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Comments Needed for Draft Policy on Floodplain Development

FEMA prepared a draft policy for FEMA staff and communities participating in the NFIP to update guidance for participating communities on satisfying National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) floodplain development permit requirements, and to address questions about floodplain permitting of development activities occurring in the FEMA designated Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA). Through this policy, a community can ensure compliance with NFIP and local floodplain management regulations, while potentially reducing the administrative burden associated with permitting certain types of low-to-no impact development in the floodplain.


This guidance does not intend to address other permits associated with building codes, or other federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial permits, and only applies to floodplain development permitting requirements to enroll in, and maintain eligibility for, the NFIP. The draft policy is available for review on FEMA’s website at:, and the public is invited to provide comment and input via until August 23, 2017.

New Hazus® Estimated Annualized Earthquake Losses Report for the United States Now Available

FEMA released an updated edition of Hazus® Estimated Annualized Earthquake Losses for the United States (FEMA Publication 366). The latest edition of this report was developed by FEMA’s Hazus® Team, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) using the Hazus® data, U.S. Census data, and updated USGS Probabilistic Earthquake Hazard Maps.


This report serves as an effective tool to promote earthquake awareness, preparedness, implementation of cost-effective mitigation measures, and strategies to help reduce seismic risk in the nation’s most at-risk communities. The update is designed to provide a more accurate estimate of hazard influences to losses, among other highlights. Hazus® data helps provides emergency managers with comprehensive, nationwide data for decision making.

FEMA Region II Preparedness Webinar for June – “We Have a Problem: Social Media Crisis Communications for First Responders”, June 28

Description: Social media can be a critical tool for first responders to disseminate real news, to correct inaccurate information, to marshal resources and to gather situational awareness. This webinar will discuss setting up accounts; pre-planning and pre-approval of emergency messages; becoming a news source; how to monitor social media channels; how to understand social media mistakes; how to get ahead of the information cycle and how to correct bad information.

Speaker: Richard Huff is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician – Basic and former three-time Chief of the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad, where he is an educator and oversees the squad’s media relations and social media outreach. Huff is a frequent speaker at national and regional EMS conferences. Outside of his EMS work, Huff is an award-winning writer and photographer. Huff has been a journalist for more than 30 years, he is a communications executive, and is an adjunct professor teaching courses in journalism and new media at The New School in New York City

Date / Time: June 28, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT

Registration Link:

Update from the Editor on the Future of the Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report Linkedin Group

Hi Everyone,

I know I previously announced that I would be discontinuing using the Linkedin Group due to Linkedin’s decision not to allow Hootsuite to post on their site.  However, this group was the first one I created.  So I’ve decided to continue using it but only to post the weekly edition I publish on Sundays.  If you still want daily updates, which includes situation reports, news, resources, upcoming training, webinars and conferences like I have posted on the group you’ll have to get it at the Emergency Manager’Weekly Report Linkedin Page staring on June 30th!

Thank you everyone for your support.

Steve Detwiler


Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report



Silver Jackets Webinar: National Mitigation Investment Strategy

Silver Jackets Webinar: National Mitigation Investment Strategy (NMIS)

June 27, 2017

12:00pm – 1:00pm Central Time



Kathleen Boyer from FEMA’s Risk Management Directorate that supports the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, a multi-agency organization, will provide an overview of the Strategy with all its components. The NMIS is important in that it establishes a common platform and forum for coordinating national mitigation activities and capabilities. It sets the strategy and doctrine for how the whole community builds, sustains, and delivers mitigation core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal.


You may want to set aside the time to catch this webinar to further explore these core capabilities and examine how this framework might support Silver Jackets teams’ goals. Effective implementation of this strategy hinges on the understanding by the key players on how to carrying out the identified mitigation concepts and principles.


The format for this webinar will be slightly different from the other Silver Jacket webinars in that your feedback following Kathleen’s brief 15 minute overview will be solicited. The lines will be open from the beginning to encourage constructive feedback on NMIS and your personal involvement.



Call-in Number: 877-336-1839

Access code: 5884527

Security code: 4567


Web meeting address:

Meeting number: 877-336-1839

Participant code: 5884527

You Are the Help Until Help Arrive Webinar

The National Homeland Security Consortium and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invite you to participate in a webinar to learn more about FEMA’s initiative You Are the Help Until Help Arrives.


Life-threatening emergencies happen fast.  Emergency responders aren’t always nearby.  You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately.  According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46. Life-threatening injuries require immediate action to prevent an injured person from dying. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.  Learn more about the training resources available through FEMA and how you can help save a life.


Webinar:  June 15, 2017 at 2 pmEST





  • Welcome and Presenter Introductions – Trina Sheets, NEMA
  • Program Introduction – Charlotte Porter, FEMA ICPD
  • You Are the Help Until Help Arrives Overview – Andy Burrows, FEMA ICPD
  • Question and Answer – Charlotte Porter and Andy Burrows, FEMA ICPD


The webinar is open to all interested.


Emergency Management Institute Hosts Training e-Forums in June

During the month of June, FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will host weekly “One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices” e-Forums that will provide an opportunity for the emergency management community to discuss matters of interest related to national preparedness training. The pilot forums will showcase community partners and peers, sharing their experiences in panel format, which offers opportunities to provide technical assistance in training management by facilitating peer-to-peer sharing of best practices.


June 14: Instructor Selection

Learn about best practices for instructor selection from Virginia, Kansas, and Team Rubicon.


June 21: Adopting the Academies

Hear how Florida and Virginia have developed progressive training and education systems based on the emergency management competencies inherent in the National Emergency Management Basic and Advanced Academies.


June 28: THIRA/SPR Development

Each year, states produce two self-assessments, the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and the State Preparedness Report (SPR). Join us to hear North Dakota and FEMA’s National Preparedness Assessment Division discuss the importance of the role of the State Training Officer in the THIRA and SPR process.


Registration link:

Conference call-in: 800-320-4330, PIN 107622#

For questions, contact:


Please sign in and call in early as there are only 100 available spots. Participation does not require pre-registration.