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Topics and Presenters Sought for Preparedness Conference

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:25:48 EDT

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.

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. 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. ">http://www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/conference_presenter.html"> Please let us know if you would like to present.

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



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Communications Unit Leader (COML) Course (Type III)

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:38:40 EDT

Communications Unit Leader (COML) Course (Type III)
December 12-14, 2017


The Maine Emergency Management Agency will be conducting the All-Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader (COML) Class is available to provide DHS approved National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant Communications Unit Leader (COML) instruction to ensure that every state/territory has trained personnel capable of coordinating on-scene emergency communications during a multi-jurisdictional response.

CLASS OBJECTIVES: Identify the functions of the Communications Unit and the duties and responsibilities of the COML.

Arrive at an all-hazards incident properly equipped, gather information to assess the assignment, and begin initial planning activities of a COML.

Plan, organize staff, manage, and demobilize the communications unit in a safe and effective manner to meet the needs of the incident.

Coordinate with the incident sections, appropriate communications personnel (e.g., communications coordinators), and other agencies to assist in accomplishing the overall incident objectives.

Design, order, and ensure the installation and maintenance of all communications systems.

Maintain accountability of assigned communications equipment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: The COML class is targeted for all local, regional, state, tribal and federal cross disciplinary emergency response professionals and coordination/support personnel with a communication background. Students will represent NIMS compliant jurisdictions with need to obtain COML training.

PRE-COURSE WORK/PRE-REQUISITES: Each student should be familiar with their Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan (TIC Plan) and/or their state/regional/local Communication Plan and communication assets. You should have completed IS-100, IS-200, ICS-300, IS-700, and IS-800 prior to attending this course. Proof of completion of these courses must be provided upon application.

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 Steve @ 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



How To Help Hurricane Survivors

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:08:12 EDT

For Hurricane Maria, there are three ways that the public can help provide support for survivors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

###The Fastest Way to Help - Cash is Best

This gives trusted charity organizations the ability to purchase what survivors need right now. In addition, when these organizations purchase goods or services locally, they pump money back into the local and regional economy, helping businesses recover faster.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) list trusted organizations receiving donations, many of which are already coordinating relief and response efforts in the Caribbean, https://www.nvoad.org/. To make a cash donation directly to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, visit www.unitedforpuertorico.com.

###Donating Goods

It is important to remember unsolicited donated goods (e.g., clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs) require voluntary agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

**To responsibly donate goods**, the NVOAD website, https://www.nvoad.org/ has information on non-profit organizations accepting or registering individual and corporate in-kind donations.

###Volunteering

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands ask that volunteers not self-deploy, as unexpected arrival in affected communities creates an additional burden for first responders. Volunteers must register first. To register as an affiliated volunteer with a voluntary or charitable organization, visit the National VOAD, https://www.nvoad.org/ for a list of partners active in disaster. Alternatively, you may register to volunteer for partner organizations to reach out to you.



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Debris Management Planning (L0292)

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:10:20 EDT

Debris Management Planning (L0202)
November 14 - 16, 2017

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as State, Tribal, Territorial and local governments, have become increasingly aware of the importance of providing clear and consistent guidance to communities on debris planning, response and recovery issues, and on FEMA eligibility and process requirements of debris removal activities. The cost of debris removal continues to rise, conflicts have arisen with community's methods of contracting for and monitoring debris removal operations, and methods of disposal are often found to not comply with environmental laws and regulations. Thus, reimbursement under the public assistance program could be jeopardized. FEMA recognizes that effective planning and management of debris issues requires extensive training and experience. The Debris Management Planning for State, Tribal and Territorial Officials Course is designed to provide that training through nationally sponsored and directed instruction. This course will enable participants to fully plan for, respond to, and recover from major debris-generating events.

Target Audience: Tribal and Municipal Public Works officials who are directly responsible for planning, managing, and/or implementing debris removal and disposal activities form all types of disasters. This course is not intended for emergency management personnel. This course will be instructed by FEMA National Cadre staff.

Course Location: The course will be held at the Maine Department of Transportation training facility located at 66 Industrial Drive in Augusta. 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 from their work base 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

application period closes 10 business days before course date.



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

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:57:31 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: 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: 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.