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National Level Exercise Invitation to the Private Sector

Dear Friends & Colleagues –


We’d like to invite you to participate in the National Level Exercise (NLE) scheduled to take place in May 2018. See the linked web posting for an overview of the purpose and goals of the private sector participation in NLE 18, as well as key activities and a proposed schedule.


SAVE THESE DATES: There are several important events that you are invited to register for:

  • NLE 2018 Mid-Term Planning Meeting on December 13-14th at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. Register at
  • NLE 2018 Private Sector Initial Planning Meeting on December 19th at 2pm EST via teleconference. This meeting will be followed by monthly calls. Click here to sign up for the mailing list or visit
  • FEMA Region 3 Public-Private Sector Readiness Day on January 18, 2018 at 615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Contact Dan Stoneking at stoneking@fema.dhs.govfor more information.

We hope you will join us in this effort to facilitate meaningful private sector engagement in NLE 2018, as we journey together to prepare our communities to be more resilient to future disasters.


Rob Glenn & Joel Thomas

NLE 18 Private Sector Working Group Co-Chairs


National Flood Insurance Program Reinsurance Program Triggered by Hurricane Harvey

Historically, FEMA paid the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) claims of insured flood survivors using insurance premiums, available surplus, borrowing capacity from the U.S. Treasury, and in some cases direct Congressional appropriations. In 2017, FEMA added a new risk management tool—reinsurance—to protect the NFIP from large financial losses. As a result, the NFIP has an additional tool within its financial framework to manage losses that result from major events such as Hurricane Harvey.


In January 2017, FEMA made a historic cornerstone placement of reinsurance to establish a multi-year reinsurance strategy. Reinsurance is an important risk management tool used by insurance companies and public entities to protect from large financial losses. Insurance providers pay premiums to reinsurers. In exchange, reinsurers provide coverage for losses incurred by insurance providers up to a specified amount.


Under the 2017 Reinsurance Agreement, FEMA transferred $1.042 billion in flood risk to the private reinsurance markets. This extends the NFIP’s flood claims-paying ability by protecting against a portion of its potential losses. During the calendar year, when NFIP losses exceed $4 billion, the NFIP will receive $0.26 for every dollar of losses between $4 and $8 billion, up to a maximum of $1.042 billion.


In early November, FEMA surpassed $4 billion in paid claims to insured flood survivors of Hurricane Harvey, triggering the NFIP 2017 reinsurance placement. FEMA sent an initial proof of loss to reinsurers on December 5, 2017, requesting the entire $1.042 billion in reinsurance.


For more information, read, “Behind the Scenes, Private Sector Helps Harvey Survivors through Reinsurance,” at

Learn more about the Value of the Weather Enterprise

A tenet of building a Weather-Ready Nation is that NOAA and the National Weather Service cannot do it alone. Along with the incredible efforts of our WRN Ambassadors, building a Weather-Ready Nation requires the entire Weather Enterprise. Learn more about what the Weather Enterprise is and how government, industry, and academia work together to meet the weather, water, and climate needs of the country (and the world).


Another great opportunity coming up to learn more about the Weather Enterprise is to follow the social media discussion from the American Meteorological Society Annual Conference at #AMS2018

Request for Feedback: National Hurricane Center Time of Arrival Graphics

The National Hurricane Center is soliciting comments through Thursday, January 5, on the tropical-storm-force winds Time of Arrival graphics that were provided experimentally during the 2017 hurricane season.  Examples of these graphics and a customer survey link can be found on the NHC website at:


Please use the customer survey link below to submit feedback.

Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report in 2018

I hope everyone had a great 2017!  As we enter in 2018 the Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report is continuing to adapt to meet the information needs over the next year.



Probably the most common question I get is “why are you posting information not specifically dealing with emergency management?”  I’m a strong believer that emergency management doesn’t exist in a vacuum and depends on and is affected by other disciplines and issues.  For the record I will continue to share information on the following topics:

  • S. Emergency Management
  • National Security
  • Homeland Security
  • Immigration
  • Campus Safety, Security and Emergency Management
  • Access and Functional Needs
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Natural and Technological Hazards
  • Public Safety Communications
  • First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS, Criminal Justice, Search and Rescue)
  • Public Health and Healthcare
  • Global Affairs and Security
  • Human Rights and War Crimes
  • Humanitarian Affairs and International Development
  • Refugees and Migrations
  • Civil Protection and Preparedness
  • Climate Change
  • Resilience and Adaptation


Of course as new issues arise this list can be expanded at my discretion.  The overall goal is to arm today’s emergency managers and other disciplines with news and resources that can help us better protect our communities and the world.


Situation Reports

These reports will continue to be created and published.  The storyboard feature seems to have been well received by everyone, so I’ll continue using it going forward.  For those of you who prefer the old school situation reports I still create them and simply upload the data into the storyboard.  The old-style reports are of course uploaded to the Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report website at:


I try to cover incidents occurring both in the United States and around the world.  The frequency of these reports is always dependent on the information available, my availability and the significance of the incident.


When creating situation reports I only use verified information from government agencies, non-profit organizations and relevant private sector sources.  If you look at any situation report there is a section entitled “Sources”.  In this section I include the type of source such as a situation report, website or social media account and a link to that source.


Social Media Pages

I don’t expect to add any additional social media pages in 2018.  Presently the social media pages include:


The most recent pages added in 2017 were the Linkedin Page and the Instagram Page.  This year I will work on growing the followers of these pages.


Weekly Edition

I’ll be adding some sections on the weekly edition in 2018, these include:


Cultural Heritage Protection and Preparedness

The looting of art and archaeological sites has been occurring throughout human history.  With the rise of ISIS the international attention on this issue has increased.  At the same time natural and technological hazards will continue to impact the art and cultural community.  This has given rise to a small but growing section of the emergency management profession dedicated to protecting this community.  Because of these facts this section will cover efforts to protect the art and cultural community from disasters and looting and wars.


U.S. Homeland Security

As we enter 2018 the amount of terrorist attacks and threats will no doubt continue to rise.  We will probably also continue to see a rise in hate crimes, so this section will also cover these unfortunately incidents as well.


U.S. Defense and National Security

The threats we face in 2018 will likely continue to rise impacting our defense and intelligence communities.  Having a section dedicated to these issues I feel is prudent.


Immigration, Migration and Refugees

One of the major issues the world community and the United States have faced over the last few years is the movement of people whether due to climate change, disasters or war.  This will doubt continue to be an issue in 2018 and beyond so I felt a new section dedicated to these issues is needed.


I hope everyone has a great 2018!


Steve Detwiler


Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report

IAEM to sponsor Jan. 6 ‘First Technical Workshop of IAEM Hong Kong & Macau’

The First Technical Workshop of IAEM Hong Kong & Macau is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2018, at the Cathay Pacific Island, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The half-day workshop will be jointly organized by the Cathay Pacific Airlines Limited and IAEM. Emergency management experts from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are invited to share their knowledge and experience. The draft of the program is available online. To secure your free seat, apply here. Please refer any questions to Bruce Wong, IAEM national representative for Hong Kong and Macau.

ASPR and NACCHO seek participants for a new cybersecurity preparedness committee

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in coordination with the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), is conducting a project to learn more about the needs of public health and healthcare organizations related to cybersecurity preparedness. As part of this project, NACCHO and ASPR will be convening a committee of federal, state, and local representatives from public health, healthcare, information technology, homeland security, and other relevant fields to examine cybersecurity preparedness measures for public health and healthcare information technology systems and recovery and information needs for public health and healthcare organizations in the event that cyber threats compromise their organizational information technology systems. NACCHO hopes to use findings of the committee to generate a needs assessment and an analytical report to inform future national and federal cybersecurity efforts and to also produce resources that can help public health and healthcare organizations prepare for cyber threats. Meetings of this committee are expected to occur on a monthly basis via conference call starting in January 2018 and continuing until June 2018. NACCHO welcomes a range of local public health and healthcare perspectives, including those within rural communities and those within larger cities, and encourages persons who have done cybersecurity related planning to consider participating in this committee. If you are interested in hearing more about this committee or might be interested in participating, please contact Raymond Puerini by Dec. 22, 2018.