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- AMATEUR RADIO RELAY LEAGUE (ARRL) - EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION: www.arrl.org
- ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATION OFFICERS-INTERNATINAL (APCO): www.apco911.org
- AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE (ARES): www.arrl.org/ARES
- NATIONAL TRAFFIC SYSTEM (NTS): www.arrl.org/nts
- RADIO AMATEUR CIVIL EMERGENCY SERVICE (RACES): www.usraces.org
- CITIZEN CORPS - COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS: www.citizencorps.gov
- FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA): www.fema.gov
- FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) - READY AMERICA: www.ready.gov
- NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION: www.nemaweb.org
- NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS): www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/index.shtm
- US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: www.ready.gov; www.dhs.gov
- CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
- FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI): 210-225-6741; www.fbi.gov
- INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE: http://theiacp.org
- NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: www.ncpc.org
- NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER, TO REPORT CHEMICAL/OIL SPILLS & CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL TERRORISM: 1-800-424-8802; www.nrc.uscg.mil
- NATIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH INSTITUTE: 888-669-4872; www.nnwi.org. Provides materials to assist in establishing local neighborhood watch programs.
- NATIONAL SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION: www.sheriff.org
- NATIONWIDE SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTING (SAR) INITIATIVE (NSI): http://nsi.ncirc.gov
- US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: www.defenselink.mil
- US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: www.usdoj.gov
- US IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT: www.ice.gov. Report Suspicious Activity: 866-347-2423. San Antonio Field Office: 210-283-4750
- US SECRET SERVICE: 512-916-5103 (Austin)
- US CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION SERVICES: 1-800-375-5283; www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. San Antonio Field Office: 210-967-7036
- US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION: www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov. Report Suspicious Activity: 1-800-232-5378. Find your local CBP Office: www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/contacts/ports/tx
- VINELINK: www.vinelink.com/vinelink/siteInfoAction.do?siteId=44900. An online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.
- NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY (NFA): www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa
- NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION AGENCY: www.nfpa.org
- NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER (NIFC): www.nifc.gov. Located in Boise, Idaho, is the nation's support center for wildland firefighting. Eight different agencies and organizations are part of NIFC.
- US FIRE ADMINISTRATION: www.usfa.fema.gov
- US FOREST SERVICE: NATIONAL FIRE PLAN: www.fireplan.gov
- AMERICAN RED CROSS: www.redcross.org
- CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC): www.cdc.gov
- NATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION: www.nemahealth.org
- US GOVERNMENT - FLU: www.pandemicflu.gov
- TOOLBANK USA: 404-963-2551; www.toolbank.org/disasterservices: A NVOAD partner who provides emergency 'Surge Capacity' during disaster events to local charitable organizations. Quick and reliable access to high-quality tools for use in their mission-related projects. Organizations need only provide proof of their charitable mission to access ToolBank equipment. Their mobile unit will contain more than 5,000 tools available for borrowing by organizations whose eligibility has been approved prior to deployment. Tool examples: chainsaws, cordless drills, demo equipment, generators, personal protective equipment, rakes, reciprocating saws, shovels, ladders, shovels and much more.
- NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: www.weather.gov
- NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER: www.nhc.noaa.gov
- SKYWARN: http://skywarn.org. A volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.
- BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM): www.blm.gov
- CIVIL AIR PATROL (CAP): www.civilairpatrol.com
- NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC AND SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA): www.nhtsa.dot.gov
- PIPELINE & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION: www.phmsa.dot.gov
OFFICE OF RURAL COMMUNITY AFFAIRS (ORCA): www.orca.state.tx.us
SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS: 512-445-5888; 1601 IH-35 S, Austin, TX 78741-2503. www.txsheriffs.org.
STATE OF TEXAS FIRE MARSHALS' OFFICE: www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/indexfm.html
TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE-TEXAS INTERAGENCY COORDINATION CENTER: 979-845-7800; College Station, TX. http://ticc.tamu.edu
TEXAS AGRILIFE: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: http://texashelp.tamu.edu
TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: 800-252-8011; 512-463-2100; 300 W 15th St, Austin, TX 78701. www.oag.state.tx.us
TEXAS CITIZENS CORPS: www.texascitizencorps.org
TEXAS COMMISSION ON FIRE PROTECTION: 512-239-4911; 12015 Park 35 Cr, Bldg F, 5th Fl, Ste 570, Austin, TX 78753. www.tcfp.state.tx.us
TEXAS COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER STANDARDS AND EDUCATION (TCLEOSE): www.tcleose.state.tx.us
TEXAS COMMISSION ON STATE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS: 512-305-6911; 333 Guadalupe, Ste 2-212, Austin, TX 78701-3942. www.csec.texas.gov. Oversight of the Statewide 9-1-1 and Poison Control Programs
TEXAS CRIME RECORDS SEARCH: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DpsWebsite/index.aspx. DPS database on-line: criminal history conviction history; sex offenders, stolen equipment & vehicles
TEXAS CRIME STOPPERS: Text "DPS plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES) or call 1-800-252-TIPS (8477) - 24 hours a day. Earn up to $5,000 CASH for information leading to the arrest of a Texas Most Wanted Sex Offender. Callers’ anonymity is guaranteed by law and you could earn up to the CASH REWARD amount listed for each individual. These fugitives should be considered Armed and Dangerous! Never try to apprehend a fugitive yourself.
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE: 512-463-9988; 209 W 14th St, Ste 500, Austin, TX 78701. www.tdcj.state.tx.us
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (TDEM): www.preparingtexas.org
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY & PROTECTIVE SERVICES: 800-252-5400; 512-438-4800; 701 W 51st St, Austin, TX 78751. www.dfps.state.tx.us
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY: 512-424-2000; 5805 N Lamar, Austin, TX 78752. www.txdps.state.tx.us
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY (DPS) - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SITUATION REPORTS: go to reports...
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY (DPS), ROADWAY EMERGENCIES: 1-800-525-5555
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES: 512-458-7111; 1100 W 49th St, Austin, TX 78756-3199. www.dshs.state.tx.us
TEXAS FBI: sanantonio.fbi.gov
TEXAS FOREST SERVICE (TFS): 979-458-6650; 301 Tarrow St, John B. Connally Bldg, 3rd Floor, Ste 364, College Station, TX 77840-7896. http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu. Provides technical assistance to landowners in forest related matters including oak wilt, tree health, tree selection, arboricultural consultation, and prevention and control of wildfires.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT - EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: http://emergency.portal.texas.gov/en/Pages/Home.aspx
TEXAS HOMELAND SECURITY: 512-475-0645; 1100 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701. www.texashomelandsecurity.com
TEXAS INTERAGENCY COORDINATION CENTER: www.tamu.edu/ticc
TEXAS MISSING PERSONS CLEARINGHOUSE: Admin: 512-424-5074; Helpline: 800-346-3243; Austin, TX 78773-0422. DPS administered. www.txdps.state.tx.us/mpch
TEXAS MOST WANTED: Fugitives: www.txdps.state.tx.us/wanted/topTenFugitives.htm#;
Sex Offenders: www.txdps.state.tx.us/wanted/sexoffenders/topTenSexOffenders.htm#
TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT - GAME WARDENS; 512-389-4845; www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden
TEXAS POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION: www.texaspolicechiefs.org
TEXAS STATE FIREMEN'S & FIRE MARSHAL'S ASSOCIATION: www.sffma.org
TEXAS VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTER (NVOAD): www.texasvoad.org
SAVNS & VINELINK: www.vinelink.com/vinelink/siteInfoAction.do?siteId=44900. The Texas Statewide Automated Victim Notification System (SAVNS) is a free, anonymous telephone service that gives victims of crime information and notification about offender custody status and related court events. Texas SAVNS provides the following to crime victims and other concerned citizens over the telephone or via the internet at VINELink: 24-hour access to offender custody or case information; ability to verify an offender's custody status; Automatic notification to registered users of a change in offender custody or case status. Texas SAVNS provides victims and concerned members of the community with up-to-date information about offenders' county jail custody and court status, 24/7/365 via a single statewide toll-free telephone number: 1-877-TX4-VINE. Information is transferred from participating county databases to the national VINE Operations Center every fifteen minutes. Registered users are then contacted by phone or email if there is a change in status.
AMERICAN RED CROSS: A humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
- Hill Country Chapter: 830-257-4677; 333 Earl Garrett, Kerrville, TX 78028. email@example.com; www.redcross.org/tx/kerrville. Serves Blanco, Gillespie, Mason, Menard, Kimble, Kerr and Sutton counties.
- Central Texas Chapter: 512-928-4271; 800-928-4271; 2218 Pershing Dr, Austin, TX 78723. www.centex.redcross.org. Serves Burnet, Hays, Llano, Travis & Williamson counties.
- Heart of Texas Chapter, Killeen Branch Office: 254-200-4400; 208 W Ave A, Killeen, TX 76541. http://www.waco.redcross.org/Killeen_Office.php. Serves Lampasas county
- San Antonio Area Chapter: 210-224-5151; 3642 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78219-3830. www.saredcross.org. Serves Bandera county.
- San Antonio Area Chapter, New Braunfels Branch: 830-608-9876; 373A Landa St, New Braunfels, TX 78130. www.saredcross.org. Serves Comal and Kendall counties.
- San Antonio Area Chapter, Uvalde Branch: 830-608-9876; 400 S Getty, Ste H, Uvalde, TX 78801. www.saredcross.org. Serves Medina, Real and Uvalde counties.
- San Antonio Area Chapter, Del Rio Branch: 830-775-8626; 127 Foster Dr, Del Rio, TX 78840. www.saredcross.org. Serves Edwards county.
- Pecan Valley Chapter: 325-646-0196; 600 E Adams, Brownwood, TX 76801. www.pecanvalleyredcross.org. Serves McCulloch & San Saba counties.
BLANCO COUNTY DISASTER RESPONSE GROUP (BCDRG): 830-868-0808; www.BlancoCountyDisasterResponseGroup.org. A group of volunteers who gather to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of disasters in the greater Texas Hill Country and surrounding area. We recognize the need that may occur from time to time for organized and trained people to assist in larger scale incidents where local resources may be overwhelmed. These circumstances might arise due to hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, industrial/commercial disasters, terrorism, major communications/utility failures, or other untoward circumstances that severely affect those who may not be able accommodate their local conditions. To our knowledge there are few other mobile response groups organized in our rural area to bring in resources (people, skills, materials) from unaffected areas to assist in localized emergency situations.
BLANCO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SEARCH & RESCUE UNIT: A 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to assisting law enforcement agencies and other groups that are searching for lost people. This SAR unit provides off-road services by horseback, foot and all-terrain vehicles to perform search operations. Members devote hours to training and to SAR operations, and provide their our own equipment and transportation. Since no public tax funds are received, they depend on support of the community for donations of money, equipment and supplies. Annual fundraising event at the Blanco County Fairgrounds in late April. Contact Kimberly Radich, 830-469-9677
CAPITAL AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS (CAPCOG): 512-916-6014. www.capcog.org. Robin Wiatrek, Regional Homeland Security Coordinator, Austin, TX. . Provides homeland security and emergency communications information and services.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF CENTRAL TEXAS (A ministry of the Diocese of Austin): 512-651-6100; 1817 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702. www.ccctx.org/service_disaster_response.php. works with parishes to coordinate fund raising activities and donation petitions for disaster response and recovery (food, water, personal care items, baby food and baby care items, shelter, etc.). Services available in following Hill Country counties: Burnet, Llano, Hays, Mason, San Saba, Blanco, Lampasas, Travis, Williamson
REGIONAL NOTIFICATION SYSTEM: Sponsored by Capital Area Council of Government (CAPCOG), this is a crucial public-safety tool (formerly the "Emergency Notification System") that is a web-based tool available to users throughout the CAPCOG region to alert response personnel or the public to emergency and non-emergency situations. It's an effective tool for notifying a relatively large number of people in a short period of time. Messages may include content such as incident-specific information, recommended protective actions or response directives. They can be delivered to various devices that accept voice, email or SMS text content and to alpha or numeric pagers. The message sender identifies recipients, develops the message and determines which types of devices receive the message. It is easy to get applicable RNS alerts by voice, email, SMS text, alpha pagers and numeric pagers for emergencies and non-emergencies near your home, business or other locations in the 10-county CAPCOG region: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties. Citizens may choose to receive automated warnings - tornado, severe thunderstorm or flash flood, for example - from the National Weather Service. Simple 15 minute sign-up today. To register or make changes to registration: http://wireless.capcog.org/ENS/Intro.aspx
EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT: 1-855-312-4325; 815 Second Ave, New York, NY 10017. www.er-d.org/USDisasterProgram/. The US Disaster Program inspires, connects and equips leaders of the US Episcopal Church and its partners to prepare for hazards that might affect their communities, to mitigate the impact of those disasters, and to help the vulnerable make a full and sustained recovery. Supports unique local, long-term initiatives that address poverty, hunger, disease, economic development and disaster response. Programs include: Relief, recovery and preparedness.
FOOD BANKS: See Portal city profile for city of interest. Click: City Index
HIGHLAND LAKES VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTER (HLVOAD): Pat Moore: 830-385-4833; Marble Falls
HILL COUNTRY AREA CRIME STOPPERS: 1-866-756-8477; www.hcacrimestoppers.com. Call or post crime tips on-line. Cash reward for tips and never have to give your name.
MOBILE LOAVES AND FISHES (AUSTIN): 512-328-7299; Matt Figlan, 512-656-8358; 903 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746. www.mlf.org, www.stmaustin.org/outreach/mobileloaves.shtm. "Miracles on Wheels": A non-profit social outreach ministry to the homeless and indigent working poor that provides food, clothing and dignity to our brothers and sisters in need. Provides food, clothing and dignity.
NATIONAL VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTER (NVOAD): 703-778-5088; 1501 Lee Hwy, Ste 170, Arlington, VA 22209-1109. www.nvoad.org. Coordinates planning efforts by many volunteer organizations responding to disaster. Member organizations provide more effective service by getting together before disasters strike. Once disasters occur, NVOAD or an affiliated state VOAD encourages members and other voluntary agencies to convene on-site. This cooperative effort has proven to be the most effective way for a wide variety of volunteers and organizations to work together in a crisis.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - SOUTHERN REGION (TEXAS): www.srh.noaa.gov
PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER RESPONSE: 800-728-7228, x5839; www.gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/pda/national-response. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance focuses on the long term recovery of disaster impacted communities; provides training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods; works collaboratively with church partners and members of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) internationally, and nationally with other faith based responders. Connects partners locally and internationally with key organizations active in the response — NVOAD (National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster), Red Cross, FEMA and others. Manages a number of specialized volunteer teams to work nationally and internationally providing consultation, program design and training.
SALVATION ARMY - DISASTER SERVICES - TEXAS DIVISION: 214-956-6000; 6500 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235. www.salvationarmytexas.org. Provides basic disaster relief services, including food services, sheltering, financial support, donations management, emotional and spiritual support, emergency communications, disaster case management,
SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL: www.svdpusa.org. Central Texas: www.ssvdp.org. Local Service Contacts: List. Dedicated to assisting those in need and seeking charity and justice.
TEXAS BAPTIST MEN: 214-381-2800; 5351 Catron, Dallas, TX 75227. www.texasbaptistmen.org/dnn/Ministries/DisasterRelief/tabid/126/Default.aspx. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief trains volunteers and coordinates efforts in providing prompt assistance to disaster victims. maintains a fully-equipped mobile disaster relief feeding unit and works to coordinate with the Regional units throughout the state that relate to TBM to provide emergency food services. Also provides: Mobile Clean-Out and Chain Saw units; Emergency repair unit; Temporary Emergency Child Care unit; Shower and Laundry units; Mobile Incident Command units and support equipment.
UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR): 202-548-4002; 100 Maryland Ave NE Ste 315, Washington, DC 20002. http://gbgm-umc.org/Umcor. A not-for-profit humanitarian agency that provides relief in disaster areas, aiding refugees and confronting the challenge of world hunger and poverty, and has helped to heal the hurts of humanity in nearly 100 countries. UMCOR maintains a corps of trained disaster response specialists for quick reinforcement of national efforts and keeps a supply of relief materials in warehouses for dispatch when and where required.
UNITED WAY - CAPITAL AREA: 512-472-6267; 2000 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702. www.unitedwaycapitalarea.org
LOCAL HAM RADIO CLUBS & CLUB REPEATERS IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
THAT SUPPORT EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS:
- HIGHLAND LAKES AMATEUR RADIO CLUB INC: POB 856, Kingsland, Tx 78639. www.hlarc.org. Mission: To promote the educational, scientific and fraternal aspects of amateur radio and to serve the public interest. Serves: Marble Falls, Burnet, Llano, Kingsland, Granite Shoals, Smithwick plus Burnet and Llano Counties. Meets: Last Fri, 7:30p, at Marble Falls Area EMS, 609 Industrial Blvd, Marble Falls. Repeater: 146.660, Tone: 88.5 Hz (k5hla/r)
- HILL COUNTRY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB: POB 2003, Kerrville, TX 78029. www.kerrhams.org. Station N5HR. Repeater: 146.38/98, Tone: 162.2 Hz
MUNICIPAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN TEXAS: www.road-police.com/police/Texas/Texas_police.html
SHERIFF DEPARTMENTS IN TEXAS: www.txsheriffs.org/images/PDFs/SheriffsList.pdf
See Portal listings on a per county and city basis for police, sheriff, fire, EMS and other emergency responder resources, at: County & City Index
IN THIS AREA
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES (DSHS): www.tdh.state.tx.us/hcqs/ems/emshome.htm
DSHS - FLU: www.dshs.state.tx.us/preparedness/flu_public.shtm
HILL COUNTRY HOSPITALS: See www.hillcountryportal.com/hillcountryhospitals.html
PANDEMIC FLU INFORMATION AT FUMC, KERRVILLE DISTRICT: http://home.ktc.com/kdumc/DisasterPlan/flunew.htm
EDEN EXTENSION DISASTER EDUCATION NETWORK TRAINING: http://eden.lsu.edu/Issues_View.aspx?IssueID=D1B8635B-6B6A-4326-8BBF-FF6FCEC0EA5C
FEMA TRAINING: FEMA Offers lots of free on-line training subjects at http://training.fema.gov
FEMA-EMERGENCY PREPARATION - "GET READY" PROGRAM:
WEATHER PROGRAM: A nine lesson, non-credit, no cost course on weather from National Weather Service: www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/synoptic/synoptic_intro.htm
WEATHER PROGRAM: A non-credit, no cost course on weather: www.meted.ucar.edu
HEALTH TRAINING COURSES: Alabama Department Of Public Health offers an archive of free online training sessions and courses (not all health-specific) at www.adph.org/alphtn.
EUROPEAN UNION DISASTER GAME: Play a free on-line city risk-management training game. www.e-oikos.net/gmap/oikos.htm
CIVILIAN RESPONSES TO BIO-TERRORISM ATTACKS WEBCASTS: George Washington University's School Of Public Health & Health Services offers free webcasts. Includes surveillance and actions civilian healthcare providers are likely to take. www.gwu.edu/~iits/asap/high/presentation.html.
HOMELAND SECURITY INSIDE & OUT PROGRAM: Texas A & M Campus Radio Station KAMU offers an audio-only, free weekly program, a collection of short interviews with people involved in Homeland Security, offered through iTunes media site (for Mac & PCs): www.apple.com/itunes/overview
"HAZARDS, DISASTERS & SOCIETY": COURSE University Of Colorado At Boulder offers a free upper-level sociology course online. Good reading list, which offers the full text of lots of articles from a study of children after Katrina to why general panic is a problem only in the movies. Downloadable. www.colorado.edu
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) BASIC TRAINING: Good intro to disaster response, free. www.ci.austin.tx.us/oem for a list of free on-line classes.
MANAGING VOLUNTEERS IN DISASTER COURSE: www.communityarise.com/CMManagingVol.htm, an on-line course offered free by Community Arise, put together by Church World Service for disaster ministry.
COUNTY ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM COURSE: New York State University's University At Albany School Of Public Health offers a free, online course, www.ualbanycphp.org/learning/registration/tab.cfm?course=cart&s=Overview. It is specific to New York's structure of state and county teams that deal with animals in disasters, but the issues and needs are the same ones we'll face here.
FORENSIC EPIDEMIOLOGY COURSE: State University Of New York, University At Albany, School Of Public Health Online offers free, on-line course: www.ualbanycphp.org/learning/registration/tab.cfm?course=bioterror&s=Overview
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION & TERRORISM COURSE: Texas Engineering Extension Service At Texas A & M (TEEX) offers free online courses. www.teex.com
PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID COURSE: NY State Health Dept offers free on-line course: www.nylearnsph.com/Public/default.aspx.
MAKE-DO MEDICAL CARE STANDARDS IN A MAJOR DISASTER WEBCASTS: The Center For Public Health At Suny Albany offers free online webcast short courses. For them, it means where you can and can't cut corners with medical care in the face of a super-catastrophe. For us, it may mean almost any significant disaster, because it would take so little to overwhelm our limited local medical resources. http://ualbanycphp.org/GRS/eventCurrent.cfm?id=104
CORE DISASTER LIFE SUPPORT (CDLS) COURSE: Offered by American Medical Association. How to plan for and respond to mass casualty incidents. Designed for the intelligent laymen; medical background not necessary. http//ama.learn.com/custom/vangentama_customloginpage.asp
DISASTER MINISTRY COURSE: Community Arise teaches ministers, church staff and lay members how to prepare for and respond to disaster through their churches. www.communityarise.com/online.htm
IMPACT OF PANDEMIC INFLUENZA ON PUBLIC HEALTH COURSE: Johns Hopkins University offers the Open CourseWare version of the course taught JHU medical and public health students. www.jhsph.edu/preparedness/training/online/pan_flu.html
BASIC DISASTER MINISTRY COURSE: Community Arise offers this free on-line course: www.communityarise.com/online.htm
EFFECT OF DISASTERS ON MENTAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS COURSE: Iowa Dept of Public Health offers free on-line course at www.prepareiowa.com/Public/Catalog/Default.aspx
CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO DISASTER ASSISTANCE COURSE: FEMA offers a free, on-line course on where survivors can get what kind of aid: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is7.asp
ANIMALS IN DISASTER WEBCASTS: State University of New York at Albany, School of Public Health offers a free on-line webcast discussing handling of animals affected by disaster, both sheltering the pets of human evacuees and caring for animals directly endangered or injured by a disaster. www.ualbanycphp.org/GRS/eventCurrent.cfm?id=100, via University of Iowa for course registration.
MASS PHARMACEUTICAL DISPENSING SITES TRAINING COURSE FOR VOLUNTEERS: University of Minnesota Center for Public Health offers free course online at https://cpheo1.sph.umn.edu.
ELECTRONIC CORE DISASTER LIFE SUPPORT COURSE: American Medical Association's free online course: www.ama.learn.com/ecdls. This course elevates first aid to a disaster level...mass casualties...overwhelming numbers...in which non-professionals will be asked to step in and help.
MASS EVACUATION TO RURAL COMMUNITIES WEBCASTS: The State University of New York, University at Albany, School of Public Health offers free online webcasts of programs on disaster topics, most on public health issues, though not all. The content is what rural communities must expect if major metro areas have to be evacuated to or through them. www.ualbanycphp.org/GRS/eventCurrent.cfm?id=95
SIMPLIFIED CPR TRAINING COURSE: Free on-Line course: https://depts.washington.edu/learncpr
AMERICAN RED CROSS TRAINING:
- American Red Cross - Kerrville: Call 830-257-4677 to register, or go to http://hccarc.redcross.org/classes
- American Red Cross - Austin: www.centex.redcross.org/classes
Early April - TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE: www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/conference/txEmerMgmtConf.htm. Keynote speaker, program presentations, training sessions, workshops, exhibitors. Conference participants include representatives of law enforcement, border security and port security, transportation and cyber security, as well as firefighters, emergency medical personnel, Texas Military Forces, voluntary organizations and private sector partners. Attendees also will include officials from higher education, public education, health and medical care and public officials from the local, state and national governments. Representatives of more than 30 state agencies on the Governor’s Emergency Management Council and federal officials also will attend.
Mid-JuneTEXAS UNITES CONFERENCE: www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1063159. Annual event with combined conference of Texas VOAD and Texas Citizen's Corps (including Medical Reserve Corps). See links above. Presentations, training, interactive sessions. Registration Fee.
GENERAL - OTHERIncident Command System (ICS) Forms: Zipped Adobe .pdf file format; and Zipped Word .doc form
Fighting Identity Theft: www.texasfightsidtheft.gov
ARC Shelter Operations, Instructor's Manual
Local Church Response Plan, Nazarene Disaster Response
La Honda, CA Neighborhood Emergency Response Plan, lots of good resources here
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Emergency Operations Manual
Tips for Assisting People With Disabilities in Disaster Shelters
Orange County NC, Emergency Management
Alemeda County CA, Disaster Shelter Plan for Medically Fragile Persons
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO): www.who.int
MAYO CLINIC: www.mayoclinic.com
METHODIST-KERRVILLE PANDEMIC RESOURCE DATABASE: http://home.ktc.com/kdumc/DisasterPlan/flunew.htm
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS (Ham Radio)FCC Part 97 Subpart E - Providing Emergency Communications
Amateur Radio Emergency Communication
ARRL-ARES Emergency Coordinator
ARRL Public Service Communication Manual: ARES, RACES and More
Monroe County IN, Emergency Com Plan
Wood County OH, ARES Emergency Operations Manual
PET SHELTER OPERATIONSBig Bend Manual
LSU Emergency Animal Shelter-Disaster Response Manual
Marion County Dog Control & Shelter Manual
Boston Globe, Making Disaster Plans for Pets
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