Resources

DERA strives to present resources in several different formats:

Our Facebook Group DisasterCom contains contemporary articles from around the world. We encourage everyone to post items in the group.

Our LinkedIn Group — The International Association for Preparedness and Response will have posts and an open dialog is encouraged.

Newsletters (see below) – This section includes archives of the DisasterCom newsletter.

Links (see below)– Helpful links that we have uncovered. We encourage members to submit additional links for consideration.

Monographs (see below) – Long and short form articles submitted to DERA for consideration to be included on the site and indexed with search engines.

DERA Provides Resources

Archived Newsletters

December 2013

DERA Plans Emergency Communications Workshops in Huntsville, Alabama, August 15-17, 2014
Volunteer Project Managers Positions Available
DERA Supplies, Clothing, Gifts for Members
Communicating without Infrastructure by Stefan Pollack
IML Corporation: GSA Pricing for Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)

October 2013

Cancellation of Emergency Communications Summit for North America
DERA Seeks Project Managers
Toward More Resilient Futures: Putting Foresight Into Practice, Highlights from the Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI)
New Membership Structure with Reduced Dues Rates

July 2013

DERA Mission Refocus
New Membership Structure with Reduced Dues Rates
Changes in Fire Patterns across the Globe by Georg Grosse-Hohl
Catastrophic Disasters: Why Prepare? by Lee Champagne, CEM
Loud and Clear: Getting the Message through to Those Who Need to Hear by Stefan Pollack

July 2012

DERA Celebrates 50 Years: Recap of Preparedness Workshop and Anniversary Symposium

N4D Special Event Station at Mount Mitchell, North Carolina

Keynote presentation by William Haggard: The Realities of Climate Change for Emergency Managers

International Disaster Communications by Shri S. Suri VU2MY

Terrorism Preparedness and Response by Georg Grosse-Hohl

Faith Based and Compassionate Disaster Response by Catherine Stevens, K4ECM

The Politics andFinancing of Search and Rescue Operations by Kevin J. Dunlevy-Wilson

Domestic Violence: An Important Consideration for Emergency Management by Raphael LaRocca

DERA: A 50-Year Retrospective by Paul Folmsbee, K5PF, First President in 1962

An Emergency Manager’s Perspective by Jerry VeHaun, CEM

Communications Achievement Awards by Carl Smith, N4AA

Emergency Management Education by Professor Carlie Merritt and Dr. Robert Berry, CEM of Western Carolina University

A Student’s Perspective on Emergency Management Education by Mark Phillips

The Critical and Often Overlooked Last Three Meters of Communication by Stefan Pollack, CEO of IML Corporation

Disaster Emergency Communications by Bascombe J. Wilson, CEM, WØAIR

The Mount Mitchell Disaster Demonstration Exercixe, Sponsored by Robert R. Dockery, WD4CNZ

Organizing Disaster Communications Teams by the honorable Ms M. Bhanumathy, VU2BL

A New Look at Individual Abilities in Disaster by Pattijean Hooper, PhD

March 2012

DERA Celebrates 50 Years: Preparedness Workshop and Anniversary Symposium: Asheville, North Carolina, June 15-17, 2012

After Hurricane Irene: Establishing the Disaster Knowledge Center in Waterbury, Vermont, by Howard F. Pierpont, CBCP

New Online Emergency Operations and Coordinations Center, by Raphael LaRocca

Maintaining Continuity of Communications during Major Disasters, by Lee Champagne, CEM

Region III Preparedness Updater by Raphael LaRocca

DERA Program Recap

Many Waters Resource Network by Catherine Lawhun

Thanks to Bill Liebsch and Janet Liebsch for DERA Project Support

APEX Disaster Management Consulting and Training by Sarone A. Kennedy, Sr., SEM

Welcome, Associate Editor Eric Ritter

December 2011

Perception Management by Lee Champagne

Major Disaster Lessons Learned by Bascombe Wilson

Message from the Chair by Howard Pierpont

CEU Credits Available for Online Participation with EMFORUM by Amy Sebring, EIIP Vice President

Region III Preparedness Fair by Raphael LaRocca

New EPA Mapping Tool for Enforcement and Compliance History Online by Cynthia Giles, EPA

DERA Program Recap

Many Waters Resource Network by Catherine Lawhun

Thanks to Bill Liebsch and Janet Liebsch for DERA Project Support

Reminder Flags for Your Personal Go-Kits by Howard Pierpont

Congratulations, Kim Bernhardt and Bus Tarbox of Quick Print Shop (QPS) on 50 years of service

Member Profile: Lee Champagne and Jamie Caplan

APEX Disaster Management Consulting and Training by Sarone A. Kennedy, Sr., SEM

July 2011

FedHealth Programs Support DERA

A Personal Look at Tragedy by Raphael LaRocca

Situational Awareness by Howard Pierpont

Business Continuity and Disaster Plans by Sal Meloro

Member News: Major Patrick E. McPherson, WW9E, SATERN

Job Announcements and Consulting Opportunities

DERA Emergency Communications Proposal

David M. Crews, CEM — Emergency Management Gold!

April 2011

Australia, New Zealand and Japan Catastrophic Disasters: Preliminary Lessons Learned

Business Continuity and Disaster Plans by Sal Meloro

“Who You Gonna Call?” by Howard Pierpont

Member News: New Members

Call for Journal Articles and Field Reports

Job Announcements and Consulting Opportunities

December 2010

Next Generation 9-1-1 System for the United States
Workable Family Disaster Plans by Sal Meloro
Gaye Cameron: National Safety Council of Australia
DERA provides teleconference service for responders
Journal of Homeland Security
Job Announcements and Consulting Opportunities

October 2010

UNSAFE HOSPITALS: Disasters in Waiting
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Dispose of Old Medicines Properly
U.S. National Flood Insurance Update
New FEMA Web Resources for Public-Private Partnerships
Claude S. Baker, K9PGW, Silent Key
Social Media for Emergency Communications
Auf der Heide Makes Text Available Online
Member News: Dr. Pattijean Hooper, Sarone Kennedy, and Kevin J.D. Wilson
Call for Papers: World Conference on Disaster Management: Toronto, June 19-22, 2011
DERA Awards
Member Supplies Available Online
“It’s a Disaster” Now Available

July 2010

DERA Member Supplies Available
DERA Awards for Exceptional Service
Chairman’s Letter from Howard Pierpont: Member Thanks and Recognition
Education vs Training: Muchael J. Fagel, PhD, CEM
Member News: Gaye Cameron, Tim McInerny, Pattijean Hooper, PhD
Business Member News: ICE PACK (TM) from Ashbury International Group, Inc.

March 2010

DERA Response to Haiti earthquake and U.S. disasters
DERA’s Annual Membership Meeting and International Disaster Management Conference
Leadership Opportunities with DERA

December 2009

DERA Annual Membership Meeting – February 21, 2010, Orlando, Florida

International Disaster Management Conference

Chairman’s Letter from Howard Pierpont: Getting Out the Preparedness Message

Wildland Firefighting Dilemma – Risks and Benefits of Night Air Missions

Australian Fire Policy May Change

Job Announcements

Members in Action — Recent News

It’s a Disaster! (…and What Are You Going to Do About It?)

Volunteers Wanted

September 2009

Disaster Modeling in New York

Costing out “The Big One”

Survey of Recent Disasters

DERA Annual Membership Meeting: February 21, 2010, Orlando, Florida

Stay Safe–Be Safe : Letter from the Chair, Howard Pierpont

Jon Wallace Reports: FEMA ESF-14 Training and Preparedness

New Mobile Technology Helping Emergency Management

Training for Future Emergency Managers: Special Report by Jessica Tillapaugh

Nominations Invited for the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment

Job Announcements

FEMA Director Craig Fugate Speaks on Survivors, Money and Star Trek

DERA Seeks Volunteers

Many Waters Resource Network Links Resources to Projectsational Weather Service Reporting Changes

It’s a Disaster–Book Now Available at discounted rates to Disasters·Org readers

June 2009

Severe Weather Causes Most Hazard Deaths

Fire Departments Rely Increasingly on Volunteers

Survey of Recent Disasters

Preparedness Perspectives: Letter from the Chair, Howard Pierpont

Earthquake Simulations

National Weather Service Reporting Changes

Project Bioshield

Job Announcements

North Carolina Emergency Communications Exercises

Special thanks to Claude Baker and Howard Pierpont from the DERA Trustees

GAO Bomb Tests

CSB Investigation of ConAgra Explosion

DERA Volunteers Wanted

NIAR Responds to Catastrophic Storm in Bengal Region

DERA Student Awards

March 2009

Report from DERA Annual Membership Meeting & Workshop iin Orlando, Florida

Lessons Learned: FAULT FOUND 2009 New Madrid Earthquake Exercise

Facelift for DERA Website

National Weather Service Strategic Plan

DERA Volunteers Wanted

United Nations Communications

DERA Supplies and Clothng

Yamini in the news (India)

UNISDR Information Sharing

December 2008

Invitation: FAULT FOUND 2009 New Madrid Earthquake Exercise
DERA Annual Membership Meeting & Workshop: February 22, 2009 in Orlando, Florida
Message from Chairman Howard Pierpont to All DERA Members
DERA Supplies and Clothing Available Online
DERA Vacancies: Position Descriptions Posted
Communications Interoperability Mismanagement: GAO Faults Federal Agencies
Field Report: Haiti Water Purification Team
FedHealth/DERA Partnership produces the Book It’s a Disaster
FEMA Issues Voice Radio Communications Guide for Fire Response
2009 International Disaster Management Conference, February 19-22, in Orlando, Florida

October 2008

Hurricane Field Repors and Analysis by S.E. Region Program Director, Robert Rathbone
New Chairman of the DERA Board: Howard Pierpont
DERA Clothing and Supplies Available Online
Robert Rathbone Receives DHS Recognition
How to Sell on ebay and Benefit DERA
FAIRS Update: Preparedness Support to Caribbean Communities
EMForum.org: New Name and Look for EIIP
FedHealth/DERA Partnership for the Book It’s a Disaster
GoodSearch/GoodShop: You Search – They Give to DERA

June 2008

Midwest Flooding Report
GoodSearch/GoodShop: You Search – They Give to DERA
Yamini Awarded DERA Gold Medal
Auxiliary Interpreter Corps – U.S. Coast Guard
Safe Hospitals – World Disaster Reduction Campaign
FEMA Disaster Reservists
Documentary: Rising Catastrophe of Floods
EIIP Forum: The Science of Flood Safety
Crisis Informatics
DHS Initiative: NET Guard
Upcoming: DERA’s 2009 Membership Meeting & Symposium – February 22, 2009, Orlando, Florida
NIAR India: Radio Operator Expansion Program
Atlantic Hurricane Season News
Fundraising Efforts for China & Mynamar
CLINCON 2008: Clinical Conference/Prehospital Emergency Care: July 10-13, 2008 — www.emlrc.org
Calendar of Key Conferences and Workshops

March 2008

DERA Annual Membership Meeting Report
Dr. Douglas Troy & Anne Hutton: Community Disaster Information System (CDIS)
Howard Pierpont: New DERA Director
Rapid Rebuilding: Fort Irwin, California Report
Certified Emergency Manager Application Forms Now Free
Hurricane Loss Analysis
Live News Cameras: Report from Andrew Finlayson, WFLD Television
EIIP Forum
Tornadoes on “Super Tuesday”
Salvation Army Relief Report
United Kingdom’s RedR Program
Nevada Levee Failure
FEMA Requests Applicants for the National Advisory Council
Command and Control Initiative

December 2007

DERA Annual Membership Meeting Details and Registration Information
Steven D. Keene, In Memoriam
Membership Acknowledgement
New Member Roster
International Disaster Management Conference, Orlando, Florida, January 31-February 3, 2008
Volunteer Opportunities with DERA

September 2007

DERA Annual Membership Meeting Announcement
EIIP Celebrates 10-Yeqar Anniversary
Brooklyn, New York Tornado Response
Smart Cards for Preparedness
Salvation Army Leader in Pakistan Murdered
Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
National Institute of Amateur Radio in India
SATERN Works!
Florida State Logistics Response Center
DERA Joins Florida VOAD
DERA Seeks Volunteers

June 2007

South Dakota and United Kingdom Flood Reports
3D Laser Technology for Disaster Recovery
New DC-10 Air Tankers for Wildfire Attack
DERA “Disaster Camp” (page 2, Editor’s Column)
Low Power FM Stations for Emergencies and Community Information
NIUSR Announces Founding of “The Alliance”
Tribal Communications Interoperability: Field Report by Jolene Jacobson
Greensburg, Kansas Tornado Response Report
New Orleans Risk Analysis
IAEM: Maintaining Separate Identity for National Weather Service
EIIP: Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Readiness & Response Program
Earthquake Response in Southwest China

March 2007

Report on February 2007 Annual Membership Meeting
Disaster Deployment Report by Sal Meloro
Members Make Big eBay Donations to DERA
Lady Lake, Florida, Disaster Volunteers
DHS Grants Overview
EIIP Forum: “Getting Down to Business”
Fire Communications in Australia
NFPA 1600 Summary
Firefighting With Robots
Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN) Deployment
Points of Light Hero Awards
DERA Emergency Communications Project
2007 Hurricane Season Prediction
IAEM Calendar
World Disasters Report
Animal Rescue Report by Nancy Thomas

December 2006

2007 Annual Meeting and Strategic Planning Workshop, Orlando, Florida – February 11, 2007
December ’06 Tornadoes in Florida
Digital Geographic Data Program Grants
Salvation Army Relief Operations in the Philippines
EIIP Virtual Forum: NIMS National Credentialing System
Geomagnetic Storm Report
Earthquake Damage to Asian Telecommunications Infrastructure
VIA3: Secure Collaboration Capabilities
Denver Blizzard of ’06-’07
Regional Natural Disaster Mitigation Grants
DHS:2007 Mandate for Interoperable Communications
FCC Changes to U.S. Spectrum Allocations
DERA Emergency Communications Lifeline

September 2006

DERA Mobile Satellite Internet WAN
Hospital Emergency communications
eBay Garage Sale Benefits DERA
LDR donates disaster response database to DERA
Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness Conference, November 13-15, 2006 in San Francisco, CA
DERA’s Regional Roundup
FAIRS: Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service
Baycare Emergency Amateur Radio Service (BEARS)
What we can learn from the lessons of Hurricane Katrina by James Wades
Salvation Army disaster service report
Certified Emergency Manager program reaches 1,000th CEM certificate
Storm Surge Marker Project
17th World Conference on Disaster Management

June 2006

DERA Prepares for 2006 Atlantic Storm Season
DERA Adds Iridium and Globalstar Satellite Phones to Flyaway Communications Kits
Donation of Antenna to W4MOE “MOE Van” by George Scott, K1HPH
Sal Meloro assumes position as Northeast Regional Coordinator
Update on DERA State Liaison positions
DERA Awards Program: Medals for Exceptional Service
Emergency Workforce Innovation in Florida
Nationwide Plan Review: EIIP Hosts Webinar on Local Perspectives
Updates on FEMA Debris Removal Contracting Procedures
Dimensions of Risk Communications
Federal Agencies Appoint Community Service Liaisons
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Recognizes Amateur Radio Contributions following Hurricane Katrina
Avian Influenza Threat: Some Good News from the World Health Organization
Management of Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations
Call for Help with the Disaster Communications Lifeline

March 2006

DERA Mobile Communications Center Rolls Out
Why Are Emergency Communications Vehicles Needed?
Self powered emergency and field operations radios from FairNote Enterprises
IAEM: Statement for the Record on Emergency Preparedness and Response Appropriations
$1.1 Billion in Hurricane Relief Funds Available for Schools
Former U.S. Surgeon General on Readiness for Bio Disasters
16th World Conference on Disaster Management
Evacuation Behavior
Hospital and Nursing Home Evacuations
Humane Society of the U.S.: Emergency Response Report
Salvation Army Response to Midwest Tornadoes
NIAR Receives ARRL International Humanitarian Award
Hamfest India: 2006, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

December 2005

DERA Emergency Communications Project
International Disaster Management Conference 2006 in conjunction with DERA’s Workshop on Strategic Planning for Emergency Management:  Orlando, Florida, February 9-12, 2006
Annual Membership Meeting:  February 12, 2006 in Orlando, Florida
US Navy Emergency Response Management System
In Memoriam:  Samuel J. Cullers, Jr. and Dan M. Kirby, K5AIR
Satellite Communications System for Disaster Response
Lois Clark McCoy (NI/US&R): What Went Right/What Went Wrong
Disaster Forensics: Battling Ignorance from the Tsunami to Katrina by Ruth Gidley, AlertNet
DHS “SAFECOM” Request for Comments
Preview:  IAEM 53rd Annual Conference, November 12-17, 2005
Disaster donations sent from India to the U.S.:  NIAR spearheads the effort

September 2005

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Reports from DERA members in the field
DERA Emergency Communications Vehicles
Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) – Working around the clock
Feed the Children – Emergency service in the U.S. and around the world
Salvation Army / SATERN – Major Pat McPherson reports on extensive disaster operations
Angel Flight America (AFA) – Emergency support mission report
Internet and advanced mapping capabilities in disaster response
Preview:  IAEM 53rd Annual Conference, November 12-17, 2005
Report from India:  NIAR
International Disaster Management Conference 2006 in conjunction with DERA’s Workshop on Strategic Planning for Emergency Management:  Orlando, Florida, February 9-12, 2006

June 2005

DERA Awards at Chennai, India Conference
Tsunami Update: DERA response teams and list of donors
Dayton Activities and Presentations
Civil Air Patrol Mobile Command Center
Disaster Liability: Cautionary Reports from North Dakota
ClinCon 2005
Florida Storm Watch
Earthquake Activity
Mrs. D. Bharathi Prasad Presents Tsunami Briefings at Dayton
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
Web-Based ICS Courses
Children’s Grief Courses
Amateur Radio in Disaster Management: An International Perspective
SATERN News

March 2005

DERA Awards at Orlando Conference
Tsunami:  DERA Response to the December 2004 Tsunami
Evacuation Planning
Traumatic Stress Management
Pets in Disasters
Crisis in Schools
Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages Discount
FireCorps
Broadband over Powerline-International Context

December 2004

DERA Disaster Response Mission to Haiti
Florida Hurricane Update
American Disaster Reserve
Philippine Typhoon

September 2004

DERA International Disaster Response Missions
DERA Team Deployment to Haiti
DERA Teams in Florida’s Panhandle following Hurricane Ivan

June 2004

Dr. Shrikant Jichkar (DERA officer/NIAR Director) Killed in India
Wes Biggs New DERA Chair
Medical Supplies to Dominica
NVOAD Conference
Earthquake Risk Reduction
NIAR EchoLink in India
Stryker Profile
Skywarn Overview
Broadband over Powerline (BPL) Update

April 2004

New DERA Awards: Distinctive Service Awards, Student Awards, and Member Recognition
Jerry VeHaun: Profile of an Exceptional Leader in Emergency Management
NIAR Program Activities
Broadband over Powerline (BPL) Nightmare
Emergency Management Program Grants ( EMPG) Reductions

December 2003

DERA Conference Feb ’04  /  NIAR Echolink Nodes

September 2003

Global FAIRS Projects  /  Emergency Shelters  /  Terrorism

June 2003

International Strategic Master Plan / Sasakawa Award

April 2003

 – Abbottville Dirty Bomb / Skywarn Recognition

October 2002

Jerry VeHaun / Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

July 2002

– DERA Workshop Schedule

November 2001

 – Fire Rescue Tribute / DERA-WCARS Communications Van

March 2001

Dispatcher Stress

October 2000

Mihir Bhatt Visits DERA / Dodson Handbook Available

August 2000

DERA / NIAR Joint Projects

April 2000

Disaster Communications Workshop

December 1999

On Scene Report:  Orissa Cyclone

October 1999

 Disaster Myths by Dr. Claude de Ville

July 1999

World Disaster Reduction / Nelson Mears Project

March 1999

Planning for a Safer Tomorrow

Archived Monographs

Emergency Biological Decontamination Solutions
By Robert J. Heyer, D.Sc.

Colorado Flood Recovery 2014
By Colorado Spirit Mountain Outreach Team

Archive of the DERA DisasterCom Blog
By DERA Authors – 2008 to 2014

Introduction to CBRNE Terrorism
An Awareness Primer and Preparedness Guide for Emergency Responders
By Robert J. Heyer, D.Sc.

Military Aircraft Incidents – Emergency Response Guide
By DERA Authors

GIS VOLKSWAGENS
A Proposal of Modest Proportions
By John Wiener, J.D., Ph.D.

Disaster Myths
by Dr. Claude de Ville de Goyet

Emergency Management as a Profession
By David T. Crews, CEM

Five Ways You Can Help Disaster Victims
By Bascombe J. Wilson, CEM
Emergency Response Director, DERA International

DERA Responds to India’s Supercyclone
By DERA Authors

The Emergency Response Planner’s Triangle
By DERA Authors