FEMA Bulletin Week of June 17, 2019

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June 17, 2019

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Reminders

June 21

Deadline to submit feedback for the NIMS Training Program Refresh

June 30

Deadline to apply for the Master Public Information Officer Program

FEMA Hosts 2019 Hurricane and Wildfire Season Video Teleconference

On June 17, Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor hosted the annual hurricane and wildfire video teleconference for new state, tribal and territorial emergency managers.


The video teleconference is an annual opportunity to test communications capabilities used in real-world disaster events with emergency management partners around the country.


Participants discussed the National Hurricane Center 2019 hurricane season outlook and National Interagency Fire Center provided the 2019 wildfire season outlook.


Visit Ready.gov for resources available for hurricane and wildfire preparation. 

FEMA Releases PrepTalk: "Visual + Effective Communication for Emergency Information"

FEMA and its emergency management partners released Claudine Jaenichen’s “Visual + Effective Communication for Emergency Information” today. In her PrepTalk, Jaenichen explores the cognitive biases that impede our ability to make the right decision when confronted with an emergency and shares her evacuation maps that will help more people recall safe routes during an evacuation.


Professor Jaenichen is an information designer specializing in the relationship between design and cognition. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Communication Research Institute and on the Executive Board for the Design Network for Emergency Management.


Her PrepTalk video and additional resources are available at on the website. Additional PrepTalks from the April 2019 symposium in Santa Rosa, Calif. will be released in the coming months.


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 Hosts Webinars Highlighting Course Changes

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will host a webinar series highlighting the changes in three courses on the Incident Command System All-Hazards Position Specific Curriculum.  The webinars will provide instructor requirements and future course releases. All times are Eastern and each webinar has the same content:


•  Tuesday, June 25 - 11 a.m.

•  Tuesday, June 25 - 3 p.m.

•  Thursday, June 27 - 11 a.m.

•  Thursday, June 27 - 2 p.m.


The curriculum changes will apply to:

•  E/L0962 - Planning Section Chief

•  E/L0964 - Situation Unit Leader

•  E/L0965 - Resources Unit Leader


How to Participate:


•  Register on the Adobe Connect platform at NIMS ICS Training Forum

•  Please sign in as a guest using the following format:

Last Name, First Name, ST (example: Patrick, Robert, NJ)

•  FEMA Teleconference: 800-320-4330, PIN 884976#


If you successfully completed a previous version of the courses, there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised version. However, because the revised courses contain new information based on the 2017 revised National Incident Management System Document, you may find it informative to review the new version.

Reminders and Upcoming Deadlines


FEMA Holds Webinar for Recipients of Disaster Assistance Grants


The FEMA "New Recipients of Disaster Grants Guide" outlines the critical statutory, policy, and procedural requirements for Recipients of FEMA disaster assistance grants. The scope of the guide includes pre-disaster preparations and post-disaster actions and is tailored to an audience of current (or prospective) recipients of federal disaster grant funding. The information is meant to supplement available programmatic guidance and assist new recipients with limited experience in navigating the FEMA disaster grant process.


Webinar: 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19

•  Adobe Connect Webinar

•  Closed Captioning Link

•  FEMA Teleconference: 1-800-320-4330; PIN 859916#



FEMA Seeks Feedback on the National Response Framework


The "National Response Framework" and "Emergency Support Function (ESF) #14 – Cross-Sector Business and Infrastructure Annex" draft documents are now available for public comment. Feedback and recommendations will help ensure the final versions of the documents are effective resources for emergency managers across the nation.


For more information on the updates and to download the drafts, visit the National Planning Frameworks page on the FEMA website. Comments, input, and recommendations should be submitted using the comment matrix on the website by June 28.



FEMA Seeks Public Comment for New Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program


FEMA is seeking comments on the development and implementation of Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Section 1234: National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  Comments will be accepted until July 15, on FEMA IdealScale or by email at  BUILDBRIC@fema.dhs.gov. 


This month, FEMA will host a webinar series to provide an overview of the different topic areas that are important for the development of the BRIC program.


For detailed information and a description of each webinar, visit the FEMA website.  


Webinar: Funding & Resource Management and Benefit-Cost Analysis

2 to 4 p.m. EDT, Thursday June 20.


Webinar: Building Codes and Enforcement and Capacity and Capability

2 to 4 p.m. EDT, Tuesday June 25.



How to Participate:


For more information on DRRA, visit the FEMA website.



June 21 Deadline for NIMS Training Program Refresh Feedback


The revised "National Incident Management System" introduces training focus areas based on incident personnel’s position and responsibility. The focus areas include the Incident Command System, Joint Information System, Emergency Operation Center, and the Multiagency Coordination Group. 


FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to highlight proposed changes to NIMS and answer participant questions about submitting feedback. All webinars are open to the whole community.


To review the draft of the updated NIMS Training Program and for additional webinar information, visit the FEMA website. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov by June 21.


FEMA Blog: 10 Items you’ll Need for your Pets Hurricane Emergency Kit


The Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons began this month.  While building your own preparedness kit, read the FEMA blog entry on what items you need for the furriest member of your family.


One essential item to include in your pets preparedness kit is a picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated this will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you.


For more information on pet and animal preparedness, including how to care for large animals, please visit Ready.gov.