2018 to Bring More Emergency Management Challenges
2018 will continue to challenge REDITM users. Violent incidents on campus, natural disasters, weather impacts, and a wide variety of threats have become a relatively common occurrence. The public has high expectations that incidents of all kinds will be effectively and responsibly handled. Users need to evaluate plans in-light-of each emergency or disaster. Continue to train staff on the plan and the skill sets needed to manage emergency incidents.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, one guidance element we all should consider is about how long to plan to be “self-sufficient” and support you and your family. Staff cannot effectively manage an incident if worried about their family. Past guidance to individuals and families of being self-sufficient for up to 72 hours may not meet the current situation. Recent events, particularly those dealing with hurricanes, would indicate you might want supplies for you and your family longer than 72 hours! Consider having 5-7 days of supplies available for your family.
NIMS Alert 05-18: Core Capability Development Sheets Updated
REDITM users should consider looking at several documents that will help your organization sustain or improve capabilities to close any gaps identified in your plan. FEMA has recently updated the Core Capability Sheets, see: https://www.fema.gov/core-capability-development-sheets.
The Development Sheets are organized into the five (5) mission areas (protection, recovery, prevention, mitigation, and response) and include reference materials dealing with: training, resource typing, and capability descriptions.
Additional resources include:
• Information on the National Preparedness Goal: http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness-goal
• Core Capability Sheets that provide the following information tailored to each capability – training courses, example capability targets, nationally-typed resources, planning partners, and exercise support. See http://www.fema.gov/core-capabilities
• The sheets are available by mission area at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/132584
Planned Events, Use of NIMS/ICS, and Interoperable Communications
In the past, BowMac Software, Inc. has highlighted both the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) and interoperable communications issues and resources. The REDITM software is based on and is compatible with NIMS and ICS. Special events should be planned and conducted using the concepts of NIMS/ICS and within your REDITM plan.
Many colleges and universities, and the communities in which they reside, have experienced demonstrations and events requiring the commitment of major resources to maintain order and insure the rights to all involved. NIMS, ICS and interoperable communications are a key part of any effort to manage such events.
REDITM users will want to establish a close working relationship with their 9-1-1 communications center, to ensure that the center’s capabilities are known and utilized during these special events. As many know, 9-1-1 centers are no longer just an answering point for telephone calls from citizens requesting help. Many centers are struggling to upgrade technology, communications systems, data networks and manage increased workloads based on increased activity. A recent report on the status of the national 9-1-1 programs is interesting as the scope of the responsibilities assigned to 9-1-1 centers continues to expand. See: https://www.911.gov/pdf/National-911-Program-Profile-Database-Progress-Report-2017.pdf
REDITM users may remember the event in Las Vegas, in October 2017, that was the focus of a mass casualty shooting. The event, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, resulted in 58 deaths and over 700 others wounded. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released their Preliminary Investigative Report on January 18, 2018.
The report provides incident details, scene descriptions, suspect information, witness interviews and much more. It is compelling reading for anyone that is planning an open and outside event. The document can be found at: https://www.lvmpd.com/en-us/Documents/1_October_FIT_Report_01-18-2018_Footnoted.pdf.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Active Shooter Standard
The NFPA is in the development process for a new Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events.
According to the NFPA the new standard, to be identified as NFPA 3000, will provide “the minimum criteria for the level of competence required for responders organizing, managing, and sustaining an active shooter and/or hostile event preparedness and response program based on the authority having jurisdiction’s (AHJ) function and assessed level of risk.” Additionally, the standard will include “a review of the laws, regulations, consensus standards, guidance documents in addition to guidance for risk assessment, training materials, active shooter response planning, resource management, staffing, training, financial management, programs influences, medical treatment modalities, resiliency, recovery, and developing relationships…”.
And, perhaps most important to REDITM users, “This standard applies to any community, AHJ, facility, and member of any organization who responds to or prepares for active shooter and/or hostile events.”
The NFPA will be accepting public comments through February 23, 2018. Go to the following site for further details: https://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards/detail?code=3000
At the same website are several items of significance that should be reviewed:
1. Fact Sheet: Active Shooter/Hostile Event Preparedness and Response
• What You Need to Know About NFPA 3000;
• By the Numbers summary of active shooter events;
• Frequently Asked Questions about the development of NFPA 3000; and
• Is NFPA 3000 Only for the Fire Service?
2. Article by Angelo Versoni: Threat Prep
• Summary of several incidents prompting the need for NFPA 3000; and
• Detail on the development of NFPA 3000
3. Article by Angelo Versoni: The New Deadliest
• The impact of the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay and Casino incident on the development of NFPA 3000
BowMac Software, Inc. encourages all users to evaluate their plan in-light-of the information being developed related to the active shooter and/or hostile event issue. Continue to follow the development of NFPA 3000, as well as other materials developed, and the lessons learned from incidents.
NIMS Alert 04-18: National Engagement for Draft NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions
“FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on 109 NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions. The National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 pm EST on February 27, 2018.”
“NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the country is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness.”
REDITM users should review the material presented and consider incorporating the job titles, position qualifications, and resource typing definitions into their plan. The NIMS job titles/position qualifications and resource typing definitions can be reviewed at: https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement.
Interested in Starting a Campus CERT Program?
If you are interested in starting a Campus CERT program, there is a site for you to get started. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. Because college and university campuses are communities, it is logical to consider having a CERT team on your campus to assist in times of emergency. By organizing, training, and using such a team, you may be able to enhance your emergency management efforts.
Go to: https://www.ready.gov/community-emergency-response-team and scroll down to Campus CERT Starter Guide. When selected, a pdf file is available with all the details to get started on your campus.
Add to Your 2018 Calendar
The 20th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education symposium will be held June 4-7, 2018 at FEMA’s emergency Management Institute at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD.
Final Notes of Interest
1. BowMac Software, Inc. has a product called Sit-Aware that allows an organization, agency, school, or college to maintain situational awareness during an incident or during a pre-planned event. Reasonably priced, the product is available for immediate install with minimum training for users.
Contact John McNall at 585-305-7376 for a demonstration and further information.
2. The National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) maintained by the US Secret Service is a wealth of information for all interested in preventing, planning for, and responding to threats of all kinds. Congress formally authorized the NTAC based on the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000 to aid in the following areas:
• “Research threat assessment and various types of targeted violence;
• Provide training on threat assessment and targeted violence to law enforcement officials and others with protective and public safety responsibilities;
• Consult on complex threat assessment cases and programs;
• Promote the standardization of federal, state, and local threat assessment and investigations;
• Facilitate information-sharing among agencies with protective and/or public safety responsibilities.”
The site provides a wide range of information and research articles. Go to http://www.secretservice.gov/protection/ntac to review the information and publications.
3. Here is a reminder of resources available for emergency management and emergency planning.
4. BowMac Software, Inc. would like to hear from our REDITM users about topics of interest that we could highlight in future newsletters. Please email us your comments and thoughts.
5. Finally, we want to wish all users a great new year.