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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Daily Digest Bulletin

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
FEMA Bulletin Week of July 8, 2019
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July 8, 2019

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Reminders

July 25

Partnership Day at FEMA

July 31

Deadline to apply to Master Public Information 
Officer Program

FEMA Seeks Feedback on NFIP Revisions to Payment Methodology


On July 8, FEMA published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register (Notice) entitled “Revisions to Methodology for Payments to Write Your Own (WYO) Companies.


In the notice, FEMA outlines the current Write Your Own payment methodology, which provides historical documentation of actual payment amounts. Additionally, this notice porposes methodologies consistent with the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012’s requirement to modernize means of payment to private insurance companies.


All comments on this notice must be submitted by September 6.


Comments may be submitted online or by mail to:


Federal Emergency Management Agency

Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of Chief Counsel

Room 8NE, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472



Join FEMA Partnership Day


On Thursday, July 25, FEMA and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) will host Partnership Day.  This event recognizes and builds awareness of valuable services and support provided by voluntary, faith-based, and community partners to disaster survivors before, during, and after disasters.


Open to the public, this event will take place at FEMA headquarters.  The event will feature equipment and resources used during disaster operations and will showcase exhibitors, featuring displays and representatives from our Voluntary Organization partners.  This event allows attendees to learn about community partnerships, visit comfort dog teams, chat with partner representatives, as well as to network with other professionals, academicians, students, and volunteers in emergency management, public administration, and related fields.  In addition, there will be Breakout Sessions from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm led by non-profit and private sector subject matter experts. 


For additional details, please contact FEMA.


FEMA Releases PrepTalk: “Storytelling to Promote Action”


Today, FEMA released “Storytelling to Promote Action”. In their PrepTalk, The Big One Podcast team shares why they developed “The Big One: Your Survival Guide” podcast, which features stories about people in Southern California preparing for the possibility of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that could occur within the next 30 years. 


The Big One Podcast Team is comprised of the 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio team.  This includes host, Jacob Margolis; producers, Arwen Champion Nicks and Misha Euceph; and manager, Megan Garvey. Listen in as they discuss how to tell stories that compel people to prepare for disasters.


The PrepTalk video and additional resources are available on the FEMA website. Additional PrepTalks from the April 2019 symposium in Santa Rosa, Calif. will be released in the coming months.


PrepTalks are a partnership between 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.


Prep Talk

FEMA Podcast Episode 41: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster


Listen in on this discussion with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) President Greg Forrester and FEMA’s Voluntary Agency Coordination Branch Chief Liz Gibson on how the NVOAD fosters a more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster and their coordination with FEMA to help people before, during and after 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 Blog: FEMA Funded Grant Program Teaches Kids Fire Safety


When the flames started in a Los Angeles family’s kitchen, two parents were able to extinguish it with baking soda.  It was a technique their 11-year-old son had taught them only weeks before, after his second MySafe: LA class.  These classes are funded by the FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant. To read more about this grant success story, visit the FEMA Blog


For more information on FEMA’s Fire Prevention & Safety Grants, visit FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program page.


Fire Prevention and Safety Grant