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.

President Obama Announces National Disaster Resilience Competition

(Photo: Winning designs from RebuildbyDesign.org, successful model for the National Disaster Resilience Competition)

Nearly one billion dollars in funds will be available for communities to rebuild and improve their ability to withstand future disasters by competing in the National Disaster Resilience Competition. The funds are drawn from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. The competition will call for innovative resilience plans to take on future natural disasters brought on by climate change and extreme weather. For more details, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/14/fact-sheet-national-disaster-resilience-competition

Comment Period Open for Wildfire Mitigation Programmatic Environmental Assessment

Public comments are being accepted through Aug. 18 on FEMA’s Notice of Intent to prepare a Wildfire Mitigation Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA). The PEA will evaluate the environmental impacts of proposed action and no action alternatives. The proposed action is to continue funding eligible wildfire mitigation activities under the Hazard Mitigation Grant and Pre-Disaster Mitigation programs. The no action alternative considers the elimination of FEMA grant funding for wildfire hazard mitigation. Comments may be provided at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FEMA-2014-0021-0001

Inclusive Planning, Preparedness Resources Available

The Great Lakes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center and the Pacific ADA Center, both members of the ADA National Network, offer a webinar series focusing on inclusion of persons with disabilities in emergency management and preparedness. The free 90-minute webinars focus on key strategies and approaches at various levels (federal, state, and local) toward emergency management and preparedness and the inclusion of people with disabilities. All sessions are captioned for those with hearing impairments. Sign up for the next webinar, “Registries: It’s Not About the List!” at http://www.adaconferences.org/Emergency. For archives of past presentations, visit: http://www.adaconferences.org/Emergency/Archives.

2015 Statewide Tornado Drill set for March 17

The annual Statewide Tornado Drill, sponsored by the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 9:45 a.m. The date was selected by NWS, VDEM and the Virginia Department of Education. Please mark your calendars and begin spreading the word. Registration for the drill is not yet open, but when it is, local emergency managers, public and private schools, colleges and universities, local and state agencies, and the media will be notified by VDEM’s Public Affairs Office. Watch for further information in EM Update.

Apply to Become a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting applications from both the public and private sector to become a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, as part of an initiative to unite national preparedness and response to severe weather threats. WRN ambassadors will serve as a point of contact between their organization and NOAA, sharing relevant safety messages from NOAA and National Weather Service knowledge. For more information and to apply, go to http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/ambassadors.html

VDEM Appoints Rex Pyle IT Director

Rex Pyle has been appointed as VDEM’s IT director, after ten years of service for the agency and serving as acting IT Director for the past four months. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve with VDEM over the last ten years, and I look forward to this new opportunity to work with staff and partners to guide and strengthen VDEM’s IT systems and policies in support of our mission to protect Virginians’ lives and property from disasters,” says Pyle. VDEM State Coordinator Jeff Stern said in an announcement, “please join me in congratulating [Rex] on achieving this professional milestone.”

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

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

Jul 23, 2014

Chesapeake

Jul 16, 2014 

***Managing Unaffiliated Volunteers in Disasters (Webinar)

Jul 28, 2014

Online

Jul 25, 2014 

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

Jul 29, 2014

Gloucester

Jul 22, 2014 

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

Jul 30, 2014

Hampton

Jul 23, 2014 

G-557: Rapid Needs Assessment

Aug 11, 2014

Chesapeake

Aug 4, 2014 

G-775: Emergency Operations Center Management and Operations

Aug 12-14, 2014

Chesapeake

Aug 5, 2014 

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

Aug 12-14, 2014

Richmond

Aug 5, 2014 

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

Aug 15, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Aug 8, 2014 

***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 

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