IAEM-USA submits comments in opposition to proposed revision to PA Program

IAEM-USA submitted comments to FEMA in opposition to the proposed revision to the Disaster Declaration Factor of the Public Assistance Program. In short, IAEM-USA feels there are legitimate policy questions related to the per-capita indicator and the declarations process, but FEMA’s proposed change, coming as it does when state and local budgets are already stretched to the breaking point, is ill-timed. IAEM-USA urges FEMA to withdraw this misguided proposal and start over once COVID is behind us and the economy regains some balance. Then, and only then, should FEMA, Capitol Hill, and state and local stakeholders representing the whole of America consider this as part of a comprehensive effort to reduce the costs of disasters to the federal government in a way that does not bankrupt state and local governments. FEMA is accepting written comments on the current proposal until March 12, 2021. IAEM-USA President Judson Freed, CEM, will participate in a Feb. 24 public meeting on this topic. Complete information on the changes, public meeting, and how to submit comments is available at regulations.gov. Members may direct questions to IAEM Government Affairs Director Thad Huguley.

New resource provides information on eligibility for EMS personnel as vaccinators

The National Association of State EMS Officials has released the survey results from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and American Samoa on the eligibility of EMS personnel as vaccinators. The survey provides findings on whether paramedics, AEMTs, EMTs, or other emergency medical responders are eligible to serve as vaccinators based on their state’s guidance. This information will be periodically updated.

The Future of Refugee Resettlement and Complementary Pathways: Strengthening Sustainable and Strategic Humanitarian Solutions for Refugees Webcast, Feb 22

10-11am EST

As one of three durable solutions traditionally available for refugees, third-country resettlement is an important part of the international commitment to refugee protection and support. Yet the vast majority of refugees in need of resettlement as a durable solution in 2021 are unlikely to be resettled. In 2020, amid a global pandemic, resettlement numbers reached a record low: only 22,770 (1.6 percent) of the 1.4 million refugees in need of resettlement were resettled. In a recent paper, The Future of Refugee Resettlement & Complementary Pathways: Strengthening sustainable and strategic humanitarian solutions for refugees, Church World Service argues that resettlement can and should be a humanitarian program to find protection for individuals and strategically contribute to the resolution of situations of forced displacement. However, achieving these goals will require political, structural, and operational changes. In particular, CWS makes the case that complementary pathways represent untapped opportunities for refugees to improve their lives through migration and proposes several key recommendations to advance complementary pathways and resettlement in the future.

This joint event organized by MPI and CWS, one of nine U.S. refugee resettlement agencies, will bring together experts in the field to discuss the paper. As its primary author, Katherine Rehberg, Deputy Vice President, Immigration and Refugee Program, CWS, will present the key findings and recommendations. The discussion will then turn to the European Asylum Support Office’s work to foster closer international cooperation on resettlement submissions and processing, as well as what those experiences hold for wider cooperation between countries on resettlement processing, particularly outside the European Union. In addition, the conversation will focus on what is required to implement complementary pathways at an international level.

Register at: http://my.migrationpolicy.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=89729

FEMA Holds Stakeholder Call on Vaccine Equity for People with Disabilities Conference Call, Feb 24

FEMA is working with state, local, tribal and territorial partners and the CDC to ensure equitable access for all populations, including people with disabilities. The agency has regional disability integration specialists in each of FEMA’s 10 regions and is deploying disability integration advisors and civil rights advisors to support regional leadership as needs are identified.

Join the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) call from 1 -2 p.m. ET on Feb. 24 to learn more about the vaccination centers and how FEMA is working with our federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners to ensure vaccine equity for people with disabilities.

·         Call: 888-254-3590

·         Participant Passcode: 2459603

Scheduled speakers include Acting FEMA Administrator Robert Fenton, FEMA Vaccine Task Force Lead Chad Gorman, FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination Director Linda Mastandrea and FEMA Office of Equal Rights Director Jo Linda Johnson. A confirmed agenda and presentation materials will be sent to registered participants prior to the call.

At the start time of the event, please login to the closed captioning by clicking on the link.

Space for this event is limited, so reservations are requested. Please RSVP using the online form. To send questions to be addressed during the call, email FEMA-Disability-Integration-Coordination@fema.dhs.gov by Feb. 22. Only questions received prior to the call will be addressed by our speakers

EMAP Virtual Cohort Training Opportunity, Apr 7, 14, 21 & 28

Is your Program seeking an accreditation or consecutive accreditation effort in 2021 or 2022? Do you have an Accreditation Manager that is trained on the 2019 Emergency Management Standard?

Due to the challenges associated with providing classroom-based training during these unprecedented times, EMAP will be providing virtual cohort trainings in 2021. Please do not wait for classroom-based trainings at EMI; EMI has asked EMAP to transition the Emergency Management Standard Training to a virtual platform indefinitely.

The next cohort training will be offered on April 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021. To register for the EMAP Virtual Cohort Training, complete the registration form accessible here

NFPA® presents Outthink Wildfire Facebook Live, Feb 23

2-3pm ET

Join our Facebook Live event as NFPA® presents Outthink Wildfire™, a new initiative aimed at significantly lowering community wildfire risk by 2050.

There has been a relentless tally of losses due to wildfire in the U.S. in recent years, a trend that experts predict will only continue to grow. The time is now to face two harsh realities: Wildfires are going to happen, and the fire service alone lacks the capacity to contain and extinguish these fires at their current pace.

During the live event we will discuss the primary strategies to dramatically reduce the devastation caused by wildfires through the generation of policy at every level of government.

The event will focus on five fundamental tenets of Outthink Wildfire and feature remarks and a live Q&A session with our panel of industry experts, including:

  • Jim Pauley, President & CEO, NFPA
  • Roy Wright, President and CEO, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)
  • Jeffrey D. Johnson, Fire Chief (Ret.), Chief Executive, Western Fire Chiefs Association
  • Alison Alter, Austin District 10 City Council Member

NFPA is calling for an end to the destruction of communities caused by wildfire. The key to success is to start now!

Through collaboration that begins with policy implementation, we can reverse direction and pursue a course of action that will better protect our communities, citizens, and first responders. Your presence at this event and participation in advocating for change is critical.

Learn more at www.nfpa.org/wildfirepolicy

Invitation at: https://www.facebook.com/events/330124734970946

Inclusion and Place: Planning and Design for the 21st Century American City Webinar, Feb 15

7-8pm

Don’t miss out the Spring 2021 LAUP Lecture Series next Monday, Feb 15, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Please save the date and time to meet Dr. Edna Ledesma! Her topic will be on ” Inclusion and Place: Planning and Design for the 21st Century American City.”

Log-in at: https://tamu.zoom.us The Zoom ID: 944 9731 2169 and the Passcode: 431532

Identifying Needs of Diverse Students in EM/HS Programs Webinar, Feb 18

This webinar has the following objectives:

  • Identifying the needs of diverse students in EM/HS-focused programs
  • Defining student experience in EM/HS-focused programs
  • Supporting students: Identifying solutions for barriers to student success
  • Collaborative learning: Bridging the gaps between academicians and students

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckdeuqqTkiHtGlj1ZkO6PWecyi5D1BS7L_

FEMA Higher Education Program Conference Call, Feb 19

2-3pm ET

Link to join the Zoom Call

Meeting ID: 160 4678 0270

Password: 621901

This is an informal call – all are welcome. We schedule one or two short presentations at the beginning of the call and then open it up for discussion about ongoing projects and opportunities for collaboration.

Scheduled Presenters:

  • Chris Chesney, Acting Superintendent, FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness – Residential Training Lessons Learned
  • Nick LaLone, University of Nebraska Omaha and Jamie Stacy, Arkansas Tech University – Call for Submissions for the 2021 Emergency Management HiEd Symposium and Peer Review Process.

If you would like to be a presenter on a future call, send an email with your name, topic and short description to FEMA-HiEd@fema.dhs.gov