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The 9th Annual EMAT Leadership Symposium

Innovate | Influence | Inspire

February 7-10, 2016

 The Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center

San Marcos, Texas


To Register for the Symposium, click below:

Register Here!

To be an Exhibitor at the Symposium, click below:


To submit a Speaker Presentation for the Symposium, click below:

 Speaker Guidance Form

Award Nominations are now being accepted

The deadline for submissions is 1-8-2016

Click below for a description of the awards and a nomination form:





EMAT Board of Directors Spotlight

Limits?  What limits?  Term limits?  Oh, right.  I'm Shelly Butts, and I've served to my term limit as EMAT Board Member At-Large.  I've also served the last six years as your EMAT Treasurer!  As you may guess, I'm not really good with "limits", so I've shifted gears and trudged forward.  I'm excited to say that I've joined EMAT's Membership & Marketing Committee and am looking forward to working with a fantastic team that supports you, our members!  Like many of you, I am a EMC and perform a variety of duties with a very small staff.  I know that there is strength in numbers and I lean on my fellow EMAT members to share new, innovative ways to do things and try to stay "networked" with you, so that - together - we can make a difference and promote the professionalism in emergency management in Texas.  Feel free to drop me a line at and share what you like about EMAT!


Shelly Butts, TEM, CFM

Emergency Management Coordinator

Floodplain Administrator

911 Addressing Coordinator

Madison County, Texas





President's Message

  July 2015

First and foremost, Save the Date!!! Our 9th Annual EMAT Leadership Symposium is scheduled for February 7th-10th and is sure to be a good one!  Our Conference Committee has a head-start on planning this year, so you should see the Call for Presentations going out very soon!  This is your chance to share your experiences and knowledge with your peers, so please consider making a submission!

Save the Date:
The 9th Annual EMAT Leadership Symposium
February 7-10, 2016
The Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas

In other news, the 84th Legislative Session has wrapped up.  Our Legislative Committee, Chaired by Director Wendy Smith, has had a very productive year.  The committee has forged new relationships with numerous peer associations and organizations, including the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) and the Texas Association of City and County Health Officials (TACCHO).  Please be sure to thank Director Smith and her team next time you get a chance!  A summary of the Legislative Committee's activities will be out shortly!

Lastly, a number of our committees are hard at work on other initiatives, including ones aimed at member services, improving our use of social media, and other issues.  If you are interested in serving a committee, please take the time to reach out to our Executive Director or to the committee chairperson.  We could use the help!

Thank you for being a part of our association, and enjoy the rest of the summer!

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



Recent News 

Community Resilience Planning Guide for Building and Infrastructure Systems

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the two volume Community Resilience Planning Guide for Building and Infrastructure Systems.  The Planning Guides provide a practical and flexible approach to help communities improve their resilience by setting priorities and allocating resources to manage risks for their prevailing hazards.
A fictional community, Riverbend, illustrates the six-step process and how disaster resilience can be integrated into community planning.   The first version of the Guide was released on October 29, 2015, and may be updated periodically as new best practices and research results become available and as communities gain experience using the guide and recommend improvements.
Here is the link to Volume 1:
Here is the link to Volume 2:  


84th Legislative Session Charges 

The interim Charges for the 84th Legislative Session have been released.
Here is the link to the charges:


FEMA's Damage Assessment Manual

We are calling your attention to an opportunity to comment on FEMA’s draft Preliminary Damage Assessment Manual:  A Guide to Developing Actionable Damage and Impact Information.
We would appreciate your reviewing the manual and sharing your comments on the FEMA Matrix with Bruce Lockwood, IAEM-USA Government Affairs Chair at by October 26.  He will be reviewing and preparing IAEM-USA comments. It is also important that individual comments are submitted directly to FEMA.
The manual is intended for emergency management practitioners, as well as private sector and non-governmental organization stakeholders who have a role in assessing damage and impacts and/or requesting disaster assistance.
The manual  includes an overview of the recovery program including individual assistance and public assistance; provides guidance to state, local, tribal and territorial governments on their role in the assessment, clarifies the types of damage that will qualify, and provides details on evaluating damage.
The draft manual and the Matrix for comments are available at
For submitting comments to FEMA : Comments should be added into the comment matrix and submitted to Mr. Ryan Buras, Senior Program Advisor, Public Assistance, Recovery Directorate, no later than November 14, 2015. FEMA asks that comments on the manual be sent either by email to or by mail to Mr. Ryan Buras, Senior Program Advisor, Public Assistance, Recovery Directorate, FEMA, 500 C Street, SW, Mail Stop 3163, and Washington, DC 20472.

FEMA Animal-Related Independent Study Courses

On October 2, 2015, FEMA released two revised animal-related Independent Study Courses:
    IS-10.A - Animals in Disasters:  Awareness and Preparedness
    IS-11.A - Animals in Disasters:  Community Planning
Here are the links to the courses: 


Update of the FIOPS

Building on the work from the past several years, FEMA is coordinating the update of the Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs) and would like your input. As part of the on-going National Engagement period, FEMA is hosting a series of 60-90 minute webinars to discuss the update of the FIOPs.
The attached flyer provides additional information on the webinars and can be distributed to interested stakeholders.
All of the sessions are open to the whole community, which encompasses—individuals (including those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs), businesses and nonprofits, faith-based and community groups, schools, and all levels of government.
The sessions will be conducted on the following dates:
·         Monday, August 17, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT: General Overview
·         Tuesday, August 18, 10:00-11:00 AM EDT: Protection
·         Tuesday, August 18, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT: Mitigation
·         Wednesday, August 19, 10:00-11:30 AM EDT: Response/Recovery
·         Thursday, August 20, 10:00-11:00 AM EDT: Mitigation
·         Tuesday, August 25, 10:00-11:30 AM EDT: Response/Recovery
·         Wednesday, August 26, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT: General Overview
In order to facilitate a detailed discussion each webinar will cover a specific FIOP. The General Overview webinars will provide information on proposed high-level changes to all FIOPs. Advance registration is required due to space limitations.
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. To register, please visit  
If you require accommodations to participate in these events, please provide details in the Disability Related Accommodations field on the registration page or contact us at


Request for Comments on EAS Codes for Storm Surge and Extreme Wind

The FCC Request for Comment on "New Emergency Alert System (EAS) Codes for Storm Surge and Extreme Wind" was published in the Federal Register on August 10, 2015.  The comment period is open until September 9, 2015.  Please review these proposals and provide your comments to the FCC. 

To Summarize:

  NWS requests that the Commission add a new Extreme Wind Warning”(EWW) event code to provide the public with advance notice of the onset of extreme sustained surface winds (greater than or equal to 115 miles per hour) associated with a major land-falling hurricane (category 3 or higher)

  NWS also requests that the Commission add two new event codes covering storm surges:  Storm Surge Watch (SSA) and Storm Surge Warning (SSW). NWS indicates that the Storm Surge Watch/Warning will be issued when there is a significant risk of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the ocean.  

  These changes would take effect during the 2017 hurricane season.  

The NWS feels these codes are necessary to effectively communicate tropical threats to the public.  In the absence of the storm surge codes, the NWS would issue a storm surge warning under a coastal flood related EAS code as an example.

Here is a quick link to access the document and provide comments:



NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets


Every year NOAA publishes the NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets (NEWIS) for the Atlantic Hurricane Season.  Information sheets are prepared for the Gulf and Atlantic States, US Caribbean Territories, and the Hawaiian Islands.  The sheets can be downloaded from the NOAA website or laminated copies are distributed through local NWS forecast Offices to the general public.


Here is the link to the Texas Information Sheet:

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:



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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