USA Council News: January 2019
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The January 2019 IAEM Bulletin is now online
- 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.