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President's Message

July 2014

Thanks to you, we have received a great response to our Leadership Compensation and Benefits Survey, with over 70 completed responses so far! Please keep pushing it out, and encourage your peers to participate.  We will leave the survey open until August 1st in the hopes that we can reach as wide an audience as possible! 

Up to this point, the majority of the responses received have been from individuals at the Director/Coordinator level.  Please also encourage your "second in command" positions (those with titles such as "Assistant" or "Deputy") to take the survey as well!

Once again, thank you to those who have already taken the survey, and who have helped promote it throughout the state!  Keep it up!

Regards,
Jeb B. Lacey, CEM, TE
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Recent News

Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces the availability of the Hazard Mitigation Grants Program Appeals Database.

 

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: http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program/hmgp-appeals.

 

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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NIMS Alert 03-14: Release of the National Protection Framework

08/13/2014

Release of the National Protection Framework

 

The purpose of this NIMS Alert is to announce the release of the 2014 National Protection Framework. The National Protection Framework describes what the whole community should do to safeguard against acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other threats or hazards. The whole communityincludes—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 Protection Framework also describes the core capabilities; roles and responsibilities; and coordinating structures that facilitate the protection of individuals, communities, and the Nation. This Framework is focused on actions to protect against the greatest risks in a manner that allows American interests, aspirations, and way of life to thrive.

 

FEMA is hosting a series of virtual roundtables to discuss the National Protection Framework and the 2013 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). All webinars will be open to the whole community. These virtual roundtables will provide an overview on how to develop and implement protection plans under the guidance of the National Protection Framework and the NIPP.

 

The National Protection Framework is publicly accessible here:http://www.fema.gov/nationalpreparedness/national-protection-framework.

 

The National Infrastructure Protection Plan is publicly accessible here:

https://www.dhs.gov/national-infrastructure-protection-plan

 

Each one-hour event will provide an overview of the Protection Framework, the NIPP and how to apply these concepts in your community.

 

Tuesday, August 26t11:00 am EST 

Dial In: 800-369-1725

Pin: 5116984

Webinar: https://share.dhs.gov/nipp2013npfaug26/

 

Tuesday, September 2n11:00 am EST 

Dial In: 800-369-1725

Pin: 5116984

Webinar: https://share.dhs.gov/nipp2013npfsept2/

 

Wednesday, September 3rd  12:00 pm EST 

Dial In: 800-369-1725

Pin: 5116984

Webinar: https://share.dhs.gov/nipp2013npfsept3/

 

The agenda will cover topics such as:

  • An introduction to the National Protection Framework and the NIPP
  • Key integration points between the National Protection Framework and the NIPP
  • Application of the National Protection Framework and the NIPP into operational plans

Questions about the virtual roundtable can be submitted via e-mail at:PPD8-engagement@fema.dhs.gov.

 

This effort is a part of the National Preparedness System, a process that organizes the tools and resources needed to move toward the National Preparedness Goal. For more information on national preparedness efforts, visit:http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness.

 

 

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: https://rtlt.ptaccenter.org

FEMA is hosting a series of webinars to introduce the RTLT and the latest version of the Incident Response Inventory System (IRIS). All webinars will be open to the whole community, which includes—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. These webinars will provide an overview on how to navigate the RTLT and its use in inventorying critical resources.

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. To register, please visit https://www.vjpo.org/private/ppd8/events/rtlt/

 


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