FEMA IGA: FEMA Bulletin Week of September 17, 2018

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September 17, 2018

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Important Dates & Deadlines 

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Rescheduled: Mandatory Nationwide Test of the Wireless Emergency Alert and Emergency Alert System

FEMA and Partners Sustain Coordinated Response to Florence

FEMA, and its partners continue the response to Florence. The risk of rain, winds, and flash flooding continues through the middle of the week as the system progresses.



President Donald J. Trump declared a Major Disaster Friday, Sept. 14 for North Carolina as a result of Florence, making disaster assistance available to affected individuals in 18 counties. Assistance is also available to state, tribal and local governments and certain non-profit organizations.



A Major Disaster was also declared for South Carolina on Monday, Sept. 17 making federal funding available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain non-profit organizations. Both states are eligible for hazard mitigation grant assistance. Additional counties may be added to both states following additional damage assessments.

The response to these storms requires the collective efforts of all levels of government, voluntary agencies, and the private sector. FEMA has captured much of this coordination to date in its FEMA moments.

National Test of the Emergency Alert System Rescheduled for Oct. 3, 2018

Due to the ongoing response to Hurricane Florence, the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts will now be conducted on the backup date of Oct. 3, 2018.



Oct. 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set for Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. The WEA portion of the test will start at 2:18 p.m. EDT on Oct. 3, and the EAS portion will follow at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test, being held in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.



For further information on the test, go to www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

September is National Preparedness Month

The theme for week three of National Preparedness Month is Check Your Coverage. Consider buying or reviewing insurance coverage that protects you, your family or business during a disaster. 

Review all of your insurance policies to make sure you’re covered against floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, or high winds in hurricane-prone areas. Review the Document and Insure Property guide.


Flood insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business. Remember, flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so act now to protect your family. Keep coverage for flood insurance, even if you are no longer making mortgage payments.



FEMA appreciates the support of the Members of Congress who are serving as 2018 co-sponsors for National Preparedness Month. Throughout September, the FEMA Bulletin will feature statements from these members.


Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

“While many of the emergencies and disasters we face are unpredictable, what we do know is that the risk to lives, livelihoods, and property are even greater if we are unprepared for these kinds of events. Whether it’s flooding in West Virginia, fires in California, or hurricanes along the Gulf Coasts, our communities must be ready to act—including government officials at the federal, state, and local levels. I’m proud to raise awareness and support efforts to help ensure we are ready to respond to any situation that may arise.”


Representative Kevin Yoder, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

“As we saw in the wake of the devastating events of the past year, citizens are often the first responders in the wake of a disaster.  Across the United States, we’ve seen hurricanes, and wildfires, and just this last year in the Third District of Kansas there was flooding that left residents stranded and killed one of my constituents. This month is National Preparedness Month, a good reminder that we all must prepare ourselves and our families for floods, tornados, and other disasters that may occur. Take steps now to be ready for future disasters: create an emergency plan, learn basic lifesaving skills, and maintain emergency savings.”



Senator Jon Tester, Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

“Just like harvest season rolls around every year, you can count on emergencies being a constant in our lives. And while we can’t prevent every disaster, it just makes sense to prepare for them now.”


Representative Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Committee on Financial Services

“In 2017, for the first time on record, three Category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the United States and as we enter the peak of the 2018 hurricane season, American families must be prepared for the economic, social, and physical costs of increasingly catastrophic weather. As Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, I am committed to ensuring that families and businesses are well-equipped for the devastating impact of natural disasters as I continue to push for a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NFIP was created to provide accessible and affordable flood insurance for millions of families and I’m pleased to participate as a 2018 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chair to raise awareness of the importance of flood insurance and other forms of emergency and disaster preparedness.”

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Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Hazard Mitigation Assistance External Stakeholder Working Groups Applications: FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division membership application for the HMA External Stakeholder Working Group (ESWG) are due Sept. 28, 2018. The purpose of the ESWG is to gain insight, share information, and understand HMA priorities and issues from external stakeholders. FEMA encourages external stakeholders to share their perspectives on HMA priorities, issues, and program resources. The ESWG serves as a bridge between FEMA HMA staff and state, local, tribal, and territory stakeholders. Members act as points of contact for other external stakeholders by gathering inputs, requests, ideas, and suggestions for HMA. HMA is seeking applications for the following vacant membership positions: two FEMA HMA Regional staff representatives; one state / territory representative; one local / regional representative; and one federally recognized tribal representative. Interested applicants should complete and submit an application via email to FEMA-HMA-GRANTS-POLICY@fema.dhs.govThe application is available for download at www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/126699.  Feel free to pass this message along to others who may also be interested and would like to submit an application.