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- New Jersey Institute of Technology Publishes Infographic About Levees in the United States (14 Aug 2018) The New Jersey Institute of Technology has published an infographic, “Levees in the United States.” U.S. levees stretch out for more than 100,000 miles, with the federal government operating around 2,100 miles of the system. The Congressional Research Service states that an estimated 22 percent of counties across the U.S., which represent about half of the population in the country, contain levees. To learn more, check out the infographic, which was created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree program.
- FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity Now Available; Register to Attend Overview Webinar for Prospective Applicants (08 Aug 2018) FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) competitive grant programs assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. For Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018), $395.2 million in funding is available through two HMA programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). On Aug. 3, the notice of funding opportunity was made available, so that potential applicants can review eligibility, funding guidelines, and evaluation criteria. FEMA will open the FY18 HMA application period on Oct. 1, 2018, with an application deadline of 3:00 p.m. EST, Jan. 31, 2019. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal. FEMA will offer a series of webinars for interested applicants to provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency’s funding priorities and review process. Interested applicants can attend any one of the four planned sessions: Aug. 15, 2:00 p.m. EDT; Aug. 16, 12:00 p.m. EDT; Sept. 12, 2:00 p.m. EDT; and Sept. 13, 12:00 p.m. EDT. Use this information to login to any of these webinars: Adobe Connect, phone 1-800-320-4330, code 338559#. Additional webinars are scheduled about the eGrants program. Go online for a complete list of dates and times.
- Pipeline Emergency Response Online Training Portal Resource Now Available (08 Aug 2018) The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), along with supporting emergency response organizations, has created the Pipeline Emergency Response Online Training Portal to assist first responders to learn the technique and skills to address a hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline incident. Using the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) “Pipeline Emergencies” Program, this best in class online training is provided free-of-charge to all first responders. Learn about available courses and register online here.
- FEMA/EMI Announces Sept. 3 Open Enrollment for FY2019 Virtual Tabletop Exercise Program (01 Aug 2018) FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute has announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 planned broadcast dates for it Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTX), with open enrollment starting on Sept. 3, 2018. EMI conducts a series of VTTX using a video teleconference (VTC) platform to reach community-based training audiences and provide a virtual forum for disaster training. The VTTX process involves key personnel from the emergency management community of practice reviewing a pre-packaged set of exercise materials, then convening for a four-hour tabletop exercise discussion of a simulated disaster scenario with a total of 10-15 individual sites. The event allows the connected sites to assess current plans, policies, and procedures while learning from the other connected sites, as they provide their perspective and practice while exercising a similar situation. A VTC system is required for participation. There is no cost for the program. Learn about the topics planned for FY2019.