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FEMA External Affairs Bulletin – February 28, 2017

FEMA Announces Release of the Flood Insurance Advocate’s Annual Report

FEMA is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Annual Report of the Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate (OFIA). This report is being publicly released to further OFIA’s goal of transparency, and is available on OFIA’s webpage and clicking on the Annual Report.

OFIA identified six primary National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholder and property owner topics in 2016 that present opportunities for ongoing program improvement. They include:  erroneous severe repetitive loss property designations; gaps in flood insurance agent education; the need for consistency across FEMA regions in public mapping outreach; difficulties in accessing Increased Cost of Compliance coverage; difficulties with multiple and conflicting flood zone determinations; and the inability to obtain a refund of the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 surcharge when cancelling an NFIP policy.

The issues identified in this report are based on the observations of OFIA through the hundreds of inquiries submitted to the office this past year. These issues represent areas of concern that have a long-term impact to a broad population of NFIP customers. The Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s (FIMA) program areas were provided an opportunity to respond to these findings, and the programs’ responses are included with this report.

OFIA is an independent office within FEMA and reports to the FIMA Deputy Associate Administrator. The Office also has direct access to FEMA’s Administrator. OFIA’s mission is to advocate for the fair treatment of policyholders and property owners by providing education and guidance on all aspects of the NFIP, identifying trends affecting the public, and making recommendations for program improvements to FEMA leadership. Policyholders may seek assistance from the OFIA by visiting their webpage and clicking on “Ask the Advocate”.


Emergency Management Institute Offers Teaching with Cases Webinar

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will offer a webinar that provides an overview of the use of cases in teaching emergency management higher education programs. The webinar, the last in a series of four webinars on the topic of Emergency Management Teaching with Cases, will focus on: evaluating learning and participation; examining evaluation criteria for different types of case-based learning outcomes, evaluation methods, grading considerations and approaches; giving and receiving feedback; and, debriefing techniques.

The presenters are Jane Kushma, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Emergency Management, Jacksonville State University and Jean Slick, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management Program, Royal Roads University.

Date: March 8, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

To register please click here


Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Emergency Management Institute Offers Hurricane Virtual Tabletop Exercise

FEMA’s EMI Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer sessions of a hurricane scenario on April 11, 12, and 13. The VTTX helps communities prepare for the upcoming hurricane season using historical events and recovery actions.  The application deadline to participate in these sessions is March 14. Content is the same each day, and participants would attend only one session. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures.

The VTTX will occur 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST on each of the days listed above. To participate, send an email to Doug Kahn at [email protected] or call 301-447-7645. Also, send a courtesy copy email to the Integrated Emergency Management Branch at [email protected] or call 301-447-1381. Additional information is available at https://training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx.

FEMA Seeks Applications for National Advisory Council

FEMA is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply to be considered for appointment. The NAC is a federal advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. The NAC is a geographically diverse mix of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations who advise the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management.

FEMA is accepting applications for open positions in the following discipline areas:

Elected Tribal Government Executive (one representative appointment); Non-elected Tribal Government Official (one representative appointment); Emergency Management Field (one representative appointment); Emergency Response Providers, which includes fire, law enforcement, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, and organizations representing emergency response providers (one representative appointment); Standards Setting and Accrediting Organizations, which includes the voluntary consensus codes and standards development community (one representative appointment); Individuals with Disabilities (one representative appointment); Health Scientist (one SGE appointment); Infrastructure Protection Expert (one SGE appointment); Administrator Selections (up to five SGE appointments)

All appointments are for three-year terms starting in September 2017. Applications must be received by the close of business on March 15, 2017. Qualified individuals interested in serving on the NAC are invited to apply for appointment. More information can be found here.

FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, efforts in making a difference in their communities, and potential to expand their impact as national advocates for preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.

The Youth Preparedness Council offers an opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, D.C. During their two-year term, the leaders will complete both a local and national-level project and share their ideas regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national organizations.

Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records. Information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found in the application instructions. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than March 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PST to be eligible. New members will be announced in May 2017.

To access the application materials, read about the current members, and for more general information, visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.

National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Application Period Begins in March

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is accepting applications for the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy. This program addresses program management and oversight, effective communication, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking skills.  The target audience is mid-level managers who have a minimum of three years of experience in an emergency management position to include government, non-profit, voluntary organization, and private sector leaders who are responsible for emergency management or homeland security.

The Advanced Academy Program consists of four resident courses and is five days in length.  Classes begin in October, November, or December 2017 and are ideally taken sequentially through September 2018. Applications will be accepted from March 1 – May 31, 2017, with selections in June and announcements in July.

For more information, contact [email protected]fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA Seeks Comment on Updated Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating its policy that guides how Agency officials interpret regulatory requirements in their review and approval of tribal mitigation plans. The updated Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide will supersede FEMA’s current Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance issued in 2010.

Tribal officials can submit comments on the Guide by mail to: ATTN: National Mitigation Planning Program, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), DHS/FEMA, 400 C Street SW, Suite 313, Washington, DC 20472-3020

Comments can also be submitted by electronic mail to [email protected]gov. All comments must be submitted either by U.S. mail or e-mail no later than April 9, 2017.

In addition, a webinar to present information on the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide will be held Monday, March 13, 3:30 PM EST, to participate click here. For audio, please call 800-320-4330, using conference code 905506#.

Visit FEMA’s Tribal Affairs page for more information on this tribal consultation. For additional information or questions, contact your Regional Tribal Liaison.

Apply to Become a Trainer for the National Emergency Management Basic Academy

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering a Train-the-Trainer course for the National Emergency Management Basic Academy.  To qualify to enroll in the Train-the-Trainer course, individuals must have at least five years of experience working in the field of emergency management and at least three years of experience delivering emergency management instruction to adults.

The entry-point for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management, the Basic Academyoffers the tools to develop comprehensive foundational skills.  For those who are new to emergency management, the Basic Academy also provides a unique opportunity to build camaraderie, to establish professional contacts, and to understand the roles, responsibilities, and legal boundaries associated with emergency management.

Course Dates: May 1-5 and August 7-11, 2017
Location: Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD
Application Deadlines:  March 20, and June 26, respectively

For additional information, contact Jeff Januchowski at 301-447-1356 or [email protected]gov.

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