FEMA Weekly Bulletin - January 11, 2013

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2012-2013 Influenza Season message from Alexander G. Garza, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer.

From the field

  • Joplin Blazes Comeback Trail - On December 4, 2012, TIME ranked the town of Joplin, Missouri 4th on a list of top 10 comebacks of 2012. Wedged between #3, Good Morning America, and #5, The San Francisco Giants, this town of 50,000 people situated a few miles east of both the Kansas and Oklahoma borders and 160 miles south of Kansas City is resurrecting itself from the deadliest tornado to strike the U.S. in 60 years. Five hundred sixty-two days before TIME’s list, such a comeback seemed unimaginable.
  • Saving $1 Million on the Waterfront  - When Hurricane Sandy inundated Red Hook with floodwaters in October, Robbin’s warehouse took a huge hit – but not as bad had he not initiated a major mitigation project. Four years earlier, trucking in 1,500 cubic yards of armored stone, Robbins spent half a million dollars to build riprap, an embankment of large stones to prevent erosion, and a retaining wall to protect his property.
  • Vermont Governor Shumlin, FCO Landry Break Ground on Vermont Psychiatric Hospital Construction Site - With shovels in hand, side-by-side, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mark Landry broke ground together on January 8.

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Employee News and Announcements

NEW! The FEMA Telework Manual 123-9-1 found on the FEMA intranet, provides guidance and policy direction for the administration, implementation, and oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Telework Program. Please check with your Supervisor if you have questions.

  • In Memory - We are very saddened by the untimely passing of Ms. Jane Early on December 01, 2012. Jane began her FEMA Headquarters career in 2002 as a Program Support Analyst. Read more.

Training and Career Development Opportunities  

  • E534 – Performance Excellence Series Level I, “Communications/Customer Services” - The Communications/Customer Service 4-day course is designed to provide the techniques and tools for oral and written communication necessary to meet and exceed performance expectations as a future leader. 

  • E526 – Performance Excellence Series Level II, “Communications/Customer Services” - The Communications/Customer Service 4-day course is designed to provide the techniques and tools for oral and written communication necessary to meet and exceed performance expectations as a future leader. 
  •  National Defense University, Program for Emerging Leaders - the National Defense University, Program for Emerging Leaders , sponsored by the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

Deployment Tools and Resources

FEMA Blog Stories and Photos

What We're Watching: 1/4/13 - At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Help FEMA Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse.  If you have information about instances of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement involving FEMA programs or operations, you should contact the DHS OIG Hotline at: 1-800-323-8603; by fax at 202-254-4297; or e-mail DHSOIGHOTLlNE@dhs.gov.


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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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