FEMA IGA: FEMA Bulletin Week of June 11, 2018

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June 11, 2018

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

June 30

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

Implementation Objectives for National Incident Management System Released

FEMA developed and released the “National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Objectives.” NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations nationwide to work together during all incidents regardless of size or type. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building a culture of preparedness.

The Implementation Objectives identify specific activities for state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations and jurisdictions to be able to work together seamlessly in incident response. FEMA previously revised the Implementation Objectives for these organizations and jurisdictions in 2009. This 2018 update ensures the objectives are consistent with the third edition of NIMS released last year and incorporates stakeholder input, resulting in a more useful tool for organizations seeking to align their response structure with NIMS. For each Implementation Objective, FEMA developed “indicators” – actions that organizations can take to demonstrate they have successfully implemented NIMS. Federal partners use a different set of objectives, which will be updated at a later date.

FEMA will host a series of 30-minute webinars to discuss the NIMS Implementation Objectives and answer related questions. All webinars are open to the whole community, and each session will cover the same information. Advance registration is required due to space limitations. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. To register, click on your preferred webinar session:

- Webinar 1: Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 2 p.m. EDT

- Webinar 2: Tuesday, June 19, 5 p.m. EDT

- Webinar 3: Thursday, June 21, 1 p.m. EDT

FEMA Holds Emergency Response Training in Puerto Rico

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) teamed up with the government of Puerto Rico to train nearly 100 emergency and healthcare workers in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to respond to mass casualty incidents. A contingent of more than 45 CDP instructors and support personnel went on the road to the Ramón Ruiz Arnau Hospital and conducted Health Care Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents and Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents courses May 29-June 1, 2018. The students came from 20 different hospitals and all seven healthcare coalitions across the island.

The training prepares emergency responders and healthcare workers to effectively deal with incidents involving hazardous materials. The three days of lectures and exercises culminated in an all-hazards, mass casualty field exercise where students practiced what they learned in class. This included operating an emergency treatment area to triage contaminated ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients. The CDP courses were conducted at the request of the government of Puerto Rico’s Department of Health and the territory’s Emergency Management Agency.

Puerto Rico continues to recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. As part of that process, FEMA, numerous government of Puerto Rico agencies, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the University of Puerto Rico have combined forces to bolster the island’s emergency response capability and capacity through a series of health care response emergency management activities, starting with the CDP courses.

CDP personnel spent months planning and preparing for the training, working with partners in Puerto Rico to register students, arrange venues and translate all course documents into Spanish. Located in Anniston, Alabama, provides advanced, all-hazards training to approximately 50,000 emergency responders annually from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. 

For more information about CDP training opportunities, please visit https://cdp.dhs.gov/find-training.

CDP staff train emergency responders and healthcare professionals on how to effectively handle mass casualty incidents.
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico – Staff from FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness train emergency responders and healthcare professionals on how to effectively handle mass casualty incidents.

Emergency Management Institute Hosts Training e-Forums in June

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.

June EMI e-Forums

- 6/13  Preparing School Districts for Armed Assailants

- 6/20 Training with Digital Volunteer Networks to Build Capabilities

- 6/27  Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disasters Train the Trainer

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.

FEMA Podcast: Closing the Insurance Gap

This week, many leaders in the flood insurance world are meeting at the National Flood Conference in Washington, D.C. Among the many speakers is FEMA Administrator Brock Long. Administrator Long is very vocal about the need for Americans to become prepared for disasters, and for him that means being financially prepared. Part of that is to understand insurance coverage and collectively doing what he calls “closing the insurance gap.” On this week's episode of the FEMA Podcast, we sit down with David Maurstad, FEMA’s assistant administrator for federal insurance, to discuss Administrator Long’s vision for equipping Americans with the knowledge and the call to action to financially prepare for disasters.


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

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Apply to the Master Public Information Officer Program at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute

FEMA Emergency Management Institute's (EMI) Master Public Information Officer Program 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.