FEMA Bulletin Week of July 31, 2017

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Week of July 31, 2017

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

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

Webinar: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Grants Application

In preparation for the upcoming fiscal year’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) open application period, FEMA announced an upcoming webinar for prospective applications. The next webinar is about lessons learned and best practices for applying for a Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants.

FEMA will present an overview of the results of the FY 2016 mitigation grant cycle, with a focus on common issues and best practices identified across all project types with an in-depth overview of the innovative Drought and Flood Mitigation Projects such as Green Infrastructure, Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Flood Diversion and Storage, and Floodplain and Stream Restoration. In addition, at a later date, FEMA will announce future webinars for first-time users of the Mitigation eGrants System and how to apply for a grant through this online management tool.

This 90-minute webinar will be offered twice and prospective applicants may attend either session:

- Wednesday, August 2 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Central, 12 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific)

- Thursday, August 3, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time (11 a.m. Central, 10 a.m. Mountain, 9 a.m. Pacific).

To participate, use this link to join: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/hma-tips. For audio, call 1-800-320-4330 and enter conference code 082480 for Wednesday’s session and 787118 for session on Thursday.

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. Eastern Time on November 14, 2017.

Adopting the Academy e-Forum

On June 21, 2017, FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) hosted the “Adopting the Academy,” e-Forum that discussed the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP). The EMPP consists of the National Emergency Management Basic, Advanced and Executive Academies.

E-Forum panel members included the Training and Exercise Directors from Florida and Virginia who have adopted the Basic Academy into their state training programs using flexible delivery schedules. Based on the experiences that Florida and Virginia shared, the South Carolina State Training Coordinator is planning a state-sponsored delivery of the Basic Academy. The e-Forum information, and follow-up with EMI, helped to encourage the state of South Carolina to sponsor the field delivery in early FY18 using their own instructors who are trained under EMI’s Basic Academy Train-the-Trainer Program.

The Basic Academy is designed for new emergency managers and provides a foundational education in emergency management. The goal of the Basic Academy is to support the early careers of emergency managers through a training experience that combines the knowledge of fundamental systems, concepts, and practices in contemporary emergency management. The majority –99 percent– of Basic Academy graduates agree that the academy courses help them to do their emergency management jobs better. The Basic Academy has been offered at EMI and in the states since FY14 and has 612 graduates.

FEMA Congratulates National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Graduates

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) congratulates 25 students who graduated from the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy on July 21, 2017. Graduates represented emergency management professionals from state and local governments, federal government, private sector, and academic institutions.

FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy is designed for mid-level managers seeking to advance their skills, and provides the strategic level training and education essential for emergency management professionals to effectively design and lead cutting-edge programs. Students learn skills critical to performing mid-manager responsibilities such as: program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking. The Advanced Academy provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking ability through a guided research project. The Advanced Academy is the second of a three-level Academy series in the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP).

The EMPP curriculum is designed to guide and educate emergency management professionals as they progress through their careers, providing a lifetime of learning for emergency management professionals. The EMPP includes three separate, but closely threaded training programs – building from the Basic Academy, to the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, and culminating in the National Emergency Management Executive Academy.

For more information about the Advanced Academy program, contact fema-empp-advanced-academy@fema.dhs.gov or visit www.training.fema.gov/empp.

Advanced Academy graduating class.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

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.

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

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.