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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 see a SCHEDULE for the Symposium, Click below:


To Register for the Symposium, click below:

Note:  Early Bird Registration Closes on January 15, 2016

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EMAT is hosting the following Emergency Management training at the 2016 EMAT Symposium:


O    G-191:  ICS – EOC Interface

This 8-hour course is one of the courses required to attain the FEMA Advanced Professional Series certificate




O    G-608:  Disaster Recovery Workshop

This 8-hour EMPG-required training course covers basic policy and programs related to the disaster recovery process.




Course registration is available at:



To be an Exhibitor at the Symposium, click below:



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

To the Membership:

The EMAT team has worked hard over the last year to represent you and our profession, with volunteers spending hundreds of hours working with other entities across the state to make things better for emergency management and public health/safety professionals.  The last year was a success in a great number of ways, so make sure to make it to the Symposium to hear about it!

Early-bird registration ends on January 15th, so please take the time to register today.

9th Annual EMAT Leadership Symposium
February 7-10 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas
Click below to register today:

 Register Here!

Click here for the schedule of events:

This year's symposium is kicked off by featured presentations from:

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett:  Judge Emmett has been a respected leader in Texas for decades, dating back to even before his election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1979. His direction and support of one of the largest emergency management programs in the nation make this a must-attend opening session!

Dr. Larry Morning Star: Dr. Morning Star brings to EMAT his expertise in fostering healthy organizations and communities post-disaster.  While the roads are being cleared and businesses are struggling to re-open, Dr. Morning Star reminds us that public and behavioral health issues are just as critical to recovery.

Also, time is running out to submit your nomination for the 2015-2016 EMAT Awards Program! The deadline is Friday, January 8, 2016.  Award recipients will be honored during the Member Appreciation Banquet at the EMAT Symposium.  Submit a nomination TODAY to honor all of the hard work an individual, organization or jurisdiction has done to further the emergency management field!  For more information, please click on the link above for award nominations.

The EMAT Leadership Symposium is the best way to learn from your colleagues while supporting your state association and your profession. That support translates into influence and eventually achievement on your behalf.

Please take the time to register today.  If you can't make it this year, consider sending a member of your team who would benefit from the opportunity to grow.  We have a great event planned this year, and we cannot wait to see you in San Marcos!

On behalf of the Board, Happy New Year!

Jeb B. Lacey, MPA, TEM


Recent News 

On February 2, 2016, President Barack Obama issued Executive Order: Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard.
The Order applies to buildings within the United States and its territories and possessions that are owned, leased, financed, or regulated by the Federal Government and requires agencies that own an existing Federal building adopt the Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned and Leased Buildings (Standards), issued by the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC).
The Order will apply to certain provisions of the Stafford Act when assistance actions involve new construction or alterations to an existing building.
Here is the link to the Executive Order:

FEMA Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide
FEMA has released the First Edition of the FEMA Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide.
This publication combines all Public Assistance (PA) policy into a single volume and provides an overview of the PA Program implementation process with links to other publications and documents that provide additional process details.
This document incorporates and supersedes language from PA Program publications and 9500 Series documents listed in Appendix L: List of Publications and Documents Superseded.

FEMA has merged and streamlined the language in the guide to:
·        Provide clear and concise policy language to minimize multiple interpretations;
·        Increase consistent and efficient PA Program eligibility determinations of Applicants, facilities, work, and costs, thereby minimizing appeals;
·        Eliminate duplicative language and redundancy; and
·        Provide ease in searching for policy language on specific topics.
The language in this document also includes updates based on Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Title 2 CFR Part 200 combined and superseded eight OMB Circulars. It also superseded 44 CFR § 13.36.

Here is a link to the policy guide:

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 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: 


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



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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