Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2014 Vol. 61 No. 9

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

REGISTER NOW: 2012 TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
The Texas Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management will host the 2012 Texas Emergency Management Conference April 2-5 in San Antonio. Visit the Texas Emergency Management Conference webpage for more information and to register.

TDEM / DSHS DISASTER RESPONSE WORKSHOPS
The Texas Division of Emergency Management, along with the Texas Department of State Health Services, will visit each DPS Region this spring to discuss state capabilities and initiatives that are pertinent to your local communities, and to hear your feedback and expectations for the coming year. The regional workshops will aid in the effort to streamline coordination of local and state response, providing a prime opportunity for you, the members of the emergency management community, and our partners to come together to discuss the topics that matter most to your region. Exercise credit will be awarded and staff will be on hand to ensure that your questions and concerns are addressed. The workshops will be held on the following dates and locations. The Region 6 workshop will be held March 19-21; the Region 1 workshop will be held April 16-18; the Region 3 workshop will be held May 7-9; the Region 2 workshop will be held May 21-23; the Region 5 workshop will be held June 11-13; and the Region 4 workshop will be held June 20-22. Contact your District Coordinator for more information.

TDEM STATE & DISTRICT COORDINATOR MAPS ONLINE
The Field Response Map is now up on a dedicated Field Response Regional Map page, but is also linked to the Field Response Section and the Staff Directory.

WILDFIRE LONG-TERM RECOVERY COMMITTEES
As Texans continue to recover from the 2011 wildfires, some may find they have needs that extend beyond the scope of state and federal assistance. That’s when community-based long-term recovery groups can step in, providing the three resources wildfire survivors most often need: money, materials or manpower. With support and guidance from the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, recovery groups in Bastrop County, Waller/Montgomery and Cass/Marion counties and the Travis County community of Spicewood are now up and running. In Walker County, the local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is also developing a committee to address survivors’ unmet needs.

GUIDANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2012 PREPAREDNESS GRANTS
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released the FY 2012 grant guidance and application kits for seven DHS preparedness grant programs totaling over $1.3 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector in strengthening our nation’s preparedness and response capabilities in support of the National Preparedness Goal.The FY 2012 grant guidance incorporates input from DHS state, local, tribal, territorial and private sector partners and details specific steps undertaken by DHS to improve the ability of state and local partners to apply for and utilize grant funding. The Department has released the Guidance to State Administrative Agencies to Expedite the Expenditure of Certain DHS/FEMA Grant Funding, which provides a series of initiatives to help accelerate the drawdown of grant funding, enabling grantees to put previously awarded grant funding to work now in order to build and sustain core capabilities and address evolving threats.

FEMA SEEKS PRIVATE SECTOR INPUT ON DRAFT NATIONAL FRAMEWORKS
FEMA and its government partners want to know what businesses and nonprofit groups think about a series of new documents related to how the private sector plays a role in national preparedness. These documents are called "National Frameworks," and they are part of Presidential Policy Directive 8 / PPD-8: National Preparedness. The directive asks the whole community—including businesses, community- and faith-based organizations, schools, individuals and all levels of government—to work together to strengthen the resilience and security of the United States. FEMA is hosting webinars and in-person workshops for people to provide their thoughts on the private sector and nonprofit roles and responsibilities identified in the working draft Frameworks. FEMA is interested in validating content, identifying gaps and discussing new ideas. Framework authors will be on hand during the events to provide background information and answer questions. All feedback will be considered when revising and finalizing the working draft Frameworks. The draft documents will be available for review in advance of these webinars and meetings. See the schedule and registration information.


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