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Spring 2018 Newsletter

22 Apr 2018 10:28 PM | Anonymous
What's Happening?
  • Thanks, Eric! 
  • #GSMCon2018
  • VOST Resource Typing Project
  • SUNY VOST Survey
  • Works in Progress

Thanks, Eric!

In its inaugural two years, Virtual EMA has been blessed to be supported by some amazing leaders. Eric Frank, (@fyrechief) has been one of those strong supporters and for that we are all thankful. Eric is an emergency manager and public information officer for the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) in Southwest Washington.

In addition to serving on the Board as our Treasurer, he also serves on a number of other committees and projects that serve our whole community and he has fulfilled his 2-year term of service with our Board. Thanks, Eric, for serving with us. Your regular support will be missed but we know you will continue to be involved in exciting projects that we'll be hearing about. 

This means at we have another opening available on our Board of Directors. If you are interested in applying for this opening, please apply by clicking on THIS LINK. We will take applications through May 31st for appointment in June.  


This week, the hashtag to watch on social media will be #GSMCON2018 which stands for the Goverment Social Media Conference which will be hosted in Denver, Colorado. A number of Social Media Emergency Management alumni will be both attending and presenting at this year's conference. You can follow @VirtualEMA on both Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for our shares from this conference. Many key social media platforms will be providing keynote addresses which should be interesting. And if you are at #GSMCON2018, please say "hi"!

VOST Resource Typing Project Progress

Over the past 7 weeks, several Virtual EMA members have been involved in a special project to work with the NIMS Integration Center (NIC) to develop definitions for both Virtual Operation Support Teams and the personnel. 

After these definitions undergo final review, they will be put into the pipeline for engagement so that folks around the country can weigh in and provide feedback on the definitions.   


Andrew McMahon is conducting a survey regarding Virtual Operation Support Teams.  This survey is designed to inform a class project at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cyber Security (SUNY University at Albany). 

No identifying information will be used, however a few demographic questions will be asked to inform participation rates. Those familiar with the VOST concept are asked to complete this survey, regardless of background or field. CLICK HERE for the survey link.  

Works in Progress 
There are some exciting things in the works that we'd like to share with you so you can start planning about how to engage with these cool opportunities:

  • VOST Workshop in Philadelphia:  Cheryl Bledsoe and Cory Grogan (Oregon VOST Administrator) will be heading to Philadelphia to participate in a VOST Workshop being put together by Montgomery County Department of Public Safety in June. 


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