Emergency Management Professional Program Recommended Reading List

Please join us on July 17, 2019, 3:00 pm, EST (11:00 am Alaska time); the Emergency Management Professional Program will discuss “EMPP Book Club of the Quarter”.  Please click this link,  EMPP Recommended Reading List Cover Title and Author (508 compliant), to view a PDF copy of the recommended reading list.

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FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute hosts a series of e-Forums entitled, “One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices.” E-Forums are 1-hour, moderated webinar discussions that provide an opportunity for EMI and the emergency management community to discuss matters of interest on national preparedness training. On July 17, 2019, EMI will host “The Emergency Management Professional Program Recommended Reading List and Book Club,” e-Forum. The e-Forum will highlight why the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP), consisting of the National Emergency Management Basic, Advanced, and Executive Academies, developed a recommended professional reading list to further enhance the profession of emergency management.


Panel members Carol McMahon and Lindsey Means will discuss the role of the reading list in their ongoing professional development and what they learned from listening to other students provide an overview of their selected book during the 2nd course of the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA).  They will also discuss the advantages of creating a body of knowledge through the recommended reading list, as well as what the book club can do to contribute to the professional development needs of the emergency management community.


The EMPP provides a progressive framework for emergency managers to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance their professional development needs required to meet the challenges of a dynamic and complex emergency management environment. The entire EMPP curriculum is designed to provide a lifetime of learning for a career in emergency management. The National Emergency Management Basic Academy is designed to develop the next generation of emergency managers. The National Emergency Management Advanced Academy provides professional development in contemporary concepts and issues for mid-career emergency managers. The National Emergency Management Executive Academy challenges the Nation’s emergency management executives through the application of critical thinking, visionary strategic planning, and managing the complex real-world problems in today’s emergency management environment.

“The EMPP Recommended Professional Reading List (professional reading list) is designed to encourage continual learning by career emergency managers.


The professional reading list supports the FEMA Strategic Plan, Goal 1: Build a Culture of Preparedness* by contributing to the ongoing professional development needs of the emergency management community. The professional reading list also serves to create a body of knowledge that allows emergency managers to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to meet the challenges of a dynamic and complex emergency management environment.


The Book-of-the-Month Club serves to enhance the professional development of emergency managers through the analysis and discussion of topics relevant to the practice of contemporary emergency management. Continual learning through the Book-of-the-Month Club allows emergency managers to share practical experiences with their peers, and to help one another be better prepared and add value to their organizations. Conducted in a virtual environment, the Book-of-the-Month Club provides a forum for participant-driven, facilitated discussions, and aims to create a body of knowledge to address the current and emerging issues and trends in the contemporary emergency management environment.


Meeting: Mat Su Community Organizations Active in Disasters, 6 pm, Willow Community Center, Thursday, July 18, 2019

Mat Su COAD is an umbrella organization of agencies or groups that are not part of formal emergency response system but help communities in emergency preparedness and response to and recovery from disasters.  All are welcome.

COAD info flyer 2018

New wildfire reported about 1 mile north of Montana Creek Fire; evacuations in progress

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Update 6:35 p.m. – The Malaspina Fire burning near Talkeetna is now estimated at 60 acres.  Firefighters say one structure was lost.  South Malaspina Loop Road, Montana Creek Road, Makuskin Road, and Yoder Road have all been evacuated.

Crews are getting help from water scooping aircraft, air tankers dropping retardant, and Blackhawk helicopters dropping water on the fire, which began at about 3:30 p.m.  In addition, the Baker River Hotshots and the White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack crew were sent from the nearby Montana Creek Fire to respond to the Malaspina Fire. Smokejumpers are en route from Talkeetna. The Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Task Force is on scene. Mat-Su Borough engines and water tenders are being staged for structure protection.

Update 5:19 – Makuskin and Yoder Roads in Sunshine are being evacuated due to the Malaspina Fire.

A photo of the Malaspina Fire (#451) as seen from the air on initial attack at 4:25 p.m. Photo by Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry
A photo of the Malaspina Fire (#451) as seen from the air on initial attack at 4:25 p.m. Photo by Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry

The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to a new wildfire about a mile north of the Montana Creek Fire on South Malaspina Loop in Sunshine, near Talkeetna.

Evacuations are now in progress for residents on South Malaspina Loop and Montana Creek Road.

The new fire, called the Malaspina Fire (#451), was reported at about 3:30 p.m. and has grown to an estimated 10 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.

The fire is burning in black spruce and is sending up a large column of smoke. The fire is moving toward Montana Creek Road.

Air tankers, smoke jumpers, helicopters, and local engines are responding. Firefighters are putting together a plan to protect structures in the path of the fire.


Mat-Su Emergency Management Shared Post

Alaska fire season is amongst us and with the recent burn suspension in the Mat-Su Borough as well as the high fire danger the state is experiencing, the Mat-Su Borough Office of Emergency Management would like to take this time to talk about the nationwide Ready, Set, Go! Program. The Ready, Set Go! Program works with other programs such as Firewise and is designed to inform individuals who live in areas known as high risk for wildland fires how to best prepare themselves and their properties during wildland season. The program is a result of a nationwide discussion on how to protect lives and harden homes in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas. WUI are areas where houses are built close to or within natural terrain and flammable vegetation.

The Ready, Set, Go! Program was developed to share information to residents on what they can do to successfully prepare for wildland fires. Follow the simple steps to help do your part in being prepared:

1. Ready – Be Ready: Create defensible space by clearing brush from your home and structures.

2. Set – Be Alert: Know how to receive the latest news updates and information on fires occurring in your area. Have your emergency kit, communication plan, and prepare a personal wildland fire action plan.

3. Go – Act Early: Follow your personal wildland fire plan and cooperate with local authorities during an evacuation and re-entry process.

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A Look At Finland’s Extensive Disaster-Preparedness Plans

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Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

During World War II, the city of Helsinki Finland was bombed relentlessly, leaving the tiny country with a death toll of more than 90,000 people. It is due to these devastating losses that the Nordic nation has one of the most comprehensive preparedness cultures on the planet. Although it’s ranked as the 14th safest country in the world, Finland prepares its people for everything from natural disasters to terror attacks to war.

For example, every building with a floor area of more than 12,916 square feet is required to house a shelter to protect citizens in the event of a crisis. I think it’s always interesting to see how other countries prepare for disaster.

This fascinating video offers a glimpse inside Finland’s civil defense plans.

Not only are first responders ready for a variety of disasters. Even local business owners are trained so they know what to do should a disaster occur. Imagine the difference it could make if more of our workplaces were thoroughly trained to be prepared for a wide variety of disasters.

Finland also encourages individual preparedness

But it isn’t just emergency responders that the Finnish government prepares. They also recommend individual measures. The Department of the Interior website says:

Emergency planning by individuals forms part of society’s resilience

Every person should be prepared for all types of emergencies, such as disruptions to the electricity supply or telecommunications connections. Emergency planning by individuals assists the authorities in times of crisis, since resources do not suffice to help all of those who need help, and must be allocated to the most urgent cases. (source)

Finland isn’t the only country in Europe to urge citizens to prepare.

Finland isn’t alone in urging citizens to prepare or to make preparations on a large scale. Last year, Swedes were warned to be prepared to live without the system and get ready for war. In 2017, South Koreans were urged to make preparations due to rising tensions with North Korea.

The CDC has warned Americans to get prepared for the potential of nuclear war and in fact, 8 places around the world are actively prepping for the possibility of a nuke.

There are worries about incursions into our power grid that could leave Americans in the dark (at the same time as the US is allegedly fooling around in Russia’s grid.) And now as the threat level rises with a Russian warship as close as Cuba and the escalating conflict with Iran, we’d be foolish to ignore the possibility that we might need some preps. (This book has advice about preparing for a nuclear strike and this book has advice on building your stockpile on a budget.)