External Affairs Bulletin Week of February 9, 2015


Week of February 9, 2015

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Important Dates & Deadlines

February 16

National Advisory Council Application Deadline

March 2

Youth Preparedness Council Application Deadline

March 6

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants Application Deadline

March 6

Senior Executive Service Deputy Regional Administrators Application Deadline

April 6

Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Draft Implementing Guidelines Open Comment Period Deadline

FEMA Senior Executive Leadership Announcements and Postings

With the dedication of FEMA’s workforce, FEMA is transforming into an agency that is more survivor-centric in mission and program delivery, more expeditionary in nature, and better postured to assist our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners. FEMA’s efforts include developing the FEMA workforce and strengthening support to states and tribal partners through FEMA regional offices.


Each region will soon be led by two members of the Senior Executive Service (SES). Most recently, FEMA named Ms. Gracia Szczech as the Region IV Administrator and Mr. Robert (Bob) Fenton as Region IX Administrator.


Please join FEMA in welcoming Ms. Szczech and Mr. Fenton to their new positions. FEMA and the nation will be well served as they continue to advance support to our state, local, tribal, non-profit and private sector partners.


FEMA also is currently recruiting for eight SES Deputy Regional Administrators. This announcement closes March 6. For information on these and other careers opportunities within FEMA, visit www.fema.gov/careers.

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants Application Period Begins

FEMA announced the opening of the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) application, which will close on March 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET. The SAFER grant program comprises of two categories: hiring of firefighters; and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

To receive a SAFER grant award, applicants must be registered and have up-to-date information in the online System for Award Management. Registration is required of all Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program applicants and awardees.

The SAFER grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association. More information on these standards can be found in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, which is available online, along with the technical assistance tools.

Latest Updates from the FEMA Blog

The FEMA blog encompasses a variety of topics, including a day in the life of a FEMA Corps team leader who met President Obama, and staying plugged in while snowed in during a Boston snowstorm. Recent blog posts in the last few weeks have included:

- Wrangling Disasters with Rodeos, Trucks, and Music

- Getting the Budget Process Back on Track

- Meeting the President: A Day in the Life of a FEMA Corps Leader

- A New Flood Standard for Federal Investments Will Help Communities Weather Climate Change, Extreme Storms

- The National Advisory Council Needs YOU

- From Boston: Snowed In & Plugged In

Boston snow

To stay up to date on all of the latest FEMA blog posts, bookmark www.fema.gov/blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Fire Safety Tip of the Week

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. The United States Fire Administration advises keeping anything that can burn at least three feet from fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators and heaters.

Fireplace Safety

REMINDER: The National Advisory Council Needs YOU

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.

FEMA will consider individuals for appointment in the following disciplines:

- Elected State Government Officials (one representative appointment)

- In-Patient Medical Providers (one Special Government Employee appointment)

- Elected Local Government Officials (one representative appointment)

- Emergency Management (one representative appointment)

- Emergency Response Providers (two representative appointments)

- Cyber Security (one Special Government Employee appointment)


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.

REMINDER: 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.

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 by 11:59 p.m. ET. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2015.

REMINDER: Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Draft Implementing Guidelines Open for Comment

On January 30, the President issued Executive Order 13690, “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.” Prior to implementation of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, additional input from stakeholders is being solicited and considered on how federal agencies will implement the new Standard. To carry out this process, a draft version of Implementing Guidelines is open for comment until April 6, 2015. Questions may be submitted to FEMA-FFRMS@fema.dhs.gov.