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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Daily Digest Bulletin

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
FEMA Bulletin Week of May 13, 2019
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May 13, 2019

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Reminders

May 31

Deadline to apply for the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy and the National Emergency Management Executive Academy.

FEMA Acting Deputy Administrator Serves as U.S. Head of Delegation to the UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

From May 15 to 17, Dr. Daniel Kaniewski will serve as the U.S. Head of Delegation to the United Nations (UN) 6th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, Switzerland. He will deliver the United States official statement on U.S. progress and achievements in disaster risk reduction. He will also attend high-level bilateral meetings with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, officials from Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.  His remarks will address the following topics:


•  Building a Culture of Preparedness


•  The Disaster Recovery Reform Act DRRA and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC).


•  U.S. support of the 2020 Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean in Jamaica, and other regional initiatives.


FEMA appreciates the ongoing collaboration between governments working toward disaster risk reduction.

Webinars on Revision of Individual Assistance Declaration Factors

FEMA will conduct webinars on the revision of the Individual Assistance (IA) declarations factors, and accompanying “Individual Assistance Declarations Factors Guidance,published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2019, with a June 1, 2019 effective date. 


This final rule and accompanying guidance clarifies independent factors used by states and territories when requesting an IA major disaster declaration and describes FEMA’s evaluation process when recommending major disaster declarations authorizing IA to the president, ultimately speeding the declaration process.


The Individual Assistance Declarations Factors Guidance describes each of the declarations factors included in the final rule, and provides states and territories detailed direction in drafting requests for major disaster declarations authorizing IA. 


In addition, a separate provision of SRIA, section 1110, amends the Stafford Act and allows federally recognized Indian tribal governments to submit emergency or major disaster declaration requests to the President. This final rule and guidance does not implement SRIA provision 1110’s authority except when a tribe requests to be part of the IA declaration request made by the state, and is intended only to meet the requirements of SRIA section 1109.


Invites for the webinars were sent to state and territorial partners last week.  For more information on Individual Disaster Assistance, please visit the website

FEMA Podcast Episode 36: Resiliency: A Conversation with Dr. Dan Kaniewski

On this episode, Acting Deputy Administrator Dan Kaniewski discusses FEMA’s new strategic and structural focus on resiliency and how it makes America safer, stronger, and better prepared for future disasters.


The FEMA Podcast is an audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the Agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters.

FEMA Podcast

This Week is National Police Week

The Federal Law Enforcement and Training Centers (FLETC) held the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil to honor fallen soldiers on Mon. May 13.  On Wed. May 15, the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service will be held at the U.S. Capitol.  Please visit the National Police Week website for more information.

National Police Week

Pacific Hurricane Season begins May 15

This week, FEMA social media will feature posts on the May 15 start of the Pacific Hurricane season and amplify Infrastructure Week messaging.

Prepare for Hurricane Season