External Affairs Bulletin Week of January 26


Week of January 26, 2015

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Important Dates & Deadlines

February 16

National Advisory Council Application Deadline

March 2

Youth Preparedness Council Application Deadline

FEMA Encourages Young People to Join Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA announced it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. The Council supports FEMA’s commitment to involving youth in preparedness-related activities and provides an opportunity for young people to offer their perspectives, feedback and insights on how to help make America more resilient.


FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together youth leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national advocates for youth preparedness.


As advocates for preparedness, Council members will complete a self-selected youth preparedness project and have the opportunity to share their opinions, ideas, solutions and questions about youth disaster preparedness with FEMA leadership and national organizations working on preparedness initiatives. Members also have the opportunity to brief FEMA officials on strategies, initiatives and projects throughout their one-year term.


To apply, Youth Preparedness Council applicants must be 13 to 17 years old. They must also be engaged in individual and community preparedness or have experienced a disaster that motivated them to make a positive difference in their community. Individuals who applied for 2014 are encouraged to apply again. Current Council members have an option to extend for an additional year, upon FEMA request. Adults working with youth or on community preparedness are encouraged to share the application with young people who might be interested in applying for the Youth Preparedness Council.


To be eligible for consideration, applicants must submit a completed application form and two letters of recommendation. Completed applications and all supporting materials must be received no later than March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2015.

FEMA and the Department of Transportation Pipeline Hazard Materials and Safety Administration Release New Guidance Document

FEMA, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline Hazard Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA), released the new guidance document, “Hazard Mitigation Planning: Practices for Land Use Planning and Development near Pipelines.” It outlines best practices for communities to reduce risks from pipeline incidents, including those caused by natural hazards. It was prepared by PHMSA’s Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) Communications Team and is sponsored by PHMSA in coordination with FEMA as a primer for incorporating pipeline hazards into hazard mitigation plans.

The guidance aims to provide emergency managers, planners, and others involved with developing hazard mitigation plans with the knowledge and understanding of:

- how pipelines operate,

- the common products that may be transported through transmission pipelines,

- the potential impacts (risks) of pipeline incidents,

- and mitigation strategies they can implement to reduce these risks.

FEMA, DOT and the PIPA team work closely together to share program requirements and guidance, and discuss opportunities for collaboration. PIPA team contributors include state, federal and local government officials, as well as representatives from the pipeline industry and the general public. To view the new guidance document and for additional information and resources to support states, tribes and local communities in developing hazard mitigation plans to build and maintain capabilities to reduce risks from all hazards visit www.fema.gov/multi-hazard-mitigation-planning.

Virtual Table Top Exercises Available at Emergency Management Institute

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) provides Virtual Table Top Exercises (VTTX) to the emergency management community at no cost. VTTX offers a flexible and adaptive set of exercise documents that can be included as part of the community's training plan and be re-purposed later for follow up discussion based training. EMI has 50 scenarios built that communities can request to use to ensure policies and procedures are set before an event takes place. Additional scenarios can be produced upon request.

EMI completed an earthquake response VTTX on January 6-8, 2015. More than 150 participants, including whole community partners Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Target Company, took part in the exercise, which was a simulation of a 6.4 earthquake. The scenario included a structure collapse, activated emergency operation center, spontaneous volunteers, wide spread power/phone/internet outages, shelters and recovery actions. The VTTX involved participation from police, fire department, emergency medical services, public works, National Guard and critical incident stress management. EMI drafted and produced the VTTX situation manual.

For more information on upcoming VTTX sessions, contact Douglas Kahn at douglas.kahn@fema.dhs.gov. Program information, dates and scenarios for 2015 are available online.

REMINDER: FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council

FEMA seeks experienced individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply. All applications must be received on Monday, February 16, 2015 by 5 p.m. ET. Appointments are for three-year terms to end August 15, 2018. The Administrator may also appoint additional candidates to serve as a FEMA Administrator Selection, which are also for three-year terms.

Individuals interested in serving on the NAC are invited to apply to be considered for appointment by submitting a Cover Letter and a Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the Office of the NAC by email, mail, or fax, with email as the preferred method of submission. Letters of recommendation may also be provided, but are not required. The Cover Letter must include, at a minimum: the discipline area(s) of interest; current position title and organization; mailing address; a current telephone number; and email address. A complete application must be submitted to be considered for appointment. Application criteria, submission information, and contact information can be found at www.fema.gov/national-advisory-council.