FEMA Bulletin Week of August 6, 2018

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August 6, 2018

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

August 10

Emergency Management Institute's Chlorine Emergency Response Virtual Tabletop Exercise Registration Deadline

August 20

Earth Ex 2018 Registration Deadline

September 20

Mandatory Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Grants for Fiscal Year 2018

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) competitive grant programs assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. For Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 18), $395.2 million in funding is available through two HMA programs:  Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM).

As of August 3, potential applicants can review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for details such as eligibility, funding guidelines and evaluation criteria. A summary of each grant includes:

Flood Mitigation Assistance

For the FMA program, the agency’s predetermined funding priorities include flood mitigation planning and efforts for repetitive as well as severe repetitive loss properties. In this application cycle, $160 million is available in FMA grant funds.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation

The PDM Program is designed to implement a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program with the goal of reducing overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events. For FY18, FEMA has set-aside $15 million of the $235.2 million in PDM funding for federally recognized tribes.

FEMA will open the FY18 HMA application period Oct. 1, 2018. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at https://portal.fema.gov.  All applications must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Jan. 31, 2019.

FEMA is offering a series of informational webinars for interested applicants to provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency’s funding priorities and review process. Interested applicants can attend any one of the four planned sessions.

Wednesday, August 15

Time: 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nofo18/

Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

Thursday, August 16

Time: 12 p.m. EDT

Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nofo18/

Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

Wednesday, September 12

Time: 2 p.m. EDT

Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nofo18/

Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

September, Thursday, September 13

Time: 12 p.m. EDT

Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nofo18/

Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

Additional webinars are also scheduled about the eGrants program. For a complete list of dates and times, visit www.fema.gov/2018-nofo-webinar-schedule.

Notice of Funding Opportunity: School-Age Trauma Training

In response to recent mass casualty incidents in schools, FEMA and DHS are developing a new program, “School-Age Trauma Training – High School Student Training for Life Saving Techniques to Traumatic Injuries.”  The training targets youth through high schools and other youth-based communities, including faith-based organizations. The training, offered at no cost to the public and low or no cost to the sponsoring organizations, will enhance a bystander’s ability to take decisive, lifesaving action to assist victims with traumatic injuries. The training will also provide research-validated guidance to stop uncontrolled bleeding from traumatic injuries using materials readily found at an incident, or worn by the victim and citizen responders.

For more information, visit the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The closing date for applications is August 27, 2018.

Registration for Earth Ex 2018 Now Open

The Electric Infrastructure Security Council is hosting “Earth Ex 2018” on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. This second annual emergency hazard exercise addresses unprecedented risk to critical infrastructure by hosting interactive exercises with all sectors across the nation. The exercise’s goal is to help private and public-sector organizations, as well as families and communities, build interconnected resilience planning for modern society hazards.


The exercise consists of a four hour tabletop over three advancing phases and there is no cost to participate. To register, visit at www.eiscouncil.org/EarthEx.aspx.

FEMA Podcast: Disaster Histories Series

This week's FEMA Podcast features a week long commemoration of two flooding events remembered as some of the most devastating our nation has ever endured. While the magnitude and severity of the Great Midwest Flood of 1993 and the 2008 Midwest Floods broke a long list of historic records during the months of deluge they wrought to America’s Heartland, it was the resiliency and hard-fought recovery of the communities impacted that remain the lasting memory of these events.

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

Register for the Emergency Management Institute's Chlorine Emergency Response Virtual Tabletop Exercise

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) Program in cooperation with The Chlorine Institute, will offer three chlorine response VTTX sessions August 21, 22, and 23, 2018. The VTTX will address contamination recognition and subsequent response efforts after a major chlorine release. 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 August 10, 2018.