Lessons Learned for virtual deliveries of ICS 300 & 400 Webinar, Sept 25

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is hosting an encore Lessons Learned Webinar on the virtual deliveries of ICS 0300 and ICS 0400. The Webinar will include lessons learned from the EMI and State of Ohio deliveries. The Webinar is open to the first 300 participants and will last about an hour. The information for the Zoom Meeting is:

Date: September 25, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM (EST)

Join Zoom.Gov Meeting


Meeting ID: 161 261 4986

Passcode: 919788

Conference Call Lines and Passcodes:

669-254-5252 and 1612614986# US (San Jose)

646-828-7666 and 1612614986# US (New York)

As a reminder, the ICS 300 and ICS 400 2019 versions are replacements for the 2013 versions. If you have successfully completed a previous version of these courses, there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised version of the course. The updated courses were the basis for the virtual deliveries. Below are links to the Plan of Instruction for both courses as well as the other lessons learned documents.

Getting to “Yes” with Nature Based Solutions to reduce Hazard Risk Webinar, Sept 24

Thursday, September 24, at 1 p.m. ET 

Bradley Dean of FEMA and Abby Hall of the Environmental Protection Agency will discuss how states, tribes, territories, and local communities across the country are using nature-based solutions to reduce their hazard risk. 

Join the webinar on Sept 24 at: https://mbakermeet.webex.com/mbakermeet/j.php?MTID=mf19adc7adc46cf2a49d5ce80ce5dbb18 the Password is: mnRNuKwJ367

The conference call line # is 646-992-2010 and the access code is: 173 096 2204.

FEMA National Exercise Program Webinar, Oct 6

FEMA will host a 60-minute webinar for state, local, tribal, territorial and other whole community partners to discuss the nomination process. The webinars will be held at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The webinar topics will also include the support that NEP can provide for conducting exercises in a COVID-19 environment and the proposed 2021-2022 Principals’ Strategic Priorities.

To participate in the webinar:

FEMA Teleconference: 1-800-320-4330, PIN 559550#

Presentation: FEMA Adobe Connect

FEMA Releases IPAWS Planning Toolkit

FEMA released the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Planning Toolkit. This toolkit will assist state, local, tribal and territorial alerting authorities to create and support an effective alerts, warnings and notifications program.

FEMA has been working with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to identify gaps in existing IPAWS alerting messaging. The IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit is result of that partnership. It consists of three documents: the IPAWS Lab Fact Sheet, IPAWS Frequently Asked Questions and the IPAWS Train the Trainer Guide.

The documents in the toolkit were produced based on recent innovative changes to technology and were derived from the collection of successful practices and lessons learned from hundreds of data points, including more than 100 emergency managers, public information officers, alerting originators and administrators, and alerting experts.

The toolkit will assist public safety agencies in minimizing alerting delays; planning for future alerts, warnings and notifications enhancements; facilitating interoperability across different technologies; and improving information sharing among emergency management and public safety officials.

For more information on IPAWS, visit the FEMA website.

FEMA Releases COVID-19 Resource Tools

FEMA supports state, local, tribal and territorial recovery outcomes by coordinating across the federal government to resolve operation and policy challenges. For the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, FEMA has been developing resources that partners can use to explore and navigate supplemental appropriations that have been made available. Specifically, FEMA has created two tools – the COVID-19 Resource Summary Report and COVID-19 Resource Roadmaps.

The “COVID-19 Resource Summary Report” compiles available resources provided by federal departments and agencies. The report captures federal funding sources that can be applied to specific areas for COVID-19 recovery (e.g., education) and helps partners understand where there is potential duplication of benefits within areas of interest, including potential overlap with FEMA Public Assistance.

The second tool, “COVID-19 Resource Roadmaps,” provides a deep-dive into specific topic areas and challenges associated with COVID-19 recovery. Roadmaps offers potential solutions and federal resources that could support recovery activities. To date, FEMA has published two roadmaps: “COVID-19 Education Resource Roadmap,” and “COVID-19 Food and Nutrition.” FEMA will provide additional roadmaps for Healthcare, Housing and Economic Development by the end of September. Roadmaps use information that is either publicly available or publicly obtained, and should be used for informational purposes only.

These tools were created by FEMA’s Recovery Support Function Leadership Group, under the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Visit the FEMA website for more information on these resources.

FEMA releases “COVID-19 Supplement for Planning Considerations: Evacuations and Shelter-in-Place”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released the COVID-19 Supplement for Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place, which is intended to help communities plan for evacuations and shelter-in-place operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This supplement to the 2019 Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place provides COVID-19 related questions to key principles and critical considerations. The questions can assist emergency management planners as they review, revise, and implement impacts and constraints resulting from COVID-19, helping them to make the necessary adjustments to ensure continuity of essential functions and services. Visit the FEMA website for a collection of downloadable comprehensive preparedness planning guides.

FEMA Podcast Episode 73: Women in Emergency Management features three IAEM members

In March, FEMA joined the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month. To commemorate the month by honoring the contributions of the many women serving in emergency management, FEMA hosted a panel discussion on “Women in Emergency Management: Riding the Tides of Change.” This episode of the FEMA Podcast, which aired on Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, featured a conversation with the four incredible women who participated in the panel. These women shared their candid thoughts on the early days of FEMA and emergency management and how women have and will shape the evolution of disaster response, recovery and preparedness. Featured on this episode were three IAEM members: Kay Goss, former associate administrator in charge of National Preparedness, Training and Exercises; Libby Turner, federal coordinating officer; and Chauncia Willis, CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management. Jane Cage, chairman of the Joplin Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, also participated.

NCA to offer CERT training using the updated 2020 FEMA CERT curriculum

The National CERT Association (NCA) is proud to announce the “Nationwide Rollout” of the Hybrid Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training (updated with the 2020 FEMA CERT Curriculum). This online training is FREE for all CERT programs (Nationally/Internationally). The Nationwide Rollout will start Sept. 22, 2020, with a series of webinars hosted by FEMA. Register online or visit www.OnlineCERT.org for more information. Send questions to OnlineCERT@utah.edu.

FEMA announces regulation update for the FMA grant and mitigation planning programs

On Aug. 28, FEMA published for public comment in the Federal Register updates to the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program and mitigation planning regulations to synchronize the requirements enacted by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12). In addition, FEMA is replacing substantially similar terms and definitions in BW-12 to better align with the Code of Federal Regulations Title 2 part 200: Uniform Administrative Guidance. This update of outdated terms and definitions also impacts FEMA’s Property Acquisition and Relocation for Open Space, mitigation planning and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program regulations. Since the passage of BW-12, FEMA has implemented these updates and is in now making the changes administratively in statute. The 60-day public comment period is open until Oct. 27. Visit regulations.gov and provide comments to Docket ID: FEMA-2019-0011.