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Congratulations to Our Graduates

The Department of Emergency Management would like to congratulate this year's graduating undergraduates from the emergency management program! Our graduates included

  • Samantha Brouillard <//span>
  • Charles Cunningham <//span>
  • Carrie DeHay
  • Erica Gilbertson
  • John Jacobs
  • Blain Johnson
  • Kent Johnson
  • <//span>Andrew Kirking <//span>
  • Marcus Lee
  • James Menke
  • Mohamed Mohamed
  • Devin Nelson
  • Leah Rosenow
  • Justin <//span>Valenti

We wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Department of Emergency Management Holds End-of-Semester Social

The Department of Emergency Management held its second end-of-semester social on May 3. More than 40 emergency management students attended the social. Faculty and students were able to chat informally; students were able to walk away with "meaningful prizes" (including weather radios, shovels, first aid kits, emergency management textbooks, and more); and, everyone was able to eat! The social also provided the opportunity to celebrate successes--students graduation from the program and university, EMSA's active year and award from IAEM as best student chapter, D.K. Yoon's invitation to start a higher education emergency maangement program in Korea, and more! Daniel J. Klenow, Department Head, said "We are committed to continuing our end-of-semester socials because these social gatherings are an important way to connect with our students and demonstrate our appreciation for them and their accomplishments."

Students Present Research at Department Colloquium

Doctoral students Sarah Bundy and Mariama Yakubu and masters student Brian Thomas presented their research at the Department of Emergency Management's colloquium in April. Students had the opportunity to discuss their research plans and get feedback from their peers and Department faculty while they are still in the process of developing their proposals. Proposed research topics included a quasi-experiment to test the impact of preparedness campaigns on household preparedness, a case study of Ghana's attempts to develop a higher education program in emergency management within its unique institutional, political, social, and disaster contexts, and a qualitative study of the perceived use and usefulness of the U.N.'s cluster model.

Are You Smarter Than a EMGT 101 Student?

Upperclassmen in the Emergency Management major at NDSU faced off against students from the EMGT 101: Emergencies, Dissaters, and Catastrophes class in a modified version of the popular TV game show "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?". Upperclassmen competed against the EMGT 101 students to answer a variety of questions designed to test their knowledge about foundational concepts. The upperclassmen got to "brush up" on the basics and the 101 students were able to use the game as a unique extra credit opportunity that also doubled as a study session for their final exam.


Jessica Jensen, instructor for the EMGT 101 course this spring, stated, "Bringing our upperclassmen and 101 students together in a game of "Are You Smarter than a 101 Student?" is just one of the many ways our Department seeks to create community within our major and help students build and retain knowledge. The Department of Emergency Management is focussed on providing a student-centered program that gives students many opportunities to interact with faculty, other students, and the material they are learning in classes. We will repeat this game in coming semesters; and, students can be looking for other fun and creative events next Fall!"

EMSA Participates in Relay for Life 2012

10 EMSA members formed a team to participate in Relay for Life 2012 at NDSU to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The students walked from 6p.m. April 20th until 6a.m. April 21st! EMSA feels its mission is greater than just providing networking and training opportunities for emergency management students--it includes service to the community. The Relay for Life 2012 project was just one way that EMSA engaged in service to the community this academic year.

EMSA Members Tour EOCs

EMSA students took a field trip to Minneapolis to review the status of preparedness efforts at Stillwater Penitentiary and tour the Target EOC on Friday, April 13. At the Penitentary students learned from their tour guides about emergency planning at the prison, the exercises they run in Apple Valley, and their response teams. At the Target EOC, students walked around the control room and were given and excellent presentation regarding how Target handles various crises. Students enjoyed a Q and A session with Target EOC staff who answered all of the questions the students had.

Emergency Management Students Participate in Full Scale Exercise

As noted by Valley News Live, thirteen emergency management undergraduate students played victims in yesterday's full scale exercise in Casselton, ND. Behind the scenes an additional nine undergraduates were acting formally as evaluators for the exercise.

The exercise was designed to test the capability and plans of responding organizations in Cass County, Fargo, and, of course, Casselton.

This is the second scale exercise emergency management students have had the opportunity to participate in this year. They were also able to participate in Sanford Health's exercise in February 2012.

Scholarship Opportunity

There is a scholarship opportunity available to emergency management students. The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Scholarship Program benefits students pursuing studies in emergency management, homeland security, disaster management, and related fields.

IAEM’s Scholarship Program is available to full-time students pursuing degrees in emergency management, disaster management or related programs. Information, including the application, is available at The deadline for application is May 15, 2012.

Every year some of our student members attend the Annual Conference through a stipend from IAEM to help advance their learning. Please encourage your students to consider membership. It is a great way to meet potential future employers. Information about membership is located at

Summer Online Courses From the Department of Emergency Management Faculty<//span><//span>

This summer there will be two online courses offered by Emergency Management Faculty. These courses include:

Emergency Management 150: Homeland Security: An Exploration. 3 credits. (May 15th – August 3rd)
Course Instructor: Daniel J. Klenow, Ph.D.
Examines the historical emergence of security threats and how American society has addressed them. Topics include key homeland security concerns and approaches, events, policies, and organizational structures including relationships to emergency management. This introductory course now has a permanent number (EMGT 150) and was previously offered as EMGT 199 Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Sociology 443/643 International Disasters. 3 credits (May 15th-August 3rd)
Course Instructors: George A. Youngs, Ph.D. and Daniel J. Klenow, Ph.D.
Impacts of natural and human-made disasters on industrialized and developing societies; relief and reconstruction post-disaster programs. A variety of disaster/catastrophe incidents will be covered including the Haiti earthquake, Japan’s tsunami and nuclear incident, Chernobyl, Bhopal, Indian Ocean tsunami, and others.

Cwiak Facilitates Emergency Management Course for Hispanic Serving Institutions

Carol Cwiak, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Management, taught FEMA's “Integrating Emergency Management Into Your Institution" course to a group of Hispanic serving institutions at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) on March 26 and 27, 2012. The course is intended to increase emergency management course and degree offerings in minority serving institutions by educating university administrators and faculty in how to develop emergency management higher education programs. Cwiak served as a subject matter expert by FEMA in the course development stage, helped craft and review final course materials, and has previously taught the course to faculty and administrators from historically black colleges and universities and tribal colleges.

Jensen Invited Participant in FEMA Focus Group

Jessica Jensen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Management, was an invited participant in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) focus group March 5-8, 2012 to develop an Executive/Managerial (E/M) Training Curriculum for emergency management practitioners.

FEMA is in the process of developing a comprehensive Emergency Management Training and Education System that will include foundational training related to the field, career track specific training (e.g., in planning, training, mitigation, etc.), and the E/M training Jensen is helping to develop. FEMA envisions the E/M Training as the highest level of training a practitioner can complete in emergency management.

Jensen attended the focus group as the representative of emergency management higher education. Other participants included a FEMA regional administrator, representatives of state emergency management departments, representatives of professional associations, and Emergency Management Institute personnel.

Jensen Conducts Survey Research for IAEM<//span><//span><//span><//span><//span>

Jessica Jensen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Management, conducted survey research on the value of Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funds to local government emergency management programs for the U. S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-USA). The survey was designed to gather data related to the paper Jensen authored for the Assciation entitled A Principled Approach to Measuring Return on Investment Version 1.0. The report is available at ROI/documents/EMPGROI.pdf.

Thirteen hundred local government and tribal emergency managers responded to the survey providing information based on1,610 total jurisdictions in 47 states (and the District of Columbia), including 17 tribal nations, 1,060 counties/parishes, and more than 531 cities, towns and villages. The study illustrates how EMPG funds supported emergency management activities to bring about coordination, collaboration and integration within local level and tribal jurisdictions in the United States in 2011.

Jensen authored, but did not design, a short report on some of the data for the Association. The report is entitled Emergency Management Performance Grant Funds: Returns on Investment at the Local Level and is available at Jensen will be writing a lengthier and more detailed report this summer that will include a methods section and the findings of regression testing that examined the relationship between amount of EMPG funds jurisdictions received, their overall budges, whether the emergency manager is full-time or part-time, population AND the extent to which jurisdictions achieved integration, collaboration, and coordiation within their jurisdictions in 2011.

Jensen has volunteered for IAEM-USA for several years and is a member of IAEM's Training and Education and Goverment Affairs Committees.

Yoon Invited to Provide Workshop on Developing an Disaster Management Degree Program in Korea

D.K. Yoon, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Management, travelled to Ulsan, Korea February 1-7, 2012 to deliver an invited workshop on how to develop a disaster management degree program at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). UNIST is in the early stages of developing both an undergraduate and graduate program in disaster management. Yoon's workshop addressed topics such as types of classes in U.S. higher education programs at various degree levels, foundational concepts and theories associated with the field, how to construct meaningful curriculum and syllabi, sources of the body of knowledge (e.g., key books and journals), and career paths for students. It is anticipated that Yoon will continue to work with UNIST as it develops and implements its programs in disaster management.

Master's Students Present in Departmental Colloquium

February 22, 2012 from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. master's students in the Department of Emergency Management presented their thesis research ideas in the Department's monthly colloquium. Students had the opportunity to discuss their research plans and get feedback from their peers and Department faculty while they are still in the process of developing their proposals. Master's students are planning to conduct research on the relationship between sustainability and local level emergency management, and factors associated with the implementation of mitigation projects at the county level. Participants included Pierre Freeman, Regine Laurence Chauvet, and Daiko Abe.

Klenow and Yoon Present at Conference

Daniel J. Klenow, Head of the Department of Emergency Management, and D.K. Yoon, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Management, delivered a presentation, entitled "Profiling County Tornado Vulnerability in Minnesota", at the 47th Annual Governor's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference in Minnesota on February 15, 2012. Their presentation reviewed tornado incidence trends and vulnerability patterns in Minnesota counties and drew implications for mitigation planning.

Jensen Delivers Invited Presentation

Jessica Jensen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Management, gave an invited presentation on February 15, 2012 at the 47th Annual Governor's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference. Jensen's presentation, entitled "How Big, How Bad: Measuring Return on Investment for EMPG", discussed efforts currently underway to develop a system to measure return on investment (ROI) for all Department of Homeland Security preparedness grants and challenges associated with designing a measurement system that will be simple, relevant and valued by all jurisdictions that participate in preparedness grant programs.

Ready Campus Initiative Project Draws to a Close

December 31st marks the end of the Ready Campus Initiative (RCI). The NDSU Ready Campus Initiative was funded by a more than $400,000 grant from the the Department of Education (ED) Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) program. This competitive grant was awarded only to Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) which exhibit a progressive vision for the integration of emergency management practices into their operational structures and demonstrate the capabilities and drive to successfully execute goals and objective unique to each IHE’s established needs.

During the two years RCI was active on campus, RCI helped NDSU achieve six objectives including 1) Increase the number of staff and faculty with NIMS training; 2) Complete a comprehensive emergency management plan for the institution; 3) Conduct a series of exercises to test plan assumptions; 4) Integrate emergency management policies into University publications and communication channels; 5) Implement a four-phase plan of prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery that will include Continuity of Operations Plans, and extensive collaboration with community partners; and, 6) Provide easily scalable emergency management ideas, plans, and practices for local, state, and national IHE’s that have not had the localized capabilities to develop planning initiatives.

Grant oversight was offered dually by the NDSU Department of Emergency Management and the NDSU University Police and Safety Office. This structure ensured all objectives and goals are both theoretically driven and practically applied. Day-to-day management of RCI activities was spear-headed by Dustin Jensen, RCI Project Director. A number of undergraduate and graduate students also worked with RCI including Florija Adjadari, Alex Cole-Corde, Marc Katchadourian, Breanna Koval, James Menke, and Blake Nelson.

RCI was so successful that NDSU has opted to retain Dustin Jensen through June 2012 to assist the campus with its continuity planning.

EMSA Holds End-of-Semester Celebration

Emergency Management Student Association (EMSA) members gathered on December 8, 2011 to celebrate the end of the semester before EMSA members dispersed for the holiday break. Fall 2011 semester has been a busy one for EMSA. The organization sponsored a Homecoming Float, organized business continuity training sessions for another NDSU student association, sponsored a well attended four part speaker series on Minot Recovery, sent members to the annual International Association of Emergency Managers Conference, held seven meetings, and much more! EMSA members enjoyed celebrating both the organization's accomplishments and the much-deserved break to come!

EMSA Members Attend IAEM Conference

The Emergency Management Student Association (EMSA) took 15 students to Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference. For the third year in a row, NDSU’s student chapter of IAEM had the most student members represented at the conference.

EMSA members who attended had the opportunity to go to numerous breakout sessions including but not limited to the use of social media in disaster communications, how the USGS plays a role in Emergency Management, and information regarding FEMA's new Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

The conference was also a great opportunity for students to network with other individuals in the Emergency Management field as well as to get to know the newest and latest technologies and techniques being used in the field. Professionals in the field were very interested in EMSA’s activities and reinforced how much these activities help develop skills that will be helpful upon graduation. Highlights of the trip included a student retreat in which EMSA members had the opportunity to network with emergency management students from other programs and EMSA’s receipt of the "IAEM Student Chapter of the Year" award.

EMSA is looking forward to IAEM’s 2012 conference in Orlando, FL.

Emergency management assistant professor teaches FEMA pilot course<//span><//span><//span><//span>

Carol Cwiak, emergency management assistant professor, taught FEMA's pilot offering of “Integrating Emergency Management Into Your Institution.” The program is designed to increase emergency management course and degree offerings in minority serving institutions. Cwiak served as a subject matter expert by FEMA in the course development stage and helped craft and review final course materials The pilot offering was attended by faculty and administrators from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. FEMA developed the course to help meet its mission to increase diversity in the field of emergency management. In the past year, Cwiak also participated in a FEMA-sponsored conference focused on emergency management program development for tribal colleges.

Cwiak is the executive director of the Emergency Management Higher Education Consortium and is heavily engaged in the advancement of emergency management higher education directives. She has worked closely with FEMA's Higher Education Program since 2004 to support, develop and promote materials that further the field of emergency management's efforts to professionalize. Cwiak frequently presents on topics regarding emergency management higher education and has provided program start-up assistance to many new academic programs at FEMA's request.

FEMA Representatives Speak to Students about Minot Recovery

On November 2 from 3:00p.m.-5:00p.m. in the Hidatsa Room, Memorial Union, Dolf Diemont, FEMA Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, and Timothy Gelston, FEMA ESF 14, spoke Department of Emergency Management students about the federal role in Minot recovery. Students were able to learn about recovery tasks and challenges, FEMA's involvement in recovery, and Gelston's and Diemont's personal and professional experience in recovery. Their presentation was the third in a four part Minot Recovery Speaker Series. Other speakers in the series included Amanda Schooling, Ward County Emergency Manager, and Murray Sagsveen, North Dakota Flood Recovery Coordinator. Bonnie Turner, SVOAD and Lutheran Disaster Response will be the final presenter in the series on November 9th at 3pm in the Rose Room of the Memorial Union.

EMSA Receives Award from IAEM

Based on the nomination submitted by Carol Cwiak, the Internaional Association of Emergency Managers-Student Council Awards Committee chose the North Dakota State University IAEM-Student Chapter, known on campus as Emergency Management Student Association (EMSA), to receive the 2011 Chapter of the Year Award.

The award will be presented at the IAEM-USA 59th Annual Conference & Emex at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:45am in the Brasilia Room at the hotel. Blake Nelson, EMSA President, will accept the award on behalf of the chapter.

This year EMSA has been very active organizing a 4-part speaker series on Minot Recovery, holding Professional Development sessions, attending regional training and events related to emergency management, participating in the HomeComing parade and preparing a float, giving presentations to other student associations on campus on emergency management topics, and much more. The organization has also seen its membership and attedance of meetings and events grow dramatically in the past year.

Congratulations to EMSA for their efforts.

Major General Murray Sagsveen Speaks with Emergency Management Students

Major General Murray Sagsveen, North Dakota State Flood Recovery Coordinator, spoke with more than 80 emergency management students and local emergency management community members at 3p.m. Wednesday October 26th in the Arikara Room at the Memorial Union. The Major General described his role in the recovery efforts, the tasks the state is currently involved with in the Minot area, and compared the Minot recovery efforts to ongoing efforts in the Devils Lake area. Major General Sagsveen also compared and contrasted the issues involved in recovery in Minot with those in Grand Forks in 1997. Sagsveen was also the appointed State Flood Recovery Coordinator for that event; and, as such, he brought a wealth of experience and insight to his presentation that will inform the education of emergency management students in attendence.

Ward County Emergency Manager Speaks to Emergency Management Students

Ward County Emergency Manager, Amanda Schooling, spoke to emergency management students about local government involvement in ongoing flood recovery efforts in the Minot, North Dakota area on October 19th from 3-4p.m. via teleconference in EML 183 on the NDSU campus. Ms. Schooling shared her personal and professional experience with recovery as well as local government's unique perspective on the inter-governmental recovery process. Students piled in to hear Ms. Schooling's presentation--the room normally seated 35, but more than 50 attended!

Ms. Schooling's presentation was the first in a 4-part series on Minot Recovery Efforts. Other speakers to be featured in the series include Major General Murray Sagsveen, State Flood Recovery Coordinator, Dolph Diemont, FEMA Federal Recovery Coordinator, Timothy Gelston, FEMA Long-term Recovery, and Bonnie Turner, Lutheran Disaster Response and SVOAD.


On Tuesday Oct. 11th at 5pm Chuck Cunningham will present the first course of seven in FEMA's Independent Study Professional Development Series (PDS) in the B-B EOC. The first course to be tackled will be IS-230.b: Principles of Emergency Management.

The PDS presentations are intended to be more a study session than a formal training class for students. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop and go through the course with Chuck Cunningham.

FEMA's Indepedent Study Courses, particularly those in the PDS, are highly regarded by practitioners in the field of emergency management; and, completion of the courses is something to highlight on student resumes.

EMSA hopes students will attend all 7 of the series throughout the next several months. EMSA will be doing two additional courses in the series Fall semester and 4 in Spring semester.

EMSA’s Awesome Homecoming Float<//span>

The Emergency Management Student Association (EMSA) participated in the NDSU Homecoming Parade for this first time this fall. EMSA members gathered together for a picnic and designed their float. The message was simple, but eye catching—“EMSA: Keeping Fargo Afloat”. The float featured a children’s’ playhouse surrounded by a sandbag dike and EMSA members riding on the float passing candy to the crowd. EMSA had so much fun and got such positive feedback they intend to do it again next year even bigger and better!

Attempting to "George Youngs" Some Comments...

Jeff Lazo authored arecent article entitled "Testable Hypotheses and the Societal Impacts Discussion Board" in Weather and Society Watch a publication of NCAR. In the article, Lazo recalled learning how to turn themes and issues into testable hypotheses from Dr. George Youngs in a recent workshop they both attended. He described his later incorporation of what he learned from Dr. Youngs as attmpting to "George Youngs" some comments. the full article can be read at:

Within the Department of Emergency Management, we have been learning from Dr. Youngs for years! We are proud that others outside of NDSU are too!

EMSA Heads to the NWS Open House<//span><//span><//span>

Saturday, September 17th EMSA members headed to Grand Forks for the National Weather Service Open House to learn more about the responsibilities of and services offered by the NWS (e.g., weather and river forecasting) and technologies used by the NWS (e.g., outdoor storm monitoring equipment and Storm Chaser vehicle) from NWS meteorologists like Greg Gust. EMSA has been actively pursuing every opportunity available to learn more about emergency management and stakeholder organizations associated with it. If you are an emergency management student and you are not yet active in EMSA, you should do so now!

Dr. Sather-Wagstaff in the News

Dr. Joy Sather-Wagstaff's work related to 9/11 was featured in an article in the September 10, 2011 edition of the Fargo InForum. You can read the article at:

Sather-Wagstaff teaches Disaster and Culture, an elective course for emergency management and anthropology students and is affliated with the Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management.

WDAY Interviews Dr. Klenow

Dr. Daniel J. Klenow was interviewed by local television station WDAY, Channel 6 regarding terrorism and homeland security on September 9, 2011. The interview can be viewed at:

FEMA Representatives to Present at NDSU Preparedness Expo<//span>

DATE: September 20, 2011
TIME: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: NDSU Memorial Union

Representatives from FEMA Region Eight are scheduled to attend North Dakota State University’s fourth annual Preparedness Expo. The FEMA representatives will be giving two breakout session presentations on the topic of the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA will also have subject matter experts on hand from the mitigation and preparedness branches of the regional office located in Denver Colorado.

The Expo, sponsored by the NDSU student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), will focus on fostering hazard awareness and disaster preparedness amongst the Fargo Moorhead community. Many local organizations that play a role in emergency preparedness will be participating in the Expo.

Breakout Session Itinerary:

Topic: FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (SESSION ONE)
Presenter: David Kyner, FEMA Region Eight
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Memorial Union Hidatsa Room

Topic: Best Practices in Business Continuity
Presenter: Jason Schlueter, NDSU Department of Emergency Management Graduate Student
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Memorial Union Hidatsa Room

Topic: Active Shooter Preparedness for the Workplace and Beyond
Presenter: Dustin Jensen, NDSU EM Project Director and NDSU University Police
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Memorial Union Hidatsa Room

Topic: FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (SESSION TWO)
Presenter: David Kyner, FEMA Region Eight
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Memorial Union Hidatsa Room

The Fargo Fire Department, Fargo SWAT, the American Red Cross and the Fargo-Moorhead Ambulance and other organizations will also have their response vehicles on display to the public on the west side of the Memorial Union.

Emergency Management on the List of Top 10 College Majors for a New Economy

Emergency management ranked 5th in a recent list of the top 10 college majors for a new economy. Read the full story. Be sure to note that our very own Dr. Cwiak was quoted!

Department of Emergency Management Faculty on the News

This week WDAY, Channel 6 has called upon Department of Emergency Management faculty twice for new stories. The first story related to the participation of faculty in the national dialogue about how to develop emergency management in higher education through chapter publications in the book entitled Challenges of Emergency Management in Higher Education: Planning and Strategies ran on Wednesday, August 31. The story can be viewed at:

The second story, ran on Thursday, September 1, utilized Department faculty to comment on how North Dakotans will be impacted by the Immediate Needs Funding policy initiated by FEMA. The story can be viewed at:

Jensen Invited to Present on her NIMS Research with EMForum.Org

Dr. Jessica Jensen has been invited to deliver a presentation on her article, The Current NIMS Implementation Behavior of United States Counties, published recently in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Jensen will present via webinar for the Emergency Information Infrastructure Project (EIIP) on September 14th from 11-12CST. Participation is free. Register for your account and learn more about EMForum.Org at

EIIP is, according to their website, “a non-profit educational organization, dedicated to enhancing the practice of emergency management, and thereby public safety, through offering professional development opportunities to practitioners and other interested persons. The principal way we work to achieve this goal is through presentation of timely, disaster-related topics by experts in their fields, by means of Live Meeting Webinar technology”.

The article described and explained the current implementation behavior of counties in the United States with respect to the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Data were collected in two phases: 1) an internet survey was sent to a national random sample of county emergency managers and 2) a mail survey was sent to emergency managers in the sample that had not completed the internet survey. When data collection ceased, 355 randomly selected county emergency managers had participated in the study providing a nationally generalizable study. It was discovered that NIMS may be limited in its usefulness as the foundation for our nationwide emergency management system as well as its potential for use in large-scale disaster situations because of the wide variation in the manner in which NIMS is currently being implemented in counties across the United States.

Dr. Jensen is one of the few scholars in the United States to have published previous work on the NIMS despite the role it is presumed or assumed to play in structuring our national emergency management system. Dr. Jensen has also published a grant report on the topic , an article in the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, and two articles on the topic in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

IAEM-USA Announces Student Region Academic Research Presentation Competition Rules and Preparation Guidelines<//span><//span>

Co-Sponsored by the IAEM Student Region and the Foundation for Comprehensive Emergency Management Research

The IAEM-USA Student Region conducts the Academic Research Presentation Competition annually. This year we are pleased to have the Foundation for Comprehensive Emergency Management Research as a co-sponsor. Please email abstracts to Mike Kelley at in Word or Word Perfect format. The subject line of your email should read “IAEM-USA Poster Abstract”

A. Who may submit a poster abstract: Any student may enter. Entries will be divided into two separate categories – one for Undergraduate students, and one for Graduate Students.

B. Deadline: Abstracts must arrive on or before October 23, 2011. Submissions will not be accepted after that date.

C. Multiple Presentations: You may enter only one presentation at this meeting.

D. Format of Abstract Submission: Title, presenter(s), affiliation, address, phone and fax numbers, and email address.

E. Abstract and Title Length: Abstracts must be less than 150 words. The program chair reserves the right to edit abstracts, if necessary, for clarity, grammar or proper usage. Abstracts above the 150 word limit will not be accepted. Titles of abstracts are limited to ten words.

F. Format: In order to keep up with progressing technology and the interests of our members, presentations this year may be electronic. Students may use programs such as Animoto, Wikis, Windows Movie Maker or other Web 2.0 media to create a presentation that will be shown on a laptop computer at the conference. The presentation must not exceed four (4) minutes in length, and all information, photos and music shall be cited in APA format on the last screen of the presentation. In addition, a copy of the citations must accompany the abstract. The traditional poster format is also acceptable, with the poster not exceeding 4 feet in height or 4 feet in width.

G. Presentation Theme: The presentation theme must relate to an aspect of emergency management.

The presentation must include:

  • Short title of the presentation
  • Identification of either an undergraduate or graduate level presentation
  • Abstract
  • Student’s name, or names, and whether they are a graduate or undergraduate student (There may be no more than 2 students per presentation and both must be at the graduate or undergraduate level)
  • Collaborators, Advisor(s), and department(s)
  • Funding Sources
  • Internal Review Board Proof of regulatory committee approval, if required
  • Objectives and significance of the research
  • Methods
  • Results, interpretation of results, and conclusions, and directions for future research if the project is completed

H. Additional Presentation Rules

You must be present at the IAEM 2011 Annual Conference to participate

I. Judging Guidelines for Presentations

The purpose of the presentation is to convey to wide audience research projects significance to scholars in the field and its potential significance to the general public. While all presentations will be publicly displayed for the length of the Annual Conference, judging will take place in private.

Presentations will be judged on their quality in three areas:

Content: (50% of score) See sections G and H for what the presentation must include

Display: (30% of score) The core of each presentation is either a Web 2.0 driven display with text and graphics intended for a general audience or a poster with text and graphics intended for a general audience. The presentation should attract attention and convey important information about the project. Language should be simple and descriptions brief. Jargon should be avoided, and necessary technical terms should be defined. Spelling and grammar must be correct. Photographs, drawings, graphs, charts, figures, etc., should be simple and well organized. All text on computer screens should be in a minimum of 12 point type. If text is on a poster, it should be large enough to be readable from 4-6 feet away.

Oral Description and Defense (20% of total score): During the presentation judging, each student should be positioned with their presentation, prepared to answer questions, and elaborate upon their research and presentation format and style. The judges will evaluate the quality and accuracy of this discussion.

J. Awards:

The award structure is as follows:

Undergraduate Level:
Graduate Level

Program chair reserves the right to alter monetary awards based on the number of submissions for each level.

The Foundation for Comprehensive Emergency Management Research will also award a plaque to the first place winner in each category.

K. Questions

All questions should be directed to Mike Kelley, IAEM-USA SR First Vice President at

PERISHIP Set to Float Another Six Dissertations <//span>

Story from the Natural Hazards Observer, Number 572 • August 25, 2011

Despite recent changes at the Public Entity Risk Institute, the PERISHIP Dissertation Fellowship Program is alive and well, and accepting applications. The fellowships support work in natural and human-made hazards, risk, and disasters in all disciplines.

Up to six grants will be awarded in 2012 to support doctoral student dissertation work. Grants can be used for data collection, travel, software purchase, data entry assistance, statistical analysis services, or similar purposes. Eligible candidates must be “all but dissertation” and have an approved dissertation proposal at a U.S. educational institution by the application deadline. Non-U.S. citizens may apply if their degree will be granted by a U.S. institution.

For complete information and application instructions, visit the PERISHIP Web site.

Jensen Meets with FEMA Officials and Congressional Committee Staff

Dr. Jessica Jensen travelled to Washington DC August 22-25 to meet with top level Federal Emergency Management Agency administrators and Congressional Committee staff related to a paper that she wrote on behalf of the United States Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-USA) entitled, "Preparedness: A Principled Approach to Return on Investment." Preparedness presents a principle-based process to developing measures of return on investment for preparedness grant programs and also suggests a cohesive framework of outcomes that can be used to develop meaningful measures.

IAEM-USA invited Dr. Jensen to collaborate with the organization to address the issue of how return on investment should be measured for the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program. EMPG funds are a critical source of support for local, state, tribe, and territory emergency management across the United States. The program is designed to offer local, state, tribe, and territory jurisdictions up to a 50% match to their investment in building capacity within their jurisdiction. IAEM-USA gathered a working group to discuss and validate an approach to measuring return on investment suggested by Dr. Jensen and based on the group's discussion Jensen developed Preparedness.

Jensen and IAEM-USA President H. E. "Eddie" Hicks, First Vice President Hui-Shan Walker, and Policy Advisor Martha Braddock will be meeting with key officials to present Preparedness and discuss next steps.

Undergraduate James Menke Receives Prestigious Scholarship

James Menke, emergency management program undergraduate student, is the recipient of this year's prestigious Command Sergeant Major L. Ken Fisher Emergency Management Scholarship provided by the International Association of Emergency Managers Scholarship Program. The $1,000 award was given in recognition of his high academic standing, excellent writing skills, and commendable reference letters.

Menke's receipt of the award will be featured in the IAEM Bulletin and he will be recognized at the IAEM Annual Conference in Las Vegas in November.

Funding Available to Attend IAEM-USA Conference

It's time to start thinking about attending IAEM-USA's Annual Conference and EMEX. Students who attend the conference find it an invaluable networking experience. Students also have the opportunity to learn about the latest hot topics, government initiatives, trends, products, services, and technologies in emergency management. IAEM describes thepurpose of the conference as:

The IAEM-USA Annual Conference provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advances IAEM-USA committee work. Sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health and related professions to exchange ideas on collaborating to protect lives and property from disaster. If you are an emergency manager, homeland security official, first response coordinator, private industry risk manager or contingency planner, you will not want to miss the IAEM-USA 59th Annual Conference & EMEX 2011.

As in years past, IAEM Headquarters is maintaining a list of IAEM-USA student members who wish to receive a student registration fee stipend in the amount of $225 to attend the IAEM-USA 2011 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Students should e-mail their interest to be considered for the registration fee stipend lottery to IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly at no later than Sept. 2, 2011, along with the following information: full name, complete contact information, and the university the student member is attending. This offer only applies to current IAEM-USA student members. Notifications will be sent via e-mail by Sept. 30, 2011.

Students can learn more about the conference and register to attend at:

Jensen Authors Paper for IAEM-USA

Dr. Jensen has authored a paper entitled, "Preparedness: A Principled Approach to Return on Investment (Version 1.0)" for the U.S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-USA). Preparedness presents a principle-based process to developing measures of return on investment for preparedness grant programs and also suggests a cohesive framework of outcomes that can be used to develop meaningful measures.

IAEM-USA invited Dr. Jensen to collaborate with the organization to address the issue of how return on investment should be measured for the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program. EMPG funds are a critical source of support for local, state, tribe, and territory emergency management across the United States. The program is designed to offer local, state, tribe, and territory jurisdictions up to a 50% match to their investment in building capacity within their jurisdiction. IAEM-USA gathered a working group to discuss and validate an approach to measuring return on investment suggested by Dr. Jensen and based on the group's discussion Jensen developed Preparedness.

Klenow Participates in Homeland Security Workshop

Daniel J. Klenow, Ph.D., Head of the Department of Emergency Management was selected to participate in a Homeland Security faculty development workshop at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California. The course, which ran from August 15th through August 19th, included thirty faculty from across the United States who are involved in teaching courses in Homeland Security. The workshop focused on a variety topics including complex systems analysis, foreign intelligence and counterterrorism, interoperable first response, biological terrorism, and the relationship between emergency management and homeland security.

Jensen Participates in FEMA's Foundational Academy Pilot

Dr. Jensen attended pilot courses for the Foundational Emergency Management Academy being developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) July 11-22 at the Emergency Management Institute. The Academy is being developed to meet a recognized need tie training programs to an established set of emergency management competencies and to a career development program through a progressive training and education system that will include an entry-level Academy. The Academy will be geared toward newly appointed emergency managers and staff from Local, State, Tribal and Federal emergency management agencies and prospective professionals transferring from another discipline to emergency management. Dr. Jensen stated, "The Academy will be a valuable training resource for new emergency managers who lack emergency management degrees. It is a great idea. It has been a long-time coming. And, it will contribute to professionalization in emergency management."

Faculty and Students Present at FEMA Higher Education Conference

Department of Emergency Management students, faculty and alumni were active in the 2011 Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 14th annual Higher Education Conference in Emmitsburg, Md., in June.

Carol Cwiak, assistant professor of emergency management, coordinated the nomination, review and award process for the Wayne Blanchard Award that was established by NDSU to recognize academic excellence in emergency management higher education. Cwiak also gave a plenary presentation on “Incorporating Business Continuity Coursework Into Your Curriculum: Tips, Tools, and Techniques” and presented an annual national survey research report on emergency management programs. She also presented in a session on “Curriculum Mapping.”

Daniel J. Klenow, head of the emergency management department, presented at two sessions: “Maintaining and Improving Emergency Management Programs” and “Administering Emergency Management Programs in Higher Education: Experiences and Perspectives.” Jessica Jensen, emergency management lecturer, presented in the session, “Post-Graduate and Graduate Level Program Development,” and also participated in the session, “Visions of the Future: Emergency Management Higher Education.”

Graduate student Marc Khatchadourian presented in a session on “Establishing Career Paths in Emergency Management.” Recent doctoral graduates Mike Kemp and Dan Martin also participated in conference sessions.

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