FEMA Bulletin Week of July 11, 2016

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Week of July 11, 2016

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

July 21, 2016

Region III Public-Private Sector Tabletop Exercise

August 1, 2016

Draft Individuals and Households Program Unified Guidance Comment Period Ends

Aug 5

Application Deadline for National Emergency Management Executive Academy

August 15, 2016

Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Progress Measures Comment Period Ends

Emergency Management Institute Offers Course Simulating Emergency Operation Centers

FEMA’s Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC) is a four-and-a-half day training that simulates realistic crisis situations that emergency operations center (EOC) personnel and community leadership/elected officials may encounter during disasters or other events. 


FEMA congratulates Des Moines County, Iowa for completing their IEMC.  Des Moines’ course was designed specifically for their jurisdiction, providing both lecture and exercised-based training focused on response operations for a simulated tornado. 


IEMC courses help increase the skills of participating officials, and provide a forum to evaluate the effectiveness of their specific emergency policies, plans, and procedures that protect life and property.


The course’s target audience includes state, local, tribal, and territorial government personnel; their elected and appointed officials; supervisory, operations, and emergency support personnel; nonprofit organizations; the private sector; law enforcement personnel; firefighters; attorneys; public information officers; planners; and more.  Each participant is assigned a role similar to their designed position in an EOC.  Each IEMC course addresses leadership, policy-based decision making, lessons learned, and best practices from real world activations, as well as the functional aspects of an EOC.


IEMC classes are principally delivered at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute at the National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, Maryland; however delivery may occur in the community. Questions should be directed to FEMA-EMI-IEMB@fema.dhs.gov. If your jurisdiction is interested in applying for the program and obtaining information on the application process and its timeline, please visit http://training.fema.gov/iemc/.

Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program

On July 6, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced $10 million in available funds for the new Fiscal Year 2016 Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program.


This is the first federal assistance program devoted exclusively to providing local communities with the resources to counter violent extremism in the homeland. In addition to state, local and tribal governments, non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. These grants will help scale community-led initiatives across the country to address the evolving terrorist threat, including international and domestic terrorism. Specifically, funding will support training, community engagements, and activities that challenge violent extremist narratives used to recruit and radicalize individuals to violence.


This grant program was developed by the DHS Office for Community Partnerships in conjunction with FEMA. The notice of funding opportunity and application process is now open. For more information on how to apply please go here: www.dhs.gov/cvegrants.

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Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

FEMA Region III Hosts Public-Private Sector Tabletop Exercise

On July 21, 2016, FEMA Region III will host the third annual Public-Private Sector Tabletop Exercise in Philadelphia, PA, which will focus on cyber as the threat scenario. This full-day event will bring together members of the public and private sectors to educate and inform participants on contemporary cyber threats. Throughout the course of the day’s events, participants will be invited to share best practices, information sharing methods, capabilities, resources, and incident response plans for cyber attacks. For more information on this event or to register, click here.


FEMA Posts Draft Individuals and Households Program Unified Guidance for Public Comment

On June 15, 2016, FEMA posted the draft Individuals and Households Program Unified Guidance (IHPUG) to the Federal Register for public comment. FEMA strongly encourages the public and emergency management community to submit comments. The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) is the most publicly recognizable FEMA program and this is an excellent opportunity for the public to provide their input.The draft guidance is posted to the Federal Register, and will be available for comment until August 1, 2016.


Apply for the 2017 National Emergency Management Executive Academy 

The objective of the Executive Academy is to engage, challenge and enhance the talents of emergency management executives through critical thinking, visionary strategic planning, and negotiation and conflict resolution when applied to complex real-world problems. The Executive Academy consists of four resident sessions, webinars, distance learning, and literature reviews. Executives will explore how they can leverage science, technology, engineering, and data analysis to impact critical decisions and guide informed policy development.  Executives will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on projects, share smart practices, and participate in exercises on cascading and catastrophic events.


The four resident sessions, to be conducted by EMI at the National Emergency Training Center, in Emmitsburg, Maryland, will include:

• Systems Thinking& Research Methods for Executives:  February 13 – 16, 2017


• Executive Emergency Management Leader Core Competencies I:  April 24 – 27, 2017


• Executive Emergency Management Leader Core Competencies II:  July 10 – 14, 2017


• Executive Emergency Management Leaders Core Competencies III:  September 18 – 22, 2017


Applications will be accepted through August 5, 2016. There are a limited number of seats and enrollment is competitive. For more information on the Executive Academy and the application and selection process, visit www.training.fema.gov/EMPP/executive.asp.


The Executive Academy is the pinnacle of a three-level Academy series in the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) which includes Basic, Advanced, and Executive Academies. Emergency management professionals should visit the EMPP page for more information about which academy best suits their needs.


Draft Disaster Resilience Indicators Concept Released By Mitigation Federal Leadership Group Subcommittee

FEMA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and their federal partners in the Mitigation Federal Leadership Group (MitFLG) Disaster Resilience Indicators Subcommittee released a “Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Progress Measures."


This concept is the result of a year-long effort to identify potential indicators of community resilience capacity building that align with the Mitigation and Recovery Core Capabilities under the National Preparedness Goal. Learn more details about this joint FEMA/NOAA initiative here www.fema.gov/community-resilience-indicators.


The document, compiled in response to broad public interest in identifying key factors of community resilience nationwide in order to promote better-informed capacity building strategies, is intended to start a broad conversation among public- and private-sector stakeholders on how best to define and track improvements in community resilience capacity across 28 key indicator categories.


Interested stakeholders seeking to add their input can submit comments and feedback to the Disaster Resilience Indicators Subcommittee of the MitFLG at FEMA-CommunityResilience@fema.dhs.gov by August 15, 2016.


The MitFLG subcommittee was led by representatives of FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and includes significant contributions from federal partners such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey, and others.