FEMA Administrator Brock Long names National Advisory Council Members

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Aug. 29 that Administrator Brock Long has appointed 12 new members and reappointed one current member to serve three-year terms on FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC). The reappointed member is Jeffrey Hansen, CEM, emergency manager for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and an IAEM member. The NAC is an advisory committee that provides advice to the FEMA Administrator through recommendations on all aspects of emergency management. The NAC consists of up to 35 members, including a diverse cross-section of officials, emergency managers, and emergency responders from state, local, and tribal governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. In this year’s open application period, FEMA received more than 170 membership applications to fill the 13 open positions. The qualifications of each candidate were carefully considered during an intensive review process that included a recommendation panel of senior government officials.


FEMA seeks diverse perspectives from stakeholders as the agency develops 2018-2022 strategic plan

As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) develops its 2018-2022 strategic plan, the agency is seeking diverse perspectives from stakeholders, partners and employees to inform its future vision, direction, strategic goals, and operational objectives. These sessions are the first step in a new cycle of listening to employees at all levels, as well as stakeholders from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector regarding ideas for improvements FEMA could make to improve its services and processes. FEMA is accepting feedback through IdeaScale, an interactive, web-based application where people can submit, discuss, and vote on ideas. You are encouraged to submit your thoughts and ideas via IdeaScale or to FEMA-Strategic-Planning@fema.dhs.gov.

Hurricane Harvey Resources for People with Disabilities, Access & Functional Needs

Hurricane Harvey Resources for People with Disabilities, Access & Functional Needs



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As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Acting Secretary Elaine Duke today announced final allocations of $288 million for six Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, in addition to the more than $1.3 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced by DHS in June, total more than $1.6 billion in FY 2017 to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with their preparedness efforts.


“The Department of Homeland Security remains committed to supporting our partners in government and the private sector nationwide as we strengthen our ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of threats together,” said Acting Secretary Elaine Duke. “The threat environment today is continuing to evolve quickly, and these grants help our partners plan for and ready themselves against everything from natural disasters to terrorist attacks. Protecting the American people is a shared responsibility, and we must remain vigilant and ready to respond.”


Together with previous grant funding awarded since 2002, DHS has awarded more than $49 billion to these partners.  Preparedness grants strengthen our nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies in support of the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System.


Also today, $8 million of funding is being announced for Homeland Security National Training Program/Continuing Training Grants, to be used in accordance with congressional guidance to develop and deliver training that addresses priority gaps in core capabilities and responds to specific threats and hazards.


The FY 2017 preparedness grants focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that continue to face the most significant threats. Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention activities throughout the country to prepare for, prevent, and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.


Preparedness Grant Program Allocations for Fiscal Year 2017:


Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)—provides more than $1 billion for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats.


  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)—provides $402 million to support the implementation of the National Preparedness System to build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels.


  • Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)—provides $580 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 33 high-threat, high-density areas.


  • Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)—provides $55 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States’ land and water borders where there are ongoing U.S. Customs and Border Protection missions.


Awards made to the states and urban areas for HSGP carry pass-through requirements. Pass through is defined as an obligation on the part of the State Administrative Agency (SAA) to make funds available to local units of government, combinations of local units, tribal governments, or other specific groups or organizations. The SAA must obligate at least 80 percent of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local or tribal units of government.


Per section 2006 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. § 607), DHS/FEMA is required to ensure that at least 25 percent of grant funding must be used for law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.


Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program—provides more than $350 million to assist local, tribal, territorial, and state governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities.


Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)—provides $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.


Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)—provides $25 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the 33 FY 2017 UASI-eligible urban areas.


Intercity Passenger Rail – Amtrak (IPR) Program—provides $10 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system.


Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)—provides $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.


Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)—provides $88 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.


Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)—provides $2 million to assist operators of fixed-route intercity and charter bus services within high-threat urban areas to protect bus systems and the traveling public from acts of terrorism, major disasters and other emergencies


In addition to the competitive grants announced today, in June 2017, DHS announced more than $1.3 billion in preparedness grant program funding.


Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and http://www.fema.gov/grants.


HSIN Access for Campus Public Safety/Police

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to sharing timely, relevant and accurate information with its campus safety and law enforcement partners. Recently, members of the campus safety and law enforcement community raised questions about access to intelligence and analytic products, noting that these items are essential for maintaining situational awareness and safety.


To meet these needs, the Office of Partnership and Engagement/Office for State and Local Law Enforcement (OPE/OSLLE) is facilitating requests for Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) membership for campus safety/police departments.


HSIN is DHS’s primary mechanism for sharing sensitive but unclassified information and will often be the sole vehicle for campus police departments to access DHS intelligence products. Information posted to HSIN originates from stakeholders responsible for many aspects of homeland security operations. Federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, international and private sector homeland security partners use HSIN to manage operations, analyze data, send alerts and notices, and share the information they need to do their jobs. In addition, authorized users may post their own publications (e.g., alerts, fact sheets, BOLOs, threat assessments).


Campus safety and police officers are strongly encouraged to apply for HSIN access. To learn more about HSIN and requesting access, view OSLLE’s message to campus safety and law enforcement partners. Please contact David Hampton, OSLLE, with any questions.

Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire

The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) works with communities to reduce wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface through improved land use planning. They have assisted 18 communities since 2015 and are now accepting applications from eligible communities for 2018. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, September 29, 2017.


Communities in the CPAW program receive customized planning recommendations and tools, site visits and support from CPAW teams, and training and networking opportunities. Local governments retain sole authority for implementation of any land use planning recommendations provided through CPAW.


CPAW selects communities based on a competitive process and only applications demonstrating support from both the community’s planning and fire departments will be considered. Any community in the United States can apply; eligible jurisdictions include towns, cities or counties having authority over local land use and zoning decisions. Unincorporated communities require county application.


Selected communities are not responsible for any direct costs associated with CPAW services provided, but staff time to participate is required. All advice and assistance given to the community will be limited to services intended to reduce risk from wildfires. For more information, see the CPAW website.

Heritage Emergency and Response Training in Washington DC

Application deadline: September 15, 2017


Course Dates: Nov. 13 – 17


The course consists of three parts. Accepted applicants will be required, before the start of the program, to complete FEMA’s online course “Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS 100).” Participants will travel to Washington, DC, for a week of hands-on training at the Smithsonian Institution from November 13–17, 2017. Sessions will provide realistic, hands-on training in damage assessment, rapid documentation, emergency evacuation and salvage, rehousing and storage, crisis communication, team building, and more. Starting in January 2018, a five-part webinar series will build upon the in-person training, reinforcing concepts covered in the November training.


How to Apply

For a complete description of the program and the application process, please see: https://culturalrescue.si.edu/resources/hentf-training/



Contact the Heritage Emergency National Task Force at hentf@si.edu or the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative at culturalrescue@si.edu.