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Time to Register for 10th Annual Preparedness Conference

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:31:38 EST

##Attendees and Exhibitors Sought for Preparedness Conference

The 10th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24th and 25th at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine.

**Registration is now open for attendees and exhibitors.**

The overall theme for this conference is Prepare to Recover, in addition to other related Emergency Management topics. We expect that 500-600 Maine residents will attend the conference including town, county and state officials, private and public business representatives and many interested citizens who come back year after year to take in what the conference offers.

Please click the link below to register for the conference. The link allows you to register as a participant or as an exhibitor.

I">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maine-partners-in-emergency-preparedness-conference-2018-registration-38875078406">I would like to attend the conference

A copy of the DRAFT Conference Schedule be posted shortly. For more information: Contact Conference Organizers




The Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference is sponsored by the [Maine Emergency Management Agency](http|//www.maine.gov/mema ), the [State Emergency Response Commission](http://www.maine.gov/mema/serc ) and the [Maine Association of Local Emergency Managers (MALEM)](http://www.malem.org ).



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Instructional Presentation and Evaluation Skills (G141)

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:47:52 EST

Instructional Presentation and Evaluation Skills (G141)
January 23 - 25, 2018



This 3-day course addresses the practicalities of conducting successful interactions, managing the classroom experience, and making presentations. It covers the basics of adult learning and of training evaluation for those wanting more experience in this area.

Participants have several opportunities to practice presentation and instructional skills, first as spokespersons for small groups, then during short duo presentations, 3-minute individual presentations, and, finally, 20-minute individual presentations, using material related to their own programs or functions. Detailed feedback is provided.

Selection Criteria: Applicants will be vetted based upon current Emergency Management training responsibilities at the local, county, and State government level. Applicants must be approved by their sponsoring agencies or organization to ensure attendance.

MEMA Operations and Response Staff will deliver the program along with local Adjuncts.

Course Location: The course will be held in the MEMA classroom at the Central Maine Commerce Center (CMCC). The CMCC is located at 45 Commerce Drive off Route 27 in North Augusta. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Lunch and breaks will be provided. Lodging may be available based on student qualification. Call MEMA for details. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

For further information or to register, please contact Mike at MEMA.

All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA training application form found at: http://www.maine.gov/mema/training



2017 Tier 2 Software Released

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:22:30 EST

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) announces that the 2017 Tier 2 Submit software has now been released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This software allows facilities with reportable quantities of hazardous materials to document and submit their reports electronically, through e-mail or on a CD, as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

This law requires facilities with 10,000 pounds of a hazardous material or 500 pounds or less of an Extremely Hazardous Substance based on the chemicals' Threshold Planning Quantity. This information is used by local first responders to assist them in identifying where there are chemical risks in their community and LEPC's in developing regional response plans. To access this free software please go to the following link:

http://www2.epa.gov/epcra-tier-i-and-tier-ii-reporting/tier2-submit-software

For more information on reporting or assistance in completing your reporting please contact you county EMA office or call the Maine Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-452-8735 or e-mail .



Annual Tier 2 Reporting Workshops

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:52:35 EST

Maine Emergency Management is providing 4 Tier 2 reporting workshops at various locations throughout Maine. This 3-hour workshop is for facilities that are required to report extremely hazardous substances and/or hazardous materials above reporting quantities.

The Tier 2 workshops are half day. Please see attached worksheet for dates and locations.



Topics and Presenters Sought for Preparedness Conference

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:12:11 EST

Maine Emergency Management Agency seeks presentation proposals for the **10th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference** to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25, 2018 at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine.

As the nation continues to recover from the devastation caused by hurricanes, wildfires and active shooters, and other natural and man-made disasters, the overall theme for this conference will be Prepare to Recover. Each track will represent the various aspects of the recovery process - Economic Recovery, Health and Social Services, Housing, Infrastructure Systems, and Natural and Cultural Resources. An additional Emergency Preparedness track will capture other valued topics of interest.

Workshops are presented at breakout sessions throughout the two days of the conference. The sessions are typically 60 minutes long, but a double session can be requested. Topics may be presented in a variety of ways. In previous conferences, presentation styles have ranged from "Lessons Learned" from exercises and events, to traditional classroom presentation, to panel discussions with experts on a particular subject. Based on your evaluations from previous conferences, the most popular workshops have been those that draw on real-world experiences. Other popular sessions take a concept and "Show me How" to implement the idea.

The Conference is part of the "Maine Prepares" initiative, which focuses on emergency preparedness for a wide range of audiences. In addition to tracks specifically designed for first responders and emergency management personnel, this year's conference will include a track specifically for the citizens of Maine in an effort to increase preparedness and response initiatives for individuals and families.

Who should attend?

- Communities, including public officials, administrators and leaders of libraries and cultural institutions - Emergency Management - Schools, from preschool to university - Business / Non-Profit Organizations - Technological Hazards Responders - Healthcare - Interested Individuals

##Guidelines for Topic Proposals

- Topics should address some aspect of the overall theme or other related topic of Emergency Management interest - Submitters are free to propose more than one topic - The Conference Committee will review all proposals and may contact submitters for more information. The Committee also reserves the right to solicit presentations through other avenues. - Presentations must not feature any promotional content for any commercial enterprise. No materials promoting the presenter may be distributed or displayed.

Session materials from previous conferences can be reviewed at ">http://maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/index.shtml"> the Conference website.

The annual conference has consistently provided a unique educational and networking opportunity. Please let us know if you would like to present by contacting the conference organizers by email at maineprepares@maine.gov or give us a call at 207-624-4400. If you have already applied to be a presenter please contact us.

**Help make the 10th Annual the best Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference to date!**



2016 Tier 2 Software Released

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:40:59 EST

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) announces that the 2016 Tier 2 Submit software has now been released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This software allows facilities with reportable quantities of hazardous materials to document and submit their reports electronically, through e-mail or on a CD, as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

This law requires facilities with 10,000 pounds of a hazardous material or 500 pounds or less of an Extremely Hazardous Substance based on the chemicals' Threshold Planning Quantity. This information is used by local first responders to assist them in identifying where there are chemical risks in their community and LEPC's in developing regional response plans. To access this free software please go to the following link:

http://www2.epa.gov/epcra-tier-i-and-tier-ii-reporting/tier2-submit-software

For more information on reporting or assistance in completing your reporting please contact you county EMA office or call the Maine Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-452-8735 or e-mail .



State Emergency Response Commission October Meeting Minutes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:22:11 EDT

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting October 11th, 2016.

Major topics during the meeting were the new budget review and reviewing LEPC plans and budgets. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.



State Emergency Response Commission July Meeting Minutes

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:23:40 EDT

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting July 12th, 2016.

Major topics during the meeting were the new budget review and reviewing facilities with off site consequences. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.



State Emergency Response Commission April Meeting Minutes

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:21:19 EDT

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting April 12th, 2016.

Major topics during the meeting were the budget review and the discussing the HMEP grant Changes. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.



State Emergency Response Commission January Meeting Minutes

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:29:59 EDT

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting January 12th, 2016.

Major topics during the meeting were the budget review and the new Training Committee Instructors. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.



2017 CONOPS with RegionNets

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:20:41 EDT

CONOPS provides guidance to public safety agencies (traditional first responders) and non-traditional responders for developing and employing on-scene interoperability through an effective Incident Communications program. CONOPS focuses on incident communications requirements and the role of interoperability.

This">http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=22705&an=3">This is the 2017 CONOPS with RegionNets.