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Risk Assessment Methodology Feedback Webinar

FEMA will host a webinar October 12 from 2-4 p.m. Eastern Time to gain feedback on potential enhancements to the Fiscal Year 2018 State Homeland Security Initiative (SHSP) and Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) risk assessment methodology. Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs Thomas DiNanno will host the webinar along with a question and answer session.

Please submit enhancement ideas, comments, or questions on the risk assessment process beforehand to FEMA-MSA-Process@fema.dhs.gov. Questions should focus on a specific area of the assessment, provide a tangible set of data, or portion of the methodology that could be added, improved, or updated. Also, there will be the opportunity to pose a question or comment during the webinar in the comments section or by sending an email to FEMA-MSA-Process@fema.dhs.gov.

There will be no conference line as all audio will be through the webinar. Please test your capabilities to hear the audio online through your computer’s browser software, speakers or headset.

Registration Link: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/risk10121/event/registration.html. Please register for the webinar beforehand. If a pop-up asks for your credentials (username and password), first click cancel and then you will be taken to the registration page. Test your Adobe Connect connection at: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm prior to the meeting. The webinar will offer captioning.

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Proposed NFPA Standard 2400 for small unmanned aircraft systems open for public review until Oct. 13, 2017

The NFPA Technical Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems has released the first draft of the proposed NFPA Standard 2400, “Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Used for Public Safety Operations,” for public review and comment until Oct. 13, 2017. The standard will cover the minimum requirements related to the operation, deployment, and implementation of sUAS for public safety operations. Access to the draft standard and a link to provide online feedback are posted online.

IAEM-USA joins group of 29 stakeholders to voice support for stronger flood-ready standards

IAEM-USA joined 29 stakeholder organizations in signing on to a Sept. 25 letter to express support for stronger flood-ready standards for federally funded building and rebuilding projects and to offer its assistance to the administration toward building such a standard. The letter was sent to Gary D. Cohn, National Economic Council; Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget, and Thomas Bossert, Executive Office of the President. Citing the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the coalition stated that despite that fact that they represent divergent views on some issues, they “are of one mind in that we need flood-ready infrastructure standards for federally-funded building and rebuilding to ensure our communities and infrastructure are tougher and stronger.” The letter notes that “a federal flood-ready standard for [these projects] will help to protect people and property, reduce federal costs associated with rebuilding after tremendous flood losses, and make communities stronger.” Download the letter.

FCC Issues Reminder to Make Televised Emergency Information Accessible to People with Disabilities

On September 28, 2017, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released a Public Notice to remind video programming distributors, such as broadcasters, cable operators, satellite television services that deliver video programming directly to the home, of their obligation to make televised emergency information accessible to persons who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing, in order to comply with section 79.2 of the Commission’s rules.  Under the rules, if the emergency information is shown on television, critical information about the emergency must be made accessible.
This Public Notice also provides information for consumers on how they can obtain more information about the rules, file complaints, and contact their VPD or the FCC about compliance with the rules.
Public Notice:
For more information, please contact Will Schell, Disability Rights Office, CGB, at 202-418-0767 or Will.Schell@fcc.gov.  For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at 844‐432‐2275.

FirstNet update

While several capabilities are indeed planned for full implementation by March 2018, the entirety of FirstNet is not scheduled for full implementation until 2022. However, the planned 2018 and 2019 benchmarks will affect Emergency Services Sector (ESS) departments and agencies nationwide.

FirstNet plans a March 2018 delivery of the band 14 network core, 20 MHz of spectrum licensed to FirstNet to create the first nationwide public-safety wireless broadband network. Testing and validation of mission-critical pushto-talk (MCPTT) begins in June 2018 by both AT&T and independent validators at the FirstNet lab in Colorado.

Onboarding and interconnection of the Public-Safety Enterprise Network, including NextGen 9-1-1, will happen by the end of 2018, followed by the March 2019 availability of MCPTT. Moving forward from here, FirstNet expects outside developers to create new communications technology and devices, which will address identified information gaps in the ESS.

Perfection is a moving target and FirstNet is expecting to encounter and address system bugs and other delivery and network issues throughout the process. The long-term goal is a modern communications system that is functional, reliable and secure, something long overdue in the public safety realm.

FirstNet has discipline-specific information for fire, law enforcement, EMS and emergency management, and additional fact sheets for those fields as well as 9-1-1, tribal governments, urban and rural areas, and more. Visit FirstNet’s resources page for a complete list of the fact sheets and frequently asked questions.

Hurricane Irma Updates

I’m sorry everyone but there will be no situation reports or updates on Hurricane Irma because I’m actively preparing for this storm.

 

For the most up-to-date information please visit:

 

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

Miami-Dade County: www.miamidade.gov

 

Broward County: http://www.broward.org/Pages/Welcome.aspx

 

Palm Beach County: www.pbcgov.org