Tagged: FEMA

FEMA: Additional Planning and Data Collection Could Help Improve Workforce Management Efforts

On July 9, 2015, The Government Accountability Office [GAO] released a report, FEMA: Additional Planning and Data Collection Could Help Improve Workforce Management Efforts. From 2007, the GAO reviewed FEMA’s workforce and noted the difficulties that FEMA was facing. FEMA has outlined a strategy to improve GAO’s workforce by: “[1]...

Major Disaster Assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund: State Profiles

Each year in the United States, various types of disasters occur across the homeland. From devastating hurricanes to mild wildfires, these disasters impact U.S. citizens on local, state, and national levels. When such disasters occur, the President is authorized to issue disaster declarations in order to financially aid communities in...

FEMA’s Higher Education Program’s New Book: ‘Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management’

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a new e-book focusing on Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management: A Dialogue Between Researchers and Practitioners. In most fields it can be said that the interaction between academics and practitioners is limited at best. Emergency Management and Disaster Science is...

FEMA’s New Strategic Plan Will Develop Resiliency in the Face of Emergency

Planning for infrastructure emergencies and quarterbacking recovery efforts after natural disasters are two mainstays of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This summer, the Agency released its newest Strategic Plan for 2014-2018, which outlines the goals for the organization in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Quadrennial Homeland Security...

National Preparedness: Where Do We Stand? FEMA Releases Annual Report

This month, FEMA released the third annual iteration of its “National Preparedness Report.” From the FEMA site and Executive Summary: “Required annually by Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness, the National Preparedness Report summarizes progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities described in the National Preparedness Goal...

One Year after Hurricane Sandy: The Recovery

October 29th, 2013 marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Dozens of states were impacted by the heavy rain, strong winds and record storm surges of the hurricane, particularly on the East Coast. The storm created extensive damage and it wound up costing states and local and federal agencies...

Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

FEMA has recently released a new guide on developing an emergency operations plan (EOP) for houses of worship nationwide. In light of the increased number of emergency situations that have occurred in houses of worship in the United States, FEMA urges the public to recognize that such institutions are not...

2013 National Preparedness Report

Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8) describes the Nation’s approach to preparing for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States. The Directive requires a National Preparedness Report (NPR), an annual report summarizing the progress made toward building, sustaining, and delivering...

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Needs Improvement

GAO (Government Accountability Office) released this week an updated report on FEMA’s efforts to effectively integrate IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) into the nation’s existing Emergency Alert System (EAS). Initiated in 2004, IPAWS is meant to integrate EAS participants (e.g. broadcast radio and television, cable operators, satellite radio...

FEMA Calls for Public Feedback on National Incident Management System

FEMA’s National Integration Center (NIC) has recently created a public forum on the FEMA website to review and update the NIMS (National Incident Management System). The purpose of this system is to identify “concepts and principles that answer how to manage emergencies from preparedness to recovery regardless of their cause,...