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Reminder: IPAWS Webinar: Use Cases: A 2018 Recap

Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Webinar

Use Cases: A 2018 Recap

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 @ 1:00 PM EDT


This is a reminder to join the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Management Office (PMO) on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 @ 1:00 PM EDT for a live webinar in which IPAWS staff will highlight some of the real life successes from IPAWS over the past year. Please use the link below to log into the webinar. Upon logging in, you will be prompted with directions to receive audio via your phone.


Event address for attendees:


Access Code: 663 395 117

Attendee Number: provided after login

For closed caption services, please open the following link in a separate browser:


The IPAWS PMO looks forward to your attendance and participation.


** The IPAWS PMO cannot endorse any vendor products or tools, but can provide stakeholders the opportunity to view a demonstration of the tools and to ask follow-up technical or operational questions. **


FEMA Bulletin Week of March 11, 2019
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March 11, 2019

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Deadlines

March 22

SAFER Grant Application period ends

March 31

Application period ends for Youth Preparedness Council

New Public Assistance Independent Study Courses Now Available

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) released 28 new Public Assistance Independent Study courses that enhance the capacity of communities to achieve their immediate and long-term recovery goals. Course content covers the Public Assistance Program and delivery process, including general concepts, such as documenting disaster damage and orientation to the Public Assistance delivery model. The new course content also includes specialized topics, such as bridge damage, roads and culverts, electrical systems, and grant decisions for tribal governments.


These online courses will also help applicants to navigate the grant process. They are designed for state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) government personnel and elected and appointed officials. The information provided in the courses will also benefit Public Assistance recipients, emergency management supervisory, operations and support personnel, nonprofit organizations, and other Public Assistance stakeholders. 


All independent study courses are offered free-of-charge. For a full list of the new Public Assistance Independent Study courses, go to

Peter Gaynor Serving as FEMA’s Acting Administrator

On Friday, Peter T. Gaynor began serving as FEMA’s Acting Administrator.  Gaynor began as FEMA’s Deputy Administrator in October 2018.  Prior to serving as deputy administrator, he was Director of Rhode Island’s Emergency Management Agency, where he advised the governor on emergency management policy and was the principal liaison between FEMA and local emergency management offices throughout Rhode Island.


Prior to Gaynor’s 10 years of extensive emergency management experience, he served for 26 years in the United States Marine Corps.


Gaynor is preceded by Brock Long, who served as FEMA Administrator from June 2017 until March 2019.  Follow Peter Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

SAFER Grant Application Period Ends March 22


The 2018 SAFER application period will close on Friday, March 22 at 5 p.m. ET.  The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities.


For more information and to apply, please visit:


Application Period ends on March 31 for Youth Preparedness Council


All applications and supporting materials for the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. PST, March 31. The YPC brings teens together from across the country who are interested and engaged in community preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for emergency preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.


To access the application materials, read about the current Council members, and for more general information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit

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