Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)
Emergency Management Workforce Consortium
The HBCU Emergency Management Consortium is collecting resources that focus on HBCUs and emergency response training. Check back often as we add resources to this site:
- FEMA Declared Disasters Portal: This portal lists all formally declared disasters, disaster, types, and the FEMA response.
- Delaware State University COVID-19 Testing Playbook. This DSU COVID-19 Testing Playbook is a living document intended to record the intricate steps taken from synthesis to execution of DSUs testing program. The purpose of this document is to present a clear framework of our testing program to be used as a template for other institutions, particularly HBCUs.
- Guidance for Colleges and Universities Responding to COVID-19. Two new publications from the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offer guidance on encouraging the adoption of COVID-19 protective behaviors among students and implementing testing programs on campus and emphasize the importance of communication, transparency, and student engagement.
- Encouraging Protective Covid-19 Behaviors Among College Students uses the science of adolescent development to explore how colleges can most effectively encourage students to adopt behaviors that help prevent spread of the virus, such as mask wearing and physical distancing.
- COVID-19 Testing Strategies for Colleges and Universities states that testing programs need to be designed to match the needs of specific institutions and identifies fast, frequent testing as one useful tool to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in a large and diverse university community.
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Liability Guide: A Risk Management Overview for Local CERT Programs. By U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and Community Emergency Response Team. Annotation: CERT program activities can create risk and adverse consequences; however, perceptions about liability may be a larger barrier for CERT formation, activities and partnerships than is justified by reality. There is no indication that CERT programs have any unusual liability experience. The purpose of this Guide is to offer information and suggested techniques to help CERT programs overcome this barrier.
- Chairman Thompson & Rep. Luetkemeyer Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Partnerships between HBCUs and Homeland Security. (March 2019). Press release.
- Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response – 2017 Hurricane Recovery. (October 2019). By U.S. Virgin Islands. Based on the analysis of the data collected during two Community Assessments for Public Health Emergency Response, this document lists suggestions made to USVI Department of Health leadership and the Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA).
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Materials. This collection includes the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Materials.
- Emergency Contracting State Contacts. Annotation: This list provides contact information for state level emergency management departments.
- HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards A New Era of ResultsfFor Students Act (HBCU Partners Act) Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 27 February 2019.) Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 27 February 2019. Annotation: The PARTNERS Act directs Federal agencies to: to provide students enrolled at HBCUs with the highest quality educational and economic opportunities; to bolster and facilitate productive interactions between historically Black colleges and university (HBCUs) and Federal agencies; and to encourage HBCU participation in and benefit from Federal programs, grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
- Homeland Security & Emergency Management Studies: Where Are the HBCUs? By: Dr. Goulda Downer in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. Annotation: The pipeline of new professionals in the field of homeland security (HS) and emergency management (EM) is developing without the inclusion of racially and ethnically diverse students; despite the fact that many of the latter come from communities most vulnerable to manmade and natural disasters and threats. This need not be so! Progress in strengthening a diversified HS and EM workforce requires historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to collaborate around our very survival – our shared interests not-withstanding. This is primarily aimed at training and providing the next generation of credentialed, qualified HBCU graduates in HS and EM.