CDRE Activities

CDRE Graduate Assistant Attends ICS 300 and 400 Training

ICS 300 and 400 are successional courses offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in collaboration with Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). Both courses train emergency services and emergency management personnel on the Incident Command System for expanding and complex incidents. This spring, CDRE Graduate Assistant Shauna Stoy attended and graduated from both ICS 300 and 400. ICS 300 was a three day course offered in February at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center in Maheim, PA; ICS 400 was a two day course offered in March at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, PA. Both courses included a mixture of lecture and scenario-based activity. The knowledge gained from ICS 300 and 400 will not only help Shauna obtain a job in her future career field, but will also provided her with invaluable knowledge to activate during an incident or to share with others during different training opportunities provided by Millersville University and the CDRE.

MSEM Graduate Troy NeVille Presents at DRJ Workshop

On Sunday, March 30th, Troy NeVille presented at a DRJ Workshop in Orlando, Florida on "The Future of Business Resilience Testing."The past decade has seen huge changes in the technology business continuity professionals use to enhance business unit resiliency, create plans, and manage the organization response to a crisis, disaster or emergency. These changes include data center virtualization, mass notification systems, integration of mobile technologies for disaster response and recovery, and social media. However, the testing methods used by most organizations have changed little: boring and unrealistic tabletop exercises or costly and disruptive full-scale exercises. This is especially true for testing a response to an emergency such as a fire, hazardous materials incident, industrial accident, active shooter incident or bomb threat. With all of these changes and difficulties, we should not be surprised to learn that many organizations feel the emergency response plans and exercises in their Business Continuity Program do not adequately prepare them for an actual emergency.

This presentation reviewed the current state of business resilience testing, the challenges organizations have in conducting realistic exercises, and the role virtual reality simulation can have now – and will have in the future - to provide the next generation of testing and validation for organizations and their planning efforts. The session explored the weaknesses in current exercises, demonstrate the potential of this technology, and examine the future potential of virtual reality in other aspects of testing.

The key component of the workshop was the live virtual reality simulation of two emergencies. Collectively, the attendees acted as the Incident/Crisis Management Team leader. Key decisions made by the group played out in the simulator. At the conclusion of each emergency, there was a hot wash to review the strengths and weaknesses of the selected strategy and tactics.



CDRE Graduate Assistant Presents at STEM Camp at Landisville Middle School

This spring, Landisville Middle School launched their first year of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Camp for Women. On March 11th, 2014, CDRE Graduate Assistant Shauna Stoy participated in this Camp on behalf of the Center for Disaster Research and Education and Millersville University. Shauna presented on the topic of Emergency Management and Emergency Preparedness. She explained how she first became interested in science, discussed her goals, objectives and experiences throughout college, and described some of the career options in the emergency management field. At the end of the presentation the students created their very own disaster go-kits. Shauna Stoy was also joined by two meteorology students from Millersville University, Jimmy and Megan, who discussed the topic of Meteorology, how they became interested in the field and potential career options in meteorology. The middle school students were extremely enthusiastic during the presentations and said they had learned a lot. The teacher who lead the camp was Mr. Stephen Sharp. When the event had concluded, Mr. Sharp stated that, "In addition to comments such as “fun” and “interesting” here was some of my favorite comments: “Very interesting, learned some things I never knew about meteorology.” “I used to think of the only thing in forecasting was broadcasting ("being on TV") but there is MUCH more.”  One students responses were summarized by “I learned so much about FEMA, more FEMA please, I want to learn more about FEMA.” Landisville Middle School plans on making this STEM Camp an annual opportunity for their students and the CDRE could not have been more pleased to have participated in such a wonderful opportunity. 

CDRE Attends 94th Annual AMS Conference in Atlanta, Georgia

AMS_DanThe 2014 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Conference took place February 1 – 7 in Atlanta, Georgia and our Research Assistant Daniel Berndt had the opportunity to attend.  He represented the CDRE and Masters of Science Emergency Management (MSEM) program at the Student Conference’s Career Fair both Saturday and Sunday.  Also in attendance was Millersville University’s newest graduate degree program, the Masters of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications (MSISA).  The fair was a tremendous opportunity for undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates alike to immerse themselves and explore future opportunities.  Countless Graduate Schools and job opportunities ranging from NASA to Accuweather were represented offering individuals a chance to speak with those at the respective company or school, discuss resumes, and possibly even be offered a job.  

Professor Duane Hagelgans, Graduate and Current MSEM Student Are Published in the IAEM News Bulletin

Emergency management professor Duane Hagelgans, recent graduate Brian Bannon and current MSEM student Bryan Payne have recently been published in the November 2013 IAEM News Bulletin. The article features information about the mentoring program at Millersville University and the importance of mentoring at the graduate level. This article can be found on Page 7 of the November bulletin using the link provided below.

Dr. Hagelgans is also published on page 19 with CEM Kim Wheatley discussing the role of education in emergency management.

To view the bulletin click here.

Graduate Assistants Attend The 2013 Business Continuity Conference

On November 7th, CDRE Graduate Assistants, Shauna Stoy and Paul McGonigal, attended the 2013 Business Continuity and Emergency Preparedness Conference which took place at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg, PA. The Business Continuity Conference was hosted through the collaboration of Millersville University's Center for Disaster Research and Education, The South Central Task Force, and the Mid-Penn Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners. This conference offered several break out sessions including the basics of business impact analysis, emergency response best practices, business continuity planning and evaluation, and testing your business continuity plan. There was also a keynote speaker, Edward Brown, who works for KETCH Consulting. Mr. Brown spoke on the topic of "Why your role as a BCP professional can save lives, jobs, and families." The conference was organized by Mr. Troy Neville and will be hosted again next year for the 2014 Business Preparedness Campain. 

CDRE Attends The 61st Annual IAEM Conference in Reno, NV

IAEMThe Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE) and Millersville University’s Master of Science in Emergency Management (MSEM) Program were represented at the 61st annual International Association of Emergency Management Conference from October 25 to October 31, 2013 in Reno, Nevada.  Emergency Management professor Duane Hagelgans was accompanied by CDRE Graduate Assistants Shauna Stoy and Paul McGonigal and MSEM students Alysse Stehli, Ann Harach, and Jarrett McLane.  The group participated in promoting the program as part of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Expo (EMEX). The CDRE/MSEM booth received many interested participants with very positive feedback regarding the MSEM program and our new Business Continuity initiative associated with DRI.

In addition to representing the CDRE at the EMEX Booth, the faculty and students attended many intriguing workshops and lectures lead by distinguished professionals in the field of emergency management. Our very own Dr. Hagelgans was one of those distinguished professionals leading a lecture on "Local and Regionalization of Emergency Management: The Future of Emergency Management". In addition, Archeologist Brian Fagan led a discussion on the changing climate and the changes in emergency management throughout different eras associated with our changing climate. Moreover, there were many sessions on planning, preparedness, response and recovery for active shooters, hurricanes and flooding, reunification and the “all hazards” approach. Overall, the conference was very interesting and informative. The MSEM faculty and students had a chance to promote the MSEM program and the CDRE as well as learning valuable information to bring back to improve the program. 

Active Shooter Drill Held at Central York High School

On Friday, October 11th, over 100 agencies participated in a full scale active shooter drill at Central York High School. Multiple students from the MSEM program served as victims and observers during the drill. In addition, Dr. Hagelgans participated in the drill as the PIO with the South Central Task Force. “There are very few of these drills that have taken place in the whole nation,” said Dr. Hagelgans. The drill was extremely realistic and put the emergency plans of the school, police, emergency managers, and families to the test.


To view video coverage and a full article on the drill click here!

CDRE Assists in Fire Rescue Training

On Monday, August 19th, Dr. Hagelgans and CDRE Graduate Assistant Paul McGonigal assisted Blue Rock Fire Rescue with live fire extinguisher training for this year’s Resident Hall assistants.  Approximately 60 students participated in the fire training exercise, which teaches the students how to properly use a fire extinguisher as well as what to do if there is a fire on campus.  The students were given an overview about fires, fire extinguishers and proper evacuation techniques, and then each student was able to use an extinguisher to put out a fire.  

CDRE Graduate Assistants attend CERT Training at the Emergency Management Institute

CERT EMIOn August 19, 2013, Paul McGonigal and Shauna Stoy attended a week long training course at the Emergency Management Institute to prepare them for their upcoming involvement in planning for the Community Emergency Response Team. Paul and Shauna are both beginning their first year in the MSEM Program at Millersville University and serve as the Graduate Assistants for the Center for Disaster Research and Education. The training at EMI included two sections; CERT Train the trainer and CERT Program Manager. When asked about her experience, Shauna Stoy stated the following:

 “This course was such an amazing opportunity. The instructors were very energetic, motivating, and informative. I was able to network with people all around the world. I gained a solid foundation encompassing the basics of CERT as well as how to teach the material and manage the program. It was terrific to be able to gain different perspectives on how CERT is run across the country. I have come back to Millersville feeling prepared and excited for our CERT training program, which will be held in October, and I look forward to exploring new ideas to enable our CERT members to be more involved in the Millersville community,” 

CERT Training for Millersville University will begin Monday, October 21st. Registration for the Fall 2013 training course is due by Monday, October 14th. For more information on Campus CERT visit the CERT tab on the CDRE Webpage at http://www.millersville.edu/cdre/cert/ or attend the Information Session hosted by Shauna and Paul on Wednesday, October 2nd at 8pm in room 18 of the Student Memorial Center. 

Why I Decided to Go Back to School and How It Has Benefited Me

By Corporal Robert L. Bailey, MSEM, Pennsylvania State Police, Coatesville, Pennsylvania

As a recent 2013 graduate of Millersville University of Pennsylvania, with a master’s degree in emergency management, I have greatly increased my knowledge base about emergency management. My decision to go back to school to obtain a master’s degree was based solely on my goals and aspirations to improve my educational level and enhance my knowledge base of the field. 

EM Skills Useful at Nuclear Power Plants
In 2005, I completed my bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a concentration in criminology. After graduating, I obtained a position as a nuclear security officer with Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant. This position provided me with an introduction to the field of emergency management. My job duties included:

  • interviewing and detaining people who violate the rules and regulations of the federal government;
  • reporting violations to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission;and
  • carrying out investigations to prevent radiological sabotage.

This position gave me the desire to pursue law enforcement with an emphasis on emergency management.

Benefits of EM Skills in State Police Positions
In 2007, I became a trooper for the Pennsylvania State Police. After attending the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, I was assigned to the patrol department. As a patrol trooper, I was tasked with enforcing the traffic and criminal law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I also had the opportunity to investigate criminal and traffic incidents. Law enforcemment works closely with all facets of emergency management, which gave me the opportunity to view the roles of all participants. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was used in every incident in which I participated, whether it was a unified command approach or a single command
approach.

As a patrol trooper, I had an urge to educate myself in the field of emergency management. Typically, law enforcement is seldom considered a part of emergency management. What commonly comes to mind when people think of positions within the emergency management field is EMS, firefighters, emergency managers and American Red Cross. I wanted to find a way to bridge the gap between law enforcement and emergency management. What better way to do so by obtaining a master’s degree in emergency management?
In 2010, I began to take courses at Millersville University for their EM master’s program. From the very first semester, my knowledge base grew dramatically, and I was able to use some of the principles that I learned within my current position. My outlook on emergency management changed in a positive manner, because I knew the terminology commonly used in the field. Topics that I considered to be over my head, or above my pay grade, were topics about which I was now knowledgeable. The master’s program has given me the tools to be an administrator if I choose to do so.

EM Master’s Helped Obtain Criminal Investigator Position
In 2012, I had the opportunity to pursue a position as a criminal investigator (detective) with the Pennsylvania State Police. The selection process for pursuing a specialized position can be daunting and stressful. Due to the master’s program having improved my knowledge base in the emergency management field, I was fully prepared for the interview and selection process. I was fortunate to obtain a position as a criminal investigator. In that role, I have used the principles of emergency management in 100% of my investigations.

Preparing to Take on the Role of Incident Commander
I was recently promoted to the rank of corporal with the Pennsylvania State Police. The testing process to get promoted can be time consuming and challenging. The master’s program prepared me to be successful in the promotional process. As a patrol corporal, my responsibilities consist of being an incident commander at smallor large-scale events. I also have to know what resources are available to effectively bring an incident to a successful resolution. Being able to work with different agencies and having full knowledge of common terminology used in the field of emergency management has given me an advantage.

Looking Toward the Future
After completing my master’s degree, I now wish to pursue a doctorate degree in organizational leadership. The master’s degree has given me the knowledge base to be an effective leader in my field. My decision to go back to school to obtain my master’s degree has provided me an advantage on what to expect professionally in the field of emergency management.

MSEM Student Dennis Merrigan Selected as Milton Hershey School Intern for Home Life Programs and Student Safety

Dennis Merrigan is currently attending Millersville University pursuing his Masters of Science in Emergency Management. This spring, Dennis was awarded an internship with the Milton Hershey School involving the development of an “All Hazards” Plan for large residential Schools. The project includes the development of a plan that will address all types of crises, emergencies, and disasters that may impact the campus.  The plan will include all phases of an emergency: Prevention; Preparedness; Response; and Recovery.  Dennis will be responsible for assisting in the development of the plan by facilitating and attending meetings, gathering necessary information from key stakeholders, comparing data from similar institutions as well as planning and formatting documents to be included in the final comprehensive plan.

Testing Emergency Response in Virtual Reality

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The “best” test for a BC plan is an actual disaster. As recent disasters have highlighted, they always seem to find the weaknesses in “tested” plans. These weaknesses can result from incorrect assumptions by planners, lack of support for controls by management, management being overwhelmed by the emergency situation or planners lacking the mechanisms to realistically test some disaster scenarios. In any case, the weaknesses in BC plans can have serious negative impacts on the business – the very thing we are trying to avoid. The challenge is improving testing to help identify these weaknesses before a disaster strikes. Tabletop exercises can only go so far but full scale exercises disrupt operations and are expensive.

Troy Neville has over 20 years of experience in information technology and emergency services with an M.S. in Emergency Management and a B.S. in Computer Science. In addition to being certified as an ABCP, he is also a certified Fire Officer III, Fire Service Instructor II and Incident Safety Officer. Troy’s knowledge and experience in both BC and first responder realms will provide a unique perspective to BC plan testing for an emergency response.



In the BC world, “emergency response” is generally divided into two time frames: before the arrival of emergency services and after the arrival of emergency services. Successful management of an emergency requires not just good planning, but trained personnel able to handle the pressures of a crisis, especially when lives are at risk. Many disasters also involve careful coordination with emergency services including fire, medical and law enforcement agencies. However, reduced public safety budgets may limit the ability of these agencies to fully participate in exercises. Even with their participation, realistically simulating an actual fire, active shooter, bomb threat or chemical incident in real time is another challenge that can be difficult to overcome.

What is the alternative? Many industries have turned to computer-based simulations to provide realistic training at reduced costs. Can this technology be used for BC plan testing by businesses?

In “Testing Emergency Response in Virtual Reality”, attendees will discover the exciting potential of virtual reality simulation in business continuity testing. The session will show how computer-based technology can be used to enhance BC plan testing to help ensure the organization, its people and its procedures are ready to respond to an emergency.

Emergency Response Session 2 - Testing Emergency Response in Virtual Reality

MSEM Students Present at the 7th Annual PASSHE Graduate Research Symposium

On Friday, April 26, 2013, MSEM students, Kristina Laboy and Hari Ghimire presented at the 7th Annual PASSHE Graduate Research Symposium. This symposium, held at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, featured presentations from graduate students across the PASSHE schools. Students were able to observe research from other fields, gain presentation experience, and interact with peers.

Hari presented his field practicum research entitled, “Human Rights Frameworks of Disaster Response.” He reminded students that during a disaster, there may be unequal access to assistance, discrimination in aid provision, and unsafe and involuntary resettlement which highlight human rights violations. The Center for Disaster Research and Education is in the stages of developing a human rights matrix related to disaster management in collaboration with the Universal Periodic Review process conducted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Hari’s research has been the initial phase of this project.

Kristina presented on behalf of herself and MSEM student, Kasey Voges. She presented recent progress with the Center for Disaster Research and Education’s ongoing project,” The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training: Creating a Culture of Awareness.” Kristina enlightened students on the history and purpose of the CERT program, which was adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the goals for the CERT program on Millersville’s campus. Kristina also touched on future CERT-related projects, such as a TeenCERT program.

The CDRE and the SCTF Host Social Media Conference

On April 5th, the Center for Disaster Research and Education in collaboration with the South Central Task Force, SCTF, held a Social Media Conference at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center.  The conference was moderated by Dr. Hagelgans with keynote speakers Dave Statter, of STATter911, a former Washington DC television reporter and presently an emergency services and public information consultant and Edward Robson, an attorney who practices first amendment law as it relates to the emergency services.   The conference was organized with the assistance of Graduate students Amy Phillips and Kristina Laboy.  The eight hour conference had over 100 people registered.

Dr. Hagelgans gave an overview as to the good and bad aspects of Social Media in emergency management and our ever changing world.  Mr Statter then presented “Social Media: Opportunities and Pitfalls,” followed by Mr Robson’s, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Hidden Risks of Social Media for Emergency Service Organizations.”

The afternoon was a session on Social Media during critical incidents with Mr. Statter, followed by a Social Media 101 session by local emergency management personnel.  The conference concluded with a seventy-five minute moderated discussion by Dr. Hagelgans with all the speakers participating.  Some attendees attended a “how to” breakout session with Ms. Phillips in which she worked with them one on one to help them set up various social media accounts for their agencies.

The SCTF and CDRE determined, based upon feedback from the conference, that additional conferences are necessary and that a guideline template should be developed for emergency management and emergency service organizations.  Dr. Hagelgans is going to spearhead this effort with MSEM students assisting in the development. 

CDRE and Blue Rock Fire Give Disaster Preparedness Presentation to Residence Hall Assistants

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On Wednesday evening, March 27, Dr Hagelgans, MSEM Graduate Assistants Kasey Voges and Kristina Laboy along with Blue Rock Firefighter Dan Bezek gave a Disaster and Risk Preparedness presentation to over forty Residence Hall Assistants and Graduate Assistants at Lenhardt Hall. Dr Hagelgans spoke to the group about having a plan and being prepared, emphasizing that in their positions as Residence Hall Assistants, they have under their care the health and safety of hundreds of students, many of which may be away from home for the first time. He explained methods of being prepared, giving examples of situations that could arise, including a fire in student housing in a New Jersey college. Hagelgans used stories based upon his experience to instill the need for good disaster planning, whether at school or at home. 

GA Voges explained the need to have a disaster action plan that is specific to students at school. She explained to the group that preparedness is based upon having a good plan, and gave each attendee a copy of the student action plan she developed. The student action plans are checklist that she encouraged the RAs to make copies of and hand out to the residents in their respective student housing while giving them a brief background of its importance. Voges completed her portion of the presentation by showing the group a sample college disaster kit that she developed, explaining how each student can make their own to keep in their room or off campus housing for times of emergencies.

Firefighter Bezek used his time to give a brief background of Blue Rock Fire Rescue and then quizzed the group on times they may see the fire company at the University. He explained some of the types of alarms that are received by the fire company, including burnt popcorn, steam from showers and stuck elevators. He emphasized that students should take every alarm seriously and react as if it were a true emergency. He then gave the group some ideas as to how to prevent false alarms. He encouraged anyone wishing to volunteer to see him after the session or go to BlueRockFire.com for more information.

Dr Hagelgans concluded the session with a question and answer period. The CDRE plans to continue to conduct meetings for campus housing to assist students with proper disaster preparedness. 

CDRE's Fifth Installment of the Community Emergency Response Team Training

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), training is coming soon! The main goal of this program is to teach students and community members about disaster preparedness. This will be our fourth semester conducting the training at Millersville University. The program is associated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the CERT training certification is nationally recognized. CERT was created by the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985 to help with earthquake response but has since expanded to many communities to aid first responders. The training certifies students and community members on disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism. 

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The program lasts a total of 24 hours over a 4 week period and is offered every semester. The CERT registration fee includes: a CERT T-shirt, CERT backpack, and CERT training manual. This fee is $15 for students and $25 for community members.  The backpack includes everything needed to complete the training, including: a flashlight, vest, gloves, first aid kit, hard hat, emergency blanket, dust mask, goggles, and more.

To see the spring 2013 training schedule, click here.

The registration fromliability form, and registration fee are due by March 15th and may be dropped off at CDRE (Luzerne house) or mailed to:

Center for Disaster Research and Education
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551

CDRE Attends the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Austin, Texas

TinaKatieAMSThe CDRE was represented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society from January 6-10, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The CDRE took part in the Graduate School and Career Fair, which was a part of the 12th Annual Student Conference. CDRE Graduate Assistant, Kristina Laboy, represented the CDRE/MSEM booth at the fair. Our booth received several queries from prospective students as well as positive feedback from Millersville alumni. MSEM students also in attendance include Katie Webster and Alan Gerard. Our MSEM students benefited from the many sessions dealing with variety of weather related topics such as: A Weather Ready Nation and the sociological and economic impacts of weather and climate.

CDRE Attends the 60th Annual IAEM Conference in Orlando, FL

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The Millersville University’s Master of Science in Emergency Management (MSEM) Program was well represented at the International Association of Emergency Managers 60th Annual Conference from October 26 - 31, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. The MSEM program and the Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE) were part of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Expo (EMEX) in conjunction with the conference. The program coordinator, Dr. Sepi Yalda, was joined by MSEM professors Dr. Duane Hagelgans and Dr. Kirsten Bookmiller and students Paul Benyeda, Chelsea Eggleston, Kristina Laboy, Alysse Stehli, Kasey Voges, and Scott Mickalonis. The CDRE/MSEM booth received a lot of queries and positive feedback. 

Although the conference was in Florida, the effects of Hurricane Sandy were felt at the conference as well. Many conference participants were unable to come because they were needed at home. Although many sessions were cancelled, the MSEM/CDRE representatives were able to attend sessions dealing with a variety of subjects in Emergency Management. “It was great meeting and interacting face-to-face with fellow MSEM students and emergency management professionals,” Kristina said of her experience, “the conference initiated many networking opportunities among our studen

CDRE's Fourth Installment of the Community Emergency Response Team Training

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), training is coming soon! The main goal of this program is to teach students and community members about disaster preparedness. This will be our fourth semester conducting the training at Millersville University. The program is associated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the CERT training certification is nationally recognized. CERT was created by the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985 to help with earthquake response but has since expanded to many communities to aid first responders. The training certifies students and community members on disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism. 

The program lasts a total of 24 hours over a 4 week period and is offered every semester. The CERT registration fee includes: a CERT T-shirt, CERT backpack, and CERT training manual. This fee is $15 for students and $25 for community members.  The backpack includes everything needed to complete the training, including: a flashlight, vest, gloves, first aid kit, hard hat, emergency blanket, dust mask, goggles, and more.

The registration fromliability form, and registration fee are due by October 10th and may be dropped off at CDRE (Luzerne house) or mailed to:

Center for Disaster Research and Education
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551

For more information, please visit our CERT website, or you may contact the Program Manager, Kasey Voges at CDRE@millersville.edu.

CDRE and Regional Emergency Services

MSEM’s Dr. Hagelgans participated in a round table discussion on regionalization in the emergency services at the Penn Radisson Conference Center in Camp Hill on September 22.  The meeting and subsequent question and answer period were sponsored by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services and spearheaded by D. Robert Brady of the Department of Community and Economic Development. 

Dr. Hagelgans was instrumental in the establishment of the Blue Rock Regional Fire District, which is the combination of four local volunteer fire companies in to one new organization.  Blue Rock is the fire service that covers Millersville University

The conference was one of several that the Center is sponsoring to try to work with local governments and emergency service agencies to define and see the benefits of collaboration and regionalization.  This session was attended by volunteer firefighters, local municipal officials and various members of the media.  

2012 South Central PA Business Continuity Conference

This year, The Center for Disaster Research and Education and the South Central PA Task Force will hold it's second Regional Business Continuity Conference on Friday, November 9, 2012. This conference will be held at the C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center, located at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, PA. The goal of this conference is to improve business preparedness and increase business resiliency in the South Central PA Region.

This year's conference will feature both basic business continuity sessions for those new to business continuity planning and advanced sessions for those who have establishes business continuity programs. Last year, more than 120 business leaders attended the conference. These business leaders represented small companies, with less than 50 employees, to large companies, with over 250 employees.

This conference is a one-day conference and is FREE. Those who wish to attend must Pre-register because seating is on a "first come, first serve" basis. Lunch will be provided.

For more information on this conference, please click here.

Former MSEM Student Has Article Published

Former MSEM student Brian Bannon recently had his article "Integrated Mitigation Model: It's Time to Rethink the Phases of Emergency Management" published in the Online edition of the February 2012 IAEM Bulletin. Brian is currently a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Belcamp, Maryland.

Click Here to Read Brian's Article

MSEM Student Has Article Published

MSEM student Troy Neville recently had his article "Promoting Preparedness in the Private Sector” from the Regional Business Preparedness Campaign published in the Online edition of the December 2011 IAEM Bulletin.

Click Here to Read Troy's Article

MSEM/CDRE Attends the 59th Annual IAEM Conference in Las Vegas, NV

Students at IAEMThe Millersville University’s Master of Science in Emergency Management (MSEM) Program was well represented at the International Association of Emergency Managers 59th Annual Conference from November 11-17, 2011 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.  The MSEM program and the Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE) were part of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Expo (EMEX) in conjunction with the conference. The program coordinator Dr. Sepi Yalda was joined by MSEM professor Dr. Duane Hagelgans and students Chelsea Eggleston, Heather Morgan, Paul Benyeda and Marianne Souders. The MSEM booth in the EMEX received a lot of queries and positive feedback. The MSEM/CDRE representatives were able to attend a broad selection of sessions dealing with a variety of subjects in Emergency Management. They were also able to attend sessions with well known speakers from around the country. 

MSEM Student Awarded With a National Police Award

MSEM student Trooper Robert Bailey was awarded a National Police Award for his heroic efforts in arresting Curtis T. "Tim" McCoy, a convicted serial rapist. 

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Kasey Voges Receives E.L. Quarantelli Award

Kasey Voges is the 2011 recipient of the E.L. Quarantelli Award. The award is given aVoges, Kaseynnually to a student who minors in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management who displays excellence in scholarship and service in the disaster field. Kasey was an intern at the Wayne County Emergency Office in northeastern Pennsylvania. While there, her duties included updating emergency operation plans for day cares, nursing homes, and dams. Kasey will be conducting research on business continuity for the Center for Disaster Research & Education. After graduation, Kasey plans on pursuing a Master's Degree in Emergency Management.

Securing the Future: International Policy Conference

On September 15-16, The Civic and Community Engagement Research Project will be hosting an International Policy Conference. Topics such as the international status of women; global responses to genocide and natural disasters; and terrorism, safety and security will be discussed. The Center for Disaster Research and Education encourages you to attend.

Please see below for more information:

Securing the Future: International Policy Conference
September 15-16, 2011 at Millersville University

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Keynote Speaker

William "Bill" Richardson
September 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Student Multipurpose Center MPR
(to be followed by Q&A)

Conference Tracts

The International Status of Women
Global Responses to Genocide and Natural Disasters
Terrorism, Safety and Security

Click Here to Register

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Millersville University Community Emergency Response Team

The CDRE is proud to announce that the Millersville University-Community CERT (or, Community Emergency Response Team) is now officially recognized by the National Citizen Corps, a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Our listing can be accessed on the Citizen Corps Website at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cc/showCert.do?id=47924.

Started in January, the Millersville University-Community CERT offered its first CERT Basic Training Course throughout the month of April and the next offering for fall is scheduled for October. Some of the topics covered in the Basic Training Course include: disaster preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, and basic medical operations.

The goal of the Millersville University-Community CERT program is to create a culture of preparedness by increasing the knowledge and skills that the citizens need to safely handle disaster and emergency situations through training and education. This CERT currently primarily serves the Millersville University, Millersville borough, and surrounding communities. 

Please check our website for more information and updates on our Basic Training Classes!

For more information please contact us at cdre@millersville.edu

CDRE Research Assistant updates Continuity Plan for Willow Valley Retirement Communities

Tim Opinaldo is the Research Assistant at the Center for Disaster Research and Education during the summer of 2011. His internship work is focused on reviewing and updating the existing Continuity Plan for the Willow Valley Retirement Communities.  Tim is currently working on making recommendations to update some of the older policies.  The Continuity Plan for a community that size is a large task but Tim has been able to utilize the work done previously on this plan. Furthermore, he is quite familiar with both campuses since he previously worked at Willow Valley Communities.  Tim has been learning about the amount of detail and forethought put into every aspect of this plan.  He is certain the residents find it comforting that needs like power, water, fuel and food, have all been thought of for future emergencies.  Tim comments that "It is also great as an intern to see what a completed plan looks like; instead of sample references on websites like the CDC or ready.gov".   Tim is also scheduled to review the Communities' Pandemic Flu policy later this summer. 

MSEM Student leads Business Preparedness Outreach Campaign

Troy Neville is the project leader for the Regional Business Preparedness Outreach Campaign. The Campaign is a joint effort between the South Central PA Task Force's Business Industry and Infrastructure Subcommittee, Millersville University's Center for Disaster Research and Education, and the Chambers of Commerce in the region. Through the area Chambers, the Campaign will reach between 6,000 and 8,000 area businesses.

The concept of the Campaign is to increase awareness of businesses in the Region on the need to look at business continuity to minimize the impact of a disaster or other disruption. The Campaign consists of a series of articles distributed by the Chambers to their members and a survey conducted by Millersville's CDRE to gauge the current level of preparedness at businesses in the region. Based on feedback from the survey, a seminar/conference will be held in the fall 2011 or early 2012 which will provide additional educational sessions on how businesses can increase their preparedness. The Campaign concludes with a final survey which will be designed to measure any changes in preparedness.


The project began in March and is well underway. The first article and the on-line survey will be published in July. The Campaign will conclude with an article on the results of the final survey in April 2012.

More information including a link to the survey, when available, can be found here.

MSEM Student attends Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Heather Morgan Ft. Lauderdale

Heather Morgan was awarded a scholarship participate at the  25th Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from May 15 - May 20, 2011. through the student scholarship program.  The student scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the field of emergency management.  The conference consisted of training sessions and workshops including exhibits  in which students were able to interact with various national and international emergency management entities. Heather attended training sessions on HURREVAC, the National Hurricane Center , and Post-Disaster Recovery Responsibilities.  Heather was able to meet and talk with Bryan Koons,  Florida's Director of Emergency Management. The Florida Governor's Conference was an exceptional and beneficial experience for Heather that allowed her to make connections and learn more about the field of emergency management.


CERT & StormReady represented at the Public Weather Awareness Day

Spring 2011 Graduates

On May 6, 2011, nine students received their Master of Science degree in Emergency Management. Graduating this year were: Pamela, Roderic, Lori, Scott, Brian, Ashley, Kerri, Sean and Laura. Dr. Yalda and the faculty of the MSEM program would like to congratulate you on this outstanding acheivement.

Congratulations also to Jason and Yuya who graduated from the program Summer 2010.

Be sure to fill out our Alumni Update Form if your employment or address information is updated.

CERT & StormReady represented at the Public Weather Awareness Day

PWAD 2011 Ethan and Pamela

The Millersville University-Community CERT and StormReady programs were well represented at the Public Weather Awareness Day (April 2, 2011), sponsored by Millersville University's Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. An information table on the CDRE's two newest programs was staffed by Carrier Bamper (Meteorology Student), Pamela Drake (Graduate Assistant at the CDRE), Ethan Etter (Undergraduate Research Assistant at the CDRE), Ann Marie Fitch (Meteorology Student), and Heather Morgan (Master of Science in Emergency Management Student).  Students answered questions about these programs to members of the community, as well as other Millersville staff and students who came to enjoy demonstrations such as a weather balloon launch and gain information about weather-related phenomenon, including how to keep themselves safe during weather-related events and natural disasters.


CDRE Included in 2010 Millersville University President's Report

In her 2009-2010 report, Dr. Francine McNairy, President of Millersville University, stated "Although the University has been, and continues to be, good stewards, we are being asked to deliver our quality education with even fewer resources. We will rise with these challenges; we will emerge even stronger; and we will arrive with our core principles intact. These principles are expressed in the following strategic directions that guide our course. ...We will offer students academic programs of national distinction."

As one of these academic programs of national distinction, the Center for Disaster Research and Education was featured in a video, which was included in this report. In the video, director Dr. Sepi Yalda, graduate assistant Pamela Drake, and research assistant Ethan Etter discuss the accomplishments of the Center as well as the projects they are currently working to develop.

Public Information Officer Workshop Presented by CDRE and South Central Task Force

On February 5th, Millersville University's Center for Disaster Research, in association with the South Central Task Force, presented an eight hour workshop taught by Duane Hagelgans and Bernadette Lauer on Public Information Officer Awareness. The course is offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). The course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Public Information Officer class offered through the Emergency Management Institute at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Members of the MSEM Program Attend the 58th Annual IAEM Conference in San Antonio, TX

IAEM 2010

The Millersville University’s Master of Science in Emergency Management (MSEM) Program was well represented at the International Association of Emergency Managers 58th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas from October 31-November 3, 2010.  The MSEM program and the Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE) were part of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Expo (EMEX) in conjunction with the conference. The program coordinator Dr. Sepi Yalda was joined at the conference by students Pamela Drake, Brian Moeschler and Ashley Morrison. The MSEM booth in the EMEX received a lot of queries and positive feedback.  Ashley shared her experience at the conference and stated that she thoroughly enjoyed representing the MSEM/CDRE at the conference and getting to network with emergency management professionals of all stripes. Another highlight was hearing Administrator Fugate speak, attending a session on radiological hazards, and learning about women in emergency management. Additionally, it was great to meet classmate Brian and spend time with him, Pamela, and Dr. Yalda in beautiful San Antonio. Ashley would like to thank her employer, Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency, and the CDRE for making the trip possible. Brian shared that “The IAEM Conference allowed me to network with my Millersville classmates and other emergency managers from across the country—I made many meaningful connections.”> Pamela felt that attending the IAEM Conference and representing Millersville University’s MSEM program to such a diverse group of emergency managers was an excellent experience, and hearing Craig Fugate speak to the future of the field of emergency management was definitely a highlight of the conference for her.

Department of Homeland Security’s Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Opportunities Through the MSEM Program

Millersville University's Master of Science in Emergency Management (MSEM) and the South Central Task Force are collaborating to help MSEM students access resources to directly work with the Department of Homeland Security's Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). Access to this toolkit will allow students to gain direct experience in building and evaluating emergency management exercises with the primary methods emergency managers currently use to build exercises. This experience will benefit students as well as those targeted organizations. Students will develop skills within curriculum-based projects that will be directly applicable in future experiences as emergency managers.

Mark Ahner Receives E.L. Quarantelli Award

Mark Ahner

Mark Ahner is the 2010 recipient of the E.L. Quarantelli Award. The award is given annually to a student who minors in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management who displays excellence in scholarship and service in the disaster field. Mark was accepted to the University of Delaware Disaster Research Center's Research Experiences for Undergraduate Program in the summer of 2010.  Mark's research titled "Seeking the Familiar in a Time of Terror: An Analysis of the Experiences of Those in the Alfred P. Murrah and the Surrounding Buildings During the 1995 Terrorist Attack".  His methodology used content analysis of interviews with survivors of the bombing, as well as quantitative data provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.  Mark's research focused on occupant behavior during emergency egress, as well as experiences of those who were trapped.  The preliminary findings are that occupants seek affiliation and engage in normative action in order to gain cognitive clarity, since the event transpired within seconds.  Furthermore he also found a clear connection between those who survived being trapped and the amount of time trapped. Mark will continue to work on completing his paper this fall at CDRE.

Graduate Research Symposium

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Devin Fisher and Nick Genovese presented their work on the development of the disaster plan for the National Watch and Clock Museum at the 4th Annual PASSHE Graduate Research Symposium, held at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg.  The symposium features research, scholastic work, creative projects, and poster persentations by graduate students from throughout the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Edcuation. The symposium's intent was to raise awareness of the exmplary work gradute students are undertaking at the 14 state universities.

CDRE and the Commonwealth of PA's 2010 All-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The Center for Disaster Research and Education was recently invited to be a part of the planning team for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s 2010  All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has been asked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update this plan.  This process  will involve reviewing and revising previous action items and Statewide Hazard Mitigation goals and objectives.  This plan update will be vital for further reducing property damage and saving lives from the effects of future natural and human-made disaster within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  It is required for the state to be eligible to receive specific state and federal funding both before and after a disaster occurs.  Dr. Sepideh Yalda, Director of the Center for Disaster Research and Education has been invited to be a part of the committee and has been a participant in all the steps to update the plan.

Artifact Restoration Seminar at the National Watch and Clock Museum

Nicholas Genovese, a Graduate student in the MSEM program, attended an artifact restoration seminar on April 21 at the National Watch and Clock Museum.  The seminar was open to the public and included topics ranging from restoration to historical items and buildings to delicate paintings and art.  The seminar provided a great opportunity for anyone interested  in learning more about restoring items damaged by disaster or just worn by age.  The restoration groups stressed not only the use of proper restoration techniques but mitigation through restoration.  Examples of restoration and the techniques used in each individual case were explored throughout the seminar.  Through the restoration cases, the groups explained the importance of preparing for future disasters while at the same time restoring items to their original state.  Seminars such as this provide a great way to build and expand on knowledge of emergency management and restoration while exploring new and alternative methods to mitigation and recovery.

Devin Fisher receives E.L. Quarantelli Award; participates in summer research

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Devin Fisher is the 2009 recipient of the E.L. Quarantelli Award.  The award is given annually to a student who minors in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management who displays excellence in scholarship and service in the disaster field.  Devin was also part of the research experience for undergraduates (REU) at the Disaster Research Center (DRC) at the University of Delaware.  The REU is a nine-week research experience program designed to engage undergraduate students in hands-on research training and enhance their understanding of the social science aspects of disasters.  Each student conducts their own research on a disaster related subject.  His research topic was visually displaying the relationship between sea level height and concentrated populations of elderly people in Sussex County, Delaware. 

CDRE and National Watch and Clock Museum

The Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE) at Millersville University has recently teamed up with the clocksNational Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA., "to assist in the development of their disaster plan which is a part of the museum's accreditation process by the American Association of Museums," said Dr. Sepi Yalda, Director of the CDRE.

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