FEMA Bulletin Week of May 15, 2017

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Week of May 15, 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

May 30: FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award Application Deadline

FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award Application Deadline

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

Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Open Comment Period Deadline

June 9: National Incident Management System Resource Management Guidance Documents Open Comment Period Deadline

National Incident Management System Resource Management Guidance Documents Draft Open Comment Period Deadline

August 15: National Emergency Management Institute Executive Academy Application Deadline

National Emergency Management Institute Executive Academy Application Deadline

Mutual Aid Gets a Boost Through New National Incident Management System Products

FEMA is committed to improving the nation’s ability to manage all threats and hazards. As such, FEMA’s National Integration Center released a suite of draft National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management guidance documents that enhance the interoperability and effectiveness of mutual aid between jurisdictions and agencies. FEMA is holding a National Engagement period to solicit feedback.

The drafts include the NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and accompanying Position Task Books (PTB), Resource Types, the NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid, and an updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel. Documents are available for review and comment through Friday, June 9, 2017.

In addition, FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars to describe the draft documents and answer participants’ questions about providing feedback. To review the drafts of the NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools, and to obtain additional webinar information, visit www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form found on the webpage above and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

Manage the Damage — Preparing for Natural Disasters

FEMA encourages our partners to join us in supporting 2017 Building Safety Month this May. Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign coordinated by the International Code Council (ICC) and their 63,000 plus members worldwide who are dedicated to protecting people by creating safe buildings and communities.

In keeping with this week’s theme, "Manage the Damage," partners should encourage their stakeholders to:

- Prepare Your Family: by reviewing your plan regularly. If you make changes that affect the information in your disaster plan, update it immediately.

- Protect Your Home: While you can't necessarily stop natural disasters from happening, there are steps you can take to increase your home's chance of survival, even in the face of the worst disasters.

- Build To Code: The development and widespread adoption of building codes creates a uniform regulatory environment in which design professionals and contractors are held to a uniform set of standards. Building codes provide you, your family, and your community protection in the event of a natural disaster.

Learn more about building codes, visit FEMA’s Building Codes Toolkit. FEMA’s Building Science Branch develops and produces multi-hazard mitigation guidance, provides training on this guidance and works closely with the ICC and other partners to develop disaster-resilient building codes and standards to reduce loss of life and property. Find out how your organization can participate in Building Safety Month by visiting ICC’s 2017 Building Safety Month page for more information.

Webinar: Learn about Building a Safe Room

The Building Science Branch is hosting a one-hour webinar on Monday, May 22 at 2 p.m. EDT to provide consumer and construction guidance for residential and small business safe rooms. Participants will use the 2014 publication, “FEMA P-320 Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business,” as resource to learn about background on FEMA safe rooms, new guidance, and revised construction plans.

Those interested in participating in the webinar can register online. The following topics will be addressed: assessing the need for safe rooms; planning for safe rooms; consumer guidance; how to use the FEMA P-320 construction plans; and safe room tools and resources. Webinar participants will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating one Professional Development Hour for those who wish to self-report for professional licensure.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Attend Course at Emergency Management Institute

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) recently hosted the Integrating Emergency Management Education into Your Institution (E390) course on April 19-20, 2017. The two-day course targets department chairs of emergency management-related disciplines from minority-serving institutions including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Institutions. The program was established in 2009 with the desired outcome of a more diverse population of EM professionals who reflect the communities in which they live and work.

A total of 15 faculty and staff representing ten HBCUs attended, as well as one state representative and one from the private sector, with the purpose of discussing and exploring ways to lead within their institutions in initiating an emergency management or homeland security course or launching an emergency management/homeland security certificate or degree program in their school. Four participants represented HBCUs with existing programs in their schools, provided lessons learned, and served as mentors to those without programs.

The April agenda included an orientation to emergency management, discussions on careers in the field, planning the curriculum, marketing the program, and overviews of FEMA’s Emergency Management Higher Education Program and Continuing Training Grant Program. During the class, participants created an action plan and received a toolkit of additional resources that they can use to further emergency management/homeland security-related opportunities at their schools.

The E390 course is offered three times per year at EMI for all minority institutions of higher education, and serves as a forum for networking, an opportunity to discuss issues specific to minority-serving institutions of higher education and to identify and overcome institutional roadblocks to increasing their schools’ emergency management/homeland security-related offerings.

For more information on EMI’s training programs, please visit http://training.fema.gov/.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Attends Course at Emergency Management Institute

Apply for the 2018 National Emergency Management Executive Academy

FEMA’s EMI is now accepting application packages for the 2018 National Emergency Management Executive Academy. This Academy provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge curriculum to enhance strategic leadership and critical thinking for emergency management senior executives from all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Ideally, candidates will have experience as senior executives of major emergency management organizations, have served on major commissions and task forces, or be responsible for decisions that have a significant effect on homeland security and emergency management policies. 


The objectives of the Executive Academy are to engage, challenge and enhance the talents of emergency management executives through critical thinking, visionary strategic planning, and negotiation and conflict resolution when applied to complex real-world problems. The Executive Academy consists of four resident sessions, distance learning, and literature reviews. Executives will explore how they can leverage science, technology, engineering, and data analysis to impact critical decisions and guide informed policy development. Executives will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on projects, share smart practices, and participate in exercises on cascading and catastrophic events.


The four resident sessions, to be conducted by EMI at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland, will include:

- Systems Thinking and Research Methods for Executives:  February 26 – March 1, 2018

- Executive Emergency Management Leader Core Competencies I:  April 23 – 26, 2018

- Executive Emergency Management Leader Core Competencies II:  June 18– 21, 2018

- Executive Emergency Management Leaders Core Competencies III:  August 27 – 30, 2018

Applications will be accepted through August 15, 2017. There are a limited number of seats and enrollment is competitive. For more information on the Executive Academy and the application and selection process, visit www.training.fema.gov/EMPP/executive.asp.

The Executive Academy is the pinnacle of a three-level Academy series in the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) which includes Basic, Advanced, and Executive Academies. Emergency management professionals should visit the EMPP page for more information about which academy best suits their needs.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

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. EDT. 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.

Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application Period

The application period for the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open. 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 make a difference in their communities before, during, and after disasters.

To be considered for this year’s awards, all submissions must be received by May 30, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, and must feature program activities taking place between January 1, 2016, and May 30, 2017. Applications are accessed online and should be submitted to fema-icp-awards@fema.dhs.gov. More information about the awards is available at www.ready.gov/preparedness-awards



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.



Emergency Management Institute Offers Advanced Public Information Officer Training

EMI is offering the Advanced Public Information Officer (PIO) course, July 24-28, 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 and enhance their ability to analyze, coordinate, process, and create information in a fast-paced, realistic environment. Using interactive lectures from subject matter experts and an intense functional exercise, the Advanced PIO course teaches participants skills for use during escalating incidents, including strategic communications and incident action planning, as it relates to JIC operations.

Interested individuals should contact Phil Politano at Philip.Politano@fema.dhs.gov by June 9, 2017, to register for the course. For information on prerequisites and course schedules go to http://training.femac.gov/programs/pio/.