Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2018/06
June 27, 2018
In this issue:
- National Pet Preparedness Month: June is National Pet Preparedness Month. In April 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent notice to its regional offices that public universities are required to comply with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, which includes allowing emotional support animals into college dormitories and residence halls.
- Fireworks and Independence Day Safety: Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. According to the National Fire Protection Association's Research, Data & Analytics Division, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires.
June 20, 2018
In this issue:
- NCCPS Announces Release of Report on Campus Protests and Demonstrations: What is the role of the emergency management program during the planning process for events likely to result in protests and demonstrations? This was the question driving a forum of campus public safety executives from 23 institutions of higher education (IHEs) gathered in Long Beach, California on November 10, 2017. Coordinated by the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), the forum convened as part of the 2017 International Association of Emergency Managers Universities & Colleges Caucus Symposium held that week and aligns with the NCCPS's role as a nationwide resource for addressing critical issues in campus safety.
- Suicide Rates Rising Across the U.S.: During the week of June 4th, two well-known figures were lost to suicide, designer Kate Spade and chef, author, and travel documentarian, Anthony Bourdain. Losses of familiar individuals is a reminder of the emotional struggles people face on a daily basis and that we never truly know what is happening in a person's life. Depression and other mental health issues affect people of all ages, genders, income levels, races, and ethnicities. If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
June 13, 2018
In this issue:
- New Exercise Starter Kits for Cybersecurity, Hurricanes, and Active Shooter Scenarios: The Campus Resilience (CR) Program is dedicated to helping colleges, universities, and the K-12 communities build, sustain, and promote resiliency to the threats that confront institutions across the nation. As part of this overall effort, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Academic Engagement recently released three Exercise Starter Kits for the academic community. The CR Program Exercise Starter Kits are a set of tools and resources that will allow institutions of higher education to self-conduct tabletop exercises.
- Department of Justice Launches Violence Reduction Response Center: On June 5, the U.S. Department of Justice launched the Violence Reduction Response Center (VRRC), a new resource under the Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center. The VRRC serves as a "one-stop shop" to help connect individuals as well as state, local, and tribal justice agencies with violent crime reduction training and technical assistance resources most appropriate for their communities.
June 6, 2018
In this issue:
- Incidents of School Violence: Lessons Learned and Discussion From Those Impacted: Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos held an informational meeting with survivors and family members impacted by the mass shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and Parkland as well as authors of official reports following incidents of school violence. The meeting consisted of two sets of discussions.
- DHS Science and Technology Directorate Publishes Resource to Help Counter False Social Media Information: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate established the Virtual Social Media Working Group in 2010, which was renamed the Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management (SMWGESDM) in 2015. SMWGESDM published their latest white paper, Countering False Information on Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies, in March 2018.