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Local Leadership for Disaster Resilience Facebook Live, Nov 3

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 6 AM EST – 7 AM EST

The Sendai framework puts a great emphasis on the need for action at local levels to achieve its set of targets by 2030. It calls for a coordination mechanism within and across sectors and with relevant stakeholders at all levels while recognising that risks have local and specific characteristics. An empowered local leadership is best positioned to ensure the frameworks’ effective implementation on the ground. Local leaders can integrate the societal understanding of risks, which are critical for effective disaster risk management at the grassroot and local levels.

In that light, this conversation will aim to arrive at measures to enable local leaders to be the drivers for lasting change in their communities. It will also draw lessons from the experience of the pandemic for other local leaders to learn from.


  • Krishna Vatsa, Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), India
  • Animesh Kumar, Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Chief, UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Deicy Silvia Wenas, Founder, The Unspoken Ministry (TUM), Indonesia
  • Manu Gupta, Co-founder, SEEDS 

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CDC COVID-19 Partner Update October 19, 2020: Campus Guidebook – Slowing the Spread at US Colleges and Universities Webinar, Oct 19

Date: Monday, October 19, 2020

Time: 3:00— 4:00 p.m. ET

CDC Speakers

  1. Dr. Cliff McDonald, Acting Chief Medical Officer for the CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response
  2. Dr. Greta Massetti, Lead, JCC Mitigations and Risk Working Group and Lead, CDC Community Interventions and Critical Populations Task Force
  3. Dr. Lisa C. Barrios, Lead, School Fieldwork Unit, State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support Task Force
  4. LCDR Samantha Morgan, Deputy for Partnerships and Risk Management, CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response (Moderator)

Dr. Cliff McDonald, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Greta Massetti, Lead, JCC Mitigations and Risk Working Group and Lead, CDC Community Interventions and Critical Populations Task Force, and Dr. Lisa C. Barrios, Lead, School Fieldwork Unit, State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support Task Force will present. LCDR Samantha Morgan, Deputy, Policy Unit Partnerships & Risk Management Team will moderate. Dr. McDonald will share updates on CDC’s COVID-19 response, including the latest scientific information and what everyone should know about protecting themselves and others. In addition, Dr. Massetti and Dr. Barrios will review CDC COVID-19 guidance for Institutions of Higher Education in the presentation Campus Guidebook – Slowing the Spread at US Colleges and Universities.

Please submit your questions by 10/14 so that we can group similar questions and answer as many as possible. Please email with “Partner Call 10/19” in the subject line.  

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FEMA releases floodplain management guidance

FEMA developed guidance that clarifies and refines the requirements that apply to certain agricultural structures and accessory structures located in Special Flood Hazard Areas. This guidance is a reference document for floodplain managers and those involved in regulating, planning, designing and constructing agricultural structures and accessory structures in special flood hazard areas. Additionally, the guidance document establishes a clear, consistent process for ensuring compliance with National Flood Insurance Program design and performance standards for those structures located within the special flood hazard area. The document supports the policy, “Floodplain Management Requirements for Agricultural Structures and Accessory Structures,” that was signed and became effective earlier this year. For additional information, refer to the guidance and policy available on FEMA’s website.

IAEM-USA signs on to coalition letter supporting the FEMA Assistance Act

IAEM-USA joined a coalition of 10 stakeholder organizations in support of the H.R. 8266, the FEMA Assistance Act, in a Sept. 19 letter urging swift passage of this legislation in the House as it will make timely changes to assistance provided during an unparalleled 2020 disaster season. This legislation would make a critical change to FEMA assistance by adjusting the FEMA cost share for all emergencies and major disasters declared in calendar year 2020 to not less than 90 percent federal and 10 percent non-federal. From hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and myriad other events, this will provide much needed relief to state and local governments that are struggling with a pandemic, higher-than-usual unemployment, and economic recovery. Download the coalition letter for details.

IAEM Region 1 COVID19 AAR Workshop Registration, Oct 6, 7, 14 & 16

IAEM-USA Region 1 is hosting four virtual workshops in October as part of our IAEM Region 1 After Action Review Series to share best practices, lessons learned, and identify opportunities to move the emergency management profession forward in 2021.

The dates of the Workshops are as follows:

  • Local Government: October 6th 1pm-4pm
  • Healthcare/Public Health: October 7th 1pm-4pm
  • Higher Education: October 14th 1pm-4pm
  • Private Sector: October 16th 1pm-4pm

Share with your colleagues and across your networks. You do not need to be an IAEM member to attend but you must RSVP at:

Workshop on “Good Practices for Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage”, Oct 8-10: Virtual

Ritsumeikan University, DMUCH and ICCROM invite you to participate in an online workshop on Good Practices for Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage.  This workshop aims to showcase god practices undertaken by the former participants of the International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage and discuss future directions based on lessons learned. 

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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: 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