FEMA seeks applicants for two councils and a public comment opportunity

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Help After a Disaster for Private Non-Profits and Houses of Worship: Potential Sources of Financial Assistance

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FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

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FEMA announced today that it is seeking applicants for the Youth Preparedness Council, which brings together teens from across the country who are interested and engaged in community preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.

The Youth Preparedness Council, formed in 2012, offers an opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, D.C. During their two-year term, the leaders will complete both a local and national-level project and share their ideas regarding youth disaster preparedness with FEMA leadership and national organizations.

Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form, provide two letters of recommendation, and academic records. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than March 18, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT in order to be eligible. New council members will be announced in May 2018.

To access the application materials, read about the current Council members, and for more general information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.

FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requests that qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) submit an application to be considered for appointment.

The NAC is a federal advisory committee of up to 35 members that 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 NAC provides consensus recommendations to the Administrator and gives FEMA access to expertise, information, and advice on a broad range of issues. Topics of recent recommendations included provision of medical countermeasures, duplication of benefits in the Individual Assistance Program, and tribal partnerships training.

NAC members represent a geographically diverse mix of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, tribes and the private sector. Individuals appointed to these positions represent the whole community and bring their experience and expertise, along with their diversity of views and willingness to express them.

FEMA is now accepting applications for open positions in the following discipline areas:

  • Elected Local Government Official (one representative appointment)
  • Elected State Government Official (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Management Field (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Response Providers, which includes fire, law enforcement, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, and organizations representing emergency response providers (two representative appointments)
  • Communications Expert, an expert in communications infrastructure, public safety and first responder communications systems and networks, and/or broadcast, cable, satellite, wireless, or wireline services and networks (one Special Government Employee, or SGE)
  • Cybersecurity Expert, an expert in protecting and defending information and communications systems from damage, unauthorized use or modification, or exploitation, (one SGE)
  • In-Patient Medical Provider, a provider of medical care to patients admitted to a healthcare facility, such as a hospital or skilled nursing facility (one SGE)
  • Administrator Selections (up to two SGE appointments)

All appointments are for three-year terms beginning in September 2018. Applications must be received on or before March 18, 2018.

Detailed instructions on how to apply can be found at: http://www.fema.gov/membership-applications and in the forthcoming Federal Register notice.

Core Capability Development Sheets Updated

FEMA updated the 48 Core Capability Development Sheets, first released in June 2017. The updated sheets provide state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions with suggestions for how to improve their core capabilities and close capability gaps identified through the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), the State Preparedness Report (SPR), or other capability assessments.

You can view, download, and bookmark the new version of the sheets at https://www.fema.gov/core-capability-development-sheets.

 The improvements for February 2018 include:

- Navigation pages to improve user search and experience;

- New resource types released by the FEMA National Integration Center;

- Updated tools for Natural and Cultural Resources Core Capability; and

- Version date stamps and other minor fixes.

Spread the word on your favorite social media platforms using #corecapability, and please send questions and feedback to FEMA-TArequest@fema.dhs.gov.

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DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships

 The DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships was created in 2006 by an executive order to help emergency managers effectively engage with faith and community-based groups. The DHS Center carries out the policies and program priorities of the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  

For more information on the DHS Center please visit www.fema.gov/faith

Have a comment, question or looking for information? E-mail us at Partnerships@fema.dhs.gov