IAEM-USA Announces 2020 Call for Nominations for Council and Regional Elections (02 June 2020) The IAEM-USA Council released via email the calls for nominations for the positions being filled this year in the council and regional officer elections. The calls for nominations are posted here for members who did not receive the emails from IAEM Headquarters. Those IAEM-USA members whose regions are holding officer elections this year should have received two emails, one for the council election and one for their regional elections. IAEM-USA members in regions that are not holding an election should have just one email for the council election. Nominations are sought for Second Vice President and Secretary of the IAEM-USA Council. In addition, there will be six regional officer elections (IAEM-USA Regions 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10) to be held on the same schedule as the national election. The deadline for nominations and all required supporting material is 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 2, 2020. Download the calls for nominations in the bulleted list below. Prospective candidates may direct any questions to Rebecca Campbell, staff liaison for IAEM online elections.
Samish Indian Nation Seeks Input from its Citizens Regarding Update of Hazard Mitigation Plan (01 July 2020) The Samish Indian Nation is beginning a planning process to update its hazard mitigation plan, for the purpose of enhancing resilience to natural disasters throughout the Tribal Planning area. The project, which will take around nine months to complete, is funded by a planning grant from FEMA. During this process, Samish citizens will be asked to contribute by sharing knowledge of the area’s vulnerability to hazards based on past occurrences. Public involvement will be solicited via a multi-media campaign that will include public meetings, web-based information, questionnaires, maps, and updates on the plan’s progress via a website. An informational website has been established on the need and purposes for the Nation’s hazard mitigation planning. The website will serve as the primary means for the public to gain information on the plan, as well as to gain information on ways to participate in the planning process. The public is highly encouraged to provide input on all phases of this plan’s development. Questions or comments should be directed to David Strich, Samish emergency management specialist, at dstrich@samishtribe,nsn.us or to Bev O’Dea, project consultant, at email@example.com.
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Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG): 10 Years of the Nation's Return on Investment, 2020 Edition (14 May 2020) For the past 10 fiscal years, IAEM and NEMA have offered a joint report to Congress detailing the return on investment realized by the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program. EMPG is the only source of federal funding provided directly to state and local governments for all of the functions that help build a robust emergency management system. In celebration of 10 years of this report, this year’s iteration represents a cumulative examination of the work conducted through this program for the past decade, including through Fiscal Year 2019. Over the past 10 years, recipients of this grant have consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to building all-hazards emergency management capacity at the state, local, and tribal levels of government.
Notice of Funding Opportunity Coming Soon for COVID-19 FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program ( 22 Apr 2020) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be announcing soon the release of the notice of funding opportunity for $100 million through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S). The supplemental award will provide financial assistance directly to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (NAEMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and supplies needed to respond to the coronavirus public health emergency. Review the notice once it’s available online at both the FEMA website and the Grants.gov website before beginning the application process. Details about the AFG Program are online, and you are encouraged to check the FEMA website for the latest on whole-of-America COVID-19 response to find out what other help is available.
Help IAEM Provide COVID-19 Info to Fit Your Needs by Completing this Short One-Minute Survey (02 Apr 2020) IAEM and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) are partnering to develop real-time education, data and emergent practice sharing for emergency management leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic has created opportunities to accelerate distance learning to support you during these trying times. We appreciate your participation in this short, 1-minute (!) survey to determine topics of interest, as you navigate the consequences in our cities and states. The survey will close at 5:00 p.m. EDT, April 10. Please click here to complete the survey. Thank you for being part of the latest initiative in our ongoing collaboration to support the educational needs of the IAEM membership.
Illness monitor for U.S. COVID-19 outbreak hot spots now available through online portal (04 Mar 2020) As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread, information is a key element needed by U.S. emergency managers for planning. A resource available now via an online portal has been developed by IAEM member Eric Kant, in partnership with IAEM and NEMA. Based on the portal activated during the past four years to provide consolidated open source information during hurricane responses, the Illness Monitor for U.S. Hot Spots is updated regularly with the latest trending illnesses and information related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The portal provides: a real-time illness monitor; a COVID-19 FAQ, which charts cases; and a COVID-19 GIS Hub. Watch the short video tutorial for a demonstration of how the site provides valuable information to users. Thanks to Sitscape, the portal has rapid visual interactive Exploratory Data Discovery (EDA). With just a few mouse-clicks, users can create visually engaging and highly interactive visualizations of data from Sickweather and SABER. Direct questions to UnitifedPortal@TrustedOps.com.
National Institutes of Health’s CDC and Disaster Information Research Center Publish Guidance Related to CoVid19 (26 Feb 2020) The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Disaster Research Center of the National Library of Medicine, both a part of the National Institutes of Health, have established resource web pages to keep the public informed of CoVid19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The National Library of Medicine has published a web page for current information and links on CoVid19, most recently reporting CDC’s Interim Guidance for Business and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disaster. The CDC, which is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak, has published a web page that includes the Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, as well as many additional resources. The CDC web page includes sections on: what you should know and how to protect yourself; the latest situation updates in the United States and globally; how CDC is preparing communities; travel recommendations; and specific information for healthcare professionals, health departments, laboratories, and businesses. To obtain background information, review the situation summary.
IAEM Editorial Committee Announces 2020 Special Focus Issues; First Deadline Is Mar. 16 (26 Feb. 2020) The IAEM Editorial Committee’s selections for the four 2020 special focus issue topics, which have been Board-approved, will begin with the April issue of the IAEM Bulletin on the topic of “Black Swan Events: Pandemic.” The deadline for article submissions is Mar. 16, 2020. When it comes to a pandemic, we can look at what we have learned in order to be prepared. Articles could look at past incidents that offer lessons in how to best prepare. Specific topics could be: H1N1, SARS, MERS, or Spanish flu. How best can we learn how to prepare for a virus that is new? What can we learn from what has already happened with the coronavirus? As emergency managers, we learn from what has happened in the past to help us plan for the future. Events and incidents have precipitated change over the decades. Emergency management has a long and impressive history of major accomplishments through its professional growth. Events and incidents have precipitated change over the decades. Consider the improvements you have experienced and witnessed, as well as the failures. Article length is 750-1,500 words, and author guidelines are online. A full list of 2020 special focus issue topics is posted here. Direct questions to Bulletin Editor Karen Thompson.
Indiana honors emergency management personnel for keeping communities safe (26 Feb 2020) The state of Indiana is celebrating its first-ever EMA Appreciation Week, Feb. 24-28, to honor the tireless dedication that emergency management personnel have for keeping their communities safe. The week’s theme of “Safeguarding the Hoosier Homeland” highlights the responsibilities and actions of these individuals, many of whom are IAEM members. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security appreciates the hard work and commitment of Indiana’s 92 emergency management agencies (EMA), recognized through a proclamation issued by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb encouraging citizens to learn about the efforts of these highly trained professionals. Go online to see what Indiana is doing to honor their state’s emergency managers. Be sure to click on the links to regions to see photos and comments from some of the Indiana emergency managers.
Journal of Emergency Management announces call for papers for special issue on Puerto Rico (29 Jan 2020) The Journal of Emergency Management (JEM) Editorial Review Board invites the submission of original research, papers and case studies supporting a special issue titled “Analysis of Pre- and Post-Disaster Management and Recovery in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.” The special issue will be led by guest editor Fernando I. Rivera, Ph.D., who specializes in research in sociology, public health and disasters in Puerto Rico. Dr. Rivera is joined by special issue consultant Damarys Acevedo-Markey, PE, an environmental engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who has been instrumental in USACE's post-disaster recovery analysis. JEM’s goal is to bring together a complete and comprehensive accounting of the event and its post mortem. This may include a pre-disaster assessment of the island's state of preparation as well as any post-disaster response, research, mitigation and recovery. Manuscripts must be submitted online, using the manuscript submission link. Select the "Special Issue on Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria" in the Section/Category of the General Info tab to designate it for this special issue. Manuscripts will be accepted through Oct. 1, 2020. Questions should be directed via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 781-899-2702, ext. 114.
BC Management invites participants in its 18th Edition BCM Compensation Study (15 Jan 2020) BC Management welcomes survey participants in its 18th Edition Business & Continuity Management Compensation Study. The online study includes two choices based on employment status, one for permanently employed or unemployed professionals and one for independent contractors/consultants. Participants will receive a complimentary report, which will be published in April 2020. Deadline for participation is Feb. 25, 2020, 11:00 p.m. EST. For more information, watch an informational video on LinkedIn.
Local and tribal emergency managers are needed to complete the EMPG funding survey for IAEM and NEMA by Jan. 31 (08 Jan 2020) IAEM-USA is conducting the 13th annual survey seeking information from U.S. local government and tribal emergency management offices about Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding. This is a joint effort with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). NEMA is using a separate survey monkey for state directors to report on state activities. IAEM is seeking input from local and tribal jurisdictions. NEMA will analyze the state data, and IAEM-USA will analyze the local and tribal data. Once the data has been compiled, IAEM and NEMA will write a joint report to be distributed to key policy makers on Capitol Hill and within the Trump Administration. The narrative questions in the survey are of particular importance. Examples of how EMPG was directly related to an emergency response or emergency management program activity, help “paint the picture” of the importance of EMPG. The survey is available here. To help gather the data needed to complete the survey, a PDF-version of the survey is available here. The deadline to complete the survey is 6:00 p.m. EST, Jan. 31. Should you need to exit the survey prior to completing it, you may return to your survey from the same computer before the deadline to finish by following the survey link. If you have any technical problems or questions with the survey, please contact Kyler Bartee at email@example.com. If you have any questions about the survey questions, please contact Thad Huguley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recordings of 2019 EMvision Talks are now available (03 Dec 2019) The EMvision Talks were held live on Nov. 19 on the plenary stage at the 2019 IAEM Annual Conference. IAEM’s EMvision Talks are modeled on the TED™ Talk format. The Talks, limited to seven minutes, provide a forum for people to share a personal connection to an idea, experience or passion related to emergency management, leadership, communication, community engagement, or other related topics. This year’s speakers were: Marcus Coleman, Jr., MPA, senior associate, HWC, Inc.; Andrew Friend, MA, CEM, EM advisor to the Saudi government; Monte Fronk, tribal public safety responder, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Renate Garrison, MPA, CEM, emergency management officer, City of Beaverton, Oregon; Courtney Grey, director of disaster behavioral health, Boston Public Health Commission; Lara Pagano, MA, meteorologist, National Weather Service; Blake Stave, MPA, CEM, program manager, Xcel Energy; and Libby Turner, MA, CEM, federal coordinating officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency. All recordings can be accessed here.
Conference Issues of the IAEM Bulletin are now available online; share with your colleagues (03 Dec 2019) The special focus issues (October and November 2019) of the IAEM Bulletin, with articles on the 2019 conference theme of “Honor the Past, Treasure the Present, Shape the Future,” are both posted as free sample issues for viewing or download at the top of the IAEM Bulletin web page. Please share this link with your EM colleagues, and invite them to join the International Association of Emergency Managers.
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 email@example.com.
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.