USA Council News: June 2018
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- IAEM-USA Council and Regions Announce Call for Nominations for Second Vice President and Secretary (01 June 2018) The IAEM-USA Council on June 1 announced by email the call for nominations for the office positions of Second Vice President and Secretary. Candidates must submit their credentials by 5:00 p.m. EDT, on Monday, July 2, 2018, to IAEM Headquarters via email to email@example.com, to be reviewed by the IAEM-USA Nominations & Credentials Committee. Download the complete call for nominations for IAEM-USA Second Vice President and Secretary.
- If you are a member who resides in Region 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10, you also received an emailed call for regional officer nominations. For details, visit your Region’s web page.
- An IAEM webinar, “Becoming a Candidate for IAEM Office,” will be held Friday, June 15, 2018, 1:30-2:00 p.m. EDT. Speakers will be Nick Crossley, CEM, IAEM-USA President, Marty Shaub, CEM, IAEM-USA 1st Vice President, and others to be named. Do you want to learn more about what it means to be an IAEM officer or regional president? Attend this webinar, and hear from current officers and regional presidents about their IAEM roles. Register online.
- FEMA Releases Guide for Emergency Managers on Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations (19 June 2018) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on June 14 released its guide on Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers. These organizations offer a wide variety of human and material resources that have proven their value during and after many disasters. The guide provides a methodology for emergency managers to engage with faith-based and community organizations in enhancing the resiliency of our nation. By identifying, engaging, and building partnerships with these groups, particularly those in racially, ethnically, economically, and religiously diverse communities, emergency managers can provide training and technical assistance to strengthen their skills, connect them with existing partners, and then integrate them into emergency management plans and exercises before an event occurs, thus increasing response and recovery capability. Download a copy of the guide, and direct any questions to FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.
- EDA Is Accepting Applications for Regional Innovation Strategies Program Grants (19 June 2018) The U.S. Economic Development Administration is accepting applications for the annual Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program grants through Aug. 29, 2018. EDA currently awards grants that build regional capacity to translate innovations into jobs (1) through proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and (2) through operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage risk capital to innovators and entrepreneurs. Up to $21 million in grants will be awarded this year. To date, the RIS Program has invested in 140 projects, totaling $57 million in federal funding across 40 states and Puerto Rico, supporting the creation of hundreds of new businesses, thousands of new jobs, and millions in new venture funding. Complete information on applying for RIS grants is online.
- FEMA Releases NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualification and Resource Typing Definitions (19 June 2018) FEMA today released 107 National Incident Management System (NIMS) Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions. These 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. NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts, enabling organizations across the United States to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building national preparedness. The release includes the following core capabilities: critical transportation; environmental response/health and safety; fatality management services; infrastructure systems; on-scene security; protection and law enforcement; operational coordination; public health, healthcare, and emergency medical services; risk management for protection programs and activities; and situational assessment. To view the release, visit the FEMA Resource Typing Library Tool.
- Springing into Summer Benefit Auction (01 June 2018) The online IAEM Scholarship Auction is now open with auction items ranging from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. The online auction will run June 1 through June 21, 2018. More items will be added to the auction, so be sure to check back regularly. So, please tell your friends, family, community about our auction. Let the bidding begin! And remember – your participation helps send students earning degrees in emergency management, disaster management or a closely related program of study to school. Your donations or purchases may help educate the person that someday directs the response to a disaster in your community or helps the community or its residents recover from a natural or man-made disaster.
- IAEM-USA Region 3 Symposium Program and Online Registration Are Now Available (01 June 2018) IAEM-USA Region 3 is holding its 8th Annual Region 3 Symposium on June 27, 2018, at the Stacey C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Visit the event site to view or download the program, learn about topics and speakers, and register online. The registration fee of $10 includes the symposium and lunch. The online registration deadline is June 22, 2018, and on-site registration will be available on July 27 at the symposium.
- GAO Releases Report on Federal Disaster Assistance (01 June 2018) The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on May 31 released Report GAO-18-366, Federal Disaster Assistance: Individual Assistance Requests Often Granted but FEMA Could Better Document Factors Considered. GAO was asked to review FEMA’s Individual Assistance (IA) declaration process. This report examines: the number of IA declaration requests received, declared, and denied; the extent to which FEMA accounts for the regulatory factors when evaluating IA requests, and any challenges FEMA regions and select states report on the declaration process and factors and any FEMA actions to revise them. GAO also reviewed proposed rulemaking comments and interviewed FEMA officials from all 10 regions and 11 state emergency management offices selected based on declaration requests and other factors. GAO recommends that FEMA evaluate why regions are not completing the RVARs for each element of the current IA regulatory factors and take corrective steps, if necessary. DHS concurred with the recommendation. The report and an executive summary can both be downloaded here.
- Select ASPR Presentations from 2018 Preparedness Summit Are Now Available Online (01 June 2018) Each year ASPR staff have the opportunity to share their work and exchange information with stakeholders at the Preparedness Summit. Select presentations from the 2018 Preparedness Summit on the theme of “Strengthening National Health Security: Mastering Ordinary Responses, Building Resilience for Extraordinary Events” are now available online. Learn more about how ASPR is working to save lives and protect Americans from today’s health security threats.
- FEMA Podcast on U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunters Now Available (01 June 2018) In this week’s episode of the FEMA Podcast, Major Nicole Mitchell, a meteorologist with the U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunters, presents a tour of their aircraft and discusses what it’s like to fly right through the most intense parts of a hurricane. The FEMA Podcast is a new audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the agency, hearing about innovations in emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering about disasters. The podcast is updated with a new episode weekly and is available on Apple iTunes to stream or download. Learn more online.
- FEMA Releases Updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201 (01 June 2018) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on May 31 released the updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201 to reflect the changes in methodology for the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and the Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR), formerly the State Preparedness Report. The update includes both THIRA and SPR, because they are interconnected process that communities use to evaluate their preparedness. The updated methodology goes in to effect this year. More information is posted online.