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

August 6-8, 2014 

Fairfax

August 5, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

August 8-10, 2014 

Cana

August 7, 2014 

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 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

October 29-30, 2014 

Chesapeake

October 28, 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 

Chesapeake

December 16, 2014 

VDEM Sponsored Incident Command System (ICS) Courses

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


June 23-24, 2014

Stuart

June 20, 2014

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS


June 25-26, 2014

Chesapeake

June 24, 2014

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS


July 7-9, 2014

Chesapeake

July 3, 2014

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS


July 7-8, 2014

Leesburg

July 3, 2014

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS


July 9-11, 2014

Leesburg

July 8, 2014

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS


July 15-16, 2014

Manassas Park

July 14, 2014

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS


July 16-17, 2014

Fairfax

July 15, 2014

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS


August 8-10, 2014

Cana

August 7, 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 1-3, 2014

Stafford

August 29, 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

**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 

G291: Joint Information System/Center Planning for Public Information Officers

Jul 21, 2014 

Gloucester

Jul 14, 2014 

G202: Debris Management

Jul 21-24, 2014 

Hampton

Jul 14, 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 

G290: 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: EOC Management and Operations

Sep 13-14, 2014 

Wise

Sep 6, 2014 

G-202: Debris Management

Oct 7-10, 2014 

Woodstock

Sep 30, 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

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

June 23-24, 2014 

Stuart

June 20, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

June 25-26, 2014 

Chesapeake

June 24, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

July 7-9, 2014 

Chesapeake

July 3, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

July 7-8, 2014 

Leesburg

July 3, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

July 9-11, 2014 

Leesburg

July 8, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

July 15-16, 2014 

Manassas Park

July 14, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

July 16-17, 2014 

Fairfax

July 15, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

August 8-10, 2014 

Cana

August 7, 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 1-3, 2014 

Stafford

August 29, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

September 26-28, 2014 

Melfa

September 25, 2014 

Ready Virginia app presented to President Obama during hurricane season briefing

App users will now receive instant notification of weather hazards

The free Ready Virginia mobile application that helps people prepare for emergencies and stay informed during disasters was demonstrated to President Barack Obama May 30 in preparation for hurricane season, which started yesterday and extends through Nov. 30. The president’s annual briefing was held at FEMA headquarters and included three presentations on innovative apps that reach people with critical emergency information. Virginia was the only state invited to present. Read more athttps://governor.virginia.gov/news/newsarticle?articleId=4898

VDEM and National Hurricane Center Provide Storm Surge Videos

Short, informative videos on storm surge – what it is and what it can do – are available from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and from the National Hurricane Center. Links to these videos can be posted on websites , shared on social media and printed in publications to help Virginia’s residents and visitors understand this critically important danger associated with hurricane season.

VDEM/Ready Virginia Storm Surge Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83m2K2VNUUo

NHC Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84VFVZS04hM

Get additional storm surge educational resources from NHC: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/surge/resources.php

Nominations Now Open for National Resilience Award

Nominations are being accepted through July 17 for the 2014 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience. This award, given by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is for superior leadership and innovation by an individual or organization that exemplifies the qualities and achievements of Rick Rescorla, emphasizing leadership in effective preparation, response and recovery in the face of disasters. DHS will present awards in three categories:

· Individuals;

· Not-for-profit organizations; and

· For-profit organizations.

Submit nominations by email to rescorlaaward@hq.dhs.gov. For criteria, eligibility and the nomination form, go to http://www.dhs.gov/rick-rescorla-national-award-resilience.

CitizenCorps SuperStar Awards Recognize Community Preparedness

Communities across the Commonwealth received awards for preparedness and response efforts through the CitizenCorps volunteer program, to highlight local efforts to prepare for emergencies. Winners in central, coastal, northern and southwest Virginia received praise from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in partnership with the Association of Contingency Planners, Virginia 1st and Ready Virginia. To view a full description of winners and nominees, go to http://www.vaemergency.gov/volunteer/citizen-corp/2014superstarawards.

VDEM Offers Courses for Terrorism Awareness and Response

Localities can improve preparedness and response for terrorist threats with two VDEM courses for first responders, emergency management, and elected officials. Public Safety Response to Terrorism Awareness is a one-day course covering the current global, national, and state terrorism landscape, terrorism laws, fundamental emergency response concepts and multi-agency expectations.

Terrorism Response Considerations is also offered as a two-day course tailored to first responders in law enforcement, fire and EMS response. It addresses operational issues responders face upon arrival at a terrorist incident and fundamental areas to consider for safe and effective tactical operations. “The potential for terrorism incidents continually grow. It is essential that local jurisdictions have an understanding of the terrorist threat and how to manage those threats,” Lee Bennett,

To host a course for local or regional audiences, please contact Lee Bennett at 804-897-9957.

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

June 9-10, 2014 

Chesapeake

June 6, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

June 18-20, 2014 

Salem

June 17, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

June 23-24, 2014 

Stuart

June 20, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

June 25-26, 2014 

Chesapeake

June 24, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

July 7-9, 2014 

Chesapeake

July 3, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

July 7-8, 2014 

Leesburg

July 3, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

July 9-11, 2014 

Leesburg

July 8, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

July 15-16, 2014 

Manassas Park

July 14, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

July 16-17, 2014 

Fairfax

July 15, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

August 8-10, 2014 

Cana

August 7, 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 1-3, 2014 

Stafford

August 29, 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

**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 

G291: Joint Information System/Center Planning for Public Information Officers

Jul 21, 2014

Gloucester

Jul 14, 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.

Reminder: FEMA Awards Application Period Still Open

Applications will be accepted through May 30 for FEMA’s 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared and more resilient.

Nominations for this year’s awards must feature activities that took place between Jan. 1, 2013, and May 30. See www.ready.gov/citizen-corps/citizen-corpsawards for more information and the application.

VDEM Invites Applications for Mitigation Grants

(Photo credit: fema.gov.)

The Mitigation Section of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management is accepting applications through June 27 for two federal mitigation grant programs.
The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program provides funds for reducing or eliminating risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.

These grants focus on mitigation planning and mitigation of severe repetitive loss properties. The Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster.

Grant applications should be submitted to VDEM’s Mitigation Section by close of business June 27 to allow time for review and processing before they are submitted to FEMA. The grants are nationally competitive. For more, see www.fema.gov/news-release/2014/04/16/fema-announces-funding-opportunity-fiscal-year-fy-2014-hazard-mitigation

Radford Students Take on Emergency Manager Roles in University Simulation

(Photo credit: Radford University.)

Student at Radford University joined professional emergency managers to conduct emergency exercises in a course led by Stephen Owen, professor of criminal justice. Participating in a simulated hazmat event forcing a shelter-in-place order on campus, the students tackled the challenges and protocol of first responders handling a crisis. “I was impressed with the care and thoughtfulness with which they addressed the scenario,” said Owen on Radford’s university site. “These future public service professionals can think through and experience events like this now and they are better positioned to make more informed decisions when they face them.”

For more information on the exercise, go to https://www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/news/releases/2014/april/students-test-skills-in-mock-disaster-recovery-drill.html

Preparedness Platform: Interview with Mrs. Virginia International 2014 Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson, Mrs. Virginia International 2014, holds more than a decade of broadcast journalism experience as a TV meteorologist and now promotes a unique campaign for emergency preparedness in the Commonwealth.

VDEM: How did you choose natural disaster preparedness as your cause or platform?

Mrs. Va. Int’l: I’ve had a passion for weather and preparedness since I was a child. I remember watching my parents board up the windows in our house in Connecticut in preparation for Hurricane Gloria that hit New England in September 1985. By the age of nine, I knew I was going to be a meteorologist. Now, with over a decade of experience as a broadcast meteorologist, I truly understand Mother Nature’s fury. I will never forget the weather events that unfolded on April 28, 2008 while WAVY-TV Chief Meteorologist Don Slater and I were on the air for over five straight hours. It was during this time that a strong EF3 tornado tore through Suffolk, VA leveling homes to their foundations. In fact, eleven tornadoes were confirmed in Virginia that day. EF3 tornadoes are extremely rare in Virginia. This event was a wake-up call for me and ignited my passion for natural disaster preparedness.


VDEM: What have you encountered in your outreach to the general public, as far as their knowledge, levels of preparedness, or attitudes toward emergencies?

Mrs. Va. Int’l: It depends what type of group I am speaking to. Children are like sponges and take in everything I say with curiosity and excitement. Some of my most “rewarding” presentations are to elementary school children. They really embrace activities like tornado drills and disaster Q&A games and they actually seem to know a lot about the different types of natural disasters. Ages 13-49 are a bit more difficult. They are busy with school or their jobs and daily responsibilities. I’ve spoken to this age group at Women’s expos and when I ask for a show of hands as to how many have a disaster supply kit, less than 25% of the hands went up… it was about the same percentage when I asked how many had a plan or had discussed a plan with their families. Some may have a false sense of immunity, but I think the majority of the people in this age group are just too busy to think about preparedness or cannot afford to buy the necessary supplies that make up a disaster kit. This is why kids who learn about preparedness are so important- they can take the message home to their parents and get the dialog started with this “hard-to-reach” demographic. The older generation
(50+) seems to know a bit more- perhaps because they have lived through a disaster- maybe they are a bit more cautious- or maybe because they are not as busy. I feel that this age group wants to learn more and are typically receptive to my presentations. I find that pet-owners are also especially interested in how they can better prepare their families and pets. Many groups are vulnerable but I am especially concerned about people with disabilities because they depend so much on the knowledge of their caregivers.

When I speak at an event, I stress that “it is only a matter of time before the next natural disaster strikes. It could be next week, next year or even 100 years from now, but no matter where you live, no one is immune from natural disasters.


VDEM: What have been some of your greatest accomplishments or memories in your efforts thus far to raise awareness?

Mrs. Va. Int’l: While I was working as a broadcast meteorologist at WAVY-TV in Norfolk, Virginia, I received an Emmy nomination for my report, “Get Down and Dirty With Tornado Safety.” In the video, I physically act out what to do in the event of a tornado warning if caught in a building or in a vehicle. I include this video in many of my Mrs. Virginia International presentations and enjoy teaching my audience tornado safety tips. I am extremely passionate about weather safety and preparedness and I know that the information in my video could very well save lives.

VDEM: Lots of our readers are local emergency managers. What advice would you give to those looking to encourage their communities to become more prepared?

Mrs. Va. Int’l.: Find liaisons to help reach certain audiences to teach about preparedness and make the presentations not only informative, but also fun. If it is “fun” to be involved, I feel that more people will be excited to join this movement. As Mrs. Virginia International- believe it or not- my crown and sash make people stop, ask questions and then actually listen to what I have to say. Typically, if someone is a bit different or out of the ordinary, that person will get more attention. Children look up to me as a role model- some even think I’m a real princess- and as a result, they absorb everything I teach them! Others look at me and think of the “pageant stereotype” and want to hear what I have to say because they want to hear if I’m going to say anything with substance! Then I have the opportunity to tell them my story- that I have a degree in Meteorology from Penn State University and that I have over a decade of TV broadcast meteorology experience. I always joke that, “yes, there is a brain under this crown.” I’m the real deal.

VDEM: Finally, are there any websites or actions you’d like readers to take to get more information or to be more involved?

Mrs. Va. Int’l.: Prepare NOW. Know your risk. Learn about the region you live in. What types of natural disasters are you vulnerable to? Start a conversation with your family, neighbors and employer…Do you have a disaster plan for you, your family and your pets? How about a disaster supply kit?” Take action and join FEMA’s National Preparedness Community and become an Ambassador with NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation- I’ve done both. Take an American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED course to learn life-saving skills! I recently renewed my certification.

Finally, I have more information about preparedness on my website: www.CherylNelsonVA.com cherylnelsonva.com and I always post on twitter @MrsVAIntl2014 and Facebook at MrsVirginiaInternational2014.