April 16, 2018 Volume 6, Issue 3

Spring to Bring Severe Weather to the U.S.

Severe weather is a hallmark of Spring! In the April 5, 2018 FEMA Individual and Preparedness eBrief highlight the severe weather challenge. Spring bring tornadoes, floods, lightning, tsunamis, rip currents/beach hazards and severe heat. FEMA and other agencies are supporting a national program to be a “Weather Ready Nation”. A severe weather tool kit can be accessed that can provide a wide variety of media to support your preparedness efforts. See: https://www.ready.gov/Severe-Weather-Toolkit

Additionally, the National Weather Service has a site to assist as well. See: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/spring-safety

As mentioned in the prior newsletter, one guidance element we all should consider is about how long to plan to be “self-sufficient” and support you and your 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.

FEMA Seeking Feedback on Several National Incident Management System (NIMS) Components

In the April 13 FEMA Higher Education Newsletter and in the April 12 Emergency Management and Response – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) InfoGram, FEMA’s request for feedback is highlighted.

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on a number of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. The deadline to submit comments is 5:00 p.m. Eastern on May 9, 2018.” (InfoGram)

The documents primarily deal with the operation of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and identifying key skill sets for positions and functions in the EOC. This will be of interest to REDI™ users as they select, train, and supervise personnel to staff an EOC as part of their emergency plan.

Details and comment procedures can be found at: https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement

The site also provides information on Webinar dates to discuss the various documents available on the site.

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 REDI™ 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 REDI™ 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.

REDI™ 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

REDI™ 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.

FEMA Effort to Fight Fire with Community Outreach

A program called, Fire is Everyone’s Fight, was launched recently. “Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ is a national initiative to unite the fire service, life safety organizations and professionals, in an effort to reduce home fire injuries, deaths and property loss by changing how people think about fire and fire prevention. Partnerships are critical to deliver accurate and consistent safety messages to the community. We invite fire departments, life safety organizations and fire and life safety professional to partner with us. Once you join, use the Fire is Everyone’s Fight graphic and tagline on your existing and new materials.”

A comprehensive Community Outreach Guide is available and provides excellent material for supporting fire prevention efforts. See: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/fief/fief_outreach_guide.pdf

National Level Exercise to be Conducted April 30-May 11, 2018

FEMA’s Higher Education Program Newsletter of April 6, indicates that “FEMA is conducting the 2018 National Level Exercise for the whole community, inviting government agencies, private sector and non-profit organizations, and individuals to participate in the biennial exercise. The exercise…represents a key step towards implementing FEMA’s recently released 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The National Level Exercise will test lessons learned from the unprecedented 2017 hurricane season across all levels of government and the private sector. The exercise is based on a mid-Atlantic hurricane scenario, where a major hurricane makes landfall near Hampton Roads, Virginia, causing severe damage to homes and businesses.”

For details on the Exercise and how you and your agency can participate, go to: https://www.fema.gov/nle?utm_medium=press-release&utm_source=fema-share&utm_campaign=nle

The exercise comes just before the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1.

FEMA 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

As cited above, FEMA has prepared the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan is available for review. See: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/160940

See the Plan, Appendix A and the Graphic.

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 REDI™ 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:

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?

Article by Angelo Versoni: Threat Prep

Summary of several incidents prompting the need for NFPA 3000; and

Detail on the development of NFPA 3000

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.

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

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.

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.

Consider checking out PrepTalks as a source of quality information on issues confronting emergency management. The PrepTalks “…are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.” [Higher Education Program Newsletter of April 6, 2018]

See: https://www.fema.gov/preptalks

The PrepTalks consist of video presentations with discussion guides on critical topics from experts in their respected fields.

The Higher Education Program Newsletter of March 30, cited three items of interest to REDI™ users.

First is the Campus Resilience Program Resource Library. The Library “…aims to provide members of the academic community with access to resources, strategies, guidelines, and templates to address a variety of different vulnerabilities and risks.” See: https://www.dhs.gov/campus-resilience-program-resource-library

Second is the effort by DHS to enhance school safety and increase preparedness. Access the details at: https://www.domesticpreparedness.com/updates/dhs-working-to-enhance-school-safety-increase-preparedness/

And third, is a good summary for any college or university dealing with the emergency preparedness challenges a campus faces. See: https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2018/emergency-preparedness

Here is a reminder of resources available for emergency management and emergency planning.

https://rems.ed.gov

Http://www.safeschools.info/emergency-management/emergency-management-resources

BowMac Software, Inc. would like to hear from our REDI™ users about topics of interest that we could highlight in future newsletters. Please email us your comments and thoughts.