This section of the website provides information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Integration Center (NIC) Technical Assistance (TA) Program. The intended audience for this section is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal governments.
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FEMA NIC TA Program
The FEMA NIC TA Program provides specialized expertise and services to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners to improve emergency management capabilities based on greatest need, risk, national priorities, and resources available
FEMA uses a variety of methods to provide technical assistance, including:
In-person workshops to support implementing the National Preparedness System and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning; and
Technical assistance for emerging, cross-cutting, or complex topics. This delivery method may include the development of new tools, plans, and processes that are of benefit to jurisdictions nationwide.
FEMA also assists jurisdictions by identifying guidance, training, and templates that jurisdictions can use to improve and maintain core capabilities, and by hosting webinars to showcase state, local, tribal, and territorial achievement, lessons learned, and subject-matter expertise on a range of topics relevant to today’s emergency manager.
Core Capability Development Sheets
FEMA’s Core Capability Development Sheets provide jurisdictions and organizations with suggestions for how to sustain or to improve their core capabilities to close capability gaps identified through the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), the State Preparedness Report (SPR), or other capability assessments.
The National Preparedness Goal identifies 32 Core Capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk. Because seven Core Capabilities cross multiple mission areas, FEMA developed individual Core Capability Development Sheets in each mission area for these capabilities. This added an additional 16 Core Capability Development Sheets, for 48 in total. The 48 Core Capability Development Sheets provide Mission Area specific preliminary targets, critical tasks, trainings, resource types, partners, and additional information.
These sheets help jurisdictions build or sustain a capability by integrating:
- Available training courses;
- Capability targets for the Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment;
- Nationally-typed resources;
- Partners that support development of capabilities;
- Exercise support and guidance to validate capabilities; and
- Assistance from FEMA National Preparedness Directorate experts.
By working with their local jurisdictions and using the resources identified in the Core Capability Development Sheets, states may be able to improve their self-assessed proficiency ratings, which are reported annually in the State Preparedness Report.
Emergency management is an increasingly challenging and complex field. To be effective, we must incorporate research and insights from many disciplines. PrepTalks are video presentations from subject-matter experts and national/international thought leaders on a variety of relevant topics. PrepTalks are not emergency management after-action reviews or instructional videos, but cutting-edge research and insights from academia, other government entities, and non-governmental organizations. PrepTalks seeks to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership on the issues confronting emergency managers today and in the future.
PrepTalks are delivered to a live audience and are recorded for posting to the internet for widespread video distribution to state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers as well as to private sector and non-governmental partners. The release of each video presentation will have a dedicated, individual stakeholder engagement plan with a coordinated promotional effort from each PrepTalks partner organization.
If you have recommendations for technical assistance topics, or if you are having challenges with a specific emergency management issue, please email us at: FEMA-TARequest@fema.dhs.gov. Provide your name and contact information and your role in emergency management.
Important Note: Please be aware that the TA Program no longer has a catalogue of TA products. Although the old TA catalogue can temporarily still be found within the FEMA website, it is no longer valid and should not be used.