FEMA Bulletin Week of June 6, 2016

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Week of June 6, 2016

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

June 7, 2016

Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise Begins

June 9, 2016

18th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium Concludes

June 15, 2016

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

Emergency Alert System Test in Western States

June 20, 2016

Building a Roadmap to Resilience: A Whole Community Training Registration Deadline

July 1, 2016

Application Deadline for Master Exercise Practitioner Program

July 8, 2016

Tribal Consultation Hazard Mitigation Planning Comment Period Ends

Cascadia Rising Exercise Engages Interagency, State, Local and Tribal Partners

Cascadia Subduction Zone

From June 7-10, Emergency Operations and Coordination Centers at all levels of government, including state agencies, tribal nations, cities, counties, federal officials, the military, non-government organizations and the private sector will participate in a simulated field response operation intended to prepare communities in the Pacific Northwest for an earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ).

This large-scale drill, known as the Cascadia Rising exercise, will simulate response efforts following a magnitude-9.0 earthquake along the CSZ and a resulting tsunami to prepare emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest for a catastrophic disaster scenario impacting their jurisdictions and neighboring communities. One of the primary goals of Cascadia Rising is to train and test a whole community approach to complex disaster operations as a joint team.

The CSZ spans from northern California to southern British Columbia. This subduction zone can produce earthquakes as large as magnitude-9.0 and corresponding tsunamis. Scientific evidence indicates that a magnitude-8.0 to 9.0 earthquake occurs along the 800-mile fault on average once every 200 to 500 years. The last major earthquake and tsunami along the fault occurred over 300 years ago in 1700.

A July 2015 article, "The Really Big One," in the New Yorker drew national attention to the possibility of a large-scale event occurring along the CSZ. To read more about the Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise, visit FEMA.gov.

Hurricane Preparedness: Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

President Obama Visits FEMA Headquarters
(Photo credit: White House Faceboook page)


President Barack Obama visited FEMA Headquarters on Tuesday, May 31, for the Annual Hurricane Preparedness Briefing in advance of the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1.


During his visit, Obama emphasized the role all citizens play in disaster preparedness.  


"One of the things that we have learned over the course of the last seven and a half years is that government plays a vital role, but it is every citizen’s responsibility to be prepared for a disaster," Obama said. "And that means taking proactive steps, like having an evacuation plan, having a fully stocked disaster supply kit."


The president also encouraged downloading the FEMA App, as well as visiting Ready.gov to obtain resources to help with preparing for a disaster.


To read the president's full remarks, visit www.whitehouse.gov.


2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook


On May 27, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its outlook for the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30. According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season will most likely be near-normal. However, predicting the formation of Atlantic storms is particularly difficult due to forecast uncertainty in climate signals. NOAA will issue an updated outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season in early August, just prior to the peak of the season. To read the full press release, visit noaa.gov.


FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate joined National Hurricane Center (NHC) Director Dr. Rick Knabb for NHC's annual media day in Miami on June 1, marking the first official day of the Atlantic hurricane season. Visit the White House blog to read Fugate's latest post, "Three Actions to Take Now to Prepare for Hurricane Season."

Download the FEMA App

New FEMA Ready Business Workshop Talks Tornadoes as Real Storms Swirl

On Thursday, May 26, FEMA, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and Johnson County Emergency Management presented the first Ready Business Workshop in Olathe, Kansas.

More than 80 representatives from organizations including AIG, American Red Cross, Cisco Systems, FLASH, Garmin, Kansas City Power & Light, Saint Luke’s Health Systems, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Sprint, UPS, Walgreens and Waste Management attended the workshop, which focused on the severe wind and tornado threat to the region.

Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Robeson and FEMA Region VII Regional Administrator Beth Freeman welcomed participants and provided opening remarks. Leslie Chapman-Henderson, FLASH President and CEO, introduced the audience to the new Ready Business Toolkit and Workshop series.

National Weather Service representatives provided an overview of local severe wind and tornado threats. Moore, Oklahoma, City Councilman and State Farm Agent Terry Cavnar presented the new Back-to-Business Self-Assessment tool, along with his own personal account of experiencing multiple, deadly tornadoes while at work.

The morning session concluded with a panel discussion on best practices for business readiness.  Johnson County Community College's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Alisa Pacer stressed the importance of refreshing tornado procedures through drilling, and highlighted her “Building Emergency Leaders” program that trains students and staff to help move the public into or away from structures as emergency conditions arise.

The afternoon session coincided with a real-world tornado warning in the Greater Kansas City community as the group moved through a tabletop exercise focused on public-private coordination before, during, and after a disaster.

Future workshops will include toolkits for severe wind, tornado, inland flooding and power outage. Each will also include a community-based, public-private operational coordination exercise.

For more information about Ready Business Workshops, contact the FEMA Private Sector Division at FEMA-Private-Sector@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA Releases Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit

FEMA's Ready Campaign released a Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit. This toolkit offers safety and preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels by either copying these messages directly or customizing them to reach your audience.


The Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit offers tips on pet preparedness, graphics and videos to enhance social media posts, as well as guidance on hashtag and emoji usage. Visit Ready.gov to learn more.

Emergency Management Institute Offers Roadmap to Resilience Training

FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) developed a new training course entitled, Building a Roadmap to Resilience: A Whole Community Training. This course is designed to inspire and provide participants with information intended to increase a community’s resilience through the whole community approach to emergency management. On July 25-27, 2016, ICPD and the Emergency Management Institute will host the first delivery of this course at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.


FEMA published "A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action" in December 2011, outlining a community-centric approach focusing on team strengths and capabilities to better prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against all hazards. Building a Roadmap to Resilience is intended to build upon the findings of FEMA as well as best practices uncovered by local efforts and turn them into manageable actions that local government entities can implement.  Participants in this course will be provided the tools and knowledge to establish a community coalition and to encourage community leaders to make resiliency gains within the unique circumstances of their jurisdiction.


The target audience for this course includes community stakeholders interested in disaster resilience, and emergency management professionals with less than three years of experience who support or implement inclusive emergency management, community disaster planning, preparedness activities, and community outreach partners at the state and local levels.


If you know of individuals who may be interested in attending this offering, please direct them to their State Training Officer (or point of contact) to submit a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application. The deadline to register is June 20, 2016. For more information, contact Matthew Lyttle at matthew.lyttle@fema.dhs.gov.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Emergency Alert System Test Scheduled for June 15

FEMA, in coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers and state broadcasters’ associations, will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in nine states on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 4:20 p.m. EDT. Broadcasters from the following locations are voluntarily participating in the test: California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wyoming and Washington. The EAS test might also be seen and heard in states and tribal areas, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico, that border participating states. The EAS test is made available to radio, broadcast and cable television systems and is scheduled to last approximately one minute.


The test will verify the delivery and broadcast, and assess the readiness for distribution of a national-level test message. The next national test is scheduled for September 28, 2016. Results from this test will support preparations and improvements leading up to the national test. More information on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System and Wireless Emergency Alerts is available at www.fema.gov/ipaws or www.ready.gov/alerts.


Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Applications Due June 15

FEMA announced the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for the FY 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance 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.


Emergency Management Institute's Master Exercise Practitioner Program

The Master Exercise Practitioner Program application period is open until July 1, 2016. Participants in the program are assigned to an exercise planning team where they are challenged to: demonstrate their expertise at all levels of exercise design and conduct; and apply best practices and lessons learned from their organizations and experience. Contact fema-emi-iemb@fema.dhs.gov for more information.


FEMA Tribal Consultation Period on Hazard Mitigation Planning Continues Until July 8

FEMA is updating its policy that guides how Agency officials interpret regulatory requirements in their review and approval of tribal mitigation plans. FEMA is seeking feedback from tribal governments regarding this updated policy, “Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide.” Tribal officials’ suggestions and comments will inform further development of the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide.


Tribal officials can submit comments on the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide: Key Concepts document until July 8, 2016, either by e-mail to tribalconsultation@fema.dhs.gov or by mail to ATTN: Tyler Corson-Rikert, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), DHS/FEMA, 400 C Street SW, Suite 313, Washington, DC 20472-3020. Visit FEMA’s Tribal Affairs web page for more information on the tribal consultation period for this policy.