FEMA Bulletin Week of June 18, 2018

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June 18, 2018

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

June 20

Fiscal Year 2018 Preparedness Grants Application Deadline

June 30

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

FEMA Releases Guide to Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers

FEMA released the guide on "Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers" on June 14, 2018. Faith-based and community organizations offer a wide variety of human and material resources that can prove invaluable during and after an incident.

This guide provides a methodology for emergency managers to engage with faith-based and community organizations to enhance the resiliency of our nation. By building partnerships with these groups, particularly those in diverse communities, emergency managers can provide training and technical assistance to strengthen their skills, connect them with existing partners, and integrate them into emergency management plans and exercises before an event occurs. This increases community response and recovery capability. This document also provides lists of resources available to help build relationships between emergency management officials and faith-based and community organizations.

To download a copy of the guide, visit www.fema.gov/plan.

Final Reminder for Notice of Funding Opportunity: Fiscal Year 2018 Preparedness Grants

On Monday, May 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FEMA announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight 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 Areas 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 Notice 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.

After the application period closes at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday June 20, 2018, the applications will undergo critical, in-depth reviews. All awards for these grants will be made no later than September 30, 2018.

FEMA Releases NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions

FEMA released 107 National Incident Management System (NIMS) Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions on June 19, 2018. These define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size. NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness.

The release includes Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions under the following core capabilities: critical transportation; environmental response/health and safety; fatality management services; infrastructure systems; on-scene security; protection and law enforcement; operational coordination; public health, healthcare, and emergency medical services; risk management for protection programs and activities; and situational assessment.

To view the NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions, go to the Resource Typing Library Tool online at https://rtlt.preptoolkit.fema.gov/Public/Combined.

Prepare Your Pet this National Pet Preparedness Month

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. Since pets cannot plan for themselves, it is important to make a plan for your pet’s safety. The Ready Campaign offers guidance and tips to:

- Make a pet emergency plan.

- Prepare to shelter with your pet.

- Protect your pet during and after a disaster.

- Care for large animals.

Learn more about how to prepare your pets for emergencies at www.ready.gov/animals. Help spread the word about National Pet Preparedness Month with the Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit.     

Practice Makes Paw-Fect. Practice evacuating with your pet to reduce stress in the event of an emergency." ready.gov/pets

Emergency Management Institute Offers Cyber Virtual Tabletop Exercise

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) Program will offer three cyber security breach scenarios August 7, 8, and 9, 2018. The VTTX occurs 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET. To participate, send an email to Doug Kahn at douglas.kahn@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-7645. Also, send a courtesy copy email to the Integrated Emergency Management Branch at fema-emi-iemb@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-1381. Content is the same each day and participants would attend only one session. Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx. The registration deadline is July 20.


- Is designed to examine the ability of federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to a respond to a cyber attack

- Involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting

- Can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures during a cyber attack

Each month, EMI conducts a VTTX series using a Video Teleconference (VTC) platform to reach community-based training audiences around the country by providing a virtual forum for interactive disaster training. The VTTX is designed for a group of 10 or more representatives from state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management communities of practice. It provides a unique opportunity for responders across the nation to simultaneously participate in a hazard-specific, facilitated discussion. Participants will need to connect via a site equipped with the appropriate VTC capability (not Adobe Connect or FaceTime-based), but alternate ways to participate are also available upon request. 

Webinar: Activities for Individual and Community Preparedness

FEMA is hosting a webinar on simple and low or no-cost activities for individual and community preparedness. These actions will cover household safety, as well as financial and emergency preparedness.

Title: Webinar - Life Saving Skills: Simple, Low-cost Activities for Individual and Community Preparedness

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Time: 2 – 3 p.m. ET

How to Join the Webinar:

- Please, click on the link to sign up for the event.

- Be sure to test Adobe Connect before the meeting.

- This event will include captioning.

To learn more, please contact FEMA-Prepare@fema.dhs.gov.

Webinar: How to Prepare for Cyber Threats

FEMA is hosting a webinar on cyber threats. This webinar will highlight best practices you can use to prepare for and stay safe from cyber threats.


Title: Webinar - Community Conversation: How to Prepare for Cyber Threats

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time: 12 – 1 p.m. ET


How to Join the Webinar:

- Please, click on the link to sign up for the event.

- Be sure to test Adobe Connect before the meeting.

- This event will include captioning.

To learn more, please contact FEMA-Prepare@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA Podcast: Mandatory Purchase

The mandatory purchase requirement of the National Flood Insurance Program seems to be one aspect of the program that drives a significant amount of public questions. On this week's episode of the FEMA Podcast, we explore this requirement and explain who is and who is not required to buy flood insurance, as well as how everyone is at some risk of flooding


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.