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FEMA Independent Study Courses on Emergency Management Excercises

Posted by af6aq on 6th February 2008

IS120.A: An Introduction to Exercises

Course: IS120.A: An Introduction to Exercises

Course Information: IS120.A An Introduction to Exercises introduces the basics of emergency management exercises. This independent study (IS) course also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum (NSEC). The IS120.A replaces the IS120 An Orientation to Community Disaster Exercises on this date of issuance.

Independent Studies will continue to accept OPSCAN answer sheets for the original IS 120 examination <http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/downloadexamnotice.asp?eid=is120> until March 15, 2008. For new students, you are required to complete the IS 120.A examination to ensure student learning.

Pre-requisite: None

Course Length: The overall length of the course will vary for each individual. IS120.A takes approximately 5.0 hours to complete.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) awards 0.5 CEUs for successful completion of this course.

Audience: IS120.A An Introduction to Exercises is designed for local, State, trust territories, tribal nations, Federal, volunteer organizations, and private industry emergency management/response personnel with the responsibility for exercise program management and/or who serve as members of an exercise planning team.

Course Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to:
* Identify the five phases of the exercise process.
* Distinguish the tasks necessary to complete each phase of the exercise process.
* Understand how exercises complete the emergency preparedness cycle.
* Comprehend the role of exercises in the testing of facilities, equipment, and personnel in a performance based environment.
* Recognize how exercises prepare communities to respond to and recover from major emergencies.

Course Completion: This course is available at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS120A.asp. When you have completed the course, you may take the online test, fill out the student information and submit the test for scoring. FEMA‘s Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study office will notify you via email of your successful completion of the course and a link will be included in the email for you to access and print your course certificate.

IS130: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning

Course: IS130: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning

Course Information: IS130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning is a new independent study (IS) offering which introduces the basics of emergency management exercise evaluation and improvement planning. It also provides the foundation for exercise evaluation concepts and practices as identified in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).

Pre-requisite: Individuals who wish to enroll in the IS130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning must complete the IS120.A: An Introduction to Exercises.

Course Length: The overall length of the course will vary for each individual. IS130 takes approximately 5.0 hours to complete.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) awards 0.5 CEUs for successful completion of this course.

Audience: IS130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning is designed for local, State, trust territories, tribal nations, Federal, volunteer organizations, and private industry emergency management/response personnel with the responsibility for exercise evaluation.

Course Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to:
* Understand the exercise, evaluation, and improvement planning steps.
* Comprehend the process of designing and developing exercise evaluation criteria.
* Identify the necessary tasks in conducting an exercise evaluation.
* Understand methods of analyzing exercise data.
* Identify the steps necessary to prepare an After Action Report (AAR) and conduct an After Action Conference (AAC).

Course Completion: This course is available at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS130.asp. When you have completed the course, you may take the online test, fill out the student information and submit the test for scoring. FEMA‘s Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study office will notify you via email of your successful completion of the course and a link will be included in the email for you to access and print your course certificate.

Questions: You may contact the Independent Study office via email Independent.Study@dhs.gov or contact the call center at 301-447-1200. Independent Study Program office hours are 7:30a.m.-7:30p.m. (EDT). You may also contact the course manager, Lowell Ezersky, at email Lowell.Ezersky@dhs.gov , toll free at 1-800-238-3358, extension 1355 or (301) 447-1355

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New Official Observer Coordinator Appointed

Posted by af6aq on 3rd February 2008

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Tittle, K6SOE, as our new East Bay Section Official Observer Coordinator (OOC).

He started to study for his first Amateur Radio license while at Pleasant Hill High School in 1968. Frustrated by his inability to learn the code successfully and distracted by other studies in general electronics, cars/motorcycles, etc., as well as general aspects of life at age 16 — amateur radio became low priority. Fast-forward to Field Day 1988: Not knowing any better, Jim accepted an invitation to visit the Mt. Diablo ARC FD site atop Mt. Diablo by longtime friend Keith Lattin, N6PMF. After being put on the air on VHF FM for a few dozen Q’s, he was hooked on Ham Radio again.

Jim was first licensed in March 1991 as KC6SOE (Technician) and soon joined Mt. Diablo ARC/Rocky Ridge Repeater Group, ARRL, and Contra Costa County ARES/RACES. During the Oakland Hills Firestorm in October of that year, he was deployed to the Red Cross HQ in Oakland, and then to the main Fire Staging area at Broadway Terrace, where he set up a station. This experience encouraged him to become active in the ARES/RACES Training Committee, which is responsible for developing and deploying resource manuals, as well as classroom- and field-exercise programs. He became Assistant District Emergency Coordinator for East Contra Costa County in 1993, and later served as District EC from 2003 to 2007. Jim finally mastered enough CW to upgrade to General and became an ARRL Life Member in June 2001; then in 2002, he changed his call to K6SOE (January), and later made Amateur Extra (April).

With his extensive background in electronics, he has been a working member of the MDARC/Rocky Ridge Repeater Technical Committee for the past 17 years; most of his fun involves keeping the W6CX ATV repeater on the air. He also served as Chairman from 1993 to 1996.

His day job for the past 29 years has been with a worldwide precision optics company in Berkeley and Richmond (CA), where he started out as an Electro/Mechanical Technician. These talents allowed him to help design and build many cutting-edge, multiple-axis CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) figuring and polishing machines used in myriad projects, including the 1993 COSTAR fix for the Hubble Space Telescope. In addition, he has spent the last 10 years as a practicing Network Administrator for the company’s Richmond division. He says “it has been a great source for funding my radio habit, but working all day gets in the way of my activity on HF/VHF/UHF SSB, Data and ATV, but retirement should fix that problem someday. And the best thing is that the XYL always lets me go to Field Day — even if it is on our wedding anniversary 6/22!” In November 1992, he joined the OO Program and is still listening today.I ask you all to welcome Jim on-board and to cooperate with him as he helps maintain order and the traditional high standards on the Amateur bands. Congratulations Jim!!Jim Latham, AF6AQ
Bay Section Manager

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