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FEMA Bulletin Week of January 27, 2020

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January 27, 2020

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In this Edition:

Important Dates & Reminders

jan 30

Webinar on faith-based community resources at 2 p.m. ET

Jan 31

Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Closes at 3 p.m. ET

FEMA Accepts Youth Preparedness Council Applications

FEMA is now accepting applications through March 8 for its 2020 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) from students in grades 8-11. The YPC gives youth the chance to meet peers from across the county to work together on exciting projects. Members will also travel to Washington, D.C., for the annual YPC Summit. 


Since 2012, FEMA has brought youth together, nationwide, who are passionate about preparedness and community service. 


As part of the YPC, members can build leadership skills, represent their schools and communities, and share perspectives, feedback, and opinions with FEMA.


FEMA Accepts Comments on New Building Code Policy

FEMA is accepting comments for the new draft policy regarding Section 1206, “Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement” of the DRRA (Disaster Recovery Reform Act). 


After a disaster, local building departments sometimes lack the resources to carry out their duties in a timely manner due to the volume of work. This can result in communities waiving or suspending their codes/ordinances post-disaster.  This policy is intended to provide communities with the resources necessary to effectively administer and enforce state and locally adopted building codes and floodplain management ordinances.


FEMA has released the draft policy for a 45-day public comment period.  Comments must be submitted using the accompanying comments matrix. Comments received during this period will be reviewed and considered for the final version of the guide to be released March 6.


The draft policy and accompanying comments matrix is located on the FEMA website. If you have any questions, contact

FEMA Hosts Resources for Faith-Based Communities Webinar

The DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives is hosting a webinar focused on resources for the faith-based community.  The webinar will be held from 2-3 p.m. ET on Jan. 30. 


Learn more about how the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives is working with houses of worship and nonprofits connecting with FEMA and other federal partners, as well as more information on the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Featured speakers will include representatives from FEMA’s Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, Individual and Community Preparedness Division and Grant Programs Directorate. There will be time for questions and answers.


To participate in the webinar, register on FEMA Adobe Connect. For more information, contact

FEMA Tests Emergency Alert System at Los Angeles International Airport

FEMA provided technical assistance for the first Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test for an international airport last week. The successful test to Los Angeles World Airports on Jan. 15 covered the entire Los Angeles International Airport campus and surrounding areas, estimated to be 3,300 acres with the potential to reach about 63,000 people.


FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System program assisted with the following: emphasis on extensive public and internal outreach efforts, message content, pre-testing, employee positioning throughout the airport to monitor execution, surveying the public at the conclusion of the test, and verifying that all major carriers received the test. The Los Angeles International Airport focused on readiness of emergency management personnel, evaluation of policies and procedures, and effectiveness of WEA distribution to a large transient population.


For more information on IPAWS and program efforts, visit the FEMA website.

Upcoming Deadlines and Reminders

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Application Period Closes Jan. 31

The application deadline for the 2019 Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants is 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 31.  All eligible applicants must submit completed materials by 3 p.m. on the FEMA Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal.


Contact the eGrants support team by Jan. 29 for help resolving system issues.


FEMA Holds Nonprofit Security Grant Program Webinars

FEMA is hosting a series of webinars focused on the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.  The grant program provides funding support for physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations and promotes emergency preparedness coordination and collaboration between public and private community representatives as well as state and local government agencies.


Each webinar will present the same content, including an overview of the grant, information on program eligibility and allowable costs, and a moderated question and answer session.


The webinars will be held at 2:30 p.m. ET throughout the next two months. 


To participate:

  • FEMA Teleconference:

Feb 4: 1-866–454-4207 PIN: 368026#

Feb 12: 1-866-454-4207 PIN: 368026#

Feb. 26: 1-877-446-3914 PIN: 289309# 

March 5: 1-877-446-3915 PIN: 289309#

March 12: 1-877-446-3916 PIN: 289309#

March 19: 1-877-446-3917 PIN: 289309#

March 26: 1-877-446-3918 PIN: 289309#



An additional webinar will be held at 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 20 and will focus on other DHS and FEMA resources for the faith community. To participate: FEMA Adobe Connect.


If you have any questions regarding these webinars, please contact FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate Information Desk at 1-800-368-6498.  Visit the FEMA website for more information on the NSGP.

FEMA Podcast Episode 63: Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Respect: FEMA’s Pub 1

On this episode, listen to a discussion with FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor about how Pub 1 and FEMA core values form the foundation of who we are, what we believe, and who we want to be.


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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