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New! Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program

  • The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program is accepting applications from October 4, 2019 until January 17, 2020 at 5pm. Please note that the engineering requirements have changed for this round and all seismic assessments must use the ASCE 41-17 checklists.  We have posted updated engineering guidance that I encourage you to read.  The Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) tool has also been updated so you will need to use the newest version which is also posted for your use. Our goal is to be able to announce awards for this round of funding by the end of May 2020.  There is $50 million available to award for school projects and $10 million available for emergency services projects.  If you need any further information please let me know.

Content taken from the RDPO Bi-Weekly Update (10/03/2019):


New! FEMA Disability Inclusion Course Survey - Deadline October 4th 

  • The survey is designed to help you consider your organization’s capabilities as they pertain to integrating people with disabilities into emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery. The results of the survey will help evaluate local and regional capacity for integrating people with disabilities into emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery. At the end of the survey period, the project team will assemble the results of this survey to help guide the development of this new course. 

New! NIMS Alert #34-19 FEMA Seeks Stakeholder Feedback 

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency released for national engagement three documents: one to help private sector organizations in emergency response activities, and a pair that enhance operations within Emergency Operations Centers. The documents on which FEMA is seeking feedback are the “NIMS Implementation Fact Sheet for Private Sector Organizations,” the “Operational Period Shift Briefing Template” and “SAMHSA’s Stress Management.”

NIMS Alert #31-19: FEMA Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Trio of Guidance Documents

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released and is seeking feedback and national engagement on three documents: “Planning Considerations: Disaster Housing,” the “Disaster Financial Management Guide” and the “National Incident Management System Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers” designed to provide guidance to state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions in preparedness as well as response and recovery activities. 
  • FEMA will host a series of 60-minute engagement webinars open to the whole community to describe the draft document and answer participants’ questions about providing feedback. FEMA last revised the NIMS Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers in 2007 and is now updating the document to ensure it is consistency, to incorporate stakeholder input, and to make it a more clear and useful tool for public information officers as they are involved in emergency management activities. Effective disaster financial management is critical for successful response and recovery. It helps jurisdictions obtain the resources needed to support their community, increases the efficiency of recovery efforts, and reduces the likelihood of audit failures and financial penalties for the jurisdiction. To review the draft housing and financial management documents, please visit For the draft PIOs document, go to on the webinars is available on both webpages.

Social Vulnerability and Disasters

  • Source: Natural Hazards Center [University of Colorado at Boulder]. This CONVERGE Training Module, part of the larger National Science Foundation-Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NSF-NHERI), focuses on social vulnerability to hazards and disasters, with an emphasis on population groups that have been identified in the literature as especially at risk to the adverse effects of extreme events. Learning objectives include recognizing how studying potentially vulnerable populations improves hazards and disaster practice and policy; and understanding how research on vulnerable populations can positively improve outcomes for individuals, and enhance community resilience.

Sheltering and Feeding Capabilities Definitions

  • Source: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD)This five-page document defines mass care capabilities and capacities to assist National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) agencies in communicating to emergency management the kinds and quantities of resources necessary to deliver mass care services at the level required to meet the needs of the community. It provides definitions for each term, with a table outlining strategy, resource, kind, and available measure for the term's capability.

Multi-Agency Definitions of Mass Care Terms

  • Source: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD)This nine-page document provides multi-agency definitions of mass care terms for use by National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) member agencies, emergency managers, and mass care practitioners across the nation. It provides several definitions and their sources for each category of definition.

Disaster Response: Federal Assistance and Selected States and Territory Efforts to Identify Deaths from 2017 Hurricanes

  • Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)This 49-page report discusses how Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico identified and documented deaths related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017, and any challenges they experienced; the support selected federal agencies provided to Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico involving disaster-related deaths; and the number of Funeral Assistance applications the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) received, approved, and denied for the 2017 hurricanes. Puerto Rico officials said damaged roads, power outages, and shortages of medical examiner staff and equipment initially made it harder to identify deaths and certify them as disaster-related. (PDF)

Public Workshop of the Committee on Best Practices in Assessing Mortality and Significant Morbidity Following Large-Scale Disasters

  • Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division (HMD)This web page provides information and materials from a workshop held on August 29-30, 2019, to describe the importance of mortality and significant morbidity data after disaster impact, their use, and the organizations that capture these data or could benefit from the use of the data. The workshop identified best practices for collecting, recording, and reporting mortality and significant morbidity data after disasters, and recommended priority areas of emphasis and allocation of resources to enhance state, local, tribal, and territorial mortality and significant morbidity data collection and reporting after disasters. (Video or Multimedia)

Rapid Review of the Inclusion of People with Disabilities and Older People in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Humanitarian Interventions

  • Source: Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA). This 30-page report summarizes a rapid review conducted to improve understanding of how people with disabilities and older people are included in gender-based violence interventions, and identify and document positive practice examples of inclusion of people with disabilities and older people in gender-based violence interventions. It found that there is an opportunity to expand learning on disability and older age inclusion in gender-based violence programming for natural disaster preparedness and response, as well as in health sector responses to gender-based violence.

Monday, October 7, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
2019 Conference is happening! »
Training, Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions, Keynote Speakers and entertainment at the banquet! This year is jam-packed...

OEMA Membership
Tuesday, October 1, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Our new web site is LIVE! »
I am so excited to share the new and updated OEMA website. There are so many features for our members that I am just begin...

Executive Board Elections
Wednesday, July 31, 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Call for Nominations for OEMA Leadership »
It is time for the annual election process to fill the slate of officers on your Executive Board. The election will be hel...

OEMA Awards
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Nominations for Awards! »
It is that time of year when we recognize individuals, practices, and project(s) that showcase Innovation, Coordination, a...

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