FEMA Announces the Selection of the National Advisory Council Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Subcommittee Members

FEMA announced the selection of 31 qualified individuals to serve on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee. The IPAWS Modernization Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-143) requires the FEMA Administrator to establish the IPAWS Subcommittee. The Subcommittee will terminate no later than April 2019.


Forty-four members will serve on the IPAWS Subcommittee:

  • Thirty-one qualified individuals from 13 categories, including four additional candidates to serve as FEMA Administrator Selections, as mandated in Public Law 114-143.
  • Eight senior federal leaders (or their designees)
  • Five members from the NAC who volunteered to serve.


FEMA published a Federal Register Notice in September 2016 announcing the call for applications.  A FEMA selection panel identified qualified individuals from the categories listed in the IPAWS Modernization Act. The IPAWS Subcommittee will hold their inaugural meeting on August 8-9, 2017, in Washington, D.C. They will meet up to four times per year at the discretion of the chairperson – two in person and two by video conferencing. Public Law 114-143 requires the Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness to chair the Subcommittee.


The IPAWS Program is responsible for implementing a national public alert and warning system, supporting presidential warning requirements, and enable its use by federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local officials during local emergencies. Further information on FEMA’s IPAWS program can be found at www.fema.gov/integrated-public-alert-warning-system.


The NAC is a federal advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management frameworks, strategies and plans, while incorporating the whole community’s input through appointed council members.

New guide released to help law enforcement agencies and fusion centers regarding use of open source information

The Real-Time and Open Source Analysis (ROSA) Resource Guide was released on July 10, and can be downloaded here. This document was developed by the National Network of Fusion Centers, in partnership with the ODNI Office of Partner Engagement-Information Sharing Environment (PE-ISE), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the associations represented on the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), to assist law enforcement agencies and fusion centers in understanding the lawful and appropriate use of open source information, focusing on social media. It is designed to help law enforcement agencies and analytic personnel understand the potential tools and resources available to support law enforcement operational and analytic activities, while ensuring that related privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties concerns are addressed.

FEMA releases development sheets to assist jurisdictions’ improvement of their core capabilities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on July 6 released 48 Core Capability Development Sheets to provide state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions with suggestions on improving core capabilities and closing capability gaps identified through the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), the State Preparedness Report (SPR), or other capability analysis. By working with local jurisdictions and using the resources identified in the Core Capability Development Sheets, states may be able to improve their self-assessed proficiency ratings, which are reported annually in the SPR. The core capabilities are identified in the National Preparedness Goal as those needed by all jurisdictions to be fully prepared and to implement the National Preparedness System. The development sheets provide the core capability definition and tasks, relevant training, example capability targets, typed resources, critical planning partners, validation techniques, and additional organizations that support the development of the specific core capability. The FEMA Core Capability Development Sheets are posted on the FEMA Technical Assistance Program website. To provide comments and feedback, email FEMA-TARequest@fema.dhs.gov.

Center for Domestic Preparedness announces new leadership

Following an internal FEMA management review of the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological Training Facility (COBRATF) at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama, FEMA leadership is working to address the key recommendations in the report, and take the necessary courses of action to restart the live agent training, while maintaining the highest standard of safety culture. To support the next phase, additional leadership support is necessary to fully implement recommendations and lead a culture of change, while carrying out day-to-day training facility operations. To oversee the additional changes, FEMA Senior Executive Tony Russell who currently serves as the superintendent of FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, will join the CDP leadership team on detail and serve as the acting superintendent, effective July 10, 2017. Russell joins Bruce Bush, who resumes his position as CDP’s deputy superintendent, to together lead the CDP in Its commitment to having an emergency response community prepared for and capable of responding to all-hazards events. The CDP provides unique, hands on training to more than 45,000 emergency responders a year from state, local and tribal agencies. Additionally, Paul Butki will serve as the acting Emergency Management Institute superintendent during Mr. Russell’s detail.

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.

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