The COVID Pivot: Feeding People During a Pandemic Webinar, Aug 23

South Dakota is an expansive state, whose population of less than 1 million people are spread out sparsely across the state. Feeding South Dakota is the only hunger relief organization that provides services throughout the state’s 66 counties. During the pandemic, they needed to alter their delivery model to address the unprecedented need for food assistance. This panel discussion will explore the ways Feeding South Dakota and other partners expanded relationships, offered testing kits, and responded to an overall increase in demand for their services.

Featuring: Lori Dykstra, Chief Executive Officer at Feeding South Dakota; and additional presenters

Date: August 23, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM -11:00 AM, MST

Link to Zoom:

https://fema.zoomgov.com/j/1610799676

Meeting ID: 161 079 9676

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Best Practices of Multi Agency Coordination to support a Sovereign Nation Webinar, Aug 25

This panel discussion will highlight the COVID-19 response within the sovereign nation of Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and the critical partnerships that helped to support it. Join this conversation to learn about the unique challenges the pandemic brought to the Lake Traverse Reservation, and how developing and leveraging relationships can strengthen the capabilities tribal nations and others around the country.

Featuring: Jim Pearson, Emergency Manager for Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate; Rafael Tapia, Vice President of Programs at Partnership with Native Americans; Marisa Muma, Disaster Relief Director at Baby 2 Baby; and Dave Miller, Brookings, SD Chapter President at Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

Date: August 25, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM -12:00 PM, MST

Link to Zoom:

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Meeting ID: 160 360 3847

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Power Building and Community Organizing Webinar, Aug 18

Clean air and water, good paying jobs, quality education, affordable housing, healthy food, accessible transportation, and great health care are things we all want and need. However, many of our most culturally rich, resilient and hard-working communities have faced tremendous barriers to these needs, suffering health outcomes as a result. In this panel discussion, a group of partners who work to break those barriers down will address how.

Featuring: Theresa Trujillo, Director of Organizing at Center for Health Progress; Olga González, Executive Director at Cultivando; and Neva Martínez-Ortega, Behavioral Health Co-Director & Therapist at Servicios de la Raza.

Date: August 18, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM -12:00 PM, MST

Link to Zoom:

https://fema.zoomgov.com/j/1611732394

Meeting ID: 161 173 2394

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Afghan Resettlement Efforts in Colorado Webinar, Aug 19

The State of Colorado was the first state in the nation to receive funding through the Administration of Children and Families’ Office of Refugee Resettlement to establish a State-led Afghan Placement Assistance program.  As a result, the State of Colorado and five local resettlement agencies identified an urgent need to manage donations and move-in approximately 2,000 Afghans. The Welcome Home Collaborative panel discussion will be hosted by a dynamic group of partners including The African Community Center, Team Rubicon, AmeriCorps NCCC, Just Serve, and FEMA. Join them as they discuss the program from development through implementation.

Featuring:  Kate Weatherbee, Volunteer Manager at ECDC African Community Center; Antonio Mendez, Deputy Region Director for Programming and Training at AmeriCorps NCCC—Southwest Region; Jaecob Underwood, Operations Manager—West Branch at Team Rubicon; Katie Moon, Denver Area Specialist at Just Serve; and April Lipinski, Mass Care Specialist at FEMA Region VIII.

Date: August 19, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM -12:00 PM, MST

Link to Zoom:

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Meeting ID: 161 688 6339

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Community Wildfire Defense Grant Applicant Webinars, Aug 8 & 9

The Community Wildfire Defense Grants are intended to help at-risk local communities and Tribes plan and reduce the risk against wildfire.   

The upcoming dates are available to attend the Community Wildfire Defense Grant Webinars for Applicants. Registration is now Open. To attend a webinar, follow the Registration Instructions available in the Wildland Fire Learning Portal to set-up an account.

  • Western States and Territories: August 8, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Southern States: August 9, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Tribes: August 9, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

FEMA REGION VI HIGHER EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE SUMMIT, Sept 14-15: Virtual and Russellville, AR

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR

The purpose of the FEMA Region VI Higher Education Collaborative is to establish a regional community of educators, engaged in an ongoing dialogue to share information and foster collaboration among colleges, universities, and Centers of Excellence in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Ultimately, these efforts will serve to increase resiliency and enhance disaster preparation and response efforts by emergency management and homeland security agencies, practitioners, and other affected stakeholders.

For more information and to register go to: https://www.atu.edu/emergencymanagement/fema/

Virtual Education Research Symposium on ShakeAlert, Aug 18

11am-1pm ET

The ShakeAlert® Education Resource and Social Science Working Groups are proud to host an international Education Research Symposium, focused on recent advances in the United States and Canada. The 2-hr session will begin with a welcome and update from the Working Groups and features seven short talks from earthquake early warning education researchers in the United States and Canada, with plenty of time for discussion. We hope that you’ll come away with an increased understanding of the education research work and how it benefits the entire international EEW community. The event will be recorded for later viewing.

DATE: Aug 18, 2022 11:00 AM – 1 PM Eastern Time. 

Registration form: Meeting Registration – Zoom

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqd-CspjkjH9GA4ODsScHg5e_YPdUwE-kp

Simplified Early Action Protocols (EAPs) Webinar, July 27

Wednesday, July 27

12-1:30pm Beirut time

The IFRC Middle East and North Africa Region is hosting a webinar on Simplified Early Action Protocol to support National Societies Anticipatory Action.

Register at: https://ee.humanitarianresponse.info/x/HbdLkiLp?fireglass_rsn=true#fireglass_params&tabid=a5c4c760576db94d&start_with_session_counter=3&application_server_address=isolation2-us-east-1.wss.prod.fire.glass

FEMA seeks public feedback on the Wireless Emergency Alert System

FEMA is seeking public feedback on the upcoming national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) which is used to disseminate timely and effective warnings to people in situations of war, terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other hazards to public safety and wellbeing. FEMA is required to test the public alert and warning system every three years. The tests help FEMA assess WEA’s geographic reach, along with additional key parameters outlined in the IPAWS Modernization Act of 2015. FEMA and other WEA stakeholders, such as the Federal Communications Commission and congressional committees, use the test to enhance and expand WEA to further improve emergency alerting capabilities, leading to a better prepared and more resilient nation. FEMA implements a survey to capture key technical performance factors of WEA, such as geographic coverage and carrier-related issues and non-technical aspects essential to WEA’s role in national alerting, including alerting effectiveness in reaching diverse populations and traditionally underserved populations. The survey assesses public awareness of the WEA system. Comments must be submitted before Sept. 6. To learn more and submit feedback, visit Regulations.gov.