FEMA Bulletin Week of November 27, 2017

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November 27, 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

Emergency Management Institute Hosts Training E-Forums

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 whole community partners and peers, sharing their experiences. The panel format offers opportunities to provide technical assistance in training management by facilitating peer-to-peer sharing of best practices.

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December e-Forums:

12/6      Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP):  What is HSEEP and why is HSEEP important?

12/20    Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP):  What is MEPP and how can MEPP graduates be used?

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.

Upcoming Webinars

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:

- 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 National Qualification System (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