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APWA – Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By now, you have probably been inundated with news stories about coronavirus. It is an emerging issue that APWA continues to follow closely. Since many of you are on the front lines and in many cases are first responders, it is important for you to have the tools to respond. The best sources regarding COVID-19 have been: the CDC website and the World Health Organization.  Meanwhile, the CDC recommends the following to help prevent the spread of COVID-19: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect heavily used surfaces and objects on a frequent basis.As of now, all APWA activities will continue as usual.William (Bill) E. Spearman, III, PEAPWA President 2019-2020Scott D. Grayson CAE
Chief Executive Officer 
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FEMA Podcast Episode 41: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Listen in on this discussion with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) President Greg Forrester and FEMA’s Voluntary Agency Coordination Branch Chief Liz Gibson on how the NVOAD fosters a more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster and their coordination with FEMA to help people before, during and after disasters.

The FEMA podcast is an audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the Agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters.

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FEMA Releases PrepTalk: “Storytelling to Promote Action”

Today, FEMA released “Storytelling to Promote Action”. In their PrepTalk, The Big One Podcast team shares why they developed “The Big One: Your Survival Guide” podcast, which features stories about people in Southern California preparing for the possibility of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that could occur within the next 30 years. 

The Big One Podcast Team is comprised of the 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio team.  This includes host, Jacob Margolis; producers, Arwen Champion Nicks and Misha Euceph; and manager, Megan Garvey. Listen in as they discuss how to tell stories that compel people to prepare for disasters.

The PrepTalk video and additional resources are available on the FEMA website. Additional PrepTalks from the April 2019 symposium in Santa Rosa, Calif. will be released in the coming months.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

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Join FEMA Partnership Day

On Thursday, July 25, FEMA and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) will host Partnership Day.  This event recognizes and builds awareness of valuable services and support provided by voluntary, faith-based, and community partners to disaster survivors before, during, and after disasters.

Open to the public, this event will take place at FEMA headquarters.  The event will feature equipment and resources used during disaster operations and will showcase exhibitors, featuring displays and representatives from our Voluntary Organization partners.  This event allows attendees to learn about community partnerships, visit comfort dog teams, chat with partner representatives, as well as to network with other professionals, academicians, students, and volunteers in emergency management, public administration, and related fields.  In addition, there will be Breakout Sessions from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm led by non-profit and private sector subject matter experts. 

For additional details, please contact FEMA.

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EMA Seeks Feedback on NFIP Revisions to Payment Methodology

On July 8, FEMA published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register (Notice) entitled “Revisions to Methodology for Payments to Write Your Own (WYO) Companies.

In the notice, FEMA outlines the current Write Your Own payment methodology, which provides historical documentation of actual payment amounts. Additionally, this notice porposes methodologies consistent with the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012’s requirement to modernize means of payment to private insurance companies.

All comments on this notice must be submitted by September 6.

Comments may be submitted online or by mail to:

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of Chief Counsel

Room 8NE, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472

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National Flood Insurance Program Claims Made Easier

National Flood Insurance Program Claims Made Easier

In August, FEMA released a new, easy to use National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Claims Manual. The newly redesigned manual aims to make flood insurance claims and NFIP processes more understandable so policyholders experience consistency and reliability of service.

FEMA scheduled three webinars to explain the changes and orient users to the new structure. If you’re interested in learning more about the new Claims Manual, please register for one of the following webinars.

Nov. 29 – 10- 11:00 AM CST – REGISTER

Nov. 29 – 2- 3:00 PM CST – REGISTER

Nov. 30 – 10- 11:00 AM CST – REGISTER

Space is limited, please sign up today!

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FEMA and National Association of Realtors Partner to Improve Disaster Preparedness

FEMA and National Association of Realtors Partner to Improve Disaster Preparedness

On Nov. 2, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced an agreement to work together to educate consumers and homebuyers about disaster preparedness. NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall and FEMA Administrator Brock Long signed the memorandum of agreement at the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Boston, MA.

Insurance is the best way for homeowners, renters and businesses to financially protect themselves from losses caused by floods, fires and other disasters. This is an opportunity for FEMA and NAR to collaborate on getting out information about emergency preparedness, insurance, and assistance information to the public.

The agreement allows FEMA and NAR to work together to educate and help the nation prepare for disasters better, while it also allows Realtors® to continue supporting the Realtor Disaster Relief Fund.

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FEMA – Form Immediate Release – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 16, 2018

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

On November 16, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. This landmark legislation elevates the mission of the former National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) within DHS and establishes the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

  • CISA leads the national effort to defend critical infrastructure against the threats of today, while working with partners across all levels of government and in the private sector to secure against the evolving risks of tomorrow.
  • The name CISA brings recognition to the work being done, improving its ability to engage with partners and stakeholders, and recruit top cybersecurity talent.

What Does CISA Do?

CISA is responsible for protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats. This mission requires effective coordination and collaboration among a broad spectrum of government and private sector organizations.

Proactive Cyber Protection:

  • CISA’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) provides 24×7 cyber situational awareness, analysis, incident response and cyber defense capabilities to the Federal government; state, local, tribal and territorial governments; the private sector and international partners.
  • CISA provides cybersecurity tools, incident response services and assessment capabilities to safeguard the ‘.gov’ networks that support the essential operations of partner departments and agencies.

Infrastructure Resilience:

  • CISA coordinates security and resilience efforts using trusted partnerships across the private and public sectors, and delivers training, technical assistance, and assessments to federal stakeholders as well as to infrastructure owners and operators nationwide.
  • CISA provides consolidated all-hazards risk analysis for U.S. critical infrastructure through the National Risk Management Center.

Emergency Communications:

  • CISA enhances public safety interoperable communications at all levels of government, providing training, coordination, tools and guidance to help partners across the country develop their emergency communications capabilities.
  • Working with stakeholders across the country, CISA conducts extensive, nationwide outreach to support and promote the ability of emergency response providers and relevant government officials to continue to communicate in the event of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

Organizational Changes Related to the CISA Act

The CISA Act establishes three divisions in the new agency: Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Security and Emergency Communications.

  • The Act transfers the Office of Biometrics Identity Management (OBIM) to DHS’s Management Directorate. Placement within the DHS Headquarters supports expanded collaboration and ensures OBIM’s capabilities are available across the DHS enterprise and the interagency.

The bill provides the Secretary of Homeland Security the flexibility to determine an alignment of the Federal Protective Service (FPS) that best supports its critical role of protecting federal employees and securing federal facilities across the nation and territories.

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FEMA FEMA to Host National Response Framework Update Webinars

As part of FEMA’s renewed effort to build a national culture of preparedness, the agency is updating the National Response Framework (NRF) to incorporate lessons learned from the 2017 hurricane and wildfire season.

The updated NRF will be scalable, flexible and adaptable, using core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal and will continue to focus on the capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs during disasters.

FEMA is hosting a series of one-hour engagement webinars to describe the update and answer participants’ questions. These webinars are intended for the whole community, including individuals and communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners.

The schedule and remaining webinar details are below. All times listed are Eastern Time:

Webinar: Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nrf-webinar3/event/registration.html

Webinar: Friday, Oct. 26. at 3 p.m.

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nrf-webinar4/event/registration.html

Advance registration is required and on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, request assistive accommodations, or for more information, contact: NRF@fema.dhs.gov.

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FEMA Bulletin – October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. October 22-26 focuses on awareness about protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure.

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors that are important for the safety and security of the United States. These sectors rely on the Internet, and we all play a role in keeping the sectors safe. This week of National Cybersecurity Month focuses on awareness of these sectors and provides a look-ahead to November’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month.

DHS encourages everyone to Stop.Think.Connect. when using the Internet. To get tips and resources to be safer online, visit https://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.