FEMA Bulletin Week of January 4, 2016

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Week of January 4, 2016

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

Jan 7 -- Metropolitan Statistical Area Risk Validation Process Webinars

Metropolitan Statistical Area Risk Validation Process Webinars

Jan 11 -- Individual Assistance Declaration Criteria for States Open Comment Period

Individual Assistance Declaration Criteria for States Open Comment Period

January 15 -- Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Application Deadline

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Application Deadline

Feb 5 -- Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments Course Application Deadline

Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments Course Application Deadline

FEMA Hosts Webinars about the Metropolitan Statistical Area Risk Validation Process

On January 4, 2016, the FEMA Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 state, territory, and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) risk validation process will begin. Risk profiles for each jurisdiction were issued, along with instructions about the process.

In order to provide additional information about the process, FEMA GPD will host an informational webinar on Thursday, January 7 at 3 p.m. ET. The webinar will walk participants through the Risk Validation Process, review the data and makeup of the risk profiles, and inform participants on how to comment on the risk data and process.

Participants can join the webinar via Adobe Connect. The conference number is 800-320-4330 and the PIN is 269179. Due to the expected volume of participants, the conference line will be in “listen only” mode for all attendees. Please submit any questions or comments you may have to FEMA-MSA-Process@fema.dhs.gov.

Emergency Management Framework Course Offered for Tribal Governments

Tribal emergency managers, response personnel, employees, department heads, and leaders will have the opportunity to participate in Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments on February 29 – March 3, 2016, at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.


The course provides participants with a basic understanding of emergency management principles and their role in leading and directing their tribes in implementing comprehensive emergency management systems. It also covers the legal and financial basis for emergency management, hazard identification and analysis, planning, components of an emergency management system, readiness through training, forming public and private sector partnerships, and upgrading and sustaining emergency management capabilities.

No prerequisites are required; however, completion of online courses ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command System [ICS]), ICS 200 (ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents), IS 700 (National Incident Management System, An Introduction), and IS 800 (National Response Framework, An Introduction) are recommended prior to taking the course.


Tribal applicants may apply by completing a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application, no later than February 5, 2016. Mail applications to NETC Admissions Office (Room I-216), National Emergency Training Center, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998, fax to (301) 447-1658, or email to netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov. State, territory, and local applicants must send their applications through their State Training Officer. FEMA regional staff must send their applications through their regional training manager. Please send questions to Katie Hirt at katie.hirt@fema.dhs.gov. Space is limited.

2016 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar

The Ready Campaign released the 2016 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar, available in both a graphic or text format. To learn more about each topic month or week and to get content to promote preparedness information all year, visit www.ready.gov/calendar.

2016 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar

REMINDER: EMI Offers Virtual Tabletop Exercises

EMI conducts a monthly series of Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTXs) using a teleconference platform to reach community based training audiences around the country providing a virtual forum for disaster training. The design of the VTTX is for a group of ten or more representatives from state, local, and tribal Emergency Management Community of Practice. Participants must have an appropriate site equipped with video teleconference capability.


The goals of the VTTX are to test the participants’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct all-hazards emergency response and recovery effectively. The VTTXs also enable coordination response operations with counterparts from Federal agencies, state, local, and tribal governments, private sector organizations, non-governmental agencies, and other emergency management partners. The VTTX occurs 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET.

EMI will conduct the following VTTX programs in February and March:

- February 9, 10, 11, 2016:  Cyber scenario (course number V0015B)

- February 23, 24, 25, 2016:  Tornado scenario (course number V0005A)

- March 8, 9, 10, 2016:  Tornado scenario (course number V0005B)

- March 22, 23, 24, 2016:  Flood scenario (course number V0007)

To participate in a VTTX, submit an email request to Doug Kahn at douglas.kahn@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-7645.  Please send a courtesy copy email to the Integrated Emergency Management Branch at FEMA-EMI-IEMB@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-1381.  The deadline for applying to a VTTX is four weeks prior to the start date. Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx.

REMINDER: FEMA Seeks Input on Individual Assistance Declaration Criteria for States

FEMA is seeking public comment on proposed changes to regulation describing FEMA’s Individual Assistance (IA) declarations criteria. FEMA published the proposed rule in the Federal Register, and is seeking comments by January 11, 2016.

The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) requires FEMA to review, update and revise, through rulemaking, the factors it uses to measure the severity, magnitude, and impact of a disaster. The proposed rule, which has a 60 day public comment period, is intended to provide more objective and clear IA declaration factors and speed the declaration process, including FEMA’s recommendation to the President on whether a major disaster declaration authorizing IA is warranted.

The proposed rule largely expands and clarifies current factors and aligns them with the data presently collected to support the evaluation process and adds additional data sets easily accessible by states. FEMA reviewed the current factors and the proposed rule intends to revise the current factors by including:  State Fiscal Capacity and Resource Availability, Uninsured Home and Personal Property Losses, Disaster Impacted Population Profile, Impact to Community Infrastructure, Casualties, and Disaster Related Unemployment.

Comments are due on January 11, 2016, and can be submitted online.

REMINDER: Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Application Period Open

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) opened for applications on Monday, December 7, and will close on Friday, January 15, 2016, at 5 p.m. ET. Grant guidance for this program is available at www.grants.gov and www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program. The “Get Ready Guide” may also be useful for potential applicants and is provided to answer questions and to help prepare grant applications.


The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, (Pub. L. 113-76) provides $306,000,000 in AFG Program funding to assist fire departments and nonaffiliated ambulance and emergency medical service organizations meet their firefighting and emergency response needs. The AFG Program enables these organizations to obtain the tools and resources necessary to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.