FEMA Bulletin Week of December 5, 2016

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Week of December 5, 2016

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Important Dates & Deadlines

dec 13


EMI Cyber Virtual Exercise 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

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

The risk of having a home fire increases during the winter months from December through February.To help teach the public about winter fire hazards and ways to prevent them, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up to promote “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires.” Each week during the campaign, USFA will share helpful, practical tips to help us make our homes and families safer.



Follow #wintersafety on Twitter @usfire and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usfire



For additional fire safety and prevention information, visit the U.S. Fire Administration.

Public Notice of the FEMA Intended Procurement for NFIP

With the impacts of several large flood disasters over the past years, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) experienced situations where the cost of policy claims far exceeded the amount of premiums and accumulated surplus.  This resulted in the NFIP incurring a debt to the U.S. Treasury of $23 billion.



Through the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, FEMA received the authority to secure reinsurance from the private reinsurance and capital markets. In response, FEMA created the NFIP Reinsurance Program with the primary objective to diversify the tools it uses to manage the financial consequences of the government’s catastrophic flood risk.



The NFIP Reinsurance Initiative Team took a measured step to execute a small, reinsurance placement in September 2016 to identify and resolve any barriers or issues in advance of a larger implementation.  In early January, FEMA plans to implement a larger reinsurance program at the federal level. 



On December 1, 2016, FEMA published a notice of its intended reinsurance procurement for the NFIP. The official notice can be found here. This notice includes all the procurement, contact information, and details on how to submit a request for participation.



For more information about the Reinsurance Program visit https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program-2016-reinsurance-initiative.

Emergency Management Institute Offers Cyber Virtual Tabletop Exercise

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer a long term power outage scenario January 24, 25, and 26, 2017. The VTTX involves personnel discussing simulated scenarios that can be used to develop plans, policies, training, and procedures. EMI conducts a monthly series of VTTXs using a Video Teleconference (VTC) platform to reach community-based training audiences around the country, providing a virtual forum for disaster training.



The exercise is intended to provide an opportunity for responders across the Nation to simultaneously participate in a hazard-specific facilitated discussion. Participants will need to connect through a site equipped with the appropriate VTC capability (not Adobe Connect or Face Time-based). Alternate ways to participate are also available upon request.



The VTTX will occur 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET on each of the days listed above. To participate, send an email to Doug Kahn at douglas.kahn@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-7645. Also, send a courtesy copy email to the Integrated Emergency Management Branch at fema-emi-iemb@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-1381.The application deadline is December 13. Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx.

In Case You Missed It: FEMA Releases the Nuclear Radiological Incident Annex

On November 2, 2016, FEMA finalized the Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex (NRIA) that serves as a supplement to the Federal Interagency Operational Plan (FIOP) and National Response Framework (NRF). The Annex provides hazard-specific supplemental information for Federal departments and agencies to respond to threats or actual nuclear or radiological incidents, whether resulting from accidents, deliberate acts, or natural disasters.



The Annex was developed by FEMA and an interagency planning team that included the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.



The NRIA describes the process and structures for Federal departments and agencies to respond to threats or actual nuclear or radiological incidents resulting from accidents, deliberate acts, or natural disasters. The Annex is an excellent reference guide for states, tribes, and locals conducting their own planning for nuclear and radiological incidents.



Please visit FEMA’s website to view the Annex. For any questions on the Annex or other FEMA Response plans, please email response-planning@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.