Contracts and Grants
Dr. Yalda and Dr. Hagelgans have been selected to be partners with the Dering Consultant Group. Through a competitive bid process, Dering Consulting Group, Inc. was awarded a contract to provide course design and development services for a course entitled, “Emergency Management for Vehicle Maintenance Facilities”. As the primary consultant on the project, Dering has partnered with three other organizations to support the design effort; and a fourth to support development. The design partners include, Millersville University, TransPro Consulting and Michael Baker Jr., Inc. By leveraging the subject matter expertise of these three partners in various topics related to emergency management and vehicle maintenance facilities, Dering is extremely confident in providing a high quality adult-centered course for national use. JPL is providing development support.
This project involves the design, development and delivery of both e-learning and instructor-led course materials for exclusive use by NRTAP with its participating members. The initial design process will include requirements gathering and best practice research of the defined course topics.
As a final note, Millersville University will account for approximately 18% of the nearly 1,300 project task hours assigned to complete the project. This is the highest partner percentage in the project. The tasks appointed to Millersville University will include Course scope definition, Research, Technical content development and Quality Control/Quality Assurance.
On May 9th and 10th 2011, MSEM students Aaron Clevenstine and Tom Reno attended LogCon 2011 in Mahwah, NJ. LogCon was the first conference of the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program dedicated to logistics.
The objective of LogCon 2011 was to introduce and reinforce the concept of operating under universal logistics practices that are interoperable within and across jurisdictions. It brought emergency management professionals, private-sector, non-governmental and other partners involved in logistics preparedness and response together, to build relationships, share best practices and support the growth of the community.
The conference offered forums to exchange lessons learned, best-practices and current challenges to promote a common and universal approach to disaster logistics across the Region. It also provided an opportunity for professional development; ensuring emergency management logisticians and partners are equipped with cutting-edge solutions and innovative best-practices to successfully execute their mission.
Established in 2008, the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) is a groundbreaking Department of Homeland Security initiative to encourage collaborative emergency planning in America's largest regions. The New York-New Jersey-Connecticut-Pennsylvania (NY-NJ-CT-PA) Combined Statistical Area (CSA) includes 4 states, 30 counties hundreds of cities, towns and villages, and spans 3 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regions. With a population of 22,000,000 people, the CSA is home to nearly one in every 14 Americans.
The Regional Logistics Program is an initiative designed to link resources, expertise and information among the participating jurisdictions in the Region. The Program brings together the 30 counties, four states and three FEMA regions to create shared systems. The goal of the Program is to provide clarity and vision behind a universal approach to emergency logistics preparedness and response, optimizing the Region's ability to manage resources and respond to a catastrophic incident.