Happy New Year!
FEMA is actively engaged in a “Workplace Transformation” to adopt a culture of mission-centric mobility—the capability of employees to move seamlessly beyond a traditional office environment and into a range of flexible work settings in order to achieve our mission. Message from David Robinson, MSB Associate Administrator.
Stay current with workplace transformation developments. Check the FEMA intranet regularly.
From the field
FEMA Sandy Response Engages 'Whole Community' - Using a tactic he'd learned four decades ago as a Special Forces soldier in Vietnam, Carwile and his colleagues engaged what they called "the whole community" in planning for and responding to disaster.
Mantoloking Home Survives Sandy - Prior to returning home, Ed and his wife Betsy feared losing everything and had discussed not building back if they were to find their home in shambles or washed away.
Hurricane Sandy Sets New Standards in Disaster Response For Pets - Even as Hurricane Sandy was leaving the Caribbean, emergency responders were assembling along the Atlantic coast, ready to provide food, medical equipment, basic shelter, and for the first time in disaster response—pet food and supplies.
New Jersey Forum for Cultural Institutions - On Dec. 15, FEMA and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force hosted a forum in West Long Branch to explain disaster assistance available to cultural, historical and artistic programs.
Warwick JFO Volunteers Learn to Use Emergency Evacuation Chairs - Recently, the JFO in Warwick, R.I., acquired emergency evacuation chairs and trained a number of volunteer employees to use them. These chairs enable a quick exit for anyone who would find it difficult or impossible to descend stairs rapidly in the event of an emergency evacuation drill or actual event.
FEMA Blog Stories and Photos
- Forkston Township, Pennsylvania Gets its Bridge Back - A bridge is one of those things that can so easily be taken for granted. Even one that we may rely on to cut our day-to-day work commute in half, or allows us more frequent trips to the grocery store, after a while, can seem like an assumed part of life. But when these critical conduits are lost, as was the case when Hurricane Irene devastated parts of Forkston, a township near the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, the significance of these vital crossings is more fully realized.
- FEMA Corps, Expanding Opportunities for Young Adults - Last August FEMA rolled out a program with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) called FEMA Corps. It’s made up of young people between the ages of 18-24, many of whom are interested in a career in emergency management. As part of our response to Hurricane Sandy, we deployed members of FEMA Corps to assist with our operation. In the story below, 22-year-old Elizabeth McSherry shares her experience working in New York.
- Silver Linings and Silver Bells, Paying it Forward - The one silver lining of disasters is they can bring out the best in humanity. The world becomes connected – people in countries from across the oceans send food, money, blankets and other supplies. And neighbors help neighbors, paying it forward, and continuing to do so for as long as it takes. With the holidays approaching, the desire to pay it forward is even more heightened.
Please submit story ideas to FEMA-Weekly@fema.dhs.gov.
Employee News and Announcements
Active Shooter: Resources Available for Community Preparedness - An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. The Lessons Learned Information Sharing System (LLIS.gov) recently launched an Active Shooter page to help emergency management professionals address community preparedness needs related to active shooters.
Training and Career Development Opportunities
NEW! 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.
NEW! 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.
FEMA Mentor Program – “Paying It Forward” - FEMA’s Mentor Program is designed to provide employees an opportunity to grow personally and professionally through a co-learning partnership with fellow colleagues to share aspirations and experiences.
Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System - below is a list of Federal Acquisition Institute online and instructor-led courses for Contracting Officer Representatives.
DHS Master’s Degree Program and Executive Leaders Program - The Career Development and Training Branch is accepting nominations for the 2013 Fall cohorts of the DHS Master’s Degree Program and Executive Leaders Program.
Mandatory Training: Fraud Awareness and Prevention Training Module, IS-38 - This message is a follow-up to an earlier message announcing the launch of a Fraud Awareness and Prevention Training course; designed to enhance our efforts in preventing fraud, waste, and abuse as good stewards of Federal tax payer dollars.
Deployment Tools and Resources
- How To Prepare a Travel Voucher – For the Individual Traveler
FEMA Travel Toolbox - The Travel Toolbox is intended to support FEMA travelers (FEMA Intranet)
Travel Voucher Checklist - Reference Guide for Travelers and Approvers (FEMA Intranet)
Deployment Guidance – ADD Check-In/Check-Out Procedures
Time and Attendance Guidance for Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy Lessons Learned Resources Available at LLIS.gov
Reservist Program Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) Health Care Coverage - Frequently Asked Questions
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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