FEMA Bulletin Week of April 17, 2017

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Week of April 17, 2017

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

May 19: Fiscal Year 2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants Application Deadline

Fiscal Year 2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants Application Deadline

June 6: Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Open Comment Period Deadline

Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Open Comment Period Deadline

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Fiscal Year 2016 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants Application Period

FEMA’s annual funding opportunity for the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants is now open. FP&S grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards.

The application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 FP&S grants will close on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 5 p.m. ET. A total of $34.5 million is available.

The primary goal of these grants is to reduce injury and prevent fire-related deaths among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S, and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development. For more information on fire prevention grants, visit www.fema.gov/fire-prevention-safety-grants.

Real-Time Emergency Alerts on Your Mobile Device

Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on a mobile device.

During an emergency, alert and warning officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs), made available through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) infrastructure, are just one of the ways public safety officials can quickly and effectively alert and warn the public about serious emergencies.

WEAs are be sent by state, local, and tribal public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President of the United States. They could be issued for three alert categories – imminent threat, AMBER, and presidential.  They look like text messages; however, are designed to get your attention and alert you with a unique sound and vibration, both repeated twice. WEAs are no more than 90 characters, and will include the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, as well as the agency issuing the alert. These alerts are not affected by network congestion, and will not disrupt texts, calls, or data sessions that are in progress. Users will not be charged for receiving WEAs and there is no need to subscribe to them. To ensure mobile devices are WEA-capable, check with your service provider.


For more information about emergency alerts, visit www.ready.gov/alerts.

FEMA Congratulates National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Graduates

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) congratulates 42 students who graduated from the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy on April 7, 2017. Graduates represented emergency management professionals from state and local governments, federal government, private sector, and academic institutions.

FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy is designed for mid-level managers seeking to advance their skills, and provides the strategic level training and education essential for emergency management professionals to effectively design and lead cutting-edge programs. Students learn skills critical to performing mid-manager responsibilities such as: program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking. The Advanced Academy provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking ability through a guided research project. The Advanced Academy is the second of a three-level Academy series in the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP).

The EMPP curriculum is designed to guide and educate emergency management professionals as they progress through their careers, providing a lifetime of learning for emergency management professionals. The EMPP includes three separate, but closely threaded training programs – building from the Basic Academy, to the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, and culminating in the National Emergency Management Executive Academy.

The Basic Academy is a program that offers the tools to develop comprehensive foundational skills needed in emergency management. The Advanced Academy is a program to develop the next generation of emergency managers who are trained in advanced concepts and issues, management, strategic/critical thinking, and problem solving. The Executive Academy is a program designed to challenge and enhance the talents of the nation’s emergency management senior executives through critical thinking, visionary strategic planning, challenging conventional concepts, and negotiation and conflict resolution applied to complex, real-world problems.


EMI is accepting applications for the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy. 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 about the Advanced Academy program, contact fema-empp-advanced-academy@fema.dhs.gov or visit www.training.fema.gov/empp.

Advanced Academy Graduating Class

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

EMI Offers Flood Virtual Tabletop Exercise

FEMA’s EMI Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer a flood scenario May 24-25, 2017. The VTTX is designed to help emergency management professionals exercise their response to the impact of major flooding on their community. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting, and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures during a flood and inundation challenge.

The VTTX occurs 12-4 p.m. ET. To participate, send an email to douglas.kahn@fema.dhs.gov with a courtesy copy to fema-emi-iemb@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-1381. The application deadline is May 1, 2017. Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx.

FEMA Seeks Comments on Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on the NFIP

On April 7, FEMA published a Federal Register notice to seek public comment on a draft Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (NPEIS) about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FEMA developed this draft NPEIS to examine the impacts of proposed improvements and modifications to the NFIP. This draft NPEIS includes an evaluation of the potential impacts to the natural and human environment associated with the NFIP at a programmatic level, as well as an evaluation of impacts of alternative proposals to modify the NFIP.

The public comment period is open for 60 days from April 7, 2017 until June 6, 2017. Download a copy of the draft NPEIS and provide comments directly to FEMA via www.regulations.gov. Search for Docket ID FEMA-2012-0012. In addition, public meetings and webinars are scheduled by FEMA to allow the public an opportunity to learn more about the project and to provide comments on the NFIP draft NPEIS. For a list of locations and webinar dates and times, visit www.fema.gov/programmatic-environmental-impact-statement.