FEMA Bulletin Week of June 12, 2017

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Week of June 12, 2017

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

June 22: Fiscal Year 2017 Preparedness Grants Application Deadline

Fiscal Year 2017 Preparedness Grants Application Deadline

June 26: National Emergency Management Basic Academy Train-the-Trainer Application Deadline

National Emergency Management Basic Academy Train-the-Trainer Application Deadline

July 6: Continuity Guidance Circular Draft National Engagement Period Deadline

Continuity Guidance Circular Draft National Engagement Period Deadline

August 15: 2018 National Emergency Management Executive Academy Application Deadline

2018 National Emergency Management Executive Academy Application Deadline

August 23: Draft Policy on Floodplain Development Open Comment Period Deadline

Draft Policy on Floodplain Development Open Comment Period Deadline

August 29: FEMA Tribal Outreach and Consultation Period Deadline on FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy

FEMA Tribal Outreach and Consultation Period Deadline on FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy

Emergency Management Institute Offers Bakken Oil Rail Transportation Derailment Virtual Tabletop Exercise

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer a “Bakken Crude Oil” transportation-based scenario July 11, 12 and 13. The VTTX is designed for emergency management professionals to enable exercise response to the impact of a hazardous material train derailment in their community. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting, and assessing plans, policies, training, and procedures.

Each month, EMI conducts a VTTX series using a Video Teleconference (VTC) platform to reach community-based training audiences around the country by providing a virtual forum for interactive disaster training.  The VTTX is designed for a group of ten or more representatives from state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management communities of practice. It provides a unique opportunity for responders across the nation to simultaneously participate in a hazard-specific, facilitated discussion. Participants will need to connect via a site equipped with the appropriate VTC capability (not Adobe Connect or Face Time-based), but alternate ways to participate are also available upon request.

Content for each session is the same for all days, and participants should only attend one session. The VTTX occurs 12-4 p.m. EDT. 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 Friday, July 2, 2017. Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx.

Webinar: Protect Your Organization: Resources, Partners, and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe

The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster will offer numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for all types of hazards, whether natural or human-caused. This webinar will highlight federal resources and partners to help community and faith leaders improve the safety and security of their facilities. The webinar will offer captioning.

Date: Tuesday, June 13

Time:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Register for the event and test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Emergency Management Institute Hosts Training e-Forums in June

During the month of June, EMI will host a weekly “One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices” e-Forums that will provide an opportunity for the emergency management community to discuss matters of interest related to national preparedness training. The pilot forums will showcase community partners and peers, sharing their experiences in panel format, which offers opportunities to provide technical assistance in training management by facilitating peer-to-peer sharing of best practices.

June 14: Instructor Selection

Learn about best practices for instructor selection from Virginia, Kansas, and Team Rubicon.

June 21: Adopting the Academies

Hear how Florida and Virginia have developed progressive training and education systems based on the emergency management competencies inherent in the National Emergency Management Basic and Advanced Academies.

June 28: THIRA/SPR Development

Each year, states produce two self-assessments, the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and the State Preparedness Report (SPR). Join us to hear North Dakota and FEMA’s National Preparedness Assessment Division discuss the importance of the role of the State Training Officer in the THIRA and SPR process.

Registration link: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/emieforums

Conference call-in: 800-320-4330, PIN 107622#

For questions, contact: https://training.fema.gov/contactus/sendcomment.aspx

Please sign in and call in early as there are only 100 available spots. Participation does not require pre-registration.

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Fiscal Year 2017 Preparedness Grants

On Friday, June 2, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FEMA released the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements for preparedness grants. These 10 grants, which include the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program and the State Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), will provide more than $1.6 billion in funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as transportation authorities and nonprofit organizations to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.

Receiving an appropriation on May 5, 2017, this year’s DHS Preparedness Grant Program cycle has the shortest turn around since the program’s inception in 2003. To properly administer these grants with critical in-depth application reviews and award processes, the application period has been reduced to 21 days. DHS is continuing to develop the policy and procedural mechanisms for implementing the sanctuary jurisdiction provisions of Executive Order No. 13768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States (Jan. 25, 2017). The Department is currently enjoined by a federal court from applying the operative provision of the order. Therefore, these 2017 grants will not be subject to the requirements of Section 9 (Sanctuary Jurisdictions) of the Executive Order.

To review the FY2017 Preparedness Grant NOFOs, go to www.grants.gov. After the application period closes on June 22, 2017, the applications will undergo critical, in-depth reviews. All awards for these grants will be made no later than September 30, 2017.



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.

Continuity Guidance Circular Draft Released for National Engagement

FEMA released the draft of an updated Continuity Guidance Circular for national engagement. The document provides recommendations on developing and maintaining the capability to ensure continuity of operations, continuity of government, and enduring constitutional government. National preparedness and sustainment of essential functions is a shared responsibility of the whole community – business, nonprofit and governmental entities. FEMA’s National Continuity Programs developed the Circular in 2009 and issued its first revision in 2013.

The 30-day national engagement period includes several 60-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft document, provide information on how to submit feedback, and to answer stakeholders’ questions. Feedback from stakeholders will shape the development of the final document. For more information and to review the draft documents, visit www.fema.gov/continuity-guidance-circular by July 6, 2017. Submit your completed feedback form to FEMA-CGC@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.

Comments Needed for Draft Policy on Floodplain Development

FEMA prepared a draft policy for FEMA staff and communities participating in the NFIP to update guidance for participating communities on satisfying National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) floodplain development permit requirements, and to address questions about floodplain permitting of development activities occurring in the FEMA designated Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA). Through this policy, a community can ensure compliance with NFIP and local floodplain management regulations, while potentially reducing the administrative burden associated with permitting certain types of low-to-no impact development in the floodplain.

This guidance does not intend to address other permits associated with building codes, or other federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial permits, and only applies to floodplain development permitting requirements to enroll in, and maintain eligibility for, the NFIP. The draft policy is available for review on FEMA’s website at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/131010, and the public is invited to provide comment and input via FEMA-Floodplain-Management-Division@fema.dhs.gov until August 23, 2017.

FEMA Tribal Outreach and Consultation Period on FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy

FEMA initiated 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.

Tribal officials can submit comments on the FEMA Tribal Consultation until August 29, 2017, through:

- E-mail to tribalconsultation@fema.dhs.gov, or

- Mail to ATTN: Margeau Valteau, Office of External Affairs, DHS/FEMA, 500 C Street SW, MS 3193, Washington, DC 20472.

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