APWA Chapter Contact
We are seeking members to serve as contacts between their APWA chapter and the national Emergency Management Committee on issues concerning mitigation, prevention, preparedness and planning, response, recovery and training opportunities. Time commitment involves participation in chapter activities and coordinating communication between the chapter and national committee.
A number of subcommittees have been charged with making recommendations to the full committee on initiatives such as providing formal comments, writing testimony, reviewing DHS and FEMA initiatives, participating in forums, etc. These Subcommittees include Chapter Advocacy, Education and Training, Resources, Special Interest/Hot Topics, and Canadian Emergency Management.
We are always in need of members interested in writing articles for the APWA Reporter and other APWA publications. We also need individuals to conduct reviews of articles and books on professional topics.
APWA Emergency Management Policy Development and Review
The Committee is responsible for periodically developing or amending position papers on emergency management issues. A Committee member typically takes the lead in drafting the position paper or policy and then submits the draft to a peer review team to ensure the position reflects the needs and concerns of our membership. This allows for the balance necessary to address differences in geographic, political and climatic conditions across the nation.
Emergency Management Education Initiatives
The Committee is currently assisting in the development of several publications and education initiatives. The Committee is working with the APWA staff to develop a series of public works emergency management planning guidance documents and other training initiatives. If you have any good ideas we would appreciate your input.
Peer Resource Directory
The Committee has collaborated with FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in developing emergency management online courses. These include The Public Works Role in Emergency Management (IS-552); Emergency Planning and Public Works (IS-554); Damage Assessment and Public Works (IS-556); and Public Works and Disaster Recovery (IS-558). From time to time APWA will request member assistance in reviewing these programs and would welcome volunteers for such endeavors. We recognize that your emergency management training requirements differ from your state and local emergency managers and are committed to supplement those training needs.
APWA has compiled a directory of expert resources to supplement member needs during disasters. If you have an interest or responsibility for disaster management and would be interested in sharing your expertise with members in need, contact the Emergency Management Committee Staff Liaison.
To discuss these opportunities, please contact the Emergency Management Staff Liaison