FEMA Bulletin Week of June 25, 2018

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June 25, 2018

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

June 30

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

July 20

Emergency Management Institute's Cyber Virtual Tabletop Exercise Registration Deadline

Join the Conversation: Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants Forum

The External Stakeholders Working Group, part of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grants program, announces that the HMA Grants Forum is available online and seeking input. This forum encourages individual thoughts or communities of practice to share, promote and engage in topics such as hazard mitigation, project success stories, and lessons learned from the grants process of completing an application, implementation and grant closeout. 

Several ideas about safe rooms, drainage grants, and mapping finalization processes have been submitted seeking peer-to-peer input and comments. A wide-range of representatives from federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector are encouraged to contribute thoughts and opinions which will help other hazard mitigation counterparts across the country as they plan mitigation projects for their community. Visit https://fema.ideascale.com/a/ideas/recent/campaign-filter/byids/campaigns/61038 to submit ideas and offer your thoughts.

FEMA Podcast: CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) in Action

When it comes to disasters there is no way to predict when the next one will occur -- but we can do things to prepare. FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team training, or CERT, is one way to help communities to prepare for a disaster or large event. On this week's episode of the FEMA Podcast, we’ll be learning more about these teams from two guests:  Phil Amtower, the coordinator for Christian County CERT and Task Force Leader for MO CERT 1, a Regional CERT Team in southwest Missouri, and Christopher Carroll, the KCMO CERT coordinator in Kansas City, Missouri.

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.



Register for the Emergency Management Institute's 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.