FEMA Bulletin Week of March 20, 2017

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Week of March 20, 2017

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

March 30: National Fire Academy Board of Visitors Application Deadline

National Fire Academy Board of Visitors Application Deadline


Youth Preparedness Council Application Deadline

April 3: Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation Subcommittee of the National Advisory Council Application

RESPONSE Subcommittee of the National Advisory Council Application Deadline


Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide Comment Deadline

National Fire Academy Seeks Applicants for Board of Visitors

The National Fire Academy is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy ("the Board"). The Board will conduct annual reviews of the programs at the Academy and will make recommendations to FEMA, through the United States Fire Administrator, regarding the operation of the Academy and any improvements that the Board deems appropriate.


The Board is composed of eight members, all of whom are experts and leaders in the fields of fire safety, fire prevention, fire control, research and development in fire protection, treatment and rehabilitation of fire victims, or local government services management, which includes emergency medical services.


The Academy seeks to appoint individuals to four positions on the Board that will be open due to term expiration. If other positions are vacated during the application process, candidates may be selected from the application pool to fill the vacated positions.


Applications will be accepted until March 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. There is no application form, but a current resume is required. Resumes may be sent via email to ruth.macphail@fema.dhs.gov OR by mail to National Fire Academy, U.S. Fire Administration, Attention: Ruth MacPhail, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-8998. For more information, see the Federal Register Notice.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

FEMA Seeks Applications for the NAC's RESPONSE Subcommittee

Recent legislation directed FEMA to establish a subcommittee under the National Advisory Council (NAC) to provide recommendations regarding emergency responder training with hazardous materials incidents involving railroads. Qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee of the NAC are encouraged to submit an application for consideration by April 3, 2017.

Applications are being accepted from qualified individuals with technical knowledge and expertise in the following areas: the rail industry; rail labor; those who offer oil for transportation by rail; the communications industry; emergency response providers, including individuals nominated by national organizations representing state and local governments and emergency responders; emergency response training providers; representatives from tribal organizations; vendors, developers, and manufacturers of systems, facilities, equipment, and capabilities for emergency responder services; and other technical experts.

Members selected to participate in the RESPONSE Subcommittee are not appointed directly to the NAC, but may apply separately for consideration. Detailed instructions on how to apply for the subcommittee or the NAC can be found at: RESPONSE Act NAC Subcommittee webpage.

FEMA Seeks Applications for Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. 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 grades 8 through 11 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. PT 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.



National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Application Period Begins in March

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.



Advanced Public Information Officer Training

EMI is offering the Advanced Public Information Officer (PIO) course May 15-19 at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The course provides public information officers the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills for establishing, managing and working in a joint information center (JIC). The training fosters an environment where participants can apply advanced skills during a multi-day functional exercise designed to test ability to analyze, coordinate, process and create information in a fast-paced, realistic environment.

Interested individuals should contact Phil Politano at Philip.Politano@fema.dhs.gov by March 30, 2017, to register for the course. For information on prerequisites and course schedules go to http://training.fema.gov/programs/pio/.

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.


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.


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

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

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.


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:  August 7-11, 2017

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

Application Deadlines:  June 26


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