USA Council News: October 2018

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  • The October 2018 IAEM Bulletin is now online (11 Oct 2018) This is a special focus issue on "Opportunities & Innovations in Emergency Management," with feature articles from this year's Annual Conference speakers. There will be a "Part 2" on this same theme in the November 2018 Bulletin. 


  • DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis Is Accepting Applications for its Fellows Program (15 Oct 2018) The DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has enhanced its Fellows Program and is now accepting applications from state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners. The Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for SLTT partners to collaborate with DHS, the intelligence community, and federal interagencies to ensure that SLTT perspectives are integrated into the threat information shared by federal partners. Fellows will be expected to collaborate with their federal counterparts and SLTT customers through participation in a variety of intelligence functions, including, but not limited to, intelligence collection, analysis, and production activities. Through these engagements, Fellows will collaborate with interagency partners to facilitate the sharing of information and intelligence across all levels of government. Several distinct opportunities are available under this program and applicants may apply for more than one opportunity. If more than one opportunity is identified, please rank order your preference: DHS Intelligence Enterprise; Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT); and National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC). Download the overview and application form. Email questions to
  • National Flood Insurance Program Rate Changes Will Be Effective Apr. 1, 2019 (02 Oct 2018) As announced on Oct. 1, 2018, key changes being made to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on Apr. 1, 2019, include updated insurance policy premium Increases conforming to the premium rate caps established by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA). Premiums will increase upon renewal at an average of 8.2 percent beginning Apr. 1, 2019. These amounts do not include the HFIAA Surcharge or the Federal Policy Fee (FPF). It is important to note that nearly 80 percent of NFIP policyholders already pay a full-risk rate. Annual premium increases of 5 percent for Preferred Risk Policies (PRPs) and 15 percent for Newly Mapped procedure policies will become effective Jan. 1, 2020. Effective Apr. 1, 2019, FEMA will introduce a Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) Premium for all policies covering properties with an SRL designation. The SRL Premium will be 5 percent for all SRL policies.
  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Application Period Open Oct. 1, 2018-Jan. 31, 2019 (02 Oct 2018) The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant program provides funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments for eligible mitigation activities that strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. The open application period for two competitive grants began Oct. 1, 2018, and ends at 3:00 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, 2018. This pertains to Flood Mitigation Assistance grants and Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants. Eligible applicants may apply for the Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants online. Learn more on the FEMA website.
  • 2019 Preparedness Summit Extends Abstract Submission Deadline to Oct. 12, 2018 (02 Oct 2018) The National Association of County & City Heath Officials (NACCHO), in coordination with the Preparedness Summit Planning Committee, has extended the deadline for abstract submissions for the 2019 Preparedness Summit to Oct. 12, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EDT. The summit will take place Mar. 29-29, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2019 Preparedness Summit will feature experts from the healthcare and emergency management fields, in addition to public health preparedness professionals, to address the gaps between these life-saving industries in an effort to work more collaboratively and efficiently in the face of emerging threats. Reaching across these sectors will leverage diversity of thought and advance the capacity of our communities to respond to and recover from emergency events. The 2019 theme is "Preparedness Summit 2019: The Evolving Threat Environment.”