FEMA Bulletin Week of March 21, 2016

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Week of March 21, 2016

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

March 23, 2016

Webinar: Reaching Hard-to-Reach Audiences with Fire Safety Messages

March 24, 2016


Webinar: Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities


Deadline: National Advisory Council Application


March 25, 2016

Deadline: Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Application

March 28, 2016

Deadline: Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application

March 31, 2016

Deadline: National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Application

April 7, 2016

Deadline: Comment Period for Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance

April 12, 2016


Deadline: National Training, Education and Exercise Symposium Application


Pre-Symposium Workshop Application


May 19, 2016

National Presentation: Road to Resilience - Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit

June 15, 2016

Deadline: Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants Applications

New Online Course: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering a new self-paced, independent study course, Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster.


This course explores how religious and cultural communities are engaged during disasters, how religious and cultural diversity and practice is protected by law, and how religious and cultural diversity can strengthen emergency management capabilities.  It provides emergency management professionals and faith and community leaders active in disaster with literacy and competency tools to engage religious and cultural groups both pre- and post-disaster.


The course was developed to support partnerships between the first responders and faith-based and community organizations to more effectively serve disaster survivors in their time of need.

National Flood Insurance Program Implements Rate Changes Effective April 1, 2016

FEMA, through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), provides the opportunity for homeowners, renters, and businesses to purchase flood insurance for financial protection against flooding. FEMA also works with communities to update and develop flood maps to inform the community of their current flood risk. These actions allow community members to take important steps to prepare for, and mitigate, flooding risk in their area.


FEMA announced plans to implement changes to the NFIP as mandated by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. Last October, FEMA advised stakeholders and interested parties of the April 1, 2016 implementation of the program's incremental rate increases required by law to continue the process to bring rates to full risk.

This Week's Deadlines

Webinar on March 23: Reaching Hard-to-Reach Audiences with Fire Safety Messages

Join the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) webinar, Is Your Message Reaching Your Intended Audience?


This webinar explores how to effectively reach audiences, address perceptions, and change behavior through effective messages. A well-crafted message misses the mark if it does not reach its intended audience due to packaging and/or placement.


This webinar will be held March 23, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT).


The event is a part of the Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ Webinar Series.  There is no cost and attendance is limited. Register today.


Webinar on March 24: Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities

FEMA is hosting a webinar about Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA) which are priorities this fiscal year in the competitive PDM grant program.


The webinar will be held Thursday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT on FEMA Adobe Connect (Call-in Number: 1-800-320-4330 PIN 789819 #). Closed captioning will be provided.


Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Application Information

FEMA announced the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for the FY 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs. These two grant programs assist state, local, tribal and territorial governments in strengthening our nation's ability to reduce the potential cost of natural disasters to communities and their citizens. The NOFO for each program is posted on Grants.gov and contains the key program priorities and application requirements.  Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. EDT on June 15, 2016.


Applications due March 24: FEMA National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council (NAC) is a federal advisory committee established to ensure effective coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management frameworks, strategies, and plans. Individuals who are interested in serving on the NAC may submit an application by March 24, 2016 to be considered for an appointment.


One representative appointment will be made in each of the following areas: Access and Functional Needs, Emergency Management, Non-Elected Local Government Officials and Non-Elected State Government Officials. One Special Government Employee appointment is available in the areas of Emergency Medical Providers, Public Health, and Standards Setting and Accrediting. Additionally, FEMA Administrator selections of up to four Special Government Employee positions, including one emerging leader position, will also be made.


Instructions on how to apply and Frequently Asked Questions can be found at FEMA.Gov/Membership Applications.


Applications due on March 25: FY '15 SAFER Grants

The Fiscal Year 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) application period will close Friday, March 25, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

The SAFER program provides approximately $340 million in competitive grants to fire departments and national, state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters. 


Go to Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants for more information and application materials.


Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Apply for FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

Individual and Community Preparedness Awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by individuals and organizations that made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient.


To be considered for this year’s awards, all submissions must be received by March 28, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, and they must feature program activities between January 1, 2015, and March 28, 2016. Submit applications to citizencorps@fema.dhs.gov.  


Visit Ready.Gov for more information, to download the application, and to read the application guidance


Comment Period for Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance

In early January, FEMA entered the next phase of tribal consultation for the Stafford Act disaster declaration process for tribal governments. The draft guidance is posted to the Federal Register and will be available for comment until April 7, 2016. Additional information regarding the consultation process may be found at Second Draft Tribal Declaration Pilot Guidance.

Webinar on May 19: Road to Resilience

The Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit is hosting a two-day session about the lessons learned through the recovery journeys of several southwestern Missouri communities affected by a devastating tornado in May 2011.   The opening session, "Road to Resilience, " will be available via webinar for national audience participation. To register for the webinar, send an email to FEMARegion7info@fema.dhs.gov with your full name, organization, phone number, and email address.


Date: Thursday, May 19

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT


For those interested in attending the two-day summit on May 19-20 may register by visiting Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit. The cost is $75 per person and registration is limited to 300 participants.

Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations for either the two-day summit or the webinar should contact FEMARegion7info@fema.dhs.gov by May 5, 2016.

Additional EMI Courses and Event Deadlines

National Training, Education, and Exercise Symposium: Requirements-Based Investments to Build National Capabilities, May 24-26. Registration deadline: April 12, 2016. For more information, contact the EMI National Training Liaison, Dan Lubman, at daniel.lubman@fema.dhs.gov.


The National Emergency Management Advanced Academy is accepting applications from March 1 - March 31 with selections in June and announcements in July. 


For additional information, visit EMI's Emergency Management Training, Virtual Tabletop Exercises and Course Schedule.