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IAEM-USA Region 4 announces call for speakers for region’s 2020 conference (22 Oct 2019) IAEM-USA Region 4 announced a call for speakers on Oct. 21, 2019, for the IAEM-USA Region 4 2020 Annual Conference, which will be held in Huntsville, Alabama, on Apr. 26-29, 2020. The theme will be “To Resilience and Beyond!” Suggested speaker topics include, but are not limited to: resilience successes and best practices; long-term recovery planning; developing a social media presence; big data; integrating utilities into your recovery plan; disaster resilience and impact of climate change; emergency management lessons learned; Readiness, response and recovery operational coordination; regional hazard mitigation plan application process; and coordination and cooperation of regional and federal responses. The deadline for speaker proposals is Jan. 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST. Proposals must be emailed to John Walsh on the official proposal submission form by the deadline.
FEMA seeks stakeholder feedback on trio of guidance documents (26 Sept 2019) This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released for national engagement three documents: one to help private sector organizations in emergency response activities, and a pair that enhance operations within Emergency Operations Centers. The documents on which FEMA is seeking feedback are the “NIMS Implementation Fact Sheet for Private Sector Organizations,” the “Operational Period Shift Briefing Template” and “SAMHSA’s Stress Management.” This national engagement period will conclude at 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 24, 2019. National engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft documents, to ensure they are relevant for all stakeholders involved in emergency management activities. To view the three draft document and feedback forms, please visit the FEMA National Engagement website.
PrepTalk on using standards and codes to build resilience released (26 Sept 2019) This week, FEMA and its emergency management partners, including IAEM, released Stuart Tom’s PrepTalk "Using Codes and Standards to Build Resilient Communities”. Tom is a member of the Board of the International Code Council (ICC) and formerly the fire marshal of the City of Glendale, Calif. He has also served as a member of the Los Angeles Uniform Code Program Steering Committee, and as co-chair of the State Fire Marshal’s Wildfire Ignition ad-hoc committee. His PrepTalk video and additional resources are available at www.fema.gov/preptalks/tom. PrepTalks are produced in partnership with FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Voting members are considering amendments to the IAEM-USA Bylaws (03 Sept 2019) The IAEM-USA Board and the IAEM-USA Bylaws Committee have recommended that two proposed amendments be made to the IAEM-USA Bylaws. Proposed Bylaws Amendment 1 addresses a streamlined voting/notice period. Proposed Bylaws Amendment 2 addresses changes in Student membership; these changes are supported also by the IAEM-USA Student Region. All bylaws amendments must be offered to the IAEM-USA voting members (Individual, Affiliate, and Lifetime member categories) for their consideration. The review period lasts for 30 days, which begins today with the distribution of an email to all voting members. Voting will begin during the week of Oct. 7, 2019. At that time, voting members will receive an email from IAEM Headquarters with a link to the online ballot. Visit the informational web page here to review the proposed amendments.
BC Management invites participants in its 8th Edition Crisis Event Impact Management Study (06 Aug 2019) BC Management welcomes survey participants in its 8th Edition Crisis Impact Management Study. Participants who complete the study will receive a complimentary report. Participants must be involved in business continuity, resiliency, crisis management, emergency management, or incident response planning. The study doesn’t accommodate service providers or professionals who provide consulting services. BC Management has been conducting BCM data metrics research and assessments since 2001. The scope is worldwide, and your individual contact and company information are held confidential. Participate online by Sept. 10, 2019, in order to receive the complimentary report.
Attention: IAEM Annual Conference Participants and EMEX Exhibitors (26 July2019)
Be on Constant ALERT for Housing Poachers and Data Scammers!
We would rather sound like a broken record than have even one of our attendees or exhibitors become the unwitting victim of a housing or data scam… and so, we continue to say “Beware!” The specific offender names may change with each new warning, but the message remains the same… be aware that IAEM does NOT work with any outside companies to provide housing or book hotels for our Annual Conference and EMEX.
Here are some of the other known companies/domains to steer clear of:
Please contact IAEM Headquarters with any questions.
FEMA and partners release PrepTalk by The Big One podcast team (11 July 2019) FEMA and its emergency management partners, including IAEM, this week released The Big One podcast team’s “Storytelling to Promote Action.” In their PrepTalk, the team shares why they developed “The Big One: Your Survival Guide” and how to tell stories that compel people to prepare for disasters. Their podcast explores what it would be like if a major earthquake were to hit the Los Angeles area. The Big One Podcast team includes host, Jacob Margolis; producers, Arwen Champion Nicks and Misha Euceph; and editor, Megan Garvey. The team works at 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio. Their PrepTalk video and additio nal resources are available at www.fema.gov/preptalks/the-big-one. PrepTalks is a partnership between FEMA, IAEM, NEMA, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
NEMA is accepting nominations for the Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award (11 July 2019) The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) has issued a call for nominations for the Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award, which is presented in recognition of professionals who have dedicated their careers to making citizens, communities and states safer from disasters and emergencies. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made cumulative outstanding contributions directly to emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, or recovery at a local, state, regional or national level. These career accomplishments in emergency management should be of unusual merit. Download the application form and instructions. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 23, 2019.
FEMA seeks feedback on National Flood Insurance Program revisions to payment methodology (11 July 2019) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on July 8 published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, Revisions to Methodology for Payments to Write Your Own (WYO) Companies. FEMA intends to modify the way it pays private insurance companies participating in the Write Your Own (WYO) Program. FEMA seeks comments regarding possible approaches to incorporating actual flood insurance expense data into the payment methodology that FEMA uses to determine the amount of payments to WYO companies. Comments on this notice must be submitted by Sept. 6, 2019, either online or by mail to Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 8NE, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472.
FEMA seeks feedback by Aug. 15 on HSEEP program doctrine guidelines (11 July 2019) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun an open review of the 2013 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) doctrine to incorporate lessons learned and best practices from the past six years of HSEEP’s use among the whole community’s exercise practitioners. HSEEP provides a foundation for exercise planning, conduct and evaluation, and a methodology to ensure a consistent and collaborative approach during the development and execution process. Feedback is requested to ensure that the review and update to the HSEEP doctrine, documents, and training course best meets the needs of the whole community. FEMA will conduct a series of one-hour webinars that are open to all stakeholders and anyone interested in providing feedback and listening to subject matter experts discuss HSEEP. Webinars are scheduled for: July 10, 1:00 p.m. EDT; July 12, 4:00 p.m. EDT; July 22, 4:00 p.m. EDT; July 24, 1:00 p.m. EDT; and July 26, 9:00 a.m. EDT. Attend the webinar of your choice online, or call-in to 1-800-320-4330, pin 504024#. Current HSEEP doctrine is located on the FEMA website or on the Preparedness Toolkit site. Submit comments by Aug. 15, 2019, to HSEEP@fema.dhs.gov.
FEMA seeks feedback by Aug. 15 on HSEEP program doctrine updates (10 July 2019) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun an open review of the 2013 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) doctrine to incorporate lessons learned and best practices from the past six years of HSEEP’s use among the whole community’s exercise practitioners. HSEEP provides a foundation for exercise planning, conduct and evaluation, and a methodology to ensure a consistent and collaborative approach during the development and execution process. Feedback is requested to ensure that the review and update to the HSEEP doctrine, documents, and training course best meets the needs of the whole community. FEMA will conduct a series of one-hour webinars that are open to all stakeholders and anyone interested in providing feedback and listening to subject matter experts discuss HSEEP. Webinars are scheduled for: July 10, 1:00 p.m. EDT; July 12, 4:00 p.m. EDT; July 22, 4:00 p.m. EDT; July 24, 1:00 p.m. EDT; and July 26, 9:00 a.m. EDT. Attend the webinar of your choice online, or call-in to 1-800-320-4330, pin 504024#. Current HSEEP doctrine is located on the FEMA website or on the Preparedness Toolkit site. Submit comments by Aug. 15, 2019, to HSEEP@fema.dhs.gov.
FEMA releases 13 documents related to core capabilities of the National Preparedness Goal (02 July 2019) The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Integration Center has released 13 NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions documents related to the these core capabilities of the National Preparedness Goal: Fire Management and Suppression; Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Mass Care Services; and Public Information and Warning. The National Integration Center also has released supporting tools for the National Qualifying System, including: NQS Job Titles/Position Qualifications for Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) and an Incident/Exercise Evaluator that define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in these positions; and NQS Position Task Books (PTB) for EHP and an Incident/Exercise Evaluator that identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for these positions. NIMS, which is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts, enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. These recently released documents 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. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IAEM Seeks Participants for Industry Partner survey – Partner Will Donate to Scholarship Program for Every Survey Completed (25 June 2019) At IAEM, we value feedback from our members and the emergency management community. It strengthens our partnerships and ensures we are meeting the needs of the EM community. We are currently seeking feedback for an industry partner on features used by Emergency Operations Center (EOC) personnel.
For every survey response, the IAEM Scholarship Program will receive a donation (up to the maximum donation of $10,000) from our industry partner. Please help provide information and at the same time provide support to the future of emergency management through scholarships to those seeking degrees.
Please take a moment to complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKMFQB2. The questions should only take about 8-10 minutes of your time. The deadline to complete the survey is July 23, 2019.
Providing contact information during the survey is optional. Any contact information provided will be for IAEM’s use only and will not be shared with the industry partner. If you have questions regarding the survey, please contact Dawn Shiley.
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.