FEMA Bulletin Week of April 30, 2018

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April 30, 2018

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

May 8

Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes: Innovations from the Field Webinar

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 and Whole Community Participate in National Level Exercise 2018

From April 30 through May 11, FEMA is engaged in the National Level Exercise (NLE) 2018. This event brings together more than 250 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, private industry, and non-governmental and community organizations to test their emergency response to a simulated major incident.

The NLE 2018 scenario involves a hurricane that makes landfall in the Mid-Atlantic region near Hampton Roads, VA. The exercise presents an important opportunity to take coordinated and inclusive protective actions prior to landfall using established plans, policies, and procedures, as well as incorporate lessons learned from 2017, as NLE 2018 is helping us prepare for the upcoming 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. The heavy wind can cause damage or destroy homes, buildings, and roads, as well as cause power, water, and gas outages. The impact from hurricanes can extend from the coast to several hundred miles inland. If you live in an area vulnerable to hurricanes, it is important to understand your risk and develop a preparedness plan. NLE 2018 provides multiple ways for individuals, communities, tribes, non-profit organizations, and the private sector to prepare for a hurricane and play in the exercise.

Here are a few easy steps to become better prepared:

- Download the FEMA App to get alerts and warnings about weather conditions.

- Create and test a Family Communications Plan.

- Document and insure your property to ensure that you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild, or replace whatever is damaged.

- Learn about purchasing flood insurance.

- Strengthen your financial preparedness by collecting and securing personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records.

- Get trained because you could be the one to help others until help arrives.

- Join the FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center.

NLE 2018 is the result of a year-long planning effort and tests FEMA, the interagency and our partners' capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a catastrophic hurricane scenario. The historic 2017 hurricane season provided many lessons, which have been incorporated into exercise play enabling FEMA and the whole community to test new procedures and overall readiness for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

FEMA cannot do this alone – we are partnering with the state of Delaware, District of Columbia, state of Maryland, commonwealth of Pennsylvania, commonwealth of Virginia, and state of West Virginia, along with numerous federal agencies, private sector, and nonprofit organizations to ensure the whole community is prepared.

By congressional mandate, the National Level Exercise represents the culmination of the two-year National Exercise Program cycle, and is designed to educate and prepare participants for potential catastrophic events. For more information, visit www.FEMA.gov/nle. Follow the exercise at #HurricaneExercise2018.

May is National Building Safety Month

May is National Building Safety Month (BSM), a public awareness campaign designed to help individuals, families and businesses, understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. This year’s overall theme is Building Codes Save Lives. Each week in May, we will highlight a different component of building safety. Week one focuses on “Partnering with Code Officials to Build Stronger, Safer Communities.”

Building regulation in the United States began to take shape in the late 1800s, when major cities began adopting and enforcing building codes in response to large fires in densely populated urban areas. The primary intent of early building codes was to reduce fire risk, but over time the scope broadened and building codes evolved to address other risks. Today, building codes are sets of regulations that address structural integrity, fire resistance, safe exits, lighting, ventilation and construction materials. They specify the minimum requirements to safeguard the health, safety, and general welfare of building occupants.

For more information about hazard-resistant provisions for code officials, visit https://www.fema.gov/building-code-resources.

Learn how you can participate in Building Safety Month by visiting the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month week one page.

Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes Webinar

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and FEMA invite you to participate in a hurricane preparedness webinar. On Tuesday, May 8, learn innovations in preparedness that you can implement in your community. Participants will hear from local and national leaders. Attendees can engage one another in a conversation with the goal of building resilience for the coming hurricane season.

Title: Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes: Innovations from the Field

Adobe Connect: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/hurricaneinnovate1/event/registration.html 

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

The webinar will feature:

- Lauren Stienstra, HERricane Project Lead, Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management, Arlington County, VA

- Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH)

- Cheryl Nelson, TV host, Broadcast Meteorologist, natural disaster preparedness expert and National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) Instructor

- Marcus Coleman, DHS Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, FEMA

- Matthew Lyttle, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

Please register to receive a recording of this webinar.

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

- This webinar will offer captioning.

For more information, please contact FEMA-Prepare@fema.dhs.gov.

Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is sponsoring a four-day course, "Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings Course (E0279)" on May 14-17, 2018, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The course is designed to provide engineering and economic guidance to architects, engineers, and local code enforcement officials in retrofitting existing one- to four-family residential structures situated in flood-prone areas. The retrofitting measures presented are creative, practical, compliant with applicable floodplain regulations, and satisfactory to most homeowners.

The course will cover the concepts of flood-proofing and retrofitting, regulatory framework, design parameters, benefit-cost analysis, and technical feasibility considerations. Participants will complete a design activity on a real-life case study. It will also include a computer laboratory session with hands-on exercises using the FEMA benefit-cost analysis program modules.

To Apply: Complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application, with student signature and signature of supervisor or sponsoring agency official. Mail, scan, or fax the application to:

NETC Admissions Office (Room I-216)

National Emergency Training Center

16825 South Seton Avenue

Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998

Phone: (301) 447-1035

Fax: (301) 447-1658

Email: netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov

For more information, visit the online course catalog.

FEMA Delegation Travels to Mexico for Binational Working Group Meeting

Kathleen Fox, FEMA Acting Deputy Administrator for Protection and Preparedness, led a FEMA delegation to Mexico City for a two-day workshop on alert and warning systems, national risk assessment methodologies, and emergency management training and education on April 25-26, 2018.


FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will partner with Mexico’s National Emergency Management School to collaborate on emergency management training with support from USNORTHCOM. This collaboration between the United States and Mexico directly supports two of FEMA’s strategic goals: Build a Culture of Preparedness and Ready the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters.


The Working Group’s next meeting will be held at EMI in Emmitsburg, Maryland. 

Members of the U.S./Mexico Binational Working Group at their meeting in Mexico City, Mexico on April 25, 2018.
Members of the U.S./Mexico Binational Working Group at their meeting in Mexico City, Mexico on April 25, 2018.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

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 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

FEMA Seeks Comments on Individual Assistance Policy and Program Guide

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 comment period will close 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. 

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