FEMA Bulletin Week of August 21, 2017

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Week of August 21, 2017

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

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

September is National Preparedness Month

September 1 marks the start of National Preparedness Month, and serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit. This year’s theme, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” encourages everyone to make a plan, partner with neighbors and community, train to be a citizen responder and practice preparedness. Each week of National Preparedness Month has an individual focus:

Week 1:  September 1 – 9

Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

Week 2:  September 10 - 16

Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

Week 3:  September 17 - 23

Practice and Build Out Your Plans

Week 4:  September 24 - 30

Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

National Prepareathon Day, September 15, is the perfect time to do a no cost action – take a few minutes to discuss and practice your emergency plan with your family and within your business or organization. September 15 is a day of action when families, organizations, and communities become better prepared for hazards and other emergencies.

Find more information and resources including the social media toolkit and customizable logo, and become involved with promoting National Preparedness Month by visiting www.ready.gov/september. Download and order free publications. Get ideas for how you could get involved. Use the hashtags #NatlPrep and #PlanAhead on social media next month to show off what you do to recognize the month!

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Emergency Management Institute Hosts Training E-Forums

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FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is hosting a series of “One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices” e-Forums every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). EMI 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 e-Forums showcase community partners and peers, sharing their experiences in panel format that offers opportunities to provide technical assistance in training management by facilitating peer-to-peer sharing of best practices.

September e-Forums:

- September 13:  EMI Developed / State Delivered G Courses:  Best Practices from the Trainers that Deliver Them

- September 20:  Incident Management Teams:  Innovation and Evolution to Build Community Capability

- September 27:  State Credentialing:  Best Practices From Those Who Implement It

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

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

Questions: https://training.fema.gov/contactus/sendcomment.aspx

E-Forums on Adobe Connect are mobile device accessible. Click here for more information. Participation does not require pre-registration.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Final Opportunity: Comments Needed for Draft Policy on Floodplain Development

FEMA prepared a draft policy for FEMA staff and communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to update guidance for participating communities on satisfying 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 FEMA's Tribal Consultation Policy. First issued in 2014, the policy 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.