USA Council News

  • Entry Period Is Now Open for the 2019 IAEM Awards Competition (03 Apr 2019) The 2019 IAEM Awards Competition entry period is now open. Visit www.iaem.org/Awards for details, guidelines, and entry forms. There are three groups of award categories: Global (for those in any location), Canada (only for Canadian entrants), and USA (only for U.S. entrants). The purpose of the IAEM Awards Competition is to recognize and honor persons who have made special or significant contributions to the field of emergency management and have represented the profession well by their outstanding performance. You are encouraged to participate and to share your achievements with your colleagues. Keep the entry deadline in mind: all Global and USA-only award entries must be received by May 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EDT, while all Canada-only award entries must be received by May 1, 2019.
  • IAEM and NEMA Release 2019 Report on Return on Investment of EMPG (20 Mar 2019) Each year, IAEM and NEMA work together to report on the return on investment of the Emergency Management Performance Grants (part of FEMA’s suite of grants). The 2019 edition, released Mar. 20, 2019, represents input from 46 states, two territories, and 1,042 local emergency management agencies. One of the key data points in this report each year is the fact that state and local emergency managers respond to thousands of events which never reach the level of a Federal disaster declaration.  In 2019, there were 23,331 such events.  The report also provides data on planning, training, and exercise efforts, public outreach campaigns, communications systems, and maintaining thousands of mutual aid agreements. Please direct questions to Thad Huguley, IAEM-USA Government Affairs director, at thad@iaem.com. Download the report here.
  • DHS seeks review and feedback on the Chemical Security Assessment Tool by Apr. 8, 2019 (19 Mar 2019) The Department of Homeland Security is seeking public comment on its proposal to renew the information collection through the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CRATS). Comments will be accepted until Apr. 8, 2019, through the federal e-rulemaking portal, where you will find complete details about the proposal. All submissions received must include the agency name “CISA” and docket number DHS-2018-0068. All comments received will be posted without change to http://regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please direct specific questions related to collection activities to Craig Conklin, 703-235-5263, cfats@hq.dhs.gov.
  •  Don't miss the free download of the March 2019 IAEM Bulletin issue on mentors (19 Mar 2019) The members-only IAEM Bulletin special focus issue honoring mentors has been published, and it is available to the public. The March issue on “Honor the Past, The People We Remember,” has been selected as IAEM’s current “sample issue” and is downloadable from the IAEM Bulletin web page. If you are not a member of IAEM, this issue will let you know what you’re missing. IAEM also wanted to further honor mentors by sharing the articles about them with a broader audience of emergency management professionals. Please share this issue with others. The IAEM Editorial Work Group will consider articles about the person who made the most difference in your EM career in future issues of the IAEM Bulletin. Contact Karen Thompson, editor, with any questions at Thompson@iaem.com.
  • FEMA seeks public feedback by Apr. 18, 2019, on National Incident Qualification System Supplemental Guides (19 Mar 2019) 

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Integration Center seeks public feedback on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) National Qualification System (NQS) Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS) Job Title/Position Qualification and the NIMS NQS ROSS Position Task Book (PTB). These tools provide a nationwide baseline for ROSS personnel throughout the nation. The national engagement period provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance. Additionally, FEMA will host four 60-minute webinars, open to the whole community, to discuss the ROSS provision documents and answer questions. All webinars will offer the same content, so click on the date/time that is best for you and register online: Mar. 21, 10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT; Mar. 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT; Apr. 4, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT; and Apr. 11, 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT. Review documents online. Complete the provided feedback form, and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 18, 2019.

  • DHS Schedules Active Shooter Preparedness Workshops During March and April (05 Mar 2019) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has scheduled Active Shooter Preparedness Workshops that will take place through March and April 2019. Given today's ever-changing threat environment, preparing for and training employees to cope with active threats and workplace violence should be a key piece of an organization's emergency action plan. The one-day workshops will enhance awareness of, and response to, an active shooter event. The event will also describe how to incorporate key elements of successful incident management into planning efforts. Click on the date links to find details and register for the session you wish to attend: Mar. 7: Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Mar. 12: Charlotte, North Carolina; Mar. 19: Cincinnati, Ohio; Mar. 28: Arlington, Texas; Apr. 2: Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Apr. 9: Stony Brook, New York. To learn more, visit the DHS website or contact asworkshop@hq.dhs.gov.
  • FEMA Releases New Guide for Individual Assistance Programs (05 Mar 2019) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Mar. 5 announced publication of the Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG), its new single-policy resource for all Individual Assistance (IA) programs. This guide consolidates policy for the Individuals and Households Program, Mass Care and Emergency Assistance, and the Community Services Program into one single document, and replaces the original Individuals and Households Program Unified Guidance as the primary reference resource for IA programs. The IAPPG provides a comprehensive policy resource for state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, non-governmental partners, and other entities who assist survivors during disasters and with post-disaster recovery. Questions may be directed to FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444.
  • FEMA Seeks Feedback on Two NIMS Resource Management Documents (05 Mar 2019) FEMA’s National Integration Center seeks public feedback on two National Incident Management System (NIMS) Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions regarding HAZMAT response released today under the Environmental Response/Health and Safety core capability. NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size. Review the documents online, and send the provided feedback form to fema-nims@fema.dhs.gov. Deadline to comment is Mar. 28, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • FEMA Seeks Public Feedback on Several National Qualification System Supplemental Guidance Documents (05 Mar 2019) FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on several National Qualification System (NQS) documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. The national engagement period provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance. Today’s release includes the National Incident Management System (NIMS) NQS Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators) and the NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Qualification Review Boards. FEMA will host a series of 60-minute public webinars to discuss the NQS supporting tools and answer questions: Mar. 7: 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST; Mar. 12: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT; and Mar. 14: 10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT. Review documents and obtain additional webinar information online, and submit the provided feedback form to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov by Apr. 4, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EDT.
  • New GIS HHS emPOWER REST Service: New Connection Required to consume "CMS Electricity-Dependent Data" in GIS Applications (13 Feb 2019) Effective Feb. 12, 2019, ASPR updated the name of the HHS emPOWER Program’s Representational State Transfer (REST) Service (formerly named CMS_DME/HHS_CMS_DME_ESRD_onlyAll) to align with the other HHS emPOWER Program tools and resources. This REST Service, provided via ASPR’s GeoHEALTH Platform, allows users to consume the HHS emPOWER Map data layer in their own geographic information system (GIS) application. The data layer displays the total number of at-risk Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare beneficiaries that rely upon life-maintaining and saving electricity-dependent medical equipment and cardiac devices (e.g. oxygen concentrators, electric wheelchairs) in a geographic area, down to the ZIP Code.
  • DHS Seeks Feedback on Chemical Security Assessment Tool by Apr. 8, 2019 (13 Feb 2019) The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Infrastructure Security Division, is releasing the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) information collection request to support affected chemical facilities’ requirements to submit data pursuant to 6 CFR Part 27. The CSAT 60 Day Notice, published Feb. 7, which solicits comments for the Office of Management and Budget, proposes to renew this information collection for an additional three years. The CSAT is used by facilities to communicate with or notify the department regarding issues such as CSAT Help Desk, CSAT User Registration, CSAT Top-Screen, CSAT Security Vulnerability Assessment, CSAT Site Security Plan, Alternative Security Program Submitted in lieu of the CSAT Site Security Plan, and identification of facilities and assets at risk. Comments will be accepted until Apr. 8, 2019. Questions should be directed to Craig Conklin, dfats@hq.dhs.gov.