EM Update: January 11, 2012

EM Update
Jan. 11, 2012

Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad. 
Winter weather has been fairly mild so far in Virginia this year, with a few exceptions.  But no one can forget the recent hours-long backups and stalled traffic on main roads that resulted from recent winter storms.  With that in mind, a new winter preparedness message for Virginians is being promoted this year by Ready Virginia and local public affairs officials: Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.  A new PSA highlighting this message was produced by the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and customized for Ready Virginia.  All local emergency management offices have received links to this PSA for use in their communities.  To view it, to go:
www.youtube.com/vaemergency.


Registration open for 2012 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium
Registration for the 2012 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium is now open. Topics include the response to the Louisa Earthquake, Hurricane Irene, Caroline County bus accident, cyber terrorism, corporate emergency management and more.

The conference will be held March 28-30 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa in Short Pump.

More information: http://www.vemaweb.org/content/symposium2012/


Hampton Roads Regional Citizen Corps Council launches new website

The Hampton Roads Regional Citizen Corps Council recently launched ReadyHamptonRoads.org to encourage residents to become better prepared for disasters by becoming involved and trained through one of the five Citizen Corps programs.

In addition to the new website, HRRCCC initiatives also include regional training equipment and an interactive mobile application for smart phones. The app, which will launch later this year, will have gamers build a kit, prepare for a hurricane evacuation and a winter storm. A simpler click and drag web version for younger children will be available as well. 

The HRRCCC is comprised of representatives from each of the sixteen Hampton Roads jurisdictions in addition to the program volunteer coordinators and Virginia Department of Health staff.  The project is funded through a Department of Homeland Security Urban Areas Security Initiative grant that is designed to enhance capabilities of the Hampton Roads region to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from disasters.


Arizona and Louisiana helping Virginia with disaster recovery
Personnel from Arizona and Louisiana are in Virginia to help with recovery efforts for the earthquake, Hurricane Irene and T.S. Lee. The teams will help develop estimates on public property damage. The storms and quake caused an estimated $65 million in damages to public infrastructure and the team’s efforts will help local and state government receive FEMA reimbursement for the damages. 

The assistance is being provided through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, an agreement between all 50 states and D.C. to provide support during disasters.


National Hurricane Center seeking input on storm surge information
The National Hurricane Center is seeking input to improve exisitng NHC storm surge products and services. Visitors to the Storm Surge Forum can submit ideas, vote on existing ideas and/or add comments. The best ideas for improvement will rise to the top with this interactive website.

To get involved visit: https://nhcsurge.ideascale.com/ 


Training…

S-660 - Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships
FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute is offering a new online course: IS-660 Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships. The course provides an introduction to the role of public-private partnerships in emergency preparedness and planning. The goal of this training is to establish a common vocabulary for public sector agencies and private sector organizations interested in utilizing partnerships to improve response, recovery, and resilience.

Details are available at: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is660.asp 

 

Like Virginia Department of Emergency Management Training on Facebook for updates on upcoming courses!

Due to budgetary constraints, VDEM must cancel a class if a minimum of 15 students have not enrolled two weeks before the class begins. Sign up early.The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Learning Management System Knowledge Center provides information and enrollment for each class. Students who do not already have an account through any state agency Learning Management System domain must register for a VDEM LMS account (a one-time process) in order to enroll. Students who have an account through any state agency should log in at that agency’s LMS address and enroll in the desired course(s). Help videos for registration and enrollment processes are provided on the VDEM LMS login page at https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external/. Assistance is available from VDEM’s LMS Help Desk at lmshelp@vdem.virginia.gov or (804) 897-9995.The table below lists VDEM courses for the next quarter:

 

COURSE NAME

DATES

LOCATION

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

G-191: ICS/EOC Interface

January 25, 2012

Fairfax

January 11, 2012

G-291: Joint Information System/Center Planning

January 26, 2012

Fairfax

January 12, 2012

G-270.4: Recovery From Disaster: the Local Government Role

January 26-27, 2012

Fairfax

January 12, 2012

V-450: ICS Train the Trainer

January 26-27, 2012

Fairfax

January 12, 2012

V-452: ICS Sponsored Instructor Orientation

January 27, 2012

Fairfax

January 13, 2012

G-111: Disaster Damage Assessment

January 28, 2012

Virginia Beach

January 14, 2012

V-520: Continuity Plan Development Workshop for State Agencies

January 30, 2012

Radford

January 16, 2012

V-520: Continuity Plan Development Workshop for State Agencies

February 6, 2012

Richmond – Trade Court

January 23, 2012

G-288: Volunteer and Donations Management

February 6-7, 2012

Salem

January 23, 2012

G-111: Disaster Damage Assessment

February 8, 2012

Salem

January 25, 2012

CERT-201: CERT Train the Trainer

February 9-10, 2012

Salem

January 26, 2012

G-197: EM Planning For Special Needs Populations

February 6-8, 2012

Salem

January 23, 2012

V-810: Incident Command System Forms Review

February 8, 2012

Salem

January 25, 2012

V-450: ICS Train the Trainer

February 9-10, 2012

Salem

January 26, 2012

V-452: ICS Sponsored Instructor Orientation

February 10, 2012

Salem

January 27, 2012

*Logistics-101: Logistical Awareness and Fundamentals*

February 9, 2012

*Manassas

January 26, 2012

VEOC 101/201: Introduction to VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

February 10, 2012

Richmond – VEOC

January 27, 2012

V-520: Continuity Plan Development Workshop for State Agencies

February 16, 2012

Lynchburg

February 2, 2012

V-520: Continuity Plan Development Workshop for State Agencies

February 21, 2012

Richmond – Trade Court

February 7, 2012

ICS-400: Advanced ICS

February 21-22, 2012

Harrisonburg

February 7, 2012

AWR-136: Essentials of Community Cyber Security

February 22, 2012

Richmond – Trade Court

February 8, 2012

MGT-384: The EOC’s Role in Community Cyber Security

February 23-24, 2012

Richmond – Trade Court

February 9, 2012

G-775: EOC Management and Operations

February 27-29, 2012

Fishersville

February 13, 2012

Web100: Enhanced WebEOC

February 29, 2012

Fishersville

February 15, 2012

Logistics-101: Logistical Awareness and Fundamentals

March 1, 2012

Fishersville

February 16, 2012

G-111: Disaster Damage Assessment

March 2, 2012

Fishersville

February 17, 2012

G-270.4: Recovery From Disaster: The Local Government Role

March 12-13, 2012

Richmond – Trade Court

February 27, 2012

ICS-400: Advanced ICS

March 14-15, 2012

Richmond – Trade Court

March 1, 2012

G-250.7: Local Rapid Needs Assessment

March 16, 2012

Richmond – Trade Court

March 2, 2012

MGT-386: Advanced Crisis Communication Strategies for Public Safety Communications Supervisors

March 27, 2012

Richmond – Trade Court

March 13, 2012

VEOC 101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VERT Crisis Management Systems

April 6, 2012

Richmond – VEOC

March 23, 2012

G-969: Communications Unit Leader

April 10-13, 2012

Marion

March 27, 2012

Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery

April 25, 2012

Richmond – Trade Court

April 11, 2012

Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery

April 27, 2012

Newport News

April 13, 2012

VEOC 101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VERT Crisis Management Systems

June 7, 2012

Richmond – VEOC

May 24, 2012

VEOC 101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VERT Crisis Management Systems

July 19, 2012

Richmond – VEOC

July 5, 2012

 * This course open to Manassas and Manassas Park personnel only. May be opened to others if maximum enrollment is not exceeded. 


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