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National Preparedness Month – September 23 – 30th

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

Week 4: Sept 23-30-Save For an Emergency

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  • What important documents should you have for an emergency? The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit explains them all:
  • How will you pay your bills if a disaster strikes? Disasters don’t plan ahead, #PrepareNow: #NatlPrep
  • Over 40 percent of all Americans don’t have $400 in savings according to the Federal Reserve. What will you do if there is a disaster? Learn how you become more
  • Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies. #NatlPrep
  • You will have expenses like lodging, food, and gas, after a disaster. Are you prepared? #PrepareNow
  • Are you prepared for a flood? Floods are the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster, causing billions of dollars in damage each year. #PrepareNow. Get tips:
  • The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a tool to help you and your family collect and secure the documents you would need if there was a disaster. #NatlPrep
  • Set aside a small amount from each paycheck to go into your savings account. Find more tips to help you manage your money to be prepared for the unexpected:
  • Only about half of all Americans have an emergency fund. This gives them the money needed to help with increased expenses after a disaster. Get tips about creating a fund:
  • Do you know the help your community provides if there is a disaster?  Search online today. #NatlPrep #PrepareNow
  • Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes. #NatlPrep
  • Flooding can be an emotionally and financially devastating event.  Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 in damage to your home.  To learn more visit #PrepareNow
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Hazard Mitigation Assistance External Stakeholder Working Groups Applications – Due September 28, 2018

Hazard Mitigation Assistance External Stakeholder Working Groups Applications: FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division membership applications for the HMA External Stakeholder Working Group (ESWG) are due Sept. 28. The purpose of the ESWG is to gain insight, share information, and understand HMA priorities and issues from external stakeholders. FEMA encourages external stakeholders to share their perspectives on HMA priorities, issues, and program resources. The ESWG serves as a bridge between FEMA HMA staff and state, local, tribal, and territory stakeholders. Members act as points of contact for other external stakeholders by gathering inputs, requests, ideas, and suggestions for HMA. HMA is seeking applications for the following vacant membership positions: two FEMA HMA Regional staff representatives; one state / territory representative; one local / regional representative; and one federally recognized tribal representative. Interested applicants should complete and submit an application via email to  The application is available for download at  Feel free to pass this message along to others who may also be interested and would like to submit an application.

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September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month: Save for an Emergency

Personal financial planning helps families prepare for emergencies. Take time during this last week of National Preparedness Month to increase your level of disaster preparedness, and especially your financial preparedness.

Saving can be a tall order for some, but in an emergency, a lack of financial preparedness could leave you and your family with fewer options for immediate relief.  Set aside money in an emergency savings fund for initial out-of-pocket costs including gas, food, and hotel accommodations to provide safety, comfort, and distance during a disaster.

Remember to:
– Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit and digitizing important documents (e.g. medical records, ID, insurance, etc.) in case they are needed following a disaster.
– Consider the cost of insurance deductibles.
– Keep cash on hand in the event of power outage when electronic payments are not available.

Be ready for the unexpected. This week, create or add to your emergency savings and encourage others (family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues) to save for a disaster too.  Being financially prepared should be incorporated in your personal preparedness plan.

FEMA appreciates the support of the Members of Congress who are serving as 2018 co-sponsors for National Preparedness Month. Throughout September, the FEMA Bulletin will feature statements from these members.

Senator Gary C. Peters, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management

“Over the last year, Michiganders have experienced extreme flooding and severe weather that damaged roads, businesses and homes. In response to these life-altering events, I’ve seen how prepared communities and increased investment in risk management resources lead to faster, stronger recovery efforts. National Preparedness Month serves as an important reminder for everyone in our communities to take action now to prepare for possible emergencies.”

Representative Dan Donovan, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications

“Our nation knows all too well the widespread devastation natural disasters and terrorist attacks bring. While we can’t always control when a disaster will strike, we can take steps to ensure our families are better prepared for emergency situations. September is National Preparedness Month, and it’s the perfect time to get ready for the unexpected. Become informed, draft a plan, create a kit, and talk to your loved ones. Taking these small steps will make our communities stronger, safer, and more resilient. Let’s work together and prepare now.”

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

“Catastrophic wildfires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres of California over the last 12 months. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria killed thousands of people and caused widespread devastation. When danger approaches, being prepared can mean the difference between life and death. As we observe National Preparedness Month this September, every American should take some time to make sure they’re prepared for a broad range of emergencies, including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, power outages, acts of terrorism, and wildfires. I encourage every Californian – and every American – to proactively take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their families, friends, and loved ones against disasters of all types.”

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APWA – Washington Report – September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018

Please be sure to follow APWA Government Affairs on Twitter @APWAGovAffairs.


FY 2019 Appropriations Update

  • Both chambers are back in session this week, and September 30, the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018, is on the very near horizon;
  • To date, President Trump has signed the first FY 2019 minibus appropriations bill sent to him by Congress, which includes FY 2019 funding for Energy and Water, the Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs;
  • This week, Congress is expected to pass a second FY 2019 appropriations minibus (H.R. 6157), including funding for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education;
  • H.R. 6157 will also serve as a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the rest of the federal government at FY 2018 funding levels through December 7, 2018, in order to allow additional time for spending negotiations following the November 6 mid-term election.

DOT Announces $14 Million in Emergency Relief Funds

  • On September 20, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced $14 million in emergency relief will be made available to help restore access to essential roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Florence throughout North Carolina;
  • To view the FHWA release with additional details, please click here.

FAA Compromise Bill Expected this Week

  • After months of negotiations, compromise language to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for five years, through 2023, was agreed upon by the Chairs and Ranking Members for the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committees;
  • The House is expected to consider the measure (H.R. 302) this week and may include a short-term extension in case the Senate cannot pass the measure prior to the upcoming September 30 deadline;
  • In addition to reauthorizing the FAA, language to reauthorize the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expected to be included;
  • Language regarding autonomous vehicles is not included in this measure;
  • To read a summary of H.R. 302, please click here.

Bipartisan PFAS Legislation Introduced in House

  • Last week, a bipartisan group of House members introduced the “PFAS Federal Facility Accountability Act of 2018”;
  • The bill would set standards for federal agencies’ responsibilities in places where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are detected;
  • PFAS are a toxic group of industrial chemicals used in a wide variety of products, including firefighting foam and nonstick products;
  • Federal agencies would need to make an action plan and enter into an agreement with affected states within one year of a request from said state;
  • In lieu of federal action, eight states (Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, Vermont, and Washington) have all acted on water or cleanup regulations for the class of toxic chemicals with multiple consumer and industry uses;
  • Eleven other states (Alabama, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) are considering similar steps;
  • In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a lifetime health advisory (LHA) of 70 parts per trillion (PPT) for the PFAS chemicals perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA);
  • However, these LHA’s are not enforceable, and have been criticized as being dangerously high;
  • The Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on PFAS this week, and action in that body is expected soon.

House Scheduled to Vote on UAS and NIST

  • Under suspension of the rules, the House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 6620, the Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Drones and Emerging Threats Act, introduced by Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA);
  • If passed, H.R. 6620 would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prepare a threat assessment relating to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS);
  • H.R. 6620 would also require DHS to consult with state and local government agencies, and the private sector, relating to threats of UAS;
  • Also scheduled for a vote under suspension of the rules, is H.R. 6229, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Reauthorization Act of 2018, introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA);
  • If enacted, H.R. 6229 would authorize and fund NIST which is responsible for the creation of the voluntary Cybersecurity Framework which consists of standards, guidelines, and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risk.

White House Releases Updated National Cybersecurity Policy

  • Last week, the White House released their National Cyber Strategy report;
  • A key aspect of the proposed policy would be to grant the DHS more oversight of civilian cybersecurity efforts;
  • The report details the intent to incorporate the recently created National Risk Management Center (NRMC), in an effort to emphasize the protection of the nation’s critical infrastructure through increased information and collaboration among federal, state, local, tribal and territorial agencies;
  • Additionally, the White House National Cyber Strategy aims to address the need to provide updates and patching for federal systems to enhance cybersecurity hygiene against nefarious actors;
  • To view a copy of the policy, please click here.

Iowa Joins Lawsuit Halting WOTUS

  • Last week, a federal judge in North Dakota issued a halt to enforcement of the 2015 “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule in Iowa;
  • Iowa was not originally among the dozen states involved in the lawsuit to halt implementation of the rule, but has joined at the request of Governor Kim Reynolds;
  • As a result of an earlier court decision, the 2015 rule is now in effect in the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington;
  • However, due to injunctions in district courts in North Dakota and Georgia, the 2015 rule will not be in effect in the remaining 24 states;
  • The agencies submitted a new proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review in June of this year;
  • The latest regulatory agenda, published by the Trump Administration, anticipates the publication of a proposed WOTUS rule in the Federal Register this month, with a final rule by November 2019;
  • APWA submitted comments to the EPA and the Corps on the need for clarity in the WOTUS rule in September 2017.


  • September 26 at 10:30 am ET, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications & Technology is scheduled to hold a hearing to discuss solutions to strengthen U.S. public safety communications – click here for more information;
  • September 26, at 2:30 pm ET, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management is scheduled to hold a hearing to examine the federal role in the toxic PFAS crisis – click here for more information;
  • September 27 at 10:15 am ET, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy is scheduled to hold a hearing titled, “DOE Modernization- The Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response” – click here for more information.
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APWA – Legislative Action Alert

As soon as this week, the Senate will vote on S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation, which the House of Representatives approved unanimously, includes the Secure Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now (SRF WIN) Act language, as well as the Drinking Water System Improvement Act, both of which APWA supports. The inclusion of these legislative proposals will help communities across our nation maintain and enhance their water infrastructure by providing much needed financial support.

Communities across the nation are working diligently to provide clean and safe water to their residents, meeting imposed federal mandates with dwindling resources. America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 will provide vital funding to help public works professionals maintain and enhance public health and environmental safety.


We need you to contact your Senator and urge them to support S. 3021.


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APWA Florida Chapter 2019 Public Works Expo April 15-19, 2019 Daytona Beach, Florida – Submission deadline for 2019 proposals is October 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time

APWA Florida Chapter 2019 Public Works Expo
April 15-19, 2019
Daytona Beach, Florida
Please note: the submission deadline for 2019 proposals is October 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Final decisions will be made on November 2, 2018.

Submitting to speak at the Expo is easy!

Click here for the APWA Florida Online Call for Presentations Form.

No matter your role in public works, there is something for everyone at the Florida Public Works EXPO. Public works professionals from both the public and private sectors attend year after year to stay up-to-date on emerging trends, and innovative practices and strategies. The exhibit floor attracts many companies who come to demonstrate their state-of-the-art products and services.

Speakers at the Expo are people like you who have met the challenge of managing public works projects and organizations. They view speaking at the Expo as a chance to advance their careers and to invest in the future of the public works profession by sharing what they know.

What topics are we looking for?

(Don’t feel limited by these topic suggestions; out-of-the box thinking is encouraged)

The Florida Public Works EXPO provides education about all public works disciplines:

  • Career and Personal Development
  • Construction/Project Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Environmental/Sustainability
  • Facilities
  • Fleet Services
  • Infrastructure
  • Management
  • Parks and Grounds
  • Pavement Restoration/Preservation
  • Safety
  • Solid Waste
  • Stormwater/Flood Control
  • Streets, Roads and Bridges
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Utility and Public Right-of-Way
  • Water/Waste Water

Submission Guidelines:

Click here for the APWA Online Call for Presentations Form.

Submission Deadline: The 2019 Call for Presentations will close October 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST.

Learning Objectives: All proposals must include three (3) learning objectives that indicate exactly how the attendee will benefit from the presentation. Instructions for developing appropriate learning objectives are included on the online form.

Session Length: All presentations will be in sixty (60) minutes long segments.

Scheduling: Due to the complexity of determining topic placement, we are unable to accommodate specific date and time requests.

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Meeting the Workforce Challenges of the Water Sector: A Competency Model Approach – Recording from Sept 13, 2018

Meeting the Workforce Challenges of the Water Sector:
A Competency Model Approach

If you were unable to attend this live webinar on September 13, 2018, a recording of the webinar and copies of the powerpoint and transcript are available at the following link:

Event Summary:
Ensuring a capable and motivated workforce is one the most pressing challenges facing today’s water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities.  Please join the Department of Labor and EPA  for an informative webinar about DOL’s new Water Workforce Competency Model which can help utilities, associations, and states set up worker apprentice programs based on a set of competencies developed by a group of utility experts and others.