USA Council News: Jan-Feb 2019

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IAEM-USA Is Conducting its 12th Annual EMPG Survey: Deadline extended to Feb. 25, 2019, 6:00 p.m. EST - details here!

2019 IAEM Bulletin Special Focus Issue Topics Announced (09 Feb 2019)

February 2019 IAEM Bulletin Is Now Online (09 Feb 2019) 

2019 IAEM Call for Speakers Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST 
 

  • New GIS HHS emPOWER REST Service: New Connection Required to consume "CMS Electricity-Dependent Data" in GIS Applications (13 Feb 2019) Effective Feb. 12, 2019, ASPR updated the name of the HHS emPOWER Program’s Representational State Transfer (REST) Service (formerly named CMS_DME/HHS_CMS_DME_ESRD_onlyAll) to align with the other HHS emPOWER Program tools and resources. This REST Service, provided via ASPR’s GeoHEALTH Platform, allows users to consume the HHS emPOWER Map data layer in their own geographic information system (GIS) application. The data layer displays the total number of at-risk Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare beneficiaries that rely upon life-maintaining and saving electricity-dependent medical equipment and cardiac devices (e.g. oxygen concentrators, electric wheelchairs) in a geographic area, down to the ZIP Code.
     
  • DHS Seeks Feedback on Chemical Security Assessment Tool by Apr. 8, 2019 (13 Feb 2019) The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Infrastructure Security Division, is releasing the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) information collection request to support affected chemical facilities’ requirements to submit data pursuant to 6 CFR Part 27. The CSAT 60 Day Notice, published Feb. 7, which solicits comments for the Office of Management and Budget, proposes to renew this information collection for an additional three years. The CSAT is used by facilities to communicate with or notify the department regarding issues such as CSAT Help Desk, CSAT User Registration, CSAT Top-Screen, CSAT Security Vulnerability Assessment, CSAT Site Security Plan, Alternative Security Program Submitted in lieu of the CSAT Site Security Plan, and identification of facilities and assets at risk. Comments will be accepted until Apr. 8, 2019. Questions should be directed to Craig Conklin, dfats@hq.dhs.gov.
     
  • IAEM-USA Is Conducting its 12th Annual EMPG Survey: Deadline extended to Feb. 25, 2019, 6:00 p.m. EST (05 Feb 2019) IAEM-USA is seeking information from U.S. local government and tribal emergency management offices about Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding. We need your help!

    We are again conducting a joint effort with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). NEMA is using a separate survey monkey for state directors to report on state activities. IAEM is seeking input from local and tribal jurisdictions. NEMA will analyze the state data, and IAEM-USA will analyze the local and tribal data. Once the data has been compiled, IAEM and NEMA will write a joint report to be distributed to key policy makers on Capitol Hill and within the Trump Administration.

    We’ve made significant progress in recent years educating Members of Congress on the importance of building and maintaining strong emergency management programs at the local level, as well as the role of funding, particularly EMPG funding, in building such programs. We are pleased the House and Senate both appropriated $350 million for FY2018, and we remain optimistic the program will again receive $350 million for FY 2019. Even so, we will continue to face much uncertainty in the coming years and will need to be prepared to defend and maintain the current appropriation for EMPG. We will also need to be ready with ironclad data to make a case for a long over-due funding increase for EMPG.

    The narrative questions in the survey are of particular importance. If you have examples of how EMPG was directly related to an emergency response or EM program activity, we would like to cite those in our effort to “paint the picture” on the importance of EMPG.

    • The survey is available HERE.
    • A PDF-version of the survey is available HERE.

Please complete the survey by the extended deadline of 6:00 p.m. EST, Feb. 25, 2019. Should you need to exit the survey prior to completing it, you can return to your survey from the same computer any time prior to the deadline to finish by following the link provided above.

If you have any technical problems or questions with the survey, please contact Julie Husk at jhusk@iaem.com. If you have any questions about the survey questions, please contact Thad Huguley at thad@iaem.com. Thank you for helping us in this important effort.

  • FEMA Releases "State-Led Public Assistance Guide" (05 Feb 2019) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the “State-led Public Assistance Guide,” providing additional resources for recipients to lead some or all aspects of Public Assistance operations for smaller disasters. State-led Public Assistance maximizes specialized features of the Public Assistance delivery process to enhance the capacity of recipients to achieve local communities’ immediate and long-term recovery goals. Aligning with the FEMA 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, state-led Public Assistance operations preserves federal resources for catastrophic disasters and strengthens the emergency management enterprise to one that is federally supported, state-managed, and locally executed.
     
  • Participate in the 2019 Firestorm BCM Compensation Study to Receive a Complimentary Report (17 Jan 2019) The Firestorm 17th Edition Business Continuity Management (BCM) Compensation Study – in partnership with the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) is open until Feb. 20, 2019. Receive a complimentary report by participating in the BCM Compensation Study for Permanently Employed or Unemployed Professionals or the BCM Compensation Study for Independent Consultants, Contractors, and Fixed Term Professionals. The Business Continuity Management Compensation Study has been conducted annually since 2001, and the scope is worldwide. IAEM is a supporting organization for the study. Only your email address will be kept on file for report distribution and future study notifications, unless you opt-in to have your information kept on file with Firestorm and/or BCI. If you do opt-in, your individual contact and company information is never shared outside of Firestorm or BCI.
     
  • IAEM Provides Support to U.S. Federal Government Employees Impacted by the Government Shutdown (15 Jan 2019) As the shutdown of the U.S. federal government continues, the International Association of Emergency Managers announced Tuesday that it will offer flexible payment arrangements for government employees directly impacted. “We recognize that federal government employees may be in a challenging financial position as the shutdown continues,” said Marty Shaub, CEM, IAEM-USA president. “We will work with affected employees so that they continue to receive their IAEM services without interruption.” IAEM has a 90-day dues payment grace period currently in place. Members should contact the IAEM membership department at 1-703-538-1795 x1785 to discuss their individual situations.
     
  • Emergency Manager's Weekly Report Addresses Resources for Furloughed Federal Employees (15 Jan 2019) The Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report, compiled by long-time IAEM member Steve Detwiler, has published a federal shutdown assistance guide. Resources are available in these categories: general information; financial and credit assistance; federal benefits and unemployment assistance; food assistance; cultural assistance; and additional resources. Access the report, "Federal Shutdown Assistance Guide," through the Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report web page.
     
  • FEMA’s National Integration Center Seeks Public Feedback by Jan. 24 on NIMS Supplemental Guides (08 Jan 2018) Center is seeking public feedback during a 35-day National Engagement Period on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) National Qualification System (NQS) Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators and the NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Qualification Review Boards (QRB). Both guides enhance interoperability and effectiveness of mutual aid, and they provide more detail and procedural discussion about the qualification and certification processes. NQS provides the tools for organizations to share resources seamlessly. The National Engagement Period, which concludes at 5:00 p.m. EST on Jan. 24, 2019, provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance. Review the documents online, complete the provided feedback form, and submit the form to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov. FEMA is hosting 60-minute webinars to discuss the NQS supporting tools and answer questions. These interviews are open to the whole community. Please click on the dates to access the registration page for each webinar: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, 10:00-11:00 a.m. EST; Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST; and Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST.
     
  • FEMA Releases New and Updated Safe Room Fact Sheets (08 Jan 2019) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced the publication of updated and new fact sheets about tornado-safe rooms. The updated Residential Tornado Safe Room Doors fact sheet provides information regarding selecting an adequate safe room door assembly. The information reflects the changes made to the ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters (ICC® 500) from the first to second edition. A new fact sheet, Community Tornado Safe Room Doors: Installation and Maintenance, provides information about the selection, installation and maintenance of safe room door assemblies for community safe rooms. Safe room door assemblies are one of the most important components of a safe room because they must provide the same level of protection as the walls and roof, yet also remain functional for quick access. Please direct any questions to FEMA’s Safe Room Helpline by calling 866-927-2104 or emailing Saferoom@fema.dhs.gov.