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FEMA Bulletin Week of December 2, 2019

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December 2, 2019

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Reminders

dec 3

Webinar on new public assistance policy at 4 p.m. ET

Dec 9

Webinar on Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101 at 2 p.m. ET.

FEMA Releases 2019 National Preparedness Report

Today, FEMA released the 2019 National Preparedness Report, which summarizes the nation’s progress toward becoming a more secure and resilient nation.  The report presents an overview of the five preparedness mission areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.


Findings in the report highlight the nation’s preparedness progress and challenges, and how stakeholders are using preparedness grant funding to invest in preparedness improvements.  The report identifies national-level preparedness policy gaps, the impact of federal disaster programs on state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, efforts to prepare for catastrophic incidents, and provides examples that demonstrate progress.


Additionally, the report uses the Community Lifelines construct to provide a clearer picture of how the nation’s capabilities are being prioritized to prepare for and respond to threats and hazards.

FEMA Releases Updated Core Capability Development Sheets

FEMA released a new set of 48 Core Capability Development sheets updated with standardized targets for the prevention, protection, and mitigation mission areas.


Each sheet provides the definition and associated tasks, relevant trainings, example capability targets, typed resources, critical planning partners, validation techniques, and additional organizations that support the development of the specific core capability. The sheets can be used by jurisdictions in their efforts to improve capabilities and close gaps identified in the Stakeholder Preparedness Review or other assessments.


To access the FEMA Core Capability Development Sheets visit the FEMA Technical Assistance Program website.

Upcoming Deadlines and Reminders

FEMA Seeks Input on Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101

FEMA is accepting input for the update of “Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.”  This document provides guidance for developing emergency operations plans.


FEMA will host a series of 60-minute virtual listening sessions to provide a brief background on the guide, as well as to gather thoughts and recommendations on how to improve it.


Webinars will be held on four dates in December:




The comment period will end Jan. 14, 2020. To review the document and learn more about the virtual listening sessions, please visit the FEMA website.

FEMA Podcast Episode 56: Live from FEMA Region Nine Disaster Innovation Forum

On this episode, listen to a discussion with leaders from private sector partners.  They discuss how we can all work together to leverage leading-edge technology and innovation to help support disaster survivors.


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.


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