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2011 Japan Tsunami Marine Debris:Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Program information

March 11, 2012 marked the anniversary of the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. Now, a year after the Japan earthquake, experts across multiple disciplines in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Hawaii and British Columbia are working together with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to share information, address public questions and encourage individual involvement and education regarding marine debris generated by the tsunami.

There is a toll-free reporting and information line for residents and visitors who spot marine debris on Washington beaches. Beachgoers are encouraged to call 1.855.WACOAST (1.855.922.6278) to report marine debris.

NEMA Invitation to a National Discussion on Homeland Security Grant Structure:

For some time I have been referencing the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) position paper regarding reform of the Homeland Security Grant Program structure. NEMA’s purpose is to promote dialogue among all interested parties with subject matter expertise because Congress has repeatedly asked for the best thinking of professionals in the field. It’s important that all of us have a hand in shaping the new grant budget reality so that the best possible system can be instituted. Please read the paper and weigh in with your thoughts, concerns and opinions. Jim Mullen, Director

NEMA - Homeland Security Grant Program Report:

This is a report prepared by NEMA regarding the effectiveness and accomplishments of the Homeland Security and Urban Area Security initiative programs. It has been submitted to Appropriations Committees of the House and Senate to enhance the discussion regarding these two programs. NEMA believes that this will be a constructive addition to the ongoing debate regarding the future of homeland security grant programs. Jim Mullen, Director

The Homeland Security Grant Program Report - Keeping a Promise to the Nation (PDF)

EMPG - Providing Returns on a Nation's Investment:

Often referred to as the “back-bone of the nation’s emergency management system” the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) allows state, tribal, and local governments to make key investments in building capacity and enhancing the capability of states and localities to respond to disasters. Read more: EMPG: ROI Report (March 05, 2012) (PDF)

FEMA - A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management:

"The effects of natural and man-made disasters have become more frequent, far-reaching, and widespread. As a result, preserving the safety, security, and prosperity of all parts of our society is becoming more challenging. Our Nation’s traditional approach to managing the risks associated with these disasters relies heavily on the government." Read more: Whole Community Approach (PDF)


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