FEMA Bulletin Week of February 20, 2017

Seal of the Department of Homeland Security


Week of February 20, 2017

View as Webpage | Subscribe

In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines


Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide  webinar

march 15

National Advisory Council Application Deadline


Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide Comment Deadline

FEMA Finalizes Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) finalized the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments. This guide is designed to prepare local governments for recovery efforts from future disasters by engaging with the whole community and planning for recovery activities that are comprehensive and long term. The guide also provides tools for public engagement and identifying existing recovery resources outside partnerships that could help local governments build resilience.



The Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide was developed by the Community Planning and Capacity Building Branch as a component of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), and is the second in a series of three. The Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for States was released at the end of 2016 and a guide for tribes is currently being developed.




You can view the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments here.

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 Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. Formed in 2012, the Youth Preparedness Council brings together teens from across the country who are interested and engaged in advocating for preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, efforts in making a difference in their communities, and potential to expand their impact as national advocates for preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.



The Youth Preparedness Council offers an opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, D.C. During their two-year term, the leaders will complete both a local and national-level project and share their ideas regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national organizations.



Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records. Information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found in the application instructions. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than March 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PST to be eligible. New members will be announced in May 2017.



To access the application materials, read about the current members, and for more general information, visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.


(14-year-old Tiffany Espensen, a member of FEMA’s national Youth Preparedness Council instructs a Teen CERT training in San Diego.)

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 of experience working in the field of 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: May 1-5 and August 7-11, 2017


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


Application Deadlines:  March 20, and June 26, respectively



For additional information, contact Jeff Januchowski at 301-447-1356 or jeffrey.januchowski@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 sessions of a hurricane scenario on April 11, 12, and 13. The VTTX helps communities prepare for the upcoming hurricane season using historical events and recovery actions.  The application deadline to participate in these sessions is March 14. 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 a guest. Please enter your name and click “Enter Room.”



To participate via phone, please call 800-320-4330, using conference code 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.



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. 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 Advanced Academy 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.

FEMA Seeks Comment on Updated Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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 Wednesday, March 1, 4:00 PM EST and Monday, March 13, 3:30 PM 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.