FEMA Bulletin Week of August 28, 2017

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Week of August 28, 2017

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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

October 5

FEMA Fiscal Year 2018-2022 Strategic Plan Open Comment Period

Tropical Storm Harvey Continues to Impact Across Texas and Louisiana

The top priority of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FEMA, and its federal partners is to support state, local, and tribal communities in Texas and Louisiana to protect the life and safety of those in impacted areas.


Tropical Storm Harvey remains a dangerous, long duration storm. This storm is hundreds of miles wide and is creating dangerous storm surge, flooding, sustained winds and tornadoes. All those in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey should continue to follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal officials, including instructions to shelter in place or evacuate. Do not return to evacuated areas until told it is safe to do so. When it is safe, check on your neighbors who may require assistance, such as infants, children, older adults, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Individual community members are the first line of response following a storm.


Family and friends of those in the affected areas are urged to check social network sites like Facebook or Twitter for information about your loved ones, or use the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well program, to let family members know they are safe, or looking for loved ones. To report a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-866-908-9570. If your missing child has a disability or access and functional need, please let NCMEC know when you contact them. Anyone who finds an unaccompanied child who may have been separated from their parents or caregivers should contact the local police, or enter basic information and/or a photo into the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Unaccompanied Minors Registry.


The compassion of the American people is already evident in their response to the destruction the storm has caused. People can help by visiting www.nvoad.org, and donating or volunteering with the voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in affected areas supporting survivors, even as the rain and wind continue. There is a lot of work that has been done but the recovery will be challenging, and the help of the whole community is required.


For more information about Hurricane Harvey, including resources deployed, imagery, and video footage go to:  www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey.

FEMA Announces Implementation of Immediate Needs Funding

FEMA’s top priority is to make sure all of the necessary resources are on hand to support states, tribes, and territories in their efforts to carry out life-saving and life-sustaining activities and to meet the immediate needs of disaster survivors. FEMA is currently heavily engaged in supporting the ongoing, life-saving efforts in response to the catastrophic effects resulting from Hurricane Harvey. The costs of these efforts are quickly drawing down the remaining balance in FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund.

FEMA implemented Immediate Needs Funding (INF) guidance in order to extend the remaining balance of the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) so that FEMA can continue its focus on response and urgent recovery efforts without interruption. INF is intended to meet the urgent needs of disaster survivors and will prioritize funding. There have been a number of times in the past where the agency found it necessary to issue INF allocation funding guidance, as a precautionary measure, to maintain an adequate DRF balance while awaiting passage of appropriations legislation.

Immediate needs funding does allow for the allocation of funds for Individual Assistance, Public Assistance Categories A and B (debris removal and emergency protective measures), technical assistance contract support for Public Assistance Categories A and B activities, technical assistance contract support for Individual Assistance manufactured housing support, state management costs, mission assignments, and essential joint field office (JFO) operations.

The limitation applies to specific disaster funding for permanent work (Public Assistance Categories C-G) the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, as well as DRF surge and disaster support activities.  Funding is not being eliminated for projects in these categories, but merely delayed until additional appropriations are available. Adhering to these guidelines is critical to ensure that FEMA is able to continue ongoing and future response and recovery efforts.

FEMA Seeks Input on Fiscal Year 2018-2022 FEMA Strategic Plan

FEMA Administrator Long strongly believes in the importance of hearing external partners’ perspectives to help FEMA improve the way business is done. Throughout the next few months, FEMA is inviting its stakeholders and partners from across the whole community to help shape the Fiscal Year 2018-2022 FEMA Strategic Plan. In an effort to reach as many stakeholders and partners as possible, FEMA is accepting feedback via IdeaScale – an interactive, web-based application that allows idea sharing, collaboration and engagement.

FEMA values the input and diverse perspectives that stakeholders and partners bring to help inform this process, the final product, and the agency's efforts.

FEMA is looking for input and engagement on:

Simplifying Recovery and Reducing Disaster Costs

- How can FEMA simplify recovery programs and reduce disaster costs while ensuring accountability, customer service, and fiscal stewardship?

Buying Down Risk through Preparedness and Mitigation

- How should risk be calculated in awarding grants?

- What type of grants are best suited for effectively reducing risk?

- How do we incentivize more investment in preparedness/mitigation prior to a disaster (not only federal investment)?

- How should the nation, including but not limited to FEMA, train and credential a surge disaster workforce ahead of major disasters?

- What are new ways to think about a true culture of preparedness?

We value the input and diverse perspectives that you bring to help inform this process, the final product, and our efforts. Our IdeaScale campaigns will be open until October 5, 2017. We look forward to your ideas and suggestions.

September Is National Preparedness Month: Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

National Preparedness Month Logo

It’s important to know what disasters could happen in your community and how to prepare for them. Emergencies can happen any time, and all Americans should be prepared for disasters that could affect them.

September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare now and throughout the year for the types of disasters that can happen where we live, work and visit.

This year’s theme, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can,” encourages everyone to make an emergency communication plan ahead of time, partner with their neighbors and community, train to be citizen responders, and practice their preparedness. Each week in September, we will offer simple, no-cost preparedness tips.

The National Preparedness Month weekly themes provide many opportunities to get prepared before an emergency.  For more information, including a social media toolkit you can use on your social media accounts, visit www.ready.gov/september.

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


September 15 is National Prepareathon Day when people and communities across the nation take action to prepare for and protect themselves against disasters. To find out more about year-round Prepareathon activities, go to www.ready.gov/prepare.

National Advisory Council’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Subcommittee Gets to Work

FEMA hosted the inaugural meeting of the National Advisory Council’s (NAC) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee on August 8-9, 2017 at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and the private sector on federal plans, programs, and strategies for all hazards.

The meeting was highly successful in framing and identifying themes to develop recommendations on how FEMA can provide timely and effective warnings during natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters or threats to public safety.

FEMA established the NAC IPAWS Subcommittee pursuant to the IPAWS Modernization Act of 2015 to make recommendations to the NAC related to common alerting and warning protocols, standards, terminology, and operating procedures for an integrated public alert and warning system.

The Subcommittee is composed of 44 members: Thirty-one qualified individuals from 13 categories, eight Senior Federal Leaders (or their designees); and five members from the NAC who volunteered to be on the Subcommittee. Their next in-person meeting is scheduled for March, 2018.

NAC IPAWS Subcommittee members at the inaugural meeting.

FEMA Administrator Long Picks 12 New Members for National Advisory Council

FEMA announced today that Administrator Brock Long appointed 12 new members and reappointed one current member to serve three-year terms on FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC). Administrator Long also selected Mike Sprayberry, Director of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, to serve as the Vice Chair of the NAC, alongside NAC Chair Jim Featherstone.


The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, and tribal governments, and the private sector on federal plans, programs, and strategies for all hazards. Members include a geographically diverse and substantive cross-section of 35 officials, emergency managers, and emergency responders from government and the private sector who serve one or more three-year terms at the pleasure of the Administrator. Approximately one-third of member terms end each year.

During the open application period from February 1 to March 15, 2017, FEMA received more than 170 membership applications to fill the 13 open positions and carefully considered the qualifications of each candidate. Administrator Long made the final selections.

FEMA Congratulates National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Graduates

FEMA congratulates 28 students who graduated from the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy hosted by the State of Florida on August 18. This course is the first regional delivery of the Advanced Academy in Florida. Graduates represented emergency management professionals from state and local governments, private sector, first responders, and academic institutions.

The week-long course culminated in a panel discussion with top emergency managers, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, Emergency Management Institute’s Superintendent, Tony Russell, and former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. Drawing from their years of experience in emergency management, they engaged in a dynamic conversation with students about their role in the field.

The 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, influence 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. The EMPP includes three separate, but closely threaded training programs – building from the Basic Academy, to the Advanced Academy, and culminating in the Executive Academy.

Visit www.training.fema.gov/empp for more information about EMPP.

National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Graduates

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

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.