Also from FEMA:
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students and Federal partners are pleased to announce a series of upcoming webinars designed to provide an in-depth review of the “A Closer Look” section of the Obama Administration’s recently released Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans and Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education.
The next available webinars in this series will focus on preparing for, responding to and recovering from an active shooter situation and on implementing Psychological First Aid in school and postsecondary settings. To register for the upcoming webinars, click here.
Access the PowerPoint slides and review the 90 minute overview presentation from the recent webinar, Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plan for Houses of Worship, held July 25, 2013. This webinar was presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, Federal Emergency Management Agency, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center.
I’ve upgraded the VOST Workbook to version 4.0. The bug fix in the formula that I had you fix in the last version is now taken care of but I hope you got a grand little spreadsheet formula lesson by following my instructions.
The big addition to the workbook comes at the suggestion of Jeff Phillips, who liked my general availability calendar that I use for my team but requested that it be included in the workbook.
The worksheet lets you track team member availability for anticipated length of deployment and can be adjusted by each member for his/her own time zone to fill in that availability. It also lets the team lead look at any given day to see where gaps might exist in coverage.
After importing the calendar into the deployment workbook, I personally prefer to have this calendar in a separate workbook, altogether. If you would like the calendar provided as a separate product, leave a comment and if people want it, I’ll upload it to Google docs, too.
The reference link on the VOST page of this site has been updated to point at the new template version and the link on the cover sheet of the new version has a link to the updated User Guide.
Here are the links to each, separately, however, for your convenience. As is stated on the VOST page, these are set to read-only. Please make a copy for your own use:
From the FEMA NPM Team:
Wildfires can spread rapidly, with little-to-no warning, often going unnoticed until it is too late. These wildfires, commonly started by human error, quickly ignite and burn through tinder-dry bushes and trees, and unfortunately spread to nearby homes as well.
If you live in a fire-prone area there are various ways that you can help reduce the chance for severe damage to your home and property, by designing and landscaping your home with wildfire safety in mind; selecting materials and plants that can help contain a fire rather than fuel it.
For home design and construction:
- Use fire-resistant or noncombustible materials on the roof and exterior structure of the dwelling.
- Treat wood or combustible material used in roofs, siding, decking, or trim with fire-retardant chemicals evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory.
- Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees around your property such as hardwoods, and avoid more flammable pine, evergreen, eucalyptus or fir trees.
For home maintenance and safety:
- Regularly clean your roof and gutters to remove any debris;
- Install a fire alarm on every floor in your home and test monthly;
- Have a garden hose long enough to reach your home and any other structures on the property;
- Ask the power company to remove any branches that are near or on the power lines; and
- Mow your grass regularly.
A great resource for proper home and property fire prevention planning is www.firewise.org. The site contains a variety of fire safety and prevention information designed for residents, property owners, fire departments, community planners, builders, public policy officials, water authorities and architects. To learn about Firewise’s upcoming Wildfire Education conference click here.
Should you be directed to evacuate your home due to a wildfire, follow the instructions of local officials, and be sure to take your battery operated radio, disaster preparedness kit and lock the door behind you when evacuating. If you have time to prepare the home before leaving, visit the U.S. Fire Administration website for additional tips.
Are you attending Fire-Rescue International in Chicago this year? If so, REGISTER TODAY for the Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) workshop that will be held on August 16.
WFAP is a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Volunteer Fire Council to provide departments with training on how to properly conduct assessments for homes located in the wildland-urban interface. This is the first program targeted to volunteers that specifically prepares a firefighter or a non-emergency department volunteer for how to conduct an assessment and what to look for during an assessment, as well as provides departments with the printed materials they may need to determine how close they are to becoming a fire-adapted community.
This is a four-part, train-the-trainer course that covers the following topics: understanding the wildland-urban interface (WUI) problem, identifying the zones, evaluating the home, and available resources. Students will be able to take the classroom information, along with a toolkit and supplemental resources, back to their respective departments and teach personnel how to properly conduct a home assessment for residents living in the WUI.
Date: August 16, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Hyatt McCormick (rooms are connected to McCormick Place)
Room: Grant Park B
Register for this class at https://wfap.wufoo.com/forms/wildland-fire-assessment-program-workshop-fri/. Attendance is limited to 30 students. Questions? Email Lori Moon at email@example.com.
Visit http://www.nvfc.org/programs/wildland-fire-assessment-program for more information about WFAP.