Emergency Management Professionals Meet at FCC to Strengthen Curriculum, Discuss New Summer Institute


A dozen emergency management professionals from around the region recently participated in the first-ever Maryland State Department of Education and Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council Meeting at Frederick Community College. Their meeting focused on strengthening both current curriculum and teaching practices, as well as a new Summer Institute that prepares emergency management educators to teach today’s high school students who dream of becoming tomorrow’s homeland security and emergency preparedness professionals.

The Advisory Council’s members are experts in the fields of homeland security and emergency management and advise both the state and FCC on program content, including emerging Federal doctrine, discipline-specific law or policy, instructional materials, equipment needs, and industry standards for tools used in the field, among other professional services.

“I am grateful for our program advisory members for sharing their time and talents to educate one another, promote positive reinforcement for the profession and bring excitement and purpose into the lives of high school students and educators,” said Kathy Francis, director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management at Frederick Community College.
Participants also discussed an upcoming week-long professional development Summer Institute that takes place July 28-Aug. 4 and connects teachers to regional and national experts in the field of emergency preparedness and homeland security.

The Institute is designed to familiarize participants with current and future trends, offer field experience opportunities, develop participants’ leadership skills and teaching efficacy, and examine lessons learned from past emergencies, among other goals.

Summer Institute panelists include Captain James McAuliffe, of the City of Sanford Police Department, who will present “Case Study: Multidisciplinary Emergency Management in Action, Trayvon Martin Case in Sanford, Fla.”

Other panelists include George Wunderlich, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, who will present “Connecting the Past to the Present in Emergency Management: Lessons Learned from Civil War Medicine” which will include both a museum tour and a presentation of Major John Letterman’s work as the Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac’s lessons to current emergency managers.

“Emergency management lessons learned from historical figures and taught on the battlefield and in the museum setting bring emergency management content to life for our students,” said Francis. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to share knowledge learned on the battlefield with today’s current and aspiring public safety leaders.”
Summer Institute participants will additionally hear presentations from other industry experts, including Jeffrey Woodworth, assistant program manager for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. They will also have an opportunity to visit the FBI Woodlawn Field Office in Baltimore, Md.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) was selected as the Post-Secondary Affiliate for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness by the Maryland State Department of Education to review, revise and update Maryland CTE Pathway in Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness curriculum. MACEM provides educational opportunities, career training and innovative programming to emergency management professionals in every phase at every level in the industry. MACEM partners with FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) as the sole provider of college credit for the Institute’s Independent Study Program (ISP).

For more information about MACEM or to register for the Summer Institute, contact MACEM or 301.624.2854