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FEMA – Emergency InfoNOW

As part of APWA’s Emergency Management Committee’s collaboration with the National Weather Service we wanted to make everyone aware of a few upcoming events and resources available for free.

SafePlaceSelfie Day

On April 3rd, 2019, at 11:11am local time, please join the National Weather Service and its Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors to take a “selfie” and post with the hashtag #SafePlaceSelfie. For more information, please visit:

*If you do tweet out something, please also tag APWA: @APWATWEETS

National Weather Service Social Media Plans:

These are pre-developed graphics and text designed for Facebook and Twitter that are available for free. The cover a wide variety of topics.

National Weather Service Infographics:

These are pre-developed graphics that can be used on websites or City publications. Again, these are just great, simple educational tools on a wide variety of topics.

Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors

The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. A number of public works departments across the Country already serve as Ambassadors. To learn more information, including how to apply, visit:

Questions? Email NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation team at

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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 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.

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

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

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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

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FEMA Bulletin – Peter Gaynor to Serve as FEMA’s Deputy Administrator

Today, Peter T. Gaynor was sworn in as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gaynor is the former director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA). He joins FEMA Administrator Brock Long in his vision to build a stronger agency and to help implement the 2018-2022 Strategic plan to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country.

As Director, he oversaw coordination of federal disaster and non-disaster grants for Rhode Island, worked as the policy advisor to the Governor on emergency management matters, and served as the liaison between FEMA and all local emergency management offices throughout the State. Also, he was the Chair of the State Interoperable Communications Committee, the State Emergency Response Commission, and was Vice Chair of the State Emergency Management Advisory Committee. He also served as a Commissioner and a member for the Program Review Committee for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program, which fosters excellence and accountability in emergency management and homeland security programs across the nation.

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FEMA Bulletin – October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is commemorating its 15th year as an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. It’s a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online, while increasing the resiliency of the Nation during cyber-threats.

The theme for the first week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Oct. 1-5, is Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety.

Learn the basics of cybersecurity safety:

–  Basic Cybersecurity Safety Tips and Advice from STOP. THINK. CONNECT.  The cybersecurity awareness campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Secure key accounts and devices. Use strong passwords, passcodes, or other features such as touch identification to lock your devices. Review these tips for passwords and securing your accounts.
Lock Down Your Login Protect accounts with strong authentication.
–  When in doubt, throw it out – Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, delete it.
Back It Up – Protect against data loss by making electronic copies of important files.
Manage Your Privacy – Information about you, such as your purchase history and location, is valuable. Protect your data by being cautious about how your information is collected by apps and websites.
– Respond to identify theft, fraud, and crime – If you are the victim of cybercrime, you need to know what to do and respond quickly.

Learn how to keep your personal data safe during a Twitter chat on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. ET. Use #ChatSTC to join.

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FEMA Bulletin – FEMA Releases Further Guidance on Emergency Operations Centers

FEMA Releases Further Guidance on Emergency Operations Centers

FEMA’s National Integration Center released documents addressing the need for flexibility in Emergency Operations Center (EOC) guidance, and EOC Skillsets standardizing EOC personnel qualifications under the National Qualification System (NQS).

As a part of NQS, EOC Skillsets support standardized qualifications for EOC personnel, and are flexible to accommodate any EOC. EOC Skillsets let individual EOC leaders build position qualifications according to their organization’s needs and resources, while building a national vocabulary for EOC personnel qualifications.

The EOC Skillset documents include:

20 EOC Skillsets define demonstrable tasks associated with common EOC functions;

The EOC Skillsets User Guide explains EOC Skillsets, and how to use them to construct EOC Position Task Books (PTB);

EOC Position Task Books (PTB) provides modified language from the standard NQS PTB introductory language, in order to be more applicable for the EOC environment; and

EOC Skillset Blank Template allows EOC leaders to add additional tasks, and make the EOC PTBs reflect the full range of tasks for their specific positions.

FEMA developed the EOC Skillsets collaboratively with leaders from local, state, tribal, and territorial EOCs. FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the EOC Skillsets and answer questions. To view the documents and for additional webinar information, visit:

Please contact with any questions or concerns.

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FEMA Bulletin – Mitigation Assistance Grant (HMGP) Application Period Now Open

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Application Period Now Open

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant program provides funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments for eligible mitigation activities that strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.

The open application period for two competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants began on Oct.1.

Flood Mitigation Assistance grants provide funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  For fiscal year 2018, $160 million is available, including $70 million for community flood mitigation activities. The remaining $90 million will be used for mitigation planning, technical assistance and projects that reduce or eliminate claims under the NFIP.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants are awarded annually for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms and wind retrofits. Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants help state, local, tribal and territorial governments build resiliency through measures that reduce risk to lives and property. For fiscal year 2018, $235.2 million in grants funding is available, of which $15 million is set aside for federally-recognized tribes.

The remainder of the funds will be awarded on a competitive basis. Eligible state, local, tribal and territorial governments applicants may apply for up to $575,000, federal share for projects that reduce risk pre-disaster.

Eligible applicants may apply for the Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants at through 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, 2019.