FEMA Bulletin Week of Nov. 12, 2018

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November 12, 2018

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines 

November 30

Deadline to submit National Incident Management System feedback forms.

December 21

Deadline to submit Fire Prevention & Safety Grant applications

FEMA Accepting Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Applications

The application period is open for $35 million in available Fire Prevention and Safety Grants.


The grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards.  The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.  FP&S grants focus within the areas of research and development. 


The FP&S Program Office will host two webinars on Nov. 14 and 15 to help with applications. The webinars will provide potential applicants with general information about the FP&S Grant Program, how to navigate the grant application, and tips for preparing an application. FP&S Program Officers will be available to answer questions. Eligible applicants must submit their materials no later than 5 p.m. EST on Friday, December 21, 2018.


For more information on the FP&S Grants and webinars, visit the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants webpage.

FEMA Conducts Community Emergency Response Team Training in México City

From Oct. 1-5, in México City, México, instructors from FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division and Emergency Management Institute led an international team of bilingual instructors to deliver Mexico’s first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic training.


Students trained with live fire during the extinguisher exercise, and they practiced medical triage, hemorrhage control, patient immobilization, shock treatment, patient transport, and basic search and rescue. They expressed interest in taking their new skills back to their community organizations and attending upcoming CERT Program Manager and Train-the-Trainer courses.


The instructional team made México-specific modifications to the curriculum by adding examples that had cultural relevance and historical significance, such as the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes in México. The curriculum also added socio-economic factors that influence the type and availability of building materials in their communities.


Delivery of the CERT training in Mexico is the result of a bilateral, multi-year initiative between FEMA, that included representatives from Chile’s National Office of Emergencies: Oficina Nacional de Emergencia del Ministerio del Interior y Seguridad Pública (ONEMI), and Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention: Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (CENAPRED), and its National School of Emergency Management: Escuela Nacional de Protección Civil (ENAPROC).


For more information, send an email to Vilma.Milmoe@fema.dhs.gov or Andrew.Slaten@fema.dhs.gov.

New Faith-Based and Community Toolkit

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new Faith-Based and Community Toolkit. The toolkit was developed by the DHS Blue Campaign and the Center for Faith and Opportunity. It’s available in both English and Spanish.


The Faith-Based and Community Toolkit has tips and resources for communities and houses of worship to raise awareness of human trafficking. This toolkit gives faith leadership tools to recognize and respond to human trafficking. It can also help leaders build stronger partnerships with social service agencies, advocacy groups, and law enforcement. 


The toolkit has posters to display in houses of worship, community events, and public places. It also shows the next steps in developing trauma-informed approaches in houses of worship. Learn more about other DHS Blue Campaign Resources, including the General Awareness Videos.

FEMA Podcast Episode 27: My Preparedness Initiative (MyPI): Teaching Preparedness to America's Youth


FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) in 2012 to bring together young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities, by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. Episode 27 of the FEMA Podcast explores how individuals are helping youth become part of this initiative throughout a program called My Preparedness Initiative (MyPI). 


The FEMA Podcast is an 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.

November is Military Family Month

Military Family Month recognizes the sacrifices that family members of service members make for the safety and security of our nation. This past Sunday, Nov. 11, the nation also celebrated Veterans Day. DHS and FEMA thank veterans across the country for their service!