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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.



National Preparedness Month Continues with a focus on Family and Community Preparedness

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:56:26 EDT

Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reminds citizens of the importance of preparing a family emergency communication plan and collecting important information such as all phone numbers, email, social media contact information, medical and school contact information and records. ####Think about the following when preparing a plan:

- How will my family get alerts and warnings in case of an emergency?

- How will they get to a safe location?

- Where is your emergency meeting spot?

- How will my family get in touch if cell phones, internet, or landlines don't work?

- How will loved ones know you're safe?

####Tailor your plan to the community in which you live and the hazards you may face:

- What are the hazards?

- What is the community plan for sheltering and evacuation?

- Are there preparedness education programs?

- Does my community have a plan? If so, can I get a copy? Is it updated? What should I know about it?

- Does my workplace and child's school have a plan?

####Evacuating you and your family:

- Evacuations are more common than people think

- Fires and floods are the most frequent cause

- Transportation and industrial accidents can also release harmful substances, forcing people from their homes

- Some evacuations are mandatory, some voluntary - tune into local media for info

- Subscribe to citizen alerts on maineprepares.com

- Where will you meet?

- Keep your car filled with gas

- Become familiar with several routes in case one is closed

- Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather

- Use the recommended route-don't drive through flooded roads

- Take your emergency kit

- Take your pets, and bring emergency supplies for them, including a leash and kennel

####Neighborhoods, condos and apartments:

- Talk to your neighbors and work together

- Does anyone have specialized equipment? (generators, etc)

- Does anyone have medical training?

- Who will check on the elderly?

- Who will care for your children if you can't make it home?

- Sharing plans in advance is a good strategy.

####For more preparedness tips and to sign up for news and emergency information go to Maineprepares.com or like MEMA at Facebook.com/MaineEMA or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/MaineEMA.



Responding to Incidents Involving Flammable Liquids Transported by Rail Training

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:15:45 EDT

This 8-hour remote site training will be delivered to volunteer and rural area first responders who will be exposed to the potential harm caused by transportation of flammable liquid by rail incidents, so that they can plan to coordinate their responses in an effective and efficient manner. Participants will learn the importance of developing strategies while responding to these rail incidents, which allows them to remain flexible in adjusting their actions to any changing events that may occur during an incident. Key success factors presented in the course will be effective planning, communication, and coordination.

These sessions are being done in conjunction with Maine DEP and will be offered at the following date, time, and locations. Please take advantage of this FREE training and register early or at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled date. Lunch will be provided!

Classes start at 0800 at the following locations and dates in the attached PDF document.



Tank Truck Rollover Training

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:09:06 EDT

This 8 hour training session is for first responders, the trucking industry, and others who have a need and desire to understand the correct response procedures needed for an accident involving hazardous materials on the roadway.

This class is being conducted by Maine DEP with the support of the State Emergency Response Commission, Gould Equipment, Linde LLC, GAC Chemical, Dead River and a number of other chemical and petroleum carriers and transporters.

If you attend this workshop, you will have an understanding of:
  • Design, construction, and safety features of various trucks such as 306/406, 307/407, 312/412, 331, 338 and Natural Gas (CNG);
  • Opportunities for hands on review with actual equipment;
  • Product Removal;
  • Site Safety and Site Assessment; and
  • Damage Assessment and Product Removal.
These sessions will be offered at the following date, time, and locations listed below in the word document attached. Please take advantage of this FREE training and register early or at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled date.



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Strategic Overview of Disaster Management for Water & Wastewater Utilities (MGT-342)

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:09:15 EDT

Strategic Overview of Disaster Management (MGT-342)



Dates and Locations


October 19, 2016



Lewiston Public Safety Building
103 Adams Avenue
Lewiston, Maine
207-513-3003


October 20, 2016


Hampden Public Safety
106 Western Avenue
Hampden, Maine
207-862-4000


Time for Both Locations


Registration: 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Course: 8:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Class Fee


Free


Sponsored by:
The USEPA, DHS, FEMA, MEMA, TEEX and
Maine Rural Water Association>br> 254 Alexander Reed Road, Richmond, Maine 04357
Tel: (207) 737-4092, Fax: (207) 737-70150
www.mainerwa.org



Course Description & Prerequisites


The National Infrastructure Protection Plan identified water and wastewater (WWW) systems as critical infrastructure (CI). These systems are critical to the communities' public health and economic development. The interdependencies between WWW, other CI sectors, and emergency management requires a common understanding. This course provides an opportunity to work together to improve community resiliency.

We will introduce frameworks for WWW disaster management including portions of the Environmental Protection Agency's Response Protocol Toolbox. Participants will examine case studies and will have the opportunity to identify planning factors in response to a catastrophic event.

Prerequisite FEMA/SID Number: Students must register and bring a copy of their SID number to class. Register online: cdp.dhs.gov/femasid

Prerequisite Training Recommendation: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800. The courses can be found online at: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp

Who Should Attend?


Water & Wastewater Utility Managers, Board Members, Operators and Field Personnel, Emergency Management, Public Works Management, Utility Management, Power Providers, Health Care and Hospital Management, Town/City & County Elected Officials, Lab Personnel, Inspectors, Engineers, Senior Regulatory Officials and Tribal Council Members

Topics
  • Water & Wastewater System Vulnerability
  • Response & Recovery Processes
  • Threats to Water & Wastewater Utilities
  • Preparing For & Responding To Disasters Affecting Water & Wastewater Utilities
Agency Approval


ME WOB: 4.0 Contact Hours
MED DEP: 4.0 Contact Hours


Presenters


Stanley States & Karen Tuttle, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute

The form to register can be found in the attached brochure.




TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: AWR 148: Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents - Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:11:49 EDT

AWR 148: Crisis Management for School-Based
Incidents: Partnering Rural Law Enforcement
and the Local School Systems

Orono, ME / October 6, 2016


Training sponsored by: Orono Police Department



AWR 148: Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents - Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems is an 8-hour, DHS-approved course designed to educate rural law enforcement personnel as well as school administrators and staff on the elements that would allow for an effective response to school-based emergencies. Schools in small, rural, and remote areas across the country account for almost 23 percent of the total student population (more than 11 million students). Rural schools, law enforcement, and other emergency responders are often limited in resources, so it is imperative that all potentially affected parties collaborate on planning, preparing, communicating, responding, and recovering from a school-based incident.

This tuition-free course is beneficial for rural police and sheriff departments, school administrators, school resource officers, counselors, and others involved in school safety and security.

Topics covered include:
  • Introduction to Incident Planning and Preparedness
  • Proactive Threat Mitigation
  • Incident Response
  • Incident Recovery
  • Vulnerability Assessments
  • Threat Assessment Management
  • Incident Defusing and Debriefing
  • Parent Reunification
  • Anniversaries, Memorials, "Copy-Cats"


Prerequisites: U.S. Citizenship*


*Please note all Non-U.S. citizens need to complete a DHS Foreign National Visitor Request Form by September 6, 2016, in order to attend this course. Contact John Kayser with any questions.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2016



To register, please visit our website: https://www.ruraltraining.org/training/schedule/2016-10-06-awr148-orono-me-001/

Please sign-up no later than September 22, 2016, as a minimum of 20 registrations must be received by this date in order to confirm the class will be held. Should you have any questions regarding the facility or location, please contact Scott Lajoie at 207-307-1014 or slajoie@orono.org.


For more information about this course, please contact John Kayser at Kayser@findlay.edu or 419-434-5814.

FEMA S.I.D. - REQUIRED



Register for you FEMA Student Identification Number at: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid



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.



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific: L-956 Liaison Officer (LOFR) Course

Fri, 27 May 2016 11:02:30 EDT

NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific:
L-956 Liaison Officer (LOFR) Course
October 17 & 18, 2016


This course is designed to provide local and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Liaison Officer (LOFR) on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (IMT). Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable students to process and apply their new knowledge.

The purpose of the NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training Program is to provide a portion of the training that may be needed to establish Type III and IV IMTs. This training program is designed to provide all-hazards competencies and behaviors for the eight Command and General Staff and selected Unit Leader positions within the NIMS ICS and specifically within the IMT environment.

NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific training should be completed by 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.

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.

Course Location: The course will be held at the Ramada Saco Plaza Conference Center, located at 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 is available upon qualification. Please contact MEMA training for prior approval. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student. We are an equal opportunity educational provider.

For further information, 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

The application period for this program ends COB October 7. Applications received after that will not be accepted.



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.



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.

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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 .