FEMA Bulletin Week of July 12, 2022

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Week of July 12, 2022

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In this Edition:

Important Deadlines & Reminders

july 15

National Continuous Improvement Guidance webinar at noon ET.

july 20

National Continuous Improvement Guidance webinar at 5 p.m. ET.

FEMA Seeks Technical Mapping Advisory Council Members


FEMA seeks qualified individuals to serve on the Technical Mapping Advisory Council. The council is a federal advisory committee established to review and make recommendations to FEMA on matters related to the national flood mapping program authorized under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.


In addition, the council submits an annual report to the FEMA Administrator that contains:

  • A description of the activities of the council.
  • An evaluation of the status and performance of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and mapping activities to revise and update FIRMs.
  • A summary of recommendations made by the council to the FEMA Administrator.
  • The council is comprised of representatives from federal, state, local and private sector organizations. Members will be appointed based on their demonstrated knowledge and competence in areas such as surveying, cartography, remote sensing, geospatial information systems or the technical aspects of preparing and using flood insurance rate maps.


Applicants will be considered for a 3-year appointment for four council vacancies for the summer/fall 2022 term. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug 8.


To submit an application,

  • Send an email to FEMA-TMAC@fema.dhs.gov.
  • Send mail to: FEMA, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Risk Management Directorate, Attn: Brian Koper, 400 C Street SW, Suite 6NW-1412, Washington, DC 20472-3020.


For more TMAC application information, visit Federalregister.gov.

FEMA Participates in the First National Access and Functional Needs Symposium


FEMA joins Big City Emergency Managers and the American Red Cross for the first National Access and Functional Needs Symposium, from noon to 3 p.m. ET on July 19 -20.


The online event brings together the disability community with emergency managers, disaster planners and first responders to highlight primary elements of emergency management to provide equal, accessible and quality service to survivors impacted by a disaster – including survivors with access and functional needs.


FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination Acting Director Jason Lagria will present the keynote address, showcasing FEMA’s commitment to equity in emergency management for people with disabilities and how the disability integration team supports a whole community approach to inclusion at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial levels.


The symposium is organized by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, International Association of Emergency Managers, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and New York University.


To register, visit National AFN Symposium.


Captioning and ASL will be provided.

FEMA Shares Feedback from Civil Rights Summit


One of FEMA’s highest priorities is promoting equitable access to its resources. To better understand what is working and what needs improvement, FEMA invited government and civil rights organizations to a virtual summit last fall to discuss ways to improve the agency’s programs for all disaster survivors.


More than 1,200 people participated in the FEMA Civil Rights Summit 2.0, and a report from those discussions is available on FEMA.gov. At the summit, participants engaged in an active dialogue aimed at identifying actual and perceived biases in FEMA programs. The sessions included FEMA leadership presentations, program offices serving survivors and civil rights organization leaders discussing equity in emergency management.


The result of these sessions and discussion is synthesized in the after action report which highlights three key areas for FEMA to focus on going forward:

  • Commonalities in marginalized communities to help eliminate barriers to FEMA’s resources and
  • A people-first approach in providing timely information and technical assistance to remote areas and underserved populations.
  • Solutions to transportation challenges which have had adverse impacts on underserved communities.


FEMA hosts the Civil Rights Summits annually with the intention of building upon the topics presented from each Summit. FEMA will host Civil Rights Summit 3.0, by the end of the year.

FEMA Releases Building Codes Activity Sheet for Children


This month, FEMA released an activity sheet entitled “How the Three Little Pigs Could Have Saved Their Homes” to teach children about building codes.


The sheet includes a short story with some activities to inform and engage children about the benefits of building codes and how they can protect homes. It is critical to educate children about the importance of safety and resilience in structures. By using a classic children’s story and relevant activities this helps reinforce building practices.


The story features a new twist on an old fable. Children follow the story of the "Three Little Pigs," but this time, with a focus on building codes. Adhering to the classic tale, each pig has their own house made of different materials. The first pig has a house made of sticks, the second has a house made of straw and the third has a house made of bricks because his town has building codes. When the Big Bad Wolf fails to blow the third pig’s house down because of the structure’s resiliency, the children reading the story will understand the importance of having strong building codes.


The second page has several activities to engage children and to provide a fun and stimulating way to learn about building codes. There is a “spot the difference” activity featuring the Big Bad Wolf and the third little pig with his brick house, a maze to help the pigs escape the wolf to buy supplies for their new home and a word search including words related to building codes.

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FEMA Podcast Publishes Episode 94: Role of Faith Based and Community Organizations in Emergency Management


Recently, FEMA’s Podcast “Before, During & After,” published episode 94 to discuss the role of faith based and community organizations in emergency management.


A successful disaster response depends on the partnership of the whole community, including the tremendous support of voluntary organizations and the faith community.


In this episode, podcast host Mark Peterson sat down with Director of the DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Marcus Coleman and President & CEO at National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster April Wood. They discussed how leveraging the many strengths of neighborhood partners can ensure success before, during and after disasters.


To listen to Episode 94, visit FEMA.gov.


"Before, During & After" is a podcast for emergency managers. Join us for insights into where emergency management is headed, conversation about preparing for the threats of tomorrow and how everyone has a role in keeping communities safe from disaster.


Upcoming Deadlines and Reminders


FEMA Co-Hosts the 11th Annual Building Resilience Conference


FEMA is partnering with the U.S. Chambers of Commerce Foundation to host the 11th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference in Washington, D.C. from July 28-29.


This year's agenda is designed to inspire action and spark insightful discussions that will drive solutions to some of the greatest challenges. Speakers will address key issues such as ensuring equity in disaster response, supply chain coordination, cross-sector collaboration, climate adaptation, pre-disaster resilience investment and more.


The conference is free to attend. To learn more visit, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.




FEMA Seeks Feedback on National Continuous Improvement Guidance


FEMA seeks feedback for the National Continuous Improvement Guidance draft, including edits and suggestions for additional resources and real-world examples. The national engagement period begins on June 28 and closes at midnight ET on July 31.


To review the draft guidance and provide feedback, visit FEMA.gov. To submit feedback, email FEMA-CITAP@fema.dhs.gov.


FEMA will also host a series of 60-minute webinar sessions to provide an overview of the draft guidance and to gather feedback from whole community partners. To register for a webinar, visit FEMA.gov.

  • Webinar 2: 10 - 11 a.m. ET on July 15.
  • Webinar 3: 5 - 6 p.m. ET on July 20.
  • Webinar 4 – Spanish speaking session: 11 a.m. - noon ET on July 25.
  • Webinar 5: 3 - 4 p.m. ET on July 27.