Mobilizing an International Solution to Support Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees Webcast, Aug 3


10:00 A.M. ET (DC, New York), 9:00 A.M. CT (Chicago, Bogota, Lima), 7:00 A.M. PT (Los Angeles, Vancouver)

The international community pledged more than $1.5 billion in grants and loans during a high-level donor conference in June to support the Venezuelan migrants and refugees who comprise the world’s second largest external displacement crisis. Beyond financial contributions, the convening focused attention on the longer-term integration needs and strategies that host countries are pursuing, including regularization initiatives.

Reflecting on the short- and medium-term challenges facing Venezuelans in South America and the Caribbean, Venezuelan diaspora leaders and civil society members will explore what the donor conference achieved and discuss promising partnerships and initiatives. Speakers also will examine the protection and integration needs of Venezuelans, including for Afro-descendant, indigenous, female, and LGBTQ+ populations, and the role of the private sector in fulfilling these needs. Panelists will also assess how the funding from the 2020 high-level donor conference was used, its effectiveness in addressing Venezuelans’ needs, and what gaps remain.

Spanish-English interpretation will be provided.

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Syrian Emergency Task Force: On the humanitarian catastrophe in Daraa at the hands of the Assad Regime and Russia

WASHINGTON D.C., – On June 24, 2021 a siege was imposed on the southern Syrian neighborhood of Daraa al-Balad in Daraa, blocking its 40,000 residents’ mobility, access to food, medical care, water, electricity, and the internet. The siege’s aim is to force the people of Daraa al-Balad to comply with a series of Regime and Russian requests including the handover of individuals, light weapons, storming of civilian homes, and setting up regime security checkpoints in the area. These actions are in violation of the negotiated framework of the 2018 Russian-brokered “National Reconciliation Agreement,” which the Regime has continuously violated. The Regime and Russia have threatened to bring in Iranian and Hezbollah militias, if the residents of Daraa al-Balad do not comply with their requests. 

On July 18, head of the Military Security Service Brigadier General Loay al-Ali, threatened to completely demolish the Omari Mosque if the residents failed to comply. Furthermore, on Thursday, July 22, a series of attacks resulted in civilian casualties: (1) Forces affiliated with the Fourth Division and Military Security indiscriminately targeted the homes of civilians in the neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad with missiles. (2) One civilian was killed and another wounded as a result of a shooting attack carried out by unknown persons, in Daraa’s northern countryside. (3) Assad’s forces targeted with heavy machine guns houses inside the besieged areas of Daraa al-Balad. Furthermore, on Saturday and Sunday of the same week, Assad forces sent heavy military reinforcements to the city of Daraa, to which the Daraa Police Commander Brigadier General Dirar Dandel said, “There is no talk about opening the neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad now, and whoever does not want a settlement must leave.” He added that the military columns that were brought to Daraa are to carry out the tasks of the security and military command in the governorate, and to oversee implementation of the Assad regime’s demands of the people of Daraa.

SETF strongly condemns the aforementioned acts by the Assad Regime and its allies, compounding their long list of gross war crimes and human rights violations over the past decade while the international community turns a blind eye. SETF calls for immediate action by the United States and the international community to alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Daraa. The United States and United Nations must take action to help resolve the crisis in  Daraa al-Balad while ensuring the safety and dignity of its people. 

Press contact:
Celeste Brevard
Director of Communications, Syrian Emergency Task Force 

Call your representatives. Ask them to hold the Assad Regime accountable for their war crimes.

FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test on August 11th

In coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, FEMA will conduct a nationwide test to assess the capabilities of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert at 2:20 p.m. ET on Aug. 11, with a backup date of Aug. 25.

The Emergency Alert System test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly test messages with which the public is familiar.

Development of first ever Public Health IDP tool — public health experts needed

Expert feedback from public health professionals is needed on a comprehensive career exploration and planning system for all graduate (and undergraduate) students in public health. This resource being developed will be a Public Health Individual Development Plan (IDP) resource that is similar to existing IDP systems for the sciences (myIDP) and humanities and social sciences (ImaginePhD). As part of the development process, experts are needed on specific career areas within public health who can provide ratings for the Skills and Tasks assessments. This would involve completing a survey to rate 68 skills and 45 tasks for the primary career cluster in which you work. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey must be completed by Aug. 20. Learn more and view the survey online.

Turbo Grants Survey Report 2021 is now available

The MMC conducted a national survey to solicit feedback on the development of a National Mitigation Resource Portal. A report summarizes the key findings, including current practices and barriers to applying for mitigation grants; needs and potential uses of the National Mitigation Resource Portal; and the portal’s key features that aid decision-making. The survey report is available on the NIBS website.

IAEM seeks to recognize COVID public education materials

IAEM is on a search for things that are unique, amazing, and quite memorable. We need the help of our incredible members, colleagues, partners, friends, and everyone in the communities in which we live and serve. We are seeking to find any sort of media that has been, or is being, used to help educate the public about COVID-19. The spectrum is broad. We are looking for ANY campaign that has had a positive effect from the very beginning of the COVID pandemic, when we desperately needed to get the word out about this disease to the public, and every step along the way. IAEM is conducting a contest to gather these campaigns, through submissions, and we want to recognize the “best of the best” that are submitted. We also want to be clear that we want to share these great ideas so that we can be a partner in helping to create a healthier population in our world going forward. Nominations should be submitted online via the IAEM website through Aug. 16. Any questions can be directed to Rebecca Campbell.

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), American Rescue Plan Webinars, Aug 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10 & 12

EDA is hosting a series of webinars in August about the newly announced EDA funding opportunities through the American Rescue Plan. The application process is now open. Deadlines vary based on program.

For those who have not been able to join an “EDA 101 and American Rescue Plan” webinar, we will host an additional “EDA 101 and American Rescue Plan” webinar on Wednesday, August 4 at 2 p.m. EDT.

For those who are ready to dig into our specific programs we have a number of opportunities over the next few weeks.

To register for a webinar, click on the links below:

Build Back Better Regional Challenge Webinar

Monday, August 2 – 2 p.m. EDT

Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Webinar

Tuesday, August 3 –2 p.m. EDT

Coal Communities Commitment Webinar

Thursday, August 5 – 2 p.m. EDT

Research & Networks Webinar

Friday, August 6 – 2 p.m. EDT

Economic Adjustment Assistance Webinar

Monday, August 9 – 2 p.m. EDT

Indigenous Communities Webinar

Tuesday, August 10 – 2 p.m. EDT

Good Jobs Challenge Webinar

Thursday, August 12 – 2 p.m. EDT

NEMA seeks nominations for the Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award by August 27

The nominations period for the Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award has opened and will close on Aug. 27. This award is presented to an individual that has made cumulative outstanding contributions directly to emergency management preparedness, mitigation, response or recovery at a local, state, regional or national level. These career accomplishments in emergency management should be of unusual merit. The award may be presented in conjunction with the NEMA Annual Forum on Oct. 14 in Cleveland, Ohio. The NEMA Board of Directors, past presidents and previous recipients are responsible for reviewing nominations and making award determinations. The group is interested in specific activities and accomplishments of the nominee rather than general background. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations should include a one-page summary of those accomplishments or activities you believe merit consideration for an award. Nominations must include the nominations form and should be submitted to

FEMA EMI Higher Education Program Conference Call, Aug 20

The next HiEd Community Call is Friday, August 20, 2021 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET. Link to the community call. Meeting ID: 160 4678 0270, Password: 621901. This is an informal call — all are welcome. We scheduled one or two short presentations at the beginning of the call as well as an open forum for discussion about ongoing projects and opportunities for collaboration. If you would like to be a presenter on a future call, send an email with your name, topic and a short description of your presentation to 

Part of a New Community: The Integration of Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees in South America Webcast, July 29

10:00 A.M. ET (DC, New York), 9:00 A.M. CT (Chicago, Bogota, Lima), 7:00 A.M. PT (Los Angeles, Vancouver)

With their country in turmoil, 80 percent of the more than 5.6 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees who have left Venezuela have settled across Latin America. Six years on, it is clear this situation is no longer temporary and host governments have begun the shift from the provision of humanitarian aid for new arrivals to their longer-term integration into the labor market, health-care and education systems, and local communities. These integration efforts not only aid the newcomers but also benefit the communities where they live, strengthening economic development, public health, and social equity and cohesion.
Join us for a discussion featuring a new Migration Policy Institute-International Organization for Migration (IOM) analysis on the socioeconomic integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in South America, using data from IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix, along with other research. This sociodemographic profile examines Venezuelans’ levels of economic inclusion, education, access to health care, and social cohesion in the five countries that together host more than 70 percent of this migrant population worldwide: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
On this webinar, speakers will explore the progress of Venezuelans’ integration experiences over the past six years considering evolving regional and national policies, the COVID-19 pandemic, and changing migration dynamics. Looking at these trends and insights, the conversation will focus on the opportunities and challenges that exist to support effective policymaking that will benefit both Venezuelan migrants and refugees and the communities where they are rebuilding their lives.

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