FEMA Bulletin Week of August 13, 2018

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August 13, 2018

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

August 20

Earth Ex 2018 Registration Deadline

August 31

Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place National Engagement Period Deadline

September 20

Mandatory Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

FEMA Seeks Feedback on National Qualification System Tools to Support Mutual Aid

FEMA seeks public feedback on several National Qualification System (NQS) documents released today that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supporting tools and concludes at 5 p.m. EDT on Sept. 5, 2018.

After the hurricanes and wildfires of 2017, FEMA realized the need to define NQS positions beyond the response mission area. The positions released today represent work by FEMA state, local, tribal, and territorial partners.

To support partner and stakeholder adoption, FEMA is hosting a series of webinars to discuss the NQS supporting tools and answer questions. The webinars are open to the whole community, including individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government.

Webinar participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback to National Incident Management System representatives during the webinars. After a short presentation, FEMA representatives will answer questions.


To review the documents and for webinar details, visit: www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement.

To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form on the webpage listed above and submit the form to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA Seeks Feedback on Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place

FEMA seeks feedback on the draft document, Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place, to ensure the final version of the guide is an effective resource for emergency managers across the nation.


Evacuation and shelter-in-place protective actions are prompted by a variety of threats and hazards. Demographics, infrastructure, resources, authorities, and decision-making processes drive a community’s protective actions based on incident-specific circumstances. Lessons learned from disasters such as hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, highlighted the value of enacting a zone-phased approach to evacuation and shelter-in-place.


When reviewing the document, consider:

- Identifying areas that may be confusing and need revision;

- Providing success stories or best practices associated with the critical considerations identified in  the document; and

-Identifying additional job aides, training opportunities, or resources for inclusion in the document.

FEMA will host a series of 45-minute webinars to describe the draft document and answer questions. The webinars will be open to the whole community.

To review the draft document, and for additional webinar information, visit www.fema.gov/plan.

The National Engagement Period concludes at 5 p.m. EDT on Aug. 31, 2018.

National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Reaches Milestone with 500 Graduates

FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy is designed for mid-level managers seeking to advance their skills, and provides the strategic level training and education essential for emergency management professionals to effectively design and lead cutting-edge programs. On Friday, Aug. 10, the Advanced Academy reached an important milestone on the road to building a nationwide cadre of trained emergency managers, commemorating its 500th graduate.


In the Advanced Academy, students learn skills critical to performing responsibilities such as: program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking. The Advanced Academy provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking ability through a guided research project.


Until 2016, the Advanced Academy program was delivered by the Emergency Management Institute solely in Emmitsburg, Maryland; however, there is opportunity available to all states, commonwealths, tribes, and territories to deliver the Advanced Academy program at their site. For more information about offering the Advanced Academy at your location, contact Mr. Kelly Garrett at Kelly.Garrett@fema.dhs.gov or Douglas Kuhn at douglas.kuhn@fema.dhs.gov.


The Advanced Academy is the second of a three-level Academy series in the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP). The EMPP curriculum is designed to guide and educate emergency management professionals as they progress through their careers, providing a lifetime of learning. The EMPP builds from the Basic Academy to the Advanced Academy and culminates in the Executive Academy.


For more information about the Advanced Academy program, contact fema-empp-advanced-academy@fema.dhs.gov or visit www.training.fema.gov/empp.

Nathional Emergency Management Advanced Academy class photo

Center for Domestic Preparedness to Host Highly Infectious Disease Themed Training Week

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will host a Highly Infectious Disease themed training week from August 27 to 31, 2018 at its campus in Anniston, Alabama.

The training provides students with best practices, knowledge, and skills in managing patients with highly infectious diseases, and revolves around the CDP’s Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Disease course. The CDP developed the course in the wake of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, when that disease spread to the United States via travelers infected with the virus and led to the infection of two American nurses treating an Ebola patient.


The training culminates with a simulated outbreak and mass-casualty scenario exercise. This capstone exercise will test student’s ability to follow infection control-barrier guidelines, and manage isolation protocols, while also protecting fellow healthcare workers and lessening further outbreaks.


Although the August 27 Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Disease session is already full, students can apply for the Sept. 4 – 8, 2018 course. Potential students can visit the CDP website to apply, or check other training dates this year.

FEMA Region IV Announces Four New FEMA Integration Team Staff Members

On Aug. 13, FEMA Region IV announced the arrival of four FEMA Integration Team (FIT) staff members in Tennessee. Outlined in the FEMA Strategic Plan, the FIT program enables FEMA to enhance intergovernmental coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners.