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  • 9 Aug 2018 11:36 AM | Brent Olson (Administrator)

    Northern Arizona University is seeking candidates for Emergency Manager. For full details of the position and to submit an application, go to:

    NAU Emergency Manager Position


    This position is responsible for coordinating the university's emergency management operations including but not limited to: developing and updating activities related to the Campus Emergency Plan, assisting departments to establish emergency plans, training university personnel in emergency management, including mitigation, planning, response and recovery to support the NAU Emergency Operations Plans, and working with the NAU Emergency Management Advisory Group (EMAG). This position will report directly to the Northern Arizona University Police Department (NAUPD) Chief of Police. The individual will work closely with local, county, state and federal officials on emergency management issues, training, coordination, and mutual aid. Due to the nature of this position, working hours may vary and the individual is subject to notification and required response depending on the situation.

    • Maintains the University's written emergency management plans, policies, and protocols, in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and apply an all hazards approach to ensure ongoing compliance with established standards and requirements of the four phases of Emergency management; assists with vulnerability assessments; identifies programmatic revisions and develops/updates plans as appropriate.
    • Assists in the coordination of plans through identification of new technologies designed for emergency response; tests and maintains existing infrastructure dedicated to ensure efficient and effective response during an event.
    • Manages responses with appropriate campus resources during an actual incident/event including, but are not limited to: NAUPD, EMAG, Risk Management Services, Facility Services, Human Resources, Office of Communications and Media Relations, Student Affairs, and Information Technology Services to ensure timely and effective response.
    • Provides guidance to campus emergency response resources during planning stages as well as during an actual event; acts as liaison to external resources such as local police departments, fire departments and other governmental agencies to ensure effective integration of actions.
    • Maintains, develops, and enhances current Disaster Recovery and Continuity of Operations Plans designed to restore the University to normal operations after a significant event on campus.
    • Serves as the Manager of the University Emergency Operations Center (UEOC) when activated and maintains the UEOC for readiness.
    • Serves as an administrator for the NAU Alert text messaging system, composing and disseminating emergency messages.
    • Coordinates with university personnel, development and maintenance of a Continuity of Operations Plan and Emergency Operations Plan.
    • Assists university colleges, departments, and units to develop emergency plans and Continuity of Operations Plans that align with the university plan.
    • Trains and educates the campus and community members on emergency preparedness and response, and the National Incident Management System.
    • Plans, develops and implements; exercises designed to test the University's ability to respond to various situations using an All-Hazards approach to emergency management. Identify gaps and provide corrective recommendations to current response plans.
    • Manages and conducts threat and vulnerability assessment with Risk Management Services, NAUPD, other NAU departments, and local, state, and federal emergency management personnel.
    • Represents the Northern Arizona University and NAUPD at events at a local, state, and federal level.
    • Participate with internal and external task forces, committees, and agencies regarding emergency management/preparedness including those at the hospital, local, regional, and state levels. Report outcomes, decisions, recommendations to Administration and appropriate committees.
    • Manages and serves on the NAU Emergency Management Advisory Group (EMAG).
    • Responsible for ensuring department compliance with, and providing proof documentation, on related CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) standards as assigned by the NAUPD Accreditation Manager.
    • May be required to assist with Incident Action Plans, Operation Plans, After Action reports, and other associated documents.
    Other duties as assigned.

  • 28 Jun 2018 3:02 PM | Brent Olson (Administrator)

    In October 2017 FEMA released the third edition of the National Incident Management System. This month FEMA released the NIMS Implementation Objectives for State, Local and Tribal jurisdictions reflecting the concepts and principle of NIMS and intended to clarify the requirements in FEMA preparedness grants. The document states, "As recipients and sub-recipients of Federal preparedness (non-disaster) grant awards, jurisdictions and organizations must achieve, or be actively working to achieve, all of the NIMS Implementation Objectives. 

    Links to the NIMS Implementation Objectives can be found below.

    FEMA also released updated versions of IS-100.c, Introduction to the Incident Command System, and IS-700.b, The National Incident Management System, an Introduction. An additional 28 NIMS courses are coming soon!

    NIMS Implementation Objectives

  • 14 May 2018 10:44 AM | Brent Olson (Administrator)

    The 2018 AESA Annual Conference is fast approaching, and once again time to start the election process to select the leadership for the AESA Executive Board positions for the 2018-2019 membership year. Nominations are now open for the following Board positions:


    • Commitment: 3 Years (One year as President-Elect, one year as President and one year as Immediate Past President).
    • Duties:
      • Perform the duties of the President in his/her absence or disability;
      • Key legislative liaison for all matters relating to emergency services, and the mission and vision of the Association.


    • Commitment: 2 Years, elected in even years.
    • Duties:
      • Maintain records of the proceedings of all meetings;
      • Prepare and distribute an agenda prior to each meeting;
      • Keep on file all board reports and meeting minutes;
      • Verify ballot, and record and keep voting tallies.

    Membership Chair

    • Commitment: 2 Years, elected in even years
    • Duties:
      • Prepare an official membership roster of the Association members;
      • Lead outreach efforts for the conference vendors and sponsors;
      • Promote membership drives.

    Public Affairs Chair (Currently Vacant)

    • Commitment: 2-years
    • Duties:
      • Serves as the Chair of the Public Relations Committee;
      • Recruit and directly supervise technically proficient members to aid in modifying and maintaining the website and social media resources.

    Member-at-Large (One Position)

    • Commitment: 2 years (There are two Member-at-Large positions. Each will be elected in alternating years to provide continuity to the Board)
    • Duties: Provide support and guidance to the Executive Board by serving on various committees as directed by the President.

    Nomination Process:

    Members can nominate any current member or self-nominate themselves for any position open for election this year. If nominating another member, the member must be willing to accept the nomination. To self-nominate or nominate another member, please send nominations to Brent Olson (, Elections Chair no later than 5 p.m. Friday August 17, 2018. The election will be held during the conference on August 22, 2018.

    For an association to be successful, it’s important for membership to be engaged. Serving as an Executive Board member is one opportunity to help AESA continue to be successful in advancing Emergency Management in Arizona.


    Thank you for being part of AESA! 

  • 1 Dec 2017 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brock Long Testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Appropriations Committee on a Wide Range of Issues

    On Thursday, November 30, FEMA Administrator Brock Long testified before the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee on the Trump Administrations's request for an additional $23.5 billion in disaster relief funding for FEMA. 
    Administrator Long provided wide-ranging testimony. He not only spoke directly to the third supplemental funding request, but more importantly, he offered the Subcommittee his vision of what he wants to accomplish as FEMA Administrator. He said he didn't come to the job to maintain the status quo, stating he is looking to change the face of emergency management in the way the country addresses resiliency. He also stated he has hundreds of ideas on how FEMA should move forward in the future and shared with the subcommittee a few points he is considering:

    • He is looking at how FEMA can be most effective in response and recovery.
    • He is concerned funding is fragmented and confusing.
    • He wants to enhance pre-disaster mitigation.
    • He believes there is a need to ensure state and local capability.
    • He is looking at how FEMA can best support state and local shareholders.

    In addition, Administrator Long noted the need for a few changes in law. First, he expressed his concerned with the formula used to determine annual funding for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). He noted the formula is based in part on a 10-year average in disaster spending and that because the United States had not had a major hurricane prior to 2017 in 11 years, the DRF funding level will fall for the next several years, even as they expect to need more funding. Further, the Administrator stated his concern that the current National Flood Insurance Program is not sustainable and that even with the recent legislative cancelling of $16 billion in program debt, the program needs changes to remain viable. 
    Prior to the Administrator's testimony, several subcommittee members made opening statements. These statements were complimentary of Administrator Long and the work of FEMA, but all expressed concern that the amounts requested by the Administration were not adequate to deal with the full magnitude of the damage from this year's hurricanes and the California wildfires. Three subcommittee members, including Subcommittee Chairman John Carter, are from Texas and these members noted the need for more disaster relief funding for Texas. Other subcommittee members noted the magnitude of damage to Puerto Rico with several questions on recovery efforts there, especially with regards to the island's electrical grid.
    In speaking with several subcommittee members and staff after the hearing there was a general consensus that Administrator Long was an impressive witness with a significant grasp of the details. Subcommittee staff could provide no timeline on when action on this 3rd supplemental disaster funding request will be completed. They expect it to be before the end of December, but  with the need for some sort of budget deal to keep the federal government open beyond December 8th, they could offer nothing definite.

    (Summary provided by Rick Healy)

  • 17 Oct 2017 10:46 AM | Brent Olson (Administrator)

    FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory

    FEMA Releases the Refreshed

    National Incident Management System


    October 17, 2017  

    This year’s active hurricane and fire seasons highlight the importance of working together before, during, and after disasters of all types and sizes. NIMS provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage all threats and hazards. 

    Today, FEMA released the refreshed National Incident Management System (NIMS) to ensure that this important guidance continues to reflect the collective expertise of the whole community. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. 

    Through an iterative process of engagement with stakeholders from across the nation, FEMA reviewed more than 3,000 comments to update NIMS guidance and incorporate the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. 

    The refreshed NIMS:

    ·         Retains key concepts and principles of the 2004 and 2008 versions of NIMS;

    ·         Reflects and incorporates policy updates from lessons learned from exercises and real-world incidents and disasters;

    ·         Clarifies the processes and terminology for qualifying, certifying, and credentialing incident personnel, building a foundation for the development of a national qualification system;

    ·         Clarifies that NIMS is more than just the Incident Command System (ICS), and that it applies to all incident personnel, from the incident command post to the National Response Coordination Center;

    ·         Describes common functions and terminology for staff in Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), while remaining flexible to allow for differing missions, authorities, and resources of EOCs across the nation; and

    ·         Explains the relationship among ICS, EOCs, and senior leaders/policy groups.

    FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the updates in the refreshed NIMS and answer questions related to NIMS.  The webinars will be open to the whole community.


    To review the refreshed NIMS document and for additional webinar information, visit:


    FEMA continues to support strengthening the security and resilience of the nation by working to improve the ability of all to manage incidents, events, and emergencies.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs at 202-646-3444.




    FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

  • 3 May 2017 7:49 PM | Brent Olson (Administrator)

    Welcome to the new website for the Arizona Emergency Services Association!

    This site is part of a new member management system we have moved to for better management of our membership information, easier membership sign-up and renewal, and more efficient management for conference registrations and attendance.

    For the first time, we are also able to provide an online statewide membership directory, to help link us together more than ever as an association, and to further enhance emergency management communications throughout the state. No worries about what is shared. You control your own contact information.

    Part of this system allows YOU to set your privacy settings, and determine what profile information you want to share with the rest of the membership. Your name, email, phone numbers are all under your control! The default is that no one's information is shared until YOU adjust your profile to share it. I hope you take the opportunity to share your information, and widen your reach throughout the state!

    We hope to continue building this site as we move forward with emergency management articles, resources, vendor information, news and create a space that furthers the emergency management profession in the State of Arizona.

    We are only as strong as we want to be. I am encouraging you to get involved! Comment on a blog post. Submit a article to include in the blog. Volunteer for a committee. How about running for an AESA Executive Board position! Let's make AESA vital part of Arizona Emergency Management!



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