FEMA Bulletin Week of November 13, 2017

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November 13, 2017

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

December 3

National Flood Insurance Program Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Open Comment Period Deadline

Public Notice of Intended Procurement for NFIP Reinsurance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has experienced several large flood disasters over its history, particularly in 2005, 2008, 2012, and 2017. As a result of these flood disasters, the cost of flood policy claims far exceeded the NFIP’s premium revenues, and in turn, the NFIP incurred debt to the U.S. Treasury.

In January 2017, FEMA made a cornerstone placement of reinsurance for the 2017 calendar year, transferring $1.042 billion of the NFIP’s financial risk to the private sector, specifically 25 reinsurers. Under the agreement, the reinsurers agreed to indemnify FEMA for flood claims on an occurrence basis.

FEMA’s 2017 reinsurance placement is a cornerstone for a multi-year strategy that promotes private sector participation in flood-risk management.

FEMA recently published a notice of its intended reinsurance procurement for the NFIP for calendar year 2018. The official notice can be found at https://www.fema.gov/nfip-reinsurance-program. This notice includes all the procurement, contact information, and details on how to submit a request for participation. 

National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin Reissued

Due to the current terror threat environment, and with input from intelligence and law enforcement partners, the Department of Homeland Security updated and extended the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin for six months. This marks the fifth iteration of the Bulletin on the terror threats, and it has been reissued three times since its initial release in December 2015. 

To read the new NTAS Bulletin, visit https://www.dhs.gov/national-terrorism-advisory-system.

Webinar: Commemorating Native American Heritage Month through Tribal Emergency Management

In observance of National Native American Heritage Month, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division and the Office of External Affairs Tribal Affairs will host a webinar on Wednesday, November 29 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET focusing on disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving tribal communities. You’ll hear from several leaders who have worked to put preparedness into action.

Title: Commemorating Native American Heritage Month through Tribal Emergency Management
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

How to Join the Webinar:

Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link. Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting. This webinar will offer captioning.

Webinars Set for National Qualification System

FEMA is hosting 60-minute webinars to discuss the National Qualification System (NQS) and answer questions related to the National Incident Management System NQS supporting tools. Each webinar is open to all interested parties and will cover the same information.

- Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. ET
- Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, 10 a.m. ET
- Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, 3 p.m. ET
- Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 12 p.m. ET
- (Guam) Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, 6 p.m. ET

These webinars will focus on a recently released series of National Incident Management System (NIMS) resource management documents that enhance the effectiveness of sharing resources between jurisdictions, known as mutual aid.  NIMS provides a nationwide approach to resource management, enabling stakeholders to work together to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.  

To review the NQS documents, go to http://www.FEMA.gov/national-qualification-system. To review the Resource Typing documents other than NQS, go to https://rtlt.preptoolkit.fema.gov/PublicTo register for one of the webinars, go to http://www.FEMA.gov/national-qualification-system.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Final Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on the National Flood Insurance Program

On November 3, FEMA published a Federal Register [FEMA-2012-0012-0081] Notice for a final National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (NPEIS). As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FEMA developed this final NPEIS to examine the impacts of proposed improvements and modifications to the NFIP. This final NPEIS includes an evaluation of the potential impacts to the natural and human environment associated with the NFIP at a programmatic level, as well as an evaluation of impacts of alternative proposals to modify the NFIP.  Comments received on the NFIP draft NPEIS and FEMA’s revisions and responses are included in the Final NPEIS and Appendix M.

The public can download the final NPEIS via www.regulations.gov [Docket ID FEMA-2012-0012-0081]. For additional information, visit www.fema.gov/programmatic-environmental-impact-statement. Comments may be sent via email nfip-programmatic-eis@fema.dhs.gov or by paper, per below, by December 3, 2017.

U.S. Postal Service Mail

All comments submitted via mail should be sent to:

Regulatory Affairs Legal Division Office of Chief Counsel

Federal Emergency Management Agency

500 C Street SW, Room 8NE

Washington, DC 20472-3100