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SAVE THE DATE!

The DPEM faculty are pleased to announce that a professional development conference will be held on Tuesday, May 5th from 9am to 6pm.  The topics of the day will be geared towards those seeking employment in emergency management and attendance is highly encouraged but not required.  There will be several presentations, lunch will be included with the day, and there will be several sessions in the afternoon where one-on-one professional development can take place.  

Please see the attached flyer for the day's topics, an agenda, and to find out how to RSVP for the conference.  

We hope to see you there! 
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A-State SBTDC, Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education To Hold Seminar
 
JONESBORO – Bad weather is no stranger to Arkansans, but disaster preparedness and emergency management might be to some. The Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education have teamed for a “Disaster Preparedness for Small Business” seminar. 
 
The event will be held Friday, Jan. 30, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1709 East Nettleton Avenue. The seminar is free and open to the public. 
 
Area small business owners will be offered an opportunity to learn how basic planning tools can increase the likelihood of survival for their small business in the event disaster strikes. Participants will walk through the steps of a continuity of operations plan and understand the importance of having a plan like this in place. 
 
“If you don’t plan and mitigate, recovery is that much more strenuous,” said Dr. Deborah Persell, program director for the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education at A-State. Persell, an expert in disaster preparedness and emergency management, is the guest lecturer at the seminar. 
 
Topics will cover background and significance of small business disaster preparedness, the disaster cycle and a continuity of operations plan for small businesses. There will be an opportunity at the end of the program for questions concerning specific businesses and their operations.
 
While the event is free, seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call (870) 972-3517 or visit http://asbtdc.org/training/jonesboro-events to register online.
 
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested in advance. Contact Kelli Listenbee, A-State SBTDC training specialist and business consultant, at (870) 972-3517.
 
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas State University is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the University of Arkansas-Little Rock College of Business and Arkansas State University College of Business. The ASBTDC assists start-ups, existing businesses and technology businesses. Core services include free consulting and market research plus low to no-cost training. Learn more at astatesbtdc.org.
 
This free event is co-sponsored by the A-State Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education, the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Arkansas State, First Community Bank, First Security Bank, Focus Bank, Simmons Bank, Arkansas State College of Business and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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Good evening!! 

We wanted to take a minute to share a couple of events happening within our program right now, the first is a story about one of our DPEM graduate students, as well as one of the DPEM Graduate Assistants, Holli Werner who was recently chosen as the 'Student of the Week' by the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama, in late October 2014.  Our students can go to receive specialized training related to their academic studies.  These #Disaster_Masters are putting their lessons into action and continuing to learn and build skills at the same time, we could not ask for a better experience for them!  

Second, several of our students are back at the Center for Domestic Preparedness this week (including Mrs. Holli Werner) to receive their Federal Instructor's Training and Certification!  Check out these pictures of some of their adventures so far and stay tuned for more!
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Happy Friday!

Today, we continue to celebrate our students and congratulate our three soon-to-be new graduates!  Tomorrow morning, we will have three more graduates!  

Sabrina Duff will graduate with her Associate of Applied Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management degree, while Megan New & Patricia "Trish" Hanes will graduate with the Master of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management degree.  

The DPEM faculty could not be any more proud of these students and we wish them the best!  #Disaster_Masters
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Remember the pictures that we recently posted of Greene County Safety Day?!  Well, now you can check out the recent article that was published in Paragould's Premiere Magazine about our event! 

You can find the magazine in it's entirety here:
http://www.premiere-magazine.com/files/flipbooks/November_2014/files/inc/599ef8ae76.pdf

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It's been a VERY busy start to the Spring 2015 semester for the DPEM team!  Recently the Northeast Arkansas Hospital Preparedness Programs Regional Tabletop Drill took place and DPEM faculty were there, however, two of our graduate students were present as well!  Ms. Sara Walker and Capt. Tom Johnson, both of Jonesboro, Arkansas took place in the activities, truly putting the skills they are acquiring through the MS in DPEM program into practice.  

Ms. Sara Walker has more than 15 years of experience as a paramedic working with Emerson Ambulance Service and has previous flying experiences with Air Evac.  

Capt. Tom Johnson serves as Captain at Jonesboro Fire Department and serves on the city's HazMat team.  Capt. Johnson also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Arkansas State DPEM department and has taught undergraduate courses for two years.  

Capt. Johnson & Ms. Walker are both planning to graduate with their MS in DPEM during 2015.  Both represented their agencies excellently during the Regional Tabletop Drill. 

Hats off to two of our #Disaster_Masters!  The DPEM faculty are so proud of you!!
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Welcome back to the Spring 2015 semester #Disaster_Masters!! This semester is full of so many new and exciting things for the DPEM program and we can't wait to share them with you! 

Have a great first day back with classes!
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Good evening all!
It is almost time to start a new semester, so it is time to make sure that you are current on your CPR certification as well! If not, you are in luck! We have a class coming up!
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Good morning to all of our #Disaster_Masters out there!

We would like to take the time to acknowledge the accomplishment of one of our students, as well as a milestone for the DPEM department. Over the weekend, we had the honor of watching our first undergraduate walk across the stage and receive the Associate of Applied Science in Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management degree. All of our undergraduates work hard towards not only the completion of their degree, but to build a specific skill set that will help them in their career, and Sabrina Duff is no exception. Sabrina has made an effort to go above and beyond what is required of her, by completing specialized training courses at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama as well as courses through FEMA's Emergency Management Institute. She has given her time to help make our mass casualty simulation exercises a success through the art of moulage application and has served as a counselor at Disaster Camp 2014, where she was one of the role models to our campers. Sabrina has always taken her studies to heart and gives any task that she is working on her all, and this does not go unnoticed by those around her. 

While all of the DPEM faculty are involved in the preparation of students throughout their academic careers in the DPEM program, undergraduate advisors Brent Cox & Kayleigh Wilson were especially excited for this moment. We love to see our students learn and grow, whether it is through completion of the multidisciplinary minor, the completion of their associate and/or bachelor's degree, and/or the hands-on activities and exercises that many of them are often a part of. We are thrilled when they take advantage of the opportunities laid before them and see their hard work pay off. 

Faculty have been working with Sabrina, and all of the DPEM undergraduates to ensure that they build the skills they need for their 21st century careers of helping others, and are extremely proud to be seeing our first student complete their degree with others to follow in the coming terms. Sabrina plans to continue on with her studies, completing her Bachelor of Science in Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management and will then complete her graduate studies. 

So, here's a big CONGRATULATIONS to Sabrina! The DPEM faculty are so proud of the privilege of working with you and all of the DPEM student body - you all make us so proud!

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Happy Monday Morning!! :)

Two of our graduate students, Patricia Hanes & Megan New, recently successfully defended their internship and research projects, signifying the completion of their Master of Science in DPEM curriculum.  Both will receive their degrees this weekend and the DPEM faculty are pretty proud of them!  Patricia Hanes presented over the construction of a doctoral curriculum in disaster preparedness & emergency management, while Megan New (pictured below with her poster presentation and faculty), completed her internship over domestic terrorist exercises for the county in which she resides.  There's nothing left to say, but great job to both of them! 
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Good morning all! 

Let's start this Friday morning off right. The DPEM department recently was notified that the Anchor Packaging in Paragould, Arkansas is currently looking for a safety manager. This is a great opportunity for our DPEM alumni! 

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The pictures within this album represent the hands-on training and simulation pieces associated with what is taught through the FarMedic course by the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education. This course took place on September 20th & 21st in Paragould, Arkansas, and several courses are being taught by the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education in varying locations throughout the state of Arkansas. For more information about the course, please see http://www.astate.edu/dpem or contact the DPEM department at (870)680-8286. As always, you can also send us a message here and we will get back to you! :) #Disaster_Masters
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Arkansas State University's Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Department; The Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education
Introduction
The Arkansas State University Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management program, as well as the department itself, is a work in progress and has experienced exponential growth over the last year.  The entire department began with one woman's vision, Dr. Deborah Persell, who's own personal experiences of September 11th, 2001 made her see the need for disaster preparedness education in not only our region, but all over the nation and world.  

Dr. Deborah Persell is the Coordinator of the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education, which is housed at Arkansas State University in the College of Nursing and Health Professions department.  The Center began in 2005 and offered various disaster preparedness trainings, like Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS), Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS), Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS), as well as others.  Not long after, Dr. Persell developed a multi-disciplinary minor in Homeland Security Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management which is a valuable asset to not only healthcare professionals, but to all majors throughout the university, ranging from communications to education.  The minor offers three different tracks that a student can choose to obtain, each containing different courses to appeal to each student's specific educational needs, and each modeled to help the student build their beginning career.  The center has only continued to grow, as well as the activities, services, and training programs offered within it. 

Roughly a year ago, the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education reached new heights, becoming its own department in the university.  The ASU-Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Managment (DPEM) department began to offer its own educational tracks.  An Associate's degree in DPEM and a Graduate Certificate of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management began during the 2011-2012 academic year.  The fall of 2012 saw the inaugural Master of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management class begin.  The majority of these graduate students will receive their degrees in August 2013 and will be well-prepared, well-rounded students to serve in the DPEM community.  A good number of these students also receive a scholarship offered by the ASU-DPEM department which funds the student's tuition, leaving only the university and book fees for the student to pay for.

The Fall 2012 semester has also welcomed the new Bachelor of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management program, which was accepted and approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in October 2012.  The ASU-DPEM department has also taken over the communities Farm Medic training, which will be offered periodically.  

With new faculty, students, and a changing world everyday, the ASU-DPEM department has only began its journey and will continue to grow with time in order to serve the needs of its students, who in turn will go out and help others, in hopes of changing the world for the better.

-2014-2015 Faculty and Staff-
Dr. Deborah Persell; DPEM Program Director
 
Brad Holloway; DPEM Assistant Professor
 
Brent Cox, MS, BS; DPEM Assistant Professor
 
Kayleigh Wilson, MS, BSRS; DPEM Assistant Professor