Emergency Preparedness Committee

The Top 10 Internet Links for Readiness Information are listed below:

US. General Services Administration

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) - an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Public Health Service Engineers

U.S. Coast Guard

Naval Facilities Engineering Command

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Simple things you can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones

Additional links of interest:

Dangerous Goods Advisory Council

EAI Corporation - Counterterroism Response Training

Emergency Management Institute/FEMA

2004 Emergency Preparedness & Prevention Conference Web Site

Federal Acquisition Intstitute Online University

GeoLearning, Inc. - a leading developer of e-learning delivery platforms and Web-based training solutions

California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Government Learning Online

Hammer Training & Education Center

Hazardous Materials Safety Training, Department of Transportation

Hazmat Safety, Department of Transportation

NETI Online, the US EPA National Enforcement Training Institute's online training resource site

Pathlore Learning Management Solutions

The Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Workshop

The Center for National Response

The Training Exchange Web Site

Transportation Safety Institute

Transportation Technology Center, Hazardous Materials Services

Uniformed Services University of the Health Services

U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown

U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School

U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Management

U.S. Fire Administration/FEMA

Speakers Bureau members are available for speaking engagements at Post, Region and National Meetings.

Organizations Resource/ Web Link
The Infrastructure Security Partnership TISP Podcast
FEMA Federal Response Plan
FEMA IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System, I-100  
FEMA IS-200.a (ICS)
FEMA IS-700.a (ICS 700)
FEMA EOC Management and Operations IS-775
FEMA Emergency management courses
Homeland Defense JournalHomeland Defense Journal Online Together these publications facilitate communication among all levels of government concerned with homeland security, covering the issues and the technology, solutions, policies, people, case studies and events affecting that community.
National Incident Management System Department of Homeland Security
http://www.dhs.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/NIMS- 90-web.pdf

The purpose of the SAME Fast Start Program is to define emergency work requirements, inventory existing regional capabilities, describe capabilities, address significant area deficiencies, make capabilities known to governmental agencies, and address specific opportunities for sustaining member participation in engineering tasks associated with the recovery from natural and man-made disasters/emergencies. Operation Fast Start means preparedness for the full range of natural and man-made disasters/emergencies.

Examples of Post Fast Start Plans:

  1. Fast Start Plan - Generic Template [DOC]
  2. Jacksonville Post - Fast Start Plan
  3. Houston Post - Fast Start Plan
  4. Huntington Post - Fast Start Plan
  5. Pikes Peak Post - Fast Start Plan

Search SAME's online database of Member Companies & Public Agencies' assets.

The SAME National Readiness Committee encourages all SAME members to obtain certification, which is formal recognition that an individual has demonstrated proficiency within and a comprehension of a specified body of knowledge at a point in time. It is peer recognition and not registration or licensure.

Certification Sponsoring Organization Contact Information
Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Assessor Training National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) emaponline.org
Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) iaem.com
Certified Energy Manager The Association Of Energy Engineers aeecenter.org
Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) Institute of Hazards Materials Management (IHMM) ihmm.org
Certified Infrastructure Preparedness Specialist (CIPS) Office of Infrastructure Preparedness oip-usa.us
Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) floods.org/home/default.asp
Certified Facilities Manager (CFM) International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) ifma.org
Certified Protection Professional (CPP) American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) asisonline.org
Multiple Certifications which are available including “Certified Fire Protection Specialist” NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies) nicet.org
Certified Health Physicist American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) hps1.org/aahp
Certified Industrial Hygienist Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists abih.org
Certified Safety Manager
Certified Safety Professional
Board of Certified Safety Professionals bcsp.com
Safety Trained Supervisor in Construction (STS) certification Council of Certification on Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) bcsp.org/sts


The Body of Knowledge (BOK) is an ongoing project of the National Readiness Committee to create a comprehensive list of the recommended scope and depth of knowledge that engineers should aquire to be responders to disasters:

  1. Hazardous Materials
  2. Communications
  3. Logistics
  4. Mental health
  5. Waste Water Treatment
  6. Water Systems
  7. Electrical Systems
  8. Transportation
  9. Federal Response Plan
  10. Information Technology
  11. Structural Assessment
  12. Personal Safety/Health
  13. Personal basic load
  14. Contacts
  15. High tech vs. Low tech solutions
  16. Mass relocation
  17. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 
  18. Selecting a planning basis
  19. Risk management
  20. Military Protocols
  21. Public Health Issues

SAME members are encouraged to establish professional relationships prior to the need for their service. One way to accomplish this is to become a member a federal, state or local reponse team.

Below is a listing of response teams:

DMAT - Disaster Medical Assisance Team http://oep.dhhs.gov/team_sites.html
USART - Urban Search and Rescue Team http://www.fema.gov/usr/usrtask.shtm
National Response Team http://www.epa.gov/oerrpage/superfund/programs/er/nrs/nrsnrt.htm
Corps of Engineers http://www.usace.army.mil/
DMORT - Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team http://www.dmort.org/
VMAT - Veterinary Medical Assistance Team http://www.avma.org/disaster/vmat/
The Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/
The Salvation Army http://www1.salvationarmy.org/
CERT/FEMA http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/CERT/
Citizen Corps http://www.citizencorps.gov/

All meeting minutes are in PDF format.

2010 Minutes

2009 Minutes

2008 Minutes

2007 Minutes

2006 Minutes

2005 Minutes

2004 Minutes

There are five categories of members on the National Readiness Committee:

  1. Uniform Service Representatives
  2. Public Agency Sustaining Members
  3. Industry Representatives
  4. Academia
  5. SAME Member Liaisons
  6. SAME Region Representatives

A. Uniform Service Representatives

  1. USPHS
    1. Primary -Cdr. James M. "Jim" Simpson, CQE-CSQE (ASQ), USPHS (Former Committee Chair)
    2. Alternate - Cdr. Dan Beck, USPHS
  2. Coast Guard
    1. Primary - Capt Karl Calvo, USCG
    2. Alternate - None
  3. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    1. Primary - Leonard E. Kotkiewicz
    2. Alternate -
  4. Air Force
    1. Primary -Dave Carrillo
    2. Alternate
  5. Navy
    1. Primary – Cdr. Mark Geronime, USN
    2. Alternate – Capt. William Grip, USN
  6. At–Large

B. Public Agency Sustaining Members

  1. EPA –Cdr. Nelson Mix, USPHS (Former Committee Chair)
  2. DHS - Marko Bourne
  3. AWWA - Robert D. Hulshouser, CPP
  4. AWWA - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  5. NAVFAC SW - Vincent P. Sobash, P.E.
  6. ASCE - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  7. ASCE CCI Representative - Scott G. Nacheman, Thornton Tomasetti
  8. American Red Cross - Inga Jelescheff, Operations and Program Management
  9. National Guard Bureau - David Van Gasbeck

C. Industry Representatives

  1. Ernie Edgar – TISP Liaison
  2. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Parsons
  3. Lt. Col. Robert Adamski, PE, F.SAME, USA (Ret.) (Former Committee Chair)
  4. William J. Moore, PSP, ABCP - Jacobs Engineering
  5. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Delon Hampton
  6. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - HSMM
  7. Col. Ray Willcocks, USAF (Ret.) - Megadoor [Former Committee Chair]

D. Academia

  1. Prof. Theodor (Ted) Krauthammer, Ph.D., FACI – University of Florida
  2. George D. Haddow - George Washington University

E. SAME Member Liaisons

  1. Young Member Liaison - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

F. SAME Region Representatives

  1. European Region – Vacant
  2. Great Lakes Region – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Kowalenko Group
  3. Lower Mississippi Region – Vacant
  4. Middle Atlantic Region – Mike Pavlides
  5. Middle East Region – Vacant
  6. Missouri River Region – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. LTC, EN, Deputy Commander, Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  7. New England Region – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Garrison Group Architects
  8. North Atlantic Region – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Sustainable Meadowlands Resource Institute (SMRI)
  9. Northwest Region – Robert L. Frazier, P.E., Environment International Government Ltd.
  10. Ohio Valley Region – Vacant
  11. Pacific Region - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  12. Rocky Mountain Region – vacant
  13. South Atlantic Region – Cdr. Stan Wiles, CEC, USN, Public Works Officer, Naval Station Mayport
  14. South Central Region – Vacant
  15. Southwest Region – Vacant
  16. Texoma Region – Peter Borsack
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