FEMA Bulletin Week of May 29, 2017

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Week of May 29, 2017

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

June 6: Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application Deadline (extended)

Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application Deadline (extended)

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

FEMA Observes National Dam Safety Awareness Day

FEMA encourages our partners to join us in supporting National Dam Safety Awareness Day on Wednesday, May 31. The day serves as a reminder of the tragic failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on May 31, 1889. The incident resulted in the loss of more than 2,200 lives, and was the worst dam failure in the history of the United States.

Approximately 15,000 dams in the United States are classified as high-hazard potential, meaning that their failure could result in the loss of life. Dams could fail for a number of reasons, including overtopping caused by floods, acts of sabotage, or structural failure of materials used in dam construction. Recent events such as the Oroville (California) dam spillway incident serve as an important reminder to all Americans of the importance of dam safety, and why we should be aware of the potential risk of dam failures in their communities.

FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program is committed to raising public awareness of dam safety by assisting states in establishing and maintaining dam safety programs, providing technical training to state and federal dam safety staff, and supporting research and the development of guidance to advance the practice of dam safety to improve public safety.

FEMA has a wide range of Dam Safety Publications & Resources to help you become “dam safety aware” including:

- Be Aware of Potential Dam Failure in Your Community Fact Sheet

- Living With Dams: Know Your Risk

- Catalog of FEMA Dam Safety Resources

To learn how you can support National Dam Safety Awareness Day in your community, visit the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO).

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Releases Hurricane Season Outlook

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.


Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. These numbers include Tropical Storm Arlene, a rare pre-season storm that formed over the eastern Atlantic in April.

We remind residents that they should do their part to prepare for hurricanes by making a family emergency communication plan that includes pets, identifying an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family/friends, and keeping emergency supplies wherever you spend time: home, car, work etc. For more information, visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Fire Safety Tips: Grilling

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time for barbecues, picnics, and fun in the sun. While summer usually means vacations, there is no vacation from fire safety. Each year, grill fires cause about $37 million in property damage. Most of the fires happen between May and August.

Individuals can protect families and property by following a few grilling safety tips:

- Only use grills outdoors, away from siding and deck railings.

- Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.

- Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.

- Have a three foot safe-zone around grills and campfires. Keep kids and pets clear of the area.

- Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.

- Never leave grills, fire pits, and patio torches unattended.

For more information on grilling and summer fire safety, please visit USFA at www.usfa.fema.gov.

Grilling fire safety tips

Coming Soon: FEMA Tribal Outreach and Consultation Period on FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy

FEMA will initiate a 90-day outreach and consultation period from June 1 to August 29, 2017, to seek input from federally recognized Indian tribal governments on the update of the agency’s Tribal Consultation Policy. The FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy, first issued in 2014, acknowledges the agency’s nation-to-nation relationship with tribal governments. The policy also guides how FEMA engages tribal governments in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration on policy and actions that have tribal implications.


This consultation period aims to update the policy to reflect current authorities and best practices, as well as follow FEMA’s new policy document format requirements. FEMA seeks input and feedback from tribal leaders, or their designees, during the consultation period to help inform the development of an updated policy. FEMA headquarters and regional offices will engage tribal officials through face-to-face meetings, conferences, conference calls, and webinars to seek input and answer questions on the current FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy.

Visit FEMA’s Tribal Affairs web page for more information on the tribal consultation period for this policy.

Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application Period Extended

The application period for the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is extended to June 6, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 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 June 6, 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.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

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.



FEMA Seeks Comments on Draft National Incident Management System Resource Management Guidance Documents

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.

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/.



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

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (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.

Train-the-Trainer is devoted to course delivery strategy, logistics, demonstrations, and adult learning methods. In addition, there are student teach-backs that summarize a portion of the Basic Academy course subject matter, and describe activities and exercises. Upon completion of the course, students will possess the skills necessary to set up and facilitate an offering of the Basic Academy courses.

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, 2017

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

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. Ideally, candidates will have experience as senior executives of major emergency management organizations, 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 four required 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.