Radiation Epidemiology: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Webinar, Feb 28

How to participate: Access the webinar online, or call in at 888-469-0956 using participant passcode 2632703.
About the webinar; The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ (CDC) Emergency Management, Radiation, and Chemical Branch presents this webinar, featuring one of the world’s most renowned radiation epidemiologists, Dr. John Boice, professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and president of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Dr. Boice will present on what distinguishes a well-designed study (“the good”) from a flawed study (“the bad”) and how the results of epidemiologic studies are misused or misrepresented (“the ugly”).



The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requests that qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) submit an application to be considered for appointment.

The NAC is a federal advisory committee of up to 35 members that advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and the private sector on federal plans, programs, and strategies for all hazards. The NAC provides consensus recommendations to the Administrator and gives FEMA access to expertise, information, and advice on a broad range of issues. Topics of recent recommendations included provision of medical countermeasures, duplication of benefits in the Individual Assistance Program, and tribal partnerships training.

NAC members represent a geographically diverse mix of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, tribes and the private sector. Individuals appointed to these positions represent the whole community and bring their experience and expertise, along with their diversity of views and willingness to express them.

FEMA is now accepting applications for open positions in the following discipline areas:

  • Elected Local Government Official (one representative appointment)
  • Elected State Government Official (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Management Field (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Response Providers, which includes fire, law enforcement, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, and organizations representing emergency response providers (two representative appointments)
  • Communications Expert, an expert in communications infrastructure, public safety and first responder communications systems and networks, and/or broadcast, cable, satellite, wireless, or wireline services and networks (one Special Government Employee, or SGE)
  • Cybersecurity Expert, an expert in protecting and defending information and communications systems from damage, unauthorized use or modification, or exploitation, (one SGE)
  • In-Patient Medical Provider, a provider of medical care to patients admitted to a healthcare facility, such as a hospital or skilled nursing facility (one SGE)
  • Administrator Selections (up to two SGE appointments)

All appointments are for three-year terms beginning in September 2018. Applications must be received on or before March 18, 2018.

Detailed instructions on how to apply can be found at: http://www.fema.gov/membership-applications and in the forthcoming Federal Register notice.

DHS Statement On NBC News Coverage Of Election Hacking


February 12, 2018


WASHINGTON – Today, Jeanette Manfra, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, released the following statement regarding the recent NBC news coverage on the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to combat election hacking.

“Recent NBC reporting has misrepresented facts and confused the public with regard to Department of Homeland Security and state and local government efforts to combat election hacking.  First off, let me be clear: we have no evidence – old or new – that any votes in the 2016 elections were manipulated by Russian hackers.  NBC News continues to falsely report my recent comments on attempted election hacking – which clearly mirror my testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last summer – as some kind of “breaking news,” incorrectly claiming a shift in the administration’s position on cyber threats.  As I said eight months ago, a number of states were the target of Russian government cyber actors seeking vulnerabilities and access to U.S. election infrastructure. In the majority of cases, only preparatory activity like scanning was observed, while in a small number of cases, actors were able to access the system but we have no evidence votes were changed or otherwise impacted.


“NBC’s irresponsible reporting, which is being roundly criticized elsewhere in the media and by security experts alike, undermines the ability of the Department of Homeland Security, our partners at the Election Assistance Commission, and state and local officials across the nation to do our incredibly important jobs. While we’ll continue our part to educate NBC and others on the threat, more importantly, the Department of Homeland Security and our state and local partners will continue our mission to secure the nation’s election systems.


“To our state and local partners in the election community: there’s no question we’re making real and meaningful progress together. States will do their part in how they responsibly manage and implement secure voting processes.  For our part, we’re going to continue to support with risk and vulnerability assessments, offer cyber hygiene scans, provide real-time threat intel feeds, issue security clearances to state officials, partner on incident response planning, and deliver cybersecurity training. The list goes on of how we’re leaning forward and helping our partners in the election community.  We will not stop, and will stand by our partners to protect our nation’s election infrastructure and ensure that all Americans can have confidence in our democratic elections.”

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Memo, News Articles and Statements

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Memo




News Articles:


GOP lawmaker calls for FBI, DOJ officials to face ‘treason’ charges



House intelligence chairman says has not read documents underlying memo



Trump tweets memo ‘totally vindicates’ him in Russia inquiry



Rep. Schiff: Nunes gave Trump ‘secretly altered’ version of classified memo




Additional Information:

CDC offers radiation emergency communication tools

In the event of a radiation emergency, whether intentional or accidental, emergency managers can play an important role in making certain the public receives timely and accurate information that will be helpful in saving lives. There are Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resources available online that focus on the key information that people should know: protection in a radiation emergency; types of radiation emergencies; health effects of radiation; and medical treatments. CDC tools for professionals include: FAQ sheets, a media toolkit, communication tools, training, and messaging. It all starts here on the CDC website.

New version of Hazus is released

FEMA’s nationally applicable, standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, hurricane winds, and tsunamis has been upgraded to version 4.2. Hazus 4.2 is now compatible with ArcGIS 10.5.1. The new software can be downloaded at no charge from the Map Service Center (MSC) download page. Additional enhancements and changes to the Hazus software include: major processing time reductions for hydrology and hydraulics within level 1 flood; additional supported formats for level 2 flood depth grid import; high resolution ShakeMaps now compatible, with faster import times; restoration of the Fire Following Earthquake (FFE) module; and improvements to the Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS) for easier import of user data. Also included are numerous upgrades making Hazus easier to use for U.S. territories and custom international applications, and the inclusion of additional historical data. These upgrades will allow Hazus users to evaluate risk and potential losses from multiple hazards faster than ever.


FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on 109 NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 pm EST on February 27, 2018. The National Engagement Period provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the job titles/position qualifications and resource typing definitions.

NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all types of threats and hazards.

To review the NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions, go to: https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement.

To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.