FEMA Bulletin Week of December 18, 2017

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December 18, 2017

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Important Dates & Deadlines 

January 1

Advanced Public Information Officer Training Application Deadline

FEMA Announces the Release of the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide

FEMA recently released the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide (Guide). Effective next December, the Guide will be FEMA's official policy on tribal mitigation planning requirements and will supersede the Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance issued in 2010. The underlying regulatory requirements for tribal mitigation planning in 44 CFR Part 201 have not changed.

Tribal mitigation plans are community-driven, living documents that tribal governments use to strengthen and protect their land and people from the negative impact of natural events like floods and wildfires. They are a pre-requisite for certain kinds of non-emergency disaster assistance.

FEMA engaged tribal governments throughout the development of the Guide, including tribal consultations in 2016 and 2017. These consultations yielded over 350 comments from federally-recognized tribes and other interested parties. The result of the update is a more streamlined document that provides greater clarity regarding FEMA mitigation planning requirements. This update will facilitate tribal governments' successful development and adoption of mitigation plans.

FEMA will hold a national webinar on the updated policy on January 23, 2018 at 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) to provide more information to tribal governments about the updated policy. Additional outreach will be completed through the FEMA Regions.

The 2010 Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance is still in effect until December 2018. As a reference, the 2018 Tribal Guide is available in the FEMA library. For more information on the Guide or the outreach webinar, please contact your Regional Tribal Liaison or the Regional Mitigation Planning Lead in your Region.

2018 Ready.gov Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar

The 2018 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar and key messages provides content to promote preparedness all year. For more information, visit www.ready.gov/calendar.

2018 Ready.gov Preparedness Calendar

Emergency Management Institute Offers Advanced Public Information Officer Training

The unprecedented number of major disaster incidents Americans are encountering is bringing heightened focus on the importance of emergency public information. FEMA’s public information officer (PIO) curriculum plays a key role in meeting the training needs of those tasked with critical message delivery.

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering the Advanced Public Information Officer (PIO) course, February 12-16, 2018 at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The course provides public information officers the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills for establishing, managing and working in a joint information center (JIC). The training fosters an environment where participants can apply advanced skills during a multi-day functional exercise designed to test and enhance their ability to analyze, coordinate, process, and create information in a fast-paced, realistic environment.

Using interactive lectures from subject matter experts and an intense functional exercise, the Advanced PIO course teaches participants skills for use during escalating incidents, including strategic communications and incident action planning, as it relates to JIC operations.

Interested individuals should contact the National Emergency Training Center Admissions Office at (301) 447-1035 or netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov by January 1, 2018, to register for the course. For information on prerequisites and course schedules, go to http://training.femac.gov/programs/pio/.

Heating Fire Safety and Carbon Monoxide

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, home fires occur more often in winter. Space heaters cause about one-third of the heating fires and four out of five heating fire deaths. Be fire smart this winter by following these safety heating tips.


When using heaters that require fuel, make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is called the “invisible killer” because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. The detector will sound when the carbon monoxide levels begin rising.

If you are using a portable heater:

- Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.

- Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off so if it tips over, it shuts off.

- Keep anything that can burn such as bedding, clothing, and curtains at least three feet away from the heater.

- Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.

- Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

If you are using a fireplace:

- Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out and igniting.

- Do not burn paper in your fireplace.

- Before you go to sleep or leave your home put the fire out completely.

- Put ashes in a metal container with a lid; store the container outside at least three feet from your home.

If you are using a wood stove:

- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.

- Place your wood stove at least three feet from anything that can burn.

- Do not burn paper in your wood stove.

- Before you go to sleep or leave your home put the fire out completely.

Find out more from the U.S. Fire Administration about heating and carbon monoxide.

Fireplace safety tips

FEMA Congratulates Basic and Executive National Emergency Management Academy Graduates

FEMA congratulates 52 students who graduated from the National Emergency Management Basic and Executive Academies on December 7, 2017. Graduates represented emergency management professionals from local, county, state, and federal governments, volunteer agencies, healthcare, and education establishments.

FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy is the entry-point for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. The Basic Academy offers the tools to develop comprehensive foundational skills needed in emergency management. The Basic Academy also provides a unique opportunity to build camaraderie, establish professional contacts, and understand the roles, responsibilities, and legal boundaries associated with emergency management.

The Basic Academy is the first of a three-level Academy series in the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP). The EMPP curriculum is designed to provide a lifetime of learning for emergency management professionals. It includes three separate, but closely threaded, training programs. The Basic Academy builds to the Advanced Academy, a program to develop the next generation of emergency management leaders who are trained in advanced concepts and issues, advanced leadership and management, and critical thinking and problem solving.  The EMPP culminates in the Executive Academy, a program designed to challenge and enhance the talents of the nation’s emergency management senior executives through critical thinking, visionary strategic planning, challenging conventional concepts, and negotiation and conflict resolution applied to complex real-world problems.

Emergency management professionals may visit www.training.fema.gov/empp for more information about which academy best suits their needs.