Addressing the Ransomware Threat to Emergency Communications Webinar, Oct 26

Thursday, Oct 26th 1-2pm EST

This webinar will highlight the risk ransomware attacks pose to emergency communications and discuss actions within the National Emergency Communications Plan that organizations can take to protect against, respond to, and recover from this threat. In addition, participants will hear a real-world example of a ransomware attack and the lessons learned from that experience.

The second webinar is presented by CISA’s Cybersecurity Division, in partnership with the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The webinar is free and does not require advance registration. For visuals, use the following HSIN Connect link: A HSIN Connect account is not required to join; participants may enter the HSIN Connect room as a guest. For audio, dial in at (800) 897-5813. 

NHERI Graduate Student Council

Dear Faculty and Graduate Students,

Good morning. I hope this email finds you well. My name is Robin Nelson, and I work with The NSF-funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI).

This fall, NHERI is launching a graduate student council for those interested in natural hazards. Our foremost goal is to create a student-run organization that offers camaraderie and support for those interested in natural hazards research. The first meeting will be on Monday, October 18th, 12:00-1:00 Central Time.

As this is our inaugural semester, we will be looking for individuals who would like to become leaders of the GS Council. Further, participating members will be given the opportunity to apply for a fully NSF-funded trip to San Antonio to participate in the NHERI Summer Institute, be paired with a faculty mentor with a natural hazards research focus, and develop important proposal skills while learning about the NHERI network and resources.

Attached you will find a flyer that introduces the NHERI Graduate Student Council. Students may register for membership at An email with an attached Zoom link will be sent to those who register, or you may click the link on the attached flyer.

If you or your students have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you so much for your valuable time and consideration.

Best regards,

Robin Nelson, PhD
Educational Specialist, NHERI ECO
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect Podcast-Special Edition

Earlier this year the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect launched a new podcast, Expert Voices on Atrocity Prevention, featuring one-on-one conversations with practitioners to provide a glimpse of the personal and professional side of how they approach human rights protection and atrocity prevention. 

In this special episode, we sat down with our outgoing Executive Director, Dr. Simon Adams. The discussion begins with reflections from Dr. Adams on how his life experiences have uniquely led him to a career in human rights. We also explore the highs and lows of working on atrocity prevention over the last decade, including how intractable conflicts like Syria have shaped how we address emerging crises.

We’d like to thank Dr. Adams for his unwavering leadership and immeasurable contributions over the last ten years at the Global Centre and wish him the greatest success in his new position

The podcast is available at:

FEMA Higher Education Community Call, Oct 15

Community Call is offered via ZoomGov. Registration is not necessary.

Join ZoomGov Meeting:

Meeting ID: 160 4678 0270 | Password: 621901

The Higher Education Community conference call is an opportunity for the Higher Education program to share updates as well as for the community to share information about projects, research, course development, achievements and challenges.

All are welcome to join! If you have a specific topic or would like to share an update that will take more than 5 minutes, please contact the Higher Education Program Office at    

No formal notes of these calls are taken or posted, so remember to capture the information needed during the calls.

Each call will loosely follow the agenda:

Add name and region to the chat.

Scheduled Presenter:

  • Katelin M. Wright, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), “Exploring Climate Change Induced Migration through Scenario Planning”
  • Melanie Gall, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center of Emergency Management/Homeland Security, Arizona State University, “Connecting emergency managers and students through applied, local emergency management, and disaster resilience projects”

Review of next call date (November 19) & adjournment.

Human Mobility and Human Rights in the context of Climate Change Webinar, Oct 5

When climate change leads to people leaving their homes, human rights can suffer. With the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters due to the impacts of climate change, and their effects on human mobility, human rights-based international responses are necessary, now more than ever.

The PDD and Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes, Luxembourg, are co-organizing an event at the margin of the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, to discuss “Human mobility and human rights in the context of the adverse effects of climate change”.

Register at:

NIST Community Resilience Survey

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Community Resilience Program is investigating the experiences and expectations of local staff and officials with respect to community resilience, adaptation, and sustainability planning. NIST invites IAEM members and others to share their opinions and experiences via this survey. Responses will help NIST better understand community needs and develop future tools and support. Please direct any questions or concerns to

FEMA issues final rule for Mitigation Programs

On Sept. 10, FEMA published the final rule in the Federal Register that includes an update to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs and mitigation planning regulations. The rule incorporates requirements enacted by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and reflect uniform administrative requirements. FEMA implemented most of these changes administratively through an update to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance in 2013. Codifying the changes in federal regulations reduces mitigation program complexities. The updates include replacing outdated terms and definitions that better align with legal requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 2 part 200: Uniform Administrative Guidance. The update to outdated terms and definitions impacts FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Flood Mitigation Assistance program regulations, as well as the property acquisition and relocation for open space and mitigation planning regulations. The final rule will be effective on Oct. 1 and can be viewed at by using the Docket ID: FEMA-2019-0011.

Coordination between local, state, and the federal governments during recovery and redevelopment Webinar, Sept 21

Tuesday, September 21st at 12:00 p.m. EDT

To mark the finalization of the Coastal Georgia’s Project to Strengthen Disaster Resilience, Brock Long, Executive Chairman at Hagerty Consulting and former FEMA Administrator, and Jennifer Kline, Coastal Hazards Specialist and leader of this cohort, will discuss coordination between local, state, and the federal governments during recovery and redevelopment. Drawing from his experience at FEMA and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Long will share guidance on preparing at the local level to coordinate with state and federal response personnel.

Register at: 

Full Data for the 2020 National Household Survey has been Released on OpenFEMA

In September 2021, FEMA released the full results and data for the 2020 National Household Survey (NHS) for public use on OpenFEMA, making this the fourth year of complete data available (2017-2020). To facilitate equitable community disaster preparedness for stakeholders, FEMA has published the survey instrument used to field the data in both English and Spanish alongside the full results.

The NHS tracks progress in personal disaster preparedness through investigations of the American public’s preparedness actions, attitudes, and motivations. FEMA has conducted the NHS annually since 2013 and has been publishing the full data since 2017. The 2021 survey was fielded in English and Spanish via landline and mobile telephone to a random sampling of approximately 5,000 adult respondents. The survey includes a national sample as well as hazard-specific questions asked to individuals who live in areas that are at risk for, or could be heavily impacted by, those hazards. These include earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, winter storms, and urban events (such as a terrorist attack).

With multiple years of data available, researchers and stakeholders have the opportunity to analyze trends through time and patterns in preparedness. FEMA encourages the use of our data for improving the effectiveness of your preparedness messaging, campaigns, and research