FEMA Bulletin Week of March 5, 2018

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March 5, 2018

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

March 11

Draft National Mitigation Investment Strategy Public Comment Period Deadline

March 16

Fiscal Year 2017 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants Application Deadline

March 18

FEMA National Advisory Council Application Deadline

March 18

Youth Preparedness Council Application Deadline

April 9

2018 National Preparedness Symposium Application Deadline

April 30

Property Acquisition Open Space Collection Open Comment Period Deadline

Mitigation Grants Hits $15 Billion to Communities

FEMA’s first Hazard Mitigation Program was implemented in 1988 when the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act was amended to provide grants to communities after a Presidentially-declared disaster. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program supports the cost-effective measures during recovery that minimize the risk of loss in future disasters. Over the years, the Hazard Mitigation Program expanded with Congressional appropriations to offer additional competitive grant programs.

FEMA’s mitigation grants reduce overall risk to a community’s residents and structures as well as reduce reliance on federal funding. The program’s goals are to provide a long-term solution to a natural hazard and ensure that the potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the mitigation project in a community. Today, more than $15 billion dollars in mitigation grants help local communities, states, tribes and territories across the country to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster costs.

Over the next few weeks, FEMA will be highlighting ways that promote the partnership and commitment to support communities and build a more resilient nation. Visit the FEMA blog to see a timeline of important milestones about mitigation. A FEMA employee that has been with the program since it began also shares her reflections in a blog post.

In addition, there is a data visualization online resource which shows a summary of the mitigation projects funded for the last 30 years. The data includes the amount of funds obligated and the number of mitigation projects for each of the programs. It can be viewed by county, state, FEMA region or Congressional District.

Tribal Partners Webinar on Draft National Mitigation Investment Strategy

FEMA is hosting a webinar for tribal partners to learn more about the draft National Mitigation Investment Strategy (NMIS). The NMIS drafting team will provide a brief overview of the NMIS and ask FEMA tribal partners to share their ideas about how to make mitigation investment more mainstream.

The draft NMIS makes a series of recommendations, organized by six desired outcomes which – if met – could result in a nation better equipped for, and less vulnerable to, natural hazards. The draft Investment Strategy provides a national approach to investments in mitigation activities and risk management across federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal government and the private and non-profit sectors. Comments on the draft will be accepted through March 11, 2018, either through email to fema-nmis@fema.dhs.gov or through IdeaScale.

Webinar information

Date: March 9, 2018

Time: 2 p.m. ET


Access instructions:

Audio conference line:  800-320-4330  PIN: 866936#

Adobe weblink: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nmis/

Test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting at https://fema.connectsolutions.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release Video Presentation on DAta Mapping; Fourth Presentation from PrepTalks Symposium

FEMA, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, today released the fourth video presentation from the inaugural PrepTalks Symposium, Dr. Robert Chen’s “Who’s at Risk? Rapid Mapping of Potential Hazards.”

In his PrepTalk, Dr. Chen outlines the different ways data mapping can be used to help emergency managers identify those at risk before, during and after a disaster. He demonstrates how geospatial data combined with socioeconomic data gives emergency managers, the news media, and the public a better understanding of what the risk is and the potential associated effects of disasters. He is the Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a unit of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Dr. Chen also manages the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), part of NASA’s network of Earth Science Data Centers.

Dr. Chen’s presentation, a discussion guide, and additional reference materials are available at www.fema.gov/preptalks. This is the fourth video of eight being produced from the PrepTalks Symposium held in Washington, D.C. in January. The next PrepTalks Symposium is tentatively scheduled for fall of 2018.

Upcoming PrepTalk video topics include land use planning for community resilience and disaster risk in developing countries. The next PrepTalks video is currently scheduled for release later in March.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Building a Roadmap to Resilience for the 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 May 21-23, 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, submit a completed General Admission Application, FEMA Form 119-25-1 to your State Training Officer. For more information about this course please contact Andy Burrows at Andrew.burrows@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. Admissions are ongoing.

Property Acquisition Open Space Collection Comment Period

FEMA recently listed a Federal Register Notice for public comments about information collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice seeks comments concerning the process of property acquisition and relocation for open space as part of FEMA's mitigation grant programs, monitoring requirements after a receiving a grant, and a direct grant to property owners for acquisition and demolition of severe repetitive loss structures. Comments may be submitted through the Federal Register at www.federalregister.gov/d/2018-03949 until April 30, 2018.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Fiscal Year 2017 Fire Prevention & Safety Grants Application Period

FEMA’s annual funding opportunity for the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants is now open. FP&S grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards.

The application period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 FP&S grants will close on Friday, March 16, 2018, at 5 p.m. ET.

The primary goal of these grants is to reduce injury and prevent fire-related deaths among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S, and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development. For more information on fire prevention grants, visit www.fema.gov/fire-prevention-safety-grants.

FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA 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.

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

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. 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 www.fema.gov/membership-applications.

2018 National Preparedness Symposium Promoting Whole Community Preparedness Through Unity of Effort

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will host the 2018 National Preparedness Symposium from May 21-24. The symposium provides federal, state, tribal, territorial, and nongovernmental training and exercise officials the opportunity to discuss current and future training and exercise programs and to share case studies, lessons-learned, and smart practices. The theme is “promoting whole community preparedness through unity of effort,” with a focus on promoting a culture of preparedness in America.

The event will be held at the National Emergency Training Center, 16825 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998. Applications for registration must be received by April 9, 2018.  To apply and for more information, visit https://training.fema.gov/nationalpreparednesssymposium/ or contact the EMI National Training Liaison Dan Lubman at daniel.lubman@fema.dhs.gov.