This week (May 5 through 11) is Hurricane Preparedness Week in preparation for the Atlantic hurricane season beginning on June 1. FEMA is partnered with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to increase public awareness and preparation for the approaching hurricane season.
The week includes the Hurricane Awareness Tour (HAT), an integral part of an annual campaign to raise public awareness and preparation for the approaching hurricane season.
In addition to the tour, FEMA and NOAA are asking for your help to increase awareness and to motivate individuals, families, businesses and communities to know their risk, get prepared and stay informed before hurricane season. Visit the Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit to find resources to aid in spreading the word.
The 2019 Hurricane Preparedness daily themes are located here. To help your constituents be prepared for hurricanes, please encourage them to visit the Ready website to learn how to prepare before, during and after a hurricane.
FEMA’s National Integration Center today released a Senior Leader Toolkit, a resource that both emergency managers and senior leaders can use to discuss roles and responsibilities during incidents.
FEMA supports the mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation by working to improve the ability to manage incidents, events, and emergencies.
Senior leaders and policy makers play a critical role in incident management. This role varies widely across the nation according to local laws and authorities. FEMA stakeholders have asked for assistance developing materials for their senior leaders; however, FEMA understands that local personnel best understand the specific roles and responsibilities within their jurisdiction. For this reason, FEMA is releasing these documents as customizable templates, so that local emergency managers can revise them according to their local authorities and procedures.
The templates include:
• Elected Officials/Senior Executives Quick Reference Guide
• Department Head Quick Reference Guide
• NIMS Senior Leader Briefing Template.
The toolkit is available on the FEMA website.
FEMA recently announced the availability of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) declarations. The eligibility period begins from FMAG declarations occurring on October 5, 2018, or later.
The HMGP Post Fire program uses the existing Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance with minor exceptions detailed in the HMGP Post Fire Fact Sheet. Eligible applicants must have a FEMA-approved mitigation plan to receive HMGP Post Fire funding. To view eligible declarations, visit the FEMA website and select the declaration type, “Fire Management Assistance.” To date, FMAG declarations are eligible for HMGP Post Fire grants in the states of California and New Mexico.
This new post fire program is being done as part of the agency’s implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018. Section 1204 of the DRRA allows FEMA to provide HMGP Post Fire assistance to any area that received a FMAG declaration. In previous fiscal years, funds have been appropriated for this program. Now it is a permanent program of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act HMGP program.
FEMA will send a formal funding notification letter to each eligible applicant. The eligible applicant (state, territory, or federally-recognized tribe) will have up to six months after the end of the fiscal year to apply for funds. For additional information about HMGP Post Fire, visit the HMGP FEMA webpage.
FEMA is hosting a webinar for interested parties and current applicants to explain the program and answer questions. This webinar is specifically for potential applicants that administer HMGP Post Fire and not potential sub applicants or other audiences. This webinar will be offered twice. The content will be the same in both deliveries.
FEMA teleconference and Adobe Connect information:
WHAT: Webinar on HMGP Post Fire
WHO: Applicant Emergency Management Partners (states and territories)
A webinar for tribal applicants will be offered in June, date to be determined.
WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 9.
2 to 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 16.
How to participate:
• FEMA Teleconference: 800-320-4330, PIN: 338559#
• FEMA Adobe Connect Test Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting by clicking here.
FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) hosts “One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices” e-Forums from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT every Wednesday. In these one-hour, moderated webinar panel discussions, EMI and the emergency management community discuss matters of interest related to emergency management and national preparedness. During the sessions, participants share their experiences in an informal exchange of ideas. EMI e-Forums are free of charge and available to anyone who wishes to participate.
May EMI e-Forums:
Psychological First Aid for Disaster Response Workers and Responder Recovery – Coping when the Work is Done
Training Employees in Disaster Environments
Veteran to FEMA: Ways to be Hired
How to participate:
EMI e-Forums on FEMA Adobe Connect are mobile device accessible.
For more information, send questions to EMI at FEMA-EMIemail@example.com.
FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is accepting applications until May 31 for the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy and the National Emergency Management Executive Academy.
The Advanced Academy is for mid-level managers with a minimum of three years of experience in an emergency management position to include government, non-profit, voluntary organization, and private sector leaders. Apply for the Advanced Academy here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Executive Academy curriculum enhances strategic leadership and critical thinking for emergency management senior executives from all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Apply for the Executive Academy at here. Contact email@example.com for more information.