Emergency Management

Dams Sector Security Awareness Guide: A Guide for Owners and Operators

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Dams Sector Security Awareness Guide: A Guide for Owners and Operators was developed to assists owners/operators in identifying security concerns, coordinating proper responses, and establishing effective partnerships with local law enforcement and first responder communities. This document was jointly developed by the Dams Government Coordinating Council, the Dams Sector Coordinating Council, as well as the Dams Sector-Specific Agency within the US Department of Homeland Security in collaboration with sector partners.

A National Geographic Channel Documentary "Twin City Bridge: After the Collapse"

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The National Geographic Channel will broadcast “Twin City Bridge: After the Collapse,” a documentary on the I-35W bridge collapse broadcast on Thursday, January 15, 2009.

2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan [NIPP]

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The 2009 NIPP replaces the 2006 version and includes changes and updates to program elements and concepts. The overarching goal of the NIPP is to build a safer, more secure, and more resilient America by preventing, deterring, neutralizing, or mitigating the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit elements of our nation's critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery of CIKR in an event.

RELATED INFORMATION
Sector-Specific Plans and More: http://www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/programs/editorial_0827.shtm
DHS Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Page: http://www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/programs/gc_1189168948944.shtm
 

Final Report - Airport Preparedness in a Community Context

Monday, March 2, 2009

This study uses survey results from 37 U.S. airports and 12 emergency management agencies to examine the current state of cooperation among airports and their emergency management agency (EMA) partners and suggests ways to strengthen and develop existing bonds to ensure community preparedness along with the protection and promotion of both airport operations and business continuity.

ASCE Member Feedback: Engineers’ Role In Emergency Management

Friday, May 22, 2009

 

It’s impossible to ignore the tragedy that comes with natural and manmade disasters. But when catastrophe strikes, it presents an opportunity for civil engineers to both bring awareness to the growing vulnerabilities of our nation’s infrastructure and to play a key role in disaster response and recovery efforts.

Please give us THREE minutes of your time to answer eight brief questions. Your feedback will help the American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Association of Emergency Managers determine the need for an emergency response and management credentialing/certification program.

Take the survey by clicking here or copying and pasting this link into your Web browser: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB22979TNPU8R

The emergency response and management field expands work opportunities for engineers, promotes new career paths, and brings increased visibility and respect to the engineering profession. Moreover a formalized credentialing process provides the baseline for compliance with federal “resource-typing” guidelines that allow for reimbursable contract deployment.

Who better to play a role in designing the emergency measures to save lives and protect property during disasters than the very people who created our threatened infrastructure: engineers. Your feedback will help redefine our profession and possibly save lives.

 

 

GAO Report 09-369: National Preparedness

Friday, May 29, 2009

The consequences of Hurricane Katrina highlighted gaps in national preparedness for a catastrophic disaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is the lead federal agency responsible for developing a national preparedness system. GAO was asked to assess the extent to which FEMA has (1) developed policies and plans that define roles and responsibilities; (2) implemented the National Exercise Program, a key tool for examining preparedness; (3) developed a national capabilities assessment; and (4) developed a strategic plan that integrates these elements of the preparedness system.

After GAO analyzed program documents, such as after-action reports, and visited six states located in disaster regions, GAO recommends that FEMA improve national preparedness by, among other things: (1) establishing a program management plan; (2) better ensuring exercises follow program guidance; (3) enhancing its project management plan for assessing capabilities; and (4) developing a strategic plan that integrates system elements.

2009 Hurricane Season

Monday, June 1, 2009

June 1, 2009 marked the first day of Hurricane Season 2009. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) collaborates with state, local, and federal partners to increase preparedness and coordinate response and recovery in the case of a hurricane or disaster. FEMA also urges Americans to use the annual start of hurricane season as a reminder to assess your personal readiness to respond to emergencies.

FEMA Releases Risk MAP FY09 Flood Mapping Production Plan

Friday, July 10, 2009

As part of its activities related to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun the transition from Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod) to Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) in fiscal year (FY) 2009. The vision for Risk MAP is to work collaboratively with State, local, and tribal entities to deliver quality data that increases public awareness and lead to action that reduces risk to life and property.

FEMA has identified a key goal for Risk MAP: Address gaps in flood hazard data to form a solid foundation for flood risk assessments, floodplain management, and actuarial soundness of the NFIP.

With FY 2009 Congressional appropriations for Flood Hazard Mapping, FEMA is initiating flood map update projects to address gaps in required engineering and mapping for high flood risk areas impacted by coastal flooding, levees, and other flood hazards (e.g., lakes, rivers, and ponds). The Risk MAP FY09 Flood Mapping Production Plan provides the strategy for selection of FY09 Risk MAP flood map update projects and the planned schedule for their completion. It identifies those counties for which flood map update projects are being initiated in FY 2009 and the type of flood hazards being addressed by the engineering and mapping project (coastal, levee, other riverine flood hazards). Projects were selected in FY 2009 to leverage established Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) relationships. Those counties including CTP maintenance activities are identified in the Risk MAP FY09 Flood Mapping Production Plan.

GAO Report 09-369: National Preparedness

Friday, May 29, 2009

The consequences of Hurricane Katrina highlighted gaps in national preparedness for a catastrophic disaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is the lead federal agency responsible for developing a national preparedness system. GAO was asked to assess the extent to which FEMA has (1) developed policies and plans that define roles and responsibilities; (2) implemented the National Exercise Program, a key tool for examining preparedness; (3) developed a national capabilities assessment; and (4) developed a strategic plan that integrates these elements of the preparedness system.

After GAO analyzed program documents, such as after-action reports, and visited six states located in disaster regions, GAO recommends that FEMA improve national preparedness by, among other things: (1) establishing a program management plan; (2) better ensuring exercises follow program guidance; (3) enhancing its project management plan for assessing capabilities; and (4) developing a strategic plan that integrates system elements.

2009 Hurricane Season

Monday, June 1, 2009

June 1, 2009 marked the first day of Hurricane Season 2009. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) collaborates with state, local, and federal partners to increase preparedness and coordinate response and recovery in the case of a hurricane or disaster. FEMA also urges Americans to use the annual start of hurricane season as a reminder to assess your personal readiness to respond to emergencies.

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