DHS/CISA schedules two Active Shooter Preparedness Webinars on Dec. 2 and 3

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Region VII has scheduled two sessions of its Active Shooter Preparedness Webinar, a two-hour condensed virtual version of its eight-hour in-person training to enhance awareness of and response to an active shooter event. Preparing employees for a potential active shooter incident is an integral component of an organization’s incident response planning. Because active shooter incidents are unpredictable and evolve quickly, preparing for and knowing what to do in an active shooter situation can be the difference between life and death. Every second counts. Here are the details:

Joint publication ‘A Pandemic Playbook for Transportation Agencies’ issued

Understanding pandemics, their impacts to transportation, and potential effective response has become more important, not only for the response to COVID-19, but also if, as the World Health Organization warns, we are now “living in a time of viruses.” The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and Transit Cooperative Research Program have jointly issued this pre-publication draft of NCHRP Research Report 963/TCRP Research Report 225: A Pandemic Playbook for Transportation Agencies, which was created to improve transportation agency responses to a pandemic. The Playbook concentrates on what needs to be done, when and by whom. It briefly addresses planning for a pandemic, a topic addressed in greater depth in NCHRP Report 769: A Guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response. It summarizes effective practices currently used by transportation agencies based on interviews with state departments of transportation and transit agency leaders and operational personnel, supplemented with national and international research results.

PPE Preservation Toolkit available online

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthcare Resilience Working Group released a toolkit to help organizations implement Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) preservation strategies that may prevent or mitigate PPE shortages during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Users can enter their organization’s data into the toolkit to compare how PPE usage and supply duration changes with the following scenarios: without implementation of preservation strategies; with implementation of an initial set of preservation strategies; and with implementation of initial and additional preservation strategies. The Toolkit can be used as a complement with other tools that calculate PPE burn rates based on historic use. The “PPE Preservation Planning Toolkit” is the only tool designed specifically for planning purposes to provide estimates of the impact of implementation of preservation strategies on PPE burn rate and supply longevity. See the PPE Preservation Planning Toolkit Fact Sheet for more information and links to the other elements of the Toolkit, the Guide and the Tool.

FEMA seeks stakeholder feedback on updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101 by Jan 25

FEMA is seeking feedback on the updated “Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.” CPG 101 provides guidelines on developing emergency operations plans and promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of community-based, risk-informed planning and decision making to help planners examine a threat or hazard and produce integrated, coordinated and synchronized plans. This guidance was recently updated to align with new and updated policies and programs, providing additional tools and maintaining the flexibility and scalability of the document while expanding on the role of whole community partners. FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinar sessions to discuss changes to the updated CPG 101 and gather feedback from whole community partners. The sessions will include facilitated discussions with stakeholders to help improve the existing draft. This national engagement period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. EST, on Jan. 25, 2021. To review the document and learn more about the webinar sessions, visit the FEMA website.

FEMA offers public comment on disaster grant closeout procedure by Dec 10

FEMA seeks comments on revisions to a recovery policy about disaster grant closeout procedures. The draft version of “Recovery Policy FP 205-081-2 Stafford Act Section 705, Disaster Grant Closeout Procedures” establishes when FEMA can recover payments made through the Public Assistance (PA) program. It applies to all potential recoveries of payments made to state, tribal and local government recipients and subrecipients for funding. Section 1216(c) of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 amends the statute of limitations in Stafford Act Section 705 for recovering payments made to state, tribal and local governments. Stafford Act Section 705 does not apply to private nonprofits. The revised policy states FEMA may not start administrative actions to recover funding after three years from the date the recipient submits certification of completion for a large project or all small projects. The revision also specifies when the three-year period starts for small and large PA projects. The policy revision can be viewed on the FEMA website. Comments on the policy are due by Dec. 10.

Prescribed Burn Associations: Different Models for Different Places Webinar, Dec 10

12-1:30pm EST

There is broad understanding and agreement lately that there is a need to substantially increase the use of prescribed fire to create landscape resiliency, protect communities and ensure a safe and effective wildfire response. In response, more and more Prescribed Burn Associations are forming.  Please join us as we visit with nine practitioners involved with Prescribed Burn Associations to learn about their models for implementation, their challenges and successes, and how you might start a similar organization where you live.

Register at: https://tnc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkdu6hrzwsG9ARp33PJj02UQiMdt-2tUq7

Pandemic in the Prairies Webinar, Dec 3

3-4pm EST

This webinar will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on rural agencies’ operations, including patrol, jail operations, and court security.

Register at: https://nsa.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=nsa&nomenu=false&main_url=/mc3300/meetingcenter/default.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dnsa%26rnd%3D6204905684%26main_url%3D%252Fmc3300%252Fe.do%253Fsiteurl%253Dnsa%2526AT%253DMI%2526EventID%253D1146485702%2526UID%253D559012282%2526Host%253DQUhTSwAAAAQeZID5QH0z5wsLw1ur2pwDuhRwPxGWCmzzh9ZSBE2wSNx_Qlo78PRAMvLTYt4y5RV9RSzdTaoH9f6xHJjRFfiZ0%2526RG%253D1%2526FrameSet%253D2%2526RGID%253Drb86c8c61d461ac3791f0942887309274

Disaster PRIMR Conference, Jan 31-Feb 4

Disaster PRIMR Conference, Jan 31-Feb 4, 2021: College Station, TX

January 31-February 4, 2021

University Engagement in Disaster Preparedness Response Innovation Mitigation & Recovery

In recent years, the State of Texas has suffered from the effects of hurricanes like Harvey, Katrina, and others; floods in Houston and Dallas; fires in Bastrop; droughts across the State; earthquakes in North Texas caused by Oklahoma earthquake swarms; oil spills in the Gulf; and chemical fires and explosions like in West, Port Neches, and Texas City, and also the latest pandemic. However, Texas is not alone, as other states in the region have had their own share of disasters. As a result, many private, public, non-governmental, and governmental organizations, have developed an extensive body of knowledge and experience on preparedness for, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from, major disasters caused by natural phenomena and human actions.

Register at: https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=13851