FEMA Bulletin Week of June 19, 2017

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Week of June 19, 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

Final Reminder for 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 ten 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 is 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 is 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.

New Hazus® Estimated Annualized Earthquake Losses Report for the United States Now Available

FEMA released an updated edition of Hazus® Estimated Annualized Earthquake Losses for the United States (FEMA Publication 366). The latest edition of this report was developed by FEMA’s Hazus® Team, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) using the Hazus® data, U.S. Census data, and updated USGS Probabilistic Earthquake Hazard Maps.

This report serves as an effective tool to promote earthquake awareness, preparedness, implementation of cost-effective mitigation measures, and strategies to help reduce seismic risk in the nation’s most at-risk communities. The update is designed to provide a more accurate estimate of hazard influences to losses, among other highlights. Hazus® data helps provides emergency managers with comprehensive, nationwide data for decision making.

Now Available: Unified Federal Review Newsletter

The latest Unified Federal Review’s (UFR) newsletter is posted online. This twice-yearly publication is an outreach tool for multiple federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial stakeholders designed to showcase UFR process efforts aimed at supporting communities affected by disaster. The newsletter also allows agencies to stay involved with efforts to create a UFR Process across the nation. View the UFR newsletter at www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/98911.

FEMA accepts articles to showcase examples and experiences of the UFR or general Environmental and Historical Preservation (EHP) review efficiencies to include in future issues of the UFR Newsletter. If an agency has an example of EHP efficiencies or successful interagency coordination for a project(s), submit this by email to federal-unified-review@fema.dhs.gov.

For more information about the UFR Process, visit www.fema.gov/unified-federal-environmental-and-historic-preservation-review-presidentially-declared-disasters.

19th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium

Recently, FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) hosted more than 250 academic and emergency management professionals at the 19th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium celebrating the theme "Meeting Community Needs." In addition to representatives from across the United States, there were international academic participants from Turkey, Sweden, Italy and Canada.

Welcoming the group, EMI Superintendent Tony Russell and National Training and Education System Branch Chief Dan Paulette-Chapman acknowledged the vital importance of the emergency and disaster work done by the academic community, nationally, and internationally. Mr. Russell encouraged participants to learn from each other’s experiences, contribute new ideas, and take away something that they would implement at their own colleges and universities. Mr. Paulette-Chapman emphasized the importance of inter-connection and how, working together, we will be able to optimize our efforts.

Outstanding keynote presentations included C.J. Huff, Ed.D., former Superintendent of Schools for Joplin, MO; John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Operation HOPE, and creator the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) published by FEMA; and Andrea Davis, Director of Crisis Management and Business Continuity, The Walt Disney Company. The presentations were complemented by 25 breakout sessions and hosted dialogues.

Kay C. Goss, Ph.D. CEM, U.S. President of the International Emergency Management Society, and Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration, moderated a group of panelists who discussed the role of education as part of the broader National Preparedness System. Panelists recognized that the field of emergency management is now, for the first time, a first choice career. They identified the need to better define the scope of emergency management education and provide more opportunities for students to develop practical emergency management experience. They also discussed inviting the emergency management academic community to the table as a resource for response, recovery and resilience planning for domestic and international disasters.

Acting Assistant Administrator of FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate, Katherine Fox, talked about the challenges we face serving disaster survivors. She said that the value and purpose of higher education is to impart a different way of thinking and questioning that can be used to serve our nation’s preparedness. One of the memorable highlights of the symposium occurred on Wednesday, when the Higher Education Community presented the Dr. Wayne Blanchard Award to Barbara Johnson of EMI for her nearly 20 years of dedication and support to the Higher Education Program and Community.

FEMA looks forward to next year, which will be the 20th anniversary of the symposium. A focus for next year will be the continuous quality development of emergency management faculty and programs to support the readiness of the next generation of emergency managers.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Emergency Management Institute Hosts Training e-Forums in June

During the month of June, EMI will host 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 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

Participation does not require pre-registration.

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

FEMA’s EMI is offering a Train-the-Trainer course for the National Emergency Management Basic Academy. To qualify to enroll, 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.

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.

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.

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, Washington, DC 20472-3191.

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