Center for Homeland Defense and Security Brief in Florida

Leadership from the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) will be delivering an Executive Briefing regarding NPS/CHDS educational programs and resources available at no cost to law enforcement, fire, EMS, public health, emergency management and other public safety and homeland security officials.


The briefing will last approximately one hour, and there will be ample time during and after the briefing for questions/answers and information exchange with NPS/CHDS staff.


NPS/CHDS has been the nation’s premier provider of Homeland Security graduate and executive level education since 2002.  They have pioneered the development and delivery of Homeland Security education programs for governors, mayors, and mid to senior level homeland security leaders from across the country representing a wide spectrum of disciplines in local, tribal, state, territorial and federal government, the private sector and military.  CHDS programs, which include executive education and master’s degree programs, focus on strategy, policy, and developing critical thinking and leadership skills for participants.  Additionally, these educational programs are fully sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agent (FEMA), so there is no cost to attend except for the participant’s time away from the agency.


Chiefs, sheriffs, department directors, managers, training officers along with all interested mid-level officials are strongly encouraged to attend the briefing.  This is a unique opportunity for your organization to participate in some of the nation’s most highly regarded Homeland Security education programs.  Please forward this invitation to other area agency heads and public safety and public service leaders who you think may be interested in these programs and resources.


For website information on FREE Master’s degree and Executive Leaders programs visit


A short video that explains our mission and why folks should care is found here:



Monday, January 29, 10am – Panama City, FL.

Place:  Bay County Emergency Operations Center / Gulf Coast State College Public Safety Campus (700 Highway 2300 Panama City, FL 32409)              

Please RSVP via email to:  Sherry Hatton at


Tuesday, January 30, 10am – Tallahassee, FL.

Host: Leon County Sheriff’s Office (2825 Municipal Way Tallahassee FL 32304


Wednesday, January 31, 10am – Jacksonville, FL

Date: Wednesday, 31 January at 10am

Place: 980 North Jefferson Street Jacksonville, Florida 32209 at the North Florida TPO (right next to the FDLE Training and Meeting Center most of you are familiar with)


Please RSVP to:     Brandi Goff (


Emergency Management Performance Grant Survey

IAEM-USA is conducting our 11th annual survey seeking information from US local government and tribal emergency management offices about Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding. We need your help!


We are again conducting a joint effort with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). NEMA is using a separate survey monkey for state directors to report on state activities. IAEM is seeking input from local and tribal jurisdictions. NEMA will analyze the state data, and IAEM-USA will analyze the local and tribal data. Once the data has been compiled, IAEM and NEMA will write a joint report to be distributed to key policy makers on Capitol Hill and within the Trump Administration.


We’ve made significant progress in recent years educating Members of Congress on the importance of building and maintaining strong emergency management programs at the local level, as well as the role of funding, particularly EMPG funding, in building such programs. We are pleased the House and Senate both appropriated $350 million for FY2018, but we face much uncertainty in the coming years and will need to be prepared to defend and maintain the current appropriation for EMPG. We will also need to be ready with ironclad data to make a case for a long over-due funding increase for EMPG.


The narrative questions at the end of the survey are of particular importance. If you have examples of how EMPG was directly related to an emergency response or EM program activity, we would like to cite those in our effort to “paint the picture” on the importance of EMPG.


The survey is available at


A PDF version of the survey is available at


Please complete the survey by COB on January 26th.  Should you need to exit the survey prior to completing it, you can return to your survey from the same computer any time by 6:00p ET on January 26 to finish by following the link provided above.


For tech support or administrative inquiries, please contact Zoe Renfro at


For inquiries related to the survey questions and their significance, please contact Thad Hughley at

Notice of Funding Opportunity for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

FEMA announced that the annual funding opportunity for the Fiscal Year 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) is now open, and the application period will close on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5 p.m. (Eastern). The Fiscal Year 2017 AFG program will award $310.5 million to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters against fire-related deaths and hazards.


Applicant tools, including the AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity, for this program will be available at and at Further, the “Get Ready Guide” may also be useful for potential applicants and is provided to answer questions and to help prepare grant applications.


For fire departments/applicants requiring assistance please visit, or contact the AFG Help Desk at or 1-866-274-0960.

FEMA and Interagency Partners Release Draft National Mitigation Investment Strategy for Public Comment

For our nation to become more resilient, we must develop a more effective and efficient way to invest in mitigation. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security tasked the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) to develop a National Mitigation Investment Strategy (Investment Strategy). As of January 11, the public is encouraged to review the draft Investment Strategy and provide comment. The draft Investment Strategy makes a series of recommendations, organized by six desired outcomes which, if met, could result in a nation better equipped for, and less vulnerable to, natural hazards. The draft Investment Strategy provides a national approach to investments in mitigation activities and risk management across federal, state, local, and territorial and tribal government and the private and non-profit sectors.


The MitFLG invites ideas about investment from all levels of government and key stakeholders, including private businesses, citizens, vulnerable and at-risk populations, critical infrastructure sectors, and non-profit, academic, and philanthropic organizations. This feedback on the draft strategy’s proposed outcomes, and how as a nation we can deliver those outcomes, is vital.


The draft Investment Strategy is now available on the National Mitigation Framework website at Comments on the draft Investment Strategy will be accepted until March 11, 2018 either through email to or through the IdeaScale site at


To learn more about FEMA’s commitment to the National Mitigation Investment Strategy and building a true culture of preparedness across all communities, read Investing in Mitigation to Build a More Resilient Nation at

Hospital Emergency Coordinator Training Courses

Augusta University is offering a two-day classroom-based course.  The course provides students with an introduction to emergency management principles, key components and regulations of emergency preparedness and response programs. Upon completion of the Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator (CHEC) Basic course, the hospital emergency coordinator (HEC) will be able to demonstrate the ability to make critical decisions needed to reduce the potential threats to life and property using an “all hazards” approach to disaster management. This will be accomplished by making certain that the HEC: understands the components of the overall healthcare system, knows the threats to the hospital and the community, understand the emergency planning process, understands emergency management principles and can demonstrate effective leadership during an incident. The course focuses on tasks and skills that have been identified as essential to the role of the HEC.


These courses are occurring at:

  • Derry, NH (Feb 14-16)
  • Cheverly, MD (March 14-16)


Register at:

Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide Webinar

FEMA recently released the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide (Guide) and will update and supersede the current FEMA Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance issued in 2010. Both the current as well as the newly revised Guides are available online at To phase in the implementation, the new Guide will becomes effective later this year on December 5, 2018. 


The Guide will provide direction to FEMA officials as they interpret regulatory requirements in their review and approval of tribal mitigation plans. The underlying regulatory requirements for the review and approval of tribal mitigation planning in the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR Part 201) have not changed.


FEMA engaged tribal governments throughout the development of the Guide, including tribal consultations in 2016 and 2017. This update will facilitate tribal governments’ successful development and adoption of mitigation plans.


FEMA will provide additional information to tribal governments through national and regional webinars. The first webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23, at 4 p.m. EST.


To join the webinar:

Adobe Connect:

Audio dial in: 1-800-320-4330

Participant Code: 905506


More information on the requirement to have a FEMA-approved tribal mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain assistance from FEMA, such as from Public Assistance (Categories C through G) after a presidentially-declared disaster, Hazard Mitigation Assistance, and /or Fire Mitigation Assistance Grants, can be found on FEMA’s website at  Additional information on FEMA’s mitigation planning program can be found at

FEMA Announces the Release of the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide

FEMA recently released the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide (Guide). Effective next December, the Guide will be FEMA’s official policy on tribal mitigation planning requirements and will supersede the Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance issued in 2010. The underlying regulatory requirements for tribal mitigation planning in 44 CFR Part 201 have not changed.


Tribal mitigation plans are community-driven, living documents that tribal governments use to strengthen and protect their land and people from the negative impact of natural events like floods and wildfires. They are a pre-requisite for certain kinds of non-emergency disaster assistance.


FEMA engaged tribal governments throughout the development of the Guide, including tribal consultations in 2016 and 2017. These consultations yielded over 350 comments from federally-recognized tribes and other interested parties. The result of the update is a more streamlined document that provides greater clarity regarding FEMA mitigation planning requirements. This update will facilitate tribal governments’ successful development and adoption of mitigation plans.


FEMA will hold a national webinar on the updated policy on January 23, 2018 at 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) to provide more information to tribal governments about the updated policy. Additional outreach will be completed through the FEMA Regions.


The 2010 Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance is still in effect until December 2018. As a reference, the 2018 Tribal Guide is available in the FEMA library. For more information on the Guide or the outreach webinar, please contact your Regional Tribal Liaison or the Regional Mitigation Planning Lead in your Region.