FEMA EMI Higher Education Program Conference Call, Jan 17

2:00-3:00 PM ET


800-320-4330, PIN: 376368


Please join us. Learn from the emergency management academic community about what is new and exciting in their world. Find out about ongoing projects and discuss higher education community needs that the Higher Education Program can address. Contact Wendy Walsh, Wendy.walsh@fema.dhs.gov  with your discussion topics.

Alliance for Response Webinars, Dec 18, 19, 20 & 30

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation is hosting several webinars in December to prepare institutions for emergencies and disasters.  

  • Beyond the Plan: Maintaining a Culture of Preparedness with Valerie Marlowe (12/18)
  • Widening the Circle: Including Performing Arts Organizations in Disaster Networks with Tom Clareson (12/19)
  • Spark Interest in Preparedness: Gaining Buy-in with Becky Fifield (12/20)
  • Navigating Response Structure with Rebecca Elder (12/30)


Webinars will run from 2:00-3:00 pm EST. You can register for all programs by visiting http://learning.culturalheritage.org/responders See attached for a flyer that can be shared with your network.


These programs will be run through FAIC’s new education platform—note that participants will need to create an account with AIC and FAIC in order to register. Any questions about setting up an account can be directed to membership@culturalheritage.org.

CDBG-DR Problem Solving Clinic – March 31 – April 2

HUD is hosting a Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Problem Solving Clinic in Chicago, IL to educate CDBG-DR recipients on how to successfully and compliantly implement their disaster recovery programs. The clinic will include trainings, peer to peer sessions and one-on-one meetings with HUD and CDBG-DR expert staff to help grantees understand:

  • CDBG-DR basics
  • CDBG-MIT basics and implementation
  • Federal Register Notices applicable to their allocations
  • Administrative, financial and cross-cutting requirements
  • Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR)
  • Useful tips and best practices for launching, designing and implementing a CDBG-DR program


Training Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand complex rules and requirements to ensure that communities are better able to recover from and mitigate the effects of natural disasters
  • Understand the Federal Register Notice and cross-cutting requirements to ensure recipients are responding to recovery needs in a compliant manner


Who Should Attend?

This training is for active CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT grantees and their subrecipients’ staff only. Due to the limited availability of training seats, for-profit corporations, consultants, and consulting firms are not permitted to register for the CDBG-DR Problem Solving Clinic.


Training Point of Contact

CDBG-DR Clinic Registrar | trainings@hudexchange.info

NIMS Finance/Administration Section Courses Webinars, Dec 17 & 19

FEMA is pleased to release the NIMS Incident Command System (ICS) All Hazard Position Specific (AHPS) refreshed Finance/Administration Section courses of instruction: EL 0973 and EL 0975 during the week of December 16, 2019.



  • E/L0973: NIMS ICS AHPS Finance/Administration Section Chief
  • E/L0975: NIMS ICS AHPS Finance/Administration Unit Leader


E/L0973 Finance/Administration Section Chief is to provide Federal, State, and local-level emergency responders with an overview of key duties and responsibilities of a Finance/Administration Section Chief in a Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT).


E/L 975 Finance/Administration Unit Leader is to provide federal, state, and local-level emergency responders with an overview of key duties and responsibilities of the four Finance/Administration Unit Leader Type III positions in a Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT).


EMI will be hosting a series of rollout webinars for our Stakeholders, Training Partners, and Instructors. The dates and times of the webinars:

  • December 17, 2019 at 11:00 am (EST)
  • December 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm (EST)
  • December 19, 2019 at 11:00 am (EST)
  • December 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm (EST)


The webinars will be presented in our NIMS ICS Training Forum – Adobe Connect platform here:


How to Participate:

  • Open the Adobe Connect platform at NIMS ICS Training Forum
    • Please sign in as a guest using the following format:
      • Last Name, First Name, ST (example: Patrick, Robert, MD)
  • You may use the audio from the Adobe Connect system or call into the FEMA Teleconference call-in: 800-320-4330, PIN 884976

EMS Compass 2019 revision released

Initially released in 2016, the EMS Compass is a set of 14 quality measures EMS stakeholders can use to evaluate performance and improve systems of care.


The EMS Compass was recently revised by the National EMS Quality Alliance (NEMSQA). The August 2019 revision updates 11 of the 14 proposed measures of care within the topics of Hypoglycemia, Pediatrics, Seizure, Stroke, Trauma, and Safety. Quality measures look at clinical process, patient experience and patient safety within these topics.


EMS Compass is intended to be a guide but is not a standard or requirement and is not intended to measure every aspect of EMS performance. NEMSQA plans to use feedback provided by EMS stakeholders to improve on the measure set in the future.


To support the 11 measures, NEMSQA also offers flowcharts, worksheets, frequently asked questions and a specification table. In addition, they provide electronic specifications for information technology departments with measure implementation and data extraction.


Funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, EMS Compass was originally developed by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO). The American College of Emergency Physicians took over the contract in 2017, and now the contract is managed by the NEMSQA.


Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a new set of 48 Core Capability Development Sheets updated with standardized capability targets for the Prevention, Protection, and Mitigation Mission Areas. The updated sheets also include a reference to PrepTalks on each mission area cover sheet and updated URLs and trainings.


First released in June 2017, each Core Capability Development Sheet provides the core capability definition and 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. By using this information, jurisdictions can improve their capabilities and close gaps identified in the Stakeholder Preparedness Review or other assessments.


The FEMA Core Capability Development Sheets are posted on the FEMA Technical Assistance Program Web site (https://www.fema.gov/fema-technical-assistance-program) and on MAX.gov in the password-protected Unified Reporting Tool that state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions use to develop their Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment.


Spread the word on your favorite social media platforms using #corecapability, and please send questions and feedback to FEMA-TArequest@fema.dhs.gov.

Supply Chain Risk Management for the Health Sector Webinar, Dec 19

The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) will host their monthly webinar threat briefing series to discuss actionable cybersecurity threats and mitigation practices for the Healthcare and Public Health sector.


The next briefing “Supply Chain Risk Management” is scheduled for December 19th, 2019, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Future briefings will be on a monthly basis. These unclassified briefings are open to professionals in the healthcare industry.


To receive the webinar meeting details and more information, please contact HC3@hhs.gov