FEMA Weekly: Aug. 10, 2017


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NOAA Issues Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Update



On Aug., 9, 2017, NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook. Forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season, and they increased the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. The season has the potential to be extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010.

Forecasters now say there is a 60-percent chance of an above-normal season (compared to the May prediction of 45 percent chance), with 14-19 named storms (increased from the May predicted range of 11-17) and 2-5 major hurricanes (increased from the May predicted range of 2-4). A prediction for 5-9 hurricanes remains unchanged from the initial May outlook.  

To read more, visit:  http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/early-season-storms-one-indicator-of-active-atlantic-hurricane-season-ahead.

Visit Ready.Gov for basic hurricane preparedness tips.

Help Shape FEMA's Future


All FEMA employees are invited participate in the creation of the next FEMA Strategic Plan by sharing their thoughts and ideas with leadership via IdeaScale, an interactive, web-based application where you can submit, discuss, and vote on ideas.

FEMA’s goal is to gather information that will help inform the collective vision, direction, strategic goals, and operational objectives for the Fiscal Years 2018-2022 FEMA Strategic Plan.

For more information, please visit the All Employee Message site.   

FEMA Increases FEVS Response Rates


A big thank you to every FEMA employee who received and completed the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). Because of your dedication to Team FEMA, we broke our previous records for employee response rates.


-For Title V employees, the final adjusted response rate is 61.9 percent, which is five percentage points above last year’s final adjusted response rate.

-Based on FEMA’s organizational chart, the top tier offices that led the entire agency with the highest overall response rates:

-Office of External Affairs (92.9%)

-Office of Chief Counsel (88.1%)

-Office of Policy and Program Analysis (84.8%)

-For Stafford Act employees the final adjusted response rate is 45 percent, which is 12 percentage points above last year’s (2016) response rate. This is also the highest response rate recorded for Stafford Act employees.


The FEVS started at FEMA on Thursday, May 11, and ended on Thursday, June 22, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) sent the survey to the FEMA-email address of a random selection of permanent full and part-time employees, and all COREs, Temporary Full-time employees, and Reservists.


OPM will release a variety of FEVS related reports starting later this month through October. Shortly after the information becomes available, leadership across FEMA, as well as the Employee Engagement Council, will be reporting on this information and will be providing feedback on how it will be used to help FEMA become the best place to work in the federal government. 

The FEVS is a tool that measures employees' perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions characterizing successful organizations are present in their agencies. FEMA Weekly will continue to bring this news and information to you once it becomes available.

FEMA Employee Graduates from Advanced Academy


FEMA congratulates Geoffrey Krueger, Regional Exercise Officer, FEMA Region IX, on his graduation from the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy on July 21. Krueger was one of 25 students who completed the full Advanced Academy curriculum, which provides the strategic level training and education essential for emergency management professionals to effectively design and lead cutting-edge programs.


FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy is open to all FEMA employees. It is the second level of a three-level Academy series in the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP).

For more information, visit: www.training.fema.gov/empp. Should you have any questions about the Advanced Academy program, please email: fema-empp-advanced-academy@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA and NAACP Helping Communities


FEMA employees and members of the FEMA African American Employee Resource Group (AAFERG) participated in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) 108th Annual Convention July 22-25, in Baltimore, Maryland.

FEMA actively partners with the NAACP and was invited to participate in the expo and workshop during the convention. Alyssa Young, FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison, participated in a panel discussion where she spoke about how communities can become more resilient after disasters. FEMA employees were also on hand to provide preparedness information and resources to NAACP members and the public. This engagement affirms FEMA’s commitment to the NAACP and support of domestic service to all affected populations before, during, and all hazards.

Reservist Report: Chekondi Croulet


The Reservist Report is an opportunity to learn more about FEMA Reservists. FEMA Weekly welcomes your articles.

Chekondi Croulet is a Mitigation Specialist with the Hazard Mitigation Cadre. She is currently deployed to North Dakota (DR-4323) assisting in recovery efforts following severe flooding that affected several counties in that state earlier this year. Croulet works closely with Public Assistance to help ensure communities build back better to reduce future impact from disasters.  

Croulet says the most important thing she does is to educate community members on the importance of spending money on mitigation efforts up front, which helps save several times that amount in the event of another disaster in the future. 

FEMA Fun Foto Winner Announced

And the winner is... Janet Hlavaty-LaPosa, National Preparedness Division, FEMA Region X.


The winning caption:

“Okay everyone, stay in line, two by two... Remember the buddy system!”

In the photo are members of the DHS Surge Capacity Force (SCF) and FEMA employees arriving for a Mobilization Exercise on July 10, at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in, Artesia, New Mexico.

In rare circumstances, DHS/SCF members are called upon to augment the FEMA workforce during major disasters. Visit DHC Connect to learn more about the SCF. 


A new FEMA Fun Foto will be featured in next week’s edition of FEMA Weekly and the winner will be announced in the Aug. 17, edition.     

The FEMA Fun Foto was the suggestion of the Field Operations Directorate (FOD). The Workforce Management Division (WMD) reviews all of the captions submitted and selects the winner.  

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Feds Feed Families


Each year, millions of Americans turn to food banks and food pantries for emergency food assistance. During summer months, the demand increases significantly. To help meet this critical need, the 2017 Feds Feeds Families campaign will run from June 1, to Aug. 31.  This year’s theme is “Feds Unite Against Hunger.”  


The Food Drive is a voluntary effort by Federal employees to collect and donate food for those in need. Donations will be distributed to food banks and pantries across the country.


Drop off boxes for canned goods and non-perishable items will be available in and around your work areas. For more information, please visit the Work-Life Services Intranet page.


Any donations made by employees are to be voluntary and anonymous. If you have any questions about employee participation, please contact the FEMA Ethics Office.

Search. Click. Learn.


Whether you're trying to answer a question, learn a new skill, or develop professionally, Books 24/7, a part of the FEMA Employee Knowledge Center (FEKC) on the Intranet, lets you quickly locate learning content aligned to your needs.

You can easily find resources, create a customized learning plan, and develop a new skill. To locate Books 24/7:  

-Log on to FEKC

-Search for Skillsoft Books 24/7

-Click on take a virtual tour.

Visit FEKC and experience a learning platform that truly puts your needs front and center.

FEMA Needs You

FEMA’s Individual Assistance is looking for Cadre of Response/Recovery Employees (CORE), and Permanent Full-Time (PFT) employees who want to directly assist disaster survivors in support of FEMA’s mission. Members will be called upon to assist with Individual Assistance Registration Intake (RI) when survivor calls exceed internal call center capacity. The team is looking for employees who can take RI calls on a full-time, part-time, or overtime basis during a disaster.


The Individuals and Households Program Surge Capacity and Capabilities (IHP SCC) team can answer questions about the program and connect you to a team point-of-contact (POC). All training will be provide to help selected employees effectively assist disaster survivors during the RI process.

More information can be found on the Strategic Workforce Augmentation Team Collaboration Page. Should you have any questions, please email the IHP-SCC team at fema-ia-ihp-scc@fema.dhs.gov.

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Leadership Development Programs Accepting Applications

FEMA Leadership Development Programs are now accepting applications. Employees can learn more about the programs and how to apply by participating in one of three upcoming webinars.  The following Leadership Development Programs are accepting applications:

Emerging Leaders Program:  Open to employees up to GS-12 or equivalent, who have not held a supervisory role within FEMA and who have been with the agency less than two years.

Future Leaders Program:  Open to GS 9-12 employees who have not held a supervisory role within FEMA and who have been with the agency less for at least two years.


FEMA Fellow Program:  Open to GS 13-14 employees.

Each of the webinars will offer an overview of all of the Leadership Development Programs that are open to all Permanent Full-Time (PFT), Temporary Full-Time (TFT), and Cadre of on-Call Response/Recovery Employees (CORE).

Employees can attend one of the following webinars of their choice:

Aug. 16, 2017, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., ET
Sep. 7, 2017,  2 p.m. - 3 p.m., ET
Sep. 13, 2017, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., ET


New Features for FEMA Employee Knowledge Center (FEKC)

All FEMA employees are welcome to join the Office of the Chief Learning Officer for a one-hour webinar on the new features of the FEKC. Employees may attend their choice of one of the Webinars listed below.  

Registration is not required. Please login at least five minutes prior to the start of your session. For more information, please email edu@fema.dhs.gov.

Aug. 15, 2017, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., ET
Aug. 22, 2017, 2 - 3 p.m., ET
Aug. 29, 2017, 2 - 3 p.m., ET 

Detail / Rotation Opportunities

Detail: Program Specialist, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration  

Expires Aug. 10, 2017


Detail: Administrative Specialist, Office of the Deputy Administrator  

Expires Aug. 15, 2017


Detail: Internal Communications Specialist, Office of External Affairs

Expires Aug. 18, 2017


Detail: Program Analyst, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration  

Open until filled


Detail: Budget Analyst, Office of Disability Integration and Coordination

Open until filled


Detail: Program Analyst, Office of External Affairs

Open until filled

Current Job Openings

For information on current job opportunities within FEMA, visit the Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer Intranet page and USAJobs.

As a reminder DHS has many opportunities that are available to FEMA employees. Visit the site often for updates.

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Remembering the Men and Women of FEMA