Thursday, June 07, 2018

Position Paper and MEMO

Use the following template to do a position paper in MEMO format.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Humanitarian Relief Core Standards

By Wesley Lefevre

Here are some questions you can ask yourself when evaluating an infographic.

Why use an Infographic?
What message doe the infographic communicate? Does it communicate the message effectively? To communicate a message.
Does it present large amounts of information in a compact and easy to understand way?
Does it reveal the data, discover cause-effect relations, and identify relationships among data?
Does it help monitor and show changes or trends in data?
Discussion questions
What is useful about putting information in this format?
Why would this be better than just showing the formulas or using just a bar graph?
What different pieces of information are included on this poster?
What information was included in this poster that allows lay people to understand the content?
Write an abstract about what it is about (two or three sentences that highlights the purpose of the infographic.)
Consider the following for each:
Look at these examples and identify what you like/don't like about each one.
How are colors used differently in each one? Are some colors more powerful than others?
How are objects displayed on each one? Do sizes of the objects matter in showing the intended information?
How could colors, sizes, and kinds of objects be used to mislead people away from the data?
Make notes about what you notice and like/don't like about the infographics. These notes will remind you of what you visually like to see and will serve as a starting point for you.

Humanitarian Charter Core Standards

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Associate with the Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security

Dr. Iryna Vyshnevska-Cherkas
Dr. Iryna Vyshnevska-Cherkas has joined the Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security as an Associate. She will serve on the publication board of the International Journal of Public Services and post links to her research and publications on the Institute's Research webpage.

Dr. Vyshnevska-Cherkas serves as a diplomat at the Ukrainian Embassy in Norway. She has a PhD (2015) from the Institute of International Relations, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. She authored the book “USA-China: congagement strategy” (Kyiv, 2016), and was co-author of the book “The foreign policy of the Russian Federation: Selected aspects of relations with Poland, Ukraine and Belarus” (Krakow, 2010) and has written more than 80 scientific publications in Ukrainian and foreign editions. She previously worked as a diplomat in the NATO division of the Directorate General for International Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Advancing her knowledge and skills, Iryna studied at the Swedish National Defence College (Stockholm), NATO School in Oberammergau (Germany), Royal Military Academy in Brussels (Belgium), and Peace Support Operations Training Centre – Partnership Training and Education Centre in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hurricane Harvey Recovery

House damage in Port Aransas, Texas

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

UVU students meet Macedonian firefighters

UVU Students with members of the Struga, Macedonia fire department

Monday, January 08, 2018

Cyber Storm VI: National Cyber Exercise

The Cyber Storm exercise series is the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) national, biennial distributed exercise entirely focused on cyber incident response. Mandated by Congress, these exercises are part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to assess and strengthen cyber preparedness, examine incident response processes, and enhance information sharing among federal, state, international, and private sector partners. Each Cyber Storm event builds on lessons learned from previous exercises and real world incidents, ensuring that participants address relevant and timely challenges.
Cyber Storm exercises give the cyber incident response community a safe venue to coordinate and practice plans, response mechanisms and recovery tasks, as well as to build and maintain relationships. Most importantly, the exercises provide the community with the opportunity to identify strengths and areas for improvement, incorporating those lessons into operations to help reduce cyber risks to the nation.
The high-level objectives of Cyber Storm VI include:
  • Exercise the coordination mechanisms and evaluate the effectiveness of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP) in guiding response.
  • Assess information sharing to include thresholds, paths, timeliness, usefulness of information shared, and barriers to sharing both internally and externally within the cyber incident response community.
  • Continue to examine the role, functions, and capabilities of DHS as the Department coordinates with impacted entities during a cyber event.
  • Provide a forum for exercise participants to exercise, evaluate, and improve the processes, procedures, interactions, and information sharing mechanisms within their organization or community of interest
Cyber Storm VI is scheduled for Spring 2018. The exercise will focus on the critical manufacturing and transportation sectors, with participation from the information technology and communications sectors; law enforcement, defense, and intelligence agencies; state, local, and territorial governments; and international partners. For more information, email
To review the final reports from previous Cyber Storm exercises, visit