FEMA Bulletin Week of April 23, 2018

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April 23, 2018

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

April 27

Staffing for Adequate and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants Application Period

April 30

Property Acquisition Open Space Collection Open Comment Period Deadline

May 9

National Incident Management System Resource Management Documents National Engagement Period Deadline

May 15

National Emergency Management Advanced and Executive Academies Application Deadline

June 7

Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide Open Comment Period Deadline

FEMA Posts Individual Assistance Policy and Program Guide for Public Comment

On April 23, FEMA posted the draft Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG) for public comment.  The IAPPG will provide a single comprehensive reference document for all FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) programs.

The document will be posted for public comment on FEMA’s website for 45 days, with the comment period closing on June 7, 2018. FEMA will then adjudicate comments and finalize the document. Once finalized, the IAPPG will replace the Individuals and Households Program Unified Guidance (IHPUG) from September 2016, and all stand-alone IA policies.

This document consolidates policies for all IA programs, including the Individuals and Households Program, Mass Care and Emergency Assistance programs, and the Community Services programs. The IAPPG is intended to provide a comprehensive policy resource for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and non-governmental partners, as well as increase consistency, collaboration, and the sharing of knowledge with those who assist disaster survivors with post-disaster recovery.

The creation of the IAPPG furthers the agency’s goal of reducing the complexity of FEMA by streamlining the disaster survivor experience as outlined in the agency’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

Please visit www.fema.gov/individual-assistance-program-and-policy-guide to review and provide comments on the draft IAPPG.

Assess Your Logistics Capability Level

The ability to store and move resources within state, local, tribal, or territory (SLTT) areas is a critical piece of preparedness, response, and recovery for disasters. FEMA offers the Logistics Capability Assistance Tool 2 (LCAT2) to help states, local jurisdictions, tribes, and territories identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and best practices.


The LCAT2 is an excellent way to determine a government’s or jurisdiction’s logistics capability level, and is a crucial step in supporting preparedness planning, including training, grants, and exercises. The tool can identify areas that would benefit from support to either establish, enhance, or optimize current capabilities. To date, 61 SLTT assessments have been completed using the tool across the country and territories. Assessments using the tool can be completed through FEMA or done independently by the state, local, tribal, or territorial government.


For more information or to access the LCAT2, please visit contact your Regional Logistics Chief through the FEMA Regional Contacts webpage.

National Flood Insurance Program 2018 Reinsurance Placement Information on OpenFEMA

FEMA is sharing data files developed in support of FEMA’s January 1, 2018 reinsurance placement.  Sharing reinsurance placement information with the general public helps the nation more clearly understand our shared flood risk. 


The data and information was derived in part using catastrophic flood risk models developed by AIR-Worldwide and RMS, two well known risk model developers.  That information may also be useful for the insurance industry, academics, and others in understanding and studying flood risk within the United States. FEMA looks to continue to foster strong private-public partnerships as FEMA, the public, academia, and the private sector work together to improve flood resiliency in the United States. In order to meet the Privacy Act of 1974 requirements, the data are aggregated at the zip code level or higher to ensure that no personally identifiable information is released.


This information is posted on FEMA’s website at: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/129784. For more information about the 2018 reinsurance placement, visit: www.fema.gov/nfip-reinsurance-program

FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Demonstrates the Importance of Emergency Credentials for Broadcasters

During an emergency, authorities need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. Broadcasters are the important link in sending this message out to the public. FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is a national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency alert and information messaging from emergency officials to the public through radio, television, cellular phones, and internet applications. At the National Broadcasters Association annual conference on April 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada, IPAWS staff partnered with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management to present a workshop on the state-issued Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201) credential for broadcasters.

When time is of the essence during an emergency, gaining physical access to a transmitter site is crucial. Carrying the new credential provides broadcast station and cable company engineers and technical staff with access to facilities to broadcast during an emergency or disaster, when travel may be limited by law enforcement.

This month, the Nevada Division of Emergency Management began credentialing broadcast engineers through the state’s First Response Broadcaster Program. Nevada is the first in the nation to recognize broadcasters as first responders/first informers as part of the state’s critical infrastructure. Nevada is issuing the engineers with a Personal Identification Verification-Interoperable (PIV-I) card using smart card technology. The smartcard FIPS 201 is also used by the federal government. By displaying the card when travel is restricted during an emergency, law enforcement officers can make quick decisions on allowing access to the engineer cardholders.

May 5 is National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is on May 5, 2018. Join your friends, family members, faith-based group or youth organization, and volunteer your time to improve your community’s ability to withstand and recover from a wildfire, which also may improve the safety of firefighters.

There are many ways to help protect homes, neighborhoods, businesses, and entire communities:

- Reduce the amount of flammable materials and brush that can burn around your home or business;

- Create a fire-free area within the first five feet of your home using non-flammable materials and high moisture-content plantings;

- Maintain an area that is clear of flammable materials and debris for at least 30 feet on all sides from your home or business; and

- Move wood piles and propane tanks to at least 30 feet from your home or business.

To assist fire departments and citizens within the community about wildfire risks, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) has compiled a collection of resources that can be found at www.usfa.fema.gov. The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Toolkit has recommended resources that will help the fire department and communities prepare for and respond to WUI fires. The toolkit includes tools to assess community risks, codes and standards, outreach materials to increase awareness, planning, research, and training courses.

For more wildfire safety information, visit www.ready.gov/wildfires.

Wildfires often begin unnoticed. Call 9-1-1 if you see a wildfire! www.ready.gov/wildfires.

Prepare for Your Financial Future

Along with plans, supplies, and drills, you need to prepare yourself financially for a disaster.


Prepare for your financial future this final week of National Financial Capability Month, April 22-30, with the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK). The EFFAK can help you collect and organize key financial, medical, and household information. The EFFAK also provides tips and resources to help you plan for big and small emergencies.


You can get the EFFAK for free. Call 1-800-480-2520 and ask for publication number 1075. It is also available as a free download online at www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness or at www.operationhope.org.


In observance of National Financial Capability Month, the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) invites you to a webinar on Thursday, April 26. This webinar will provide financial tools and resources to use when working with families and individuals. The topics include steps to better prepare for and bounce back from unexpected events. This webinar will include various presenters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other FLEC agencies.

Title: Be Ready Financially: Resources to Help Individuals and Families with Financial Preparedness

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time:  2 – 3 p.m. EDT


How to join the webinar:

- Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link.

- Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting.

- This webinar will offer captioning.


Learn more from Ready.gov or MyMoney.gov.

Financial preparedness. For more tips visit www.ready.gov.

Emergency Management Institute Hosts Training e-Forums in May

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) hosts a series of “One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices” e-Forums every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. EDT. 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.

May EMI e-Forums

- 5/2       Better Outcomes Because We Exercised with Integrated Public Alert and Warnings System (IPAWS) 

- 5/9       Media Moguls Who Contribute to Our Emergency Management Profession

- 5/16     Training for FEMA Corps: A Model for Training Community Youth Works

Participation link: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/emieforums

Conference call-in: 800-320-4330, PIN 107622

Questions: https://training.fema.gov/contactus/sendcomment.aspx

EMI e-Forums on Adobe Connect are mobile device accessible.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

FEMA Invites Whole Community to Participate in Historic National Level Exercise

FEMA is conducting its 2018 National Level Exercise (NLE) for the whole community, inviting government agencies, private sector and non-profit organizations, and individuals to participate in the biennial exercise. The exercise, taking place April 30 – May 11, 2018, represents a key step towards implementing FEMA’s recently released 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria last fall reinforced our need to prepare for hurricanes, and NLE 2018 provides a well-timed opportunity to apply lessons from those storms in advance of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1.

There are many ways for individuals, businesses, and community organizations to participate in NLE 2018 and get better prepared for hurricanes. If you live or do business in an area vulnerable to hurricanes, it is important that you understand your risk, develop a preparedness plan, and take action. Find resources to prepare for hurricanes, as well as fact sheets and toolkits, at www.fema.gov/nle.

Staffing for Adequate and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants Application Period

The application period for the Fiscal Year 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants is open, with $345 million in funding available to enhance the ability of recipients to attain and maintain 24-hour fire department staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 27, 2018.


Volunteer, career, and combination fire departments are eligible to apply under the Hiring of Firefighters. Municipalities and fire districts may submit applications on behalf of fire departments when the fire department lacks the legal status to do so, e.g., when the fire department falls within the auspices of the municipality or district. Eligibility for Recruitment and Retention of Firefighters funding is limited to volunteer and combination fire departments. National, state, local, or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters and individual fire departments (volunteer or combination) may apply for assistance for regional projects.

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.

FEMA Seeks Feedback on National Incident Management System Resource Management Documents

FEMA’s National Integration Center released for public feedback a number of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component documents that will enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2018. The National Engagement Period provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance.

Apply for National Emergency Management Advanced and Executive Academies

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is accepting applications until May 15, 2018 for the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy and the National Emergency Management Executive Academy.

For more information and to apply for the Advanced Academy, go to https://training.fema.gov/empp/applytoadvancedacademy.aspx or contact fema-empp-advanced-academy@fema.dhs.gov. For the Executive Academy, go to https://training.fema.gov/empp/applytoexecutiveacademy.aspx or contact fema-empp-executive-academy@fema.dhs.gov