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New Statewide Exercise Contract Now Available

An optional use, statewide exercise contract is available for use by local governments, state agencies, higher education institutions and other government entities. The contract allows users a way to quickly procure the services of an exercise design and conduct contractor while providing choices on the selection of the vendor. To learn about this new contract, go to http://www.vaemergency.gov/em-community/training/optional-use-statewide-contract

FEMA Invites Nominations for Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

Applications for the 2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards are being accepted through May 30 for achievements that occurred between Jan. 1, 2013, and May 30, 2014. Winners will be chosen in each of these categories: Outstanding State Citizen Corps Initiatives; Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Initiatives; Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives; Community Preparedness Heroes; Outstanding Youth Preparedness Initiatives; Awareness to Action; Survivor Empowerment and Integration; Technological Innovation; and Preparing the Whole Community. Learn more about the awards program and download applications at www.ready.gov/citizen-corps/citizen-corps-awards

FEMA Updates Training Courses

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) recently completed a review of its training courses to insure that programs are current and reflect the latest official policy and doctrine from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Most of the EMI “G” classroom courses as well as many of the Independent Study (IS) courses were included. Individuals are NOT required to retake this training for NIMS compliance purposes as most of the updates were to correct minor changes to terminology or other policy initiatives. However, people may want to review the changes to keep up to date.

The following courses were updated, which are available on line at www.training.fema.gov/IS/ :

IS-100 Introduction to ICS including all of the variants: IS-100.b, IS-100.FDA, IS-100.FWa, IS-100.HCb, IS-100.HE, IS-100.LEb, IS-100.PWb and IS-100.SCa

IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents including IS-200.b and IS-200.HCa

IS-700.a Introduction to NIMS, IS 702.a NIMS Public Information Systems

IS-800.b National Response Framework (however see replacement planned below)

IS-800 series courses for individual Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) – including IS-801, IS-802, IS-803, IS-804, IS-806, IS-807, IS-808, IS-809, IS-810, IS-811, IS-812 and IS-813

Additionally, EMI is releasing four new IS courses:

IS-2000 - National Preparedness System

IS-2001 – Threat Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)

IS-2800 – National Response Framework (will replace IS-800.b)

IS-2900 – National Disaster Recovery Framework

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

April 28-29, 2014 

Stafford

April 25, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

May 2-4, 2014 

Fort Pickett

May 1, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

May 3-4, 2014 

Fort Pickett

May 1, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

May 6-8, 2014 

Newport News

May 5, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

May 22-23, 2014 

Seaford

May 21, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

May 27-28, 2014 

Newport News

May 26, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

June 9-10, 2014 

Chesapeake

June 6, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

June 25-26, 2014 

Chesapeake

June 24, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

July 16-17, 2014 

Fairfax

July 15, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

August 13-15, 2014 

Fairfax

August 12, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

August 27-28, 2014 

Chesapeake

August 26, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

September 26-28, 2014 

Melfa

September 25, 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

G290: Basic Public Information Officer

Apr 30- May 1, 2014

Alexandria

Apr 23, 2014 

G291: Joint Information System/Planning for Basic PIO

May 2, 2014

Alexandria

Apr 25, 2014 

V-260: Guide to Points of Distribution (PODs)

May 6-7, 2014

Richmond

Apr 29, 2014 

G393: Mitigation for Emergency Managers

May 6-8, 2014

Newport News

Apr 29, 2014 

V540: Family Assistance Center Training

May 7, 2014

Lynchburg

Apr 30, 2014 

G290: Basic Public Information Officer

May 7-8, 2014

Winchester

Apr 30, 2014 

G108: Community Mass Care

May 12-13, 2014

Woodbridge

May 5, 2014 

L340: REP Plan Review Course

May 13-15, 2014

Richmond

May 6, 2014 

G386: Mass Fatalities Incident Response

May 14-15, 2014

Hampton

May 7, 2014 

G393: Mitigation for Emergency Managers

May 19-21, 2014

Woodbridge

May 12, 2014 

ICS 400-11: Advanced ICS

May 20-21, 2014

Richmond

May 13, 2014 

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

May 23, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

May 16, 2014 

G191: Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface

May 28, 2014

Louisa

May 21, 2014 

ICS 300-11: Intermediate ICS

Jun 3-5, 2014

Blacksburg

May 27, 2014 

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

Jun 6, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

May 30, 2014 

Logistics 101: Logistical Awareness and Fundamentals

Jun 11, 2014

Chesapeake

Jun 4, 2014 

PER220: Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents

Jun 11-12, 2014

Virginia Beach

Jun 4, 2014 

**V412: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training – Anthrax Incident

Jul 15, 2014

Hampton

Jul 8, 2014 

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

Jul 18, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Jul 11, 2014 

**V412: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training – Anthrax Incident

Jul 23, 2014

Chesapeake

Jul 16, 2014 

**V412: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training – Anthrax Incident

Jul 29, 2014

Tappahannock

Jul 22, 2014 

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

Aug 15, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Aug 8, 2014 

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

Sep 12, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Sep 5, 2014 

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

Oct 17, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Oct 10, 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.

**These trainings are intended for members of the Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic team and/or the greater Hampton Roads response community and their partners.

Governor Transfers Homeland Security Responsibilities


The responsibility for overseeing and coordinating efforts to strengthen homeland security were recently transferred from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to the Secretary of Public Safety. The action was formalized April 2 during an event at the Virginia Emergency Operations Center during which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed the bill that renames the secretariats the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. The event was attended by hundreds of state and local emergency management officials, military officers, Virginia State Police troopers. For details of the new SPSHS office, seehttps://governor.virginia.gov/news/newsarticle?articleId=3811

Learn about America’s PrepareAthon! and National Day of Action


America’s PrepareAthon! is a new, nationwide action-based campaign that sets aside two days during the year for people to take specific steps to prepare for specific hazards. The first National Day of Action is April 30 and emphasizes taking actions to prepare for these four hazards: Tornadoes, Wildfires, Floods and Hurricanes.
A new website has just been launched to explain PrepareAthon! On www.ready.gov/prepare you can:
• Learn more about the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign
• Register your participation
• Get resources that will help you in taking action

Chesterfield CERT Member Featured on NBC Today Show


David Lipp, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member of Chesterfield County, was featured on the national NBC Today Show in their “30 Days to a Better You” segment, a competition to showcase good deeds across the nation. David Lipp entered the competition with more than 100,000 submissions, and won one of only four interviews for the segment. Lipp and the Chesterfield CERT spent the day with NBC anchor Jenna Wolfe, and gave Wolfe her first lesson on how to use a fire extinguisher.

New Website Helps with Local Hazard Mitigation Planning


Beyond the Basics is a new website that helps guide the process of developing or updating local hazard mitigation plans to meet FEMA requirements. The site, located atwww.mitigationguide.org, features best practices and many examples of local mitigation planning successes.
The product of a five-year study, the website is based on information gleaned from analyzing 175 local hazard mitigation plans from six states. According to the study, high quality plans combine the best available scientific knowledge with informal knowledge of residents and officials families with their local communities. Other examples and best practices were included in the website based on recommendations from state hazard mitigation officers and a national advisory board.
The study was conducted by the Coastal Hazards Center and the Center for Sustainable Community Design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

VDEM Training Calendar</strong>

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

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

Apr 18, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Apr 11, 2014 

L339: Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Core Concepts Course

Apr 22-23, 2014

Richmond

Apr 15, 2014 

Logistics 101: Logistical Awareness and Fundamentals

Apr 23, 2014

Culpeper

Apr 16, 2014 

Logistics 201: Mutual Aid in Virginia

Apr 24, 2014

Culpeper

Apr 17, 2014 

G290: Basic Public Information Officer

Apr 30- May 1, 2014

Alexandria

Apr 23, 2014 

G291: Joint Information System/Planning for Basic PIO

May 2, 2014

Alexandria

Apr 25, 2014 

V-260: Guide to Points of Distribution (PODs)

May 6-7, 2014

Richmond

Apr 29, 2014 

G393: Mitigation for Emergency Managers

May 6-8, 2014

Newport News

Apr 29, 2014 

V540: Family Assistance Center Training

May 7, 2014

Lynchburg

Apr 30, 2014 

G290: Basic Public Information Officer

May 7-8, 2014

Winchester

Apr 30, 2014 

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

May 23, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

May 12, 2014 

G108: Community Mass Care

May 12-13, 2014

Woodbridge

May 5, 2014 

L340: REP Plan Review Course

May 13-15, 2014

Richmond

May 6, 2014 

G386: Mass Fatalities Incident Response

May 14-15, 2014

Hampton

May 7, 2014 

G393: Mitigation for Emergency Managers

May 19-21, 2014

Woodbridge

May 12, 2014 

ICS 400-11: Advanced ICS

May 20-21, 2014

Richmond

May 13, 2014 

G191: Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface

May 28, 2014

Louisa

May 21, 2014 

ICS 300-11: Intermediate ICS

Jun 3-5, 2014

Blacksburg

May 27, 2014 

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

Jun 6, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

May 30, 2014 

PER220: Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents

Jun 11-12, 2014

Virginia Beach

Jun 4, 2014 

**V412: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training – Anthrax Incident

Jul 15, 2014

Hampton

Jul 8, 2014 

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

Jul 18, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Jul 11, 2014 

**V412: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training – Anthrax Incident

Jul 23, 2014

Chesapeake

Jul 16, 2014 

**V412: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training – Anthrax Incident

Jul 29, 2014

Tappahannock

Jul 22, 2014 

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

Aug 15, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Aug 8, 2014 

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

Sep 12, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Sep 5, 2014 

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

Oct 17, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Oct 10, 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.

**These trainings are intended for members of the Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic team and/or the greater Hampton Roads response community and their partners.

VDEM Sponsored Incident Command System (ICS) Courses </strong>

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

April 15-16, 2014 

Manassas Park

April 14, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

April 16-18, 2014 

Roanoke

April 15, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

April 23-24, 2014 

Chesapeake

April 22, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

April 28-29, 2014 

Stafford

April 25, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

May 2-4, 2014 

Fort Pickett

May 1, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

May 3-4, 2014 

Fort Pickett

May 1, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

May 6-8, 2014 

Newport News

May 5, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

May 27-28, 2014 

Newport News

May 26, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

June 9-10, 2014 

Chesapeake

June 6, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

June 25-26, 2014 

Chesapeake

June 24, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

July 16-17, 2014 

Fairfax

July 15, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

August 13-15, 2014 

Fairfax

August 12, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

August 27-28, 2014 

Chesapeake

August 26, 2014 

Changes Come to Flood Insurance

President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 March 21. The new law repeals the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. With the goals of helping families afford flood insurance and also ensuring the financial stability of the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA will be working to implement the changes and to update informational materials about the new law. Check http://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-reform for updates as they are available.

Local Capability Assessment for Readiness Process Streamlined

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management preparedness division has revised the process to the assessment for localities to apply for the Local Capability Assessment for Readiness (LCAR) in an online form available at https://lcar.vdem.virginia.gov. The assessment has been revised to combine requirements from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Due by July 1, this assessment will help VDEM provide more direct resources to local emergency management programs.

Virginia Emergency Management Symposium Presentations Available Online

Presentation materials from last week’s 2014 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium are now available online at vemaweb.org. With more than 28 presentations for users to download or view online, topics range from flood insurance policy changes, legislative updates, recovery efforts in Accomack County following Hurricane Sandy, to emergency management notification systems and public/private partnerships.
View or download presentations at http://www.vemaweb.org/content/symposium2014/SessionPresentations.cfm

Halifax County CERT Program Graduates 26 Emergency Responders in First Local Session

The first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in Halifax County graduated 26 volunteer emergency responders on March 23, to better prepare the community to respond to disasters. Linda Rubin, Citizen Corps and CERT program manager for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, applauds Halifax CERT program managers Chad Lauftis and Kirby Saunders for “maintaining the integrity of the curriculum and providing the highest level of professionalism to a very committed and diverse class of citizens.”

For more information on CERT training in your area, go to http://www.vaemergency.gov/volunteer/cert.

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