The Future of International Policing: Increasing Effectiveness and Impact through Global Partnership Facebook Live, Feb 24

The Police Division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peace Operations, together with the African Union, European Union and INTERPOL, cordially invite you to participate in a webinar on the “Future of International Policing: Increasing Effectiveness and Impact through Global Partnerships”.

COVID-19 has brought the essence of international policing into greater focus. International police women and men are among the most visible representatives of the African Union, European Union, INTERPOL and the United Nations in the countries where they are deployed. As first responders, they continue to support host-State authorities to maintain law and order, protect civilians, and engage with local populations through patrolling and community-oriented policing amid the new normal of the pandemic by adapting and innovating.

This webinar will provide a platform to discuss how to further increase the effectiveness and overall impact of international policing through an exchange of experiences and ideas with leading practitioners. It will consider the implications of COVID-19, which has exacerbated existing security, political and socio-economic schisms, as well as new trends and innovations improving the implementation of mandated tasks and, importantly, facilitating greater safety and security for those communities most in need. The event thereby provides an opportunity to lay out a road map of opportunities to enhance collaboration on peace and security between the African Union, European Union, INTERPOL and the United Nations drawing on their unique capabilities and comparative strengths.

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Response Planning and Implementation Webinar, March 4

2-3pm ET

This webinar will feature emergency management experts in regions where Historical Black College and Universities (HBCU) are located and who will provide pertinent information to increase these institutions resilience.  Also, this webinar will address the HBCU COVID-19 Case Study.

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Survey Consultations on UNDRR’s Strategic Framework 2022-2025

UNDRR is currently undergoing a series of external consultations for our new Strategic Framework 2022-2025. As such, UNDRR would greatly appreciate and welcome your participation in this process by completing the following survey by February 25.

Attached you will also find a high-level Logframe as well as a short narrative to accompany the Logframe. Both documents serve as background for the questions referred to in the survey. The narrative describes the thought process that went into the development of the new Strategic Framework and a broad description of the Strategic Objectives and new areas of work UNDRR hopes to undertake over the next five years.

Should you have any questions, please email them to

Seeking Participants: FEMA Stakeholder Workshops

FEMA ICPD is hosting stakeholder workshops to help us prepare a Learning Agenda that identifies high-level questions that can guide our research for the next several years. Our first round of workshops were full of engaging discussions, innovating ideas and new connections. With that success, we want to increase the spaces available for our upcoming workshops. ICPD is extending the invitation and information below. Please take a moment to consider signing up or sharing with anyone you think may be interested in participating!

Workshop Information:  

This disaster preparedness Learning Agenda will help community members, emergency management practitioners, organizational and community leaders, and government officials build a culture of preparedness by identifying key questions and areas of interest. We are inviting stakeholders to share their expertise and insight into disaster preparedness, as well as to provide feedback on questions that ICPD has identified. Our goal is to identify the preparedness community’s areas of interest, priority data points, gaps in understanding, and key questions. You can learn more about Learning Agendas here.

Specifically, we are looking for representatives who would be interested in participating in the sessions listed below. You do not need to have any knowledge of disasters or preparedness.

Sign up for a Workshop via this link:

All Workshops will take place from 12:30 pm ET to 3:30 pm ET (9:30-12:30 PT):

Capacity Building — ICPD partners with communities to help them become resilient ahead of disasters to address the planning needed to start their recovery. Programs: Ready CampusReady Business, Building a Roadmap to Resilience: A Whole Community Training, and OPEN Training.

  • Capacity Building: Friday, February 19, 2021

Citizen Responder — ICPD educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills through in-person, and virtual trainings. Programs: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and You Are the Help Until Help Arrives.

  • Citizen Responder: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
  • Citizen Responder: Friday, February 26, 2021

Youth Preparedness — Preparedness values are typically established at a young age. ICPD engages, educates, and empowers young people in preparedness activities. Programs: Youth Preparedness CouncilStudent Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP)Teen CERTReady 2 Help, and Prepare with Pedro. 

  • Youth Preparedness: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
  • Youth Preparedness: Friday, March 5, 2021

Financial Resilience — ICPD leads the Agency effort to increase the financial resilience of the public in advance of disasters through tools and promotion (e.g., Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) and National Financial Capability Month). 

  • Financial Resilience: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Financial Resilience: Friday, March 12, 2021

IAEM’s Advocacy Leads to a Pause on Proposed Changes to UASI and SHSP

Back in early January, the Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) at FEMA notified IAEM and NEMA that they were seriously considering some major adjustments to the risk methodology and other programmatic changes to the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). These changes would have had a significant impact to many EMA programs in the United States at a time when every EMA – state, local, tribal, and non-governmental sector – were already working at maximum effort.

On January 28, I spoke directly with Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton to urge FEMA to withdraw the proposed changes, arguing they were ill-timed and developed without prior input from state and local emergency managers.

Last week, FEMA notified IAEM of its decision. As we requested, there will be no substantive changes to the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) guidance for FY2021, and FEMA committed to more proactive engagement with all interested stakeholders in preparation for the FY2022 NOFO.

This outcome reflects the hard work and thorough engagement of the IAEM-USA Government Affairs Committee leadership and members. I want to particularly thank our GAC Chair Brad Gilbert and GAC vice chairs, Travis Cryan and Nick Crossley for their efforts. This also reflects the importance of IAEM working with the ASMI Management Team.

This also demonstrates the power of your IAEM Membership. With our professionals working with each other and our partners, you are speaking directly to the FEMA leadership and Congress, and they are hearing our messages.

FEMA heard our concerns and listened to our reasons. This is why IAEM is here. We are not an academic exercise or a social club. We are not an organization with only a conference. IAEM is a multi-faceted organization that strives to provide value in multiple arenas for our members. We are here to change the course of national emergency management practice and policy and build true resilience for the people we serve. And, we were heard, and will be a stakeholder in the upcoming process to review homeland security grant programs.

Please feel free to send me comments or questions, or direct them to our technical expert, Government Affairs Director Thad Huguley.

Survey participants needed for study on response to wildlife during emergency response

The Anthrozoology program at Canisius College is conducting a research study focused on response to wildlife during man-made and natural disaster emergency response. This research is aimed at assessing views of wildlife by emergency responders. Participants of the study are emergency response personnel at any level, and any position, including emergency managers. You can help advance this research by completing a survey. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be open until Feb. 24, 2021. Results of the study may help inform emergency response planning and response initiatives to wildlife in a disaster. Study findings will be presented at academic conferences and possibly in a scientific journal. Any publications that result from this study can be shared once they become available. Please contact Mendy Garron, graduate student, Anthrozoology Program, Canisius College, with questions.

IAEM-USA signed on to a coalition letter sent to Congress to support flexible funding to state and local communities

IAEM-USA along with a coalition of 300 diverse stakeholder organizations, sent a joint letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, endorsing budget reconciliation language providing $350 billion in flexible aid for our states, cities, counties, tribes, and territories. The coalition encouraged the House and Senate to swiftly pass this urgently needed aid. Many states and localities have seen their revenues plummet as a result of the pandemic, even as costs have risen sharply to fight the virus and to help millions of struggling people and businesses. State revenues are down some seven percent compared to before the pandemic, even as the need for state services has skyrocketed, with one in three adults struggling to meet household expenses. Meanwhile, many cities and counties have been hit even harder. The average city with falling revenues has seen collections drop by 21 percent, even as costs have soared, and counties face similar conditions. Download the letter here.

FEMA announces the National Flood Insurance Program LinkedIn page

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program LinkedIn page is now available, connecting FEMA with insurance agents, adjusters, lenders and other partners. The LinkedIn page will share the latest program updates, highlight marketing tips, and announce upcoming training opportunities. Follow the page to receive weekly updates, find answers to commonly asked questions about flood insurance and discover new resources that can help selling and servicing flood insurance policies.

FEMA releases new resources to inspire communities to reduce risks

FEMA launched a new interactive story map to help coastal communities understand their unique risks and use the data from coastal studies to become more resilient. Thinking Beyond Flood Maps presents ideas to inspire coastal communities to use FEMA flood mapping data for more than just floodplain management ordinances or explaining flood insurance purchase requirements. Case studies demonstrate how four coastal communities used the data to enhance resiliency from floods. To view the story maps, visit

FEMA accepting spring nominations for exercise assistance

The FEMA National Exercise Division is now accepting Spring 2021 exercise assistance nominations to the National Exercise Program. Spring nomination submissions are due by Apr. 1, 2021, and decisions will be announced by May 3. The program offers no-cost assistance to jurisdictions for exercise design, development, execution and evaluation to validate capabilities across all mission areas. Instructions for how to submit a nomination are on the National Exercise Program website. FEMA is hosting three 60-minute webinars for state, local, tribal, territorial and other whole community partners to discuss the nomination process. The webinar also will cover National Exercise Program supporting activities for conducting exercises in a pandemic, as well as Principals’ Strategic Priorities. The dates for the webinars are: 2:00 p.m. EST Feb. 11 (today); 4:00 p.m. EST Feb. 25; and 2:00 p.m. EST Mar. 11. To register for the webinars, visit the National Exercise Program webinar page. For questions, send an email to the National Exercise Division.