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TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Incident Command System: Intermediate (ICS300)

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:19:04 EDT

Incident Command System: Intermediate (ICS300)
November 14 - 16, 2017



The Maine Emergency Management Agency will be conducting an incident command system course for command and policy level first response personnel. This 2.5-day course is designed for a multidiscipline organization and staffing, incident and event planning/staffing, organizing a response to an incident or audience of persons who would likely serve as supervisors in an ICS structure. Topics include planned event, and incident resource management. The course includes group activities, a tabletop exercise, and a final exam. This program is intended for middle management and command staff personnel.

Target Audience: All senior full time command level emergency responders, EOC staff, and personnel responsible for developing Incident Action Plans for expanding incidents should complete this course. All students will have completed up to NIMS ICS 200 (Basic) prior to taking the course. Copy of certificate must accompany application.

MEMA Training will present the course along with other State Agency Adjuncts.

Course Location: The course will be held at Jeff's Catering, 15 Littlefield Way in Brewer, Maine. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, closing at noon the last day. Lunch and breaks will be provided. Lodging is available to State and municipal students travelling more than 50 miles from their work base. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

For further information please contact Mike Grant @ MEMA.

All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA 119-25-1 training application form.

FEMA form can be found at: http://www.maine.gov/mema/training



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290)

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:14:55 EDT

Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290)
November 15 & 16, 2017



The State Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a training seminar on the Federal Emergency Management Agency training program for Public Information Officers (PIO). In order to be NIMS compliant all agencies must have a designated and trained Public Information Officer.

This 2 day course is intended for the new or less experienced PIO. Program emphasis is on the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency management public information activities. Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management, conducting awareness campaigns, news release writing public speaking, and television interviews. Completion of FEMA Public Information Officer Awareness Course (G 289/IS 29) is a prerequisite for attendance of the program. IS 29 is at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is29.asp Please include copy of certificate with application.

Selection Criteria: State, Tribal, County and local emergency management and emergency services staff who have either full or part time direct responsibility for public information in their communities or departments. Applicants will include an organizational chart indicating their position in local or departmental public information functions. Students should bring copies of their PIO plan and laptop computers if available.

Instructors: State Public Information staff will serve as instructors as well as local media participants.

Course Location: The course will be held at Jeff's Catering, 15 Littlefield Way in Brewer, Maine. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Lunch and breaks will be provided. Lodging is available to State and municipal students travelling more than 50 miles from their work base. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

For further information, please contact the MEMA training office.

All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA training application form found at:

http://www.maine.gov/mema/training



Making Donations for Disaster Relief

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:42:27 EDT

###Money and Goods

Most often, the best way you can help others during a disaster is to donate money or goods. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your generosity helps the most.

**Giving cash is always the best way to help disaster recovery because of its flexibility and ability to boost the local economy's recovery.**

If you'd rather donate goods, make sure you are only donating items that have been specifically requested by an organization directly involved in the recovery effort and that you have made contact with someone at that organization who will receive the items from you.

- You can help disaster recovery by sharing proven guidance within your community, schools, parishes, sororities and fraternities about needs-based assistance and how smart compassion does more good for more people more quickly and with less hassle and expense for donors and relief workers.

- Instead of donating your used items, hold a rummage sale, raffle, or silent auction and donate the proceeds.

- Organize a fundraising walk or run and register participants who have received monetary pledges from donors.

- Organize an event, such as a local concert, food fair, or art festival, and donate admission fees and other proceeds. ###Charitable Organizations

Are you unsure about giving money to a charitable organization? Here are some websites that can help you determine how charitable organizations rank. Most reputable organizations will allow you to designate your donation for a specific disaster or program:

- Charity">http://www.charitynavigator.org/">Charity Navigator rates charities based on their financial health, accountability and transparency, and results reporting. They also list some best practices for savvy donors.

- The">http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/">The Better Business Bureau also rates charitable organizations and allows you to check out specific charities and donor reviews.

- GuideStar">http://www.guidestar.org">GuideStar is another place to find reliable information on trusted nonprofits, as well as tips on choosing the right charity to give to.

- The Federal Trade Commission offers this">http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/wise-giving-after-weather-emergency">this advice for giving wisely after a disaster.

- The">http://www.maine.gov/ag/consumer/charities/index.shtml">The Maine Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division also has excellent tips for donating to charities.

Check out our fact sheet on Volunteering">http://www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/prep_display.shtml?163555">Volunteering in a Disaster for more information on helping out personally in disaster situations.



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Exercise Design (G139)

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:25:12 EDT

Emergency Exercise Design (G139)
December 6 & 7, 2017



The Maine Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a training seminar for emergency exercise design and evaluation. Emergency managers, emergency services personnel, and individuals who are part of the emergency preparedness and response in communities need to be able to use the fundamentals of exercise simulation and design as an integrated system of resources and capabilities. Skills learned during this program will enable jurisdictions to conduct NIMS required exercises for compliancy.

This course is part of the Maine Basic Emergency Manager Recognition Level II program. Completion of the FEMA online Independent Study Course IS 120.a, an Introduction to Exercises, is a prerequisite for attendance.

The course will develop exercising skills in the following areas: Exercise programs: Exercise process: Exercise design steps: Tabletop, functional and full scale exercises: Exercise evaluation: Exercise enhancements: Designing a functional exercise. The course will conclude with students conducting and evaluating actual Functional Exercises in a group/team environment.

Target Audience: State, county, and local emergency management officials having direct responsibility for developing and conducting exercises are eligible to attend. It is encouraged that regional teams working in the Homeland Security Emergency Exercise Program also attend the course.

MEMA training and exercise coordinators will serve as the primary instructors.

Course Location: The course will be held in the Waldo County Regional EOC/Training facility located at 4 Public Safety Way in Belfast, Maine. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Lunch and breaks will be provided. Lodging is available on a per case basis for those traveling 50 miles to attend the course. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

For further information, please contact training coordination at MEMA 800-452-8735.

Registrations should be submitted to MEMA via FEMA training application form found at:

http://www.maine.gov/mema/training



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Presque Isle, Maine, Ammonia Safety Day

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:15:57 EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE, AMMONIA SAFETY DAY


Saturday, September 23, 2017
On-Site Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Class Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
lunch during noon hour


Hampton Inn by Hilton
768 Main Street
Presque Isle, Maine 04769


Course Cost: FREE


Free anhydrous ammonia training opportunity for public safety and industrial first responders, hazmat technicians, as well as emergency planners and regulators.

Topics
  • Understanding hazards of ammonia
  • C-A-N Report and initial response life safety management
  • Risks and threats within industrial refrigeration hazard zones
  • Understand the value of prevention, protection, and preparedness
  • Objectives of industrial refrigeration emergency shutdown
  • Rapid entry rescue, decontamination, and medical treatment
  • Containment options - use of the fan and tarp evolutions
  • Command team awareness of potential catastrophic threat
  • Dealing with downwind and downstream receptors
  • Transition of command to the Hazmat Tech. Team
  • Use of checklists, playbooks, and reference guides
  • Review of a fire department SOP and teaming agreement
Note: Audience discussion is encouraged, questions can be submitted electronically by login into www.slido.com a password will be provided during the training session.

Who Should Attend?
  • Ammonia End Users
  • Governmental Inspectors and Planners
  • Public Safety Emergency Responders
  • Chemical Manufacturers & Suppliers
To register, see attached Announcement/Registration



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: VALOR Terrorism-Related Officer Safety Strategies

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:01:38 EDT

Free Training, only open to currently sworn law enforcement officers


VALOR TERRORISM-RELATED OFFICER SAFETY STRATEGIES

DATE/TIME: September 26, 2017 / 8AM - 5PM



LOCATION: BREWER, ME

*Beverages, snacks, and lunch provided



Registration Deadline: August 30, 2017



To register for this course, click on the following link:
https://www.valorforblue.org/VALOR-Training/VALOR-Training-Events/September-26-2017-Brewer-Maine



About the Training


Terrorists/violent criminal extremists (VCEs) pose a threat to state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers. Whether they are planning and gathering materials, conducting surveillance on potential targets, or practicing the skills needed to carry out an attack, their activities impact law enforcement agencies. As a result, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers may encounter a terrorist/VCE while carrying out their routine duties.

The Terrorism-Related Officer Safety Strategies workshop will address the following topics:
  • The current officer safety threat presented by terrorists/VCEs
  • Recognizing behavioral indicators exhibited by terrorists/VCEs to increase officer safety
  • Officer safety preparedness strategies and resources
  • Terrorism mitigation strategies and officer resiliency
Sponsored by


U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Hosted by


Brewer Police Department


Cohosted by


U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine


New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN)


Penobscot Emergency Management Agency


Maine Emergency Management Agency





TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:56:26 EDT

AVANGRID
CENTRAL MAINE POWER


ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents


Central Maine Power will be hosting ICS 300 training for anyone interested October 24th and 25th, 2017, at Central Maine Power's Canco Road Service Center, 162 Canco Road, Portland, Maine, in the second floor auditorium. (8am - 4 pm)

Participants MUST complete both days to receive credit for training and receive FEMA certificate.

AUDIENCE: The target audience for this course is for individuals who may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents or Type 3 incidents. Note: During a Type 3 incident, some or all of the command and general staff positions may be activated, as well as division/group supervisor and/or unit leader level positions. These incidents may extend into multiple operational periods.

ICS 300 will provide training on resources for managers and responders who require an advanced application of ICS. These are individuals who may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents which may extend into multiple operational periods. ICS 300 will include unified command, incident/event assessment and objective development; the ICS planning process; incident/event resource management, transfer of command and demobilization.

The following pre-requisites are required prior to attending the ICS 300 class and are available free online at https://training.fema.gov/nims/

  • IS 100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • IS 200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS 700: Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
INSTRUCTORS:


Kevin Guimond - AVANGRID Emergency Preparedness
Michael Grant - Maine Emergency Management Agency

Please see the attached Registration Form.




TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Warning Coordination (G0272)

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:44:29 EDT

Warning Coordination (G0272)
October 4 & 5, 2017


This program addresses Warning Coordination for weather- or flooding-related events. It provides training to help facilitate the process whereby State, local, tribal, and territorial officials responsible for warning coordination and communication work closely with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the news media to provide effective warnings that can be received and understood by people at risk. The effective coordination of these warnings is paramount to saving lives and protecting property.

Target Audience and Prerequisites: The target training audience for Warning Coordination includes State, local, tribal, and territorial government emergency program managers, or officials responsible for coordination and communication. The secondary audience includes federal emergency management personnel and employees of Federal, State, local, tribal and territorial governments who work in the emergency management field. Anyone with warning coordination responsibilities will benefit from this training. It is highly recommended that participants take IS271, Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk, G271, Hazardous Weather and Flooding Preparedness, and IS-247, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), before attending this course. Other recommended courses are the COMET program's SKYWARN® Spotter Training course and G365, Partnerships for Creating and Maintaining (Weather) Spotter Groups.

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. Class will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one, 8:15 a.m. to noon on day two. Lunch and breaks will be provided. Lodging may be offered on a per case basis for those traveling more than 50 miles to attend the course. Call Mike at MEMA for details. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

For further information, please contact the MEMA Training office.

All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA training application form.

Application period ends 10 business days before class date. Application may be found at: http://www.maine.gov/mema/training





TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: All-Hazards Position Specific Planning Section Chief (LO962)

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:15:00 EDT

All - Hazards Position Specific Planning Section Chief (LO962)
October 16-19, 2017



This course provides local- and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Planning Section Chief on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). These responsibilities fall into two categories: 1) managing the planning cycle, and 2) tracking resources and incident status. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable participants to process and apply their new knowledge.

The objective of the program is to describe the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Planning Section Chief on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team.

Eligibility Requirements: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific training is available to personnel who are currently members of Type III or Type IV IMTs, or by those seeking credentials/certification for ICS Command and General Staff or Unit Leader positions within their organization. Applicants will be vetted for acceptance.

Applicants must obtain FEMA Student ID # and have completed ICS training competency to the 400 level. FEMA instructional staff from EMI will deliver the program. Copies of ICS 300/400 completion should accompany the application.

Course Location: The course will be held at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, 352 North Street in Saco, Maine. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Lunch and breaks will be provided. Lodging may be provided for state and municipal government students travelling more than 50 miles from their work base. Call Mike at MEMA for details. All other expenses including travel are the responsibility of the student.

For further information on the application process, please contact the training staff at MEMA.

All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA training application form found at:

http://www.maine.gov/mema/training


Send application/Contact
Mike Grant MEMA
Michael.f.grant@maine.gov
FAX (207) 287-3178



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 Drought Task Force Meeting Report

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:00:36 EST

The Drought Task Force convened Friday, December 9, 2016 in response to the continuing dry weather that has led to below average ground and surface water levels across Maine. Factors such as stream flow, groundwater levels, reservoir levels, soil moisture, and weather forecasts are being monitored closely. This report summarizes the information presented on current hydrologic and drought conditions as of this date.



State Drought Task Force Meeting Report

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:59:56 EDT

The Drought Task Force convened Thursday, November 3, 2016 in response to the continuing dry weather that has led to below average ground and surface water levels across Maine. Factors such as stream flow, groundwater levels, reservoir levels, soil moisture, and weather forecasts are being monitored closely. This report summarizes the information presented on current hydrologic and drought conditions as of this date.



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 Drought Task Force Meeting Report

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:57:40 EDT

The Drought Task Force convened Thursday, October 6, 2016 in response to the continuing dry weather that has led to below average ground and surface water levels across Maine. Factors such as stream flow, groundwater levels, reservoir levels, soil moisture, and weather forecasts are being monitored closely. This report summarizes the information presented on current hydrologic and drought conditions as of this date.



State Drought Task Force Meeting Report

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:40:33 EDT

The Drought Task Force convened Thursday, September 8, 2016 for the second time in response to the dry weather that has led to below average ground and surface water levels across Maine. Factors such as stream flow, groundwater levels, reservoir levels, soil moisture, and weather forecasts are being monitored closely. This report summarizes the information presented on current hydrologic and drought conditions as of this date.