Not Nearly Enough
Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management
by Jasmine May
7h ago
Not Nearly Enough Emergency Management Once Removed April 19, 2024 By Jim Mullen Even predictable natural disasters frequently catch elected officials by surprise. A discouraging number of elected  officials and senior staff act as if  foreseeing and managing potential disaster impacts is a job for “another budget cycle.” So what are they doing in the meantime? Not nearly enough”. As director of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management, just one of the three mayors I served under, Paul Schell, asked what resources would improve our readiness.  To the annoyance of city budget man ..read more
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After the Wildfire – Recovery and Reclamation of Land Tips
Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management
by Jasmine May
2w ago
After the Wildfire – Recovery and Reclamation of Land Tips By Nancy Aird As the population builds out into rural areas, the chances of wildfire impacting your life increases with damage possible away from the direct wildfire. The severity of the fire impacts not only the vegetation we see, but the soil structure and microbial community beneath. Slopes damaged by wildfire are prone to accelerated soil erosion, floods, and landslides (debris flow) from damaged vegetation and roots that protected the soil. Evaluation of burn conditions on the land after a fire often uses 3 definitions to describe ..read more
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Are You Wildfire Ready?
Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management
by Jasmine May
2w ago
ARE YOU WILDFIRE READY? Mitigate, Prepare and Prevent By Nancy Aird The wildland urban interface (WUI) is the area where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildland fire. Homeowners value their privacy, natural beauty, recreational opportunities and affordable living created by buying in neighborhoods built in these areas. As a result, rural fire districts more often have to fight fire and protect homes and property within these wildland urban interface areas. Mitigation accepts we cannot prevent everything from happening.  Wildfires and other disasters cannot be elimi ..read more
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What Goes Around…
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by Jasmine May
1M ago
What Goes Around… Emergency Management Once Removed March 22, 2024 By Jim Mullen The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program has long been the life’s blood of state and local government’s ability to prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from disasters. A recent joint letter from NEMA, IAEM and the Big Cities  emergency management associations to the Biden Administration urged that the most  significant increase in a decade be made to EMPG in the 2025 budget. The letter cites FY22 statistics: beyond COVID-related declarations, there were just 52 disasters resulting in ..read more
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Goldilocks Zone Resilience Against Climate Change
Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management
by Jasmine May
1M ago
Goldilocks Zone Resilience against Climate Change By Nancy Aird Not too Hot, not too Cold, and not too Extreme climates are becoming points when choosing location for homes and businesses. Weather specifically happens over a period of hours or days, while climate influences show over years. Earths’ climate is showing increasing heat swings worldwide i.e., graphs convey the entire top 15 of 16 warmest years on record occurred since 2000. Climate related heat swings project more common, more severe, longer lasting days of heat influencing more deaths, illness, droughts, extreme environmental pat ..read more
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Why We Need More Women in Leadership Roles!
Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management
by Jasmine May
1M ago
Why We Need More Women in Leadership Roles! By Kellie Hale I would not be where I am today without Linda Crerar, Director of the Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM). I met Linda 12- years ago as a young and naïve student at Pierce College looking for an internship position. With the help of my instructors (all women) and Julie Cargill, they pointed me in the right direction. Linda is the kind of mentor I wish everyone could have in their education and career journey. Linda was willing to take me under her wing and guide me. As I became more immersed in the Cent ..read more
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Jamye Wisecup Scholarship Request
Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management
by Jasmine May
2M ago
In 2019, the Jamye Wisecup Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor Jamye’s memory. For those who did not have an opportunity to work with her during the years she was an emergency manager in Clallam County, she was the heart and soul of emergency management in her community and made an impact on many people’s lives. Jamye was a Board Member with our Center for many years and her dedication to promote emergency preparedness and her genuine caring for everyone made her exceptional. Peninsula College and the Center Advisory Board have worked together for the past five years to get con ..read more
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Resilient Management – What’s in our future
Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management
by Jasmine May
2M ago
Resilient Management – What’s in our future “Seizing the momentum to build resilience for a future of sustainable inclusive growth” – (The resilience agenda, developed by the World Economic Forum it the first serious program to coordinate long-term solutions throughout our disrupted world. People, education, and organizational resilience: Organizations need to become more flexible to adjust to economic changes. De-centralized leadership model. Cultivates talent and self-sufficient teams. Invest in education to address the need new skills, upskilling, reskilling existing workforce. (The follo ..read more
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Whodunnitt!
Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management
by Jasmine May
2M ago
WHODUNNITT! By Jim Mullen I have observed the renewal of a “debate” of sorts that seems to preoccupy some emergency management academics and practitioners: aren’t most disasters man- made and not ”natural?” -an interesting proposition if there weren’t more pragmatic concerns for emergency managers. We could trace our problems all the way back to the Original Sin, but I prefer focusing on mitigating our hazard vulnerabilities. Speaking recently to University of Washington graduate students about hazard mitigation, I described Seattle Project Impact’s (SPI) success at illuminating the benefits o ..read more
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Women in Leadership Symposium 2024
Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Emergency Management
by Jasmine May
2M ago
2024 Women in Leadership Symposium May 14-15, 2024 Dates: Networking Event: May 14, 2024 – 5pm – 9pm Main Event: May 15, 2024 – 9am – 5pm Want to Sponsor? $150, $300, $500 and $1000 options available What are some benefits for sponsoring? Advertising/Marketing on our website and symposium materials Special exhibitors and demos will be available with attendees and special guests If you are interested in sponsoring, please reach out to Jasmine at: JMay@pierce.ctc.edu This year’s symposium will center around the importance of fostering robust and dynamic relationships and pa ..read more
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