FEMA Bulletin Week of April 24, 2017

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Week of April 24, 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

Technical Mapping Advisory Council Report Release

The 20-member Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) is a federal advisory committee established to review and make recommendations to FEMA on matters related to the National Flood Mapping Program. This is required by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA).

The TMAC creates recommendations to help ensure that FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) reflect the best available science, and are based on the best available methodologies for considering the impact of future development on flood risk.

When TMAC delivered the 2016 Annual Report in March 2017, the committee offered two new recommendations. These recommendations focus on the importance of accurate flood hazard maps to provide relevant information for determining risk-based insurance premiums. This is the fourth report since October 2015 that the TMAC has provided to FEMA. For more information on previous reports and the work of the TMAC, visit www.FEMA.gov/TMAC.

Webinar on Cost Estimating Principles for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Application Programs

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) division is hosting an hour-long webinar titled "Cost Estimating Principles for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Applications." The webinar will share cost estimating principles for the three HMA grant application programs: Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The call-in is 800-320-4330; PIN:  896047#. Presenters will provide general principles for reviewing cost estimates for HMA projects, a process for determining “reasonable costs” as part of the grant application review, and a list of resources with detailed information and examples. Prior to the meeting, participants are encouraged to test their Adobe Connect connection.

Webinar on Improving Fire Safety and Arson Awareness for Faith-Based and Community Organizations

FEMA's U.S. Fire Administration, the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the U.S. Department of Justice are working together to highlight 2017 Arson Awareness Week (May 7-13). The focus this year is Preventing Arson at Houses of Worship. A webinar on the topic, which is a second offering of the one provided on April 25, will take place on May 9, 2017, at 2 p.m. EDT. Participants can register for the webinar online.


The webinar will highlight federal resources and practices that can help community organizations and houses of worship improve fire safety and arson awareness collaborations with the first responder community. Topics covered will include arson awareness, fire safety, wildfire safety, and emergency operations planning. After completing the webinar, participants should be able to identify the most common motives associated with arson; strategies that have been used to prevent potential arson and other fire related damage; and resources from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments that contribute to positive relationships between the faith community and local first responders.

Opening Soon: 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award Application Period

The application period for the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards will open Thursday, April 27, 2017. The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by honoring individuals, organizations, and jurisdictions that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate a disaster.

Emergency management is most effective when the entire community is engaged and involved. Everyone, including faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, the private sector, tribal organizations, youth, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and older adults can make a difference in their communities before, during, and after disasters.

FEMA and partners from the emergency management industry will review all entries and select the winners in each of the following categories:

- Outstanding Citizen Corps Council

- Community Preparedness Champions

- Awareness to Action

- Technological Innovation

- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness

- John. D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award

- Outstanding Private Sector Initiatives

- Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives

- Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program

- Prepareathon in Action

Winners will be announced in the fall of 2017, and a series of webinars and local ceremonies will celebrate their achievements.To be considered for this year’s awards, all submissions must feature program activities taking place between Jan. 1, 2016, and May 30, 2017. More information about the awards is available at www.ready.gov/preparedness-awards.

Spring Can Bring Increased Risk of Severe Weather

While severe weather could happen anytime and in any part of the country, springtime often increases the risk. Severe weather could include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow, and strong winds.

The Ready Campaign's information and resources are available to help you understand the types of hazardous weather that affects you and your family where you live, learn how to take action by developing an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards, and guidance on how to practice your plan. Learn more about preparing for spring weather hazards by visiting www.ready.gov/severe-weather.

Spring weather can strike at anytime. Are you prepared?

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.

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.

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.

FEMA Seeks Comments on Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on the National Flood Insurance Program

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 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.