FEMA Bulletin Week of November 2, 2020

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Week of November 2, 2020

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Reminders

Nov 5

Webinar - Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop

Nov 6

National engagement period for resource typing ends. 

FEMA Announces New National Advisory Council Members


Today, Administrator Pete Gaynor appointed 14 members to FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC).


The NAC consists of up to 35 members that include a diverse cross-section of officials, emergency managers and emergency responders from state, local, tribal and territorial governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.


The 14 NAC members appointed in 2020 are:


  1. Jeanne Abadie, Area Manager, Office of Aging and Adult Services, Louisiana Department of Health of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  2. Sue Anne Bell, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  3. Donald Bliss, Vice President, Field Operations (Ret.), National Fire Protection Association of Quincy, Massachusetts.
  4. Deanne Criswell, Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management of New York.
  5. Paul Downing, Indian Township Tribal Council Member, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township of Indian Township Maine.
  6. August “Dutch” Geisinger, Executive Director, Safeguard Iowa Partnership of Des Moines, Iowa., IA.
  7. John Grathwol, Deputy Director (Ret.), New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget of New York, NY.
  8. Jeff Hansen, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma of Durant, Oklahoma.
  9. Lisa Jones, Director (Ret.), Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, City of Phoenix of Phoenix, Arizona.
  10. Anna Lang Ofstad, Research Engineer and Founder, Zylient Kalispell, Montana.
  11. Linda Long, Battalion Chief, Philadelphia Fire Department of Philadelphia.
  12. Tina Titze, Director, South Dakota Office of Emergency Management of Pierre, South Dakota.
  13. James Waskom, Director, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  14. Pamela Williams, Executive Director, BuildStrong Coalition of Washington, D.C.


For more information on the NAC, visit the FEMA website.


The NAC is an advisory committee established by federal law to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal emergency management activities. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator with recommendations on all aspects of emergency management. Most recently, the group was tasked to describe a vision for emergency management in the year 2045 and to help FEMA ensure equity in their programs.

FEMA Publishes Final Rule for NFIP Requirements


On Oct. 30, FEMA published to the Federal Register a Final Rule to modernize regulations regarding community eligibility status publication requirements under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Final Rule:


  • Replaces outdated regulations that required community loss of eligibility notices to be published in the Federal Register.
  • Replaces the requirement that the agency maintain a list of communities eligible for flood insurance in the Code of Federal Regulations to be published in the Federal Register.


The agency will continue to issue notices in the Federal Register for six months from the final rule’s effective date of Nov. 30 to ensure a seamless transition to this new publication process on FEMA.gov.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000: 20 Years of Mitigation Planning


Oct. 30 was the 20th anniversary of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which amended the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. With this act, Congress officially recognized that disaster protection starts with a mitigation plan. 


This law also authorized the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. This grant program has been a major source of funding for community mitigation plans and projects. It supports them as they plan for and reduce risk before disasters hit.


FEMA celebrates the anniversary and legacy of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 throughout October and November. You can read more about the act on the FEMA blog or by visiting FEMA Website

FEMA Releases Spanish Version of “Planning Considerations: Disaster Housing”


FEMA released “Consideraciones para la Planificación: Vivienda por Desastre,” the Spanish version of “Planning Consideration: Disaster Housing” released last May.


The document provides guidance on national housing priorities, types of housing, key considerations and housing-specific planning recommendations that jurisdictions can apply when developing or improving housing plans.


Consideraciones para la Planificación: Vivienda por Desastre” ensures the information and resources within the document are easily accessible and useful for a broader segment of the nation.

Upcoming Deadlines and Reminders


FEMA Hosting Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop Webinar Series


FEMA will be host a series of webinars to educate and promote critical activities that make up the preparedness cycle. The webinars will be about the Integrated Preparedness Plan and Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop. The plan and workshop model were developed to support the coordination, planning and scheduling of activities across the preparedness cycle, a component of the revised 2020 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program doctrine.


The model has been piloted and refined. Dates for these webinars are:


  • 7 a.m. ET on Nov. 5
  • 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 10
  • 9 a.m. ET on Nov. 13
  • 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 16
  • 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 18
  • 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 20
  • 9 a.m. ET on Nov. 24
  • 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 30


Visit the HSEEP Webinar webpage to register.


FEMA Announces Civil Rights Stakeholder Summit Series


FEMA will host three Civil Rights Stakeholder Summits throughout November and December.


Motivated by FEMA’s core values of compassion, fairness, integrity and respect, the goal of each summit is to strengthen the foundation for an inclusive, whole-community based approach to emergency management.


FEMA understands that disasters impact individuals and communities differently. To foster a more inclusive, prepared and resilient nation, FEMA seeks to strengthen the agency’s communication with members of underserved and historically marginalized communities, such as those with low income, differing ethnic groups and limited English proficiency. 


Because presenters and panelists will respond to your questions during the summits, please email questions to FEMA-CivilRightsOffice@fema.dhs.gov no later than the Friday prior to the event.


Perspectives and feedback from the public are critical to ensure FEMA effectively prepares and serves all communities before, during and after disasters. 


Register below in advance for all three summits and join the discussion.



FEMA Offers Comment Period on Community Emergency Response Team Positions


FEMA's National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on  National Qualification System job title/position qualifications and position task books. This national engagement period will conclude at 5 p.m. ET on Nov 26.


This national engagement period provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft document to ensure that it is relevant for all implementing partners.


The release includes three positions for Community Emergency Response Teams, including a section chief, team leader and volunteer.


Resource typing is a key component of the National Incident Management System and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all types and sizes. Implementing resource management principles across the nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. These job titles and position qualifications contain the minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of incident type or size.


To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form on the webpage listed above and submit the form to FEMA National Integration Center no later than 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 26.



FEMA Offers Comment Period on Resource Types


FEMA's National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on 18 resource typing documents that enhance interoperability and effectiveness of mutual aid. This national engagement period closes on Nov 6.


The 18 various positions and teams for public works includes engineers and debris and damage assessment specialists. These resource typing documents will facilitate the sharing of deployable public works positions and teams at all jurisdictional levels and will support the augmentation of the FEMA workforce during disaster operations.


To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form on the FEMA website and submit the form to FEMA National Integration Center by 5 p.m. deadline ET on Nov. 6.