FEMA Bulletin Week of May 21, 2018

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May 21, 2018

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

May 23

Protecting Your Organization: Resources, Partners and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe Webinar

June 7

Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide Open Comment Period Deadline

June 8

Emergency Management Institute's Advanced and Executive Academies Application Deadline

June 30

Emergency Management Institute's Master Public Information Officer Program Application Deadline

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2018 Preparedness Grants

On May 21, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

The FY 2018 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats.  For FY 2018, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 32 high-threat, high-density urban areas. This represents Congressional intent to limit FY 2018 UASI funding to those Urban Areas that represent up to 85 percent of the nationwide risk, as stated in the Explanatory Statement accompanying the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. L. No. 115-141).

Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.

Grant recipients are encouraged to use grant funding to maintain and sustain current critical core capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment.  New capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts.  All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities in the National Preparedness Goal.

All preparedness Notices of Funding Opportunities can be found at www.grants.gov. Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants system located at https://portal.fema.gov. Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and www.fema.gov/grants.

FEMA Podcast: A Conversation with Ken Graham, National Hurricane Center Director

Recording of the FEMA podcast episode.

On this week’s episode of the FEMA Podcast, National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC) Director, Ken Graham, joins the Podcast while in Montgomery, Alabama, at one of the annual Hurricane Awareness Tour stops. He discusses some of the things the NHC learned from the 2017 hurricane season and how the center is working to provide better information to save lives and property.


The FEMA Podcast is a new audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the Agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters. The FEMA Podcast is available on Apple iTunes to stream or download. Approximately 20 to 30 minutes in length, the podcast will be updated with a new episode on a weekly basis. By subscribing, new episodes will automatically update on a listener's device. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/podcast.

FEMA launches podcast

National Building Safety Month: Protecting Our Water Supply

Each week of National Building Safety Month casts the spotlight on a different component of building safety. This week the focus is on “Safeguarding Our Water.” Clean water is the world’s most precious commodity. The World Health Organization estimates that 844 million people lack basic access to clean drinking water, which includes several U.S. communities. FEMA provides pre-disaster mitigation grants to communities for the safeguarding of critical infrastructure such as water treatment plants.

Building, plumbing, and green codes help guard against flood and drought conditions and protect this precious commodity for future generations. Communities can apply for Hazard Mitigation Assistance for projects related to aquifer storage and recovery facilities, floodplain and stream restoration, flood diversion and storage, and green infrastructure methods, to ensure a safe and plentiful supply of water. All of these programs help communities reduce risks associated with the impacts of storms and other hazards. Through proper construction, conservation and safe disposal methods, building code officials learn from experience about how to resolve challenging situations affecting our water supply. A video is available online to learn more about an aquifer project in Salinas, Puerto Rico.


FEMA’s Building Science Branch takes a lead role in developing state-of-the-art publications, guidance materials, tools, training, technical bulletins, and recovery advisories that incorporate the most up-to-date building codes. For more information on National Building Safety Month, visit the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month webpage.

Protecting Your Organization: Resources, Partners and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives and FEMA invite you a webinar on Wednesday, May 23. This webinar will feature promising practices for faith-based and community organizations to engage in disaster preparedness activities and receive information on FEMA’s Non-Profit Security Grant.

Title: Protecting Your Organization: Resources, Partners and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Time: 2 – 3 p.m. ET

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.

Please register to receive a recording of the webinar.

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

Apply for the Master Public Information Officer Program at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute

FEMA Emergency Management Institute's (EMI) Master Public Information Officer Program (MPIOP) is a three-course series designed to prepare public information officers for an expanded role in delivering public information and warning using a strategic whole community approach.


The course is open to full time public information officers with a minimum of five years of experience and who have a demonstrated sphere of influence capable of advancing the relevance of whole community external affairs. For more information go to: https://training.fema.gov/programs/pio/masterpio.aspx#E0389, or send an email to FEMA-Master_PIO_Program@FEMA.DHS.GOV. The application deadline is June 30, 2018. For instructions how to apply for the program, go to the Training Bulletin.


Working in a collaborative environment, students will enhance their public information and external affairs skills through case study, analyzing management theories and concepts, and developing and designing of processes and reports. MPIOP participants will evaluate leadership, group dynamics, and explore best practices of joint information centers by monitoring student activity. The skills MPIOP participants gain reinforce qualities needed to lead whole community public information and external affairs programs. Participants will contribute to the public information body of knowledge through the completion of a special project. Research papers from former participants are available online.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

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.

Apply to the National Emergency Management Advanced and Executive Academies

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is accepting applications until June 8, 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