Public Safety and Public Service: Emergency Management – Homeland Security a Journey 1986 – 2015 and Beyond
Charity Productions and Charles’ public safety roots began in 1986, as a volunteer with the Southeast and Northeast Branches of Red Cross with Delores Hadnot and Robert Bennett, branch managers. Additional public safety projects during the 80s and part of the 90s involved securing placement for juvenile offenders with community service and working for the Houston ISD as a high school staff intervention specialist related to gangs, weapons, and drug intervention on campus. In the late 90s Charity entered into multi-year collaboration with Harris County’s and the City of Houston’s OEM and Health department, training series of community workshops on disaster readiness.
Tropical Storm Allison: In 2001 arrival was at the end of a series of readiness workshops hosted by Charity Productions for civic club leaders, churches and small businesses. Speakers included: Bob White, City of Houston OEM, Frank Gutierrez, Harris County, OEM, Captain Leggington, City of Houston Fire Department, Police Chief C. O. Bradford and on June 9, 2001 Mayor Lee P. Brown was the scheduled presenter. The June 9th breakfast was postponed due to the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Allison. The silver lining was the discovery of the BLOCK 12707 Cullen Blvd. that ultimately became a central recovery hub for the southeast area that served thousands of residents in the aftermath of the storm. The recovery efforts through the use of the BLOCK located in the Kennedy Heights neighbourhood would not have been possible without Pastor Melvin Lewis’s compassion, to opened the church and allow Sandra Hines and Charles to coordinated and shelter service agencies, and resources for distribution and recovery. Congressional Record, Volume 147 Issue 90 (Tuesday … www.gpo.gov/…/CREC-200…
Emergency Management Capacity Building Presidential Directive 5 and 8 2003
National Priority: 4.8 – Community Preparedness: Strengthening Planning and Citizen Capabilities
Former Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Tom Ridge and President George Bush and reauthorized by President Obama – “As uniformed emergency responders constitute less than one percent of the total U.S. population, it is clear that citizens must be better prepared, trained, and practiced on how best to take care of themselves and assist others in those first, crucial hours during and after a catastrophic incident. Citizens can reduce the demand for emergency assistance during catastrophic incidents through preparedness measures and actively contribute to the Nation’s response capability by participating in response and recovery activities. A trained and involved public will provide the Nation with a critical surge capacity to augment government efforts in a catastrophic incident.” In February 2006, the White House released “The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned,” which emphasizes that citizen and community preparedness are among the most effective means of preventing terrorist attacks, as well as protecting against, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from all hazards.
In January 19, 2002 a press conference was held at City Hall with Mayor Lee P. Brown to announce a joint venture with Charity Productions, launching of 120,000 disaster readiness surveys to 22 zip codes in areas of Houston labelled vulnerable. The purpose of the survey was to identify, chronicle and asses the need for a more robust outreach and connection to people who needed aid in the recovery cycle or those who wanted to assist in recovery process. This was a commissioned project with Charity Productions by the City of Houston’s Office of the Mayor and the Planning Department being the keeper of the results.
Emergency Management Institutional Legacy
In August of 2013 Texas Southern University began offering the only Four Year Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Texas. In 2007 Charity Productions began providing National Incident Management System classes to staff members of the Robert Terry Library as part of a pilot program initiated by Dr. Obidke Kamau. From 2007 to 2013 Charity Productions and Charles were part of a team effort advocating and encouraging the university powers to be to bring the four year degree plan to Texas Southern. August 13, 2013 Charles enrolled in the program with a projected graduation with a bachelor’s of science degree in Homeland Security – Emergency Management is the summer of 2016, with a concentration in mitigation plans, for communities, small busin ess, hospi tals, schools and ports. This degree will be the highlight of a career of service and volumes of certifications, workshops and experiences in a process of continuing education.
Continuity of Neighborhoods: Community Multi – Hazard Integrated – Readiness Training CUR – 1278 – H
Concept Background and Significance
Homeland Security Presidential Directives 5, National Incident Management System and HSPD 8 National Preparedness Guideline were designed to bring cities and counties throughout America into one accord as a practical approach to public safety in the 21st Century. After the tragedy of September 11, the federal government in 2003 created a comprehensive response system interchangeable throughout the country that objective driven. The national preparedness framework involves sets of protocols, processes and operational skills sets that are flexible enough for first responders as well as private citizens and sector.
Disaster response capacity enhancement is a critical feature for sustainability, resilience, and interoperability for all none governmental and governmental groups. Public safety and health partnerships with totally invested home owners, renters, business owners, service providers with trained neighborhood resource partners would answer the number one manpower issue that faces government.
Untapped social capital, with pools exist in every neighborhood are underutilized.
Training and Service Index:
Emergency Management Institute Curricula & Public Safety Course Content and Subsets Optional:
- Introduction to Presidential Directives 5 & 8 and National Security Initiatives compliance measures.
- Completion of National Incident Management System Classes ISC 100, 200, 700, & 800a (NIMS) (NRF) (ESF # 1-14) (Additional Courses Optional)
- How to develop an Emergency Operations Plan and Annexes (EOP) · Instruction on Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) review guidelines.
- Neighborhood Mapping and Points of Distributions Mass Care and Medical Triage Staging Transport Sites – Shelters
- Interoperability and Public Safety Neighborhood Cyber Surveillance Tips
Participant Audience: The course is designed to assist all federal, state, city and county governments under federal compliance mandates. Audience includes stakeholders and businesses as well.
Non – Governmental Organizations
- Private Sector (FEMA Recommendations)
- Congregations and Service Agencies
- Civic – Community Based Organizations
- School Districts & Universities (Requirements)
- Health Care Providers (Requirements)
- Participants will receive a certificate from Homeland Security/FEMA with CEU’s or College Credits where applicable.
- Students will be able to demonstrate NIMS based protocols related to mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, after action plans, hot-wash and lessons learned.
- Students will be able to demonstrate neighborhood or agency sustainability, interoperability capabilities consistent with mutual aid agreements, HSEEPs protocols in conjunction with municipalities for extraction or aid.
- Class Size: 20 – 30 Maximum per class
- Course Length: Self Pace and Time Regulated
- Venue: Classroom and On Line
- Prerequisites: Interested Course Outcome for Participants: Students will be able to develop
- Complete Mitigation Plans and Planning
- Coordinate Neighborhood Disaster Response Teams
- Become certified in over 15 National Incident Management System Training Courses
- Able to conduct All Hazard Field Exercises
Theme: A Unified Response is a Practical and Tactical Response
Contact: Charity Productions 8607 MLK Houston, Texas 77033 – 713-292-3436 – www.charity-productions.org – Fax 866-871-8637 – firstname.lastname@example.org