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 2016

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  • Administration - Assistant Director’s Letter
  • Resource Unit Leader Course
  • Social Media During Disasters Course Held in Region 44
  • Nebraska Receives Annual Grant Notifications
  • Civil Air Patrol Helps Detect Fires Early
  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance Stakeholder Workshop
  • Nazy Chiniforoushan Joins Technical Hazards Section
  • REP Core Concepts Course Scheduled at NEMA
  • Nebraska Team Competes in National HAZMAT Contest
  • Pilger Clerk Wins National Award
  • Director Updates
  • Nebraska Preparedness Conference
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June 2016
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  • Administration - Assistant Director’s Letter
  • Academy Teaches Emergency Management Basics
  • Cooper Nuclear Station Exercise
  • Joplin Tornado Summit, LEOP Workshop
  • Debris Removal Team
  • Volunteer Organizations Help Communities Recover
  • Are You Ready? Preparedness Tips
  • ROTC Tour; Indoor Sheltering During Disasters
Spring 2016
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  • Administration - Assistant Director’s Letter
  • Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest
  • Operations - TERREX16, Air Show
  • Preparedness - Investment Justification Workshop
  • Recovery - Safe Room Project, High Water Project
  • Technical Hazards - Radiological Emergency Preparedness
  • Local EM Updates
  • New Staff
January-February 2016
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  • Assistant Director’s Letter
  • Employee of the Year and Longevity Awards
  • Operations
  • Preparedness
  • Recovery
  • Technical Hazards
  • Local EM Updates
  • New Staff, Calendar

 


 

 2015

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  • Assistant Director’s Letter
  • Employee of the Year and Longevity Awards
  • Leadership Resources Award; Gen. Dahlman Awards
  • Food-related Incident Tabletop; Hazmat Safety Officer Course
  • Hostile-Action-Based Exercise Honors; National Conference
  • Annual Planning and Training and Exercise Workshops
  • Lancaster County THIRA
  • Staff Meeting Updates; Cooper Drill
  • Special Days, Weeks and Months in 2016 Calendar
  • Weather-Ready Nation
Summer 2015
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  • Assistant Director’s Letter
  • Disaster DR-4225 Overview
  • Lone Tree Fire, Dawes County
  • Avian Flu Response, Dixon, Knox Counties
  • Be Prepared Awards
  • National Preparedness Day, Sept. 30; Risk Communication Seminar
  • Adjutant General Honors Three from NEMA; VTTX Exercise
  • Basic Academy
  • Homeland Security Training; Bomb Training; UNL Presentation
  • Continuity of Operations Exercise
  • Preparedness Information
  • Nebraska Infrastructure Protective Conference
May 2015
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  • Assistant Director’s Letter, NEMA Hosts Governor's Tabletop Exercise
  • Nebraska Earns Reaccreditation, Avian Flu Response
  • Severe Storms Strike Southeast Nebraska
  • Poster Contest
  • Australian Emergency Manager Visits NEMA
  • NAEM Conference
  • Book Fair Benefits Wisner Pilger, Spotter Training, National Tornado Summit
  • NWFA ‘15
  • Regional Outreach at Ft. Robinson
  • FirstNet, Hazmat I.D. , LEOP Workshop
  • Threat & Risk Assessment, Evacuation & Planning
  • Homeland Security, ESF, Virtual Tabletop
  • Lt. Gov. Updated on Nuclear Power Plant Programs
  • Tabletop Drought Exercise
  • EM Updates
January/February 2015
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  • Assistant Director’s Letter, EM 101
  • Legislative Watch, NEMA Staff Update
  • Local Emergency Managers Update
  • MERRTT Course Held at NEMA
  • Eight Nebraskans attend National State Administrative Agency Symposium
  • Ice Matters
  • Oath of Office, Hostile Action Based Tabletop, River Coordination Meeting
  • NEMA Hosts CARDEX 2015
  • Creighton Basketball Star Returns to Nebraska for Sports Management Course; Woodmen of the World, KLIN Replaces Pilger Flags
  • A Message from the State Emergency Response Commission Coordinator; Nebraska Plans Statewide Exercise Along Crude Oil Route
  • FEMA Encourages Young People to Join Youth Preparedness Council; Serve with CERT; Citizen Corps
  • Amy Stroh’s Legacy: Committment, Dedication to NEMA
  • Calendar of Events; America’s PrepareAthon!; Weather-Ready Actions of the Month

 


 

 2014

December 2014

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  • A Message from Assistant Director Bryan Tuma
  • Communications Workshop
  • New Madrid CERTEX Exercise
  • Rapidtag and Mobile Express Refresher Course
  • Winter Home Makeovers
  • Regional FEMA Meeting
  • NACO Meeting
  • Unity Day
  • NEMA Calendar, Staff Update
November 2014

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  • A Message from Assistant Director Bryan Tuma
  • Reaccreditation Process Underway
  • Civil Air Patrol Teams Up with NEMA
  • Volunteers Plant Trees in Pilger
  • Lower Platte River Summit Offers Insight and Tour
  • Text First, Talk Second
  • Ingestion Pathway Training Held in Four Counties
  • Course Offers Insights to UNL Veterinary Students
  • NEMA Calendar, Staff Update
October 2014

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  • A Message from Assistant Director Bryan Tuma
  • Health Department Sponsors Ebola Preparedness Exercise
  • Ready Campus Event Helps Students Get Prepared
  • Annual Workshops Focus on What’s Ahead
  • Local Volunteer and Donations Management Course Presented
  • Employee Recognition Month -- 2014 Years of Service
  • NEMA Staff Participates in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
  • Preparedness Awards Presented at Capitol
  • Exercise Training Officer Completes Instructor Training Certification; Nancy Ludden Joins NEMA
September 2014

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  • Pet Pre-paw-edness
  • A Letter from the Assistant Director: EM 101
  • Nebraska Joins Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact
  • TERREX
  • Rebuilding Pilger
  • Homeland Security Grant Program: Federal Funds at Work-Biocontainment Unit
  • Local Emergency Manager Updates
Summer 2014

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  • Al Berndt Retires
  • Bryan Tuma Becomes Assistant Director
  • Summer 2014 Disasters
  • September is Preparedness Month
  • Homeland Security Grant Projects
  • National Guard Exercise
  • Local Emergency Manager Updates
May 2014

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  • Mother's Day Storms
  • Wildland Fire Academy
  • NAEM Conference
  • SEAT Base Dedication
May 2014

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  • Mother's Day Storms
  • Wildland Fire Academy
  • NAEM Conference
  • SEAT Base Dedication
March 2014

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  • Doug Ahlberg Retires, Mark Meints Leaves Gage County
  • Wildfire Academy Scheduled
  • March Event Log
  • NEMA Named Weather-Ready Ambassador, Ready Campus, Hazardous Material Symposium
  • Flood Preparedness
  • Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster Contest
  • NAEM Conference
February 2014

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  • Congressional Staff Get Update on Disaster Declaration
  • Two New Local Emergency Management Directors Named, Two Planning Specialist Join NEMA staff
  • Communications Leader Training Held at NEMA, Hazmat Operations Course Held
  • Storm Spotter Training Opportunities Available, NEMA Training Site Lists Courses Available Across Nebraska
January 2014

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  • A Letter from the Assistant Director
  • Bob Eastwood Retires
  • Richardson County EM Director Retires
  • Chase County EM Director Retires
  • Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Contest Rules Announced
  • Hazard Mitigation Funds Available, Resolve to Be Ready, Storm Spotter Trainings
  • New Local Emergency Operations Plan Template Available Online

 


 

 2013

June 2013
December 2013

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  • Mardell Hergenrader Retires
  • Applicant Briefings, National Flood Insurance Program Class and Ice Meeting Held
  • Chili Cookoff Winners Honored
  • Citizen Corps Contacts
  • Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Station Evaluated Exercise Held, Mary Baker Named State Hazard Mitigation Officer and Tim McConnell Named McPherson County Emergency Management Director
November 2013

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  • Nikki Weber Honored
  • Federal Disaster Declared
  • Annual Workshops Held in Lincoln
  • Basic Academy
  • Emergency Manager Updates
  • CERT Updates
  • SERC Updates
October 2013

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  • Wayne Tornado
  • Northwest Nebraska Snow Storm
  • South Platte River Flooding
  • Local EM News
  • NEMA News
August 2013

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  • CERT Annual Conference Held
  • Nebraska Hazmat Response
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • Wind/Tornado Safe Room Approved for Columbus
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee Conference
  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Application Policy
  • Cody Mulloy Joins Technical Hazards Staff
  • Region 21 Wind Damage
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • NEMA Presents...IPAWS Via Paraclete
  • Veterinarians, Emergency Responders Attend Annual Training
  • Social Media Collaboration Group
July 2013

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  • Gov. Dave Heineman Names Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac Adjutant General
  • New Wildland Firefighting Tool Arrives in Valentine
  • Emergency Manager Update
  • Hazmat, SEAT and Resource Unit Leader Training Held at NEMA
  • Communications Training Held at NEMA
  • Medical Reserve Corps and Citizen Corps Updates
  • Lt. Gov. Be Prepared Awards Nominations Sought
June 2013

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  • Wildfire Control Act Becomes Law
  • Maj. Gen. Lyons Promoted, Search for New Adjutant General Begins
  • NEMA Holds Basic Public Information Course
  • Investment Justification Workshop
  • Resource Unit Leader Course Held at NEMA
  • Nebraska Homeland Security Policy Group
  • NEMA News Briefs
  • Antelope and Knox County Exercises
  • Wayne County Displays Emergency Management Capabilities
  • Citizen Corps, Medical Reserve Corps and Community Emergency Response Teams
  • Radiological Emergency Preparedness
  • Civil Support Team
  • Social Media Classes
May 2013

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  • Nebraska Association of Emergency Management Conference
  • Gov. Heineman's Article on Potential Drought
  • NEMA Teams Work at Nebraska Wildfire Academy
  • Citizen Corps Partners with Angels Theater Co.
  • Beatrice Fire/Hazmat Teams Assist National Guard in Training
  • Update on LB 634—the Wildfire Control Act
  • Training Opportunities
  • NEMA News Updates
March 2013

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  • Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest
  • Public Assistance Staff Close Out Eight Disasters
  • Incident Action Plans Course
  • Severe Weather Awareness Week -- March 25-29
  • IPAWs Webinar
  • Training Courses Held
  • Lt. Gov. Named
  • Miranda Rogers Named Planning Specialist
  • Training Calendar Links
  • Citizen Corps Contacts
  • Legislative Update
January 2013

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  • Training and Exercise Held for State Emergency Operations Center Responders
  • Nebraskans Attend National Training Symposium
  • Call-Up Exercise Held
  • Training Opportunities, SERC Contacts and IPAWS information

 


 

 2012

December 2012

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  • Senator Johanns Visits NEMA
  • NEMA Staff Gets Public Assistance Training
  • Helpful Tips for Volunteer Notification from Citizen Corps
  • Winter Preparedness Tips
November 2012

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  • Luncheon Honors State Employees
  • IPAWS Update
  • State Emergency Communications Committee Holds Quarterly Meeting
  • Credentialing Training
  • Visit BeReadyNebraska.com
  • Citizen Corps Update
October 2012

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  • Dedication Ceremony held for Joint Forces Headquarters
  • A Message from the Assistant Director
  • NEMA Updates
  • Training and Exercises Program Workshop Held
  • Threat/Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment and State Preparedness Report Workshop Held
  • Region 11 Holds Training
  • Hazard Mitigation
September 2012

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  • A Message from NEMA's Assistant Director
  • Region 23 and Wellnitz Fires and Lessons Learned
  • Lt. Gov. Rick Sheey's Be Prepared Awards
  • FEMA Community Resilience Innovation Challenge
  • Nebraska Preparedness site, Roads Update, COMT training
August 2012

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  • Fire Watch Continues Throughout Nebraska
  • Cooper Nuclear Station holds Evaluated Exercise
  • Basic Academy
  • Second Annual CERT Conference Held in Grand Island
  • NEMA Moves to New Offices
  • Hazard Mitigation Deadline Approaches
  • Emergency Communication Workshop Held
July 2012

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  • Drought Conditions Result in Fires
  • Bye Bye Bunker
  • LEPC Workshop
  • IPAWS Update
  • Panhandle Exercise
  • Citizen Corps Update
  • Governor's Guide Revised
  • Basic Academy
May 2012

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  • NEMA Responds to Fires Near Harrison
  • Medical Reserve Corps Assists With Portable Hospital Exercise
  • "Dress Rehearsal" Exercise Held for Cooper Nuclear Station
May 2012

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  • NEMA Assists with Department of Corrections Full-Scale Exercise
  • Lancaster County's New Emergency Operation Center
  • Integrated Emergency Management Course
  • Citizen Corps/Medical Reserve Corps Update
  • Safe Room Questions Answered
  • Julie Mayers Joins NEMA
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Update
March/April 2012

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  • Radio Communication Course Offered
  • Governor Dave Heineman Honors Winners in the Annual Severe Weather Poster Contest.
  • A Letter from the Assistant Director
  • Nebraska Association of Emergency Management Conference
  • Radiological Emergency Preparedness Activities
  • Citizen Corps
  • Hazard Mitigation Update
  • NEMA Training Update
  • Nebraska Hazmat Symposium
  • Model City
  • Investment Justification workshop
  • Severe Weather
February 2012

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  • Radio Communication Course Offered
  • Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant Holds Dress Rehearsal for Evaluated Exercise
  • Citizen Corps Update
  • Monthly NEMA Training Features Interoperability and State Emergency Operation Center
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Deadline Approaches
  • Training Schedule
January 2012

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  • LB766 Would Amend Emergency Management Act
  • SERC Kicks Off New Year
  • Fredstrom Second Graders Learn about NEMA
  • Earl Imler Speaks to League of Municipalities
  • Emergency Managers Get Paraclete Training
  • Managers Learns About State Flood Response
  • Citizen Corps Update
  • New Training Officers Begin Offering Classes
  • Spotter Training
  • Spokesperson Training Delivered in North Platte
  • Severe Storm Spotter Training Offered
  • Training Opportunities

 


 

 2011

December 2011

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  • Letter from the Assistant Director
  • Ice Preparedness
  • NCOR/NWIN Discusses Communication Priorities
  • Apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding
  • ICS 300 Course Held
  • NEMA Exercise and Training Section
  • Winter Readiness
  • Resolve to be Ready
  • Spotter Training
  • NIPC Executive Committee
  • Training Opportunities
November 2011

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  • Mardell Hergenrader Honored
  • Cindy Newsham, Deb Kai Earn Years of Service Awards
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Update
  • Nebraska Flood Recovery Information
  • Basic Academy Held in Kearney
  • State Preparedness Report Meeting
  • Joint Information Center Staff Participate in Media Training
  • NEMA Hosts PSIC Grant Working Session
  • Training Exercise and Planning Workshop Held
  • Training Opportunities Offered
October 2011

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  • NEMA Responds to Wildfires
  • FEMA Statistics
  • New NEMA Staff
  • National Emergency Alert
  • Training Opportunities
September 2011

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  • Assistant Director’s Letter
  • Flood Timeline
  • Flood Photos
  • Guardians of Freedom Air Show
  • TERREX 2011
  • Preparedness Awards
  • Training Opportunities
  • NEMA Staff Changes
April 2011

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  • Message from the Assistant Director
  • Homeland Security Policy Group meets
  • Investment Justification Workshop
  • Safe Room Workshop
  • TERREX ‘11 Planning Meeting
  • ESF Coordinators’ Meeting
  • Nebraska Association of Emergency Management Conference
March 2011

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  • Severe Weather Poster Contest
  • Letter from the Assistant Director
  • Basic Academy
  • Platte River Water Flow Monitoring
  • Flood Awareness
  • Long-Term Community Recovery
  • Workshop
  • Training Schedule
  • Relevant Links
February 2011

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  • Emergency Managers Monitor Rivers
  • Paraclete Training Conducted
  • Risk Communications Offered
  • Mitigation Grants Offered
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee Map
  • Jim Anderson Honored
  • Bellevue Exercises Evacuation Plans
  • NEMA Calendar
January 2011

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  • Technical Hazards Section Replaces Radiological Division
  • Gov. Dave Heineman’s Column Discusses Joint Force Headquarters
  • Jim Anderson Announces Retirement
  • Training Opportunities Listed
  • Award Deadline Approaches

 


 

 2010

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  • Adjutant General thanks FEMA staff
  • Ice meeting held
  • Position specific training for incident management teams held in North Platte
  • State hazard mitigation plan discussed
  • Nebraska Council of Regions meets
  • Nebraska Grant Management System class held
  • ICS 300/400 class offered in Lincoln
  • Cindy Newsham named Administrative Assistant
November 2010
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  • Training, Exercise and Planning Workshop
  • Local Emergency Planning Conference
  • Integrated Public Alert and Warning System
  • 1945 Declared
  • Advanced planning and re-entry courses
  • KFAB’s Houghton Recognized
  • Grant Workshop
  • State Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • State Employee Recognition
October 2010
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  • Winter Weather Awareness Day proclaimed
  • NEMA staff attend grantee conference
  • Department of Homeland Security launches “Stop. Think. Connect”
  • Phase III of Statewide Radio Network complete
  • Be Prepared awards recognize excellence
  • NEMA holds communications workshop in Grand Island
September 2010
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  • TERREX 2010 tests response to hazardous materials event
  • New staff joins NEMA
  • NEMA thanks NET
  • Mitigation training held
  • NEMA holds Public Assistance Workshop
  • Public Assistance staff relocates to NEMA “South” on Van Dorn
  • Gage County holds Senior Preparedness Day
August 2010
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  • Disaster recovery assistance applicant briefings held
  • NEMA staff update announced
  • Contract awarded for Nebraska Regional Interoperable Network
  • Watch for scams, Mold presents a threat and Disaster resources list
  • Plan now for National Preparedness Month in September
July 2010
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  • Radiological safety equipment available
  • Cooper Nuclear Power Plant holds evaluated exercise
  • Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Station radiological exercise held
  • NEMA works to build out Nebraska Wireless Interoperability Network
  • Management training expands supervisory skills for NEMA staff
  • Staff changes at NEMA
Special Edition 2010
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  • June Storms and Flooding
May 2010
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  • NEMA supports guard aviation exercise
  • Pipeline 100 held
  • Prepare now to survive a tornado
  • Public information officers participate in Joint Information Center training
  • Mitigation workshop held
  • CICS-300, 400 and 402 offered
  • Lieutenant Governor’s policy group meets
April 2010
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  • Ground breaking for new Joint Forces Headquarters
  • Emergency managers meet in Kearney
  • Planning conference held
  • Investment Justifications considered
  • NEMA participated in annual Weatherfest
  • Communications Update
  • New Emergency Operations Centers opened
  • Nebraska gets new disaster declaration
March 2010
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  • Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest
  • Ice, water and flooding updates
  • President declares Nebraska disaster No. 1878
  • Radiological Transportation drill held in Lincoln
  • Phase II of Statewide Radio Network launched
  • State Emergency Response Commission updates
February 2010
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  • NEMA dusts Platte River
  • Administrative Assistant Larry Nedrow retires
  • Adjutant General visits Joint Field Office
  • Training and Exercise Planning Workshop Held
  • Severe Weather Awareness Week Scheduled
  • TERREX '10 Plans Begin
  • New Incident Action Plan Course Developed
  • Public Assistance Briefing Held
  • Calendar and Training
January 2010
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  • Officials assess extent of snow damage
  • Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program course held
  • State Emergency Response Commission meets