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The 2016 Annual EMAT Symposium

February 7-10, 2016

 The Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center

San Marcos, Texas


We are now accepting Presentation Submissions for the 2016 Symposium.

Please click here to complete & submit a Speaker Guidance Form.

EMAT Board of Directors Spotlight

Hello, I am Cindy Mohat, Region 1 Representative.  I have been a part of EMAT for 7 years and for the last 2 years I have been active on the EMAT Symposium/Conference Committee. Being on a committee is a lot of fun because you not only meet new people but you get to serve others.  I love serving and have had an opportunity to be on the EMAT Board of Directors for a year, and I was nominated this year to be the Secretary for the organization. With so may tasks to do as an emergency management coordinator for the University of Texas at Arlington, I find that what I learn from the association is knowledge that assists me in my day-to day job.  If you have a question about the association, serving on a committee, or getting your TEM, please feel free to call or email me.  I hope to see all of you at the next symposium!


Cindy Mohat



Cindy Mohat CEM, TEM, MCP

EMAT Board of Directors Region 1 and EMAT Secretary

Emergency Management Coordinator

University of Texas at Arlington




Cindy Mohat (left) with Peggy Morales (right) at the 8th Annual EMAT Symposium in San Marcos, Texas



President's Message

March 2015

The 8th Annual EMAT Symposium is in the books, and it was a tremendous success!  This was the first year of our "Leadership Symposium", where we focused on building leadership skills within our profession, and both the concept and the result were very well-received.  In fact, our Symposium Survey indicates that attendees overwhelmingly agree that they would strongly recommend future Leadership Symposiums to others!   I want to extend a huge thank-you to our Symposium Committee for the amazing job they did this year!

I also would like to let you know about the great work our Legislative Committee has been doing to bring EMAT member needs to the attention of our state's leaders.  Legislative Committee Chairperson Wendy Smith (Director, Region 7) has been working hard to build relationships despite having only been in the seat a short time.  Just recently, for example, Director Smith and I met with leadership of the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) at their headquarters in Austin.  Not only did we discuss pending legislation, but also how our organizations can work together to meet the needs of our respective memberships.  The Legislative Committee is gearing up for a busy year, so please consider lending a hand if you feel you can help!

The Membership and Marketing Committee is getting ready to undertake an effort to learn more about our membership.  Knowing "who we are" is an important step to making sure that we are meeting the needs of the members who support EMAT.  You can expect to see more from them in the near future, including a membership survey.

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors seated some new officers during the Symposium.  Your Executive Board of Directors for 2015-2016:

  • Jeb Lacey was re-elected President
  • Kevin Starbuck was elected Vice President
  • Cindy Mohat was elected Secretary
  • Francisco Sanchez was elected Treasurer
  • Billy Ted Smith was elected Seargent at Arms
  • Sharon Nalls was reaffirmed as Immediate Past President

Lastly, I want to mention membership dues.  EMAT membership is only $100 per year, but with that you are supporting our efforts to make the professional environment better in Texas. EMAT has made great strides in improving many of the things you have asked us to, including increased communication with members, involvement with the legislative process, and creating a unique symposium.  We cannot do these things, however, without a membership that supports us.  If you haven't already, please take the time to pay your EMAT dues.  Also, if you have staff that are not members, please consider adding them this year.  It is a small investment in exchange for supporting what is growing into a respected voice for our profession in this state. 

As always, thank you for your support of the Emergency Management Association of Texas.


Jeb B. Lacey, MPA, CEM, TEM
President, Emergency Management Association of Texas



Recent News 

FEMA's 2015 National Preparedness Report (NPR)


FEMA and its partners has released the 2015 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report summarizing the Nation's progress toward reaching the 2011 National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. This report marks the fourth iteration of the NPR. The 2015 NPR places particular emphasis on highlighting preparedness progress in implementing the National Planning Frameworks. The Frameworks describe how the whole community works together to achieve the Goal.


The 2015 report identifies 43 key findings across the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas, in addition to six key overarching findings listed below:


                    Recent events, including the epidemic of Ebola virus disease, have highlighted challenges with coordinating the response to and recovery from complex incidents that do not receive Stafford Act declarations.

                    Businesses and public-private partnerships are increasingly incorporating emergency preparedness into technology platforms, such as Internet and social media tools and services.

                    Environmental Response/Health and Safety, Intelligence and Information Sharing, and Operational Coordination are additional core capabilities to sustain, which are capabilities in which the Nation has developed acceptable levels of performance for critical tasks, but which face potential performance declines if not maintained and updated to address new challenges.

                    Cybersecurity, Housing, Infrastructure Systems, and Long-term Vulnerability Reduction remained national areas for improvement, and Economic Recovery re-emerged as an area for improvement from 2012 and 2013. Access Control and Identity Verification is a newly identified national area for improvement.

                    Perspectives from states and territories on their current levels of preparedness were similar to previous years. All 10 core capabilities with the highest self-assessment results in 2012 and 2013 remained in the top-10 for 2014; Cybersecurity continues to be the lowest-rated core capability in state and territory self-assessments.

                    While Federal departments and agencies individually assess progress for corrective actions identified during national-level exercises and real-world incidents, challenges remain to comprehensively assess corrective actions with broad implications across the Federal Government.


The NPR presents a national perspective, highlighting the contributions to preparedness made by the whole community—namely, Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities, and individuals. The report also integrates data from the annual Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment process and State Preparedness Reports from the 56 states and territories. FEMA also conducted research to identify any recent independent evaluations, surveys, and other data related to the core capabilities.


For a copy of the full report go to:

Questions can be directed to FEMA at:

For more information on national preparedness efforts, visit:


FY 2016 National Emergency Management Advanced Academy 


There is approximately six weeks left to apply for the FY 2016 National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (formerly the Leaders Academy).  There will be two cohorts selected for FY 2016.  The Academy selection board will meet in June and announce their results by July.


Here is the link to the Academy Training Bulletin containing more information about the Academy:


Please contact Todd Wheeler, the Academy Program Manager, at for additional application information and instructions.


Each application must include the following:

1.       A letter from the applicant requesting admission to the program and specifying the applicant’s qualifications and perceived expectations of the program.

2.       A General Admission Application Form or FEMA Form 119-25-1 (obtain from the program manager).  Item 9.a. on the form should state “EMI National EM Advanced Academy”.

3.       The Advanced Academy questionnaire (obtain from the program manager).

4.       A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s immediate supervisor indicating the organization’s commitment to allow the applicant to complete the entire program (no required format).

5.       The applicant’s signed commitment statement (obtain from the program manager) indicating their commitment to complete the entire program to include the four resident courses at EMI, the Advanced Academy Research Project, and pre-course requirements.


I am currently enrolled in the Academy and can personally recommend it for my fellow Texas Emergency Management professionals.




Dee Harrison, CEM®, TEM©, MCP

Senior Planner - Local, Agency, State & Federal Emergency Management

Texas Animal Health Commission

Office:  512-719-0734

Cell:  512-636-9084


IAEM presents EMvision Talks


Just opened - The IAEM Call for Speakers for the EMvision Talks!  This new Conference Committee initiative is modeled on the well-known TED Talk format.  The Talks are a new way to communicate thought leadership in emergency management.  These Talks are 5-minute presentations.  Speakers are encouraged to submit their Talk about their idea or passion in emergency management relating their Talk to the conference theme - Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management.


The top 5-7 speakers will present their Talk on the plenary stage on November 17, 2015 at the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada.  The top selected speaker, as voted by the audience, will receive a complimentary registration to the IAEM 64th Annual Conference & EMEX in Savannah, Georgia.


It is imperative that all interested speakers prior to submitting a Talk, read the EMvision Talks
Speaker Guidance for requirements, information about the Talks and helpful insight to improve your chance of being selected.


The Call for Speakers will close on May 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET.  Don't miss your chance to have 5 minutes of fame on the plenary stage at the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference.  

Submit your Talk today.



FEMA 2015 EMPG Program NOFO



FEMA recently released a new recovery-related publication, Effective Coordination of Recovery Resources for State, Tribal, Territorial and Local Incidents.  The guide addresses critical coordination tasks, expanding the concepts outlined in the National Disaster Recovery Framework(NDRF).





The Sunset Advisory Commission voted unanimously to recommend the legislature reorganize the state's five health and human services agencies into one agency.

Here is the link to the December 2014 Sunset Staff Report -


Court Orders FEMA to Reinstate $21.8 Million in Federal Disaster Assistance Funds

To the Membership:

The following information was provided by our partners at IAEM.  Neither IAEM nor EMAT endorses the firm that has provided this brief.  Feel free to review and use at your own discretion.


Jeb B. Lacey, CEM, TEM
President, Emergency Management Association of Texas


Infectious Disease Event
This Fact Sheet describes the scope of assistance that may be provided under a Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (Stafford Act)
emergency declaration in response to a domestic infectious disease event. Any action
taken by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in response to an infectious disease event will be within the context of an integrated whole community all hazards approach and in coordination with other agency authorities and activities that would have a primary role in these incidents, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In order to assist States, Tribes and U.S. Territories in assessing impacts and evaluating the need for Federal assistance in an infectious disease event, FEMA has developed these guidelines for requesting an emergency declaration.


As part of an all hazards approach, the key roles and responsibilities across the whole community for any threat or hazard - including infectious disease - are contained in the national planning frameworks for prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.  Supporting federal interagency operational plans (FIOPs) include a more detailed concept of operations; description of critical tasks and responsibilities; detailed resource, personnel, and sourcing requirements; and specific provisos for the rapid integration of resources and personnel appropriate for responding to Public Health events.

Please see the link below for the emergency declaration, eligible assistance and the ORR fact sheet:

Click on Office of Response & Recovery, then Click on Fact Sheet


Hazardous Mitigation Grants Program


The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.


An eligible applicant may appeal any FEMA determination regarding applications submitted for funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The appeal process allows applicants to request a reconsideration of the decision in conformity with program requirements. There are two levels of appeals. The Regional Administrator decides first appeals. If FEMA denies the appeal at the Regional Administrator’s level, the applicant may submit a second appeal to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation at FEMA Headquarters. If FEMA approves an appeal, FEMA will take the appropriate action to implement the decision. If the second appeal is denied, the decision is final.


To provide an effective means to research and track appeals, FEMA developed a web based database that can be accessed online. The online Appeals Database is a searchable database containing FEMA responses to applicant appeals for assistance. The database houses HMGP second appeal records since 1988 and first level appeals since the release of the FY2011 Hazard Mitigation Assistance guidance. In 2011, FEMA started monitoring first appeals made in the regions. The purpose of the database is to inform the public on how program requirements are applied. The database can be accessed at:


For more information on the terms used in the appeal database and a brief summary of the basic program elements, users can reference the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest.


FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance datasets are also available through OpenFEMA.

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New Version of FEMA  Resource Typing Library Tool Released

FEMA has released the first version of the Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT). The RTLT is an online catalogue of national resource typing definitions and job titles/position qualifications. Definitions and job titles/position qualifications are easily searchable and discoverable through the RTLT.

The Resource Typing Library Tool is publically accessible at:


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