Community List

Name Description Members
Hampton Roads Shelter & Evacuation Gap Planning Project
Evacuation and sheltering is an immensely complicated task, demanding an integrated planning approach in order to effectively coordinate the efforts of the various local, state, federal, and private organizations involved. The project team will be examining the degree of vertical integration of local plans with the COVEOP and the plans of the state agencies that support it in order to ascertain the degree of synergy or conflict between them. The project team will then prepare a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) that documents the strengths and gaps that were identified through interviews, observations, and plan reviews. The CAP will contain recommendations to address any identified gaps or areas for improvement. This plan will follow the same general structure of the utilized by HSEEP. Observations will be grouped by target capability and focus on commonalities and trends. CAP, observations, and recommendations will not be attributed to a specific jurisdiction or agency. Each observation will be followed by an analysis of the observation and recommendation on how to address it. Finally, the team will present the results of the plan reviews, survey interviews, and CAP to the participating jurisdictions and state agencies at a workshop hosted by OVAHS. The objective of this workshop is to build consensus on the recommendations for the region, discuss how to prioritize those recommendations, and to identify options for funding and implementation of those recommendations. Chris McIntosh Interoperability Coordinator 19
Historians Community
An open community to explore the background and changes to Emergency Management and Civil Defense History programs, such as history of the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency, the migration of National Disaster Medical System from PHS to FEMA to HHS, and other topics. 8
Homeland Security Association of Texas Members
Homeland Security Association of Texas members can discuss ideas and find solutions for the 24 planning regions in the State of Texas. This community is restricted to the HSAT members from the 24 Councils of Governments/Planning Regions in Texas and TARC staff. 33
Homeland Security Libraries and Info Centers
This is a collaboration space for librarians and information professionals working in the homeland security domain. 41
HomeTech Project Steering Committee
This Community of Practice is for the HomeTech Project's Steering Committee of National Gap Analysis only. It is to be used to discuss and investigate gaps in technology and policy, as they relate to the first responder community. 17
Hostile Vehicle Mitigation and Perimeter Security Forum
A forum for the discussion of strengthening of the security of a building or installation in order to protect it in the event of attack or reduce the risk of vehicular intrusion, intentional or unintentional, but primarily for hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM). Those in security, law enforcement, architecture and public works should find interesting discussion. 1
Household Pet and Service Animal Planning Preparedness and Response
To include individuals and organizations involved in household pet and service animal planning, preparedness and response, especially in direct collaboration with local, state and federal agencies. 66
IAEM Federal Facilities Caucus
Although similar, federal emergency managers responsible for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery internal to a Federal entity are different from those more commonly known at the local, county, and state level which actively engage in Presidential Policy Directive #8 operations on the National front. We are guided by different documents specific to the executive, legislative, or judicial branch, including GSA Occupant Emergency Regulations, Federal Continuity Directives, Department of Defense Instructions, and Executive Orders. We are responsible for the safety and continuity of all three branches, including those that participate in nation-wide mitigation, preparedness and response efforts to disasters and emergencies and assist with recovery. In addition, we are also sometimes an employer of significant size within a community, and the loss of our revenues due to disaster could economically damage local communities. In the last few years federal emergency managers have realized the need and benefit of working together, and we will work to create a central community of interest and contact database for federal emergency managers. We desire to work with our local, county, and state emergency management partners to foster better outcomes and share assets, as it is important for us to collaborate. 18
The Information Management Information Sharing Capability Maturity Model (IMIS CMM) community is a collaboration space for stakeholders to share project materials and more. 3
Incident Command Systems
The Incident Command System (ICS) and its applications in emergency management. This includes the American Red Cross implementation currently in progress. 50
Information Assurance
Community for U.S. Government Information Assurance professionals on the topics of Mitigation Guidance, secure mobility programs, advanced use of COTS in place of GOTS, and technical guidance and resources for government professionals. 13
Integrated Warning Team for Partners of NWS Northern Indiana
A Collaborative Partnership including Emergency Managers, First Responders, Communications Specialists, and Television Meteorologists to plan, prepare and respond to adverse weather for the communities of Northern Indiana, Northwest Ohio and Southwest Lower Michigan. 56
International Consortium for FR Research and Development Planning Group
The International Consortium for First Responder Research and Development Planning Group is responsible for analysis, engagement, and operations associated with the Consortium, which works to broaden responder representation and contribution to the Homeland Security Industrial Base. 3
International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation
The International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (Forum), is an organization of international government leaders focused on enhancing and expanding the development of affordable, innovative technology for first responders worldwide. For more information, visit: 9
LA County Disaster Management Area A
LA County Disaster Management Area A community consists of the four Westside Cities: Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City, West Hollywood. This community serves as a platform for emergency managers of the Westside cities (Area A) to collaborate, share resources, and participate in discussions. 5
LA Multi Location Attack Simulation
The LA virtual training SME group will facilitate the scenario and training development for S&T and TRADOC’s EDGE pilot on a simulated simultaneous multi location attack in the LA area. 1
Law Enforcement (LE) Community of Practice
Open Community of Practice to post Open Source Law Enforcement related information and encourage collaboration using threaded discussions, wikis, and blogs. 307
Law Enforcement Tactical Response Team community
Framework for information sharing within the law enforcement tactical community in the United States. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to; weapon systems, tactics, PPE, specialized teams, operational experience, etc. 35
Los Angeles County Disaster Management Area Coordinators (DMAC)
Because the Los Angeles County operational area is so large (88 cities), it is subdivided into eight Disaster Management Areas, overseen by Disaster Management Area Coordinators (DMAC). DMACs serve as liaisons to various levels of government, and assist in the collection and dissemination of information from the various levels of government to and from the cities of LA County. This community serves as a platform for LA County DMACs to collaborate, share resources, and participate in discussions. 6
Make America Safer through Social Media
The Make America Safer through Social Media is a national community and resource for practitioners from all levels of organizations and agencies across the country to discuss and collaborate on best practices and address issues relating to using social media and other web technologies to aid emergency preparedness and response activities to ensure the right tools and resources are used to fit your needs. 441
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