On Monday, June 30 2014, FEMA released five Mass Care resource typing definitions for final publication and distribution. The guidance contained in these definitions provides a standardized set of minimum criteria for More »
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and American Red Cross (ARC) recently released the Post Disaster More »
On Wednesday, September 17, the National Mass Care Council hosted the webinar, “Benefits of Implementing the Donated Resources Policy,” with over 150 participants. The panel of presenters represented federal agencies, state government, and voluntary agencies:
- Greg Bosko, FEMA
- Dante Gliniecki, State of Missouri
- Kam Kennedy, American Red Cross
- Mike Pickeral, FEMA
- Jennifer Poitras, State of Colorado
- Susamma Seeley, Catholic Charities
During the webinar speakers discussed the history of the National Mass Care Exercise,...
Submitted by Michael Whitehead, Florida State Mass Care Coordinator
The 2014 National Mass Care Exercise was conducted May 19-22, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida in conjunction with the 2014 Florida Statewide “Hurricane Jones” Exercise sponsored by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Over 100 players, controllers and evaluators representing all levels of government, nongovernmental agencies, the private sector and academia participated in the mass care portion of the exercise. Additionally, FEMA and the American Red Cross established response operations off-site to simulate...
On Monday, June 30 2014, FEMA released five Mass Care resource typing definitions for final publication and distribution. The guidance contained in these definitions provides a standardized set of minimum criteria for use by the whole community when building, sustaining and inventorying resources; and when planning to deliver or delivering core capabilities through a national mutual aid network to achieve the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation.
The Mass Care resource typing definitions are:
- State Mass Care Coordinator
- Shelter Management Team
Few individuals in the nation have experience coordinating a mass care response at the state or major metropolitan level during a major or catastrophic disaster. With the call in the National Mass Care Strategy for more states to identify a State Mass Care Coordinator, persons assigned this task will be responsible for developing a capability to respond during such an event. The purpose of this White Paper is to introduce the State Mass Care/Emergency Assistance (MC/EA) Coordination Process and the Mass Care Task Force as tools that can be utilized to expand state mass care capability. Download...
Submitted by Jono Anzalone
During the disasters, while local and state officials concentrate on emergency protective measures and life safety, they are often challenged with the amount of downed trees and other debris blocking roads and their communities’ paths to recovery. Power may be out and people needing to eat. Hundreds of volunteers from faith-based groups, community organizations and private companies may quickly show up to help. Volunteers play a key role in any disaster. Without volunteer labor, equipment or material contributions, many communities would have a much harder...