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1 FEMA Region 1 “Higher-Education Center of Excellence”: Strengthening the Emergency Management Academic Community Presented By: Robert Pesapane, FEMA Region 1 Christopher Lynch, FEMA Region 1 14 th Annual Emergency Management Conference June 6-9 th, 2011

2 FEMA Regional Offices

3 HiEd Center of Excellence Program Works to build relationships with HiEed learning institutions Develops partnerships with public and private sector Promotes best practices from within the region Explores competitive training grant program (CTGP) opportunities and links existing CTGP recipients to ongoing initiatives in the public/private sector (Community College Citizen Preparedness Program [3CP2] Citizen Preparedness) 3

4 5-Year Vision Working with State partners, markedly improve New England preparedness culture Enhance individual preparedness through integrated educational programs Connect age groups through emergency management/homeland security programs Distribute Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) to 100% of 4 th or 5 th grade students Provide alternative emergency management educational programs for high school, Outward Bound, Scouts Enhance emergency management/homeland security knowledge base through HiEd network connecting them with their emergency management communities, exemplars, Federal Centers of Excellence, and others 4

5 FEMA Outreach to HiEds in New England 5 Campus Emergency Plans Links HiEd Internships to public/private sector Connecting to other HiEds and private sector Provides guidance for emergency management/ homeland security academic program development Connecting schools with resources needed to draft, practice and adapt emergency plans Teaches 5th grade students what to do in an emergency and empowers them to implement life-saving preparedness initiatives Promotes Citizens Corps programs such as CERT to enhance overall HiEd preparedness and response

6 HiEd Outreach Prior – 20 schools engaged – 1 school as active partner – Outreach mainly based on Emergency Management Institute (EMI) academic frame with safety planning – schools engaged – 7 schools are active partners – Outreach multifaceted, and based on input from HiEd needs

7 HiEd: Map of EM Programs 7 KEY: BS= Bachelor of Science Cert.= Undergraduate Certificate Program GCert.= Graduate Certificate Program E = Emergency EM= Emergency Management HS= Homeland Security MA= Masters Hartford Post University—HS Cert. Capital Community College—EM Cert. Westfield State University—HS Cert. Boston University—MA E + Org Continuity Mgmt, GCert. Managing Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Storm Ready Mass. Maritime Academy— BS & MA in EM Curry College- Cert. Homeland Defense Tufts University-—MA Humanitarian Assistance Salve Regina University— Gcert in HS Norwich University MA Business Continuity (COOP) Anna Maria College—EM MA, GCert. Keene State College- Safety + EM Cert. Riviera College Cert. UMaine—EM Cert. UM-FK UM-S Daniel Webster— HLS UCONN- Collaborative Leadership in HLS Harvard—NPL Storm Ready URI— GCert in HS. University of New Haven GCert in EM CCRI— Associates in EM

8 Center of Excellence Initiatives Grants/resource opportunities Annual HiEd Conference Quarterly webinars Integration with local, county, State emergency management/homeland security hierarchy Integration of programs (private sector, CERT, STEP, etc.) Standardize EM plans on/around campuses Internships and employment opportunities Involvement with the greater community – C-CERT – Technical support (volunteers, engineering, GIS, etc.) – College Exemplars/SMEs/Federal Centers of Excellence 8

9 Case Study: University of Rhode Island (URI) Requested assistance with school emergency management plans Competitive Training Grant Program (CTGP) Recipient Strong leadership as recommended by Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) Standard brief yields added concerns and emphasis areas (law enforcement officer relations, Virginia Tech scenario, student mental health assessments) 9

10 Results: URI Pursuing FEMA Emergency Management Curricula (Graduate Cert) Cross-connect to University of Connecticut (UCONN) school emergency management plan exemplar (previous CTGP recipient) Possible C-CERT via Michigan State University CTGP Referral to Purdue for mental health forms Coordinate with U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for November 2009 URI to host statewide behavioral detection training Referral to UCONN Department of Education Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) recipient Hosted FEMA’s first L

11 Case Study: Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) Longest-tenured emergency management program in New England Solid campus emergency management plans Concern for emergency management students’ motivation due to employment issues Interest in STEP Summer camp program opportunities 11

12 Results: MMA Coordination for STEP taught by cadets in nearby schools Co-development of summer preparedness program for camp students New England Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (NEDRIX) internship opportunities Collaborate with other HiEd institutions on outreach initiatives 12

13 Higher-Education Regional Exercise Intelligence based exercise on information sharing between law enforcement and fusion centers. Multiple coordinated attacks throughout the Northeast. Exercise Three Part Series  Seminar Conducted on March 10 th with well over 100 attendees from Higher-Education, Federal, State and Local officials.  Table-Top Exercise Scheduled for June 18 th, 2011  Full-Scale Exercise September (TBD)

14 Strengthening Academic Programs FEMA Regional Office Providing subject matter expertise in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. Serving as Non-Voting Members of academic programs. Review and write letters of support for curriculum development. Conferences, Seminars and Workshop support.

15 Current School Year: 2009–2010 Despite original goal of being in 2.5 % of schools … Current School Year: 2009–2010 Despite original goal of being in 2.5 % of schools … 20,000 students signed up 300+ schools 22% of New England's 4 th /5 th graders 15

16 Within 5 Years Working with the States, markedly change New England’s preparedness culture Enhance individual preparedness through integrated educational programs Connect age groups through emergency management/homeland security educational programs Provide alternative emergency management educational programs for high school, Outward Bound, Scouts Enhance emergency management/homeland security knowledge base through HiEd “network”; connecting them with their emergency management communities, exemplars, Federal Centers of Excellence, and others 16

17 QUESTIONS? Robert Pesapane Christopher Lynch 17


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