National Weather Service will hold a SKYWARN CLASS this Saturday at the SF County Sheriff's Office from 10 AM to 12 PM. See flyer for details.
The National Professional Development Symposium (NPDS) dates are set for June 27-29, 2016 at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The symposium offers a range of topics and expertise in fire and emergency services career development for stakeholders, practitioners and educators. The NPDS also serves as a continuing education component by offering presentations and workshops that enhance training and education program development. Attendance is free.
See PDF attachments for details. There is a live simulcast for this symposium.
From Manny J. Garcia, Fire Chief
City of Belen Fire Department
Our department is proud to announce that we have once again partnered with the New Mexico EMT Association and PHI Air Medical to host a Mini-EMS Conference the weekend of May 14 & 15 here in Belen, New Mexico. Conveniently located in the center of the state, it should make for an easy commute for FREE CE’s!!! We have a great schedule with very knowledgeable speakers to offer you quality continuing education. Our department will be hosting a BBQ cookout on Sunday afternoon!! Register now, save your spot!!
The Cost is FREE – PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR STAFF AND AGENCY
We hope you can join us. Please contact me if you have any questions. Stay Safe!
Manny J. Garcia, Fire Chief
City of Belen Fire Department
100 S. Main Street
Belen, NM 87002
Downloadable version of flyer:
This course is a MERRTT Train-the-Trainer facilitated by DOE in Carlsbad. Class dates are May 10-12, 2016. The course is free.
Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training
(MERRTT) Train-the-Trainer, May 10-12, 2016 Carlsbad, New Mexico
This course is designed for state, tribal, and local Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) instructors.
The MERRTT Train-The-Trainer course will provide tools that instructors need to teach the MERRTT course to emergency responders.
It is recommended that instructors attending this course have a background in emergency response and are certified as classroom instructors. A working knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration HAZMAT training and basic knowledge of radiation is helpful. This course has been reviewed by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Continuing Education Board of Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). The Department of Energy/Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP) External Emergency Management will provide follow-up support to graduates of this course.
United States Department of Energy
Carlsbad Field Office
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
External Emergency Management Program
See attached flyer for more details:
NM Emergency Management Partners,
DHSEM will be hosting a feedback session to gather comments for FEMA’s refreshed NIMS.
We recommend participating in one of the FEMA Webinars and reviewing the draft materials prior to this workshop.
Class Times: 04/28 09:00 - 11:00
Location: Bernalillo County OEM Atrium
6840 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
NM-111 - National Incident Management System Workshop
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the refreshed National Incident Management System (NIMS) for a 30-day National Engagement Period. National engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft of the refreshed NIMS, so that it reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. The National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT May 9, 2016.
FEMA supports the mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation by working to improve the ability of all to manage incidents, events and emergencies.
NIMS provides a consistent and common approach and vocabulary to enable the whole community to work together seamlessly and manage all threats and hazards. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location or complexity.
The draft NIMS:
· Reiterates the concepts and principles of the original 2004 version and the updated 2008 version;
· Reflects and incorporates lessons learned from exercises and real world incidents and policy updates, such as the National Preparedness System and the 2013 NIMS Intelligence/Investigation Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide;
· Reflects progress in resource typing and mutual aid and builds a foundation for the development of a national qualification system;
· Clarifies that NIMS is more than just the Incident Command System (ICS) and that it applies to all stakeholders with roles in incident management across all five mission areas (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery);
· Provides guidance on a common structure and activation levels for operations and coordination centers, including Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), through new Center Management System (CMS) guidance;
· Note that while we will continue to track NIMS implementation, the adoption of CMS is not mandatory as part of preparedness grants;
· Explains the relationship among ICS, CMS, and Multiagency Coordination Groups (MAC Groups); and
· Enhances guidance on information management processes to improve data collection plans, social media integration and the use of geographic information systems (GIS).
FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to highlight key proposed changes to NIMS and answer participant questions about submitting feedback. All webinars are open to the whole community.
Because each engagement webinar will cover the same information, please choose the session most convenient for you. Advance registration is required due to space limitations. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. To register, click on your preferred webinar session from the list below.
Webinar 1: Monday, April 18, 11:00 a.m. EDT
Webinar 2: Tuesday, April 19, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar 3: Wednesday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Webinar 4: Wednesday, April 20, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar 5: Thursday, April 21, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar 6: Monday, April 25, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar 7: Tuesday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar 8: Wednesday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Webinar 9: Thursday, April 28, 5:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar 10: Monday, May 2, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Local Preparedness Coordinator
New Mexico Department of Homeland Security
and Emergency Management
PROMOTING COMMUNITY CYBERSECURITY
AWR135 Promoting Community CyberSecurity
May 24, 2016
Time: 8am – 3pm
Location: SJC Fire Ops
209 S. Oliver Dr
Aztec, NM 87410
Click here to Register
The FEMA Damage Assessment Operations Manual is part of a greater effort to provide a user-friendly, streamlined post-disaster damage assessment process that builds on the existing knowledge and expertise of State or Tribe and local partners to identify damage after a natural or man-made disaster. Eligible Tribes and U.S. territories are considered the same as States for application of FEMA programs; the Manual is aimed at clarifying FEMA damage assessment guidance, promoting standardized information collection, and assisting in the development of requests for federal disaster assistance.
The intent of this manual is to expedite decision-making and the delivery of assistance by defining national standards for assessing damage and clearly outlining the information considered when evaluating requests for a Major Disaster Declaration. To support this overall objective, this manual aims to achieve three major goals:
1. Promote accuracy by clearly defining the information and documentation that should be collected to assess damage and support requests for Stafford Act assistance;
2. Promote consistency by standardizing the criteria used to assess damage to residential homes and offering clear guidance on assessing damage to infrastructure; and
3. Promote efficiency by empowering emergency management at all levels with the structure and information needed to streamline damage assessment efforts.
Web link below:
The 2016 IAEM Awards Competition is now underway! Visit www.iaem.com/Awards for details, guidelines, and entry forms.
The purpose of the IAEM Awards Competition is to recognize and honor persons who have made special or significant contributions to the field of emergency management and have represented the profession well by their outstanding performance. You are encouraged to participate and to share your achievements with your colleagues.
· The entry period began Friday, April 1, 2016.
· The entry deadline is Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time for all IAEM award competitions. There will be no deadline extensions.
· Notification of winners will occur during July 2016, which will facilitate travel approval for those winners who wish to attend the IAEM Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia, Oct. 14-19, 2016, to receive their awards.
The complete award guidelines and official entry forms are posted on the IAEM website at http://www.iaem.com/awards. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully and pay close attention to content requirements, format, and length specifications, before submitting your entries via email to Karen Thompson at Thompson@iaem.com.
New This Year! The IAEM-Canada Awards Competition is offering four new award categories open to Canada members only. Details are posted here.
You are challenged to write an entry that will command attention and cause the Awards Judges to want to recognize your quality work. And remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter!
If you have any questions about award guidelines, please email Karen Thompson at Thompson@iaem.com.
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