Introduction to the WEkEO DIAS Webinar, Dec 2

9-10am EST

The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is hosting a webinar on the Copernicus Dias Service that puts Copernicus and Sentinel satellite data at your fingertips

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FEMA Individual Assistance Virtual Symposium, Dec 3

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST


  • Planning considerations: before, during and after a disaster. COVID-19 Supplement for planning considerations: evacuation and shelter in place.
  • Non-congregate sheltering in a COVID Environment: Preliminary Case Studies.

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Or join by phone: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666

William Averette Anderson Fund Announcement

Dr. Nnenia Campbell—a BAF Alumna and Founding Fellow has accepted an opportunity to serve as the BAF 501(c)(3)’s first Deputy Director. She will begin taking on responsibilities with our organization this Fall and will transition fully into the role in mid-2021. Dr. Campbell was a champion for the BAF mission from her first few months as a Fellow, and we have watched that passion and commitment continue to grow as she’s continued on to successfully complete her doctoral program and begin new chapters in her career. We encourage you to read Dr. Campbell’s full bio here and join us in welcoming her in a new capacity to the BAF team.

NIST Community Resilience Planning Playbook now available

Local officials, businesses, and planning and design professionals who want to make their communities more resilient to hazard events – natural or otherwise – can get straightforward, action-oriented guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The recently published NIST Playbook captures key actions that communities of any size can take to better position themselves to deal with potential hazards with a user-friendly, concise format. It complements the two-volume NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Physical Infrastructure Systems which has been used by communities in a variety of ways. The Guide recognizes the communities must prioritize their limited resources and that improving resilience is a process achieved over time. The Playbook format and templates help communities more easily use the Guide.

Domestic Preparedness releases special issue on ‘Triggered Collapse’

Beginning in early 2020, Dr. Drew Miller published a series of articles under the broad topic of “Triggered Collapse” in Domestic Preparedness. Drew is a published author, guest speaker, Air Force Reserve Colonel, intelligence officer, and honor graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. Adding to these credentials, he earned both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University. The articles have been reprinted as a special issue. The “Triggered Collapse” series cites the following key points for DomPrep’s readers to reflect and take action on: pandemic influenza, naturally occurring; bioengineered virus attack; supply chain gaps and vulnerabilities; just-in-time inadequacies; critical infrastructure interdependencies; civil unrest; peaceful protests; marauders and looting; law enforcement reform and officer retention; an overwhelmed workforce; an unemployed workforce; and economic unrest.

FEMA releases Vaccination Planning Frequently Asked Questions

Successful implementation of a national COVID-19 vaccination program requires precise and close coordination across the federal government, as well as state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) governments and among many public and private partners. In support of this effort, FEMA released the COVID-19 Pandemic: Vaccination Planning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). These FAQs, provided to state, tribal, and territorial officials, provide information on federal coordination support efforts, federal funding sources, FEMA Public Assistance eligibility for vaccination mission support activities, insurance considerations, Direct Federal Assistance, and resources for SLTT partners.

FEMA agreement enables UMGC degree programs to accept EMI courses as transfer credit

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) signed an articulation agreement with the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), which enables UMGC degree programs to accept EMI courses as transfer credit based on the credit hour recommendations provided through EMI’s accreditation with the American Council on Education. More than 174 EMI courses and their various versions have been evaluated. Current or former EMI students can earn transfer credit for their coursework toward a bachelor’s degree through UMGC. UMGC’s transfer policy allows for up to 90 credits toward a bachelor’s degree from a variety of sources. To apply or learn which courses have been evaluated for college credit, visit UMGC. If you have any questions about the agreement, contact If you would like to speak to a UMGC representative regarding transferring EMI credit to UMGC, e-mail

IAEM Reimagined Annual Conference now available on-demand

Did you miss out on the IAEM Reimagined Virtual Conference last week? We had a lot of fun and growth, but it is not over yet! You can join more than 1,500 emergency managers from around the world and now register for on-demand access to more than 40 hours of sessions that will be available until Feb. 16, 2021. After you view sessions, you will be able to claim those contact hours for credit towards IAEM’s Certified Emergency Manager Program. This is a bargain for just $199 for individuals (member and non-member) and $99 for student members. Take advantage of personal learning and receive contact hours over the next 2.5 months by registering for on-demand content. Included on-demand are all breakout sessions, plenary speakers, and EMvision Talks. Also included are video overviews of the latest EM products and services in the EMEX Virtual Hall, 26 poster presentations representing significant insight from peers, and the 2020 Yearbook of Honors. Check out the conference program, and register online for on-demand access.

FEMA Building Private-Public Partnerships Guide Webinars, Dec 1 & 3

FEMA is seeking content input from community partners on the “Building Private-Public Partnerships Guide” draft document. The agency will host a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to discuss the Guide and answer stakeholders’ questions. The webinars will be open to the whole community and advance registration is required. To register, click on the preferred webinar session below.

The purpose of the review is to provide an opportunity for the public to provide substantive content recommendations and refinement of the draft. The results of this review will inform the development of the published version of the guide for whole community use. Feedback should be submitted to by Dec. 10.