FEMA Bulletin Week of November 7, 2016

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Week of November 7, 2016

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

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

February 15: Integrated Emergency Management Course Application Deadline

Integrated Emergency Management Course Application Deadline

Application Period Opens for Communities to Exercise Local Disaster Response

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute conducts Integrated Emergency Management Courses (IEMC) throughout the year and across the country. The four-and-a-half day training course is designed specifically for communities, providing both lecture and exercise-based training focused on response operations for a disaster or emergency that could happen in their area.

IEMC courses simulate realistic crisis situations that emergency operations center personnel and community leadership/elected officials may encounter during disasters or other events. Also, the course enhances the skills of participating officials and provides a forum to evaluate the effectiveness of their specific emergency policies, plans, and procedures to 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.

IEMC classes are principally delivered at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland; however, delivery may also occur in the community. 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/. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017. Questions should be directed to FEMA-EMI-IEMB@fema.dhs.gov.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

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.

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


Seeking Comments on Draft Disaster Resilience Indicators Concept

The deadline 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" is December 15, 2016. 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.