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The EM Higher Education Community Conference Call, Feb 21

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time


800-320-4330, PIN: 376368


Learn from the emergency management academic community about what is new and exciting in their world. Find out about ongoing projects and discuss higher education community needs that the Higher Education Program can address. Contact Wendy Walsh,, with your discussion topics

Disaster Resilience Design Syllabus Webinar, Jan 28

2-3:30pm ET


The FEMA Higher Education Program has collaborated with Dr. Gavin Smith of North Carolina State University to support the development of a sharable syllabus to enable faculty to integrate disaster resilient design into emergency management curricula offerings. This course syllabus tackles the inherently multi-disciplinary, systems-based, and multi-scalar challenges associated with the design of resilient communities.


This multi-disciplinary course syllabus spans architecture, building science, engineering, landscape architecture, and land use planning. The course, which is part of a 13-credit graduate certificate program funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of University Programs, draws from the 2018 report titled: Resilient Design Education in the United States, of which Dr. Smith is the lead author.


This webinar presentation will focus on a description of the disaster resilient design syllabus to include a discussion of the: 1) purpose and process of developing the syllabus, 2) goals and objectives, 3) class flow, readings, cases & project, 4) exercises and discussion questions and 5) assessment and evaluation.


Dr. Smith will provide an overview of the resources he developed, which include a course slide deck and instruction guide within the first hour of the webinar and the remaining 30 minutes will be used for faculty to ask specific questions and share other relevant resources on the topic of disaster resilience design.




  • Gavin Smith, North Carolina State University



  • Wendy Walsh, Higher Education Program Manager





Conference Call-In: 1-800-320-4330, PIN: 376368#


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Role of ASCE in Hazard Mitigation Webinar, Feb 18

The Role of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Hazard Mitigation
Tuesday February 18th 2020, 4-5:30 pm ET

When hazards occur, our infrastructure can be greatly impacted. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has many initiatives that seek ways to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure, such as the Infrastructure Report Card, which evaluates multiple types of infrastructure, looks at current and perceived future conditions, and provides recommendations to improve efficiency. This webinar will take a dive into Pennsylvania’s Report Card and discuss the current condition of infrastructure and what needs to be accomplished to improve resiliency.

To register, email  Remote viewing will be through GoToMeeting but in-person viewing at NNC is also available.

IAEM 2020 EMPG Survey

IAEM-USA is conducting our 13th annual survey seeking information from US local government and tribal emergency management offices about Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding. We need your help!


We are again conducting a joint effort with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). NEMA is using a separate survey monkey for state directors to report on state activities. IAEM is seeking input from local and tribal jurisdictions. NEMA will analyze the state data, and IAEM-USA will analyze the local and tribal data. Once the data has been compiled, IAEM and NEMA will write a joint report to be distributed to key policy makers on Capitol Hill and within the Trump Administration.


We’ve made significant progress in recent years educating Members of Congress on the importance of building and maintaining strong emergency management programs at the local level, as well as the role of funding, particularly EMPG funding, in building such programs. We are thrilled the House and Senate approved a $5 million increase for FY 2019…the first EMPG increase in almost a decade! Even so, there are many competing demands for federal funding, so we must continue to demonstrate the value of this program to our elected officials in FY 2020 and beyond.


The narrative questions in the survey are of particular importance. If you have examples of how EMPG was directly related to an emergency response or EM program activity, we would like to cite those in our effort to “paint the picture” on the importance of EMPG.


The survey is available here.


To help you pull together the data you will need to complete the survey, a PDF-version of the survey is available here.


Please, complete the survey by COB on January 31. Should you need to exit the survey prior to completing it, you can return to your survey from the same computer any time by 6:00p ET on January 31 to finish by following the link provided above.


If you have any technical problems or questions with the survey, please contact Julie Husk at


If you have any questions about the survey questions, please contact Thad Huguley at

Cultural Organizations Statements condemning the destruction of cultural heritage sites

Blue Shield International Statement on potential specific targeting of cultural sites in Iran


Global Heritage Fund Calls for International Commitment to Protecting Heritage Sites


AIA Statement Condemning Intentional Targeting Of Iranian Cultural Heritage Sites


American Anthropological Association, Targeting Cultural Sites is a War Crime


ICOM and ICOMOS Statement on the Threats to Cultural Heritage in case of Armed Conflict


National Trust for Historic Preservation Urges the U.S. Government to Protect Iran’s Cultural Heritage Sites

FEMA upgrades Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently integrated updates to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), improving Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and giving authorities more capabilities when sending to cellular phones and other wireless devices.


The updates include Spanish-language capabilities, an increase from 90 to 360 characters per message and an expanded alert category allowing the public to opt-in to a test message category for state and local officials. The updates also include more accurate geo-targeting capabilities for alerts. Television and radio alerts via the Emergency Alert System are not affected by this upgrade.


The enhancements require updates to wireless provider networks across the nation and updates to customer phones. All updates are being coordinated with the Federal Communications Commission.

FEMA 101: Overview of the DHS Center & FEMA Webinar, Jan 30

Everyday around the world, faith-based organizations serve the needs of people. Join this webinar on Thursday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET to learn how the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunities Initiatives (DHS Center) is working with houses of worship and nonprofits connecting with FEMA and other federal partners.


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