Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)
Emergency Management Workforce Consortium
Addressing the emergency response training needs among students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Recent natural disasters primarily weather related have highlighted the limited emergency response training that has been provided to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in vulnerable geographic areas. In probing the lack of training afforded students at HBCUs it was also evident that HBCU graduates do not have a significance presence in emergency management careers.
The HBCU Emergency Management Consortium was started and addressed as its initial undertaking the emergency response training needs among students at HBCUs. The Consortium has made great strides in proposing actions to address the emergency response training void that exist in the HBCU communities. and determining actions needed for CERT Training, which this paper summarizes discussions to date and proposes additional goals.
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NEW! Caribbean/Latin America Disaster Readiness Manual, 2022/2023.This guide discusses climate changes in the coming decades; food and water insecurity; greenhouse warming; global food systems; lessons from COVID-19; air quality; and water security.
EXCITING! Read President Biden's commendation for the HBCU Emergency Management Consortium's work on the HBCU COVID Awareness and Resilience Day.
- Check out a listing of the Consortium Announcements.
- ECSU’s Community Emergency Response Team Wins National Innovation of the Year Award. Elizabeth City State University (ECSU)’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) earned a top award from the National CERT Association at the organization’s awards ceremony in Galveston, Texas. Created by CERT Leaders across the United States in partnership with FEMA, the non-profit association was established in September 2019 to support communication and resource sharing across the CERT community. Read more here.
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CERT Program Manager Training (Virtual). The audience for this course includes professionals and volunteers who are designated to be or are interested in being appointed a local CERT Program Manager, or for those already in a CERT Program Manager position. Click here for course dates and additional information.
HBCU Disaster Resilience Series: Coordinating Resources for Resilience Strengthening
This event took place on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Read more... | Access the archive...
HBCU COVID Awareness and Resilience Day – (HBCU-CARD)
- HBCU-CARD took place on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The event was dedicated to raising awareness about the unequal burden of COVID-19 and mobilizing our African American Communities to build equity against this pandemic. Access the HBCU-CARD webpage... Read the HBCU-CARD briefing memo...
- Access the HBCU-CARD press release.
- Share information about HBCU-CARD through our social media toolkit.
- Look at this infographic, HBCU Students: Ending the COVID Pandemic.
Response Planning and Implementation: Archived Webinar. Listen to the recording of the HBCU Emergency Management Consortium as they present a regionally-focused webinar series. This initial event was held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 and focused on the HBCUs in FEMA Region IV
FEMA Higher Education Program (HiEd) Community Call: Focus on HBCU Emergency Management Consortium Workforce. Slides by Goulda Downer, PhD, FAND, RD, LN, CNS.
12th Annual HBCU Foreign Policy Conference
Join us after the conference with the Elliott School of International Affairs for a virtual reception with members of their faculty and staff. Students can engage and network with members of the Elliott School to learn about their International Affairs program. Please go to the Program Schedule page to access the on-demand links to all sessions.
Our Work in the News: In this episode of the #MissionIsPossible podcast, host, Sasha Cohen O'Connell, sits down with Dr. Goulda Downer to discuss her work in building disaster #resilience in underserved communities and lessons that we can all use to help build engaged and prepared communities. Listen Now.
Hearing on the COVID-19 Pandemic One Year Later: Full Committee Hearing: Confronting the Coronavirus: Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic One Year Later
Webinar archive available here.
- HBCU Opening Status by FEMA Region. Access the opening status with links to individual HBCU policies. You can also see a graphical HBCU open status summary.
- Resources. The HBCU Emergency Management Consortium is collecting resources that focus on HBCUs and emergency response training.
- Read more about the Consortium. The HBCU Emergency Management Consortium was started and addresses as its initial undertaking the emergency response training needs among students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
- Read about our workforce pipeline. To obtain the requisite data needed to launch the initiative of the HBCU Pipeline to develop the Homeland Security-Emergency Management workforce for the Future.
- Read the CERT-HBCU white paper. There are currently fewer than 5% of all US institutions of higher learning offer training in emergency management, and only 12 of the 104 HBCUs do so.