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New Damage Assessment web-based software is now available. One aspect is the Public Reporting Section. Remember it is all web-based and over 100 e-mail address can be notified (if needed) we also offer pre-scripted messages for sending to phones, cell phones, pagers, all with one button from your site or the client's site. Contact:  Robert L. "Bob" Kistner, President and CEO
DamageAssessment.BIZ LLC
,  9249 South Broadway, #200-422 Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 Office: 720-596-4980 Fax: 303-386-3823 Cell: 303-810-9912 www.energyplan.net www.kistner-associates.com   (3-6-03)

2002

Emergency Voice Messaging (EVM) from VASTNetworks, a PC Windows application, you can now deliver emergency notification messages of any size from the convenience of your PC. No additional hardware or expensive telephone lines are required. Most emergency messaging systems require a significant investment in hardware and infrastructure like telephone lines. Not EVM. EVM is a simple Windows application that gives you full control of delivering critical voice messages to any list of phone numbers. (Go to Website). Because EVM will integrate with nearly any database on your PC or network (includes full integration with MSOutlook), maintaining your phone list(s) is a breeze. Plus EVM will allow you to store an unlimited number of emergency calling profiles for quick deployment. EVM is affordable. Some emergency messaging systems require annual payments of some thousands of dollars and steep per call charges. As an EVM user, the application is free for you to use, the monthly access charge is just $29.95 and the per call rate is as little as $0.15 (depending on your call volume).
When emergency calls must be made NOW, ease-of-use is critical. EVM is amazingly simple as it guides the user through each step to create an emergency calling profile. When complete, a 'test' message feature is included to verify the message and system before the actual calling begins. Without obligation, you may test drive EVM by downloading the application. You'll be able to make 5 test calls for 10 days. If after downloading EVM you have any questions, Contact Ron Baron (509) 453-4506 rbaron@vastnetworks.net (3-08-02)
The Radio Source has added new Emergency Action Notification features for the Emergency Alert System.  Some of the new EAS categories just added are:  hazardous material, local area emergency, 911 telephone outage, law enforcement warning,  nuclear power plant warning, radiological warning, and civil danger warning.  Contact: Bill Baker Information Station Specialists Email bill@theRADIOsource.com  (616) 772- 2300, Extension 102, PO Box 51, 3368 88th Avenue Zeeland, MI  49464-0051 (06-10-02)
Emergency Operations Center Kits. They allow government agencies, nonprofit and businesses to gather, collect and display information in a common format on status boards and in Microsoft Excel based software.  Contact Alan Bernstein at  (502) 394-0822.  (6-10-02)
FEMA Disasterhelp.gov  FEMA has established a new website for disaster assistance. (6-05-02)
The Colorado EMA web site was recently updated and contains information on becoming a CEMA certified Emergency Manager at the Bronze, Silver and Gold level.  The CEMA web page is located at the Colorado Office of Emergency Management web site.  http://www.dola.state.co.us/oem/Cema/CEMA.htm (04-16-02)
Red River and Flood Related News Website.   The latest on Red River and flood-related news and features. Here are highlights on our web site: residents and communities' reflections from the 1997 flood. Virutal tour of the Red River or learn how computer models are helping experts make weather and flood forecasts by visiting the Media Room. (Find the Media room on the News page.)  See the Education section and print out a river study guide for kids to learn more about the Red River and its tributaries. www.riverwatchonline.org   (04-16-02)
A new Terrorism Time Line is available online along with the Disaster Time Line The URL for the pdf version and for ordering hard copies can be found at: www.disaster-timeline.com   Contact: Claire B. Rubin, Director, Emergency Management Policy Marasco Newton Group, 2425 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: (703) 292-5930 Fax: (703) 292-5937 crubin@marasconewton.com  (04-09-02)
A new layout for the Amateur Radio Service Web site (FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau) http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/amateur  The retooled structure breaks out topics more clearly, emphasizes the most frequently sought information, and uses distinct sectioning and summaries to help users scan the site more quickly. (04-09-02)
Building Hurricane Proof Houses. For information on this science project, which also teaches disaster education and mitigation, and how to conduct it within schools in your area.
http://www.tallytown.com/redcross/hurrproof.html 
   (03-25-02)
The "Two Way Radio Directory" is an on-line comprehensive source of information about two-way radio. It provides links to hundreds of Web sites related to two-way radio. Public-safety agencies may see what other agencies are doing to maintain their communications capabilities, locate consulting and engineering services, vendors of 911 equipment, software, radios, systems, and accessories. Find installers, tower space available, suppliers of batteries, emergency vehicle equipment, etc. "Two Way Radio Classified Ads" is a free service. A large inventory of radio/wireless related books is in the site's bookstore. The Web site URL is: http://twowayradiodirectory.com/   (02-10-02)
CMI-Services conducted a Virtual Forum on January 30 for representatives of selected state governments, FEMA, etc. in anticipation of Release 1, February 2002.  Go to the following chat login page to access the transcript and slides used in the presentation: http://www.emforum.org/cmis/formchat.htm – very informative!CMI-Services briefed Tom Ridge’s Office of Homeland Security last week. A FAST TRACK fact sheet is available at http://www.emforum.org/cmis/FTfacts.htm .CMI-Services Release 2 Survey is at: http://www.emforum.org/cmis/R2ballot.asp . Please complete the survey on "Functional Needs for Interoperability Services." User input  is needed to prioritize the 40 candidate functional capabilities that have been identified for Release 2

2001

National Library of Medicine - MEDLINEplus Health Topic on Anthrax
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/anthrax.html   Contains targeted links to pertinent information at CDC, other federal agencies, professional associations, media reports, pre-formulated MEDLINE
searches, and more. MEDLINEplus is the NLM's consumer health information service.
American Military University courses relating to Homeland Defense.  American Military University is an accredited private institution of higher education licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to award degrees and certificates in over 70 areas of study.  Earlier this year, in cooperation with ANSER, Inc., an independent not-for-profit public service corporation, AMU introduced Homeland Security certificate programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  These certificate programs, each comprised of five three-credit hour courses, cover the mission, defense policies, management structures and organizations associated with homeland security.  Since these courses are totally online they are particularly accessible for those currently engaged in the defense of our country such as the National Guard, Reserves, and state and local first responders, law enforcement, as well as the medical, justice, and academic communities, and are in keeping with AMU's mission to extend educational opportunities anytime, anywhere.   Available certificates courses:  Homeland Defense, Forecasting Terrorism, Intelligence and Homeland Security, Consequence Management, Chemical and Biological Defense. Additionally, AMU is offering over thirty related courses in national security, intelligence, management, and criminal justice, all specifically applicable to the current challenge America faces.   For additional information see the following website: http://www.amunet.edu/Degrees/AMUCourses.asp 
Contact: Bill Angerman bangerman@amunet.edu  703-330-5398 ext 870 email to info@amunet.edu, or by calling toll-free at 877-GO TO AMU (468-6268).
A New NWS Wind Chill Factor Chart to be used with this upcoming winter weather season for advisory or wind chill warning. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/fsd/windchill.htm#Now (10-02-01)
The latest version (ver. 2.0) of Disaster Time Line (released in May, 2001) provides a 
unique,graphic depiction of major disasters, both natural and technological, that have 
affected emergencymanagement policies in the US. Using colorful computer graphics, 
the Disaster Time Line chart  (roughly 11" x 32") shows not only major milestone events, 
and the year each occurred, but also the influences each event had on major after-action 
reports and analyses; federal statutes,  regulations and executive orders, Federal Response 
Plan, and major Federal Organizational Changes. (10-02-01)
Space Link Satellite Communication Service useful in a disaster situation.  It eliminates the need for local infrastructure for when internet or voip is needed quickly. It can deliver large amounts of bandwidth for data, video, file transfer, audio and its all IP.  Contact: Sandy Pelletier, Director of Wireless Services Sales SpaceCom Systems 1-(800)-950-6690 Ext.4825
Direct: 1-(918)-488-4825 Fax: 1-(918)-488-4848 sandy.pelletier@spacecom.com  (10-02-01)
New link on the FEMA CERT Website at www.fema.gov/emi/cert  called "Examples of
Emergency And Non-Emergency Use Of CERT Volunteers".  CERT program managers should
send information so that this section grow.  The goal is to update the section monthly. 
Contact: Sam Isenberger, Emergency Management Institute, Federal Emergency Management
Agency  Sam.Isenberger@fema.gov     CERT List Serve:  MAJORDOMO@SERVER201.FEMA.GOV 
"EMI-CERT" put subscribe in the BODY of message. (06-24-01)
SKYWARN Online Newsletter.  The Inaugural Edition...Spring 2001 of "The Microburst," the
on-line newsletter of the Tri-State SKYWARN Program, is available on the NWS Upton (NY) SKYWARN Program & Weather Page at http://skywarn.itgo.com/ (06-04-01)
Disaster Recovery Journal Upgraded DR Chat Board Section.  The upgraded board has been designed for easy to use as well as improved efficiency and searching. The new board is located at: http://www.drj.com/cgi-bin/ultraboard/UltraBoard.cgi. Instruction on how to enter the Chat Forum can be found on site. An Emergency Management Section has been added to the Business (DRJ) Forum. (04-16-01)

Enhanced Hazardous Material Database System. The Technical Support Working Group, a Federal
Interagency group focusing on developing new technology for combating Terrorism has sponsored the upgrade
of the commercially available Palmtop Emergency Action for Chemicals (PEAC) system.  The PEAC-CW
expands the list of toxic chemical and includes 6 chemical warfare agents and 73 precursor chemicals, This apability was designed for use by Federal emergency and law enforcement officers, and all State and Local Fire,
Law Enforcement, HAZMAT, Bomb Squad, and other emergency/public government services organizations who may be involved with responding to terrorists, HAZMAT incidents, or other chemical spill emergencies. The
PEAC-CW system contains information from a number of sources, including NIOSH, NFPA, AIHA, MSDS,
and DOT for over 10,000 chemicals and synonyms searchable by its chemical name or UN number. Contact:
Aristatek, Inc. of Laramie, Wyoming developed the PEAC-CW system.  The PEAC-CW system is available
directly from Aristatek or its distributors by calling toll‑free 1-888-463-6974 or 1-307-721-2211.  Software can be purchased separately without a platform or preloaded on a platform (prices vary depending on platform selected) and quantity discounts are available.  Detailed information is available online at http://www.aristatek.com  (04-09-01)

Internet Radio Linking Project Links Radio Systems via Internet The Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) links radio systems separated by long distance without the use of leased lines,
satellites, or controllers. The IRLP uses Voice-Over-IP software and the Internet to link a radio site to the world.  The system uses its own custom interface board and software suite, which makes interfacing a radio system to the world simple and cost effective.
The IRLP runs a large network of dedicated servers and nodes to offer excellent voice communications. The heart of the IRLP is its amateur radio network, linking hundreds of North American towns and cities with a full-dynamic-range, telephone-quality sound. See the IRLP Web site at http://www.irlp.net/  (04-10-01)
New Communication System: The TAC-PAK is touted as a  portable communications "Incident Command Vehicle in a Briefcase".  It is a rugged command system (C3I) in a briefcase and is battery powered.  It enables full wireless operations at any emergency or disaster location.   Complete TAC-PAK details are available at www.308systems.com   Contact: Mark Lueker, 308 SYSTEMS ( 310) 376-2131    Email: mark@308systems.com  (03-14-01)
Chemical Biological Response Aid (CoBRA) provides critical data and procedural guidelines for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incident response, based on the needs of the civilian First Responder community. WMD, in this case, is defined as large improvised explosive devices, toxic industrial chemicals, chemical agents or biological agents employed by terrorist organizations. This tailored software, along with appropriate data files (some licensed from commercial sources, some derived by DGI from government sources), is available for the civilian First Responder community as a resource for firefighters, emergency medical personnel, law enforcement personnel, HAZMAT teams, emergency management personnel and forensics examiners. Contact: Defense Group Inc 1-877-233-5789 or go to their website by clicking on the underlined text above. (02-21-01)
Search Dogs US -  Two new Rescue International canine training tapes "Canine Training With the Germans" and "FEMA USAR Canine Pretest."  In January of this years Hilda Wood organized two trainings in Florida with four trainers from the German Rescue Dog Association.  During those trainings with handler/canine teams from across the US.  The tapes contain over 2 hours of digital video which has been professional edited.  To find the tapes online see: http://www.rescuenet.org/videos/  and click on the links to each tape.    Contact: Bruce Barton, RI-SERT, NESAR  (02-20-01)
FEMA Fire Service Grant Representatives from major fire service organizations met with officials from FEMA and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) Jan. 23 - 25 at the National Emergency Training Center to develop the criteria for evaluating grant proposals. See http://www.fema.gov/nwz01/nwz01_05.htm  (02-05-01)
The Extreme Weather Sourcebook  http://www.esig.ucar.edu/sourcebook  The web site shows economic losses from major weather disasters, State by State and the 2001 edition adds lightning, storm, and hail data. Contact: Anatta Telephone: 303-497-8604 Fax: 303-497-8610
Email: anatta@ucar.edu  (01-25-01)
NWS Doppler Radar, a new radar feed is available through the internet. The National Weather Service link is a near real time display and it displays the base reflectivity images with looping capabilities and estimated one hour and storm total precipitation amounts.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ict/main.htm  (01-03-01)

2000

Emergency Management Acrediation Program (EMAP) currently operates under the auspices of and with staff support from NEMA. Collaboration with interested organizations and individuals as well as use of existing assessment and standards materials have helped minimize initial costs. The developers intend the program to become self-supporting through application and re-accreditation fees. In the near future, the current EMAP steering committee will be superseded by a nine-member commission with broad representation, and as soon as is practical the commission will be incorporated as an independent entity. In 2001, this new program will pilot test accreditation standards and procedures within two state emergency management programs. Following these tests, EMAP will refine its procedures and materials and offer the accreditation process to all U.S. state and territorial emergency management programs. In 2002, the program expects to pilot test the accreditation process among local emergency management programs. The process will include an application, self-assessment, on-site assessment by an outside review team, and committee and commission review of compliance with EMAP standards; it will also require re-accreditation every three years.  Contact: Emily DeMers, Accreditation Coordinator, NEMA, c/o Council of State Governments, P.O. Box 11910, Lexington, KY 40578-1910; (859) 244-8210  Fax: (859) 244-8239  Email: edemers@csg.org  (12-01-00)
Effective Disaster Warnings. The President's Working Group on Natural Disaster Information Systems, Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the National Science and Technology Council has released a 56-page report on "Effective Disaster Warnings." The report is available for PDF download on the FEMA website. The report "compiles . . . a wealth of information on public and private sector R&D capability to provide early warning of natural or technological hazards. . . . It is designed to assist scientists, engineers, and emergency managers in developing more accurate . . . warnings . . . The goal of this Report is to provide a broad overview of major issues related to warning the right people at the right time." The report focuses on emerging opportunities in technology that can focus warnings on particular populations and thus improve public safety. It notes that a major priority is to address concerns regarding data/information standards and dissemination systems to be used, and recommends close collaboration between federal, state, local, and private-sector organizations. (12-01-00)
The "Disaster Communications Handbook," a publication of the International Telecommunication Union, is now available in English, Spanish, and French in Microsoft Word format from this Web site. http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/prof-paper/pp1623 (12-01-00)
California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREe)  CUREe expands membership and changes it's name.  The membership voted to allow universities across the country to apply for membership. The name of the reorganized nonprofit corporation is Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE). (11-27-00)
The FEMA Federal Register Notices are now being published on the public access FEMA Web site.  Site visitors from other government agencies and private sector companies have asked for a way to quickly access Federal Register Notices related to major disaster and emergency declarations. All Disaster-related Federal Register Notices dated October 1, 2000 or later are now being posted on the Web site at www.fema.gov/library/dfrn  This page is linked from the Legal Room of the Library www.fema.gov/library/lib10.htm  the Response and Recovery Directorate Main Page www.fema.gov/r-n-r and the Main Index Page www.fema.gov/fema  Contact: Susan Hoban, Federal Disaster Declaration Policy and Processing Team .  (202)-646-2705. (10-24-00)
The National Flood Insurance Program final rule has been published by FEMA.  The new rule revises the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) and was published in the Federal Register on
October 12, 2000 and is effective December 31, 2000.  The revision conforms with "plain
language" standards. The rule also brings the three forms of the SFIP more closely in line with the format of the insurance industry's homeowners' policy and makes some changes in the policy's coverage.  A copy of the revised rule is available on the FEMA website athttp://www.fema.gov/library/sfip1013.htm .  A hard copy may be obtained  by contacting FEMA's Office of Intergovernmental at (202) 646-4515 or Email at IGA@fema.gov (10-24-00)
New Global Disaster Information Network (GDIN)  web site, which serves as an access portal for all GDIN initiatives at all levels. It can be found at: www.gdin.org . (10-06-00)
NACO-FEMA Local Elected County Officials Awards The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Federal Emergency  Management Agency have introduced a new awards program: the Building Disaster  Resistant Communities Leadership Awards. These awards will be presented to  elected county officials who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the  area of disaster prevention and mitigation.  The deadline for nominations is  Oct. 31, 2000. Award winners are recognized for implementing effective programs that have  resulted in a more sustainable, long-term quality of life for their county's  citizens. There are five award categories:
• Building code enforcement
• Innovative floodplain management
• Innovation in disaster resistant growth
• Community outreach and risk education
• Comprehensive mitigation planning
One local elected official per state will be recognized at the NACo  Legislative Conference in February 2001. National awards in each of the five  categories listed above will be presented during NACO's 2001 Annual  Conference in Philadelphia. To find out more about the Building Disaster Resistant Communities Leadership  Awards, contact FEMA's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at 202-646-4515 or iga@fema.gov 
  (10-04-00)
Emergency Management Glossary and Acronyms List  -- The Lake County (Indiana) LEPC, Web features a link to a list of Emergency Management Glossary and Acronyms that may be downloaded in either PDF or MS Word format. Dr. Dean R. Larson Drlarson@uss.com originally developed this list for agencies working with Department of Defense assets. (10-04-00)
UNHCR Geographic Information and Mapping Unit. An English satellite developer plans to launch a constellation of five satellites in early 2002 devoted to monitoring natural and human-made disasters from orbit.
http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/business/disaster_sat_000927.html 
This type of satellite sensor (36 m resolution) is not  suitable to "monitor
refugee movement" as described in the article. (10-04-00)
First Gov Website. The US Government has created a single site index for government websites. The new URL is http://first gov.gov  The site went on line September 22, 2000 and contains hundreds of links to Federal Web Pages. (09-22-00)
FEMA's web site, WWW.FEMA.GOV  homepage unveiled a new look on 31 August.  With more
than 30,000 pages available on the site, a primary goal of the homepage redesign goal was to make it easier for visitors to quickly find information. New features include immediate search engine access, mouse-over menus, and a cleaner, tighter page layout. A new web page for emergency managers was also launched today. Just as the For the Media page links together key site information for the news media, the Emanagers Page at www.fema.gov/emanagers  is designed to provide emergency managers with quick access to information of professional
interest. (08-31-00)
New FEMA/EMI Higher Education Courses Available As part of its mission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Higher Education Project has supported the development of a curriculum of courses that could be used in higher education programs leading to degrees or certificates in emergency management.  The most recent courses to be added to the program  are "Emergency Management Principles and Application for Tourism, Hospitality, and Travel Management Industries" and "Terrorism and Emergency Management." The complete materials for these courses (running to hundreds of pages) are available on CD-ROM from Dr. Wayne Blanchard, Higher Education Project, FEMA Emergency Management Institute, Building N, Room 430, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727; (301) 447-1262  Fax: (301) 447- 1598; Email: wayne.blanchard@fema.gov (08-29-00)
Announcing The Grand Opening of Fire-Rescue Village  Vertical Villages, Inc. is pleased to
announce the grand opening of Fire-Rescue Village, an online community for the fire-rescue personnel. We've pioneered a next-generation internet web site to support the Fire Service. Our "Stage 1" release brings you daily information, relevant feature articles, incident reviews, professional support and much more through our strategic partnerships. The first partnership we are excited to announce is with the "Fire Flirts," writers Amy Steelman and Lou Angeli, who are known in the industry as the "Firefighters' Advocates." We welcome "Flirting With Disaster"
http://www.fire-rescuevillage.com/firetv/  to their new home. (08-12-00)
Kids Central Station provides effective identification  through state-of-the-art identification  products such as shoe tags, picture ID cards, bracelets,  stickers, etc. There is no name or address on the  products to compromise the child's identity.  Kids Central Station is a Nationwide Notification Service linked to an  Emergency Dispatch Center available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. In an emergency situation we will call up to 12 contact  phone numbers and a physician that were provided by the  parents or guardian.  Kids Central Station's rapid process  of identification and availability of medical history of  the patient minimizes the liability towards physicians and hospitals.  Contact: 1-800-KIDS-022 or fax 561-470-8250.   (08-11-00)
Natural Resources Canada has a new online edition of the Canadian National Atlas. The Atlas is available in French and English.  It includes data on earthquakes, flood, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides, hail storms and forest fires.  (07-10-00)
Emergency Management Interactive Website by  Ericsson Corporation. The website provides information and case studies and links to other resources and various forums. (07-10-00)
Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in the Areas of Weather, Climate, Water Resources, Atmospheric Environment, and Related Natural Disaster Prevision and Prevention. In March, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding  The MOU is intended to enhance collaboration between IDB technical units and relevant WMO departments or offices. The two organizations already have a history of institutional cooperation through the preparation of feasibility studies, capacity building, and the organization of joint technical workshops.  Contact: Mr. Taysir M. Al-Ghanem,  Information and Public Affairs Office
World Meteorological Organization, 7 bis, avenue de la Paix, CH 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Tel: +(41 22) 730 8315 Fax: +(41 22) 733 2829/730 8027 Email  ipa@gateway.wmo.ch  (06-28-00)
The International Strategy  for Disaster Reduction  For more information about the 2000 ISDR campaign, as well as suggestions for local activities and events, contact the Awareness and Promotion Issues Officer, Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; tel: (41 22) 917 90 00; fax: (41 22) 917 90 98/99; Email isdr@un.org   Interested persons can also contact Helena Molin Valdes, ISDR Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean; Email: hmolin@undpcos.nu.or.cr  also see the Web site of the Regional Disaster Information Center, CRID: http://www.crid.or.cr. (06-28-00)

The US Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO) provides access to data and information on global environmental change research, adaptation/ mitigation strategies and technologies, and global change related educational resources on behalf of The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and its participating Federal Agencies and Organizations.  (06-15-00)

The African American Emergency Preparedness and Information Project (EPIP) The project is designed to reach minority communities with information about creating disaster-resistant families, communities, institutions, businesses, and organizations and is intended to be a gateway to emergency preparedness and disaster response information from FEMA and other government agencies and organizations involved in disaster preparedness, response, and mitigation. (06-05-00)
The Colorado Hazards Center has compiled a comprehensive index of visual images of disasters and hazards from online resources.  This site features archived images (not real time) and it includes remote imaging from satellites. The Center has also added a page on information about the frequency, severity, social consequences and monetary costs of natural disasters at: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/sites/costs.html (05-25-00)
 Iluyshin-76 TD "Water Bomber" Emergency Response Aircraft.   A joint Russian, American, and Canadian global emergency response venture integrates the Russian IL-76 large cargo aircraft.  The IL-76 is complemented by a professional, experienced, certified team of crew members; eight (8) men of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation, (EMERCOM); the aircraft is able to fight fires, fuel spills, and radiological emergencies of any kind, in any country.  Its purpose is to mitigate disasters and to fulfill humanitarian aid missions.  It can operate day and night, in any climate and under very adverse conditions. It has been proven from Siberia Arctic to the Mozambique desert during floods. (04-30-00)
Meeting at METU, in Ankara Turkey, 202 representatives from 40 nations, many  NGO's, Corporate Entitites, Academic Centers and International  Organizations, the OECD, the UN, the World Bank, NATO, adopted the Ankara  Declaration 28 April 00.  The Document, which has two parts, principles  and organizational rules, will be published on the project web site  www.gdin-international.org in a few days. The document also contains a chart  showing the relationship of various elements of GDIN to each other. URL: http://www.gdin-international.org
The Essential 2000 Users  InfoBook software is offering a new generation of Application Service Provider (ASP) management tools to support Emergency Operation Center (EOC) activities throughout industry, government and the military. Contact: Brian Mumpower, 1-800-999-5009, Email: bmumpower@essentech.com  (04-20-00)
ISDR (United Nations) Establishes Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction An "Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction" is being set up according to the terms of reference established by the UN Secretary-General in his report to the General Assembly (A/54/497). The task force will serve as the main forum through which the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) will be implemented. The ISDR is the U.N.'s successor arrangement to the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR).  The Task Force will convene for its first meeting in Geneva April 27- 28. Additional information can be obtained from the ISDR Secretariat, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; tel: (41-22) 917-9000; fax: (41-22) 917-9098 or 917-9099; Email: idndr@dha.unicc.org  (04-14-00)
New Earthquake Preparedness Website. McCurdy Enterprises, Burnaby, British Columbia.  Mc Curdy Enterprises was founded in 1995 and designs, markets and provides wholesale life-saving solutions and training for disaster planning.  
Email:  sales@mccurdy-enterprises.com  (04-12-00)
EMI Disaster Medical Operations Video on the CERT web site.  The video is located under "view CERT video material". For ease of viewing, the video has been edited into smaller segment none larger than 12 minutes.  Sam Isenberger, Emergency Management Institute (03-30-00)
Certificate and Graduate Specializations in Disaster Management at Georgia State University.  The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, offers a graduate certificate in disaster management as a professional credential for students preparing for careers in the field, public and nonprofit agency administrators working in public safety and emergency response agencies, and other administrators who require an understanding of emergency management principles and processes to be prepared for emergencies.  Completion of the certificate program requires 12 semester hours of graduate work, including the courses "Disaster Management," "Disaster Relief and Recovery," and two electives.  Contact: William L. Waugh, Jr., Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303; (404) 651-4592; fax: (404) 651-1378; Email: wwaugh@gsu.edu  (03-29-00)
A Certificate Program in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance  The Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CEDMHA) and the University of Hawaii-Manoa  has introduced a foundation course for a new multidisciplinary training and research program leading to a Certificate in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. The initial seminar, and the entire new program, will draw on the Asia-Pacific expertise of the university faculty and the extensive field experience of CEDMHA staff.  In addition, the course developers plan to invite experts from various international response and relief agencies and other universities to contribute to the program. Participants will include both civilian and military students.  Contact:  Program Coordinator, James. D. White, (808) 956-3265 Email: jwhite@hawaii.edu or the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, c/o Tripler Army Medical Center, 1 Jarrett White road (MCPA-DM), Tripler AMC, HI 96859-5000; (808) 433-7035; fax: (808) 433-1757   http://coe-dmha.org (03-29-00)
National Drought Policy Commission Draft Report Available.  The National Drought Policy Commission is now available for public comment on the World Wide Web. The comment period ends March 31, 2000. This draft report outlines recommendations that will be made to Congress and the President regarding national drought issues. Written comments should be mailed directly to the commission c/o Leona Dittus, Executive Director, National Drought Policy Commission, USDA/FSA/AO, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Mail Stop 0501, Washington, DC 20250-0501. Comments can also be submitted by Email to leona_dittus@wdc.fsa.usda.gov  or faxed to (202) 720-9688. (03-29-00)
New High-Speed HAZUS CD ROM Released.  FEMA has produced a state-of-the-art computer program developed by NIBS to provide loss estimations following earthquakes. Contact: Claire Drury, FEMA HAZUS Project Manager, FEMA 500 C Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20472 (202) 646-2884 Email: claire.drury@fema.gov or  NIBS Multi-hazard loss Estimation Program, NIBS, 1090 Vermont Avenue, N.W. Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-4905, (202) 289-7800  Email: pschnieder@nibs/org (03-17-00)
Community Vulnerability Assessment Tool, A CD ROM which explains community vulnerability to coastal hazards in general and presents a tutorial on using vulnerability assessment.  Contact: NOAA Coastal Services Center Clearinghouse, 2234 South Hobson, Avenue, Charleston, SC 29405-2413 (843) 740-1210  Fax: (843)740-1315 Email: clearinghouse@scs.noaa.gov  (03-17-00)
Disasters for Dummies,  a new website with content and resources for persons teaching emergency management. The site allows users to conduct discussions (via a threaded message capability), share a group calendar, post links to useful web sites, and
upload or download documents. To get instructions, a password, and to become a charter member of Disasters for Dummies, send an Email to:
cbrubin@mindspring.com  Contact: Claire B. Rubin, P.O. Box 2208, Arlington, VA 22202 (703) 920-7176
Natural Hazards Center journal, "Natural Hazards Review" (see DR #304), The premier issue of the new American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/ is now available
free ("Click on title above to go to website). The publishers describe this as "the first cross-disciplinary journal to address all aspects of natural hazards loss and cost reduction."
(03-17-00)
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) The NRELamong its many missions,  includes the integration of sustainable development and renewable energy into disaster
preparedness, response, relief, recovery, and mitigation. The lab's Web site highlights technology, programs, publications, and other resources to furtherthat end. (03-17-00)
The National Weather Service has a new website for it's StormReady Program The program can be used to augment Project Impact Community programs and other emergency preparedness activities.  Visit the website by clicking on the hypertext above. (03 10- 00)
Disaster Planning Kit for Businesses,  "Open for Businesss -A Disaster Planning Kit"  Sponsored by Institute for Business and Home (IBHS) and the Small Business Administration  The kit is on-line (Click on underlined text above).  Hard copies can be obtained for about $10 at the following address: IBHS, 175 Federal St, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02110   (617) 292-2003 x216  kgahagan@ibhs.org or dmcclure@ibhs.org  ( 1 March 00)
Emergency Response to disasters using the Internet. Eteam has a free inter-active demonstration online. The website can be found at:http://www.eteam.com  Contact:  877-546-7892.  (02-06-00)
Joint  Training  In Disaster/Emergency Management by  Interworks and being developed in concert with NGOs. Contact: Thompson@interworksmadison.com   (01-28-00)
FEMA "America Burning Workshops" until March 1, 2000. (01-01-00)
International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)  IAEM has expanded their Web site with a Bulletin Board where members and emergency management practitioners can discuss a wide array of topics. The Bulletin Board currently has three categories of discussion ongoing --- Emergency Management News and Views (very broad discussions are found here), Positions Vacant and Positions Wanted. (01-01-00)

 

1999

RECENT EMERGENCY GUIDELINES (United Nations) Five key manuals offer practical advice for emergency personnel in the planning or delivering of aid. First, the SPHERE project has just released the second version of its humanitarian standards, including minimum standards, which is being translated into French, Spanish & Russian editions. Also newly published is the second version of the classic UNHCR Handbook for Emergencies, which has been completely overhauled. Third, the World Health Organization has released its Handbook for Emergency Operations, complete with floppy disks for reference. Fourth, the UNICEF "Assisting in Emergencies" handbook is about to be re-published by UNICEF, extensively re-written. & fifth, the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance guide, known as the "FOG" (Field Operations Guide), has been in version 3.0 for months (available on the web: www.info.usaid.gov/ofda/fog/ ).
HEALTH INFO NETWORK FOR ADVANCED PLANNING -"HINAP" - LAUNCHED  last week by the World Health Org on the WWW. It includes health indices, profiles, & analysis, plus outbreak  verification on 9 countries: Albania, Angola, Colombia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Uganda. (12-21-99)
HELPU is helping to bridge the gap between Fire/EMS and Disaster Services in working and implementing programs for disabled populations.  See the HELPU Web site http://members.spree.com/sip/helpu/  (12-8-99)
Y2k Booklet Now Available in Spanish, Audio and Braille The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now has the popular Y2K booklet available in Spanish, Braille and audio formats. The Braille version of the booklet is being sent to key organizations across the country to maximize its availability to visually impaired readers. (12-04-99)
New Contact Info for The United Kingdom Emergency Planning Society, Northcumberland House, 11 The  Pavement, Popes Lane, London W5 4NG, England.  Tel: +44 (0)208 579 797 Fax: +44 (0)208 579 7972 ( 11-05-99)
Disaster Time Line: Selected Events and Outcomes (1965-2000). The chart provides a unique, graphic depiction of major disasters, both natural and technological, that have affected the emergency management policies in the US.   www.disaster-timeline.com  (10-28-99)
Hurricane Floyd Shelter Manager/Staff Analysis conducted by the Disaster Services Office of the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross as part of the Shelter Manager Rapid Response Team grant.  Visit our web site at www.tallytown.com/redcross  and go to the SMRRT link then scroll to the bottom and click on "Hurricane Floyd Shelter Manager/Staff Analysis". (10- 27-99)
FEMA has new Media Page to assist the press in covering the agency and in gathering information for disaster-related news stories. The URL is: www.fema.gov/media  or it can be accessed through the FEMA Home Page.  (10-20-99)
Unofficial chat line for FEMA Disaster Assistance Employees (DAE's) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is a free online location.  It is hosted on Yahoo!
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/femadaecommunity    (10-17-99)
Disaster Resistant Neighborhood The Capital Area Chapter and the Tallahassee Habitat for Humanity have teamed up to build Disaster Resistant Neighborhoods.  On July 21st 1999, the two organizations signed a Statement of Understanding to work together in an effort to mitigate the effects of future disasters and to recruit and train Tallahassee Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Damage Assessment through an ARC-Habitat MOU. (09-13-99)
Disaster Timeline Chart, (by Claire B. Rubin and Associates) depicts in graphical form the history of natural and technological disasters in the U.S. 1965 - 2000 and their impact on national policy. (08-30-99)
Multi-Hazard Maps (GIS) and Information.  FEMA and ESRI have created a new webpage which allows Internet Users to build custom maps of Hazards.  This is a joint effort supporting Project Impact for  Communities.  (08-18-99)
FEMA and the American Planning Association have a new publication available; Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction,  (PAS report No 483/484, 1999 for $34.)  Contact: Planners Book Service, 122 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603   (312) 786-6344  Fax (312) 431-9984 (07-20-99)
The Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center  (University of Colorado) has published an online guide to thier End-of- the-Millennium Information Sources.  Click on the following for more information:  List of domestic, academic, governmental, and international institutions and List of Periodicals (07-20-99)
See the Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQ) Page for the latest in Computer Systems recomendations. Look under "what do I need ?" (06-29-99)
New Federal Response PlanFEMA has printed a new FRP with the eleven changes since the FRP was initially distributed.  A hard copy can be obtained free from FEMA when they become available.
"Getting Ready for Y2K: A Workshop for Emergency Management" a new FEMA Y2K publication that is available to you over the Internet.   It contains 5 modules:   Understanding the Y2K challenge, Assessing Y2K readiness, Developing Y2K contingency plans, Promoting Y2K public awareness, and Exercising Y2K contingency plans. (05-15-99)
The National Disaster Education Coalition has developed a set of standard disaster safety messages on 13 hazards as well as general disaster safety information. The messages include science, preparedness, mitigation recommendations,  back-up explanations, data, facts, and support. These messages are recommended for use by anyone who may write a brochure, pamphlet, book, newspaper article, web-based safety information, or disaster preparedness. (05-14-99)
Tornado "Safe Room" Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House, FEMA Publication 320 (booklet & construction plans), available from FEMA by calling 1-888-565-3896. The publication, but not the construction plan is available for downloading from the FEMA Web site.  (click on the hyptertext title above)   (05-12-99)
The Webmaster is deployed to the Kansas Disaster Field Office in response to the  3 May Tornado. Details and pictures of the Kansas and Oklahoma storm (also parts of the Eastern US) aftermath can be found on the FEMA Website. (05-10-99)
Two New Y2k Publications: Y2K Citizens Action Guide, by Eric Utne and is available on line and the Disaster Resource Guide for 1999 "Y2K"  published by the Disaster Recovery Journal.  Contact: (714)558-8940  (The Titles are hypertexted to the online URL)  (04-28-99) 
New Combined Online Fire Lists. Two Firefighting interest email lists at SPECCOMM.COM have been combined into one list.   To subscribe email to: FIRE-L-REQUEST@SPECCOMM.COM  and  place "Subscribe" in the body of the message.
The National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering (NISEE), University of California, "NISEE Software Library CD-ROM" Cost of the NISEE Software Library CD-ROM is $139, including shipping in the U.S. For international orders and/or courier service, and to place an order, contact NISEE, University of California-Berkeley, PEER Building 451 RFS, 1301 South 46th Street, Richmond, CA 94804-4698  Contact:   (510) 231-9403; Fax (510) 231-9461  Email: info@nisee.ce.berkeley.edu (04-04-99)
1999 Edition of the Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages, by The Systems Audit Group, Inc. A 320-page source book is designed to help users locate disaster recovery services throughout the United States and Canada. It contains over 3000 vendors and covers
over 350 categories of services contained in five sections.  The Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages costs $98, plus $3 for shipping and handling. Regular updates are available.   Contact: The Systems Audit Group, Inc., 25 Ellison Road, Newton, MA 02459; (617) 332-3496 Fax (617) 332-4358  Email:
dryp@javanet.com (04-05-99)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Y2K Help Center for Small Business The center has recently released a "Y2K Jumpstart Kit" for small businesses and manufacturers, which includes a "Conversion 2000: Y2K Self-Help Tool, Available on the Y2K Help Center Web site (see above) or from MEP centers. 1-800-MEP-4MFG (637-4634) or 1-800-Y2K-7557 (925-7557) Email: y2khelp@nist.gov (04-05-99)
The Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CDMHA) A project of Tulane University, the University of South Florida the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) to ensure operational readiness in humanitarian and consequence management missions in the Caribbean and Latin America. Contact: Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer, 300 Herbert Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118-5687;   (504) 865-5240; Fax(504) 865-5241; or University of South Florida, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, CPR-107, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620-5650; (813) 974-8130; Fax (813) 974-8138 (04-03-99)
FEMA Booklet " Cost of Protecting Businesses In support of Project Impact"   Request FEMA publication 331.  Contant FEMA Publications at (800) 480-2520.   (04-02-99)
Readiness Consulting Services (RCS) provides professionals in the emergency management community consulting assistance in the areas of Standards Development, Readiness and Capability Assessment, Y2K Contingency Planning and other emergency management systems design. RCS is skilled in assisting Federal, State and Local Government agencies with strategic planning, large group facilitation and collaboration, and broad scale program design. Contact: 410-266-5619  Fax 410-573-0436  Email: bobfletcher@erols.com
Intel Pentium III hits the market this month.   This chip has been designed for the Internet and it contains new instruction sets that are MMX compliant.  Clock speeds will be 550 Mhz!  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will also release a competitive chip soon. See the FAQ Page for additional system/software recommendations. (03-02-99)
The International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) has a new campaign for 1999 "Prevention Pays". See the GEMS Page (International Organizations) for more details and the 1999 Meeting Schedule. Contact: madeleine.moulin-acevedo@dha.unicc.org   (03-01-99)
Home Saver Project The Idaho National Engineering and Enviornmental Laboratory (INEEL) in cooperation with FEMA, Department of Energy (DOE), other universities and business has completed a conceptual design for a National Test Facility.  The purpose of the facility will be to reduce property losses due to severe winds to homes and businesses via construction practices and retrofiting. Contact: Cheryl O'Brien, Progam Manager, Partnership for Natural Disaster Reduction, INEEL cco@inel.gov (03-01-99)
The World Bank has established a Disaster Management Facility (DMF) to provide operational support and establish partnerships with both the International Communities to work on Disaster Issues. See the GEMS Page.  Contact: Alcira Kreimer, Disaster Management Facility, World Bank, akreimer@worldbank.org or Margaret Arnold marnold@worldbank.org  (03-01-99)
Severe Weather Awareness Week (NWS) The National Weather Service has posted a new website page with a dates of scheduled events from around the Nation.  The page also features links to preparedeness materials. (03-01-99)
Contingency and Consequence Management Planning for Year 2000 FEMA has recently released this planning document for state and local emergency managers to help guide in planning for the y2k rollover.   An online document is available in PDF format by "clicking" on the hypertext title above. Note: Adobe Reader® must be installed on your computer to read or print file. (02-23-99)
International Joint Commission, Red River Basin Task Force (RRBTF), to prevent or reduce future flood damages.  The Canadian and U.S. Government has formed a commission to examine and report on the damaging floods in the Red River Basin. Sign up as a Member    See details for an Online workshop February 25, 1999 at 12:00 Noon, CST
Storm Displayis a newly developed online weather site by NBC 4 in the Washington DC area.  A Storm Pager™ system and an Email alerting system has also been created to  give severe weather warnings as well.  NBC 4 Television station is the first pilot TV broadcasting effort in support of FEMA's Project Impact. Contact: Dave.Jones@nbc.com (02-18-99)
A Wind Hazard Special Interest Group is forming an Email discussion group at: wind_haz_mit@egroups.com    Sponsoed by Partners-in-Mitigation Fellowship by a grant from the American Society of Civil Engineers.   Contact: Jame Cohen, (609) 730-0510, Fax: (609)  730-0511  Email: jccpc@msn.com  (02-09-99)
A Wind Hazard Special Interest Group is forming an Email discussion group at: wind_haz_mit@egroups.com    Sponsoed by Partners-in-Mitigation Fellowship by a grant from the American Society of Civil Engineers.   Contact: Jame Cohen, (609) 730-0510, Fax: (609)  730-0511  Email: jccpc@msn.com  (02-09-99)
A Wind Hazard Special Interest Group is forming an Email discussion group at: wind_haz_mit@egroups.com    Sponsoed by Partners-in-Mitigation Fellowship by a grant from the American Society of Civil Engineers.   Contact: Jame Cohen, (609) 730-0510, Fax: (609)  730-0511  Email: jccpc@msn.com  (02-09-99)
Mid-America Earth Quake Center (MAE) is a consortuim of seven academic institutions - Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  Texas A&M, University of Illinois, University of Memphis, St Louis University and Washington University with it's headquarters at the University of Illinois ( Urban-Champaign Campus).  MAE is conducting three major Earthquake programs; transportation networks, essential facilities and hazard evaluation as well as education and outreach activities. Links are being established with business, indusry and Government (02-02-99)
Weather Watchers On Line (WWOL) is an organization of 440 individuals interested in the study of weather.  The site features regional weather monitors who post timely weather information that can be used by Emergency Managers.  The site is also in a Web Ring. (02-01-99)
Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC), National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) has been created to reduce disaster losses through improved risk strategies in research, planning, design, construction, regulation and management. (02-01-99) has been created to reduce disaster losses through improved risk strategies in research, planning, design, construction, regulation and management. (02-01-99)
H.E.L.P.U. is a new website dedicated to all disAbled citizens with "special needs" residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the  United States. (See their On-line February Newsletter) H.E.L.P.U is made up of members of various organizations working with and for the disAbled communities.   The Website goal is to help guide and inform the non-disAbled and disAbled communities alike as to the many various agencies available to helpbridge the gap and join the two communities together as one united.  Not so long ago, the members of H.E.L.P.U. were considered able bodied citizens and through accidents, health conditions, etc.  The H.EL.P.U. site offers links to various DisAbility Organizations within Virginia and Nationwide;  to recreational and therapeutic organizational links; Posts current legislation pertaining to the disAbility community; Works with other disAbility organizations state and nationwide to make availableinformation regarding vital concerns for the disAbled citizens; Offers peer support to those requesting such; and Works with design and development of equipment for the disAbled citizens use in their home and business. (01-30-99)
The Open GIS Consortium (OGC) has opened a special interest group online for "disaster management."   The focus is on the development of the Global Disaster Information Network (GDIN) and using GIS as a tool in Emergency Management.   (01-21-99)
"They laughed at Noah-Preparing for Natural Disasters" by author Kelley Junchaya (Call numbers: LOC 98-9209, ISBN 0-9666726-2-3)  A book of emergency and disaster preparedness for families.  To order: MedCap, Department 137, P.O. Box 2085, Clifton, NJ 07015.  The book is $14.45 (includes shipping - New Jersey Residents add 6%  tax).  Contact: medcap.pub@Juno.com (01-22-99)
"Emergency Planning on the Internet" by author Rick Tobin.  It can be purchased for $49.95 at Amazon.com or  Barnes and Noble  Call Number is ISBN 0-86587-600-2. Search for the book by the author's name or it's title. (01-20--99)
SitRep2200 Emergency Management Software. The 2.0 Beta version can now be downloaded from the website. The site also features a new article on the future of Emergency Management and Disaster Systems.  Contact: (613) 722-3008  Email: rick@ces.on.ca (10-18-99)
KeepSafe Maximum Glass by Solutia Inc.   Solutia Inc. has become a National Corporate Partner with FEMA in Project Impact.  Solutia has developed KeepSafe Maximum Glass as an impact-resistant laminated product that provides protection against flying huricane debris.  Maximum Glass meets the toughest building code requirements.  If struck by flying debris the glass will not shatter or fall out.  It may  crack but its polyvinyl butyral lamination will keep the glass intact in the frame. Solutia is donating Maximum Glass as a demonstrator for FEMA in the retrofitting of the Chamber of Commerce Building in Deerfield Beach, Florida.  (01-15-99)
Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii is providing distance learning  courses (over the internet)  for Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  This course was developed as one of  FEMA's Higher Education Projects .  For more course information contact: Ed Kalinowski  Email: kalinows@hawaii.edu  (01-15-99)
The Machu Picchu International Fire Protection Project (Peru) is now online.   It is sponsored by the  Incident Commander online magazine.   See the request for assistance on the Requests Page. Look up Peru on the GEMS Page of EM Gold! for background information.  Editor: Jose Musse  jmusse@yahoo.com

The Emergency Planning Society in the United Kingdom (Great Britain) has a new URL  (See more details on the Society on the News Page and the GEMS and Conference Pages)

EMWIN Engine, (Xenocode, Inc)   ByteBlaster is now available for those that would like to Beta test this product. Download the all new 32-Bit Beta   Engine from Xenocode Inc.  WeatherNode software should aready be installed to use this Beta Software.
Technical support for the EMWIN Beta is only available through email at
support@xenocode.com  Note: The NWS EMWIN Progam manager has announced that 3 frequencies have been secured for retransmitting the EMWIN signal Nationwide! The frequencies to cover the U.S. andPosessions are 163.300 MHz, 163.325 MHz and163.350 MHz at 100 watts on a non-interference to existing services. The next 6 months will be used for testing 6 systems. Upon successful completion of testing, applications for a frequency will be accepted. (01-08-99) The NWS EMWIN Progam manager has announced that 3 frequencies have been secured for retransmitting the EMWIN signal Nationwide! The frequencies to cover the U.S. andPosessions are 163.300 MHz, 163.325 MHz and163.350 MHz at 100 watts on a non-interference to existing services. The next 6 months will be used for testing 6 systems. Upon successful completion of testing, applications for a frequency will be accepted. (01-08-99)
Electronic Journal of Emergency Management published by the University of Richmond.  The University of Richmond also offers degrees in Emergency Services Management  and Certified Crisis Operations Manager certificates. Distance learning in emergency managment course via the internet is also being offered.   Contact: Professor Walter Green and Certified Crisis Operations Manager certificates. Distance learning in emergency managment course via the internet is also being offered.   Contact: Professor Walter Green n0psb@aol.com (01-06-99)
CAMPUSAFE Newsletter for January features website links, interesting interviews and timely stories related to terrorism and its potential impact on campus safety and computer operations. Free access to the newsletter has been extended for 1 more month.  Last month's Y2K issue is still available as an archive link at the CAMPUSAFE home page.  Editor: Rick Tobin (01-02-99)
Rapid Reach a 32 bit automated notification system by Cascade International.  Used to contact people by phones, mobiles, faxes, alpha-numeric pagers and email.  Rapid Reach can be used  in emergency as well as non-emergency situations. (01-01-99)

 

1998

Basic Agent Tutorial (BAT), a computer-based interactive training tool in CD-ROM format, is now available to assist new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)  agents in learning about the program at their own pace via narrated video and text files. FIA's website, http://www.fema.gov/nfip was recently reorganized to make NFIP information easier to find. New items include a site index, an Ask the Expert section, a search capability, and a special Quick Links box. (12-30-98)
The Emergency Digital Information Service (EDIS) is provided by the State of California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. EDIS provides local, state and federal agencies with a direct computer link to the news media, other agencies and the public during emergencies. EDIS supplements existing systems such as the Emergency Broadcast System.
Center for Preparedness and Training    A new consulting firm has been established by Jay Wilson, CEM and Larry Wilcox.  Visit their site for a menu of services provided.
First Responder Chem-Bio Handbook (go to the search box on site and type in the above title.) provides first responders  initial assessment, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, decontamination and precautions. There is also a section devoted to the establishment of a decontaminization zone. (12-10-98)
The Accident Prevention Subcommittee of the Clean Air Advisory Committee (CEPPO) has been formed to provide advice and counsel on the scientific and technical aspsect of the Clean Air Act, Section 112 (r).  To be placed on an email listserve send to: listserver@unixmail.trpnc.epa.gov and type "Subscribe EPA-RMP"  <your-first-name> <your-last-name> in the body of the message. (12-08-98)
Inspection Procedures for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (OSHA)  These are new standards contained in 29 CFR 1910.120 (Paragraph Q) and they are available from OHSA. Contact: (202) 219-4667 (12-08-98)
Risk Communication Study (Rutgers University)    June 1, 1999 is the deadline for industries to submit Risk Management Plans, including worst case senarios to the Enviornment Protection Agency. (Clean Air Act 112(r).  Studies and video tapes are available and can be ordered through the Website above.  Contact: (732) 932-7815 (12-08-98)
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI), FEMA has published it's new course catalog for 98-99 for 105 residence courses and independent study.  Any US resident with substantial involvement in Emergency Management is eligible to apply for residence or non-residence courses and training.  Contact: (301) 447-1035  (12-08-98)
EPA Risk Management Guide for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators.  Guides can be ordered from the website above or by contacting: 1-(800) 424-9346. (12-08-98)
Urban Security Initiative; a Disaster Response Computer System for Cities, by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM.  The Urban Security Initiative by LANL is an effort to create a computer-based system to help City Officials and Emergency Managers prepare, respond and recover from natural disasters. Email: webster@lanl.gov (12-08-98)
CAMPUSAFE, is the first site devoted to the emergency management needs of campuses, universities, colleges, business/trade schools and highschools worldwide.  This site is a central point that school officials and administrator's can use as a one-stop shopping center for safety and disaster planning.  In addtion there is a listing of  interesteing events coming up that may aid the campus planners.  There are specials each month, including the release of new information about vendor products that make sense to use in the campus environment.  CAMPUSAFE offers a number of "boiler plate" plans, procedures and checklists for the campus that needs at least a starting point, or an extra hand, with the understanding that without proper inputs and practice, no document will be of use in safety and disaster planning.  It also features and onsite newspaper with interviews with real people in the field facing the challenges.  Each month it will cover a new topic.  This month's topic is Y2K readiness, with a focus on facilities.   This issue is free.  Future newsletter issues will be by subscription for $29 a year.  Editor: Rick Tobin, rtobin@foothill.net
Hospital Emergency Incident Command System (HEICS) A third edition update (11-27-98)
The Wingspread Principles are a set of guidelines for disaster-prone communities that contain an action plan for changes in Federal, state and local government policy regarding sustainability and mitigation..(11-27-98)
Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office has been created in the Federal Government under Presidential Decision Directive (PDD 63) to protect drinking water, electricity, communications, transportation, medical, emergency services, government and financial services through private and public partnerships (11-25-98)
Extension Agents Handbook for Emergency Preparation and Response by David L. Bilbo is now online. (11-25-98)
The Colorado Hazards Center has posted their 23rd Annual Workshop Session summaries on the WWW. (11-25-98)
A Disaster Forum is being launched to discuss the application of research on the elements and characteristics of complex and chaotic systems.  Participation is sought from the widest possible range of disciplines,experience, employment, and intrests at any level. (11-17-98)
Contact: dalep1@my-dejanews.com (Dale Puffenberger)  Newsgroups: dejanews.members.region.dalep1.complexity-disasters  
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/DALEP1/
http://www.dejanews.com/group   References:"Self-Organizing Knowledge on Distributed Networks Driven by Human Interaction" http://ishi.lanl.gov/symintel.html
"Collective Problem Solving:Fuctionality beyond the Individual"
http://ishi.lanl.gov/SimSym/nlj_sims.html      "What Disaster Response Management Can Learn From Chaos Theory" 1995  http://www.library.ca.gov/CRB/96/05/index.html
The Community Preparedness Website Project sponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) has developed an excellent informational website for California residents.  (10-12-98)
NEMA has testified on the Y2K problem before the Senate Special Committee on the Year 2000 technology program.  Full text is available at the NEMA website and can be downloaded to file or disk.  (10-08-98)
Hurricane Hunter Website The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS produces news and information on the latest developments.  This site also contains photos and a new links page. (10-02-98)
Environmental Change Snapshots from Space (USGS) Using satellites, maps and other photos USGS is assembling images from around the world.  Images are being collected approximately every 99 minutes or about 14 times every 24 hours. (10-02-98)
Emergency Alert System (EAS) Equipment Web Site for the summary of Y2K compliant systems. (10-02-98)

FEMA has formed Project Impact Alliance with the American Meteorological Society and is co-ponsor for Storm 98.  Storm 98.  (06-19-98)

The Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) has redesigned and expanded their website.  (06-19-98)
University of Richmond has new Journal of Emergency Services online (06-19-98)
California Specialized Training Institute, CSTI, PO Box 9123, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403.  email: cstiinfo@oes.ca.gov   phone: (805) 549-3535  fax: (805) 544-7103 (06-15-98)
NASA New Internet Site for Fire Monitoring by Satellite. The site provides recent imagery, analysis of data and a synthesis of satellite information sources currently available.  (06-16-98) The site provides recent imagery, analysis of data and a synthesis of satellite information sources currently available.  (06-16-98)
The Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP), Information Technology, General Services Administration (GSA), in cooperation with the Group of Seven (G7) Government On Line (GOL) program, is sponsoring an International Year 2000 (Y2K) - Information Technology Virtual Conference. The Conference will be located at the GSA International Year 2000 web site and is expected  to be online in mid-June,1998. http://www.itpolicy.gsa.gov/mks/yr2000/intconf.htm    (06-01-98)
A Hazmit Mailing List has been established for the Global Hazard Mitigation Community.  The list is in English and covers both natural and artificial disaters. (05-20-98)
Municipal and Local Emergency Management List by Public Safety Online can be obtained by AOL members at emergency-management@Listserv.aol.com   and "subcribe emergency management" and your name (real name).   (05-20-98)
FEMA on-line Incident Command Course.  FEMA has released a new Independent Study Course #195, Basic ICS.  It is the first in a series of new multi-discipline ICS courses being developed and released by EMI.  To register for the course use the following URL:  http://www.fema.gov/emi/ishome.htm   (05-20-98)
SitRep2200 Emergency Management Software.  A free download of Version 2.0 is projected to be available in June '98.  A free download of Version 2.0 is projected to be available in June '98. 
Emergency Management for the State of Florida has created a site called "EM Tools"  This site contains a lot of useful information for those wanting to use the internet to support Emergency Management. (04-25-98)
The Fire and Rescue Training Institute, University of Missouri, is providing distance learning credits for a Hazardous Materials Initial Response Course on-line.  The course is designed to teach emergency first responders ro operate in a non-intervention mode, protecting themselves and others from exposure to hazardous materials.
The North American Emergency Response Guide '96 (NAERG96) is on line.  The guide contains Chemical ID numbers, Name of Material, Guide Number and E.R. Distances.  It is also in Fraicias (French) and Espanol (Spanish).  (04-25-98) is on line.  The guide contains Chemical ID numbers, Name of Material, Guide Number and E.R. Distances.  It is also in Fraicias (French) and Espanol (Spanish).  (04-25-98)
The National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management (NCCEM) officially changed the name of the organization to International Association of Emergency Managers on 14 March 1998. In other mid-year activities, IAEM also modified the requirements for credentialling.  Emergency Managers with experience are now eligilbe for the Certified Emergency Management credential by substituting additional experience for a four-year college degree.   Visit the IAEM website for additional details or contact IAEM at (703) 538-1795,   Fax (703) 241-5603. (04-20-98)
EIIP Virual Forum Expands Schedule:   Tuesdays - 1 p.m. (EST) for informal "brownbag" sessions. Wednesdays - 12 p.m. (EST) for moderated, live, on-line events featuring guest speakers.  Discussion sessions can be found at; http://www.emforum.org/vforum/formchat.htm  input your first and last name, and follow the instructions. If any sessions of interest are missed, edited and unedited versions of the transcripts are available on the web site ( http://www.emforum.org ). The monthly schedule of events may be found from the Virtual Forum home page, or individuals may send an email to  list-request@emforum.org with the message 'subscribe' eiip@emforum.org to receive email notices of events. For additional details or contact, Avagene Moore via email: amoore@emforum.org   (04-20-98)
Fire and Rescue Training Institute at the University of Missouri at Columbia is providing distance learning for Hazardous Materials, Initial Response via the internet. (04-09-98)
Gender and Disaster Network Web site is now available online.  The site is a resource for the EM community of scholars and those concerned about gender issues in emergency management. (01-31-98)
FEMA's Community & Family Preparedness Program now has a CD-ROM for Disaster Educators. The FEMA Disaster Preparedness & Mitigation Library on CD-ROM includes high-resolution printer files and instructions for producing high-quality color brochures at a professional print shop. PC and Mac computer discs are included in the package. Those wanting single copies of materials can obtain them from the FEMA Web site. To order the FEMA Disaster. Preparedness & Mitigation Library on CD-ROM, call (202) 736-1648; fax: 202) 331-3003; or e-mail valca_valentine@oar-wash.com .  Program information: CFP Program Manager Ralph Swisher, ralph.swisher@fema.gov  or write: FEMA, Training Division, Preparedness, Training, and Exercises Directorate, Room 625, 500 C Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20472. (01-31-98)
Lessons from the 1997 Colorado State University Flood:  For information,contact: Eve Gruntfest, Department of Geography, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, P.O. Box 7150, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150; e-mail: ecg@mail.uccs.edu ; WWW: http://www.uccs.edu/ For information,contact: Eve Gruntfest, Department of Geography, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, P.O. Box 7150, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150; e-mail: ecg@mail.uccs.edu ; WWW: http://www.uccs.edu/
The Association of State Floodplain Managers has a new ASFPM Web site which includes information on how to become a member, the organization's constitution and bylaws, directories of officers and committees, a publications list, information on upcoming conferences, a history of the association, and other useful information and Internet links. (01-31-98)
Spangle and Associates, an urban planning and research consulting firm in California, recently published the results of a National Science Foundation-funded study that evaluated the usefulness of the Los Angeles Recovery and Reconstruction Plan following the Northridge earthquake.  The report is available for $10, and a second volume containing summaries of interviews is available for $15. Prepaid orders should be sent to SpangleAssociates, 3240 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028; (415) 854- 6001; fax: (415) 854-6070.  A summary of the report, with selected excerpts, and full appendices are available on the Web site.
The Emergency Management Education Network (EMIN) developed by the University of California Extension, Riverside, contains a broad range of topics, including emergency management and  business continuity and disaster recovery.  (01-31-98)
The New Zealand Office of Civil Defense has a website that deals with natural and technological hazards and emergencies which provides national co-ordination and a range of support for local government and other emergency services. It also has an excellent on-line periodical,"Tephra Magazine." (01-31-98)
The Search and Rescue Institute is now on line with a new web site.  The site features links to other SAR sites as well as organization and mission information. (01-28-98)
The NASA Stonefly Project, an online site for Emergency Management, is signing memberships online.  It is also experimenting with a free real-time chat program for EM called ICQ.  This program will allow emergency management to conduct online chats around the world via the internet without cost.   The ICQ has many other features.  To test this chat program contact John Peterson at: jepeterson@mail.arc.nasa.gov (01-27-98)
An Internet Ham Radio Reciever site called "Listening Post" and sponsored  by the National Institutes of Health Radio Amateur Club sends signals via an UHF/VHF receiver on AM, CW, FM or SSB bands between 28 and 2000 Mhz from the Washington DC area.  A PC equipped with a sound card can receive the audio for the selected frequencies. The user must also have audio software installed, e.g. Real Audio. (01-22-98)
AlertNet ( www.alertnet.org ) is a non-commercial news and communications service for the international emergency relief community.  AlertNet is backed by Reuters, the world's leading information group, and is run by the Reuter Foundation, the group's educational and charitable trust. Using Reuters experience in news and communications, AlertNet aims to be both a specialist news supplier and a neutral information broker to aid agencies involved in international emergency relief. The website is in two parts:  (1) a public zone, on open access. This includes latest disaster-related headlines from Reuters, public information from official sources and news from the voluntary sector.  (2) a private zone, restricted to AlertNet members only. This contains more detailed news and background, as well as facilities for members to exchange information which may be confidential. Contact: Disaster Information Administration Volunteers in Technical Assistance, Suite 500 1600 Wilson Boulevard  Arlington, Virginia 22209  Voice: (703) 276-1800 Fax: (703) 243-1865 Email: incident@vita.org (01-22-98)
Net2 Phone Direct (IDT Corporation) enables users to place high-quality calls on the internet using existing telephone instruments. (01-22-98)
Emergency Alert System (EAS) Watch, Version 1.2 Software is available to the Commercial Broadcast industry.  It is designed to manage the EAS.  The program will keep both an electronic and a printed log detailing events that have been received and transmitted by the EAS.  Contact: Kirk Wesley kirkwww@ibm.net  (01-20-98)
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) is a new consortium of nine institutions conducting earthquake research regarding: policy, planning, and economics; seismic hazards; performance assessment; systems reliability; and innovative technologies. (01-15-98)
The InfoPoint 2000SAR Radio is a completely portable, low power, FM transmitter that is self contained in a rugged weather-proof case. It combines FM transmitter technology, digital voice storage and remote access control to communicate directly to the public, in the local area, on the FM radio band and is independent of power black-outs or service availability and can broadcast to any number of emergency volunteer workers. Powered by any 12 Volt source, the InfoPoint 2000SAR will broadcast live messages or looped digitally recorded messages on any selected FM frequency between 88.1 and 107.5 MHz (such as 91.1)and is designed with two broadcast power settings of 1 or 5 watts allowing your broadcast to reach up to a twelve kilometer (7.5 mile) radius. For additional information contact Total Point Inc. directly at(867)667-4823, Fax(867)668-4710. (01-15-98)
Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) and International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters is now on line. The tables of contents of all issues of the "International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters" (Volume 1, No. 1, March 1983 to the present) are now available on the journal's Web site at  www.usc.edu/dept/puad/ijmed (01-15-98)
Turning Point Group, Inc., an emergency management product and service company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,has established "Canada's first fully accessible bulletin board, with a complete range of emergency management topics. The Web site acts as a forum for dialogue and exchange of ideas across Canada and the Global Emergency Management community. (01-15-98)
A New HAZMIT Listserve is at hazmit-request@mitigation.com The list includes natural and anthropogenic disasters will To subscribe online http://www.mitigation.com/listserv.htm   and fill out the form. (01-14-98)
NCCEM Members Approve Name Change: "International Association of Emergency Managers" The majority of NCCEM members participating in a recent poll favored the proposed new name: International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). The amended motion — to change the name to “International Association of Emergency Managers” following a favorable membership poll — passed unanimously during the Phoenix business meeting. (01-14-98)
US Geological Survey (USGS) has initiated Listserves for water-pr, geological-hazards-pr, biological-pr, mapping-pr, products-pr and lecture-pr.  To subscribe to these lists, email: listproc@listserver.usgs.gov. Type subscribe [name of list] [your name]  Contact: Karen Wood (703) 648-4447 email: Kwood@usgs.gov (01-12-98)
Public Private Partnership 2000 is an alliance of Federal, Private Sector and Non-Profit organizations seeking new approaches in disaster mitigation.   A report is available on proposals to improve hazard mitigation.  Contact: PPP 2000 Project, Institute for Business and Home Safety, 73 Tremont Street, Suite 310, Boston, MA 02108-3910 (617) 722-0200 Fax (617) 722-0202 (01-12-98)
EIIP Virtual Forum to Begin Series of Live Chats on Distance Learning via Internet  The Emergency Information Infrastructure Partnership (EIIP), in its continuing effort to provide a Virtual Forum for the exchange of information and ideas, begins a series on this topic January 1998. The course Website may be viewed at http://www.esper.com/mettlen/idc/default.htm (01-12-98)
The U.S. Geological Survey has announced several new products related to the USGS national seismic hazard maps. Many new features have been added to the maps' Internet Web site: http://geohazards.cr.usgs.gov/eq .For example, users can now look up the seismic hazard in any part of the continental U.S. by zip code, and the Survey has added a custom mapping feature, through which the user can specify latitude and longitude bounds and produce customized hazard maps of the selected area. Additionally, large versions (24"x36") of the National and Western U.S. seismic hazard maps can be ordered using forms available from the Web site. (01-12-98)
British Columbia Cave Rescue Website New for '98 http://www.camosun.bc.ca/~colesr/bccr/rescue.htm Formed in 1984 as the cave rescue resource network of organized caving in British Columbia, the B.C.  BCCR operates under a 1992 Memorandum of Understanding with the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ( RCMP), and the B.C. Ambulance Service, and with access to the resources of the U.S.National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC). Training is to PEP or NCRC standards.  Email:  piwhitfi@mail.netshop.net (01-12-98) http://www.camosun.bc.ca/~colesr/bccr/rescue.htm Formed in 1984 as the cave rescue resource network of organized caving in British Columbia, the B.C.  BCCR operates under a 1992 Memorandum of Understanding with the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ( RCMP), and the B.C. Ambulance Service, and with access to the resources of the U.S.National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC). Training is to PEP or NCRC standards.  Email:  piwhitfi@mail.netshop.net (01-12-98)
FEMA ESTABLISHES TIMEFRAMES FOR HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM  FEMA recently issued a new policy for HMGP application submission and funding obligation timeframes in order to encourage closeout of old disasters and more timely administration in new disasters. Key provisions of the new policy are listed below. Application Submittal * 44CFR 206.436(e) requires that the State forward all selected applications in priority order to the Regional Director within 90 days after the State Hazard Mitigation Plan is approved. FEMA encourages States to develop and maintain a current comprehensive Hazard Mitigation Plan pre-disaster; to submit applications as early as possible; to prepare for the eventuality of application withdrawals, cost overruns, cost underruns, and scope changes; to submit an adequate number of prioritized applications up-front to fill in for withdrawals and denials, as well as reserve a percentage of funds to cover unexpected cost increases; and to submit applications for Five Percent Initiative projects early after the disaster. Extensions. The Regional Director may extend the timeframe in 90 day increments in the event of extraordinary circumstances. Obligation of HMGP Funds * The Regional Director will make all project application determinations within 24 months of the disaster declaration. This includes completion of the environmental review. Allocations. The RD will de-allocate any HMGP funds not obligated or committed to a pending project application after the 24 month obligation deadline. The availability of unused funds expires upon de-allocation. (01-12-98) recently issued a new policy for HMGP application submission and funding obligation timeframes in order to encourage closeout of old disasters and more timely administration in new disasters. Key provisions of the new policy are listed below. Application Submittal * 44CFR 206.436(e) requires that the State forward all selected applications in priority order to the Regional Director within 90 days after the State Hazard Mitigation Plan is approved. FEMA encourages States to develop and maintain a current comprehensive Hazard Mitigation Plan pre-disaster; to submit applications as early as possible; to prepare for the eventuality of application withdrawals, cost overruns, cost underruns, and scope changes; to submit an adequate number of prioritized applications up-front to fill in for withdrawals and denials, as well as reserve a percentage of funds to cover unexpected cost increases; and to submit applications for Five Percent Initiative projects early after the disaster. Extensions. The Regional Director may extend the timeframe in 90 day increments in the event of extraordinary circumstances. Obligation of HMGP Funds * The Regional Director will make all project application determinations within 24 months of the disaster declaration. This includes completion of the environmental review. Allocations. The RD will de-allocate any HMGP funds not obligated or committed to a pending project application after the 24 month obligation deadline. The availability of unused funds expires upon de-allocation. (01-12-98)
The International Hurricane Center is offering courses in Hazards Management.  Details are available at http://www.fiu.edu/~hurrican/ or contact Mercy Rueda (305) 348-2801. (01-06-98)
The 1998 NASA StoneFly Virtual Photo Gallery  The first page of the photo gallery on the StoneFly Homepage is located at http://stonefly.arc.nasa.gov  Contact: John Peterson jepeterson@mail.arc.nasa.gov     (01-09-98)
DEFENSE REFORM INITIATIVE PUTS NATIONAL GUARD IN MILITARY SUPPORT POSITION  Secretary of Defense William Cohen, in his recently released Defense Reform Initiative, announced plans for greater participation from the Army National Guard in planning military responses to domestic emergencies. Under the plan, a general officer from the National Guard will serve as Deputy Director for the Directorate of Military Support (DOMS) Directorate of Military Support (DOMS) and be responsible for the day-to-day operations and command center of DOMS. The initiative mandates the NG's increased participation in the Army's domestic crisis response program. Sec. Cohen envisions the NG as an initial responder to a terrorist chemical or biological threat within the U.S. The idea is to establish state and regional rapid response teams to help victims of chemical and biological agents. State Rapid Response Teams are conceptually formed at 44 personnel, Air and Army Guard, per state to concentrate on training first responder personnel within their respective states. The Regional Rapid Response Team is formed as 200 personnel, comprised of all services, to help resolve issues over-lapping state borders or larger chemical or biological incidents.  This concept has been approved by Sec. Cohen. Funding is provided through Nunn-Luger-Domenici legislation. The timing of thisinitiative is immediate with volunteer state(s) acting as pilot states January through the June-July 98 time frame. After a lessons-learned roll up, an early Fall 98 startup, possibly October 1, `98 for the rest of the states is projected. (01-10-98)

 

1997

The FEMA "Emergency Response to Terrorism" Self Study course it's available for download at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/nfa/tr_ertss.htm (12-25-97)
FEMA HAZARDS US (HAZUS) is being developed to predict the number of deaths and economic losses from natural disasters.  The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), a congressionally authorized non-profit organization and is developing the HAZUS data base to predict loses. (11-10-97)
Capability Assessment for Readiness (CAR) FEMA has announced a joint effort with the National Emegency Management Association (NEMA) to develop a system for emergency managers and FEMA regional offices to access levels of preparedness.  (11-10-97)
NCSL State Legislator's Guide to Emergency Managment. FEMA is taking orders for additional copies of NCSL's publicationState Legislators Guide to Emergency Management. Copies for state legislators can be obtained by contacting Rachael Rowland, FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs, at (202)646-4571. (10-30-97)
ACS Newsletter (Calif/OES) A weekly newsletter for emergency communicators (Amateur Radio) that introduces new technology and shares common ideas. ACS Web page: http://acs.oes.ca.gov FTP archive: ftp.ucsd.edu/hamradio/packet/tcpip/incoming for new bulletins and ftp.ucsd.edu/hamradio/races for earlier ones. Landline BBS: 916-262-0856 (graphical & standard interface).OES ACS staff manager Stan Harter :Stanly_Harter@oes.ca.gov State Chief ACS Officer Cary Mangum: Cary_Mangum@oes.ca.gov Please let others in the emergency services field know of the newsletter, opinions, suggestions or written material are welcome from everyone, whether in California or elsewhere. (10-30-97)
The NEHRP Guidelines for Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings and Commentary, each nearly 400 pages, are currently being printed. Orders can be placed now by calling 1-800-480-2520. Refer to Publications 273 and 274 respectively. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (10-30-97)
LightSAR is a NASA satellite pre-project which is an Earth-orbiter using synthetic aperature radar to provide very high resolution imaging data of the Earth's surface. This capability for remote sensing has a wide-range of potential uses for emergency response management. Contact Diane F. Miller at:diane.f.miller@jpl.nasa.gov for more information. (10-24-97)
EL Nino Guidebook. Call FEMA at 800-480-2520 to order EL Nino Individual, Business and Community Preparedness Packages. Visit FEMA on the Internet at http://www.fema.gov (10-20-97) Update:"Disaster Resistant Community" Gets New Name The Disaster Resistant Community project is now being called "Project Impact." as a result of the El Nino Summit in Santa Monica,California. (See "Santa Monica Summit" details below) Director Witt made the announcement during the Summit. New Project Impact Guidebooks are being distributed to local communities. The guidebook offers a formula communities can follow to become disaster resistant. (10-30-97)
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO TERRORISM is a new self-study course from the US Fire Administration. NFA just released a self-study course on terrorism. Download the entire course from: http://www.fema.gov/usfa2/nfa/trertss.htm (10-13-97)
FEMA Website for Children. The site is now on the internet (10-13-97)
Radius Project. Fifty-five cities world-wide have announced this project which is focused on urban mitigation issues dealing with seismic risk. The is an outgrowth of the IDNDR Conference last year. Email: kenji.okazaki@dha.unicc.org (10-06-97)
Computing and Communications in the Extreme Report by the Compter Science and Technology Board (CSTB) of the National Reserch Council. The Board is seeking to build intellectual bridges between disaster managers and the information technology research comunity. Fax: (202) 334-2318 email: cstb@nas.edu (09-30-97)
ERLink. The National Communications System (NCS) is hosting a pilot program called Emergency Response Link. It offers a way to share information electronically to simplify disaster response, planning and operations. It employs a collection of communications protocols, information structures and software that use WWW technology for data sharing. ERLink is a controled access Web site that allows Federal Response Plan (FRP) Partners to both obtain and post information. Point of Contact: John O'Connor (703) 607-6130 email: oconnorj@ncs.gov (09-30-97)
The Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction (SNDR) has created a working group on Natural Disaster Information Systems (NDIS) to evaluate and foster ways to integrate public and private resources and infrastructure to insure accurate and timely information regarding disastersf is available instantly. Contact: Peter Ward, U.S. Geological Survey (415) 329-4736 Fax: (415) 329-5163 email: ward@andreas.wr.usgs.gov (09-30-97)
Public Private Partnership 2000 is a cooperative endeavor of Federal Agencies comprising the Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction (SNDR), The Insitute for Business and Home Safety and other private-sector organization seeking to reduce losses from natural disasters. Contact: Walt Hays (USGS) whays@usgs.gov (09-30-97)
EIS International Corporation and Environmental Software, Inc have merged to form a new company called Essential Technologies. (09-22-97) have merged to form a new company called Essential Technologies. (09-22-97)
Insitute for Business and Home Safety is the new name for The Institute for Property Loss Reduction (IIPLR). (09-22-97)
Legislation on the use of scanners to monitor radio frequencies. HR 2369 will basically make it illegal to use a scanner to listen to other than amatuer radio frequencies. (09-05-97)
Bell Atlantic has won an $11.7M contract to provide wide-ranging telecommunications support to FEMA. (08-18-97)
The National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management (NCCEM) is now online with it's own website.(08-01-97)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 is available for download by the to support Windows NT and Windows 95. (07-31-97)
GSA is offering Federal Webmasters classes in policy and management. Courses include how to create a business plan, develop performance measures and keep electronic records. (07-29-97)
Webrings This site allows the connection of five or more websites that wish to be linked. For example, five or more Emergency Management or Public Safety sites could link. Visit this site for more details. (07-21-97)
DMAT Listserv Newsgoup, (Send to: listserve@mediccom.org Subscription Commnand: subscribe dmatnews )this is a new listserve newsgroup directed towards members of the Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs). It is linked to the NDMS BBS which 'echoes' postings and relevant information (07-19-97)
HAZMED Listserve Newsgroup provides information about HAZMAT emergency response and other topics. (List name: "hazmed", Post to: hazmed@mediccom.org Subscription Command: subscribe hazmed) (07-19-97)
DISMED Listserve Newsgroup is intended for discussions about disaster medicine. (List name: "dismed" Post to: dismed@mediccom.org Subscription Command: subscribe dismed Send to: listserve@mediccom.org)(07-19-97) Listserve Newsgroup is intended for discussions about disaster medicine. (List name: "dismed" Post to: dismed@mediccom.org Subscription Command: subscribe dismed Send to: listserve@mediccom.org)(07-19-97)
DERA names new Amateur Radio Coordinator. DERA has been affiliated with the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) since 1963. James Lucas can be contacted at: 330 Glenwood Ave, Apt 122, Grand Junction Colorado 81501 or at: jim@iti2.net (07-17-97)
Distance Learning: Master of Science Management concentrating on crisis and emergency management from The Center for the Study of Emergency Management (CSEM) in San Luis Obispo, California (formerly the California Specialized Training Insitute) For more information contact: Wes Balda, wbalda@simeon.org Center for the Study of Emergency Management, 1241 Johnson Avenue, Department 160, San Luis Opisbo, CA 93401. Phone: (805) 782-6787, Fax: (805) 782-6730 (07-17-97)
FCW reveiw of the new "Push" Technology that allows an 'outside' source to control the flow of information to your desktop. This has potential implications for Public Safety alerting and operations. Pointcast, Marimba, and Starburst Multicast, other "push" technology is being developed by The Internet Company, Microsoft, Backweb Technologies, Intermind Corporation, Wayfarer Corporation, and Data-Channel. (07-14-97)
OMB Guide for Information Technology Architecture has been released to Federal Agencies. "Architecture should have two elements: 'a enterprise architecture' and a 'technical reference' model."(07-14-97)
New FEMA How-To Series. FEMA has a new series of 20 fact sheets online containing mitigation tips, with more to follow. The fact sheets are produced by the FEMA Mitigation Directorate. (07-14-97)
Interactive Town Hall Wall. Civil servants across the country are sharing their veiws and experiences on-line with other Federal reinventors.(07-10-97)
Digital Tornado, a paper released by the FCC on the implications of the Internet's impact on telecommunications policy and regulation. Link to Paper # 29. (07-09-97)
Searchable Directory for teleconferencing, multimedia, audiovisual and related technologies manafacuturers. (07-09-97)
S.H.A.R.E.S. A consortium of government agencies and others (e.g. Civil Air Patrol) to share HF Radio resources in emergencies and disasters. The network presently consists of 1040 HF stations in all 50 States and at 34 Overseas locations. (S.H.A.R.E.S. emergency support) Contact the S.H.A.R.E.S. Project Officer at: (703) 607-4900 or shares@ncs.gov (07-09-97)
FloodPlainInfo, developed by On Target Mapping, provides informational and geographic records of national flood plains for approximately 880 counties in the United States and some territories. It provides users with flood risk data suitable for determining if buildings, dwellings and other structures are within a special hazard area.(07-03-97) developed by On Target Mapping, provides informational and geographic records of national flood plains for approximately 880 counties in the United States and some territories. It provides users with flood risk data suitable for determining if buildings, dwellings and other structures are within a special hazard area.(07-03-97)
Operation Fresh Start. This is a new Department of Energy (DOE) website for disaster recovery information with an emphasis on sustainability and resource efficientcy. This site offers a wide array of information on rebuilding homes, businesses and communities. The site is managed by the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD) and the Center of Excellence for Natural Disaster Remidiation. (07-02-97)
The National Imagery and Mapping Agency has a homepage with good geospation information. To find this information, go to "Whats Hot" which leads to Digital Terain Elevation Data and a "clickable" world map. From the Homepage, "Geospatial Information" yeilds a list of NIMA products. Also try the "Integrated Product Team" and the "Geospatial Prototype Facilty"(06-23-97)
National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC) The NAOC is an E-4B military version of the Boeing 747. It will be used to support FEMA during major disasters and emergencies. (06-19-97)
Emergency Information Infrastructure Partership (EIIP) has a new server and new address. Site architecture, contents and features are being upgraded to promote partnerships, provide information and support idea and information exchange on "The Virtual Forum." (06-04-97)
FEMA Learning Resource Center Catalog is online. The catalog/index contains the National Emergency Training Center's (NETC) collection of more than 50,000 books, reports, periodicals, and audiovisual materials on fire service and emergency management topics. Email questions to: netcirc@fema.gov (05-30-97)
BellSouth Severe Weather Paging. The company provides severe weather watch and weather information within 2 minutes after they have been issued from the NWS Severe Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma on alpha numeric pagers. More information is available at 1-800-743-4989.(05-27-97)
The FEMA Higher Education Project has contracted for four more college level courses. Emergency Management Skills and Principles (University of Wisconsin), Earthquake Hazard Operations and Management (University of Memphis), Technology and Emergency Managment (Louisanna State University) and Emergency Management Research Methods and Analysis (University of Central Florida). (05-23-97)
Revised FEMA Flood Insurance Booklet for Lenders. Copies are available on FEMAs 24-hour Fax-on-Demand system (202)646-3362 (05-23-97)
Automatic Packet Reporting Systems used by Amateur Radio (ARES/RACES potential) can track people and vehicles accurately during emergencies. Integrates HF/VHF, GPS Satellites, and computers. Visit the "Virtual" Library for additional information. (05-20-97)
Motorola JT-1000 portable hand held radios are to be issued to Level One Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs)by the Public Health Service OEP. (05-15-97)
Project Safeside The American Red Cross and the Weather Channel have a joint effort online to teach the public about dangers of severe weather. (05-13-97)
FEMA's Higher Education Project.. A list of colleges and universities in the United States that teach one or more emergency management courses has been assembled by Dr. Wayne Blanchard of the Emergency Management Institute, Emmittsburg, Maryland and placed on the Internet by the University of Colorado Hazards Center for disemination to those interested in training and degrees. Two new Emergency Management Courses from the Emergency Management Institute are available. Paper copies for cost and ordering are available at 1-800-553-6847. (04-15-97)
International GovNews   by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is a new site designed to open a net Internet avenue for Federal Government users and the Public. (04-14-97)
FEMA Okays waiver  for intentional flooding of basements to prevent sewer backup. (04-11-97)
The U.S. Fire Administration   has published a new manual that details risk management techniques and strategies for fire and emergency service departments. Risk Management Pracitices in the Fire Services (Pub# FA-166) (04-09-97)
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) now has a 24 hour communication command center. The 24 hour number is (202) 314-6290 and the Fax number is (202) 314-6294 (04-08-97)
FEMA Buys New PC's. FEMA has purchased 1000 PCs that have the following configuration: 133 MHz Pentium Systems with 32 M of RAM, 2.1G hard drives, Microsoft Windows 95 and 17 inch monitors. (03-31-97)
Expansion of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System. Two additional task forces have been added bringing the total to 27. (03-28-97)
Access America. Vice President Gore has announced a new Clinton Administration Plan to wire Federal Agencies into the digital age on an un-precidented level. (03-27-97)
Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) Credential. The National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management (NCCEM) has announced a new credential available for those individuals in engaged in Emergency Management Functions and those individuals can be recognized by meeting most of the same criteria as the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) Credential Program. The main difference is that a four year degree will not be required for the new AEM Credential. For further details contact NCCEM Headquarters at: 111 Park Place, Falls Church, Virginia 22046-4513 or call (703) 538-1795; Fax (703) 241-5603. (03-24-97)
State and Local Emergency Management Data Users Group (SALEMDUG)Website (03/17/97)
Change 11 to the Federal Response Plan. This change dated February 7, 1997 adds a Terrorism Incident Annex to the FRP, which will be used to implement Presidential Decision Directive 39 (PDD-39). (03-14-97)
Private and Public Businesses, Inc. A non-profit alliance of Emergency Managers and Business Recovery partners to foster interaction between the business and government disaster response entities.(02-17-97) A non-profit alliance of Emergency Managers and Business Recovery partners to foster interaction between the business and government disaster response entities.(02-17-97)
National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)  Web Site. NEMA is a professional association of Federal and State organizations.(01/25/97)
Disaster Resistant Communities (DRCs). The Director of FEMA has announced and effort to reduce the esculating costs of disaster assistance. Establishment of DRCs will focus on (1) Establishing Pre-Disaster Mitigation Funds, (2) Implementing a Public/Private Partnership for Emergency Management, and (3)Overhauling FEMA Public Assistance Programs.
Electronic Grants Pilot Project. The US Transportation Department is currently testing software that would let Federal Agencies accept applications for grants over the internet.
Enhanced Satellite Capability (ESC) Program. This program assesses and documents new and experimental satellite communications capabilities.
FEMA FAX ON DEMANDAvailable by calling (202) 646-3362 and can be recieved by digital audio for broadcasters (Contact: eipa@fema.gov)
Geography of Cyberspace. A compendium of cyberspace maps and atlases is available on line which shows net relationships, map landmarks, connectivity and high speed networks.
NCS Emergency Response Fly-Away Kit (ERFAK). NCS has successfully completed test of a new, portable, highly technological emergency response communications package.
New FEMA State and Local Planning Guide (SLG) 101.  Free copies can be obtained by writing to the FEMA Distribution Center, 8231 Stayton Drive, Jessup, Maryland, 20794 or by calling 1-800-480-2520.
National Emergency Resource Information Network (NERIN). This site is maintained by INFO LINE, the Information and Referral Federation of Los Angeles County. This Federation has developed a Taxonomy of Human Services which is a conceptual framework with standardized terminology and definitions for Disaster Services.
Real Audio. The Fema Website has started posting audio clips from the FEMA Radio Network (FRN) using Real Audio technology. Internet users can now listen to daily updates on disaster recovery operations, public service announcements and excerpts from speeches by FEMA Director James Lee Witt. To listen, users will need to download a free copy of the Real Audio Player (Click on the Real Audio hypertext to go to that site).
 

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Emergency Alert System (EAS)  This improvement to the old EBS system will allow emergency managers to reach the public faster and more reliably with geographical accuracy.
Emergency Management Internet Project (Florida) A paper for a EM internet project by Craig Fugate, Alachua County, Office of Emergency Management.
EMWIN Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (NWS) is a data stream source available within 30-60 miles of the Washington DC and Norman Oklahoma areas only. It provides critical weather information from radio, satellites and other sources.
Emergency Response and Research Institute (ERRI) is conducting a "virtual disaster network study" which involves the use of computer networks in disasters.
Government Emergency Telecommunications Services (GETS) a true integration of commercial networks to satisfy a National Information Infrastructure to meet national security and emergency preparedness.
Internet Telephony (MIT). Internet telephony is not ready for mass use, however the potential for internet telephony applications in Emergency Management holds great promise.
Information Infrastructure Task Force (IITF) This taskforce was assembled by the White House to articulate the vision for the National Information Infrastructure. It is expected to be a major player in the development and application of information and telecommunications technologies.
FCC Rule Making on reallocation of frequencies, and the transistion of voice transmissions from 12.5kHz to 6.25kHz by 1 Jan 2005. Will require major fiscal programming for communications in all jurisdictions.
High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) This Federal program will allow for application of technology needed to improve national security, education, health care and the global environment.
Mobile Air-Transportable Telecommunications System (FEMA/MATTS)  and Mobile Emergency Response Systems (MERS) Requirements for reception and beddown at disaster sites can be obtained through FEMA Fax (202) 646-3362, Document No. 93200, 17 pages.
National Emergency Information System (NEMIS), a FEMA information system with links to critical information on logistics, financials, insurance, grants issued for emergency preparedness programs and more. Will replace the Recovery Assistance Programs Information and Delivery System (RAPIDS) and Automated Construction Estimating (ACE). Designed to assist FEMA employees, State and Local Emergency Management Agencies to access a data warehouse of resources for emergency management applications.
National Science Foundation (NSF) is working with a consortium (CIA, NASA, DTIC, NSA and others) in leading-edge computing and the World Wide Web in the Federal Government.
National Technical Information SystemHouses a collection of more than 2.7 million titles and aquires information from more that 200 U.S. Government Agencies.
National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) links U.S. Companies with Federal Technologies. The Home Page links to over 850 other government Home Pages and more than 20 different data bases.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration Involved in spectrum management, research and technology, public safety, grants and assistance, the National Information Infrastructure (NII), and the WWW.
Public Safety Wireless Advisory CommitteeThis committee provides advice to FCC and other Federal Agencies on operational, technical and spectrum requirements of Federal, State and local public safety enties. This includes 911, basic voice and data services as well as interoperability issues.
Telecomunications Infrastructure for NE/EP   (National Communications System) which includes the Advanced Intelligent Network Program (AIN), Cellular Priority Access Service (CPAS), Enhanced Satellite Capability (ESC) and Communications Resource Information Sharing (CRIS)
U.S. Fire Administration Reseach and Technology Home Page provides information on life safety technology for fire prevention and OSHA information for firefighters and EMS personnel.
Zone Emergency Communications Planner (FEMA)  for each of the 10 FEMA Regions.