• FEMA Bulletin for Week of July 5, 2022

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    July 08, 2022
    FEMA Bulletin Week of July 5, 2022
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    Week of July 5, 2022
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    In this Edition:
    Important Deadlines & Reminders
    july 6   National Continuous Improvement Guidance webinar at noon ET.

    july 7   National Standards in Emergency Management application closes at 5 p.m. ET.
    FEMA Releases New Features in its FEMA App
    On June 28, FEMA unveiled an update to its app to roll out exciting new features that will help users take charge in the event of a disaster.
    The app’s re-design was based on customer experience and user feedback.
    The app will allow users to:
    • Be Informed. Get the information you need to make disaster decisions for your family.
    • Access disaster toolkits. FEMA applications, preparation tips and warnings are all right at your fingertips.
    • Personalize app experience. Get preparedness information, alerts, sheltering and assistance information specifically tailored to your location.
    • Take charge. Use the FEMA App to understand how to prepare for a disaster and where to go during one. Customize the information you receive so it's always just a click away.
    To learn more watch the FEMA App animation and visit the FEMA App Webpage.
    The free app is available for download on iOS and Android. Current users need to update their app and enter profile information to access new features.
     If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, do it today and be better prepared before, during, and after a disaster occurs!
    Download the FEMA App Today

    FEMA Updates Webpage to Explain Flood Resilience
    A FEMA webpage is now available as a one-stop-shop to the public about how to protect themselves and their property from the nation’s most expensive type of disaster, flooding. The webpage includes free resources and information to learn about, understand and take action to reduce flood risk.
    The FEMA Map Service Center allows visitors to enter a street address to learn more about flood risks in their community. Other resources on flooding, includes:
    • Flood maps.
    • Flood zones.
    • Flood risk.
    • Flood insurance.
    In addition to learning about flood hazards, visitors may also explore the National Risk Index.  The tool identifies communities nationwide most at risk to 18 natural hazards and shows how certain factors such as social vulnerability, expected annual losses and community resilience affect those risks.
    Also, the Flood Risk and Endangered Species Habitat mapping tool provides the species range and Special Flood Hazard Area data needed to integrate wildlife conservation activities into your community's floodplain management program.
    There are also multiple resources about how actions the public can take now to protect their property from hazards.
    To learn more about becoming resilient from flooding and other natural hazards, visit fema.gov and ready.gov.

    FEMA Publishes Building Codes and Floodplain Management Regulations Video
    When disaster strikes, many communities have hundreds, if not thousands, of structures to protect against future damage or restore to local building codes and standards. Following a major disaster declaration for flood, Section 1206 of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act authorizes FEMA to reimburse communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program for the resources needed to effectively administer and enforce building codes and floodplain management regulations.
    FEMA published a video for floodplain administrators, emergency managers, elected officials and other stakeholders in the recovery process with details about the Act’s Section 1206 for successful reimbursement of new eligible recovery activities through FEMA’s Public Assistance program.  These streamlined efforts for required post-disaster activities increase the overall speed of recovery and enhance compliance with local building codes and floodplain management ordinances.  
    Reimbursements for eligible activities include:
    • Building Codes Administration: Reviewing and processing building permits, collecting fees, and hiring, training and supervising staff.
    • Code Enforcement: Conducting building inspections, reviewing elevation certificates and processing condemnation determinations.
    • Floodplain Management Regulation Administration and Enforcement: Hiring, training and supervising staff, reviewing applications for and issuing permits.
    • Substantial Damage Determinations: Conducting field survey inspections for substantial damage requirements, preparing cost information and tracking substantial damage.
    The video narrates and follows Maria, a local floodplain administrator and her story following a devastating disaster in her community. Viewers learn key eligibility requirements for communities, type of work and costs eligible for reimbursement under the policy and how to seek funds for these new activities. 
    For more information about Section 1206 of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act , visit  FEMA.gov For questions, contact your FEMA Regional Office or State National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator’s Office.
    To watch the Disaster Recovery Reform Act Section 1206 video, visit FEMA’s YouTube.

    FEMA Announces Funding for National Domestic Preparedness Consortium
    FEMA released the funding notice for the Homeland Security National Training Program’s National Domestic Preparedness Consortium. The program makes approximately $79 million in fiscal year 2022 grants funding available to five eligible consortium members to provide training opportunities for emergency responders and community leaders throughout the nation.
    That funding notice will be posted on Grants.gov and applications must be submitted by midnight ET on July 30.
    Upon receiving approved applications, FEMA will award funding into pre-determined amounts:
    • Texas A&M University’s Texas Engineering Extension Service, National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center: $25 million.
    • Louisiana State University, National Center for Biomedical Research and Training: $22 million.
    • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center: $22 million.
    • Transportation Technology Center, Inc., National Center for Emergency Response in Surface Transportation: $5 million.
    • University of Hawaii, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center: $5 million.
    The funding supports and targets training solutions for state, local, tribal and territorial partners, supporting the objective of the National Preparedness System to advance an integrated, whole community, risk-informed and capabilities-based approach to preparedness.

    Upcoming Deadlines and Reminders
    FEMA Co-Hosts the 11th Annual Building Resilience Conference
    FEMA is partnering with the U.S. Chambers of Commerce Foundation to host the 11th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference in Washington, D.C. from July 28-29.
    This year's agenda is designed to inspire action and spark insightful discussions that will drive solutions to some of the greatest challenges. Speakers will address key issues such as ensuring equity in disaster response, supply chain coordination, cross-sector collaboration, climate adaptation, pre-disaster resilience investment and more.
    The conference is free to attend. To learn more visit, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
    FEMA Provides Funding for Emergency Management Standards
    FEMA made $825,000 in funding available for the fiscal year 2022 Emergency Management Baseline Assessment Grant program to support investment in national level standards for emergency management that target critical functions necessary to prepare for and manage disasters.
    This application period closes at 5 p.m. ET on July 7.
    State, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions are eligible to apply. Initial applications must be submitted through Grants.gov. FEMA will notify eligible applicants to proceed with submitting their complete application package in the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants System by the application deadline.
    FEMA Seeks Feedback on National Continuous Improvement Guidance
    FEMA seeks feedback for the National Continuous Improvement Guidance draft, including edits and suggestions for additional resources and real-world examples. The national engagement period begins on June 28 and closes at midnight ET on July 31.
    To review the draft guidance and provide feedback, visit FEMA.gov. To submit feedback, email FEMA-CITAP@fema.dhs.gov.
    FEMA will also host a series of 60-minute webinar sessions to provide an overview of the draft guidance and to gather feedback from whole community partners. To register for a webinar, visit FEMA.gov.
    The FEMA Office of External Affairs (OEA) provides this bulletin to highlight the agency's recent and upcoming program and policy activities and announcements. Feedback is welcome at fema-bulletin@fema.dhs.gov. Previous editions are available at fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/newsletters. This bulletin is not intended to provide a comprehensive list of policies that are open for public comment, nor does it describe all of the instructions or requirements necessary to submit a comment. For a complete list of instructions and deadlines please click the hyperlinks included. FEMA does not endorse any non-government organizations, entities or services. To learn more about FEMA's Office of External Affairs, visit the FEMA website.