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Be Ready with NEW Natural Hazards Checklists

The Emergency Management Committee created natural hazards checklists for agencies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural hazards. These checklists are fillable pdfs to assist public works agencies. The natural hazards include:

The checklists are also available in APWA’s Resource Center as part of a Natural Hazards Collection.

Register for CLL: Public Awareness of Low Head Dam Safety

June 23, 2022
10:00-11:30 a.m. CT

The Emergency Management Committee has tackled the subject of dam safety for 2022. The committee has identified public safety risks associated with low head dams as worthy of further discussion. Low head dams often appear to pose a minimal threat to those with an untrained eye; however, the unseen dangers have resulted in frequent injury or death. The purpose of this program is to review the hidden dangers of low head dams and ways your public works agencies can increase awareness within your community.

Free for members; $99 for non-members

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Stay in the Know with Emergency Management Trending Technologies

Keep up with the latest and greatest #trendingtech in public works with APWA’s First Responders Roving Reporter Series. Roving Reporter visited Gainesville, Florida to visit with their first responders to talk about why public works is an integral part of the team and the value of public works in emergency response scenarios.

Part 1 (Roving Reporter S2, E1)

Part 2 (Roving Reporter S2, E2)

Take the Principles of Emergency Management eCourse

This session is designed for individuals who are interested in exploring the principles of emergency management, as it applies for those entering the public works industry and those who want to further their professional development. This session provides practical advice on how to communicate the role of public works in emergency planning, response and recovery, and dives into emerging trends relating to emergency management. It provides real-world examples, as well as a discussion guide to keep the conversation going with your peers after the conclusion of the session.

$45 for members; $65 for non-members

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Read the "APWA Contributes to FEMA's Public Works Resource Typing Documents" Blog

In May 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reached out to APWA to aid in updating public works resource typing documents that are part of the online Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT). The RTLT documents, as they relate to positions (as compared to equipment), help to establish the minimum qualifications for someone filling this role. A side benefit of these position descriptions is that they could help to serve as a resource for public works departments when trying to establish baseline position descriptions for their staff.

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Advance Your Career in Emergency Management

Advance your career in emergency management through publications, training, certificates, and certification programs.

Peer Resource Directory
A resource for APWA members is the APWA Emergency Management Peer Resource Directory, which contains information on volunteer public works professionals with direct experience in various aspects of emergency management who are willing to provide advice or information on emergency management matters.

CPWP-M logoCertified Public Works Professional-Management (CPWP-M)
This certification is for public works managers, superintendents, and supervisors ready for management positions.


 Read more in the APWA Reporter:
The Value of My CPWP-M
David J. Pinsonneault, CPWP-M, Public Works Director, Town of Lexington, MA

Emergency Management Committee
The mission of the Emergency Management Committee is to provide APWA members with resources and a forum for exchanging and developing ideas, knowledge, and technologies for mitigating from, preparing for, responding to, and recovery from all hazards (manmade and natural disasters). The committee also intends to foster recognition of public works' important role(s) in emergency management.