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Come join us at the Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference!

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:07:00 EDT

Are you an EMS Professional who could use some continuing education credits (CEUs)? MEMA along with Maine EMS is able to offer up to 9 CEUs for a wide variety of topics during our upcoming conference on April 24 -25th in Augusta at the Augusta Civic Center.

Included among the topics are the two keynote presentations, on day one by the President of the National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), on multiple 2017 Hurricane responses and on day two a panel from the American Red Cross of Maine including regional partners, on 2017 Hurricane and Wildfire responses.

In addition to these sessions, 40 of the breakout sessions are also available for credit with a wide variety of topics. Any issue with obtaining CEU credit from previous years has been successfully resolved. We also have a wide variety of vendors and exhibitors that will also be of interest to participants.

We hope you are able to join us for this excellent networking educational event! There is no cost to attend. For more information with links to the sessions and registration go to our conference page: http://www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/index.shtml



Registration is Open for 10th Annual Maine Preparedness Conference

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:22:25 EDT

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

###Online">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maine-partners-in-emergency-preparedness-conference-2018-registration-38875078406">Online Registration is now open for attendees and presenters!

* Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25, 2018

* Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

* The Conference will feature more than 40 individual workshops and meetings offered over the two days.

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. This year we have over 40 breakout sessions containing interesting topics that will be delivered by expert speakers. We have a wide range of tracks: Recovery, Communications, Community Resilience, Emergency Management, Recovery and Healthcare and Technological Hazards. This year we will also offer two sessions per day of the FEMA response class, "You Are the Help Until Help Arrives".

The agenda and topic descriptions are available to view at our Conference">http://maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/index.shtml">Conference Page.

Our keynote speaker for the first day is Greg Forrester, President and CEO of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. His topic is Whole Community Engagement: Response to Recovery. On day two our keynote topic is In the Wake of the Storm: The American Red Cross. This panel is hosted by Pat Murtagh, Chief Executive Officer of the ARC of Maine and includes key members of the ARC response effort.

Online registration for participants **and exhibitors** is">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maine-partners-in-emergency-preparedness-conference-2018-registration-38875078406">is now open. There is no charge for attending the conference. There is a small fee for 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.eventbrite.com/e/maine-partners-in-emergency-preparedness-conference-2018-registration-38875078406">Register now!



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:56:22 EDT

Department of Homeland Security
Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop
May 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cabela's, 100 Cabela's Boulevard, Scarborough, ME 04074


Preparing employees for a potential active shooter incident is an integral component of an organization's incident response planning. Because active shooter incidents are unpredictable and evolve quickly, preparing for and knowing what to do in an active shooter situation can be the difference between life and death. Every second counts.

Unique Training Opportunity



The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are hosting a day-long workshop to enhance preparedness against active shooter incidents through:
  • Developing an Emergency Action Plan with guidance from expert instructors
  • Identifying strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in physical security and planning considerations via break-out sessions
  • Learning how to prevent active shooter incidents by recognizing behavioral indicators on the pathway to violence
  • Understanding the history of significant active shooter incidents through survivor stories and expert perspectives
Enhancing Emergency Planning

The workshop will describe how to incorporate key elements of successful incident management into planning efforts, such as:
  • Developing communication and incident plans for employees
  • Building relationships with local first responders
  • Coordinating with first responders before, during, and after an incident
  • Integrating public affairs into incident management
For more information regarding the DHS Active Shooter Program, visit http://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

Active Shooter
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Consequences from an Active Shooter incident can be fatal.
Protect yourself by creating an emergency action plan by
incorporating three basic response options:


"Run, Hide, Fight"


Did You Know?
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Active Shooter situations are often over within three minutes,
before first responders can arrive on the scene.


Free Registration
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To Register: email Andrew Germann:
Andrew.C.Germann@uscg.mil
Registration closes on April 20th at noon
*Limited seating is available; 2 slots per organization



Hazard Mitigation Grant Application Period Open

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:41:50 EST

As part of the disaster declaration for the October 30, 2017 wind storm, Maine will be receiving mitigation grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for eligible mitigation projects.

Approximately **$687,624** will be available in hazard mitigation grant program (HMGP) funds for eligible projects that will help the communities avoid future damages from natural disasters.

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on November 2, 2018. The State Review Council will evaluate applications during November 2018.

**Eligibility**

Eligible sub-applicants include:

* Local Governments * Native American tribes * Private non-profit organizations (must be sponsored by local government

Applicants seeking HMGP funds must be:

* Participating in a FEMA-approved County Hazard Mitigation plan * Their project must be cost beneficial using the FEMA's Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) software. (That is, the cost of the project must be roughly equal to or less than the historical costs of repairing previous damages at the site.) * The proposed project must comply with environmental and historic preservation laws and * Compliant with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

**Please note there is a 25% local cost share requirement that is the responsibility of the sub-applicant. Cost share can also be provided by in-kind resources such as municipally owned and operated equipment.**

Technical assistance is available through September to help applicants prepare competitive applications. MEMA will be conducting workshops to guide applicants through the process. *Applicants who attend a workshop will earn an extra 5 points on their application score sheet.* The workshops will be listed in the MEMA calendar and on the funding notice here.">http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=788502&an=1">here.

Application Materials and additional information can be found on MEMA's website here">http://www.maine.gov/mema/mitigation/mema_mit_grants.shtml">here



TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Blauer Tactical Systems: SPEAR Instructor Certification

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:03:40 EST

Blauer Tactical Systems: SPEAR Instructor Certification
April 30 - May 3, 2018
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Police Department
151 Parkway South
Brewer, Maine 04412


Course Fee:


Maine Law Enforcement Officers: Thanks in part to a law enforcement training grant from the Penobscot Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), we are able to offer a reduced tuition rate for sworn Maine Law Enforcement Officers. This reduced course fee is $475 if paid via check or purchase order, or an even greater discounted rate of $400 with on line payment. If you are a Maine Law Enforcement Officer, please register using this link through the City of Brewer: (Be sure to click "SAVE" to submit your on-line registration) Note: There are only 14 available slots at the grant funded reduced tuition rate that will be filled on a first come - first serve basis, once these are filled all others will have to register using the Blauer Tactical link below at the full $750 price. https://www.mapsonline.net/brewerme/forms/standalone.html.php?id=902181252

All others (Corrections, EMTs, Fire Department, Law Enforcement outside of State of Maine, etc.) course fee is $750 for new attendees and $500 for re-certification. Please register using this link directly through Blauer Tactical: https://spearsystem.regfox.com/spear-bangor-me



State Emergency Response Commission Meeting Minutes January 2018

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:04:56 EST

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting January 9th, 2018.

Major topics during the meeting were the budget review and reviewing LEPC plans. 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.



2017 Tier 2 Software Released

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:22:30 EST

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) announces that the 2017 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 .



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.



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 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 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.



2017 CONOPS with RegionNets

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:20:41 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 2017 CONOPS with RegionNets.