Do you have trades or vocational skills? Register now for a one-hour virtual info session on August 18 at noon. At Pinellas County Government, we have over 400 trades and vocational positions in a variety of departments. Learn about our outstanding benefits, and how to join our growing team. Registration required: www.pinellascounty.org/hr/trades. #WorkGrowMatter
Please find information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s National Preparedness Assessment Division (NPAD) request for comment on the effectiveness of Homeland Security grants. This information has been provided by APWA partner, the National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC).
FEMA recently issued a Request For Information (RFI) in the Federal Register seeking input on measuring the impact that the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) has had on preparedness. The RFI, Federal Register FEMA-2020-0008 Notice, is attached if you wish to review and comment.
The Federal Register notice is attached. The comment period for the RFI closes on November 9, 2020.
The Federal Government provides a number of training opportunities for emergency management/homeland security training that are available to public works professionals. Some of these training opportunities are online while others are in-person (post COVID). This APWA Click, Listen, and Learn program will cover the most common training opportunities and provide participants information on how to connect with these free training resources.
Webinar, Date: Thursday, July 30thTime: 10-11 AM Central time (11 AM – 12 PM Eastern, 9-10 AM Mountain, 8-9 AM Pacific)
This program is sponsored by the APWA Emergency Management Committee
Learn more and register here: https://www.apwa.net/MyApwa/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=CLL073020
July 20, 2020
APWA offers several advocacy tools to our members to voice your expertise and opinions to elected officials at the federal level. It is critical public works professionals use these advocacy tools to share your stories of continuing to provide essential services and facing new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your efforts will help ensure the resources you need are available and distributed appropriately. Access these tools and stay apprised of APWA Government Affairs by following @APWAGOVAFFAIRS on Twitter and checking out our website for daily updates to APWA Advocacy News, Action Alerts, Advocacy Letters, InfoNow communities, public works research and our 116th Congress Public Policy Priorities.
- APWA Advocacy Tools
- APWA offers several advocacy tools to our members to voice your expertise and opinions to elected officials at the federal level.
- House Continues Work on FY 2021 Spending Bills
- The House is set to vote on a set of fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations bills this week.
- Congress Returns to Session to Work on Next COVID-19 Relief Package
- Following the Independence Day holiday, both chambers will be back in session this week.
- House Committee Approves Water Resources Legislation
- In an unanimous vote, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure approved H.R. 7575, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020.
- White House Announces Major Revisions to Permitting Regulations
- On July 15, President Trump announced his administration is scaling back requirements that agencies consider environmental consequences when approving new oil wells, pipelines, highways and other projects.
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- White House Launches “Find Something New” Ad Campaign
- July 14, the White House’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board launched an ad campaign and educational initiative focused on alternative career paths titled, “Find Something New.”
- FEMA Releases Updated Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide
- Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG) has been revised and is now open for public comment until August 24, 2020.
- CISA Hosts NECP Webinar
- July 22 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has scheduled a webinar on the implementation of the National Emergency Communication Plan(NECP).
- July 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight is scheduled to hold a hearing titled, “Pathway to a Vaccine…;”
- July 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis has scheduled a hearing titled, “The Urgent Need for a National Plan to Contain the Coronavirus;”
- July 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, & Consumer Protection has scheduled a hearing to examine the protection of Americans from COVID-19 Scams;
- July 23 at 10:00 a.m. ET, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, & the Internet has scheduled a hearing titled, “The State of U.S. Spectrum Policy.”
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FEMA Holds National Engagement Period for Resource Management
FEMA seeks public feedback on the draft of the National Incident Management System document,Guideline for Resource Management Preparedness. Feedback will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on July 23. National engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft document to ensure that it is relevant for all implementing partners.
FEMA Hosts BRIC Webinars
The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) summer engagement series is featuring FEMA subject matter experts and partners each week in July to discuss key elements of the newly developed program. The webinars are held from 2 to 3 p.m. ET every Wednesday.
Topics for the remainder of the series include:
· Week 4 (July 22): BRIC and Community Lifelines
· Week 5 (July 29): BRIC and Nature-Based Solutions
These informative sessions are planned before the grant application cycle opens to give an overview of the process and eligible projects for funding. Learn more or register for the BRIC Summer Engagement Series.
The updated Introduction “Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants” (NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, Rev. 2.) training course is now available. It contains information on emergency planning rules for nuclear powerplants and gives Reasonable Assurance guidance. It focuses on preparedness for radiological incidents at commercial nuclear power plants that could impact public health and safety.
The course is open to FEMA Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) community stakeholders, including State, local, and tribal government offsite response organizations (OROs), FEMA staff, Licensee OROs and other supporting federal government agencies.
FEMA’s Ready Campaign promotes National Preparedness Month each September to encourage individual, family and community disaster and emergency planning. The 2020 theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”
This year the theme and national Public Service Advertisement, done in coordination the Ad Council, will follow the 2019 animation series stressing family preparedness efforts. This year’s campaign will also focus on personal preparedness during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Weekly themes and graphics for September will also be released later this month.
Earlier this year, the Ready Campaign and the Ad Council used those same animation concepts to create a series of animated videos and graphics to slow the spread of COVID-19. Videos such as “Plan Ahead for How to Deal with Disasters During Coronavirus,” “Stay Home,” and “Evacuate During Coronavirus” are all available at Ready.gov. The full videos can also be downloaded in broadcast quality from the Ad Council website.
Every year on July 17, volunteers from around the country travel to FEMA Headquarters in Washington D.C. to celebrate Partnership Day. Partnership Day brings together governmental, voluntary, faith-based, community-based, philanthropic and private sector partners who support survivors before, during and after disasters.
Keeping the safety of all in mind during the current pandemic, the 2020 Partnership Day event will be held virtually as a month-long virtual celebration. This year, FEMA will be showcasing the extraordinary work our nonprofit, faith-based and private sector partners do supporting survivors with a virtual exhibit. These videos will be featured on FEMA’s YouTube channel from July 17 to Aug. 17. Visit the Partnership Day Virtual Exhibit Hall to learn more.
On July 23, FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination will host a call with disability stakeholders to provide an overview of what the agency has accomplished in support of emergency preparedness, response and recovery for people with disabilities. Join the call to learn about the programs FEMA offers and to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The call will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. To participate:
· Call (800) 289-0462 (toll free) 5 to 10 minutes early
· Participant passcode: 532093
For questions, contact FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination.