Cost Estimating Principles for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Application Programs Webinar, May 10

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) division is hosting an hour-long webinar titled “Cost Estimating Principles for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Applications.” The webinar will share cost estimating principles for the three HMA grant application programs: Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The call-in is 800-320-4330; PIN:  896047#. Presenters will provide general principles for reviewing cost estimates for HMA projects, a process for determining “reasonable costs” as part of the grant application review, and a list of resources with detailed information and examples.

Pediatric-specific Community Paramedicine Programs Webinar, May 16

The Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council is pleased to announce a free 1-hour webinar on pediatric-specific community paramedicine programs. This webinar is sponsored by the Pennsylvania EMS for Children Project as part of our ongoing Pediatric Symposium Webinar Series. This webinar will be presented by Ted Fessides of Cranberry Township EMS and Dr. Elizabeth Weinstein of Indianapolis EMS. This special presentation will be Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11AM.

This class has been requested for 1 hours of Other continuing education credit at all EMS provider levels. EMS agencies are encouraged to have multiple providers view the webinar from one log-in to allow space for other attendees.

There is no pre-registration necessary for this educational event, and attendance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. To attend the webinar, please use the following link to log in to the webinar:

***Note to Google Chrome Users: There is a known issue with some versions of Google Chrome and Adobe Connect which prevents the room from being opened. If you have these issues, please use a different web browser, such as IE, FireFox, or Safari.

Working With Disaster Recovery Companies: What You Need to Know Facebook Live Event, May 1

MayDay 2017 Facebook Live Event on May 1st at 2pm EDT

“Working With Disaster Recovery Companies: What You Need to Know”

If your institution is affected by a large-scale disaster, you may very well rely on the services of a disaster recovery company to help get back on your feet. What companies are out there and what services do they offer? How do you vet companies to make sure that they are using responsible techniques in handling and recovering your collections?

Join National Heritage Responder Tara Kennedy to learn some basic principles for salvaging different types of collection materials and which critical questions to ask when entering into (or renewing) contracts with recovery companies. Bring your questions for Tara to answer live!

Community Resilience: Modeling, Field Studies and Implementation Webinar, Apr 27

Thursday, April 27, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (MDT)

Learn more about the NIST-funded Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning and how the Center is developing a computational environment to help define the attributes that make communities resilient.

Join this informational Webinar to learn more about the Center’s recent activities.

FEMA launches ‘Until Help Arrives,’ a new initiative to educate and empower citizens to help those injured before professional help arrives

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual & Community Preparedness Division is launching “You Are the Help Until Help Arrives (Until Help Arrives),” a new program dedicated to educating and empowering the public to take action and provide lifesaving care before professional help arrives. This program encourages the public to take these five steps in situations where someone may have a life-threatening injury due to trauma: call 9-1-1; protect the injured from harm; stop bleeding; position the injured so they can breathe; and provide comfort. Until Help Arrives includes: an interactive video, a 25-minute web-based training course ex­plaining the steps people can take to help someone with life-threatening injuries, and materials for a hands-on, instructor-led training course that can be used to provide in-person training to communities across the country. Please visit to learn more about these five simple steps, and share this critical information with others. Download launch letter.

FEMA seeks comments on the draft Nationwide Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for NFIP

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has prepared a draft nationwide programmatic environmental impact statement (NPEIS) evaluating the environmental impacts of proposed modifications to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The draft includes an evaluation of the potential impacts to the natural and human environment associated with the NFIP at a nationwide programmatic level, as well as an evaluation of impacts of alternative proposals to modify the NFIP. Public meetings and public outreach opportunities will be held during the comment period on the Draft NPEIS. The draft NPEIS is available online, with the option of making online comments, and the deadline for comments is June 6, 2017. During the public comment period, FEMA will host several in-person public meetings and online webinars to receive comments on the Draft NPEIS. Meeting locations and times are listed on the project website.

IAEM-USA Submits Comments on FEMA Disaster Deductible Proposal

IAEM-USA, on Apr. 12, submitted comments on a FEMA’s concept of a Public Assistance deductible that would condition states’ receipt of FEMA reimbursement for the repair and replacement of public infrastructure damaged by a disaster event. The primary intent of the deductible concept, according to FEMA, is to incentivize greater state resilience to future disasters, thereby reducing future disaster costs nationally. On Jan. 20, 2016, FEMA published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking comments on a Public Assistance deductible concept. The ANPRM provided a general description of the concept that many commenters found insufficient to provide meaningful comment. In an effort to offer the public a more detailed deductible concept upon which to provide additional feedback, FEMA is issuing a supplemental ANPRM (SANPRM) that presents a conceptual deductible program, including a methodology for calculating deductible amounts based on a combination of each state’s fiscal capacity and disaster risk, a proposed credit structure to reward states for undertaking resilience-building activities, and a description of how FEMA could consider implementing the program. After considering feedback, FEMA may expand on or redevelop this concept.