External Affairs Bulletin Week of February 16, 2015


Week of February 16, 2015

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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

Save the Date: Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Implementation Listening Sessions

Please join FEMA and federal partners during a series of Listening Sessions on the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard ImplementationThese sessions provide the opportunity to learn more about the Standard, ask questions, and provide feedback on how federal agencies implement the Standard.


FEMA, on behalf of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG), published a draft version of Implementing Guidelines that remains open for comment until April 6, 2015. Various locations have been identified across the nation to solicit feedback on the Implementation Guidelines. The MitFLG, a collection of federal agencies with programs and authorities designed to mitigate the impacts of disasters on communities, will accept written comments through the Federal Register process from those unable to attend the public meetings and will also host a virtual listening session in the coming months. An official Federal Register Notice will be published in the near future to officially announce the Listening Session schedule.


Listening Sessions

Additional sessions to be announced soon.

March 3, 2015

3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (CT)

Iowa Water Conference Venue

Iowa State University

Scheman Building

Lincoln Way

Ames, Iowa 50011


March 5, 2015           

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CT)

Mississippi Recovery Office

220 Popps Ferry Road

Biloxi, Mississippi 39531


March 11, 2015         

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT)

California Office of Emergency Services

3650 Schriever Avenue

Mather, CA 95655


March 11, 2015         

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Old Dominion University

Ted Constant Convocation Center

4320 Hampton Boulevard

Norfolk, VA 23529

Due to space constraints of the facilities, seating may be limited. To reserve a seat in advance, please provide a request via email at least three days in advance with the contact information of the participant (including name, mailing address, and e-mail address), and the meeting to be attended to FEMA-FFRMS@fema.dhs.gov and include the subject/attention line: Reservation Request for FFRMS. For anyone attending the meetings who is hearing or visually impaired, or who requires special assistance or accommodations, please also contact FEMA-FFRMS@fema.dhs.gov.

Authorized Equipment List Now Available in PDF

The Authorized Equipment List (AEL) that was previously available on the Lessons Learned Information Sharing website is now available in PDF format at www.fema.gov/preparedness-non-disaster-grants and www.fema.gov/grants. For questions about the AEL, please contact your Grant Programs Directorate Program Analyst or the Centralized Scheduling Information Desk by phone at (800) 368-6498 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, or by e-mail at askcsid@dhs.gov.

Home Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

Home fire sprinklers not only save lives, but also decrease the risk for firefighters when installed. Sprinklers reduce the intensity of the fire by dousing the flame before it can grow and spread. Modern home sprinklers are more sensitive to heat than commercial sprinklers.

Homeowners may think all sprinklers look like industrial sprinklers in stores; but home fire sprinklers are smaller and less conspicuous than commercial or industrial types. They are also available in colors that match décor and styles that are flush with the ceiling. Sprinklers can prevent devastating home damage by extinguishing flames quickly and limiting the damage caused by smoke and fire. They are also less damaging than water damage caused by firefighting hose lines.

Installing a home sprinkler system to a home that is under construction or being remodeled does not require a lot of extra piping and labor, but it increases the safety of residents. A sprinkler costs about $1.35 per square foot. This cost is about the same as upgraded cabinets or carpet.

More information is available at www.usfa.fema.gov.

Home fire sprinkler

FEMA Regional Overview: Region 6

FEMA Region 6 serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 68 federally recognized Tribal Nations in implementing emergency management, grants, preparedness, mitigation and flood insurance programs. Located in Denton, Texas, just north of Dallas and Fort Worth, Region 6 has more than 495 full-time employees who carry out the FEMA mission day-to-day. Part of the regional staff work in its Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana campuses. Tony Robinson serves as the Regional Administrator.


FEMA Region 6 averages a major disaster declaration every 46 days, with an average of nearly eight declarations per year. Region 6 also has two states that rank in the top ten nationally when it comes to the frequency of declarations, with Oklahoma ranked first and Arkansas at number six. More than $1 billion in disaster and non-disaster grants was approved in 2014 to support state, tribal, and local partners.

The region has 68 federally recognized Tribal Nations, a population of approximately 36 million people, and more than 565,000 square miles of land mass. It also has 1,420 miles of border with Mexico and 764 miles of coastland.

The most frequent hazard in the region is severe storms, followed by flooding and hurricanes. The region also experiences winter storms, wildfires, earthquakes, terrorist threats, and droughts.

FEMA Region 6 is one of only five regions that house Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) detachments. The Denton MERS provides mobile telecommunications, operational support, life support, and power generation assets allowing onsite management of disaster and all-hazard activities.

More information about FEMA Region 6 is available online.

FEMA Regional Map

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: Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants Open for Applications

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.

REMINDER: FEMA Senior Executive Leadership Announcements and Postings

FEMA is currently recruiting for eight SES Deputy Regional Administrators. This announcement closes March 6, 2015. For information on these and other careers opportunities within FEMA, visit www.fema.gov/careers.

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.