Community List

Name Description Members
Defense Support to Civil Authority
Discussions about the cooperation and interaction of active duty military forces when working with civilian emergency managers and responders 130
DHS and NGA Social Media Workshop
The DHS/NGA Social Media Working Group developed out of a two-day workshop, “Identification of Key Knowledge Gaps in Social Media Use During Disasters,” sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency July 22-23, 2013. The workshop looked at current uses of social media during disasters and social media research being conducted by universities. Users of social media from disaster response agencies, the federal government and nonprofit organizations identified challenges using social media during and in support of disaster response. University researchers identified research gaps in three major areas: 1) technical challenges; 2) visual and data analytic challenges; and 3) social sciences challenges. 5
DHS Challenge COP
A collaboration space for DHS S&T and its partners to collaborate on Challenges and Prize Competitions that seek technology solutions to HSE problems and gaps 3
DHS Emergency Medical Services Training and Education Advisory Committee
Coordination and collaboration space for DHS Emergency Medical Services Training and Education Advisory Committee members. 2
DHS Science and Technology First Responder Resource Group (FRRG)
The First Responder Resource Group (FRRG) provides a forum for S&T to gather detailed needs and requirements from the emergency preparedness and response community, while at the same time identifying and prioritizing their foremost technical challenges. 115
DHS Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services + Disaster Management
Recognizing the need to address the challenges associated with social media for emergency response and public safety, DHS S&T established the VSMWG in 2010. After Public Law 114-80 was passed, the VSMWG was re-named as the Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management (SMWG). The mission of the SMWG is to provide recommendations to the emergency preparedness and response community on the safe and sustainable use of social media technologies before, during, and after emergencies. This community is meant to provide a platform within which the SMWG can share, discuss, and invite others from the public safety community to collaborate and contribute to the development of best practices and guidance on the use of social media for public safety. Members of FRCOP are invited to participate and provide comments in all discussions. 152
Disaster Joint Logistics Systems Practices and Programs
A forum for logistics practitioners to share best practices and collaborate on developing national logistics standards and practices for emergency operations. Furthering national logistics initiatives in areas of logistics capability assessments (LCAT), logistics training and standardization. Assisting states develop unified logistics programs that integrate local, state and federal agencies, VolAgs, and corporate partners for the purpose of pre-planning, response and recovery support to emergency operations both recurring and catastrophic. 158
Disaster Resilient Universities (DRU) Network
Creating a disaster-resilient university or college campus requires a focused effort on the part of the entire university community, including leadership, faculty, administrative professionals, staff, students, and external partners. The DRU Network assists universities nationwide by providing practitioners a multidisciplinary online platform to leverage their diverse knowledge, expertise, and skills. The goal of the DRU Network is to facilitate open communication, discussion, and resource sharing among university/college practitioners of all areas of expertise. A cornerstone of resilience is establishing effective partnerships. The peer-to-peer information sharing among DRU members helps them and others mitigate, prepare for, respond to, operate during, and recover from all types of campus emergencies. Collectively and professionally we can strengthen the resilience of universities and colleges by sharing our experiences, strategies, technical resources, processes, and lessons learned. This site serves as the DRU Networks repository. More information on the DRU Network can be found at https://dru.uoregon.edu 475
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Early Assessment and Screening
Assessment and screening of a population after a radiological event. 1
Early Assessment and Screening (Radiation) Under Construction
A planning community for members to collaborate and to share information, exchange documents, and coordinate the development of Early Assessment and Screening Tool . 2
Educational Institution Safety and Security
A community to share and discuss current safety and security best practices at all educational institutions, including K through 12, colleges, and universities. Topics may include policies, procedures, technology, physical security, mass communications, school security personnel and law enforcement, etc. 41
EMAP Accreditation Managers Group
This is a group for Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Accreditation Managers to network, share information and best practices, and discuss the EMAP Standard. This community is a peer group of Accreditation Managers and does not represent or speak on behalf of EMAP or the EMAP Commission. 32
Emergency Comms. Preparedness Center Research and Development Focus Group
The Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC) Research and Development Focus Group provides a forum for Federal departments to identify R&D gaps and coordination opportunities, share intellectual capital, and facilitate the planning and execution of joint emergency communications R&D efforts. Federal R&D addresses numerous emergency communications technology challenges that shape tomorrow’s technology solutions. Similarities among many emergency communications R&D efforts present opportunities to improve their efficiency and effectiveness through increased coordination. 1
Emergency Management (EM) Community of Practice
Open Community of Practice to post Emergency Management related information and encourage collaboration using threaded discussions, wikis, and blogs. 998
Emergency Management Advanced Academy Community
A professional networking community for instructors, students, and graduates of the Emergency Management Advanced (formerly Leadership) Academy, which is part of FEMA's Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP). This community is designed to be used as a sounding board and collaboration platform for those seeking to enhance the professionalism of Emergency Management across the United States. 36
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Community of Practice
Open Community of Practice to post Emergency Medical Services related information and encourage collaboration using the threaded discussions, wikis, and blogs. 339
Emergency Operations Center - Management and Operations
This community is for those who are responsible for the Operations and Management of Emergency Operations Centers. 658
Emergency Services Sector
Through partnerships with public- and private-sector entities, this sector’s mission is to accomplish the following: • Save lives; • Protect property and the environment; • Assist communities impacted by disasters (natural or man made); and • Aid recovery from emergency situations. 48
Emergency Services Sector (ESS) and First Responders Group (FRG)
The Emergency Services Sector (ESS) community is a place where DHS S&T First Responders Group (FRG) and National Protection Programs Directorate (NPPD), Emergency Services Sector (ESS), share ideas, exchange feedback, collaborate and discuss effective strategies that benefit our mutual customers. 2
Emerging law enforcement technology
Discussion on the implementation of new technologies into law enforcement operations. 18
Emotional and Psychological Support Community of Practice
A community to discuss issues relating to Emotional and Psychological Support of both first responders, and civilians affected by crisis. 83
Explosive Detection Canine's
Provide the community with the tools, techniques, and knowledge to better understand, train, and utilize the explosive detection canine 2
Federal Virtual Communities Working Group (VCoP)
The mission of the Federal VCoP Group is to develop and build upon the knowledge and skills of federal government employees and federally funded contractors who are involved with the day-to-day management of VCoPs by developing and supporting a community forum to share practices around key VCoP components, such as development, promotion and community engagement, maintenance and sustainability, and evaluation. The Federal VCoP Group is open to all managers/facilitators of single or multiple VCoPs in the federal government sector. 7
FEMA CBRN Office Regional Coordination
The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Office, Response Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supports the all-hazards response mission through the development and maintenance of specialized expertise, capabilities, and programs that help provide the foundation for a coordinated response to CBRN-related threats and incidents. This includes working with the FEMA Regional Offices in the development of policies, plans, procedures, and technical capacity in support of regional CBRN preparedness and incident response activities. Many FEMA Headquarters directorates/offices have a functional counterpart (either a sub-office or an individual point of contact) established within the FEMA Regional Offices. The Regional CBRN Coordinator assignment is not intended to be a full time position at this time and it is understood by all parties that the Regional CBRN Coordinator role is a collateral duty to an individual’s primary job duties. The Regional CBRN Coordinator will be expected to interact with the FEMA Headquarters CBRN office and perform a support role in fostering regional stakeholder collaboration and engagement in areas such as planning, communication, and capacity building; coordinating in specialized subject matter areas which help facilitate real-time incident management communication and coordination; and providing access to specialized knowledge, expertise, and technical capabilities critical to response efforts. Following this proven approach, the FEMA Headquarters CBRN Office and FEMA Regional Offices have collaborated together to establish and support a network of CBRN Coordinators at the regional level. Specifically, up to three Regional CBRN Coordinators (a primary and alternate(s) with exact numbers varying by region) have been designated to support CBRN-specific activities at each FEMA Regional Office. 13
FEMA CBRN Planning Toolbox - Under construction
.The CBRN Office is responsible for the development and maintenance of programs that enable FEMA to respond to the consequences of a CBRN disaster, including activities during both the crisis and consequence management phases of a CBRN response. Those programs include: • The Improvised Nuclear Device Response and Recovery Program • The Nuclear Incident Response Team, • The Domestic Emergency Response Team, • The Nuclear/Radiological Incident Prevention Program, • Chemical and Biological Program. The Office coordinates and is responsible for deliberate, adaptive analysis for potential/actual CBRN incidents and maintenance of special programs focused on CBRN hazards to communities throughout the Nation impacted by an CBRN incident, regardless of cause. Further, the Branch is accountable for representing the Agency in interagency and intradepartmental policy forums and providing leadership to the Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee (FRPCC). Within the CBRN Planning Toolkit community you'll find multimedia files, documents, PDFs, and other information sets—a “one stop shop” for planners on all things Radiological and Nuclear with other CBRN information coming in future versions 8
FEMA CBRN Taining and Exercise
This community is for FEMA and the interagency to have visibility on FEMA CBRN training and exercises 3
FEMA Chemical Operations Support Specialist (COSS)
The Chemical Operations Support Specialist (COSS) is a state and local subject matter expert (SME) tasked with identifying and providing critical information to responders, key leaders, and decision-makers for preparedness and response efforts due to chemical incidents. The COSS has the ability to bridge together knowledge of national preparedness mission areas, chemical expertise, and knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) to minimize the impact of a potential or on-going chemical incident. As such, the COSS is a force multiplier for the state and local mission space that a locality might not otherwise have the ability to obtain. 6
FEMA ChemResponder Working Group
ChemResponder Vision: The ChemResponder/Responder Network will provide an operational tool to collect, manage and share chemical data during an emergency. The system will operate similar to the RadResponder Network, enabling a partnership driven approach to collecting critical incident data necessary to support lifesaving operations and decision making. The system will be based on a proven, multi-platform architecture leveraging both mobile applications for rapid collection of incident data and a web-based application for the aggregation and sharing of data into a single location to foster situational awareness and promote effective decision making. Data such as chemical identification, concentration, equipment information, responder information, and environmental conditions are aggregated into a single “Event” space. Events in ChemResponder are virtual locations for partner organizations to share data, pictures, atmospheric dispersions models and other GIS files to form a common operating picture during a chemical emergency. Working Group Purpose: 1. To identify critical capability gaps within the chemical preparedness/response community. 2. Cultivate requirements for a ChemResponder solution. 3. Identify existing tools, resources and capabilities presently used by chemical preparedness/response professionals which can be integrated within ChemResponder to provide a single sign on environment for accessing all existing resources. 11
FEMA City Planner Resource (CPR) Tools
The Chemical CPR (cCPR) tool is being developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in support of the FEMA/CBRN Office to provide chemical-release related information and effects, and is based on the methodology that was developed to build the Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) CPR (iCPR). The iCPR is an interactive web-GIS based tool that provides IND effect information for 60 major US cities. Information products are available for 600 scenarios covering 60 major US cities, with 2 yields and 5 predominant weather patterns (1 year long and 4 seasonal) for each city. The tool helps Planners to 1) quickly select input parameter sets for a given city and 2) predict the effects of an IND based on relevant characteristics from previously run high fidelity model simulations. The iCPR provides pre-calculated scenario specific information on population, geographic, and infrastructure impacts from prompt effects and fallout; movies of fallout transport and deposition; Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC) Briefing Products and Technical Products; downloadable scenario specific reports, movies, shapefiles, and kmz/kml files; as well as Federal guidance and nuclear/radiological effects background information. The cCPR tool, like the iCPR, is intended to be a resource for Response and Exercise Planners to obtain effects information for specific chemical release scenarios in specific cities/areas to support the chemical planning process and exercise development. FEMA and LLNL are currently developing the requirements for the tool by identifying locations, scenarios and information that will be useful to end users. This phase includes reaching out to planning communities across the US for input and feedback to assure that the final cCPR tool meets the needs of the chemical planning community. 1
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