Webinar: How to Develop a Family Emergency Plan – October 7, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is hosting a webinar to help families plan in advance for emergencies, which will help ensure that all the members of the household—including children and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, as well as outside caregivers—know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency. The webinar will provide an overview of America’s PrepareAthon!, showcase the recently released Be Smart. Take Part. Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan, and inform the public on the importance of making a family plan, especially in the event communication networks such as mobile phones and computers are not accessible.

Hear from Mathew Lyttle of the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division and guest speakers on family emergency planning, Edward Johnson and Karrie Delaney.

Register for the webinar.

Are you ready for the next hurricane?

Make sure you have a plan and supplies in place to keep you and your family safe from harm from hurricanes and other storms.

Get Your Business Ready for Any Kind of Disaster

National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

Having a business continuity plan is essential to establishing a successful and resilient small business. The cost of creating a disaster preparedness plan is small compared to the financial losses that may occur if there’s no plan in place.

You can get help with your own preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The series is presented in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign during National Preparedness Month.

The 30-minute webinars will be presented at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesdays in September and cover the following topics:

  • September 9: The Keystone to Disaster Recovery: Communications
    This session will discuss the steps and best practices for developing your emergency communication strategy.
  • September 16: Recover from the Most Likely Disaster: Power Outage
    This session will dive into the most resilient strategies to mitigate loss of power and best practices for a swift and efficient recovery.
  • September 23: Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Prepare Your Employees
    This session will focus on the strategies and best practices for helping your employees prepare themselves and their families for a crisis.
  • September 30: If You Do Nothing Else this Year…
    This session will address some simple ways to build your resilience as an organization today with minimal commitment of time and resources.

To register for any of the webinars, visit http://agilityrecovery.com/buildingblocks/#section-register.

September is National Preparedness Month!

Households, businesses, and communities are encouraged during National Preparedness Month to prepare and plan now for flooding and other disasters that can strike throughout the year. Learn about steps you can take to keep safe from floods on the Reduce Your Risk page or visit Ready.gov for more preparedness information related to flooding and other types of disasters. #NatlPrep

Digital Coast Webinar: Planning Tools for Hazards Resilience and Climate Change

A major challenge for coastal communities is planning for the impacts of current and future flood hazards. In this webinar hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management, you will learn about two tools developed to facilitate resilience planning in coastal communities. The first step in planning for flood impacts is to understand a community’s exposure to coastal flood hazards. The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper helps communities get the conversation started about flood hazard risks and vulnerabilities by providing maps and information showing where people, places, and natural resources are at risk from flooding. The mapper displays shallow coastal flooding, flood zones, storm surge, sea level rise, and a composite view of flood hazards, along with societal, infrastructure, and ecosystem information.

The next step in planning is to identify and prioritize strategies that address climate and hazard risks. Coastal green infrastructure is an emerging approach that communities are using to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards. With limited budgets for projects like green infrastructure, communities must prioritize natural areas that give the most benefits. The Green Infrastructure Mapping Guide is an interactive online resource to help spatial analysts who are tasked with using geographic information systems to prioritize green infrastructure to reduce hazard impacts and aid in climate adaptation.

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET

Register for the webinar.

Do You Know the Difference Between Your Company’s Disaster Risk and Its Preparedness Level?

Each year, lack of disaster preparedness takes a severe financial toll on small businesses. Meanwhile, with solid planning, a business owner can protect both financial and human capital, developing an organization resilient enough to withstand any kind of threat.

Learn how preparedness affects your company’s bottom line at a free webinar, “The Impact of Preparedness on the Bottom Line,” hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Agility Recovery on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies at www.preparemybusiness.org, where you can access past webinars and get additional preparedness tips.

Space is limited. Register at http://agil.me/prep4bottomline.

REMINDER: Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

FEMA announced $180 million in funding available through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). These two grant programs assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in strengthening our nation’s ability to reduce the potential cost of natural disasters to communities and their citizens.

Both HMA FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcements can be found at www.grants.gov. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at https://portal.fema.gov. All applications must be submitted no later than August 28, 2015 at 3 p.m. EDT.

FEMA’s HMA grant programs provide states, local governments, tribes, and territories funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. Further information on these grant programs is available at www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.

Mitigation Planning Information Exchange Webinars

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) to offer a free quarterly webinar series to facilitate the sharing of ideas, challenges, best practices, and evolving methods and techniques in hazard mitigation planning. The webinars are intended to encourage peer-to-peer learning and exchange of information among federal, state, and local planners and plan implementers.

The webinars will primarily focus on mitigation planning for all hazards and also cover the connection between mitigation planning and recovery planning and preparedness.

Participants can earn one continuing education credit through APA and ASFPM.

Visit the APA website for more information and to learn about upcoming webinars.

Flood Map Update Process Enters the 90-Day Appeal Period

The statutory 90-day appeal period is underway for many coastal New Jersey and New York communities that have received updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). During the appeal period, anyone can submit information that shows the proposed flood hazards or other information on the preliminary FIRM or in the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report is not correct. The dates of the 90-day appeal period vary by community—you can check the dates that apply for your community on the Appeal Period Start and End Dates page.

For more information about the appeal and comment process and how to submit feedback, refer to the Region II Appeal Period page.

Now Available: Submit Appeals and Comments Online through the Preliminary Flood Map Feedback Portal

The Preliminary Flood Map Feedback Portal was developed by the FEMA Region II office to support the statutory appeals process for preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) released for communities affected by the New York/New Jersey coastal flood study. It is intended to make the process for submitting and tracking appeals and comments easier for both community officials and members of the public. The Portal:

  • allows community officials and members of the public to submit feedback, which will be categorized as either appeals or comments, on the preliminary FIRMs and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports online.
  • allows community officials to provide input on submissions from the public prior to FEMA review per National Flood Insurance Program regulations.
  • makes it easier for community officials to view and manage all submissions that affect their community.
  • allows for all submitters to easily view and track the status of their requests.

The Portal includes learning resources, including step-by-step instructions for local community officials and members of the public. Before you get started, visit the Appeal Period page to learn when the appeal period starts and ends for your community and data requirements that may apply.