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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 fema-nims@fema.dhs.gov.

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.


  • 2019 Call for Officer Nominations for the IAEM-USA Council and Six of the IAEM-USA Regions (03 June 2019) Email announcements of the call for nominations for 2019 IAEM-USA officers' elections were sent to IAEM-USA members on June 3, 2019. Nominations are now being accepted for IAEM-USA Second Vice President and IAEM-USA Treasurer. Candidates must submit their credentials by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, to IAEM Headquarters via email to info@iaem.com, to be reviewed by the IAEM-USA Nominations & Credentials Committee. In addition, calls for nominations were released for IAEM-USA Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Regional elections will be on the same schedule as the Council officers' elections, and all nominations sharing the same deadline of July 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Click on the links below to read or download the official calls for nominations for all of these elections. Each document outlines which officer positions are included, officer eligibility, and what credentials must be submitted. If you have questions, please contact Karen Thompson, IAEM staff election liaison, at Thompson@iaem.com
  • IAEM-USA Council Officers' Election: IAEM-USA Council Second Vice President and Treasurer.
  • IAEM-USA Region 1 Election: Region 1 Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer.
  • IAEM-USA Region 2 Election: Region 2 Vice President and Treasurer.
  • IAEM-USA Region 3 Election: Region 3 President and Secretary-Treasurer.
  • IAEM-USA Region 5 Election: Region 5 President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer.
  • IAEM-USA Region 7 Election: Region 7 President and Vice President.
  • IAEM-USA Region 9 Election: Region 9 President and Vice President.
      
  • FEMA Announces Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY 2019 (29 May 2019) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the release of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Fiscal Year 2019 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP). The RCPGP provides $10 million to local governments [(as defined by 2 C.F.R. § 200.64) located within one of the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) per the Census Bureau’s 2017 Population Estimates to build regional capacity to manage catastrophic incidents by improving and expanding collaboration for catastrophic incident preparedness. The RCPGP plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System. RCPGP supports the building of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. RCPGP projects should increase capability levels in the Food, Water, and Sheltering Community Lifeline as measured in the Housing or Logistics and Supply Chain Management core capabilities reported through the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)/Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR). Awards will be made on a competitive basis to applicants who present an ability to successfully meet the requirements described in the NOFO. The application period will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 8, 2019. Submissions must be made through Grants.gov. The FY 2019 RCPGP NOFO is located online at http://www.fema.gov/grants as well as on http://www.grants.gov, Assistance Listings Number 97.111. 

  • FEMA Announces FY 2019 Rehabilitation for High Hazard Potential Dam Grant Program (29 May 2019) On May 22, FEMA announced the Fiscal Year 2019 Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dam (HHPD) Grant Program. The HHPD Grant Program is authorized under the recently funded Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act and provides technical, planning, design, and construction assistance in the form of grants for rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams. Eligible applicants must be non-federal sponsors, which include non-federal governments and non-profit organizations. In FY2019, FEMA was appropriated $10 million to implement the HHPD Grant Program. Non-federal sponsors are encouraged to review the Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement on grants.gov and apply by the July 8, 2019 deadline. 
     
  • FEMA Seeks Feedback on National Response Framework and ESF #14 (May 29, 2019) FEMA is seeking feedback on the revised National Response Framework and Emergency Support Function (ESF) #14 – Cross-Sector Business and Infrastructure Annex draft documents. First released in 2008, the NRF is a guide for how our nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies. The updated NRF will continue to focus on the capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs during disasters. The NRF will continue to be scalable, flexible and adaptable, using the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. The new ESF #14 supports the coordination of cross-sector operations, including stabilization of key supply chains and community lifelines, among infrastructure owners and operators, businesses, and their government partners. FEMA is hosting a series of one-hour engagement webinars to describe the updates and answer participants’ questions. Advance registration is required and on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now for the following webinars: June 11, 2:00 p.m. EDT; June 13, 3:00 p.m. EDT, or June 18, 1:00 p.m. EDT. For more information on the update and to download the drafts, visit www.fema.gov/national-planning-frameworks.

  • PrepTalk on Forging Community Resilience Released (29 May 2019) IAEM and FEMA, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, including IAEM, this week released the first presentation from the PrepTalks Symposium held on Apr. 23, 2019, in Santa Rosa, California. The PrepTalk by James Gore is entitled, “Forging Resilient Community Through Imperfect Relentless Progress.” In his PrepTalk, Gore shares his experience supporting his community in the aftermath of the 2017 Tubb’s Fire in Sonoma County. He urges elected representatives, government officials, and everyone who will listen to wake up and build resilience now. Gore is the Sonoma County District Four Supervisor and a member of the Executive Committee of the California State Association of Counties. He serves as the chair for the Resilient Advisory Board as well as the chair for the National Association of Counties Resilient Counties Initiative. His PrepTalk video and additional resources are available at www.fema.gov/preptalks/gore.
     
  • 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.



     
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