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Content taken from the Bi-Weekly RDPO Newsletter (02.14.20):


Current Happenings 

LAST DAY! Nationwide Cybersecurity Review Requirement
  • Important! On December 18th, FEMA extended the deadline for government agencies receiving Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funding to participate in the National Cybersecurity Review online tool. The online platform will now close February 14, 2020 (instead of December 31, 2019). Additionally, agencies that find out later in the period that they will be receiving 2019 funding can participate in the next NCR open period, usually Oct-Dec annually.
New! Nonprofit Security Grant Program Webinar Invitation
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate, in partnership with the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, invites faith-based, community, and nonprofit partners to participate in one of the upcoming webinars regarding the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 NSGP will provide $90 million in funding support to nonprofit organizations for security related activities. Additional program information is located at
New! CEM Study Group Forming
  • Is getting your Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential one of your goals this year? We’re putting together a metro area study group for people who are interested in completing the CEM application this year. We’ll go through one section of the application each month, providing support as you work on that section. The goal is to have the application completed and submitted in time to be recognized at this year’s IAEM Conference in Long Beach, California in November. If there is enough interest, we’ll also arrange proctoring of the CEM exam. If you’d like to joining the CEM study group, please email Renate Garrison
New! Crisis Continuity Coalition Meeting
  • The group is comprised of all the emergency managers for the various federal agencies in Oregon and Southwest Washington as well as state and local partners. Folks can reach out to Joyce Hamilla if they are interested in joining. The next meeting is on February 18th at  2121 SW Broadway from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Discussion topics include the Indian Health Authority Emergency Management challenges and resources, Shares Ratio, Coronavirus update (OHA, TSA), and FEMA's Surge Capacity Force. 
FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) is Live
  • The FEMA IPAWS Program Management Office (PMO) has updated IPAWS to implement enhancements that will strengthen Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The WEA enhancements improve upon current WEA capabilities already in use by Federal, state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management, and public safety officials nationwide. The emergency management/public safety communities and people across the nation will be better served by these new WEA enhancements.
Coronavirus Updates from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
  • The Center for Health Security will be analyzing and providing updates on the emerging novel coronavirus. If you would like to receive these daily updates, please sign up here and select “2019-nCoV.”

News & Reports

New! Significance of Secondary Infrastructure for Shelter Management in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael

  • Using focus groups of emergency agencies and documents (e.g., daily situation reports) as the major data collection method, this study describes secondary and primary infrastructure available for long-term shelter operations in Bay County, Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in 2018. It illuminates the emerging relationship between shelters and primary and secondary infrastructure during hurricane recovery, and concludes that those relationships may be utilized to support operation of shelters and overall community recovery.
  • Governor Kate Brown today detailed her support for Senate Bill 1537, which proposes a $12.7 million investment to build infrastructure, improve citizen awareness and education, and ultimately ensure that more Oregon families are supplied for an eventual Cascadia subduction earthquake and other large-scale natural disasters.
  • On February 5, the Senate General Government and Emergency Preparedness Committee moved SB 1537, the Governor’s Resiliency Package, out of committee unanimously and onto Ways & Means. Sections 4 and 5 of the bill include the necessary $7.5M to complete the ShakeAlert network in Oregon and bring it to the public. Thank you to everyone that provided logos to our one-pager, submitted independent letters of support and communicated your support with legislators. .

Critical Infrastructure Contingency Communications Whitepaper

  • Critical Infrastructure Advisory Board Member David Rudawitz prepared this whitepaper on the topic of critical infrastructure contingency communications. This whitepaper explores the background and need for contingency communications systems for entities providing critical infrastructure. It also proposes a viable solution using of Long Range Digital Radio (LRDR). LRDR is built on HF radio with advanced features providing an Infrastructure Independent Voice and Data solution that can work when all other modes of communication have failed or are unavailable. Learn how LRDR radio can be included in your overall response command and control system to give you a highly resilient contingency communications system. We also discuss current deployment of LRDR radio within critical infrastructure sectors and an available source of support from the US Department of Homeland Security with the SHARES network.

Emergency Operations Planning: Dam Incident Planning Guide

  • The Dam Incident Planning Guide supports state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers in planning for dam incidents and failures by summarizing the concepts that a community should consider when creating dam incident-specific elements of local emergency operations plans. This guide builds on Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.1 It also provides guidance for dam owners and operators on how to engage with emergency managers prior to an incident to ensure a well-coordinated response. Appendix A provides a general template for a community dam incident plan that can be adapted to meet each community’s needs.

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