The National Response Framework Gets an Update AND Community Lifelines Implementation Toolkit

As part of FEMA’s renewed effort to build a national culture of preparedness, we’re updating the national response framework, which serves as a national guide for how we as a country respond to all types of disasters and emergencies. On this episode of the FEMA podcast, we dive into the details of the update and how it will emphasize stabilization of critical lifelines and coordination across the critical infrastructure sectors.

The Community Lifelines Implementation Toolkit provides whole community partners the information and resources to understand lifelines, coordinate with entities using lifelines, and serve as basic guidance for how to implement the lifeline construct during incident response. Below are a number of Community Lifeline resources. They can be used individually or printed into a binder as an all-inclusive resource.


Deadline Approaching IAEM Call for Speakers

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Deadline approaching for IAEM Call for Speakers

IAEM invites all interested in presenting to the emergency management professional to submit for one of the many coveted breakout speaking slots at the premiere event for emergency management – The IAEM 67th Annual Conference & EMEX.

NEW FOR 2019 – Proposed Slide Decks NOT Required

Requirements & Tips

Review before you submit – View the webinar on –
IAEM Speaker Guidance
Tips for a Successful Speaker Proposal

Selection Criteria

  • Quality of submitted presentation
  • Speaker experience and qualifications related to the topic
  • Compelling presentation story that will engage the audience
  • Adherence to the theme
  • Non-commercial, content-driven session with actionable key take-aways

Theme –
Honor the Past, Treasure the Present, Shape the Future

Consider how your presentation will relate to the theme or suggest a topic of your own.

Event Information:

November 15 – 20, 2019 (breakout sessions Nov. 18 – 20, 2019)

Savannah International Trade & Convention Center

One International Drive
Hutchinson Island
Savannah, Georgia 31402


Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:00pm ET

Selected presenters will be notified via mail approximately May 1, 2019, and notices will include the date and time for which the presentation is scheduled.

Breakout sessions are one (1) hour in length (including Q & A).

Please complete the electronic form in its entirety.
Partial submissions will NOT be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact IAEM Conference Manager,
Julie Husk at jhusk or 703-538-1795 x 1789.

We look forward to seeing you in Savannah!

2018 National Preparedness Report

The 2018 National Preparedness Report, the seventh edition of the annual report, offers practical insights into preparedness to support decisions about program priorities, resource allocation, and community actions. The 2018 edition presents a revised approach that includes an in-depth analysis of five core capabilities that have been identified in past National Preparedness Reports as facing persistent challenges: Operational Coordination, Infrastructure Systems, Housing, Economic Recovery, and Cybersecurity.

Release of the Refreshed NIMS Doctrine

FEMA released the refreshed National Incident Management System (NIMS) doctrine on October 17, 2017. NIMS provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage all threats and hazards. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.

In April and May 2016, FEMA held a 30-day National Engagement Period, in which stakeholders submitted nearly 3,000 comments and provided feedback on the draft NIMS update, ensuring that it reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.

FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinars with stakeholders to discuss the updates in the refreshed NIMS and answer questions related to NIMS. All webinars are open to the whole community. For webinar dates, times, and registration information, please go here:

Webinar 7: Thursday, November 9, 3:00 p.m. EST

Webinar 8: Monday, November 13, 2:00 p.m. EST

Webinar 10: Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 p.m. EST

Webinar 11: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m. EST

Webinar 12: Monday, December 4, 2017, 12:00 p.m. EST

Webinar 13: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2:00 p.m. EST

Recent hurricanes have the Coast Guard rethinking social media’s role in rescue and response –

Recent hurricanes have the Coast Guard rethinking social media’s role in rescue and response –

EMI e-Forums – Wednesdays in August – 9 – 10 am HST

Wednesdays in August 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

EMI e-Forums are 1-hour, moderated, webinar discussion forums that provide an opportunity for EMI and the emergency management community to discuss matters of interest on national preparedness training.

EMI e-Forums facilitate a discussion of whole community-presented best practices. The panel members are whole community, with topics relevant to whole community. These exchanges of ideas are free of charge and available to anyone who wishes to participate.

  • 8/2 National Exercise Program: Tales from States Who Participated
  • 8/9 The Emergency Management Professional Program: Bringing the Whole Community Together
  • 8/16 Public Information Officers: Training Builds Capability We Are Proud Of
  • 8/23 Improving Local Recovery: Training as a Success Maker
  • 8/30 State Training Officer and State Administrative Agent TPOC: Working Together Achieves Better Outcomes

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