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Department of Homeland Security Releases Notice of Funding Opportunities for Preparedness Grant Programs -- Non-Profit Security Grant Applications are DUE APRIL 1, 2020

1 week 2 days ago
####Non-Profit Security Grant Applications are DUE APRIL 1, 2020 FEMA has announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation's readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department's focus on funding for programs that address our nation's immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

For information and materials on the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) including the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and the Non-profit Security Grant Program (NSGP) please visit our website at:

https://www.maine.gov/mema/grants/homeland-security-grant-program

####Non-Profit Security Grant Applications are DUE APRIL 1, 2020

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Fundamentals of Grant Management (L0705)

3 weeks 2 days ago
June 2 - 4, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

**Course Location:** Camp Chamberlain, 23 Blue Star, Augusta, Maine

**Description:** This course is designed for FEMA grantees and sub-grantees. It includes discussion and activities to improve the ability of FEMA grantees to administer Federal grant funding.

**Selection Criteria:** Participants must be FEMA grantees or sub-grantees only. Invitations and course announcements are sent to grantees directly from the Grants Programs Directorate.

**Continuing Education and Professional Credits:**

- 12 CEUs - 24 Hours

**Prerequisites:**

- Participants must be FEMA grantees or sub-grantees.

**Course Objectives:** At the end of this course, participants will be able to;

- Improve collaboration across disciplines to integrate grants management functions. - Review applicable cost principles and navigate and apply the FEMA Code of Federal Regulations and FEMA Information Bulletins. - Apply sound business practices to increase efficiency and meet grants management priorities. - Develop or revise policies, procedures, and practices in critical areas of grants management. - Prepare for Federal monitoring and conduct sub-grantee monitoring.

**Primary Core Capability:**

- Long-term Vulnerability Reduction

**Mission Areas:**

- Mitigation

**Suggested Audience:**

- Emergency Management

For further information, please contact Jesse Farnham at jesse.farnham@maine.gov

All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA 119-25-1 training application form.

FEMA form can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/mema/maine-prepares/plans-trainings-exercises/training

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: State Volunteer and Donations Management (L0289)

4 weeks ago
**Course Dates**

June 23 - 26, 2020

**Course Length**

3.5 days

**Classes run from 8 am to 4:30 pm each day. 8am to noon on last day.**

**Location**

Jeff's Catering

15 Littlefield Road

Brewer, Maine 04401

This course teaches the components of a volunteer and donations management program to be administered at the state level during a large-scale disaster. Participants will be equipped to prepare a program for their state to effectively manage unaffiliated volunteers, unsolicited donations of goods, and offers of undesignated cash. The course content and activities also serve as a plan template, thereby increasing continuity among states and their voluntary agency partners. This training also provides information regarding FEMA's volunteer and donations management responsibilities and helps build relationships between government and non-profit organizations.

**Continuing Education Units (CEU's):** EMI awards 2.5 CEUs for completion of this course.

This course is also part of FEMA's Advanced Professional Series certificate.

**Target Audience**

This course is designed to include:

- State Volunteer/Donations Coordinator - Coordinator's Alternate - Leading statewide voluntary organizations - State VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) Chair or Designee, and member agency representatives - Public Information Officer or Liaison - Program Functional Leads (e.g. Warehousing; Phone Bank) - Government-Private Sector Liaison(s) - Others to include Federal, State, territorial, and Tribal emergency management personnel.

**How To Apply**

Complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application with student signature and signature of supervisor or sponsoring agency official. Submit the application via an emailed PDF or fax no later than June 1st, 2020 to:

Bradley Nuding

Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency

bnuding@penobscot-county.net

Office: (207) 945-4750

Fax: (207) 942-8941

For anyone traveling more than 50 miles, please send me a lodging request when you submit your application.

The FEMA Form 119-25-1 can be found at: http://www.maine.gov/mema/maine-prepares/plans-trainings-exercises/training

**The registration deadline is June 1st.**

**If you do not have a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number, you will need to obtain one prior to registration. https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register**

Maine River Flow Advisory Commission Meets in Augusta

4 weeks ago
###No Imminent Threat of Flooding Across the State

AUGUSTA, MAINE The State's River Flow Advisory Commission met for the first time this season today in Augusta to discuss ongoing ice conditions, snowpack, streamflow, groundwater levels, and flood risk across the state.

"Based on information from our partners at the National Weather Service and the US Geological Survey, there is no imminent threat of flooding," said Maine Emergency Management Agency Acting Director Peter Rogers. "But Mainers should still be diligent about monitoring conditions in their area, as they can change quickly."

The risk of flooding is lower than last year due to less snow, but commission members say snowpack is just one component making up flood risk and rain is also a major factor.

"Just because some areas have little or no snow currently, does not mean there is no threat for spring flooding," said Tom Hawley of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Gray. "There are no major weather events in the new few weeks that look problematic, but there is still significant snow in the western mountains and in northern Maine."

"Statewide, streamflow conditions are normal, but rivers in Aroostook County are still covered with ice" said Nicholas Stasulis, Data Section Chief with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Groundwater levels are slightly above normal, but again they have not been replenished in Aroostook County because the ice hasn't melted."

The United States Coast Guard has been monitoring ice conditions across the state through the winter and report an overall light ice breaking season.

"We really want to impress on Mainers that just because theres no significant threat of flooding right now, they shouldnt let their guard down," said Robert Lent with the Maine office of the U.S. Geological Survey. "There is a potential for spring flooding well into May, and significant rain can cause flooding any time of the year."

Those who live in flood prone areas are reminded:

- It is never safe to drive down a flooded roadway, as the road may be washed out underneath and it only takes as few as six inches of water to cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

- Take steps to protect your belongings ahead of time, including elevating electronic devices and moving vehicles out of areas that may flood. - Homeowners insurance typically doesnt cover flood damage. Check with your insurance company to see if it makes sense to add flood insurance to your policy. It takes 30 days to become effective.

- Be aware of flood alerts and warnings by downloading the free FEMA app on your smart phone and selecting alerts for up to five locations of your choice.

No additional meetings of the River Flow Advisory Commission have been scheduled, but a core group will continue to monitor conditions and hold bi-weekly conference calls to discuss strategy. Todays report will be available online at www.maine.gov/mema or can be obtained from MEMA by calling 207-624-4400.

Attendees and Exhibitors Sought for Preparedness Conference

1 month ago
The 12th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference will be held Monday May 18th at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine.

**Registration is now open for attendees, vendors and exhibitors.**

The overall theme for this conference is "When Disaster Strikes, We Are All Connected". We expect that 500-600 Maine residents will attend the conference including town, county and state officials, private and public business representatives and many interested citizens who come back year after year to take in what the conference offers.

Please click the link below to register for the conference. The link allows you to register as a participant or as a vendor/exhibitor.

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Department of Homeland Security Releases Notice of Funding Opportunities for Preparedness Grant Programs

1 month ago
FEMA has announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation's readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department's focus on funding for programs that address our nation's immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

For information and materials on the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) including the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and the Non-profit Security Grant Program (NSGP) please visit our website at:

https://www.maine.gov/mema/grants/homeland-security-grant-program

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Physical and Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure (MGT-452)

1 month 1 week ago
**Course Information:** May 5, 2020 at 8 AM - 4 PM

**Venue:** Jeff's Catering, 15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, Maine

The national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure. This course encourages collaboration efforts among individuals and organizations responsible for both physical and cybersecurity toward development of integrated risk management strategies that lead to enhanced capabilities necessary for the protection of our Nation's critical infrastructure.

Participants will identify physical and cybersecurity concerns impacting overall infrastructure security posture, examine integrated physical and cybersecurity incidents and the evolving risks and impacts they pose to critical infrastructure, and explore resources that can be applied to improve security within an organization, business, or government entity.

**Topics**

- Physical and Cybersecurity Overview - Evolving Physical and Cybersecurity Risks to Critical Infrastructure - Key Concepts and Resources to Improve Security

**Prerequisites**

*FEMA / SID Number*

Students must register and bring a copy of their SID number to class. Register online: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid

**Recommendations**

- IS-860.B: National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) - IS-921.A: Implementing Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience - IS-913.A: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience: Achieving Results through Partnership and Collaboration - AWR-136: Essentials of Community Cybersecurity - AWR-175W: Information Security for Everyone - AWR-213: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Awareness - MGT-310: Jurisdictional Threat and Hazard

**Registration Link**

https://my.teex.org/TeexPortal/Default.aspx?MO=mCourseCatalog&D=NE&C=MGT452&S=123

**Class Size:** 24-40 Participants

**CE Credits:** IACET - .8 CEUs

**Participants**

- Managers and employees from all critical infrastructure sectors and subsectors - Federal, State, local, regional, tribal, and territorial government officials - Owners and operators of small businesses and non-profit organizations - Individuals responsible for physical and/or cybersecurity within their organization

Department of Homeland Security Releases Notice of Funding Opportunities for Preparedness Grant Programs

1 month 1 week ago
FEMA has announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation's readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department's focus on funding for programs that address our nation's immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

For information and materials on the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) including the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and the Non-profit Security Grant Program (NSGP) please visit our website at:

https://www.maine.gov/mema/grants/homeland-security-grant-program

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Planning for Economic Recovery (MSGT-462)

2 months ago
####DATE / TIME:####

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

(8:30 AM Registration/Coffee)

####LOCATION:####

Jeff's Catering and Event Center

15 Littlefield Way

Brewer, ME 04412

This course reviews how communities can plan for economic recovery after a disaster. Content includes lessons learned from recent disasters and an overview of available resources and tools for disaster planning.

This course will guide decision makers to incorporate community planning for economic resilience and recovery from natural disasters. The curriculum includes practical tools to develop stronger partnerships between the public and private sectors, evaluate community hazard assessments through the lens of economic recovery, provide resources for public and private sector partners to use in a post-disaster environment, and planning templates for articulating these actions at the community level. This 1-day planning workshop will be offered at emergency management centers, nonprofit organizations, and state and local agencies.

####TARGET AUDIENCE:####

This course is available to the whole community, including managers and leadership of private sector businesses (for-profit and not-for-profit), state, local, tribal, and territorial leadership and management, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, emergency managers, and economic development organizations.

####LEARNING OBJECTIVES:####

By the end of this training, participants will be able to fulfill the following learning objectives:

- Calculate estimated financial losses from major disasters and identify factors that influence a community's economic recovery.

- Identify all steps of a hazard analysis pertaining to disaster economic recovery.

- Formulate ways to collaborate with potential community partners for coordinating economic recovery.

- Appraise cost recovery options (such as insurance and federal programs) that may be utilized to support organizational recovery from a disaster.

- Revise customizable planning tools appropriate for the participants' work context.

- Synthesize customizable planning tools for use within the participants' context.

- Prepare an economic impact analysis as part of a post disaster economic recovery case study.

- Develop ways to integrate whole community continuity of operations planning through different management techniques.

####TO ENROLL:####

Register at ncdpcourses.crlctraining.org

For registration assistance contact cadmin@cumc.columbia.edu with the subject line: Maine

*This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number EMW-2016-CA-00123 administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Point of views or opinions expressed in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.*

*All trainings require participants to register for a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number prior to attending. Register for a SID at https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register*

*If you require ASL accommodations for this training, please email: crlcadmin@cumc.columbia.edu*

####OFFERED BY:####

National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Earth Institute | Columbia University

State Emergency Response Commission Meeting Minutes for January 2020

2 months ago
The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting January 14th, 2020.

Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.

Attendees and Exhibitors Sought for Preparedness Conference

2 months 3 weeks ago
The 12th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference will be held Monday May 18th at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine.

**Registration is now open for attendees, vendors and exhibitors.**

The overall theme for this conference is "When Disaster Strikes, We Are All Connected". We expect that 500-600 Maine residents will attend the conference including town, county and state officials, private and public business representatives and many interested citizens who come back year after year to take in what the conference offers.

Please click the link below to register for the conference. The link allows you to register as a participant or as a vendor/exhibitor.

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Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Preparing for Weekend Ice Storm

2 months 3 weeks ago
AUGUSTA, MAINE - Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is preparing for a significant winter storm that could potentially bring dangerous ice conditions to portions of the state late Saturday night and Sunday. "We've been watching the storm since early this week," said MEMA Acting Director Peter Rogers. "Our operations team has a plan in place, and we will be hosting a conference call this afternoon and potentially throughout the weekend, as needed, with our partners including the National Weather Service, Department of Transportation, County Emergency Management Agencies, and electric utilities."

Forecasts are calling for as much as a half an inch of ice in portions of the state late Saturday through Sunday, which could cause widespread damage including power outages as well as dangerous travel conditions.

"We still have some time before the storm arrives, so its a good idea for citizens to take some steps to prepare now," said Rogers.

In the case of a power outage, citizens should contact their town office or call 2-1-1 for sheltering and warming center locations. Its also a good idea to take some steps to prepare at home as well:

- Stock up on emergency supplies such as non-perishable food, water, medication, pet supplies and other items needed in case it necessary to shelter at home. - Have a "Go Bag" ready with essential supplies should it be necessary to go to a shelter or other location. - Ensure that alternate heat and power sources are in proper working condition and properly installed.

- Download the free FEMA app to receive location-specific alerts and warnings as well as targeted preparedness information.

Those who are traveling should use extreme caution as roadways may be icy. If travel is necessary during this time, its important to remember the following:

- Leave early and allow extra time when traveling and, if possible, drive before dark.

- Pack an emergency kit in your car to include warm clothing, jumper cables, road flares, flashlight and batteries, food and water.

- Do not drive if you have been drinking.

- Fill your gas tank to avoid running out of gas and becoming stranded.

- Fill your windshield-wiper fluid to ensure you can keep your windshield clear.

- Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle before traveling.

- Charge your cell phone before traveling.

- Let others know where you will be traveling and when you expect to arrive at your destination.

For additional preparedness, shelter and safety information, please visit Maine.gov/MEMA, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.

Vendors and Exhibitors Sought for Preparedness Conference

3 months ago
The 12th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference will be held Monday May 18th at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine.

**Registration is now open for vendors and exhibitors.**

The overall theme for this conference is "When Disaster Strikes, We Are All Connected". We expect that 500-600 Maine residents will attend the conference including town, county and state officials, private and public business representatives and many interested citizens who come back year after year to take in what the conference offers.

Please click the link below to register for the conference. The link allows you to register as a vendor or as an exhibitor.

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A copy of the DRAFT Conference Schedule will be posted by the end of January. For more information: Contact Conference Organizers



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Maine Emergency Management Agency Preparing for Winter Storm

3 months ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUSTA, MAINE Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is preparing for a winter storm that is already impacting driving conditions in coastal and southern Maine. "Although state offices are closing early this afternoon, MEMA will be actively monitoring and prepared to take action should the need arise." said MEMA Acting Director Peter Rogers. "We are particularly concerned about the changeover to sleet and freezing rain as the storm progresses." MEMA staff have been in close contact with the Governor's Office, National Weather Service, Department of Transportation, County Emergency Management Agencies, and electric utilities. "We handle winter storms pretty well in Maine," said Rogers. "But we are also aware that many people will be traveling due to New Year's Eve plans, so extra caution and preparation is encouraged."

Those who are traveling should use extreme caution **as roadways may be** icy and snow drifts may affect visibility during tonight's commute as well as tomorrow morning.

Its also important to remember the following:

- Leave early and allow extra time when traveling and, if possible, drive before dark.

- Pack an emergency kit in your car to include warm clothing, jumper cables, road flares, flashlight and batteries, food and water. - Do not drive if you have been drinking.

- Fill your gas tank to avoid running out of gas and becoming stranded.

- Fill your windshield-wiper fluid to ensure you can keep your windshield clear. - Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle before traveling. - Charge your cell phone before traveling.

- Let others know where you will be traveling and when you expect to arrive at your destination.

In the case of a power outage, citizens should contact their town office or call 2-1-1 for sheltering and warming center locations. It is also a good idea to take some steps to prepare at home as well:

- Stock up on emergency supplies such as non-perishable food, water, medication, pet supplies and other items needed in case it necessary to shelter at home. - Have a "Go Bag" ready with essential supplies should it be necessary to go to a shelter or other location. - Ensure that alternate heat and power sources are in proper working condition and properly installed.

- Download the free FEMA app to receive location-specific alerts and warnings as well as targeted preparedness information.

For additional preparedness, shelter and safety information, please visit Maine.gov/MEMA, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.
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