FEMA Bulletin Week of November 21, 2016

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Week of November 21, 2016

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

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

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? To ensure home fire safety, please keep these tips in mind as you prepare your holiday meal.


If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. If you are frying your turkey:

- Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.

- Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.

- Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.

- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.

- Also, always use the fryer outdoors; never on a deck or in the garage; and keep the fryer a safe distance from the home and other buildings.

Stuffing and Potatoes

- Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing.

- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.


- Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.

- Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.

- Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.

- Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.

For more home cooking fire safety tips, visit www.usfa.fema.gov.


Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Higher Education Webinar in Emergency Management Employment

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Program is hosting a webinar on November 30, 2016, from 2-3 p.m. EST highlighting employment and internships for students. The webinar will host a discussion of the current environment students encounter with an emphasis on building partnerships between practitioners and academics to realize meaningful internship opportunities and prepare graduates for viable job placement upon graduation.   

The webinar, "Jobs and Internships for Emergency Management Students," features presenters from the following higher education institutions:

- E. Tal Ehlers, Master Exercise Practitioner, Uintah County, Utah, Emergency Manager

- Brent Cox, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Disaster Preparedness, Arkansas State University

- Timothy J. De Palma, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, BS in Emergency Management, Barry University

- Wendy Walsh, Higher Education Program Manager, Emergency Management Institute, Moderator

Interested individuals should register using the event registration link. Conference call information:  800-320-4330, PIN: 376368. For more information about the webinar, contact Wendy Walsh at wendy.walsh@fema.dhs.gov.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

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.

Applications Open for Integrated Emergency Management Courses

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) 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 (SLTT) government personnel; their SLTT 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 EMI 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.