MT DES Weekly Update 9.14.10

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

Weekly Update

Tuesday, September 14, 2010



Grant Writing Training

September 16-17, 2010

Missoula, MT, location TBA

Cost- $425

POC- Fred Naeher (406) 841-3968 or fnaeher@mt.des or Cathy Rittenhouse with Grant Writing USA (800) 814-8191 or

L242- Unified Hazard Mitigation Grant Assistance Application Development Course

September 21-23, 2010

Rocky Boys Reservation- Stone Child College at Box Elder, MT

To attend, name must be submitted NLT September 6

POC- Dorse Cooper at Joint Field Office in Great Falls (406) 454-5060 or

FEMA Benefit Cost Analysis Course

September 22-24, 2010

Coeur d’Alene Police Department Training Room 3818 Schreiber Way in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

There is pre-requisite training and a requirement to bring a laptop that will have a program installed on it (you will probably need admin rights to do that)

Each student is required to make their own room reservations, but costs of the training and travel will be reimbursed through a State Management Cost Grant.

Seating is limited and anyone who wants to attend must contact Kent Atwood in advance for a seat.

POC- Kent Atwood, (406) 841-3960 or


September 29, 2010 0800-1700

Miles Community College- Miles City

POC- Jim Zabrocki (406) 874-3490 or

Crossroads of EMS- 31st Annual Montana EMS Association Educational Conference

September 30-October 3, 2010

Billings Hotel and Convention Center

Website for info and registration:

Tribal Homeland Security Conference 2010

October 4-7, 2010

KwaTaqNuk Best Western in Polson

$50 registration fee

POC- Robert DesRosier (406) 450-0646 or Sheri Lanz (406) 841-3911

Emergency Response: Strengthening Cooperative Efforts Among Public and Private Sector Entities (PER-280)

Free training made available by Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium and Northwest Arkansas Community College

October 4, 2010

Columbus- location TBA

POC- Eric Frank (406) 322-8054 or or

            Fred Naeher (406) 841-3968 or


October 12-13, 2010 0800-1700 both days

Shelby- location TBA

POC- Ed Gierke (406) 450-1998 or

Basic PIO Course

October 19-21, 2010 0830-1700 each day (may be earlier on final day)

Havre- Border Patrol Headquarters Conference Room- 345 16th Ave. West

POC- Fred Naeher (406) 841-3968 or

4th Annual Montana Crime Prevention Conference

October 20-22, 2010

Best Western Gran Tree. 1325 North 7th Avenue- Bozeman, MT

No Registration Fees

Sponsored by Montana Board of Crime Control and Montana Crime Prevention Association

For more information-

POC- Board of Crime Control (406) 444-3604


October 20-21, 2010 0800-1700 both days

Miles Community College- Miles City

POC- Jim Zabrocki (406) 874-3490 or

Wyoming Homeland Security Expo

October 27-30, 2010

Camp Guernsey, Wyoming

All courses are free of charge, but lodging, meals, and transportation costs are not included. Preregistration is required prior to October 1, 2010.

POC- Wyoming Homeland Security Training Program (307) 358-0994 or

Website for registration:


October 28-29, 2010; 0800-1700   both days

Park County Community Room, Lower Level of Courthouse

414 East Callender Street, Livingston, Montana

POC- Gordon Rothe (406) 223-4570 or email:

14th Annual Great Divide Workshop

November 2-4, 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings

No charge for workshop unless you plan on attending the banquet

POC- Montana National Weather Service offices:

            Billings- (406) 652-0851

            Glasgow- (406) 228-4042

            Great Falls- (406) 453-2081

            Missoula- (406) 329-4840

Big Sky EMS Education Annual Symposium

November 5-6, 2010

Wingate by Wyndham in Billings

Keynote speaker- Mike Smith, BS, MICP

POC- Billings Clinic, PO Box 3700,  Billing, MT 59107-7000


November 17-18, 2010 0800-1700 first day, 0800-1300 second day

Miles Community College- Miles City

POC- Jim Zabrocki (406) 874-3490 or


November 30-December 1, 2010 0800-1700 both days

National Weather Service- Billings

POC- Marc Singer (406) 652-0851 or

MGT-333 Emergency Planning for Special Needs Communities

June 8-9, 2011 0900-1700 on June 8, 0900-1200 on June 9

Helena, MT Location TBA

POC- Paul Spengler (406) 447-8285 or


Hill County COOP-COG TTX

September 15, 2010

Blaine County COOP-COG TTX

September 16, 2010

Dawson County TTX and FSE

October 5-6, 2010 October 5- TTX- 1400-1700 with instruction in the evening; October 6- FSE with boom deployment in the Yellowstone River

Oil spill scenario with CHS Refinery in Laurel

TTX will be at the DES office in Glendive

POC- Mary Jo Gehnert (406) 377-2566 or

Richland County Functional Exercise

Severe Storm Scenario

October 6, 2010 1000-1500

POC- Butch Renders (406) 433-2220 or

Carbon County Tabletop Exercise

School incident scenario

October 7, 2010 1900-2100

Bridger Senior Center

POC- Darrel Krum (406) 446-1038 or

Dawson County ChemPack FE

October 18, 2010 beginning at 1700

Chemical release scenario for DES Public Health, and local hospital

POC- Jo Gehnert (406) 377-2566 or


None this week

Grants and Other News

1. Here is the link to the final version of the survey that Susie Burch at Flathead Valley Community College developed.  This version incorporates suggestions received from the reviewers. 

As you recall, Susie Burch, Ken Mesh and several others have been working on developing a training program for emergency managers across the state.  The first part of this program is a professional accreditation for existing emergency managers.  The second part of the program would be a 2-year degreed program for those hoping to enter the field of emergency management or even existing emergency managers who wanted to have the degree.  At this point, we are interested in getting the accreditation program off the ground.

The purpose of this survey is to help determine the level of interest in a professional accreditation program in Montana for emergency managers and related jobs.  The survey also asks for input regarding what should be taught and how often training should be offered.  The individuals in the reviewer group who took the survey needed less than 10 minutes to complete the survey.

Could you please distribute this link to the survey on the MADESC list serv.  Thanks for all your help with this.

Cindy Mullaney

Flathead County OES

625 Tiimberwolf Parkway

Kalispell MT  59901

Office:  406 758-5504

Cell:       406 249-6913


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