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Integrating Technology into Fire and EMS Online Mediated Course, Sept 2-Oct 13

The National Fire Academy is recruiting students to pilot test its new online mediated course, the course code is M0590.


This asynchronous online mediated course balances self-study components with interactions and discussions between the students and the instructor. This course is relevant to, but not limited to, training officers with coordination and management responsibilities for training functions in their organization.


Additional information, including course requirements and course syllabus are available at:


FEMA Releases Donated Resources Policy for Public Assistance

After a disaster, volunteers and donations play a critical role in a community’s recovery. After Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, volunteers went above and beyond to help those affected by the hurricane. In order to ensure those types of contributions are valued, FEMA amended its policy to allow Public Assistance program applicants to apply the value of donated resources used for eligible permanent work towards their non-federal cost share.


Projects approved under the Public Assistance program are subject to cost sharing. This non-federal cost share is typically 25 percent of the total project cost. Examples of eligible donated resources include donating equipment to raise or reinforce a levee or voluntary filling and placing of sandbags before a flood. For more information on the policy, visit

FEMA Extends Alternative Procedures Debris Pilot

FEMA extended the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures (PAAP) Debris Pilot through June 27, 2019, to collect additional data about the effectiveness of the pilot program.


The data FEMA collects is used to assess the program’s effectiveness in advancing the goals identified in the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA). These include:

  • Reducing the costs to the federal government of providing Public Assistance.
  • Increasing flexibility in the administration of such assistance.
  • Expediting the provision of assistance to a state, local, tribal, or territorial government, or nonprofit owner or operator of a private nonprofit facility.
  • Providing financial incentives and disincentives for timely and cost-effective completion of projects with such assistance.


In order to reduce the complexity of FEMA, streamline the grantee experience, and simplify program delivery, FEMA is discontinuing the Recycling Revenue prodcedure and the Sliding Scale.


Updated information on the Pilot is in the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Debris Pilot Guide at



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July 5, 2018


WASHINGTON — Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has announced her determination that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Yemen is warranted pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. After carefully reviewing conditions in Yemen with interagency partners, Secretary Nielsen determined that the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that support Yemen’s current designation for TPS continue to exist. Therefore, pursuant to the statute, she has extended Yemen’s TPS designation for 18 months.

Individuals from Yemen with TPS will be eligible to re-register for an extension of their status for 18 months, through March 3, 2020. Prior to the conclusion of the 18-month extension, the Secretary will review conditions in Yemen to determine whether its TPS designation should be extended again or terminated.

There are approximately 1,250 Yemeni TPS beneficiaries. This 18-month extension of Yemen’s designation for TPS permits current Yemeni TPS beneficiaries to re-register for TPS and remain in the United States with work authorization through March 3, 2020. To be eligible for TPS under Yemen’s current designation, along with meeting the other eligibility requirements, individuals must have continuously resided in the United States since January 4, 2017, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since March 4, 2017.

Further details about this extension for TPS, including information about the re-registration process and employment authorization documents, will appear in a Federal Register notice.

Maritime Cyber Security Webinar, July 10

Dr. Joseph DiRenzo, American Public University and Dr. Paul Roberts, Rutgers University. DiRenzo and Roberts are former co-chairs of the first major maritime cyber event held at a Department of Homeland Security Academic Center of Excellence — 2015 at Rutgers that started a portion of the nation research on this issue.

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 7:00pm EST


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IMAAC coordinating federal response to HazMat, CBRNE incidents

The Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC), a consortium of seven federal agencies, develops the federal government’s consensus plume model and hazard prediction analysis for nearly any type of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) release, including weapons of mass destruction, toxic industrial chemicals/materials, soot and other products.


Established in 2004 by the White House Domestic Resilience Group, the IMAAC is available 24/7 and is free-of-charge to assist state, local, tribal and territorial officials with models, scientific interpretation and decision support assistance on large-scale incidents (i.e., complex chemistry, complex weather, significant population or environmental exposures, or multiple operational periods). With 30-days advance notice, IMAAC can also provide models and scientific support for plans, training and exercises.


If your governmental jurisdiction is faced with an emergency involving a CBRNE atmospheric release with potential for immediate public health impacts, call the 24/7 IMAAC Technical Operations Hub at (703) 767-2003. For more information, including informational contact points, please see the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) IMAAC website or e-mail IMAAC at


The program is managed by FEMA within the CBRN Office of the Office of Response and Recovery. Participating agencies working collaboratively to develop appropriate hazard prediction products based on scenarios (for exercises and training), or incidents (during real-world events) include FEMA, Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Department of Health and Human Services.

Highlights from the 20th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium Webinar, July 17

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT


Did you miss the Higher Education Symposium this year or are you hungry to continue the dialogue and thinking that emerged from your attendance? The Higher Education Program will be hosting an interactive webinar that will provide highlights from the engagement and space for the community to dialogue. Presentations will be provided by the Higher Education Program manager, faculty presenters and participants. The discussion wlll focus on highlights and reflection from our experiences at the annual higher education symposium. If you have a story or highlight you would like to share during this webinar contact Wendy Walsh at


Registration link is:  

Conference Call-In: 800-320-4330, PIN: 376368