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FEMA Guidance Documents

FEMA issues guidance documents to help the public understand how the agency administers its statutory and regulatory authorities. Consistent with Executive Order 13891 (Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents), FEMA posts agency guidance documents on this page. Guidance documents may also be posted on the FEMA.gov webpages of responsible program offices.

What is a Guidance Document?

A guidance document, as defined by Executive Order 13891, is "an agency statement of general applicability, intended to have future effect on the behavior of regulated parties, that sets forth a policy on a statutory, regulatory, or technical issue, or an interpretation of a statute or regulation." The term "guidance document," as used in Executive Order 13891, is a term of art, and it is subject to various exclusions and exemptions. For example, the Executive Order contains an exemption for guidance documents related to a homeland security function of the United States. In general, guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract.

FEMA is substantially complying with the transparency provisions of Executive Order 13891. This page therefore includes many of the agency guidance documents that meet the definition of "guidance document" in the Executive Order. This page also contains other types of guidance documents.

Feedback on Guidance Documents

Members of the public who have feedback or complaints regarding FEMA guidance documents should contact the responsible program office that issued the guidance.

Guide: Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Pandemic Planning Considerations

This document examines the unique considerations when developing mass care and emergency assistance plans associated with a pandemic scenario. The processes discussed can be implemented by the jurisdiction without federal assistance or when federal assistance is requested and available. In this document, “jurisdiction” refers to local, state, tribe or territory, insular area and federal governments.

Type: Guide | Topic: Recovery | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Distribution of Infrared Thermometers

This fact sheet provides information regarding the federal government's distribution of non-contact infrared thermometers (NCIT) to support phased reopening of the Nation’s workplaces and restarting of the American economy.

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Recovery | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Coronavirus Pandemic Response: PPE Packages for Nursing Homes

This fact sheet details the White House Task Force initiative to deliver two shipments, totaling a 14-day supply, of personal protective equipment (PPE) to more than 15,400 Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes across the Nation, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Guide: COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season

This guidance was released to help SLTT emergency managers and public health officials respond to incidents during the 2020 hurricane season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is comprised of two main sections - response planning and recovery planning - and provides emergency managers with detailed information on FEMA’s operating posture and guidance for SLTT governments.

Type: Guide | Topic: Recovery | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Pandemic: Supply Chain Expansion Line of Effort

This fact sheet outlines the manufacturing expansion line of effort, which is focused on increasing manufacturing production capacity of critical medical supplies and equipment needed to address supply shortages.

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Federal Support to Expand National Testing Capabilities

This fact sheet outlines the President’s Guidelines for Opening America Up Again, which dictates that states should meet at least five metrics before proceeding to a phased reopening – which includes demonstrating a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases over a 14-day period, as well as maintaining a robust system for testing health care workers. In addition, the Administration’s Opening Up America Again Testing Overview and Testing Blueprint are designed to facilitate state development and implementation of the robust testing plans and rapid response programs described in the guidelines.

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: NIMS Training Program

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program defines the national NIMS training program as it relates to the NIMS components of Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Preparedness | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Using the Critical Care Decontamination System(TM)

This fact sheet provides technical assistance for healthcare personnel using the Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) in order to improve PPE availability to protect healthcare workers, first responders, and patients from COVID-19, by implementing three pillars of practice: reduce – reuse – repurpose. Decontamination of N95 respirators is in line with the reuse pillar and can help communities meet critical PPE needs. The fact sheet provides site requirements and steps to acquire and use the CCDS.

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Distribution of Cloth Facial Coverings

This fact sheet outlines the federal government initiative to provide cloth facial coverings to non-medical care workers. FEMA, along with other federal agencies, are distributing cloth facial coverings as part of a multi-prong approach to re-open American economic activity while continuing to limit spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting

This fact sheet summarizes how organizations should consider and manage their PPE needs while ensuring the protection of workers during the COVOD-19 pandemic response.

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: National Resource Prioritization Cell

This fact sheet explains the National Resource Prioritization cell, which consists of interagency subject matter experts to address prioritization of limited critical medical supplies throughout the nation as part of federal COVID-19 response.

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Memorandum: FEMA Letter to Distributors on Delivery of Medical Supplies (Guidance Letter)

This letter from Jeffrey Dorko, Deputy Associate Administrator (Acting) of the Office of Response and Recovery, to medical supply distributors details their partnership to facilitate rapid distribution of critical resources in short supply to locations with the greatest need.

Type: Memorandum | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

FAQ: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Non-Congregate Sheltering

This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about non-congregate sheltering during the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) declaration of a Public Health Emergency for COVID-19.

Type: FAQ | Topic: Recovery | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force

This document introduces the Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force and the four-prong approach of Preservation, Acceleration, Expansion and Allocation FEMA is using to bring the full capacity of the Federal government to bear to find solutions to protect the American people and defeat COVID-19.

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Use of Defense Production Act Authorities to Support the Pandemic Response

This fact sheet provides clarifying information on the authorities granted under the Defense Production Act (DPA).

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Public Assistance: Non-Congregate Sheltering Delegation of Authority

Under President Trump's March 13, 2020 national emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA's Regional Administrators have been delegated authority to approve requests for non-congregate sheltering for the duration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services' declaration of a Public Health Emergency for COVID-19.

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Recovery | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: Procurement Under Grants: Under Exigent or Emergency Circumstances

FEMA provides financial assistance to states, territories, tribes, local governments, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and other non-federal entities. All FEMA grant programs are subject to the federal procurement standards found at 2 CFR 200.317 - 200.326. Recognizing that FEMA's recipients and subrecipients may face exigencies or emergencies when carrying out a FEMA award, this fact sheet provides key information to consider when utilizing contracted resources under exigent or emergency circumstances.

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Recovery | Issued: | Posted:

Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

This fact sheet announces the March 13 national emergency declaration and certain conditions that apply (e.g., 75% cost share, Cat B reimbursements).

Type: Fact Sheet | Topic: Recovery | Issued: | Posted:

Manual: Radiological Emergency Preparedness

Serves as the key FEMA and stakeholder guidance for executing the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program.

Type: Manual | Topic: Preparedness | Issued: | Posted:

Guide: Criteria for the Evaluation and Preparation of Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants

Provides NRC and FEMA guidance for evaluating Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness activities in support of nuclear power plants.

Type: Guide | Topic: Preparedness | Issued: | Posted:

Interim Policy: Consensus-Based Codes, Specifications and standards for Public Assistance (Version 2)

The purpose of the Recovery Interim Policy FP-104-009-11, Consensus-Based Codes, Specifications and Standards for Public Assistance (Policy) is to define the framework and requirements for consistent and appropriate implementation of consensus-based design, construction and maintenance codes, specifications and standards for Public Assistance (PA) to promote resiliency and achieve risk reduction under the authority of the Stafford Act §§ 323 and 406(e) (42 U.S.C. §§ 5165a and 5172) and 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 206, subpart M.

Type: Policy | Topic: Recovery | FEA: FP-104-009-11 | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: Publication 1 (We Are FEMA)

Publication 1 (Pub 1) is our capstone doctrine. It helps us as FEMA employees understand our role in the emergency management community and provides direction for how we conduct ourselves and make decisions each day.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: General | FEA: FP-112-01 | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin No. 421b: Clarification on the Personnel Reimbursement for Intelligence Cooperation and Enhancement of Homeland Security Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-412 - The PRICE Act)

This Information Bulletin (IB) explains how direct and contract personnel costs are classified under Section 2008 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. No. 107-296) as amended by the Personnel Reimbursement for Intelligence Cooperation and Enhancement of Homeland Security Act of 2008 (PRICE Act) (Pub. L. No. 110-412).

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-421b | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: National Response Framework (Fourth Edition)

The National Response Framework (NRF) provides foundational emergency management doctrine for how the Nation responds to all types of incidents. The NRF is built on scalable, flexible, and adaptable concepts identified in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to align key roles and responsibilities across the Nation. The structures, roles, and responsibilities described in this Framework can be partially or fully implemented in the context of a threat or hazard, in anticipation of a significant event, or in response to an incident. Implementation of the structures and procedures described herein allows for a scaled response, delivery of specific resources and capabilities, and a level of coordination appropriate to each incident.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy

This policy guides how FEMA engages tribal governments in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration on actions that have tribal implications.

Type: Policy | Topic: General | FEA: FP-101-002-2 | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin No. 421a: Clarification on the Personnel Reimbursement for Intelligence Cooperation and Enhancement of Homeland Security Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-412 - The PRICE Act)

This Information Bulletin (IB) serves to explain how direct and contract personnel costs are classified under Section 2008 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. No. 107-296) as amended by the Personnel Reimbursement for Intelligence Cooperation and Enhancement of Homeland Security Act of 2008 (PRICE Act) (Pub. L. No. 110-412). It reissues and supersedes previous Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) IB 421 of the same subject and title.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-421a | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Allowability to Reprogram Nonprofit Security Grant Program Funding to Contracted Security Personnel

The purpose of this Information Bulletin (IB) is to provide increased flexibility in the use of grant funds by Nonprofit Organizations, herein referred to as subrecipients, that have received Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) funding, starting with funding provided in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and going forward.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-441 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program - Post Fire

The purpose of this policy is to establish the framework and requirements to implement HMGP Post Fire.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-207-0880-2 | Issued: | Posted:

Guide: State-Led Public Assistance

The guide provides clear and streamlined guidance on the processes, resources, and capabilities required for Recipients to lead Public Assistance operations. The guidance outlines the process for Recipients and FEMA to determine if and under what conditions Recipients may elect to perform certain Public Assistance disaster grant functions.

Type: Guide | Topic: Recovery | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Use of Preparedness Grant Funds for Contracting for Work Performed by Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC)

This Information Bulletin explains FEMA's policy on the use of preparedness grants funds for work performed by Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFDRC). It explains when grant recipients may contract with FFDRCs and the requirements that apply to such contracts.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-437 | Issued: | Posted:

Interim Policy: Public Assistance Management Costs

The purpose of this interim policy is to define the framework and requirements to ensure appropriate and consistent implementation of Stafford Act Section 324 Management Costs, as amended by DRRA.

Type: Policy | Topic: Recovery | FEA: FP-0104-11-2 | Issued: | Posted:

Interim Policy: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Management Costs

The purpose of this interim policy is to define the initial framework and requirements to ensure appropriate and consistent implementation of Stafford Act Section 324 Management Costs, as amended by DRRA.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-0104-11-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: FEMA Strategic Plan 2018-2022

The FEMA 2018-2022 Strategic Plan provides a framework for supporting the United States before, during, and after disasters and improving the Agency's execution of its fundamental mission of helping people.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: General | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Transitional Sheltering Assistance for Hurricane Florence

The purpose of this document is to provide FEMA's policy on how Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) will be implemented, if requested, by states, tribes, and territories impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Type: Policy | Topic: Recovery | FEA: FP-104-009-5 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Implementing Section 20601 of the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act Through the Public Assistance Program

The purpose of this policy is to define the framework, policy details, and requirements for this special BBA authority and ensure consistent and appropriate implementation.

Type: Policy | Topic: Recovery | FEA: FP-104-009-5 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Mission Assignments

This policy establishes FEMA's approach to implement the MA program as authorized by the Stafford Act. The policy establishes the fiscal and administrative requirements and business standards associated with the MA program including the development, approval, issuance, execution, reimbursement, and closeout of an MA.

Type: Policy | Topic: Incident Management | FEA: FP-104-010-2 | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Review and Approval Requirements for Training Courses Funded Through Preparedness Grants

The purpose of this Information Bulletin (IB) is to reissue the policies initially set forth in applicable Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Preparedness Grant Program Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) regarding training course approval requirements (i.e., the “three for free” rule) and the conditions for personnel attending non-Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved training.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-432 | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Supplemental Guidance to Inform Cybersecurity Investments Under the FY18 HSGP

This IB updates and replaces IB 429 by incorporating the Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)/Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) (formerly the State Preparedness Report) updated methodology and clarifying how to use the results to understand gaps.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-429a | Issued: | Posted:

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) Guide (Third Edition)

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 201, Second Edition provides communities additional guidance for conducting a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA).

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Preparedness | FEA: CPG-201 | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Required Coordination of “If You See Something, Say Something Campaign Materials

This Information Bulletin (IB) updates the coordination process for all public, private and nonprofit entities implementing the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign using U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant funds.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-430 | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Supplemental Guidance to Inform Cybersecurity Investments Under the FY 2018 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)

This Information Bulletin provides supplemental guidance to inform the development of the required cybersecurity investment justification.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-429 | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Fiscal Year 2018 Notices of Funding Opportunity

This Information Bulletin (IB) provides details on the available FY 2018 preparedness grant programs.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-428 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (Version 3.1)

The Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG) combines all Public Assistance (PA) policy into a single volume and provides an overview of the PA Program implementation process with links to other publications and documents that provide additional process details. This document incorporates and supersedes language from PA Program publications and 9500 Series documents.

Type: Policy | Topic: Recovery | FEA: FP-104-009-2 | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Economic Hardship Waivers AFG Grant Program, FP&S Grant Program, and SAFER Grant Program

This Information Bulletin (IB) provides Assistance to Firefighters (AFG), Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S), and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) applicants and recipients guidance for requesting waivers of specific provisions under the AFG, SAFER and FP&S grant programs.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-427 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Equal Employment Opportunity

This policy outlines FEMA's policy to be an Equal Employment Opportunity workplace in accordance with existing policies and outlines the structure within FEMA that enforces and promotes EEO requirements.

Type: Policy | Topic: General | FEA: FP-401-123-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide (Rev. 1)

The purpose of the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide is to provide guidance to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation plan reviewers so that they can assess tribal mitigation plans in a fair and consistent manner and to ensure that approved tribal mitigation plans meet the requirements at Title 44 CFR Part 201, including 44 CFR, §201.7, Tribal Mitigation Planning.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-306-112-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Purchase of Energetic Materials Using Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) Funding

The purpose of this Information Bulletin (IB) is to provide guidance to Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) recipients on the purchase of energetic materials from authorized vendors for the purpose of training eligible Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) accredited bomb squads.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-419 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Hazard Mitigation Assistance Acquisition Projects: Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Directional Drilling

The purpose of this policy is to provide HMA program guidance on the compatibility of subsurface hydraulic fracturing and horizontal directional drilling (hydraulic fracturing/HDD) uses occurring on or under properties acquired for open space with HMA funds.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-302-094-03 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP) Policy Guidance

This policy is intended to ensure that all FEMA GPD non-disaster grant programs and activities comply with applicable Federal EHP laws, Presidential Executive Orders (EOs) and regulations.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-108-023-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Use of Grant Funds for Controlled Equipment

The purpose of this Information Bulletin update is to provide grant applications, recipients, and subrecipients with guidance regarding the requirements when applying for, or expending grant funds for, controlled equipment expenditures and using grant-funded controlled equipment.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-407a | Issued: | Posted:

Information Bulletin: Civil Rights Review Process for Controlled Equipment Requests

This Information Bulletin, IB 414, and associated review process applies to grant recipients who request to use federal funds to purchase controlled equipment.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Grants | FEA: IB-414 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: FEMA Tribal Policy

This policy establishes how FEMA operates with regard to tribal governments, and outlines a framework for nation-to-nation relations with tribal governrments that recognizes tribal sovereignty, self-governance, and FEMA's trust responsibility that is consistent with applicable authorities.

Type: Policy | Topic: General | FEA: FP-305-111-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Standards for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping (Rev. 6)

This policy is applicable to FEMA staff delivering Risk MAP, all mapping partners who perform on behalf of FEMA, and NFIP. This policy updates and supersedes the Standards for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-204-078-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Guidance on the Use of Available Flood Hazard Information

This policy provides available and Advisory Flood Hazard Information for state, tribal, and local officials in order to mitigate future flood damages.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-104-008-2 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards

The purpose of the policy is to establish minimum standards for Public Assistance projects to promote resiliency and achieve risk reduction under the authority of the Stafford Act 323 and 406(e) and 44 CFR 206, subpart M.

Type: Policy | Topic: Recovery | FEA: FP-104-009-4 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Individuals and Households Program Unified Guidance

The IHPUG compiles FEMA policy for each type of assistance under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) into one comprehensive document and is intended to serve as a singular policy resource for state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and other entities who assist disaster survivors with post-disaster recovery.

Type: Policy | Topic: Recovery | FEA: FP-104-009-3 | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: National Protection Framework (Second Edition)

The National Protection Framework describes what the whole community—from community members to senior leaders in government—should do to safeguard against acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other threats or hazards.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Preparedness | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: National Mitigation Framework (Second Edition)

The National Mitigation Framework, part of the National Preparedness System, sets the strategy and doctrine for how the whole community builds, sustains, and delivers the Mitigation core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal in an integrated manner with the other mission areas.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Mitigation | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: National Disaster Recovery Framework (Second Edition)

The National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) establishes a common platform and forum for how the whole community builds, sustains, and coordinates delivery of recovery capabilities.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Recovery | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: National Prevention Framework (Second Edition)

The National Prevention Framework describes what the whole community—from community members to senior leaders in government—should do upon the discovery of an imminent threat to the homeland.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Preparedness | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: Damage Assessment Operations Manual

The FEMA Damage Assessment Operations Manual is intended to expedite decision-making and the delivery of assistance by defining national standards for assessing damage and clearly outlining the information considered when evaluating requests for a Major Disaster Declaration.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Incident Management | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Stafford Act Section 705, Disaster Grant Closeout Procedures

The purpose of this policy is to explain how FEMA implements Section 705 in order to ensure consistent application to Public Assistance program funding.

Type: Policy | Topic: Grants | FEA: FP-205-081-2 | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: National Planning System

The National Planning System provides a common approach to planning consistent with widely accepted planning principles and processes while also encouraging collaboration and integrated planning among stakeholders.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Planning & Exercises | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: National Preparedness Goal (Second Edition)

This second edition of the National Preparedness Goal reflects the insights and lessons learned from four years of real world events and implementation of the National Preparedness System.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Preparedness | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: Incident Action Planning Guide (Rev. 1)

The IAP Guide explains how to plan and execute operations during any incident.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Incident Management | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Public Assistance Policy on Insurance

This policy guides decision making and interprets statutes and regulations related to insurance requirements under FEMA's Public Assistance program.

Type: Policy | Topic: Recovery | FEA: FP-206-086-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: State Mitigation Plan Review Guide

To assist in consistently evaluating and approving state mitigation plans as well as updating plans in compliance with 44 CFR Part 201.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-302-094-2 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance

This updated guidance outlines strategies for the mitigation process by interpreting the Federal statutes, regulations, and best practices.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP- | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: FEMA Cadre Management Guide

The purpose of this guide is to describe the composition, governance, and principles of the FEMA cadre management system.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Incident Management | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: Mitigation Federal Interagency Operational Plan (Second Edition)

The Mitigation FIOP describes how the Federal Government delivers core capabilities for the Mitigation mission area.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Mitigation | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: Response Federal Interagency Operational Plan (Second Edition)

The Response FIOP is an all-hazards plan that describes how the Federal Government coordinates its efforts to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs following an emergency or disaster.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Response | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plan (Second Edition)

The Recovery FIOP describes how the Federal Government delivers eight core capabilities for the Recovery mission area.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Recovery | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Eligibility of Flood Risk Reduction Measures under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Programs

The purpose of this policy is to revise FEMA guidance concerning eligible and ineligible flood risk reduction measures under the HMA programs.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-204-078-112-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Purchase of Ballistic Protective Equipment (BPE) for Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel in Support of Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents (AS/MCIs)

This policy establishes funding eligibility criteria in support of AS/MCI response preparedness.

Type: Policy | Topic: Grants | FEA: FP-104-010-035-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Fire Management Assistance Grant Program Guide

This guide describes the FMAG Program basic provisions, application procedures, and other related program guidance.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-954 | Issued: | Posted:

Continuity Guidance Circular 2: Continuity Guidance for Non-Federal Entities: Mission Essential Functions Identification Process

This Continuity Guidance Circular details the fundamental theories and concepts to unify the application of continuity principles, planning, and programs across the Nation.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Continuity | FEA: CGC-2 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Review and Approval Requirements for Training Courses Funded Through Preparedness Grants

The purpose of this policy is to communicate the decision to retroactively apply the policies set forth in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Preparedness Grant Program Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) regarding training course approval requirements (i.e., the “three for free” rule) and the conditions for personnel attending non-FEMA approved training.

Type: Policy | Topic: Grants | FEA: FP-207-008-064-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Secure Data Sharing

The purpose of this policy is to ensure secure and expedient sharing of FEMA Recovery Data. This policy provides guidelines under which FEMA will share data with Trusted Partners.

Type: Policy | Topic: Recovery | FEA: FP-9420.1 | Issued: | Posted:

Federal Continuity Directive 2: Federal Executive Branch Mission Essential Function and Primary Mission Essential Function Identification and Submission Process

Federal Continuity Directive-2 (FCD-2) implements the requirements of FCD-1, Annex B (Essential Functions), and provides direction and guidance to Federal Executive Branch Departments and Agencies (D/As) to assist in validation of Mission Essential Functions (MEFs) and Primary Mission Essential Functions (PMEFs).

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Continuity | FEA: FCD-2 | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

Provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Planning & Exercises | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Local Mitigation Planning Handbook

The Local Mitigation Planning Handbook (Handbook) is the official guide for local governments to develop, update and implement local mitigation plans.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-302-094-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Elevated Foundation Systems

The purpose of this policy is to describe a pilot mitigation activity which will assist in the recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP-205-080-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: National Incident Support Manual (Change 1)

This FEMA National Incident Support Manual (NISM) describes how the FEMA national staff supports FEMA incident operations. This manual also discusses steady-state activities pertinent to incident operations. The actions of the NRCS are driven by the incident-level requirements and the needs of the nation.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Incident Management | Issued: | Posted:

Federal Continuity Directive 1: Federal Executive Branch National Continuity Program & Requirements

Federal Continuity Directive 1 (FCD-1), as signed by the Administrator of the FEMA, implements requirements establishes the framework, requirements, and processes that support the development of executive departments and agencies' continuity programs and by specifying and defining elements of a continuity plan.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Continuity | FEA: FCD-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action

This document presents a foundation for increasing individual preparedness and engaging with members of the community as vital partners in enhancing the resiliency and security of our Nation through a Whole Community approach.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Incident Management | FEA: FEMA-104-008-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide

The Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide provides guidance for Federal and State officials responsible for reviewing Local Mitigation Plans in a fair and consistent manner, and to ensure approved Local Mitigation Plans meet the requirements of the Stafford Act and Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §201.6.1.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP- | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/FEMA developed the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel (the guideline) to describe national credentialing standards and to provide written guidance regarding the use of those standards.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Preparedness | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: National Exercise Program (NEP) Base Plan

The purpose of the National Exercise Program (NEP) Base Plan is to provide a strategically focused foundational document of the principles and tenents of the NEP.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Planning & Exercises | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: FEMA Incident Management and Support Keystone

This Keystone describes how the response doctrine, articulated in the National Response Framework (NRF), and recovery doctrine are implemented in the context of FEMA incident management and support operations.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Incident Management | Issued: | Posted:

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans (Version 2)

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101 provides guidelines on developing emergency operations plans (EOP).

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Preparedness | FEA: CPG-101 | Issued: | Posted:

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 502: Considerations for Fusion Center and Emergency Operations Center Coordination

This document provides State and Major Urban Area fusion center and EOC officials with guidance for coordination between fusion centers and EOCs.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Preparedness | FEA: CPG-502 | Issued: | Posted:

Interim Policy: Disaster Recovery Centers Services and Providers

To describe the type of general services that will be offerd at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and to provide guidance for allowing non-governmental entities to offer disaster assistance services in a DRC.

Type: Policy | Topic: Recovery | FEA: FP-9430.1 | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: National Incident Management System

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Incident Management | FEA: FEMA-501 | Issued: | Posted:

Policy: Eligibility Criteria for Limited Exception for Retroactive Approval under the HMGP for Louisiana and Mississippi

This guidance stablishes the parameters to implement a limited exception for retroactive approvals under the HMGP for certain mitigation actions in Louisiana and Mississippi following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Type: Policy | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FP- | Issued: | Posted:

Doctrine: Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers (PIOs)

This Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers provides fundamental guidance for any person or group delegated PIO responsibilities when informing the public is necessary.

Type: Doctrine | Topic: Preparedness | FEA: FEMA-517 | Issued: | Posted:

Floodplain Management Bulletin: Elevation Certificate

This bulletin is primarily intended to assist local floodplain management officials with responsibility for administering the community's floodplain management ordinance and to assist land surveyors, architects, and engineers who are authorized by law to certify elevation information on the Elevation Certificate.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: FEMA-467-1 | Issued: | Posted:

Floodplain Management Bulletin: Use Of Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Data As Available Data

Provides guidance on the use of FEMA draft or preliminary Flood Insurance Study data as available data for regulating floodplain development.

Type: Information Bulletin | Topic: Mitigation | FEA: IB-35796 | Issued: | Posted:

Last updated Jul 28, 2020

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