More Than 1,200 Volunteers Join Search for Hannah Graham

(Photo: Mark Eggeman, VDEM search and rescue coordinator, briefs hundreds of volunteers in the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville Sept. 20)

Approximately 1,250 people volunteered in a mass search in Charlottesville during this past weekend to find Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old UVA student last seen Sept. 13. VDEM organized these volunteers including local CERT chapters and public safety professionals trained in search-and-rescue to support the Charlottesville Police Department in the ongoing search. Hannah’s parents, Charlottesville Police, UVA and VDEM employees each expressed gratitude for the dedication and compassion shown by the volunteers in the search that is being followed by people around the nation and the world.

Report information to Charlottesville Police at 434-970-3280 or their tip line at 434-295-3851

It’s Not Too Late to Participate in National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month concludes Sept. 30 with National PrepareAthon! Day, so there’s still time to plan a drill, hold a special event and talk it up in your communities. Here are some handy resources:

· Visit www.ready.gov/september for promotional ideas and information about NPM.

· Use the hashtag #NatlPrep to talk about your activities and share information on social media.

· In Virginia, join VDEM, the Red Cross, Dominion, VDOT, and Richmond Police and Fire in using #GetReadyVa on social media to show how your community prepares.

· Take a selfie with your must-have emergency item with #GetReadyVa to enter to win a Red Cross preparedness kit (enter by Sept. 26).

Visit www.ready.gov/september for tips and information, and register for National PrepareAthon! Day at www.ready.gov/prepare

VDEM Hurricane Storm Surge Risk Maps Enhanced with Address Search, Geolocation

When evacuations are ordered because of an approaching tropical storm system, it’s not just the wind that concerns emergency officials – it’s rising water called storm surge. A new preparedness tool created by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management helps people in Virginia find their storm surge risk.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) map allows users to find the maximum storm surge risk at their current location or the risk of an address location entered into the search bar.

“We want to be sure our coastal residents and visitors understand what this map will do, and what it won’t do,” said Jeff Stern, state coordinator of emergency management. “The map will let people see what storm surge could do in a worst case scenario. But it’s not a real-time map, so people still need to listen carefully for local evacuation instructions during an actual storm.”

To view the interactive map promoting general awareness for storm surge risk, go to www.ReadyVirginia.gov

Great SouthEast ShakeOut Just Three Weeks Away

Nearly 850,000 Virginians have already registered for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, the annual earthquake drill that practices “drop, cover, and hold on” across the nationThursday, Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. The drill lasts only a few moments, and participants are encouraged to share their participation on social media with #ShakeOut and in Virginia, #ShakeOutVa. With more than one million registrants in 2013, Virginia has been the leading state in the Southeast for participation count and second nationally to California. To join the ShakeOut, go to www.ReadyVirginia.gov

FEMA Updates Training Program to be More User-Friendly

FEMA and the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium have now created searchable on-line catalogs of their available training programs. These catalogs make it possible to search for FEMA supported training programs including:

· Training Provider (CDP, Colleges & Universities, etc.)

· Core Capability (Communications, CBRNE/HazMat, etc.)

· Discipline (Fire/EMS/Law Enforcement/Public Health, etc.)

For each search criteria, users may select one or multiple items for searches. Your results will identify multiple courses available and tell you if it’s a Resident course (one you go to their site to attend), Direct Delivery (one they bring to your agency site), Indirect Delivery (FEMA supported but is taught by local instructors) or On-line web-based training.

View the catalog for the FEMA National Training & Education Division (NTED) at https://www.firstrespondertraining.gov/systemsSearch.do, and for the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) at https://www.ndpc.us/Catalog.aspx

2014 Coordinators’ Briefings Now Open for Enrollment

The Coordinator’s Briefings are an annual opportunity for VDEM to provide the latest information on state and federal policy and procedures regarding activities for local emergency management personnel, and to collect feedback from local emergency management personnel. Jurisdictions receiving EMPG funding are required to attend. VDEM encourages participants to use official vehicles for travel and attend the closest Coordinator’s Briefing as a one-day commute. Where necessary, VDEM will provide lodging reimbursement for each jurisdiction’s Director and Coordinator of Emergency Management (maximum two per jurisdiction) or their designated representative(s). Authorized personnel will be reimbursed for lodging if you travel more than 70 miles to the briefing site. All attendees who need lodging must make their own arrangements directly with the designated hotel. You may lodge at another hotel of your choice; but reimbursement will be at the state lodging rate. VDEM has established a room block at the host hotel for each briefing. Please request a room from “ VDEM Coordinator’s Briefing block” when making your reservations. Reserve lodging early due to hotel policy to close this block one month before event start date. The General Session will start at 9 a.m.

Pre-enrollment is required. Walk-ins will NOT be permitted. CHECK-IN opens at 8 a.m.

LOCATION

DATE

HOTEL PHONE

HOTEL Reservation DEADLINE

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

Best Western Hotel: 109 Apple Tree Lane, Waynesboro, VA  22980

Oct 15, 2014

540-942-1100

Sep 14, 2014 

Oct 01, 2014

Hampton Convention Center /Embassy Suites: 1700 Coliseum Dr. Hampton, VA 23666

Oct 29, 2014

757-827-8200

Sep 28, 2014 

Oct 15, 2014

For more information, or to enroll, please see this link: http://www.vaemergency.gov/news/conference/2014coordinators-briefings

If you have any difficulty with the enrollment instructions, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995, M-F, 8-4:30.

VDEM-Sponsored Incident Command System (ICS) Courses

The courses below are local ICS classes taught by VDEM authorized instructors for their agencies or localities, free of charge, with limited administrative and logistical support from VDEM. Completion certificates are issued by VDEM, and recognition is granted nationwide. Enrollment is via the Knowledge Center (KC). Please see instructions below to enroll.

For participants who feel comfortable using the KC: access the KC using the web address for the agency where your account resides. If your account is with VDEM, you will go to https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external . The announcement section on VDEM’s login page provides an instruction sheet for first time users to register for an account and, once approved, enroll in the desired course(s).

For those who do not feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center for enrollment, there is a new enrollment method via submission of an online form. The form may be found at this link . Our Help Desk will use the form to verify/create your account and enroll you in the course. If you still have difficulty, please contact the LMS Help Desk at 804-897-9995.

Enrollment Deadline is noon on the business day before the sponsored course start date.

COURSE NAME

DATES

LOCATION

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

September 26-28, 2014 

Melfa

September 25, 2014 

ICS 300-11(B) Intermediate ICS

September 27-28, 2014 

Cana

September 26, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

October 1, 7, 8, 13, 2014 

Clarksville

September 30, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

October 4-5, 2014 

Cana

October 3, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

October 8-9, 2014 

Remington

October 7, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

October 10-12, 2014 

Richmond

October 9,2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

October 21-23, 2014 

Rocky Mount

October 20, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

October 29-30, 2014 

Chesapeake

October 28, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

November 12-14, 2014 

Salem

November 11, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

November 15-16, 2014 

Blacksburg

November 14, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

November 17-18, 2014 

Stafford

November 14, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

November 19-20, 2014 

Fairfax

November 18, 2014 

ICS 300-11(B) Intermediate ICS

December 16-18, 2014 

New Kent

December 15, 2015 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

December 17-18, 2014 

Salem

December 16, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

December 17-18, 2014 

Chesapeake

December 16, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

December 17-19, 2014 

Fairfax

December 16, 2014 

VDEM Training Calendar

For participants who feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center : access the Knowledge Center using the web address for the agency where your account resides. If your account is with VDEM, you will go to https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external . The announcement section on VDEM’s login page provides an instruction sheet for first time users to register for an account and, once approved, enroll in the desired course(s).

For those who do not feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center for enrollment, there is a new enrollment method via submission of an online form. Each course description on VDEM’s website (www.vaemergency.gov) has a link to the form, and it is also linked on the VDEM Knowledge Center home page (https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external). Our Help Desk will use the form to verify/create your account and enroll you in the course. If you still have difficulty, please contact the LMS Help Desk at 804-897-9995.

COURSE NAME

DATES

LOCATION

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

**Derechos (Webinar)

Oct 2, 2014

Online

Sep 30, 2014 

G556: Local Damage Assessment

Oct 7-8, 2014

Danville

Sep 30, 2014 

G-775: Emergency Operations Center Management and Operations

Oct 7-9, 2014

Orange

Sep 30, 2014 

G-202: Debris Management

Oct 7-10, 2014

Woodstock

Sep 30, 2014 

G 290: Basic Public Information Officer

Oct. 9-10, 2014

Rocky Mount

Oct. 2, 2014 

G-288: Local Volunteer and Donations Management

Oct 14-15, 2014

Manassas

Oct 7, 2014 

V400: 2014 Coordinator’s Briefing

Oct 15, 2014

Waynesboro

Oct 1, 2014 

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

Oct 17, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Oct 10, 2014 

V265 Creating Effective Presentations

Oct. 22,2014

Richmond

Oct. 12,2014 

V400: 2014 Coordinator’s Briefing

Oct 29, 2014

Hampton

Oct 15, 2014 

L-146: Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training Course

Nov 5-7, 2014

Richmond-Trade Court

Oct 29, 2014 

G290 Basic Public information Officer

Nov. 13-14, 2014

Spotsylvania

Nov. 6, 2014 

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

Nov 14, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Nov 7, 2014 

V476: EOC Role Specific Training - Operations Section

Nov 17, 2014

Marion

Nov 10, 2014 

G-191: Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface

Nov 18, 2014

Marion

Nov 11, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

Nov 19-20, 2014

Marion

Nov 12, 2014

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

Dec 12, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Dec 5, 2014 

MGT- 431 (TEEX) Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and Planning

Jan 12-13, 2015

Fairfax

Jan 5, 2015

G393: Mitigation For Emergency Managers

Jan 13-15, 2015

Rockingham

Jan.6, 2015

MGT- 431 (TEEX) Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and Planning

Jan. 15-16, 2015

Roanoke

Jan 8. 2015 

* Open to Virginia Emergency Response Team (VERT) and prospective VERT members only.

** Please use the following link to register for the webinars https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/95PR5QP. Registration will end at noon on the enrollment deadline.

VDEM Public Affairs Wins Governor’s Technology Award for Ready Virginia app

The Governor’s Technology Award for Innovation was awarded to VDEM’s Public Affairs Office last week for the free Ready Virginia app, a mobile application which informs Virginians of oncoming weather threats specific to their geolocation, along with tools and safety information to help citizens be prepared. The award was presented at the 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) held in Short Pump, with award recipients and attendees from state and local agencies across the Commonwealth. The Ready Virginia app is free to download on the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android. For more information on the award, go to go.usa.gov/V5zd.

Preparedness Champions Unite Across Public- and Private-Sector for Nat’l Preparedness Month

VDEM joined the American Red Cross, Dominion Virginia Power, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and Richmond Fire and Police department spokespersons to collaborate for National Preparedness Month using a state-specific social media hashtag, “#GetReadyVa.” The team held a media event to “race to preparedness” in a locally-owned hardware store in Richmond, Pleasants Hardware, with local media covering the two-team competition that raced through the store gathering essential preparedness items in under three minutes. All participants educated the public on the importance of packing an emergency kit and how quickly it can be done. To view Dominion’s video coverage of the event, go to youtube.com/watch?v=sdT8-uzWX1w.

To learn more about National Preparedness Month, visit go.usa.gov/V5hG.

Governor McAuliffe Announces Improves to Hurricane Preparedness, In-Season Review

Governor McAuliffe released the “In-Season Review on Hurricane Preparedness for Hampton Roads” last week, a document prepared by VDEM in partnership with localities in Hampton Roads to update plans for hurricane preparedness for the region. The comprehensive document addresses transportation, sheltering, accessibility, evacuation, public information, and inter-agency coordination on the local and state levels. For more information and to view the report, go to go.usa.gov/VNxx.

Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill One Month Away

Virginians are registered as the leading state in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill set for Thursday, Oct. 16, at 10:16 a.m. The simple and effective drill is the world’s largest earthquake drill, and Virginia tallied more than one million participants last year. For more information on how to “drop, cover, hold on!” during an earthquake and to register for the ShakeOut, go to go.usa.gov/VNYB.

2014 Coordinator’s Briefings now open for enrollment.

The Coordinator’s Briefings are an annual opportunity for VDEM to provide the latest information on state and federal policy and procedures regarding activities for local emergency management personnel, and to collect feedback from local emergency management personnel. Jurisdictions receiving EMPG funding are required to attend. VDEM encourages participants to use official vehicles for travel and attend the closest Coordinator’s Briefing as a one-day commute. Where necessary, VDEM will provide lodging reimbursement for each jurisdiction’s Director and Coordinator of Emergency Management (maximum two per jurisdiction) or their designated representative(s). Authorized personnel will be reimbursed for lodging if you travel more than 70 miles to the briefing site. All attendees who need lodging must make their own arrangements directly with the designated hotel. You may lodge at another hotel of your choice; but reimbursement will be at the state lodging rate. VDEM has established a room block at the host hotel for each briefing. Please request a room from “ VDEM Coordinator’s Briefing block” when making your reservations. Reserve lodging early due to hotel policy to close this block one month before event start date. The General Session will start at 9 a.m.

Pre-enrollment is required. Walk-ins will NOT be permitted.

CHECK-IN opens at 8 a.m.

LOCATION

DATE

HOTEL PHONE

HOTEL Reservation DEADLINE

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

Inn at Virginia Tech: 901 Prices Fork Road  Blacksburg, VA  24061

Oct 01, 2014

540-231-8000

Sept 01, 2014 

Sept 22, 2014

Best Western Hotel: 109 Apple Tree Lane, Waynesboro, VA  22980

Oct 15, 2014

540-942-1100

Sep 14, 2014 

Oct 01, 2014

Hampton Convention Center /Embassy Suites: 1700 Coliseum Dr. Hampton, VA 23666

Oct 29, 2014

757-827-8200

Sep 28, 2014 

Oct 15, 2014

For more information, or to enroll, please see this link:

http://www.vaemergency.gov/news/conference/2014coordinators-briefings

If you have any difficulty with the enrollment instructions, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995, M-F, 8-4:30.

VDEM Sponsored Incident Command System (ICS) Courses

The courses below are local ICS classes taught by VDEM authorized instructors for their agencies or localities, free of charge, with limited administrative and logistical support from VDEM. Completion certificates are issued by VDEM, and recognition is granted nationwide. Enrollment is via the Knowledge Center (KC). Please see instructions below to enroll.

For participants who feel comfortable using the KC: access the KC using the web address for the agency where your account resides. If your account is with VDEM, you will go to https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external . The announcement section on VDEM’s login page provides an instruction sheet for first time users to register for an account and, once approved, enroll in the desired course(s).

For those who do not feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center for enrollment, there is a new enrollment method via submission of an online form. The form may be found at this link . Our Help Desk will use the form to verify/create your account and enroll you in the course. If you still have difficulty, please contact the LMS Help Desk at 804-897-9995.

Enrollment Deadline is noon on the business day before the sponsored course start date.

COURSE NAME

DATES

LOCATION

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

August 27-28, 2014 

Chesapeake

August 26, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

September 1-3, 2014 

Stafford

August 29, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

September 26-28, 2014 

Melfa

September 25, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

October 4-5, 2014 

Cana

October 3, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

October 8-9, 2014 

Remington

October 7, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

October 21-23, 2014 

Rocky Mount

October 20, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

October 29-30, 2014 

Chesapeake

October 28, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

November 12-14, 2014 

Salem

November 7, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

November 17-18, 2014 

Stafford

November 14, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

November 19-20, 2014 

Fairfax

November 19, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

December 17-18, 2014 

Salem

December 16, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

December 17-18, 2014 

Chesapeake

December 16, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

December 17-19, 2014 

Fairfax

December 16, 2014 

VDEM Training Calendar

For participants who feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center : access the Knowledge Center using the web address for the agency where your account resides. If your account is with VDEM, you will go to https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external . The announcement section on VDEM’s login page provides an instruction sheet for first time users to register for an account and, once approved, enroll in the desired course(s).

For those who do not feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center for enrollment, there is a new enrollment method via submission of an online form. Each course description on VDEM’s website (www.vaemergency.gov) has a link to the form, and it is also linked on the VDEM Knowledge Center home page (https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external). Our Help Desk will use the form to verify/create your account and enroll you in the course. If you still have difficulty, please contact the LMS Help Desk at 804-897-9995.

COURSE NAME

DATES

LOCATION

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

**Managing Unsolicited Donations  and Undesignated Cash in Disasters (Webinar)

Aug 19, 2014

Online

Aug 18, 2014 

G-270.4: Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role

Aug 21-22, 2014

Newport News

Aug 14, 2014 

G-290: Basic Public Information Officer

Aug 26-27, 2014

Gloucester

Aug 19, 2014 

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

Sep 12, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Sep 5, 2014 

G-775: Emergency Operations Center Management and Operations

Sep 13-14, 2014

Wise

Sep 6, 2014 

ICS 400-11 Advanced ICS

Sep 30 – Oct 1

Madison

Sep 23, 2014

V400: 2014 Coordinator’s Briefing

Oct 1, 2014

Blacksburg

Sept 22, 2014 

G-202: Debris Management

Oct 7-10, 2014

Woodstock

Sep 30, 2014 

G-288: Local Volunteer and Donations Management

Oct 14-15, 2014

Manassas

Oct 7, 2014 

V400: 2014 Coordinator’s Briefing

Oct 15, 2014

Waynesboro

Oct 1, 2014 

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

Oct 17, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Oct 10, 2014 

V400: 2014 Coordinator’s Briefing

Oct 29, 2014

Hampton

Oct 15, 2014 

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

Nov 14, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Nov 7, 2014 

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

Dec 12, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Dec 5, 2014 

* Open to Virginia Emergency Response Team (VERT) and prospective VERT members only.

**Please use the following link to register for the webinars:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S3JWTDM. Registration will end at noon on the enrollment deadline.