FEMA Bulletin Week of July 9, 2018

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July 9, 2018

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Important Dates & Deadlines 

July 20

Emergency Management Institute's Cyber Virtual Tabletop Exercise Registration Deadline

FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release PrepTalks on Youth Preparedness

FEMA, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, released today the first two video presentations from the PrepTalks Symposium on May 30, 2018, at Long Branch High School in New Jersey. These presentations are from thought leaders in youth preparedness and provide concrete actions that can reduce children’s vulnerability to disasters.

Dr. Lori Peek’s PrepTalk, “Children and Disasters: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Capacity,” brings to life the progress, ongoing challenges, and possibilities to reduce the vulnerability of children to disasters. Dr. Peek shares her extensive experience working with children during disasters, including a young survivor of Hurricane Katrina.  Peek gives emergency managers five specific actions to take to reduce the vulnerability of children to disasters right now.

Sarah Thompson’s PrepTalk, “Youth: The Key to Building a Culture of Preparedness,” highlights how children are great mobilizers, actors, and connectors within their communities for building a culture of preparedness. Thompson uses her experience and sociological data to show how emergency managers can use the natural curiousity of children to build preparedness in their communities.

Videos of the presentations and question-and-answer sessions, a discussion guide on youth preparedness, and related resources are available at https://www.fema.gov/preptalks. The final two videos from the May 2018 PrepTalks Symposium are scheduled to be released on July 24.


PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

FEMA Podcast: Waverly, Indiana -- Transforming a Community with Vision, Determination, and Mitigation

Scenery in Waverly, Indiana.

How do you move a whole town out of harm’s way while preserving the town’s history and keeping it as a functional community space?


For more than 100 years, a small riverside town in Waverly, Indiana, endured repeated flooding. By 2005, state and local officials began to address the problem, and over the last decade the community has transformed into a living history park with restored and reclaimed historical structures, added walking paths, canoe/kayak portage sites, and other amenities. On this week’s episode of the FEMA Podcast, we visit this transformed landscape to learn more about the FEMA hazard mitigation grants and additional state, local, and private sector funding that was used to acquire properties in the floodplain. Property owners voluntarily sold their property so the land could be returned to open space, reducing the amount of emergency response resources that are required during flood events in Morgan County.

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

Emergency Management Institute Hosts Training E-Forums

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.


July EMI e-Forums

- 7/11 Continuity Excellence Series, Level I (Professional Continuity Practitioner) and Level II (Master Continuity Practitioner) with Cynthia Adams, National Continuity Programs, Federal Emergency Management Agency

- 7/18 Healthcare Facility Emergency Management.  Is it really a different animal?: Best Practices in the Healthcare Community with Derrick Jaastad, Plans Branch Chief, Veteran’s Healthcare Administration Office of Emergency Management, VA

- 7/25 Emergency Management Professional Program: Emergency Management Professional Reading List and Book Club with Mr. Kelly Garrett, EMPP Manager, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Participation link: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/emieforums

Conference call-in: 800-320-4330, PIN 107622

Questions: https://training.fema.gov/contactus/sendcomment.aspx

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

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 should attend only one session. Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx. The registration deadline is July 20.