FEMA Bulletin Week of March 27, 2017

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Week of March 27, 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

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives – Steps that Save Lives

When potentially life-threatening injuries occur, every minute matters. Those nearest to the event can make an important difference in the outcomes for the injured. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives raises awareness of the need to step forward, and empowers individuals to provide lifesaving care to the injured, before emergency medical ser­vices arrive.


You Are the Help Until Help Arrives encourages the public to take five steps when there’s an emergency in situations where someone may have a life-threatening injury due to trauma: Call 911, protect the injured from harm, stop bleeding, position the injured so they can breathe, and provide comfort.


This program is the result of interagency collaboration led by FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Hu­man Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and the Uniformed Services University's (USU) National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH). Original research supporting the training curriculum comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


To learn more about the steps people should take to help someone with life-threatening injuries, visit www.ready.gov/untilhelparrives for an interactive, animated video, a 25-minute online video self-guided tutorial, and materials for a hands-on, instructor-led course that can be used to provide in-person training in communities across the country. 

Annual Update: National Flood Insurance Program Rate Changes Effective April 1, 2017

As announced on September 27, 2016, key changes being made to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on April 1, 2017, include updated insurance policy premium increases conforming to the premium rate caps established by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA).

Premiums will increase upon renewal an average of 6.3 percent beginning April 1, 2017. Premiums do not include the HFIAA surcharge or the Federal Policy Fee (FPF), which are not increasing.

It is important to note that nearly 80 percent of NFIP policyholders are full-risk rated and therefore, minimally impacted by these rate increases. If individual policyholders have questions about their premiums, or NFIP coverage, we urge them to reach out to their insurance agent, or visit FEMA’s website, for more information.

More information on NFIP program changes taking effect April 1, 2017 is available here.

Coming Soon: NFIP Changes Coming October 1, 2017

This week, FEMA, through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), will announce program changes taking effect on October 1, 2017. These include a reduced Federal Policy Fee (FPF) for tenants with contents-only policies, and revised guidance for refunding the HFIAA surcharge when some policies are canceled.

FEMA always announces program changes and updates six months in advance of these changes taking effect so that Write Your Own (WYO) companies and insurance agents are aware of and can prepare for the changes. All program changes will impact individual policyholders upon renewal of their policies. Changes are announced via WYO Bulletin, available for public review here.

Increasing Engagement With Faith-based Organizations in Disaster Preparedness Webinar

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is hosting a webinar emphasizing the value of increasing engagement with faith-based organizations for disaster preparedness on April 12 at 2-3:30 p.m. ET. The webinar is a joint effort between the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and FEMA’s Higher Education Program. The event will provide a forum to help to ensure emergency managers, faith-based and community organizations are aware of academic partner resources and engagement opportunities.

Participants can register for the webinar online and use the conference call-in (800) 320-4330; PIN: 376368#. The webinar presenters are Marcus Coleman, Special Assistant, DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Brie Loskota, Executive Director of the Center for Religious and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and Jamie Aten, Ph.D., Founder and Co-Director, Wheaton College Humanitarian Disaster Institute.

Fire Safety Tips: Medical Oxygen

The U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) focus on fire safety for March is medical oxygen fire safety. Portable medical oxygen is used by an increasing number of people, and households that use it need to be aware of the risks. Here are some fire safety tips for medical oxygen:

- Don’t smoke around medical oxygen, as fire needs oxygen to burn. When more oxygen is in the air, any fire that starts will burn hotter and faster than usual. There is no safe way to smoke in the home when medical oxygen is in use.

- Put a “No Smoking” sign inside and outside homes where medical oxygen is used.

- Candles, matches, wood stoves and even sparking toys, can spark and start a fire. They should not be used in a home where medical oxygen is used.

- Keep medical oxygen cylinders at least five (5) feet from a heat source, open flames or electrical devices.

- Body oil, hand lotion, and items containing oil and grease can easily catch on fire.

For more information about medical oxygen fire safety, view this flyer from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Don't Smoke Around Medical Oxygen

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.



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.

National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Applications

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 until May 31, 2017, with selections in June and announcements in July.


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



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 Deadline:  June 26


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