FEMA Bulletin Week of December 19, 2016

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Week of December 19, 2016

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

DEC 27

 Emergency Management Institute Hazmat Virtual Tabletop Exercise Application Deadline


2016 Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks Program Funding Opportunity Application Deadline

February 15: Integrated Emergency Management Course Application Deadline

Integrated Emergency Management Course Application Deadline

Apply to Become a Trainer for the National Emergency Management Basic Academy

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering a Train the Trainer course for the National Emergency Management Basic Academy.  To qualify to enroll in the Train the Trainer course, individuals must have at least five years background in emergency management and at least three years of experience delivering emergency management instruction to adults.


Train-the-Trainer is devoted to course delivery strategy, logistics, demonstrations, and adult learning methods. In addition, there are student teach-backs that summarize a portion of the Basic Academy course subject matter, and describe activities and exercises. Upon completion of the course, students will possess the skills necessary to set up and facilitate an offering of the Basic Academy courses.


The entry-point for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management, the Basic Academy offers the tools to develop comprehensive foundational skills.  For those who are new to emergency management, the Basic Academy also provides a unique opportunity to build camaraderie, to establish professional contacts, and to understand the roles, responsibilities, and legal boundaries associated with emergency management. 


Course Dates: February 27-March 3; May 1-5, and August 7-11, 2017

Location: Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD

Application Deadlines:  January 13, March 20, and June 26 respectively


For additional information, call Jeff Januchowski at (301) 447-1356 or contact by email at jeffrey.januchowski@fema.dhs.gov.

Emergency Management Institute Offers Tornado Virtual Tabletop Exercise

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer six sessions of a tornado scenario on February 21, 22, 23, 2017 and March 7, 8, and 9. The VTTX helps communities prepare for the upcoming tornado season using historical events and recovery actions.  The application deadlines are January 11 and January 25 respectively. Content is the same each day, and participants would attend only one session in February or March. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting and can be used to assess 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 design of the VTTX is for a group of ten or more representatives from state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency communities of practice and 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 via a site equipped with the appropriate VTC capability (not Adobe Connect or Face Time-based), but 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. Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx.


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.

Grant Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks

The grant application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program) is currently open. The CCTA program provides $35.94 million to state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to improve their ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks in collaboration with the whole community.


The application period will remain open until February 10, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM ET.  The FY 2016 CCTA Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is located online at: http://www.fema.gov/grants as well as on http://www.grants.gov Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 97.133.


If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.


Applications Open for Integrated Emergency Management Courses

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) conducts Integrated Emergency Management Courses (IEMC's) 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's 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.