Cyber Security and Other Scams Targeting Small Businesses (English and Spanish) Webinars, July 22 & 23

Often, after a disaster, small businesses become targets for fraudulent scams claiming to provide assistance. Please join FEMA Region II and hear the Federal Trade Commission discuss the types of scams to avoid and how to avoid them. These webinars are available in English and Spanish:

  • English: Wednesday, July 22, 2020, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. ET. To register, click here.
  • Spanish: Thursday, July 23, 2020, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. ET To register, click here.

Fire Management Assistance Grant Program and Policy Guide, July 16

FEMA is hosting a tribal webinar for the open comment period for the Fire Management Assistance Grant Program and Policy Guide. The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 16. Register on FEMA Adobe Connect.


The 45-day public comment period ends on July 31. The draft guide and accompanying comments matrix are available on the FEMA website.  Submit the completed comment matrix by e-mail to

The Blue Shield: The Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict Webinar, July 7

Tuesday, July 7th

2pm-3pm ET


The destruction of cultural property in armed conflict has received worldwide condemnation. Dr Emma Cunliffe, Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University, & BS Secretariat and, will give a talk introducing the Blue Shield, an international NGO based in Newcastle dedicated to the protection of cultural heritage during conflict and from natural disaster.

ZOOM Link:

Community Assets Mapping Webinar, July 8

12-1pm ET


Join FEMA Region II on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, from noon to 1:00 p.m. ET and hear from Keith Adams. Adams is the executive director of New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD). He will discuss how to identify community assets and resources that can be used to meet community needs and to strengthen the community.


Register at:

Final Publication of National Incident Management Documents

Today, FEMA’s National Integration Center released six Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. Today’s release corresponds to the FEMA P-2055, Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance (November 2019) and includes:

  • Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Team
  • Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluator
  • Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Strike Team Leader
  • Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Team Technical Supervisor
  • Post-Disaster Complex Structural Condition Evaluator; and
  • Post-Disaster Complex Architectural Systems Condition Evaluator


NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing

Definitions define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.


To view the documents and for more information, visit:

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we make our nation more secure and resilient.


Faith and Community Toolkit on Human Trafficking

DHS Blue Campaign and the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives developed the Faith-Based and Community Toolkit, a human trafficking resource for the faith community. This toolkit provides tips and resources to engage houses of worship and the community to help raise awareness of human trafficking and how to be trauma responsive to the needs of victims or those vulnerable to harm. The Toolkit is available in both English and Spanish.


Learn more about other DHS Blue Campaign Resources, including the General Awareness Training Video.

FEMA Training Campuses Re-Opening on August 2

In March FEMA suspended in-person, campus-based training delivery. FEMA plans to re-open training campuses on a limited basis, effective Aug. 2. FEMA continues to monitor conditions and will adhere to state and local guidance and restrictions.


FEMA will announce any necessary changes to each course no later than the Thursday prior to the week of a scheduled course. The following health and safety precautions must be met prior to any students arriving on campus:

  • Student and instructors monitor their health and avoid close contact with those who are sick at least 14 days prior to traveling to a FEMA campus. If you feel ill at any time during the 14-day window, please contact FEMA immediately.
  • FEMA requires face coverings while riding in any FEMA-provided transportation, within classroom settings and in common areas, including entrances, elevators, restrooms, dining facilities and classroom/training venues or when it is not possible to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing. Students are responsible for providing their own face covering and will not be allowed on a FEMA campus or transportation without a face covering.
  • FEMA implements daily temperature screening of all students, instructors and all campus employees for initial check-in as well as daily screenings.
  • FEMA maintains clean facilities and provide sufficient hygiene supplies, including hand sanitizer, hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and disinfectant wipes.
  • FEMA institutes social distance practices campus-wide for instructors, students and all campus employees.
  • FEMA will reduce campus capacity to 50% and seating will be reconfigured to reinforce proper social distancing.
  • FEMA limits lodging to one student per room. Students will not share bathrooms.
  • FEMA manages meals differently than pre-COVID-19. Depending on the facility, boxed meals may be used in place of congregate seating. In other locations, cafeteria seating will be arranged to accommodate six feet of physical distancing.


FEMA’s top priority remains the health and safety of FEMA employees, instructors, students and visitors on campus, without compromising instruction quality and the student experience. If you are unable to comply with the precautions for any reason, contact FEMA to reschedule your training. Stay updated by visiting the FEMA website.

FEMA Crisis Counseling Program Offers Tribal Assistance

After a disaster, fear and anxiety can cause strong emotions in adults and children. FEMA’s Crisis Counseling Program helps people and communities to recover from the effects of natural or human-made disasters through short-term intervention that provide emotional support, basic crisis counseling and connection to familial and community support systems. States, tribes and territories designated for the Crisis Counseling Program under an Individual Assistance declaration may apply for a grant from FEMA to provide crisis counseling services.


A tribal member who lives within the geographic boundaries of a state with a crisis counseling declaration may receive services. Additionally, federally recognized Indian tribal governments have three potential options to implement crisis counseling services, whether under a federal major disaster declaration for a state or a tribal entity.


FEMA funds and oversees the Crisis Counseling Program in coordination with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The program helps people understand their current situation and reactions and supports short-term interventions focused on mitigating stress, promoting the use or development of coping strategies, providing emotional support and encouraging links with other individuals and agencies who may help survivors in their recovery process.


People who seek help through the program remain anonymous. Crisis counselors do not keep individual records or case files and avoid classifying, labeling or diagnosing individuals in any way. For more information visit

Responding to Railroad Emergencies Webinars, July 21, 22 & 23

Union Pacific Railroad’s Hazardous Materials Management team has partnered with TRANSCAER® to provide a virtual training class to equip first responders with the knowledge needed to respond safely to a railroad emergency. The 90-minute webinar presentation will be repeated on three successive days to accommodate multiple shifts of both career and volunteer departments. The training will include: overview of the Union Pacific Railroad Hazardous Materials Management team; how working as a team can bring an incident to a successful conclusion; review of different types of rail cars and hazards; discussion on responding safely to an incident; hazards around the railroad right-of-way; and where to find needed information.


Emergency preparedness amidst COVID-19 guide for local governments published by NLC

As local governments grapple with the COVID-19 challenge, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other disasters continue to threaten communities across the US. How can local leaders keep residents safe and prepare for these hazards amidst a global pandemic that requires physical distancing and other precautions? The National League of Cities (NLC) with support from other organizations, including IAEM, have released “Emergency Preparedness Amidst COVID-19: A Guide for Local Governments. This document is a short guide about local emergency preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic.