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Job Openings – Mitigation/Environmental – Current / Closing

Click below for details on these current job announcements.

As of December 2019 / January 2020:

Two-Year_Post-Doctoral_Fellowship-Oregon State University(Fall-2020)Apply by: March 1, 2020

Two-Year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Environmental Studies – The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MADeadline: January 18, 2020

Assistant Professor – Urban Fish and Wildlife Conservation – Virginia Tech Deadline: January 24, 2020

2020 National Earthquake Conference – March 4-6 in San Diego, California

Click here to view the 2020 National Earthquake Conference Announcement as a PDF.

Advancing State Earthquake Programs to Reduce Seismic Risk and Save Lives

March 4-6 in San Diego, California

Click here to register today and take advantage of the early-bird rate

The NEC is a quadrennial event providing a unique opportunity for engagement and sharing amongst academia, building code experts, engineers, businesses, design/build professionals, FEMA Directorates, first responders, geologists, local emergency managers, insurance and reinsurance professionals, local and tribal governments, private sector practitioners, U.S. State and Territorial Earthquake Managers, NEHRP Agencies, and volunteers.

Click here to view the 2020 at-a-glance schedule, here to view the 2016 NEC conference outcomes, and here to read the 2016 media impact report.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Join Presenting Sponsor California Earthquake Authority, Visionary Sponsors Computers & Structures, and Kinemetrics, Strategic Sponsor International Code Council, and Tabletop Sponsors Applied Technology Council, BRACELOK, Cal OES, FEMA, Maurer USA, Nanometrics, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Quake Kare/Emergency Ready by clicking here. 



Building Science Releases FEMA P-2055: Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guide

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Building Science Releases FEMA P-2055: Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guide

FEMA Building Science Branch has released FEMA P-2055: Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance, Report on the Current State of Practice including Recommendations Related to Structural and Nonstructural Safety and Habitability.

This Guide was developed as required by the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, Section 1241: Post-disaster Building Safety Assessment and targets three main stakeholder groups.

  • Architects, engineers, and building officials directly involved in post-disaster building safety evaluation.
  • Emergency managers and health officials who may be involved in management of the post-disaster evaluation process, including environmental health issues.
  • Policy makers at state, local, tribal, and territorial and federal government levels.

FEMA P-2055 summarizes and references best practice guideline documents, identifies recommended improvements and needs, and provides interim recommendations for issues without best practice guidance. It also offers considerations for program planning prior to an incident and program management and implementation after an incident, including a primer for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments that have the authority to set standards or policy related to the implementation of post-disaster building evaluations for safety and habitability.

The Guide covers earthquakes; hurricanes; floods; tornadoes; tsunamis; landslides and other land instabilities; volcanoes; snow, hail, and ice storms, fire; and explosions. It can be a reference for any post-incident evaluation process and is not limited by scale or official declaration of a disaster.

As shown above, this Guide covers a very specific need to identify which buildings are safe or unsafe to occupy after an incident. This evaluation helps reduce the overwhelming sheltering demands a community may face when impacted by a catastrophic disaster. The concept of shelters or sheltering, before, during and after disasters are subjects that FEMA, and the emergency management community as a whole, have and will continue to be actively engaged in as the work to Build a Culture of Preparedness and Ready the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters continues.

Post-disaster building safety evaluations have traditionally focused on the key question being whether any building damage has made the building sufficiently less safe than it was before the damage to warrant limitations being placed on occupancy. This evaluation most commonly results in the placarding of buildings as Inspected, Restricted Use, and Unsafe.

To download FEMA P-2055 click here.

For more information of FEMA Building Science Branch click here

FEMA Building Science releases P-2054 – Mitigation Assessment Team Compendium Report

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FEMA Building Science releases P-2054, Mitigation Assessment Team Compendium Report

FEMA’s Building Science Branch is pleased to announce that FEMA P-2054, Mitigation Assessment Team Compendium Report: 2017 Hurricane Season, is now available online at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/184600.  To assess the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria on the built environment, FEMA’s Building Science Branch deployed Mitigation Assessment Teams (MATs) to Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Puerto Rico, and Florida. This Compendium Report summarizes the observations, conclusions, and recommendations from the four MAT reports developed for the 2017 hurricane season:

To learn more about FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team Program, click here.

To learn more about FEMA’s Building Science Branch, visit our website.

Contact the Building Science helpline at FEMA-BuildingScienceHelp@fema.dhs.gov or 866-927-2104.



FEMA Releases Inaugural DRRA Implementation Report (Nov. 25, 2019)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division
Intergovernmental Affairs Branch
Telephone: 202-646-3444

Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory

FEMA Releases Inaugural DRRA Implementation Report

November 25, 2019

On Oct. 30, FEMA released the first annual report on Agency implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA). This report provides an overview of the DRRA, highlights how FEMA’s strategic goals align to the act, and describes FEMA implementation efforts and achievements since 2018.

FEMA has already implemented more than half of the provisions identified in the law.  As a direct result of this implementation, FEMA expanded support for mitigation, to include provision of $86 million in funding for wildfire mitigation projects to protect nearly 2,500 more properties.

Additionally, FEMA increased the amount of assistance available to individuals following a disaster, providing more than $61 million in additional assistance to over 11,000 individuals, and more than $12 million in additional disaster unemployment assistance to applicants in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. FEMA has also published guidance on the prioritization of assistance during power outages, the identification of evacuation routes, and the coordination of emergency response plans for hazardous materials.

The DRRA contains 56 provisions that require policy or regulation changes that amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to strengthen national capabilities to prepare for, mitigate against, and recover from major disasters. These reforms acknowledge the shared responsibility for disaster response and recovery, aim to reduce the complexity of FEMA, and build the nation’s capacity for the next catastrophic event.

To view the DRRA Annual Report, visit the FEMA website.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.


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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) is a global day of giving held on Tuesday December 3rd to raise awareness for charitable causes and amplify donor’s generosity.  As we enter the holiday season and celebrate Thanksgiving, please consider supporting the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) to advance mitigation and protect lives and property nationwide. Your support makes a difference in creating a more resilient future, from the development of training and technical assistance to local communities to partnering efforts to support local, state, and national mitigation activities.

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10-31-19: CERC Webinar: “Planning for Hazards: A Conversation about Mitigating Lifelines”

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Subject:  October 31 CERC Webinar: “Planning for Hazards: A Conversation about Mitigating Lifelines”

Please log on Thursday, October 31, at 1 p.m. ET, for a live,1-hour CERC webinar, “Planning for Hazards: A Conversation about Mitigating Lifelines.” As National Community Planning Month wraps up, we’ll discuss community lifelines and their link to hazard mitigation planning, and hear from infrastructure owners about the challenges and successes of planning and implementing these mitigation projects. (See the attached flier for more details.)

On October 31, please CLICK (or COPY AND PASTE) the link below to join the webinar:


For audio, call 1-650-479-3208; access code: 661 065 484#; Password: event1

– As you sign in, the system will assign you an ATTENDEE ID. Please enter the ATTENDEE ID at the prompt when you dial in for audio.

– See Tips for Accessing the WebEx(4) and the 2019 CERC webinar schedule.

* 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.