releases policy to simplify Public Assistance Program to support rapid recovery for applicants

On Jan. 9, FEMA released a policy that will simplify the Public Assistance (PA) Program to help communities recover more quickly after presidentially declared events. As the name implies, the PA Simplified Procedures Policy simplifies procedures and streamlines documentation requirements for applicants under the Public Assistance program. This policy release follows the Aug. 2022 announcement to increase the threshold for PA small projects to $1 million. The policy simplifies procedures, reduces administrative burdens, supports equitable delivery of assistance to underserved communities, and enables communities to recover more quickly after presidentially-declared events. The policy defines FEMA’s requirements for funding small projects, and it applies to all public assistance projects up to $1 million from major disasters and emergencies declared on or after the date of issuance.

The overview of the DoD NDMS Pilot Program Webinar, Feb 2

1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The purpose of the webinar is to discuss how the current pandemic has shown the medical surge capacity constraints of civilian healthcare systems. To address this potential security threat, the National Center was designated by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs as the Department of Defense (DoD) lead for the DoD NDMS Pilot Program. 

During the 1-hour event, our speakers will:

  • Describe the purpose and approach of the DoD NDMS Pilot
  • Explain the scope of partnerships on which the Pilot is based and their importance to the program’s success
  • Define at least three accomplishments the Pilot has achieved to date.

Speakers

  • Eric Deussing, MD, MPH, FACPM, CAPTAIN US NAVY,  NDMS Pilot Program Director
  • Michelle Kimball, MS, CEM NDMS Pilot Program Deputy Director, Program Operations
  • David Dykeman, MSHS Veteran Health Administration, Area Manager

A Q&A session will follow the moderated panel.

The APHA designates this webinar educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™.

Questions? Email norma.quintanilla.ctr@usuhs.edu 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://usuhs.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJclfu2uqj4qHNRZLK_By4xDcIUokA2bcfpb

FEMA Monthly Business & Industry Stakeholder Call, Jan 24

3-4pm ET

Please register by clicking the link below: https://fema.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_v0aqq8DYSPS4Wmg-OuoZSQ

These monthly meetings for NBEOC members are being held to update our business and industry partners on what initiatives FEMA and our partners are participating in that build community resilience. Every month we will explore different topics and have presenters from FEMA and interagency partners.

Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Managements Get Ready Alaska Podcast

The State of Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) has started its own podcast series! Hosted by Outreach Branch Chief, Michelle Torres and Public Information Officer, Jeremy Zidek the weekly series covers a range of disaster related topics. The hosts welcome guests within the emergency management profession to provide insight into such topics as: Individual assistance, disaster response, and the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). There are currently 4 episodes available with more scheduled to come out weekly, pending disaster response activities. So, if you are curious what an Emergency Manager does, how states help each other during emergencies, or just want to listen to a fun podcast check out the DHS&EM Get Ready Alaska podcast today. You can find us on SpotifyApple PodcastPodBean, and Amazon Music.

Importance of Emergency Planning with Case Study Webinar, January 11

11am-12pm ET

Using a case study from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center in Shawnee, this live webinar will highlight the importance of emergency planning, setting salvage priorities, and training staff ahead of disasters. Participants will also receive a curated list of resources to assist in their emergency planning. 

In March 2014, the 10,000-square-foot Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center was flooded. The organization reopened – even better – in late 2017. R. Blake Norton, MA, is curator of the Heritage Center and will share their story of hope and inspiration after a disaster.

 Rebecca Elder, an experienced cultural heritage preservation consultant, will guide the webinar and provide resources on floods and wet salvage for museums. 

The webinar will take place on January 11, 2023 10:00am-11:30am using the Zoom platform. This webinar is provided at no cost, but you must register in advance to receive webinar access. Register hereNote: This is a live webinar and will not be recorded. 

Recognizing & Reporting Human Trafficking Webinars, Jan 10, 17 & 24

For National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the DHS Blue Campaign invites you to attend one of our webinars on recognizing and responding to potential cases of human trafficking. Members of the public are invited to attend this webinar where representatives from Blue Campaign will provide an overview of what human trafficking is, the indicators, how to report a suspected human trafficking situation, and available resources to raise awareness in your communities. The dates and times of the webinars are as follows:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, January 10th, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Session 2: Tuesday, January 17th, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Session 3: Tuesday, January 24th, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET (Offered in Spanish)

Register via the following links:

DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking Continued Presence Webinar, Jan 11

The DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT) will host its biannual Continued Presence Public Webinar on January 11, 2023. This webinar is for victim advocates, service providers, civil attorneys, community organizations, religious affiliates, and others working in the counter-trafficking space and will provide an overview of the program, eligibility, the application process, and the victim-centered response. 

Continued Presence (CP) is a temporary immigration designation provided to individuals identified by law enforcement as trafficking victims who may be potential witnesses. CP allows trafficking victims to lawfully remain in the U.S. temporarily and work during the investigation into the human trafficking-related crimes committed against them and during any civil action under 18 U.S.C. § 1595 filed by the victims against their traffickers.

Registration for this webinar is required. If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please contact: training@ccht.dhs.gov. To learn more about the Continued Presence program, visit the Victim-Centered Approach section at www.dhs.gov/ccht

Register at: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=KmGHG2ww1kmB5pfG4akZf0JzbRbU1AdGjdcUhQwgao1UNU03RjNXQ05YV1JXOEgyWktJTVVBOUI3VS4u&wdLOR=cB1BD3723-1200-4D8D-B13B-CE88ADC113CB