Message from Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator, FEMA
First and foremost, I want to thank all of you that have worked over this past weekend, and continue to work, in response to the severe weather, excessive heat, and wildfires that have effected portions of the United States. As many of you know, a derecho (a long- lasting line of thunderstorms producing a large swath of significant wind damage) traveled approximately 600 miles over a 10 hour period from the lower Great Lakes to the Mid-Atlantic last Friday, June 29.
Nearly 3.6 million customers were without power at the height of the storm. The combination of widespread power outages that affect basic services (i.e., water, communications) and severe heat created the potential for life-threatening conditions over portions of Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and DC—we have confirmed reports of 20 fatalities. As a result of these conditions, the NRCC has been activated to a Level II since Saturday, July 30, with 24/7 operations for ESFs 1-3, 5-8, 12, and 15.
Please note, the excessive heat warnings and heat advisories continue over eastern and southern Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, southern Indiana, southern Ohio, western West Virginia and parts of the Carolinas. A heat index of 100-105 can be expected in the warning and advisory areas. In addition, wildfires continue to burn in parts of Colorado, South Dakota, and Utah, and a Red Flag warning remains for Wyoming. If you are in any of these affected areas, please take the appropriate precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
The work you do on a daily basis, both when disasters strike and during steady state, ensure that we are ready and able to support our citizens and first responders as they respond to and recover from disasters. I really appreciate your dedication to our mission and service to our country. If you are able, please take the time to rest and spend with your friends and family over this fourth of July.
Happy Independence Day! Rich
The U.S. Fire Administration and Safe Kids USA - The U.S. Fire Administration and Safe Kids USA are encouraging families and individuals to prepare for a safe and memorable Independence Day by practicing safe grilling and leaving the fireworks to the professionals.
Flat Stanley Urges Fireworks Safety - If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you may have read about a very special visitor named Flat Stanley who came to FEMA to meet Administrator Fugate while visiting Washington.
FEMA Region VIII Looks Back at 2011 Souris Valley Flood - The 2011 floods in North Dakota were one of the biggest disaster events in the history of FEMA Region VIII. Souris Valley flooding drove more than 12,000 people from their homes and continues to impact an area that also is feeling the effects of an unprecedented oil boom.
- Surge Capacity Force Specialist Opportunity - In fulfilling the Administrator’s vision and direction of Every Employee is an Emergency Manager, the Response Directorate, Incident Workforce Management Office is seeking collateral duty personnel from FEMA’s full-time (PFT and CORE) workforce to support the Federal Surge Capacity Force Program.
- FEMA’s National Advisory Council Public Quarterly Meeting – the meeting will be held on July 12 from 8:30-5:30 p.m. EST at the Mariott Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Va.
- The Office of the Chief Financial Officer announces the FEMA CFO Bulletin #148, Update to Split Pay as Default Method for Travel Reimbursement - Effective July 13 FEMA Office of the Chief Financial Officer will alter the Split Pay method of reimbursement for FEMA travelers and end the Split-Pay Pilot program that went into effect on September 12, 2011, for Regions I, VI and X and OCFO.
- Feds Feed Families – Next week’s collection theme is "Survival Pantry."
Career Development Opportunities
- July 6 DEADLINE! Executive Development Opportunities – For further information on available programs view the Professional Development Programs site or you may contact Mary Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NEW! Reserve your space in Leadership Essentials, the new course for supervisors - FEMA Leader Development is now accepting registrations for Leadership Essentials, the new course for supervisors that meets statutory and Department requirements. Further information can be found on the Leader Development intranet site, or you may contact the FEMA Leader Development Program at LDC@fema.dhs.gov.
- Applications for FY13 Leader Development Programs are due July 20 – The FEMA Leader Development Program is still accepting applications. Further information can be found on the Leader Development intranet site, or you may contact the FEMA Leader Development Program at LDC@fema.dhs.gov.
- DHS Pathways Information Sessions Announcement – If you are a human resource professional or a manager who plans on hiring an intern, you need to attend an informational workshop. You can register for one of these sessions and submit general inquiries regarding Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates to Federal Careers via email at: Pathways@hq.dhs.gov.
- NEW! FEMA Internal Rotation Program – July 2 – There are five internal rotation announcements available now. Further information can be found on the Development & Rotational Opportunities site or you may contact Jensinta Brown at email@example.com.
- Schedule A Training – Training required for managers and supervisors responsible for meeting recruitment, hiring and diversity goals.
- State/Local/Tribal/Regional/Headquarter Rotation Opportunities - The listing of this year Regional and National Headquarter Office open opportunities and their requirements. Further information can be found on the Development & Rotational Opportunities site and or you may contact Lorraine Cantolina at Lorraine.Cantolina@fema.dhs.gov.
OCFO Announces New FEMA-Specific FedTraveler Self-Study Tutorial
Due to the high volume of travel authorizations that are processed every year in FEMA, it is imperative that all travelers know how to properly utilize the FedTraveler.com system, not only increasing efficiency in the process, but also minimizing the possibility of errors when submitting travel documents. This tutorial reviews user profile creation and modification, travel authorizations, and expense reimbursements for all non-disaster travel.
All FEMA travelers, even those who consider themselves well acquainted with the FedTraveler.com system, should find this tutorial useful for navigating the site and submitting the required documents. The tutorial is now available on the FEMA Employee Knowledge Center site. Individuals will still need to access the FEKC using their password and login.
Please contact the Financial Policy Unit at FEMA-TravelPolicy for assistance or questions concerning the tutorial.
- Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day
- Supporting the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic States Affected by Severe Weather
- Monitoring the Severe Weather and Excessive Heat
- What We’re Watching: 6/29/12
- Voluntary Organizations Key to Colorado Wildfire Fight
- U.S. Fire Administrator: Stay Safe on the Fourth, Jul 3
- Federal, State and Local Partners Team Up To Identify Middle Brazos/Palo Pinto Watershed Flood Risks in Texas, Jul 2
- FEMA and Whole Communities Continue Support in Aftermath of Storms, Jul 2
- FEMA and Federal Partners Continue to Support Storm Response in Affected States in the Midwest And Mid-Atlantic Regions, Jul 1
- Federal Aid Programs for State of Ohio Emergency, Jun 30
- President Declares Disaster for Ohio, Jun 30
- Federal Aid Programs for State of West Virginia Emergency, Jun 30
- President Declares Disaster for West Virginia, Jun 30
- FEMA Supporting State and Local Officials Responding to Severe Weather in Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, Jun 30
- Public Meeting Will Present Preliminary Findings For Cooper Nuclear Station Facility, Jun 29
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