CERC Webinar: “Pursuing Innovative Partnerships to Link Risks to Community Concerns” – Sept. 9, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Please log in Wednesday, September 9, at 1 p.m. ET for a live, 1-hour CERC webinar, Pursuing Innovative Partnerships to Link Risks to Community Concerns. Hear how FEMA Region II is pursuing innovative partnerships with groups in the arts, public health, and other sectors—bringing hazard mitigation to life by linking it to everyday concerns. Learn more about this forward-looking approach, hear case studies, and find out how the Region’s Guide to Expanding Mitigation series can help others explore innovative and emerging partnerships in mitigation. (See the attached flier for more details): CERC Webinar_Expanding Mitigation_Sept 9 2020
The webinar has been approved by the ASFPM for 1 CEC


On September 9, please CLICK (or COPY AND PASTE) this link to join the webinar: https://meetings.mbakercorp.com/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=2aa6b492401ec67e96194b70604ad6e6

For audio, we suggest using the WebEx “call me” feature when you log in. Inbound phone lines may be limited. You can also try to connect by dialing 571-209-6390 and entering access code 991 501 822#.
Tips for accessing WebEx and using the “call me” feature are attached:

* Please plan to sign in 10 minutes early. If you experience a problem, please send a description of the issue along with a screenshot, if possible, to CERCTraining@ogilvy.com. We will try our best to troubleshoot before the webinar begins.

Kris Fossett
Program Support and Training Coordinator
1818 Market Street, Suite 3110
Philadelphia, PA 19103
T 215-861-9322

Registration is open for the 2020 Montana Resource Seminar – Sept. 14-17

Registration is Open for the 2020 MONTANA FLOODPLAIN RESOURCE SEMINAR

The seminar will take place virtually September 14-17th. Registration will close  Sunday, September 13th, so be sure to register early!  (A PDF version of the Agenda is available at: MT 2020 Floodplain Resource Seminar Agenda_V2.)

All sessions will be hosted via Adobe Connect. A link to the seminar will be sent the week prior to the email you provide at registration.

Agenda: http://floodplain.mt.gov/ (click the link in the banner at the top of the page)

Registration: https://app.mt.gov/cgi-bin/confreg2/index.cgi?CONFERENCE_ID=8186&ACTION=INTRO

Please contact Shaye Bodine with any questions or issues.

Shaye Palagi Bodine
Floodplain Specialist / CAP Assistant
Montanan DNRC Water Resources Division
1424 9th Av.
Helena, MT 69620

Conference Description:
The Floodplain Resource Seminar offers free training on various topics to Montana’s floodplain professionals and others interested. All sessions will be hosted via Adobe Connect this year due to COVID restrictions. A link to the seminar will be sent the week prior to the email you provide at registration.
Please visit the website for more information.

Conference Location:
Virtual Event
1494 9th Ave
Helena, MT 59620

Phone: 406-444-1343

Directions to the Conference:
Virtual meeting information will be forwarded to attendees a week before the event.

Main Contact:
Shaye Bodine
Phone: 406-444-1343
Email: shaye.bodine@mt.gov

Secondary Contact:
Traci Sears
Phone: 406-444-6654
Email: tsears@mt.gov

FEMA Region III Mitigation Coffee Break Webinars (Sept-Nov 2020)

Click here to view FEMA Region III Coffee Break Webinars (Sept-Nov.2020) as a PDF.


FEMA Region III is hosting a webinar series for hazard mitigation planners and other partners interested in reducing risk in their communities. These “Coffee Breaks” are hour-long webinar sessions hosted every other month to provide mitigation best practices and highlight the work happening at federal, regional, state, and community levels to reduce risk across the region.

The Coffee Breaks are open to everyone involved in hazard mitigation, resiliency, or risk reduction planning in the public and private sectors, which includes community planners, emergency managers, floodplain managers, GIS technicians, government officials, contractors, and anyone else involved in the development and implementation of hazard mitigation and risk reduction strategies.


An important, but often overlooked component of any Hazard Mitigation Plan is the capabilities assessment. The capabilities assessment helps a community understand the effectiveness of a mitigation program and if risk is being reduced within the community. The capabilities assessment is not meant to be a simple list of laws, regulations, policies, and programs that exist at the federal, state, and local levels. The assessment should analyze effectiveness, challenges, and issues regarding the implementation and maintenance of a hazard mitigation program. Using a newly developed FEMA Region III tool, we will explore various data sources, metrics, and methodologies for analyzing your community’s capabilities. Your community should strive to answer the question, so what? when it comes to having a land use plan, an updated building code, and funding opportunities.

WHEN: September 16, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET




WHEN: November 25, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

Energy, Water, and Transportation: These are just some examples of “lifelines,” which FEMA defines as anything that enables the continuous operation of government functions and critical business. What lifelines in your community are essential to human health, safety, and economic security? Are you aware of any lifelines that exist in at-risk areas based on risk modeling? This Coffee Break will explore how lifelines can be assessed as whole systems and incorporated into your Hazard Mitigation Plan through risk assessment modeling and mitigation action development which can help to improve and invest in the lifelines in your community.

If you require closed captioning assistance or would like any additional information, please contact Mari Radford, FEMA Region III Community Planning Lead, at Mari.Radford@fema.dhs.gov

FEMA Region III | One Independence Mall, 615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

A Notice to Subscribers: The New FEMA.gov

Click here to view A Notice to Our Subscribers: The New FEMA.gov as a PDF.

From: FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) <fema@service.govdelivery.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2020 10:31 AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] A Notice to Our Subscribers: The New FEMA.gov

A Notice to Our Subscribers: The New FEMA.gov

As you may have noticed, FEMA.gov has recently gone through recent changes. As a result, the site’s layout and aesthetic has changed considerably. This email’s purpose is to make you aware of where you can locate the information specific to FEMA’s Planning, Safety, and Building Science Division as well as how you can access all our free resources.

Everything pertaining to Building Science Branch, National Dam Safety Program, and the Earthquake & Wind Programs Branch can now be found under Emergency Management & Risk Management. Additionally, all our resources can then be accessed via the numerous publication libraries which can be seen in the right-hand navigation after navigating to one of the main pages:

Users can then scroll through the resources listed or use the search box at the top of each publication page and type in the title of what you are looking for or an applicable search term.

Example: a homeowner interested in retrofitting their home to protect themselves from the flooding risks posed by hurricane could navigate to the Hurricane Publications page, type in a search term such as home or homeowner to find FEMA P-312: Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting (3rd Edition).

Note: users cannot make use of Boolean logic to refine their searches or multiple search terms.

We thank all of our valuable stakeholders for your understanding as we all become acquainted with the site’s new structure.

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FEMA Virtual Workshop – DSS-WISE Lite – Rapid Dam Break Flood and Consequence Assessment (September 29, 2020)

Click here to view FEMA Virtual Workshop – DSS-WISE Lite – Rapid Dam Break Flood and Consequence Assessment – Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. EDT as a PDF.

FEMA Virtual Workshop DSS-WISE Lite – Rapid Dam Break Flood and Consequence Assessment
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. EDT

Whether you are responsible for preparing dam breach mapping, preparing dam safety emergency action plans, identifying critical infrastructure at risk prior to dam incidents, assessing flood risk during incidents, or preparing evacuation plans, the Decision Support System for Water Infrastructural Security (DSS-WISE) Lite tool will give you a cost-effective means of improving public awareness and safety.

This workshop, offered by FEMA, instructs dam safety professionals, dam safety regulators, community officials and emergency managers how to rapidly identify the potential flood hazard areas downstream of dams.  Content in the workshop also addresses why it is important to evaluate the consequences of potential dam releases or failures, what steps can be taken before a dam failure incident to mitigate flood risk and manage the risk that remains.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will understand FEMA’s DSS-WISE Lite toolset and its use in dam safety preparedness, mitigation, flood response, and post disaster planning to reduce flood losses and increase public safety.

Specifically, topics include:

? Concepts associated with dam risk and consequence assessment;
? Application of DSS-WISE Lite to rapid assessment of dam safety;
? Data preparation needed prior to using the toolset;
? Running a successful DSS-WISE Lite dam breach model and review model results;
? Concept of flood hazard classes and lethal flood zones for evacuation planning;
? Determining the at-risk population downstream of dams; and
? Applications of how rapid assessment is applied by local communities as part of their emergency management and dam safety program to reduce or manage flood risk

This workshop is intended for: State/Tribe Dam Safety and Emergency Management Agency Staff, Emergency Managers, Dam Safety Professionals, FEMA HQ Staff, FEMA Insurance Actuaries and FEMA Contractors.

This workshop is not eligible for Continuing Education Credits.

This workshop will be held virtually. Webinar Information to follow after registration is completed.

Please register for the workshop at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-dss-wise-lite-rapid-dam-break-flood-and-consequence-assessment-tickets-115403034583.





FEMA Notice of Funding Opportunity for Hazard Mitigation Grants, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Non-Disaster Grant Programs

Click her to view FEMA’s Notice of Funding Opportunity for Hazard Mitigation Grants, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Non-Disaster Grant Programs as a PDF, plus supporting material links below:

Highlights/Agenda for FEMA NOFO:   ** For All Details Click Link Above. **

•  Non-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grants
•  Applicant and Subapplicant Eligibility
•  Application Cycle and Funding Deadlines
•  Sampling of Requirements
•  Cost Share Requirements
•  FMA
•  Job Aids and Resources
•  Questions

Quick Glimpse: Non-Disaster Mitigation Grants Application Cycle and Funding Deadlines:  ** For All Details Click Link Above. **

  • Application period opens on September 30, 2020.
  • Submission deadline for applications is 3:00 PM ET on January 29, 2021.
  • System-related issues must be addressed by 3:00 PM ET on January 27, 2021.
  • Pre-Award Selection Notice: Anticipated in June 2021

Quick Glimpse: Period of Performance:   ** For All Details Click Link Above. **

  • Start Date: When the recipient accepts the Award
  • End Date: All projects are 36 months from the date of the Award EXCEPT for FMA Community Flood Mitigation Projects which are 48 months from the Award date

For all details see: FEMA’s Notice of Funding Opportunity for Hazard Mitigation Grants, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Non-Disaster Grant Programs  and supporting material links above.

Keep Safe Training Webinars

Click her to view Keep Safe Training Webinars (Aug-Sept-2020) as a PDF.

Keep Safe Training Webinars
Sponsored by Simpson Strong Tie

Join a team of leaders from across Puerto Rico to introduce attendees to the sequence of steps necessary for resilient home design, construction and operation before during and after an extreme weather event. Available simultaneously in Spanish and English, the six-series training program will highlight best practices in the areas of: site fortification, building protection, passive habitability, water and energy management, community preparedness and more.

Attendees who participate in all six of the live sessions will receive a certificate of completion, as well as a CEU with AIA or PDH.

For details, see:  Keep Safe Training Webinars (Aug-Sept-2020)