Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 2017, Award Applications Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnernships. DHS\FEMA.

Faith-based community members get your applications in!

Award applications due by May 30, 2017.

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Planning and Preparing for Disasters

Faith-Based Community

DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships

The DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships was created in 2006 by an executive order to help emergency managers effectively engage with faith and community-based groups. The DHS Center carries out the policies and program priorities of the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  
For more information on the DHS Center please visit
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FEMA Calls for 2017 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Applications
FEMA is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2017 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open. The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by honoring individuals, organizations, and jurisdictions that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster.

You can now apply or nominate someone for the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness (ICP) Awards. Winning an award may help with greater promotion and exposure of your efforts. 
If you have taken action to prepare your community for disasters, here is your chance to receive national recognition for your efforts. Winning a FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award or honorable mention may help you:
  • Expose your program to national media.
  • Expand your organization’s local, state and federal networks.
  • Participate in promotional activities with FEMA such as webinars, social media events, and/or news articles. 
To be considered for this year’s awards, all applications must be sent to by May 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT and feature program activities occurring between January 1, 2016 and May 30, 2017.
For more information on how to apply, visit:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released five documents designed to strengthen the Resource Management component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and is now beginning a 30-day National Engagement period. The National Engagement period will conclude at 5 pm EDT on June 9, 2017.
NIMS provides a consistent and common approach and vocabulary to enable the whole community to work together seamlessly to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. 
The drafts released today include the NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and accompanying Position Task Books (PTBs), the NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid, and an updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel.  Together, these documents are designed to enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid.  
  • NIMS Guideline for the NQS provides a common language and approach for qualifying and certifying deployable emergency personnel, enabling enables mutual aid partners to accurately communicate resource needs in disasters.
  • NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined deployable incident positions.
  • NIMS Position Task Books (PTBs) identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident position.
  • The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid is designed to help unify mutual aid efforts by providing stakeholders with common practice and processes for use in mutual aid planning.
  • The updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel provide national standards and guidance for credentialing incident personnel.
 FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft documents and answer participants’ questions about providing feedback. All open webinars are geared toward the whole community. 
National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure that the final documents reflect the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. To review the drafts of the NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools, and to obtain additional webinar information, visit           
To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to


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