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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.



FEMA will be conducting a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment for Public Assistance in Maine

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:31:59 EST

Today Maine Emergency Management (MEMA) Director Peter Rogers received authorization from Governor Paul R. LePage to request a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment for Public Assistance for 14 counties as a result of severe storms that occurred from October 29, 2017 through November 1, 2017.

MEMA immediately forwarded this request to FEMA Region I. FEMA Region I has indicated their readiness and willingness to support this request.

This process will start within the next few weeks and additional information will be provided as it becomes known. The process is used to determine whether or not Maine reaches the threshold required to formally request a Federal Disaster Declaration.



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!**



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



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



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.



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.



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.