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Annual Tier 2 Reporting Workshops

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:22:07 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.



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.



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Reconstitution Planning Workshop (L549)

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:38:22 EDT

Sponsored by FEMA Region I National Preparedness Division and Maine Emergency Management Agency


L549 - Reconstitution Planning Workshop


DESCRIPTION:

The Reconstitution Planning Workshop will assist Federal department and agency, state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions with the importance of developing effective and comprehensive reconstitution planning. Topics will include the identification of planning members, types of reconstitution, development of reconstitution plans, and special considerations for reconstitution planning.

DATES / TIMES:


December 13-14, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Tue/Wed)
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.


LOCATION:


U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England
259 High Street, Rusty Scupper, Bldg 1
South Portland, ME 04106


Access the Coast Guard base via Broadway to Mussey Street. Signs to the base are posted on Broadway. You will be required to show ID at the gate prior to entry. Notices are posted regarding vehicle searches. The course will be held in the Rusty Scupper, ground floor of Bldg 1, which is the first building on the right as you drive in. The entrance to the Scupper is on the parking lot side of the building. Please do not park in "designated" spots with markings.

OBJECTIVES:


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:
  • Appropriately identify Reconstitution team members;
  • Identify the different types of Reconstitution;
  • Prepare to develop Reconstitution plans;
  • Understand and identify the special considerations for Reconstitution planning.
ELIGIBILITY:

Private sector and federal, state, and local government employees responsible for developing and managing COOP programs and those participating as an Emergency Relocation Group (ERG) or Reconstitution team member in a COOP Program.

APPLICATIONS:

Please fax a FEMA Form 119-25-1 (old 75-5) to Nate Spada at (617) 956-7538 or email to Nathan.Spada@fema.dhs.gov (recommended)

FEMA Form 119-25-1 can be downloaded at:


http://training.fema.gov/Apply

Applicants with special needs should complete Section 11 on FEMA Form 119-25-1.

COSTS:


There are no tuition fees for this course. Participants from federal agencies and private industry or contractors to State or local governments must pay their own transportation and lodging fees.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

COURSE MANAGERS & TRAINING POINTS OF CONTACT:


Nate Spada
Continuity Manager
DHS-FEMA Region I
(617) 832-4745 - Office
Nathan.Spada@fema.dhs.gov


Arn M. Heggers, Civilian
Preparedness Specialist
CG Sector Northern New England
(207) 741-5439
Arn.M.Heggers@uscg.mil



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.



Save the Date! 9th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:03:29 EDT

Mark your calendar now for the **9th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference**.

Partner with hundreds of public, private and non-profit leaders, officials, administrators, managers, responders and providers for a unique learning and networking experience.

##Where and When:

###Augusta Civic Center ###Tuesday & Wednesday - April 25 - 26, 2017 ###Hosted by:

* Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) * State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and * Maine Association for Local Emergency Managers (MALEM)

Registration will open for Exhibitors on December 5, 2016, and for conference attendees on January 23rd, 2017. Stay">http://maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/index.shtml">Stay tuned for updates at our website.

##Presenters Wanted!

The overall theme for this conference is Threats to People & Infrastructure, in addition to other related Emergency Management topics. The presentation can involve any of the five mission areas of Emergency Management: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response or Recovery.

The Conference Planning Committee is looking for your ideas. If you have an idea for a topic and you would like to present at the conference please">http://www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/conference_presenter.html">please let us know.

###Don't miss this two day learning and networking experience with preparedness partners and exhibitors!



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.



State Drought Task Force Meeting Report

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 09:44:01 EDT

The Drought Task Force convened Thursday, August 4, 2016 for the first time since 2002 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.



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: ICS Train-the-Trainer (MGT-906)

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 12:35:36 EDT

ICS Train-the-Trainer (MGT-906)
December 13-16, 2016

Description


Enhance your instructional skills and prepare to deliver FEMA's Incident Command Systems (ICS) curriculum. While ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses are addressed, the major emphasis is on ICS-300 and ICS-400.

You will learn from training professionals how to use adult-learning techniques to get the best out of the classes you teach. You will develop and deliver a training module during the course.

Prerequisite
  • IS-100.b, FEMA Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100
  • IS-200.b, FEMA Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS-200
  • ICS-300, Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents
  • ICS-400, Advanced Incident Command System for Command and General Staff, Complex Incidents and MACS
  • IS-700.a, Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • IS-800.b, National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction
Topics
  • IS-100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS), ICS-100
  • IS-200.b, Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS-200
  • ICS-300, Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • ICS-400, Advanced ICS
  • ICS-402, Overview for Executives/Senior Officials G402
  • G191, Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface
Audience
  • Any individuals that may have responsibility for conducting ICS training in their local jurisdiction.
Location & How to Register


The class will be held at the Bangor Police Department, 240 Main Street, Bangor, on December 13-16th, 2016. Parking is located down the street and will be marked Parking for Training. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided; however, all other costs will be at the responsibility of the attendee.

To register please complete and submit the FEMA Application form and email to Michelle Tanguay, Penobscot County EMA - mtanguay@penobscot-county.net or fax to 942-8941.




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.



Topics and Presenters Sought for Preparedness Conference

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:50:10 EDT

The **9th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference** will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26, 2017 at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine.

Conference organizers are seeking suggestions for workshop proposals from those interested in conducting workshops at the conference.

The overall theme for this conference is Threats to People & Infrastructure, in addition to other related Emergency Management topics. The presentation can involve any of the five mission areas of Emergency Management: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response or Recovery.

I">http://www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/conference_presenter.html">I would like to be a presenter at the conference (note our guidelines, below).

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.

* Technological Hazards Responders

* Schools, from preschool to university

* Business / Non-Profit Organizations

* Communities, encompassing public officials and administrators and leaders of libraries and cultural institutions

* Emergency Management

* Healthcare

##Some 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 or a particular commercial interest 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. ">http://www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/conference_presenter.html"> Please let us know if you would like to present.

**Help make the 9th Annual the best Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference to date!**



2015 CONOPS with RegionNets

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:18:03 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 2015 CONOPS with RegionNets.



2015 Tier 2 Software Released

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:58:46 EST

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) announces that the 2015 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 .