Community List

Name Description Members
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
FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program
The FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education CoP is a space where academics can share information regarding curricula, research, and good academic practices to further the profession, grow the next generation of emergency managers and contribute to creating a culture of preparedness 15
FEMA National Integration Center Strategic Resources Group (NIC SRG)
FEMA’s National Integration Center (NIC) uses this Community to ensure collaboration with its Strategic Resources Group (SRG). The NIC-SRG is comprised of local, state, tribal, territorial and federal practitioners and subject matter experts who augment the NIC’s capability to develop, maintain, and/or revise national preparedness doctrine, policy, supporting guidance, and best practices. Notably, products from the NIC relate to the implementation of Resource Typing and Credentialing (job title/position qualifications), two fundamental tenets of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), in support of sustaining and delivering the National Preparedness System and National Preparedness Goal. 85
FEMA Operational Planner Course Series
Home for FEMA Operational Planner Course students and instructors. 3
FEMA Region III Interstate Mutual Aid Initiative
Region III is initiating an effort to develop a regional interstate mutual aid process to ensure that needed resources are efficiently, effectively and responsibly secured when needed. We are partnering with the IAFC and the states in this initiative We are facilitating this important document in furtherance of supporting FEMA RIII citizens and first responders. 7
FEMA Region III Training and Exercises
Collaboration community for training and exercise efforts within FEMA Region III. Participants include state and Federal agencies. The community is a forum for sharing of training and exercise schedules and information in a single location. 38
FEMA Region IV NRIA SLSC Collaboration
FEMA Region IV NRIA SLSC Collaboration Community is a community established to provide an easily accessible, secure portal to support collaboration and information exchange among the Senior Leadership Steering Committee of the Region IV NRIA planning effort. Membership is limited to those on the Steering Committee, by invitation only, and the Core Planning Team involved in the project. 19
FEMA Region IV Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC)
This community is designed for members of the Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC), the states (AL, KY, GA, FL, MS, SC, NC, TN), and federal agencies in FEMA IV to collaborate and share best practices and lessons learned in support of regional information sharing capabilities. 62
FEMA Region X Regional Interagency Steering Committee GIS Subcommittee
FEMA Region X Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC) GIS Subcommittee. Region X states include: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The purpose of the Subcommittee is to promote interagency geospatial data collaboration throughout the emergency management community, and to provide a common geospatial situational awareness structure for FEMA Region X, its EM partners and local communities. 39
FEMA Resource Allocation Workshop
Addressing the impacts of a catastrophic event requires extensive mitigation, response, and recovery planning and coordination between multiple states, regions, and whole community partners. . The RAW advances whole community planning efforts in preparation for a catastrophic event in order to understand the resources required to address the possible consequences and identify available resources from whole community partners that could be used assist in disaster operations. 6
FEMA RIII and State NIMS and IMT Leadership Community
Restricted site for NIMS/IMT document sharing, discussions, training calendars and collaboration for NIMS/IMT leadership within RIII as well as FEMA staff. 32
Fire and Rescue Community of Practice
Open Community of Practice to post Fire and Rescue related information and encourage collaboration using threaded discussions, wikis, and blogs. 391
First Responder Working Group
The First Responder Working Group communicates first responder needs and ideas directly to the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). While membership to the in-person First Responder Working Group is by invitation only, this online Community of Practice is open to all First Responder Communities of Practice users to comment on FRWG initiatives. 345
FLETC S&T LNO Info Sharing
An internal facing site to share coordinating and information documents in support of the S&T PIONEER effort with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1
Flood Apex Program: Rethinking America’s Costliest Disaster
The Flood Apex Program was established in response to the direct request of FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to bring together new and emerging technologies to increase communities’ resilience to flood disasters and provide flood predictive analytic tools to FEMA, state and local governments and other stakeholders. The Program’s key objectives are to reduce fatalities and property losses from future flood events; increase community resilience to disruptions caused by flooding; and develop better investment strategies to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate against flood hazards. Its major product will be a National Flood Decision Support Toolkit (NFDST) to provide all levels of government with data, models, forecasting methods and access to other resources necessary to manage all. Flood Apex was initiated in January 2016 and will conclude at the end of FY2020. 32
Florida Emergency Preparedness Association Higher Ed Collaboration
A common platform for students, EM Professionals, and faculty to share research ideas/needs, best practices and lessons learned, available/desired internships and other opportunities for collaboration. 33
Galveston County (TX) Emergency Response Collaborative
Galveston County Emergency Response Collaborative is a group of public and private entities in the general area of Galveston County area that would be instrumental in planning for and responding to disease outbreaks, public health emergencies, and other disasters that affect the Galveston County community. 2
Greater Niagara Frontier SOG
The SOG Community will allow for secure, timely communication and collaboration between various disciplines of the Greater Niagara Frontier's Emergency Response, Special Operations and Critical Infrastructure community. We focus primarily with planning, surveillance, response, and mitigation of natural and manmade Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive incidents and other natural disasters and emergencies. 1
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Hampton Roads (VA) Regional Situational Awareness Project
This community platform is for sharing information and project documents for the Hampton Roads Regional Situational Awareness Project. This is a 6 month initiative that will build region-wide capacity for viewing numerous types of emergency-related data on one On-line map viewer. Each municipality, along with a selection of non-government partners, will have the ability to view and add real-time emergency information to the map, including things like road closures, down power lines, utility interruptions, shelter statuses, and more. 3
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
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
IMIS CMM
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. 49
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: www.internationalresponderforum.org. 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. 439
Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve corps is a organization whose members participate as citizen ambassadors of the Office of the Surgeon General. Many different types of programs ranging from Emergency Preparedness (response) to health care initatives are engaged in by the MRC. Over 900 units represent almost 90% of the US population. 74
Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition
Healthcare Coalition based in Charlotte, NC that works with 13 counties across the region. 6
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