April 7, 2009 Emergency Management Higher Education Program by ceb49Y


									          April 7, 2009 Emergency Management Higher Education Program
                                "Notes of the Day"

(1) American Public University System – Accreditation of E/DM Program by

Belatedly we note that both undergraduate and the graduate Emergency and Disaster
Management Programs at the American Public University System, after “an arduous
review process which consisted of an in-depth analysis of 23 standards of excellence,”
has received accreditation by the Foundation of Higher Education (FoHE) for Disaster /
Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Congratulations are proffered. For more information contact Dr. Christopher M.
Reynolds, Program Director for the Emergency and Disaster Management Programs at
APUS, at: creynolds@apus.edu . Website location is: http://www.apus.edu.

(2) Foreign Humanitarian Assistance:

Joint Chiefs of Staff, DOD. Foreign Humanitarian Assistance. Washington, DC: DOD,
JCS, Joint Publication 3-29, March 17, 2009, 223 pages. Accessed at:

(3) This Day in Disaster History -- April 7, 1900 -- McDonald Dam Failure, Austin
“The flood waters started from a two-day storm in the High Plains halfway between
Lubbock and Amarillo. The stormwater filled the Colorado, the Brazos and the
Guadalupe rivers, sending the torrent through unsuspecting cities like Austin and
Bastrop. This flood will always be remembered as "The Day the Dam Broke." McDonald
Dam on the Colorado River broke up, sending a wall of water down the river which
killed dozens of people, even whole families. The river peaked at 60' high and a mile
wide. The pride of Austin at the time, "Ben Hur," the 181-foot lo ng, triple-decker leisure
steamboat, was also destroyed by the flood.” (City of Austin, History of Flooding)

45 fatalities.

Source: City of Austin. History of Flooding in Austin. Accessed 11/19/2008 at:

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(5) EM Hi-Ed Program Notes of the Day Distribution: 20,169 subscribers.

B. Wayne Blanchard, Ph.D., CEM
Higher Education Program Manager
Emergency Management Institute
National Preparedness Directorate
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Department of Homeland Security
16825 S. Seton, K-011
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
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