FEMA Bulletin Week of July 17, 2017

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Week of July 17, 2017

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

July 26

Homeland Security National Training Program Continuing Grants Application Deadline

August 14

Regulatory Reform Open Comment 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

FEMA Announces 2017 Youth Preparedness Council Members

FEMA announced the selectees for the 2017–2019 Youth Preparedness Council. The Council was created in 2012 to bring together young leaders from across the country who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing projects to fit their community’s preparedness needs. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the council.


FEMA selected the nine new members of the council based on their dedication to public service, community involvement, and potential to expand their impact as national supporters for youth preparedness. These teens bring diverse experiences to the council. One new member is a Civil Air Patrol cadet from Mississippi who introduced an emergency certification requirement to his squadron. Another is a high school class president in Georgia who founded an award-winning Odyssey of the Mind Chapter in his school district, and another is a student who was raised in Japan and Taiwan where natural disaster risk inspired her to promote preparedness at an early age and implement various Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Red Cross trainings within her class.


The 2017 selectees are Nicole Muñoz-Casalduc (FEMA Region II, Puerto Rico); Nyla Howell (FEMA Region III, Maryland); Ruben Banks (FEMA Region IV, Mississippi); Marcos Rios (FEMA Region IV, Georgia); Naomi Winston (FEMA Region VI, Louisiana); Hannah Farris (FEMA Region VI, Texas); Savannah Huff (FEMA Region VII, Missouri); Alissa Hsueh (FEMA Region IX, California); and Lathan Chatfield (FEMA Region X, Washington).

The returning council members are Ahjeetha Shankar (FEMA Region I, Connecticut); Aahna Ghosh (FEMA Region II, New Jersey); Preston Buszka (FEMA Region V, Michigan); James Hirsch (FEMA Region VII, Missouri); Jerome Dinakar (FEMA Region VIII, Colorado); and Alex Sun (FEMA Region VIII, Utah).


The council supports FEMA’s commitment to involve America’s youth in preparedness-related activities. It also provides an avenue to engage young people by taking into account their perspectives, feedback, and opinions. Council members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives, and projects. Each council member will participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit, July 18–19, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The summit gives members the opportunity to share their ideas and questions with national organizations; plan their legacy project; and meet with FEMA community preparedness staff, who serve as their ongoing support and mentors.

To learn more about the FEMA Youth Preparedness Council, please visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.

FEMA Seeks Comments on Regulatory Reform

In accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formed a Regulatory Reform Task Force. The Task Force, led by DHS Deputy Secretary Elaine C. Duke, will review existing regulations, policies, and information collections across the Department.

To inform this review, FEMA is seeking public input on regulations, policies, and information collections that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. FEMA requests commenters be as specific as possible in their remarks. Preferred details would include how, for example, a particular regulation, policy or information collection, imposes costs that exceed benefits or is otherwise unnecessary or ineffective.

Commenters should also include any supporting data or other relevant information such as cost information. When referencing an existing regulation, please provide specific citations from the Federal Register or Code of Federal Regulations, and include comprehensive suggestions regarding repeal, replacement, or modification. Although FEMA will not respond to individual comments, FEMA values public feedback and will give careful consideration to all input that it receives.

Public comments may be made until August 14, 2017, at www.regulations.gov, Docket ID FEMA-2017-0023.

Webinar: Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Grants

FEMA posted the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant programs on www.grants.gov. These NOFOs provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency's funding priorities and review process. FEMA will offer a webinar on the FY17 NOFOs for prospective applicants. This NOFO webinar will be offered twice, and applicants may attend either session:

- Wednesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Central, 12 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific)

- Thursday, July 20 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time (11 a.m. Central, 10 a.m. Mountain, 9 a.m. Pacific)

For the online portion, use this link to join: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nofo/.

For audio, call 1-800-320-4330 and enter conference code 502515.

In addition, FEMA will announce webinars covering project application development and applying via the Mitigation eGrants system at a later date.

FEMA will open the FY17 application period on August 14, 2017. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at https://portal.fema.gov. All applications must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST on November 14, 2017.

Emergency Management Institute Hosts Training E-Forums

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will host two e-forums in July entitled: “One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices." E-Forums are one-hour, moderated webinar discussions that provide an opportunity for EMI and the emergency management community to discuss matters of interest on national preparedness training. The forums 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.

- July 19 at 3-4 p.m. Eastern Time

State Training Officer and State Fire Training Director: Collaboration Achieves the Best Outcomes

- July 26 at 3-4 p.m. Eastern Time

Sharing Training Resources: Best Practices Across the Whole Community


Participants can sign into the webinar via Adobe Connect or dial in via conference call at 800-320-4330, PIN 107622#. Participation does not require pre-registration. For questions, contact EMI.

Emergency Management Institute Offers Virtual Tabletop Exercise for Public Health Chlorine Spill Incident

EMI's Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer a chlorine contamination scenario available on September 5, 6, and 7. The VTTX is public health-focused and will address contamination recognition and subsequent response and recovery efforts. The VTTX will involve key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting and possibly assess plans, policies, training, and procedures. Content for each session is the same for all days and participants should only attend one session.

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. A VTTX 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 (Adobe Connect and FaceTime are not viable platforms to connect to a VTTX) but alternate ways to participate are available upon request.

The VTTX occurs from 12-4 p.m. Eastern Time each day. To participate in one of the chlorine contamination VTTX sessions, please send an email to Douglas Kahn at 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 July 27, 2017. Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

$8 Million Available for Homeland Security National Training Program Continuing Grants

FEMA announced that $8 million in Fiscal Year 2017 Continuing Training Grants (CTG) funding is available to develop and deliver FEMA training to address specific focus areas: Cybersecurity, Economic Recovery, Housing, and Rural and Tribal Preparedness.

Administered annually by FEMA, this competitive program attracts applicants nationwide, including state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, non-profit local and national organizations, colleges and universities, and faith-based organizations. Complete instructions to apply are found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), posted on Grants.gov, listed under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 97.005, Continuing Training Grants. FEMA will review, evaluate and score proposals by applying a methodology that is detailed in the NOFO. The CTG application period opened on June 26, 2017 and will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 26, 2017. Awards will be made by September 30, 2017.

For questions regarding the CTG program, contact FEMA’s National Training and Education Division via email at FEMA-NTES@fema.dhs.gov or contact Mr. Patrick Cowhey, patrick.cowhey@fema.dhs.gov and (202) 786-0905.

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.