Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Webinar. FEMA 2018-2022 Strategic Plan Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Private Sector Advisory

FEMA Webinar on 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invites you to join a webinar to discuss its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan (released on March 15, 2018.) The plan seeks to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country, helping us build a stronger agency and a more resilient nation. 

WHAT: FEMA 2018-2022 Strategic Plan Webinar
WHO: David Bibo, FEMA Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs (Acting)
WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 2-3 PM EDT

Via Phone:     Dial in: 323-701-0223
Participant passcode: 883180
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When disasters strike, FEMA cannot succeed alone in the mission of helping people.  We need to work in coordination with our partners and stakeholders to ensure that response and recovery is federally coordinated, state managed, and locally executed. This strategic plan strives to rally all our stakeholders and the Agency around the three goals of preparedness, catastrophic readiness, and reducing complexity.
The Strategic Plan outlines three ambitious, but achievable goals for the next five years:
  • Build a culture of preparedness
  • Every segment of our society, from individual to government, industry to philanthropy, must be encouraged and empowered with the information it needs to prepare for the inevitable impacts of future disasters.
  • Ready the nation for catastrophic disasters
  • FEMA will work with its partners across all levels of government to strengthen partnerships and access new sources of scalable capabilities to quickly meet the needs of overwhelming incidents.
  • Reduce the complexity of FEMA
  • FEMA must continue to be responsible stewards of the resources we are entrusted to administer. We must also do everything that we can to leverage data to drive decision-making, and reduce the administrative and bureaucratic burdens that impede impacted individuals and communities from quickly receiving the assistance they need. 
FEMA is committed to continued engagement with our partners as we implement the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan incorporates feedback received from you through previous engagements, and we want to continue that discussion as we define best ways to capture and measure successful implementation of the Strategic Plan and its goals. We value the diverse perspectives and insight each of you provide based on your experiences with disasters, and we seek this input as we begin to move forward.

"The Making of a Resilient Future: Disaster Risk in Developing Countries.". 2018. FEMA PrepTalks

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, released today the sixth video presentation from the inaugural PrepTalks Symposium, Francis Ghesquiere's "The Making of a Resilient Future: Disaster Risk in Developing Countries."

In his PrepTalk, Ghesquiere presents a global perspective on the need to improve disaster resilience. He highlights the scale of the challenge, from rapid urbanization in areas at risk of earthquakes and floods, to the increasing frequency and intensity of storms. He discusses the need for all sectors to participate in planning and to incorporate future trends in population growth, urbanization, and increasing risk due to future environmental conditions. Ghesquiere heads the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), a global partnership hosted by the World Bank with programs in more than 80 countries. In a recent report, The making of a riskier future: How our decisions are shaping future disaster risk, GFDRR demonstrates how "tomorrow's risk is being built today. We must therefore move away from risk assessments that show risk at a single point in the present and move instead towards risk assessments that can guide decision makers towards a resilient future." Ghesquiere focuses on the importance of this future perspective in his PrepTalk. 

Ghesquiere's presentation, the question-and-answer session that followed, a discussion guide, and additional reference materials are available at This is the sixth video of eight being produced from the PrepTalks Symposium held in Washington, D.C. in January. The next PrepTalks Symposium is tentatively scheduled for fall of 2018. Upcoming PrepTalk video topics include lessons learned from disaster survivors and financial literacy. The next PrepTalks video is currently scheduled for release later this month.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.