FEMA Bulletin Week of October 31, 2016

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Week of October 31, 2016

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

November 4: Advanced Public Information Officer Training Application Deadline

Advanced Public Information Officer Training Application Deadline

November 18: Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Application Deadline

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Application Deadline

December 9: Emergency Management Institute's Basic Academy Application Deadline

Emergency Management Institute's Basic Academy Application Deadline

December 15: Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Progress Measures Deadline

Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Progress Measures Deadline

FEMA Implementing New Public Assistance Program in Georgia

FEMA and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency will implement the second stage of the new model for delivering the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) program during recovery operations from Hurricane Matthew. Georgia will be the third state to participate in the phased process implementation as FEMA creates a more streamlined approach to providing disaster assistance.

FEMA fully implemented the new PA delivery model for the first time in the State of Oregon this past spring. Through extensive feedback from the Oregon and external partners, FEMA incorporated recommendations into the new delivery model that will be used in Georgia. Beta testing of the model was also conducted in 2015 in Iowa.

The Stage 2 implementation for Georgia will include using the new Customer Relations Management Tool, which is a web-based tracking system applicants use to upload required project documentation.

FEMA’s Basic Academy Offers Training for New Emergency Managers

FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy is the entry point for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. The Basic Academy offers the tools to develop comprehensive foundational skills. The Academy provides a unique opportunity to build camaraderie, to establish professional contacts, and to understand the roles, responsibilities, and legal constructs associated with emergency management.

The curriculum consists of five courses: Foundations of Emergency Management; Science of Disaster; Planning: Emergency Operations; Exercise Design; and Public Information and Warning. Foundations of Emergency Management will be held January 23-February 3, 2017. Applications are due by December 9, 2016. The next course, Science of Disaster, is a three-day course consisting of 24 contact hours of training and will be offered on March 13, 2017. The remainder of the courses will be offered on a quarterly basis during the remainder of 2017.

The courses will be delivered by the Emergency Management Institute at FEMA’s National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. For more information, visit the EMI website or send an email to FEMA-EMPP-Basic-Academy@fema.dhs.gov. Basic Academy courses may be taken even when participants are not planning to receive a Basic Academy certification.

The Basic Academy is the first of a three-level Academy series in the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP). The EMPP curriculum is designed to provide a lifetime of learning for emergency management professionals and includes three separate, but closely threaded, training programs. The program builds from the Basic Academy to the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, a program to develop the next generation of emergency management leaders who are trained in advanced concepts, issues, leadership and management in addition to critical thinking and problem solving skills. The EMPP culminates with the National Emergency Management Executive Academy, a program designed to challenge and enhance the talents of senior executives through critical thinking, visionary strategic planning, challenging conventional concepts, and negotiation and conflict resolution applied to complex real-world problems.

Emergency management professionals should visit www.training.fema.gov/empp for more information or contact the following individuals:

- Basic Academy, contact Jeffrey Januchowski at Jeffrey.Januchowski@fema.dhs.gov

- Advanced Academy, contact Douglas Kuhn at Douglas.Kuhn@fema.dhs.gov

- Executive Academy, contact Wendy Walsh at Wendy.Walsh@fema.dhs.gov

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

EMI Offers Advanced Public Information Officer Training

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute is offering the Advanced Public Information Officer (PIO) course on November 28 – December 2, 2016. The course, held at NETC in Maryland, provides participants with the skills to establish, manage, and work in a Joint Information Center (JIC).


Students will practice developing strategic messaging in support of incident action plans and manage a JIC. Individuals who took the course prior to 2011 are eligible to retake the training course since it was updated during the past two years. A full list of course prerequisites is available online.


The application deadline is November 4, 2016. If interested, contact Phil Politano, Training Specialist - Course Manager, at Philip.Politano@fema.dhs.gov or (301) 447-1343. For information on prerequisites and course schedules, go to http://training.fema.gov/programs/pio/.


Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

FEMA announced the annual funding opportunity for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Fiscal Year 2016 AFG program will award $310.5 million to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters against fire-related deaths and hazards. FEMA awards AFG funding to fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations, and state fire-training academies. In addition, FEMA awards funding to other nonprofit organizations recognized for their experience and expertise with respect to fire prevention, fire safety programs and activities, and firefighter research and development programs.

Since 2002, FEMA has awarded $6.8 billion in fire grants to more than 62,300 recipients. Historically, 84 percent of awards go towards purchasing personal protective equipment, vehicles, and other operational equipment.

The application period is open through November 18, 2016. The grant guidance is posted at www.grants.gov and here. Applicants who need additional information may contact firegrants@fema.gov or call 866-274-0960.

Draft Disaster Resilience Indicators Concept Deadline Extended

The deadline has been extended until December 15, 2016, to submit inputs and feedback to the Mitigation Federal Leadership Group (MitFLG) Disaster Resilience Indicators Subcommittee’s “Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Progress Measures." Stakeholders can submit comments and feedback to FEMA-CommunityResilience@fema.dhs.gov.


The document 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 initiative through FEMA and NOAA partnership here.

Integrating Emergency Management into Institutions of Higher Education

EMI will conduct the "Integrating Emergency Management Education into Your Institution" course to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities with either establishing or enhancing their emergency management curricula.


The course addresses issues unique to these institutions and begins the process of identifying and overcoming institutional roadblocks of emergency management-related offerings. The intended audience includes department chairs in disciplines such as sociology, geography, public administration, and psychology from minority and minority serving institutions of higher education. The course goal is to achieve a more diverse population of emergency management professionals who reflect the communities in which they live and work.


The course will be taught on the following dates:

- February 27-28, 2017, for Hispanic Serving Institutions

- March 27-28, 2017, for Tribal Colleges and Universities

- April 19-20, 2017, for Historically Black Colleges and Universities


All sessions of the course will be taught at the Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center (NETC) at Emmisburg, Maryland. The application deadline is no later than eight weeks prior to the start of the course. Enrollment is limited to the first 20 applicants. To apply, complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application, with student signature and signature of supervisor or sponsoring agency official.  Mail, scan, or fax the application to: NETC, Admissions Office Room I-216, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998; Phone:  (301) 447-1035 Fax:  (301) 447-1658; Email:  netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov.


For more information, contact Lillian Virgil at Lillian.Virgil@fema.dhs.gov.