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Mass Casualty Incidents: Planning and Training
A mass casualty incident (MCI) is defined as any incident where emergency medical resources, such as personnel and equipment, are overwhelmed by the number and severity of casualties. While the general public typically recognizes MCIs as events such as building collapses, train derailments, earthquakes, and mass shootings, smaller events can also be MCIs.
On September 25, 2015, a collision occurred in the Seattle area between a tour bus of international students and a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle. Four international students died in the crash, twelve were critically or seriously hurt, and more than thirty suffered minor injuries. With  most MCIs, your Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will activate and not only address issues that have been dealt with in trainings and exercises, but also additional matters that may be unique to the incident. In the case of the Seattle collision, international students were involved, which meant coordination with foreign families, travel arrangements, passports, and communication with the U.S. Department of State. Oftentimes, local hospitals get overwhelmed by the number of injured and arrangements need to be made to transport some to other area hospitals or emergency facilities.
Planning and training for MCIs is critical to ensure the most coordinated and effective response. Several resources are available to assist with this process. FEMA's Emergency Management Institute has an interactive, online course, IS-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship, that "provides leading practices and resources to assist elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship in developing emergency plans for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from mass casualty incidents."
Also available from FEMA is the June 2012 document, Operational Templates and Guidance for EMS Mass Incident Deployment (PDF). This document provides deployment templates, mass care coordination toolkits, policy guidance, sample mutual aid agreements and more.
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies published, Preparedness and Response to a Rural Mass Casualty Incident: Workshop Summary (PDF). This workshop summary addresses rural MCIs and the significant and unique challenges experienced by those working in rural areas.
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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

Students, faculty and staff on college campuses use the Internet for a variety of reasons including doing homework, social networking, as well as communicating and posting lesson plans and grades. October has been declared National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM - not to be confused with National Campus Safety Awareness Month, which is in September) through presidential proclamation. This is an opportune time to recognize the importance of cyber security by educating and engaging campus community members through activities, events, and training that will raise cyber security awareness and promote safe online habits.

NCSAM is a collaborative effort between various government agencies and the private sector to provide the public with information needed to ensure a more secure online user experience. The Federal Bureau of Investigation will be providing weekly cyber tips through their News Blog and adding them to their NCSAM page . Check back throughout the month for the latest tips and information.

A Cyber Crime Checklist for Police Chiefs is available at no cost through the International Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Cyber Center. This checklist serves as a quick reference guide designed to support police chiefs in understanding the broad topics of cyber crime, specific action items to be addressed, and resources available to assist in these efforts.
While NCSAM is sponsored by the  Department of Homeland Security , the  National Cyber Security Alliance   and the  Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center , several other agencies and organizations participate in this important awareness month. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of participating agencies and organizations, each offering various resource materials, as well links to training and webcasts, many of which are offered at no cost. For example, is a resource provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) that provides college administrators a list of things they can do, short- and long-term, to support NCSAM. NCSA also provides steps students and administrators in higher education can take to advance cyber security efforts. Please visit our website for more resources.  
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Professional Development Opportunities

Title:   2015 ALERRT Active Shooter Conference
Host:   Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center
Dates:   November 1-4, 2015
Location:   San Marcos, TX
Fee:   Registration Fee
Title: Terrorism Response Tactics: Active Shooter Level I
Host: Columbus PD (MS)
Supported by: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)
Dates: November 2-3, 2015
Location: Columbus, MS
Fee: Free
Title: Cyber Investigation 201 - Social Media & Technical Skills
Host: The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)
Dates: May 23-24, 2016
Location: Clarksville, TN
Fee: Free
This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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