FEMA Bulletin Week of February 13, 2017

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Week of February 13, 2017

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

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National Advisory Council Application Deadline


Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide Comment Deadline

National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Application Period Begins in March

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is accepting applications for the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA). This program addresses program management and oversight, effective communication, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking skills. The target audience is mid-level managers who have a minimum of three years of experience in an emergency management position to include government, non-profit, voluntary organization, and private sector leaders who are responsible for emergency management or homeland security.


The NEMAA Program consists of four resident courses and is five days in length. Classes begin in October, November, or December 2017 and are ideally taken sequentially through September 2018. Applications will be accepted from March 1 – May 31, 2017 with selections in June and announcements in July.

For more information, contact fema-empp-advanced-academy@fema.dhs.gov.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Emergency Management Institute Offers Hurricane Virtual Tabletop Exercise

FEMA’s EMI Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer six sessions of a hurricane scenario on March 21, 22, 23 and April 11, 12, 13. The VTTX helps communities prepare for the upcoming hurricane season using historical events and recovery actions.  The application deadlines are February 21 and March 14 respectively. Content is the same each day, and participants would attend only one session. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures.


The VTTX will occur 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST 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.


FEMA Hosts Webinar on the New Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance

FEMA invites you to participate in a webinar/conference call on the recently released Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance. The webinar will provide a forum to answer questions about the declarations process for tribal nations. The pilot guidance describes the process tribal governments will use to request Stafford Act declarations and the criteria FEMA will use to evaluate direct tribal declaration requests and make recommendations to the President.


The webinar will take place on February 27 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST. To participate via the web click here. The link will prompt you to sign-in as guest. Please enter your name and click “Enter Room.”


To participate via phone, please call 1-800-320-4330; Pin 265976#. Please keep in mind if you choose to call in, you will hear audio (only) and will not have visibility to the Adobe Connect slide deck presentation.


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


FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council

FEMA is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply to be considered for appointment. The NAC is a federal advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. The NAC is a geographically diverse mix of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations who advise the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management.


FEMA is accepting applications for open positions in the following discipline areas:

Elected Tribal Government Executive (one representative appointment); Non-elected Tribal Government Official (one representative appointment); Emergency Management Field (one representative appointment); Emergency Response Providers, which includes fire, law enforcement, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, and organizations representing emergency response providers (one representative appointment); Standards Setting and Accrediting Organizations, which includes the voluntary consensus codes and standards development community (one representative appointment); Individuals with Disabilities (one representative appointment); Health Scientist (one SGE appointment); Infrastructure Protection Expert (one SGE appointment); Administrator Selections (up to five SGE appointments)


All appointments are for three-year terms starting in September 2017. Applications must be received by the close of business on March 15, 2017. Qualified individuals interested in serving on the NAC are invited to apply for appointment. More information can be found here.


FEMA Seeks Comment on Updated Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide

FEMA is updating its policy that guides how agency officials interpret regulatory requirements in their review and approval of tribal mitigation plans. The updated Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide will supersede FEMA’s current Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance issued in 2010.

The goal is to simplify the Guidance, address key policy questions, and improve alignment with similar FEMA policies on state and local mitigation planning. The underlying regulatory requirements for tribal mitigation planning in the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR part 201) have not changed.

During the initial consultation period, April 26 to July 8, 2016, FEMA engaged tribal leaders through face-to-face meetings, conferences, and webinars to seek discussion and input on questions highlighted in a short “Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide: Key Concepts” document. During this second consultation and outreach period, FEMA is seeking comments on the “Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide Draft, January 2017.” The Guide and a fact sheet summarizing the initial consultation period are posted to the FEMA Library.

Tribal officials can submit comments on the Guide by mail to: ATTN: National Mitigation Planning Program, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), DHS/FEMA, 400 C Street SW, Suite 313, Washington, DC 20472-3020.


Comments can also be submitted by electronic mail to tribalconsultation@fema.dhs.gov. All comments must be submitted either by U.S. mail or e-mail no later than April 9, 2017.


In addition, webinars to present information on the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide will be held March 1, 4:00 p.m. EST and March 13, 3:30 p.m. EST. To participate, click here. For audio, please call 800-320-4330 using conference code 905506#.

Visit FEMA’s Tribal Affairs page for more information on this tribal consultation. For additional information or questions, contact your Regional Tribal Liaison.