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TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Warning Coordination (G272)

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:08:40 EDT

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Warning Coordination (G272)

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June 13 & 14, 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. **The Warning Coordination Course is an elective of the FEMA Advanced Professional Series.**

**Target Audience:**

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.

**Prerequisites:**

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.

Instructors from the National Weather Service Caribou will assist in the program delivery.

**Course Location:**

The course will be held at **Jeff's Catering, 15 Littlefield Way in Brewer, ME. 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 officials travelling more than 50 miles from their work base. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA training application form found at: http://www.maine.gov/mema/training



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Physical and Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure (MGT-452)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:27:20 EDT

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Physical and Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure (MGT-452)

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June 15th, 2017

This 1 day course focuses on the national and economic security of the United States and the protection of critical infrastructure. This course will encourage collaborative efforts among individuals and organizations responsible for both physical and cybersecurity toward development of integrated risk management strategies that lead to enhanced capabilities necessary for the protection of our Nation's critical infrastructure.

Participants will identify physical and cybersecurity concerns impacting overall infrastructure security posture, examine integrated physical and cybersecurity incidents and the evolving risks and impacts they pose to critical infrastructure, and explore resources that can be applied to improve security within an organization, business, or government.

**Intended Audience:** Full and part time emergency management and response personnel who currently work/assigned in an EOC at the state, local, tribal or DOD installation level..

All participants must register with a FEMA SSID and training application found at http://www.maine.gov/mema/training no later than May 18, 2017.

Please see the attached flyer for additional course content information.



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Essentials of Community Cyber Security (AWR-136) and Community Cybersecurity Exercise Planning (MGT-385)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:23:42 EDT

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Essentials of Community Cyber Security (AWR-136)

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Community Cybersecurity Exercise Planning (MGT-385)

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June 13th & 14th, 2017

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is hosting the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) for a two day course in Community Cybersecurity Exercise Planning June 13th - June 14th, 2017.

Community Cybersecurity Exercise Planning is designed to provide a foundational knowledge of community cyber security (AWR-136) in order to prepare exercise planners to incorporate cyber-attacks and incidents into their program. Participants will explore cyber-related exercise objectives, players, scenarios and injects, challenges of developing exercises, and, using the Community Cyber Security Maturity Model, examine the importance of exercises in building the community's overall cybersecurity posture.

**Intended Audience:** Emergency management personnel who currently work in an exercise planning/execution role at the state, local, tribal or DOD installation level.

All participants must register with a FEMA SSID and training application found at http://www.maine.gov/mema/training no later than May 19, 2017.

Please see the attached flyer for additional course content information.



Tank Truck Rollover Training

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:31:54 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: Essentials of Community Cyber Security (AWR-136) and Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents (MGT-384)

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:40:43 EST

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Essentials of Community Cyber Security (AWR-136)

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Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents (MGT-384)

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May 25 & 26, 2017

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England's Area Maritime Security Executive Steering Committee is sponsoring the following two TEEX/FEMA courses: Essentials of Community Cyber Security (AWR-136) and Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents (MGT-384). AWR-136 is a prerequisite for (MGT-384). For course descriptions please see the attached documents. There is no charge to take these courses.

**Course Location:** Knox County Emergency Management Agency (Conference Room), 301 Park Street, Rockland, ME 04841. **Classes will run from 08:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.** To register please e-mail the following information to Andrew.C.Germann@uscg.mil: - Last Name - First Name - Agency Name - Position/Title - Mailing Address - City - State - Zip Code - Email Address - Phone # - FEMA SID

A FEMA Student Identification (SID) number will be required to take training provided by a DHS/FEMA organization. To register for your FEMA SID go to: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: MGT-343: Disaster Management for Water & Wastewater Utilities

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:14:34 EDT

The Maine Rural Water Association is providing MGT-343: Disaster Management for Water & Wastewater Utilities on March 30 & 31, 2017 in Lewiston. This is a free class that is being sponsored by USEPA, DHS, FEMA, TEEX, MEWARN and Maine Rural Water Association.

**Audience:** 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

This two day course will guide participants through issues concerning preparing for, responding to, mitigating, and recovering from incidents affecting WWW facilities. In addition, participants will be introduced to the natural and man-made hazards to which WWW systems may be vulnerable.

**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

The registration form and course brochure is attached.



Registration Now Open for 9th Annual Preparedness Conference!

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:44:50 EST

##Ninth Annual *Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference*

###Online">https://www.regonline.com/partners2017">Online Registration is now open for attendees and presenters!

* Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26, 2017 * Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine * Online">https://www.regonline.com/partners2017">Online registration * The Conference will feature more than 40 individual workshops and meetings offered over the two days. An early 'Draft' Agenda (subject to change) is available at registration.

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

The agenda will continue to be refined as the Conference draws closer.

The keynote speaker for day one will be focused on the Boston Marathon bombing. The keynote speaker for day two will focus on the challenges from Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina.

Online registration for participants **and exhibitors** is">https://www.regonline.com/partners2017">is now open. There is no charge for attending the conference. There is a small fee for exhibitors, but no charge for not-for-profit and government exhibitors.

The Conference is a partnership among the State">http://www.maine.gov/mema/serc">State Emergency Response Commission, The">http://www.maine.gov/mema">The Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Maine Association of Local Emergency Managers.

###Don't miss this two-day learning experience with statewide and national preparedness partners. Register">https://www.regonline.com/partners2017">Register now!



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: ICS 400: Advanced ICS

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:16:27 EST

Central Maine Regional Resource Center (CMRRC) is providing ICS 400 training for our region on April 20, 2017, at Central Maine Medical Center, 12 High Street, Lewiston, Conference Rooms A/B/C.

AUDIENCE: We ask that senior members of your hospital who will have a leadership role in their facility's incident command system attend this training.

ICS 400 will provide training on resources for healthcare personnel 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 400 will include ICS review for Command and General Staff; major and/or complex incidents/events management; area command and multi-agency coordination.

Documentation of the following pre-requisites is required to attend ICS 400:
  • IS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
Courses designated with an IS can be found at http://training.fema.gov/IS/ and must be completed before you can attend.

Please Note:
  • If you have already completed applicable the pre-requisites, please fax a copy of the completion certificates with your registration form.
  • If you have not completed the courses, you will have until April 1, 2017, to complete the courses and fax the certificates into the Central Maine Regional Resource Center. Failure to complete the pre-requisites will result in you being withdrawn from this course.
The Registration Form is attached.




TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:29:19 EST

Central Maine Regional Resource Center (CMRRC) is providing ICS 300 training for our region on April 13 - 14, 2017, at Central Maine Medical Center, 12 High Street, Lewiston, Conference Rooms A/B/C.

Participants MUST complete both days to receive credit for training.

AUDIENCE: We ask that senior members of your hospital who will have a leadership role in their facility's incident command system attend this training.

ICS 300 will provide training on resources for healthcare personnel 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.

Documentation of the following pre-requisites is required to attend ICS 300:
  • 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)
  • IS 800.b: National Response Framework, An Introduction
Courses designated with an IS can be found at http://training.fema.gov/IS/ and must be completed before you can attend.

Please Note:
  • If you have already completed applicable the pre-requisites, please fax a copy of the completion certificates with your registration form.
  • If you have not completed the courses, you will have until April 1, 2017, to complete the courses and fax the certificates into the Central Maine Regional Resource Center. Failure to complete the pre-requisites will result in you being withdrawn from this course.
The Registration Form is attached.




TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: ICS 300

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:52:06 EST

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England (NNE) will be hosting an ICS-300 Intermediate ICS course April 4-7, 2017 at the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England's 2 Monument Square campus, 2nd floor, in the Great Bailey Island conference room.

Intermediate ICS expands on basic ICS principals and is designed for personnel who will be assigned to key incident command post roles in expanding incidents or Type 3 incidents and for those assigned to ICS supervisory positions. This course will include but not be limited to: unified command, incident/event assessment, the ICS planning process, incident/event resource management, transfer of command and demobilization.

This USCG course is process based and will require the students to work from initial response through two full planning cycles. Develop two Incident Action Plans for a simulated incident and participate in the various ICS process meetings. Class will convene Tuesday, 04 April, promptly at 0800 at the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England's 2 Monument Square campus, 2nd floor, in the Great Bailey Island conference room. Unfortunately, there is no free parking available at this location. Several city parking garages are located nearby.

Graduation will be approx. 1600, 07 April.

Instructions:

Email BMC Ben Hicks requesting to be added to the roster at Ben.L.Hicks@uscg.mil or call 207-741-5450.




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 .



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Advanced Critical Infrastructure Protection (MGT-414)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:27:02 EDT

Advanced Critical Infrastructure Protection (MGT-414)
May 25, 2017
Maine Emergency Management Agency Classroom
45 Commerce Drive, Suite 2
Augusta, Maine 04330


Texas A & M Engineering Extension Service
National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center
www.teex.org/publicsafety


The purpose of this management level course is to extend the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in the awareness level course (AWR-213) and to formulate considerations for the resilience of jurisdictional assets leveraging cross-sector partnerships. These considerations, as part of a resilience action plan, will enhance the whole community's ability to manage the risk associated with critical infrastructure protection efforts. Participants receive a template for presenting all of the relevant data for jurisdictional or regional resilience.

Major topics include:
  • Describe the national strategy of resilience relative to the local partner role
  • Describe the whole community approach relative to the National Preparedness Goal
  • Identify and prioritize jurisdictional critical infrastructure assets and interdependencies across all Critical Infrastructure sectors
  • Describe the purpose and components of a resilience plan
  • Analyze asset and sector impact on jurisdictional resilience
  • Develop options for sector-specific next steps for highest priority sectors
  • Develop a list of jurisdiction-level (regional) resilience actions


Training Level: Management and Planning


Participant Audience:
  • Critical infrastructure owners, operators, and managers
  • State, local, tribal, and territorial government senior officials and managers
  • DHS personnel
  • Sector-Specific Agency managers
  • Other managers with critical infrastructure responsibilities


Prerequisites: None, however, attendance in AWR-213 is highly recommended. If attendance is not possible, completion of the IS-860 online course is suggested.

Continuing Education Credits: IACET - .8 CEUs


Class Size: 24



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Jurisdictional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (MGT-310)

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:21:23 EST

Jurisdictional Threat and Hazard
Identification and Risk Assessment (MGT-310)
May 23 - 24, 2017
Maine Emergency Management Agency Classroom
45 Commerce Drive, Suite 2
Augusta, Maine 04330



Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center
www.teex.org/publicsafety


The purpose of this course is to prepare participants to conduct a Jurisdictional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA). Participants will identify threats and hazards of jurisdictional concern, give those threats and hazards context, establish capability targets, and determine how to apply the THIRA results. The course will assist local emergency responders and stakeholders in identifying the critical infrastructure that may be at risk in their jurisdiction. By using the THIRA process, stakeholders will develop a strategy to allocate resources and establish mitigation and preparedness activities. THIRA-informed planning is consistent with and expands on nationally accepted emergency management standards as the basis for planning across the mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Training Level:
Management and Planning


Venue:
Jurisdiction


Course Length:
Two days (16 hours)


Participant Audience:
Emergency response level, supervisory and/or management personnel who respond to or have oversight responsibility for incidents caused by terrorism, natural disaster, major accidents and all other hazards. Course participants include responders from the following disciplines/services:
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Service
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Public Health and Health Care
  • Public Works
  • Emergency Management
  • Public Elected Officials
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Governmental Administrative
Personnel from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, schools, and the military are also allowed to attend if invited or approved by the host jurisdiction.

Continuing Education Units:
IACET - 1.6 CEUs


Prerequisites:
Participants should work in one of the listed disciplines, have completed a WMD/terrorism awareness level course, or be approved by the local jurisdiction host. Completion of the online courses IS-700.a (NIMS - An introduction) and AWR-160 (WMD/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders) is recommended but not required. The DHS/FEMA NTED course AWR-160 is offered online by TEEX at: http://teex.com/nerrtc

Class Size:
24 participants



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.



Exhibitor Registration Open for 9th Annual Preparedness Conference

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:35:35 EST

##9th Annual *Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference*

###">https://www.regonline.com/partners2017"> Online Registration is now open for exhibitors!

* Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26, 2017

* Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

* Online">https://www.regonline.com/partners2017">Online registration for exhibitors, including businesses, non-for-profit organizations or government agencies. Registration for attendees will open on or about January 23rd, 2017.

The Conference will feature more than 40 individual workshops and meetings offered over the two days. A preliminary agenda will be available in January.

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

Online registration for exhibitors is">https://www.regonline.com/partners2017">is now available. There is a small fee for business exhibitors, but no charge for not-for-profit and government exhibitors.

The organizing committee is also seeking presenters for the Conference. ">http://www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/conference_presenter.html"> I would like to be a presenter! And stay tuned to our ">http://www.maineprepares.com/conference"> Conference web page for more updates, or sign">https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEMEMA/subscriber/new?topic_id=MEMEMA_8">sign up for MEMA Training and Exercise news to receive conference updates by e-mail.

The Conference is a partnership among the ">http://www.maine.gov/mema/serc"> State Emergency Response Commission, The">http://www.maine.gov/mema">The Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Maine Association of Local Emergency Managers.

**Don't miss this two-day learning experience with statewide and national preparedness partners!**