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* New Publication for Public Information Officers
* TAG Extreme Conference Date Change
* Response 2003 Deadline Approaches
* NASAR Insurance Benefit
* NASAR and ASLET: A new relationship
* dbS Productions: New Catalog
* Earthquake Hazard Maps
* New Emergency Management Journal Looking for Contributions
* Redesigned Alzheimer's Website
* SAR Program Development Toolbox
* Firefighters Roll Call
* The Cost of SAR; Vermont Looks at Paying for Rescues
* Emergency Training Goes to Campus

 Online version at www.SARNEWS.com 03/03/03
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New Publication for Public Information Officers

Since the events of September 11, 2001, public sensitivity to terrorism
and fear of further crises have posed unprecedented challenges.  One of
those challenges is in how information is communicated to the public in
timely, accurate ways that do not heighten concern and fear.

"Communicating in a Crisis: Risk Communications Guidelines for Public
Officials" is a brief, readable primer that can help you do just that. It
describes basic skills and techniques for clear, effective crisis
communications and information dissemination, and provides some of the
tools of the trade for media relations. It can help you prepare for
meeting the important responsibility of communicating with the public both
directly and successfully during a crisis.

http://www.riskcommunication.samhsa.gov/RiskComm.pdf 96 color pages

News Alert from TAG Extreme

As you are well aware, America's military personnel, law enforcement
professionals and first responders -- TAG's largest audience -- are
preparing for possible international conflict and domestic terrorism.
Under these circumstances, we believe it only appropriate to change the
date of the TAG Extreme Expo, originally scheduled for April 4-7, 2003,
at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, in Las Vegas, to Oct. 10-12, 2003.


RESPONSE 2003 Deadline Approaches

Don't miss SAR 2003 in Reno, NV May 28-31, 2003.  The registration for
earlybirds is March 14, 2003. Click here for info:


NASAR Insurance Benefit

When you become a voting member of NASAR, you automatically receive
$10,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance.  This
is a new benefit implemented February 1, 2003 at no additional cost to
NASAR members!  Not yet a voting member of NASAR?  Click here to sign


NASAR and ASLET: A New Relationship

NASAR is pleased to announce its budding partnership with the American
Society for Law Enforcement Training (ASLET). Building on the natural
relationship between law enforcement and Search and Rescue, the two
organizations are actively seeking forums to share information between
the two membership groups. ASLET has issued a call for presenters for its
2004 Conference and is especially interested in receiving proposals from
NASAR members. If you are interested, please review the Instructor
Proposal Guidelines and contact ASLET directly if you have any questions.


dbS Productions New Catalog

dbS Productions is pleased to issue its 2003 catalog.  You may download
the catalog, or for those who prefer a paper copy with an actual stamp
on it, you may request a free catalog online.


Earthquake Hazards Maps

Live on the East coast?  Think you don't have to worry about earthquakes?
This USGS website contains several maps that graphically show the
chances of different types of earthquakes occurring across the US.  Some of
the findings may surprise a few people.


New Emergency Management Journal Calls for Contributions

The Journal of Emergency Management (JEM), a new quarterly journal
that covers a wide range of emergency situations, is considering
papers for publication related to research, theory, and current issues
in emergency management. Specifically, the journal is positioned as a
vehicle for academics and practitioners to share field research. In
addition to scientific studies and program descriptions, the editors
will also consider letters to the editor, guest editorials, and book

JEM's goal is to provide original, relevant, and timely information
from diverse sources, and to write and publish with absolute
integrity. Individuals desiring to contribute should not hesitate to
make topic-related inquiries, or ask about specific journal-based
procedures for writing and submitting manuscripts. The editorial staff
is pleased to reply to any inquiries received.

Electronic manuscript submission is preferred. Manuscripts should be
between 1,500 and 2,500 words. They will be peer-reviewed. Send
manuscripts to the Managing Editor, Journal of Emergency Management,
470 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493; e-mail:
donn_vaillancourt@pnpco.com. Complete and detailed manuscript
guidelines are available as well.


Redesigned Alzheimer's Website

The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center of the National
Institute on Aging is proud to announce the launch of a newly updated
and redesigned Website.


SAR Program Development Toolbox

A SAR program development "toolbox" has been posted on the All Hands
Consulting website.  Contents: Listing of SAR Program Elements;  Outline
(how to do) SAR Hazard Vulnerability Assessment; Components of a
Comprehensive SAR Plan; Summary of the Major Job/Responsibility of the
Search Manager;  List of IC SAR Tools; Suggested Personal Equipment
for Search (for the search manager); an Example Mandatory Training for
Search and Rescue Coordinators.

To download this "toolbox" go to:

Firefighters Roll Call

This website has been developed to reunite long lost firefighters.  It was
set up based upon a similar website developed for veterans.


The Cost of SAR: Vermont Looks at Paying for Rescues

The issue of who should pay for the cost of search and rescue is addressed
differently throughout the country.  This article explores the issue from
the perspective of a ski resort looking for lost skiers.


Emergency Training Goes To Campus

Three universities are uniting to establish a training center for
emergency service first responders in Virginia's northern corridor,
fueled by $5 million provided through the recently signed federal fiscal
year 2003 spending bill.

The center, which initially will be called the Response to Emergencies
and Disaster Institute (READI), will be located at The George Washington
University's Loudon County campus. The other schools involved in the
project are George Mason and Shenandoah universities.



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