NATIONAL ENGAGEMENT FOR THE DRAFT NIMS IMPLEMENTATION OBJECTIVES FOR FEDERAL DEPARTEMENTS AND AGENCIES
FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback for an update of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Objectives for Federal Departments and Agencies. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 17, 2020. National Engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft implementation objectives, to ensure they are relevant for all implementing partners.
Federal departments and agencies play an important role in ensuring effective NIMS implementation; not only do they implement NIMS within their departments and agencies, they also ensure that the systems and processes are in place to communicate and support NIMS implementation at all jurisdictional levels.
FEMA previously revised the Federal NIMS Implementation Objectives in 2009. In this current update, we seek to ensure the objectives are consistent with the Third Edition of the NIMS, published in October 2017. The Third Edition of NIMS retains the concepts and principles from the 2008 and 2004 versions of NIMS, while reflecting changes to laws, policies, and best practices. Additionally, the Third Edition of NIMS provides additional information on the roles of off-scene incident personnel such as senior leaders and emergency operations center personnel.
FEMA has developed implementation indicators for each Implementation Objective. These indicators serve as actionable activities that jurisdictions can use to demonstrate NIMS implementation. The indicators are not requirements or criteria, nor are the indicators intended as a checklist for achieving the objectives. The indicators are a tool to assist Federal departments and agencies in meeting the new implementation objectives.
FEMA will host a series of webinars to discuss the proposed NIMS Implementation Objectives for Federal Departments and Agencies and answer related questions. All webinars are open to the whole community.
As COVID-19 continues to grip the country, the Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) is working alongside its Federal partner agencies to provide relevant information and resources to the public. On April 2, 2020, DAIP Stakeholder Relations and Management team held its regular monthly call with the federal partnership to share resources available and discuss how many agencies have been providing information to the public. For example:
The Department of Housing and Urban Development shared information specifically related to homeless and housing insecure populations:
Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG). This funding supports homeless projects throughout the country to assist households move into sustainable housing, COC homeless shelters: Infectious Disease Toolkit
The Department of Labor shared information about their public-facing site Benefits.gov. In response to increase in visitors to Benefits.gov, developed critical communications, including:
The Office of Personnel Management OPM shared the relevant information for Federal employees including teleworking guidance and information for Federal Agencies navigating the hiring process during COVID-19.
“Creating the Water Workforce of the Future”Webinar Series
Utility Workforce Diversity Programs Utility leaders across the country are embracing the opportunity to develop a more diverse workforce that is representative of the communities they serve. The benefits of a more diverse workforce are can be realized by both and smaller utilities alike. Please join EPA and our partners to learn about the benefits two utilities are seeing every day as a result of their commitment to diversity in the workforce. Jennifer Zuchowski from Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) in St. Paul, Minnesota will describe various diversity programs underway to train and hire women electricians. Howard Carter and Stacy Thompson from the Saco Maine Wastewater Treatment Plant in Saco, Maine will describe how focusing on employee development has enabled their organization to attract and retain a diverse workforce. Moderated by Jim Horne, U.S. EPA. Schedule and RegistrationJune 23, 2020 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern TimeRegister Here
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to declare a Phase I Water Shortage for the District’s central and southern regions, which include Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.
The primary purpose for a Phase I water shortage is to alert the public that watering restrictions could be forthcoming. The order also requires local utilities to review and implement procedures for enforcing year-round water conservation measures and water shortage restrictions, including reporting enforcement activity to the District.
A Phase I water shortage order does not change allowable watering schedules, however it does prohibit “wasteful and unnecessary” water use.
The District considers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public water supplies when deciding to declare a water shortage order – that means, restricting the amount of water the public can use.
The District has worked diligently with our partners to implement water conservation programs and develop alternative water supplies. Even though we are experiencing drought conditions, there is still an adequate water supply available to the public.
Florida’s dry season runs October through May and April is historically one of the driest months of the year. The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information on our website at WaterMatters.org/Conservation.
Has been converted to the Transportation Symposium Webinar Series (Virtual format)
In an effort to continue to keep staff and our industry partners up-to-date with DOT policies, procedures and best practices we will be developing and implementing the Transportation Symposium Webinar Series, which will be providing weekly Symposium sessions starting June 9, 2020. PDH credits will be offered for the live version of the webinar. The recorded version will be posted to view at a later date.
For schedule and updates, please visit the website
Effective Utility Management (EUM) Roadmap Webinar: Taking the Next Step Toward Sustainability
EUM is based on the Attributes of Effectively Managed Utilities endorsed by EPA and a host of national water Associations. Utilities around the country have used the Effective Utility Management (EUM) framework to do an initial assessment of their current performance and move toward becoming fully sustainable using the EUM Primer. This webinar will help utilities take the next step beyond the basic EUM assessment and identify and implement proven and effective practices, using a guide called Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap and implement proven and effective management practices at their utility. Build on the results of the initial EUM Assessment Show participants how to conduct an in-depth assessment of specific utility management practices based on the EUM Attributes Equip participants to use the EUM Roadmap at their utility to determine which management practices can help them improve their performance Learn from examples of other utilities that have utilized and implemented the Roadmap “The EUM Roadmap is a powerful tool to help utilities take the next step in becoming fully sustainable and meet the needs of their communities.”—Jim Horne, Sustainable Utilities Program Manager, U.S. EPA Schedule and RegistrationJune 16, 20201:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern TimeRegister Here Webinar AgendaIntroductions & Workshop ObjectivesImplementation of Effective Practices Overview of Effective Utility ManagementUtility “Self-Assessment” ExerciseOverview of EUM Roadmap Implementation Experience Overview of the Three Business LevelsQ&A Session
ABOUT NPDES The NPDES permit program addresses water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to waters of the United States. Created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program is authorized to state governments by EPA to perform many permitting, administrative, and enforcement aspects of the program.
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