FEMA Bulletin Week of November 20, 2017

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November 20, 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

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? To ensure home fire safety, please keep these tips in mind.


If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. If you are frying your turkey:

- Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.

- Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.

- Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.

- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.

- Also, always use the fryer outdoors; never on a deck or in the garage; and keep the fryer a safe distance from the home and other buildings.

Stuffing and Potatoes
- Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing.

- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.

Vegetables and Other Dishes
- Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.

- Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.

- Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.

- Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.

For more home cooking fire safety tips, visit www.usfa.fema.gov.

Thanksgiving fire safety tips

Building a Roadmap to Resilience for Whole Community Training

Put your community on the road to resilience with the "Roadmap to Resilience" course (E426) from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. This three-day course will be conducted January 16-18, 2018. The course will help communities build a whole community approach to disaster resilience by teaching principles, themes, and pathways for action, and other promising emergency management practices uncovered by local leaders across the nation.

Participants will develop a plan of implementation in their own community, receive the tools and knowledge to establish a community coalition, and learn to encourage local leaders to augment resilience within the unique circumstances of their community.

This course is intended for community stakeholders interested in disaster resilience, as well as junior emergency management professionals with less than three years of experience who support or implement inclusive emergency management, community disaster planning, preparedness activities, and community outreach at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels.

To register, please submit a completed General Admission Application, FEMA Form 119-25-1 to your State Training Officer. For more information about this course please contact Steven (Tyler) Krska at steven.krska@fema.dhs.gov or Paul Benyeda at Paul.Benyeda@fema.dhs.gov. Visit training.fema.gov to learn about additional FEMA training and education opportunities management and community preparedness.

Upcoming Webinars

Supporting Children in the Aftermath of Disasters

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 28, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET


FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division and Child Care Aware of America  are hosting a webinar that will feature best practices on addressing  adjustment difficulties of children in the aftermath of a disaster and suggest successful coping strategies. Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link.

Inclusive Community Preparedness

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 29 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

Join FEMA's Region 2 Office and its whole community partners to learn how to help establish equal physical, programmatic, and effective communication access for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Participants will learn how to develop an emergency plan, draft focused messaging, and illustrate a suite of resources to help keep you better informed. Attend this webinar via this link https://fema.connectsolutions.com/r8oahsvjgf3/ and call-in number 1-800-320-4330 [pin 408572].

Commemorating Native American Heritage Month through Tribal Emergency Management

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 29, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

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 will hear from several leaders who have worked to put preparedness into action. Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link.

Before the webinars, be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection. Each webinar will offer captioning.

National Qualification System

Dates and times:

- 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


The 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