October 2008-Volume 2, No. 10 Events Mark Fire Prevention Week, Honor Fallen Firefighters Firefighters from across the United A formal memorial service caps the lose our bravest and brightest and can instead States gathered at the National Fire- event to honor the fallen. This year’s say proudly: ‘Everyone Goes Home.’" fighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, service featured remarks by FEMA The memorial weekend marked the start Maryland earlier this month to Administrator and former Miami-Dade of Fire Prevention Week, which ran from remember and honor their colleagues Fire Chief David Paulison and USFA October 5-11. This year’s theme was killed in the line of duty. The Administrator Greg Cade. "Prevent Home Fires." The FEMA memorial weekend is sponsored The names of those honored this year Occupational Safety, Health & Environment annually by FEMA’s U.S. Fire were also added to the National Fallen Division hosted a special event at Headquar- Administration and the National Firefighters Memorial on the National ters on October 7. The event was open to Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Fire Academy campus in Emmitsburg. employees as well as the general public. Those honored for this 27th annual "There was a time in our history Mount Weather fire station staff displayed memorial included 97 men and four when firefighter deaths were considered antique firefighting equipment and hazardous women killed during 2007, as well as inevitable, a part of the job," Paulison material safety apparatus. Numerous vendors nine firefighters from previous years. said at the service. "Thankfully, today were onsite to provide information on fire The memorial weekend includes these tragedies are fewer, but the pain is prevention supplies. Smoke detectors were events to support the family members no less deep. Today we know that on offer as door prizes, and a drawing was of those honored, such as support training and equipment, when matched held for other fire safety awareness groups, a motorcycle parade, wreath- with the courage of individuals, can materials. laying ceremony, chapel vigil with reduce risks and bring more of our men Administrator Paulison visited the event honor guard, and the “sea of blue” and women home each night. I look to draw attention to the good work of FEMA entrance for the families. forward to the day when we cease to employees in helping prevent and fight fires. Above: Administrator Paulison participates in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. NFFF/Bill Green. Right: Calvin Gurley, FEMA/OCFO, learns how to correctly extinguish a fire at OSHE event. FEMA/Bill Koplitz "FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror." FEMA, Apache Tribe Form New Partnership in New Mexico Something rare has happened in the mountains of New Mexico: a FEMA Joint Field Office can now be found on Native American tribal land. The JFO and the disaster response from the summer floods near Ruidoso, New Mexico are a testament to the growing partnership between FEMA and tribal governments. And it happened all by chance. When the FEMA Logistics team and General Services Administration staff searched for adequate office space within and nearby the flood-affected areas, they were unable to locate a suitable facility. They checked all available local rental resources, but still could not find a space that met all the necessary requirements. “We looked at 22 different sites in the area, where it usually takes looking at three or four sites before we establish a location,” said the FEMA Logistics Section Chief. Finally, a tribal member working on the response suggested an Mescalero Apache Tribal Facility/FEMA JFO in Ruidoso, old building on the Mescalero Apache tribal reservation used New Mexico only as a storage facility for records and supplies. After the site approval, FEMA and tribal staff worked for three days to clean Tribal Liaison Jane McLeroy. The briefing focused on the history and prepare the building for the 50 JFO staff members. of the federal government’s relationship with tribal governments, as Before moving into the new facility, FEMA and New Mexico well as current tribal protocol and specific information on the state employees attended a briefing by FEMA Region VI culture and history of the Mescalero Apache Tribe. Nancy Ward to Serve as Transition Senior Official Administrator Paulison has named serve as a senior advisor to newly Nancy Ward, Region IX Administrator, appointed senior officials in the next as FEMA’s Career Transition Senior administration. Official (CTSO). She will be supported by the In this role, Ward will serve as the Transformation Management Division leader of FEMA’s presidential (TMD) of the Office of Policy and administration transition efforts. Program Analysis (OPPA). She brings over 20 years of FEMA’s priorities during the experience in emergency management administration transition are to ensure that and is well-versed in both regional and it remains prepared to execute its mission, headquarters issues. as well as to continue the many initiatives Ward worked two details at FEMA underway to build the New FEMA. Ward headquarters as the Deputy Director of will be responsible for ensuring the the Recovery Directorate during agency meets these priorities. FEMA's response and recovery opera- “I am confident that with Nancy’s help tions for the 2004 and 2005 hurricane and leadership, we will be able to meet Nancy Ward, FEMA’s Career Transition seasons. She also has served in various these priorities,” Paulison said in Senior Official senior management positions in more announcing the appointment. “We are than 20 disasters, most recently during fortunate to have her on our team full the March and April 2006 severe time.” Regional Administrator for Region IX storms, flooding, landslides and mud- While Ward is on detail at and has been with FEMA since 1995, slides in California, and the earthquake Headquarters filling the important role of following 12 years in the civilian sector in Hawaii. FEMA’s Career Senior Transition of the U.S. Department of the Navy in Should there be an absence of senior Official, Karen E. Armes will serve as the greater San Francisco Bay Area. leadership during the presidential Acting Regional Administrator for FEMA transition, Ward will lead FEMA and Region IX . Ames is currently the Deputy Indiana Community Brings End to an Era with FEMA and CSEPP From 1961 through 1968, the U.S. emergency planning, annual exercises, peers in meeting this new requirement. Army’s Newport , Indiana Chemical public education and emergency public CSEPP funding helped purchase public Depot manufactured all VX chemical information. safety equipment to warn residents of a agent for the U.S. defense stockpile. In addition, Indiana recently passed a chemical incident. Those tone alert Since 2005, the community has law requiring each county to develop a radios and 44 community sirens will worked with a unique federal warning systems plan by 2010, and the now be utilized to alert residents of program to safely destroy the CSEPP counties are well ahead of their severe weather. chemical agent while protecting nearby residents. The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) was created by Congress in 1989 to assist communities near U.S. Army chemical stockpile installations develop emergency plans for protecting residents and responding in the unlikely event of a chemical stockpile accident. The program is managed through a partnership among FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate, the U.S. Army, and state and county emergency preparedness personnel. On August 8, 2008, the last of the Newport stockpile was destroyed. But a robust emergency preparedness capability continues thanks to the planning and preparedness conducted through CSEPP. The region is First responders participate in annual exercises to test their chemical decontamination procedures under CSEPP. experienced in coordinated BEST Program Reaches Out to FEMA Managers The new Building Engagement, Strengths and Program participants will gain insights for personal Talent (BEST) initiative is a five-year and professional development and acquire strategies workforce development effort that is part of the to increase their workgroup’s performance. new vision for FEMA. Managers will maximize the momentum and The BEST program is based on more than 25 energy generated during the course by consulting with years of research by Gallup (the firm known for the course leadership again within six months opinion polling) to identify what makes a strong, following the program. vibrant workplace. Next month, all FEMA employees will be asked to One of the first steps of the BEST Workforce take the BEST survey that will gauge their opinions Initiative involves sending supervisors and on supervisors, the workplace and their personal job managers to the Gallup Great Manager Program satisfaction. Check your e-mail for an upcoming (GMP). All FEMA managers and supervisors will announcement. participate in this training over the course of the FEMA’s Human Capital Division also has created FEMA BEST initiative. a Web site with more and updated information about The first sessions will be held in November BEST. Go to: http://online.fema.net/human_capital/ and December at the Gallup World Headquarters best_workforce.shtm. in Washington, DC, and will continue through 2009, as needed. Fire Prevention Reminders from USFA Each year National Fire Prevention annually by a qualified Week is commemorated around the professional. anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and fell this year during the • Remember, space heaters need week of October 5-11. This year’s space. Leave at least three feet theme for National Fire Prevention between space heaters and things Week was “Prevent Home Fires.” that might burn. Some general tips are listed below, but for more information on each • Use the recommended fuel. Look category, see the USFA Web site at for space heaters that will turn www.usfa.dhs.gov. off automatically if tipped over. A few minutes spent reviewing some easy ways to make our homes • Keep things that will burn away fire safe may help prevent a home fire: from light bulbs, light fixtures • Stay in the kitchen when you and lamps. For any suspected are cooking. Many cooking electrical problems, call a fires start from “unattended” qualified electrician. cooking. • Use flashlights during In 2007, U.S. fire departments responded to • Maintain heating equipment emergencies, not candles. 399,000 home fires, according to the National Blow out candles when Fire Prevention Association. These fires and chimneys by having them leaving the room. resulted in 2,865 civilian deaths. inspected and cleaned National Cyber Security Awareness 3) Protect your children: Children face unique risks on the Internet, and require unique rules and safeguards. Monitor your Month - Tips to Stay Safe Online kids' online activities closely. There are many tools available to help you protect them from online threats. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it's a good time to take a hard look at how our online behavior may be 4) E-mail safely. E-mail is a favorite tool of online crooks. putting us in harm's way. By following a few common-sense tips, Even legitimate-looking messages can be scams. Learn how to you can make the most out of your Internet experience, while filter for "spam" and spot the signs of scam e-mails. protecting you and your family from online threats. 5) Protect your accounts. Choosing hard-to-guess passwords 1) Protect your computer: The best thing you can do is use three and changing them regularly can help prevent criminals from inexpensive technologies: anti-virus software, anti-spyware soft- getting at your money or personal information. ware and a firewall. Some security companies provide all three in one easy-to-use package. 6) Make copies. Regularly backing up your files can save you if your computer crashes or is stolen. 2) Protect your identity: On the Internet, your personal data (Social Security number, birth date, etc.) is extremely valuable and 7) Stay up-to-date. Set your security tools so that they update can be used against you. Keep it protected. automatically. Your computer also can be set to automatically install security updates. 8) Keep 8) Keep informed. For more information on these tips, including detailed guidance on how to protect your computer, your kids and your identity, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance at www.staysafeonline.org or get more information at www.OnGuardOnline.gov. You can also subscribe to the National Cyber Alert System to receive regular computer security updates from the U.S. Computer Readiness Team at www.us-cert.gov. Clean-up, Recovery Efforts Continue Along Gulf Coast As clean-up and recovery efforts in areas devastated by Hurricane Ike continued along the Gulf Coast, FEMA announced that by mid-October, five weeks after Ike made landfall, state and federal financial assistance to help homeowners, renters and businesses recover from uninsured and underinsured losses exceeds $316 million. The grants for individuals in 34 Texas counties and low- interest disaster loans for individuals and businesses of all sizes are authorized under President Bush's Sept. 13 disaster declaration. FEMA and the Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) have been working together since the first emergency declaration for Hurricane Ike on September 7. An additional $15 million has been obligated under FEMA's Public Assistance Program, which can reimburse state agencies and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in 35 Texas counties for eligible disaster- related debris removal and emergency protective measures. Twenty-four of those counties are also designated for permanent repairs and replacement of disaster-damaged infrastructure. "We report assistance in dollars, but we measure the FEMA Community Relations Specialist Florence Ward (left) goes success of disaster recovery when people begin to resume over some applicant information with Disaster Recovery Center everyday activities in their communities," Federal Manager Betty Jo Nichols at the Galveston city hall DRC. FEMA / Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman said. "Positive Greg Henshall changes are taking place every day, but there is still a lot to do and we will be here in partnership with the state for as long as it takes." FEMA uses as mobile registration intake centers. Other sites used State and federal disaster staff have been reaching out in for Disaster Recovery Centers have included many ways. In the first month, Disaster Recovery Center municipal office buildings, space in shopping centers and staff went out to 62 communities. The first "centers," set up churches. in commercial parking lots three days after Ike made land- “We've seen 66,000 people come in for face-to-face help at fall, were operated from converted recreational vehicles that these locations," State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun said. "We will continue to keep them open where they're needed." Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush visited the Gulf Coast in mid-October to draw attention to the need for private donations to assist in recovery and to announce the creation of the Bush-Clinton Coastal Recovery Fund. The fund was developed to solicit donations for use in restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast in response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The previous Gulf Coast fundraising effort by the former presidents, called the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, earned over $135 million. On October 14 the former presidents, along with former Secretary of State James Baker, chairman of the fund, toured Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula by helicopter to see the devastation first-hand. The trio also met with staff at FEMA’s Galveston Area Field Office, where they were briefed by FEMA Branch Director Gerry Stolar on the status of recovery efforts. "What we have seen is abject devastation," former President FEMA Branch Director Gerry Stolar addresses former Bush said after the helicopter tour. "We've also seen the presidents Clinton and Bush, along with former Secretary of determination to come back." State Baker, at the Area Field Office in Galveston. FEMA/ Donations are being accepted through Samir Valeja www.bushclintoncoastalfund.org. FEMA HQ News You Can Use 2008 Combined Federal Campaign Kicks Off The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the annual fundraising drive conducted by federal employees in their workplace each fall. Last year, federal employees and military personnel contributed more than $273 million through the CFC to benefit thousands of not-for-profit charities. Federal workers have participated in a national workplace giving effort for over 50 years. President Kennedy initiated a formal national giving program for federal workers in 1961. Since then, the CFC has evolved into the nation’s leading workplace giving program, with no other annual employee-giving program raising as much money for charity. This year’s campaign theme is “Be a Star in Someone’s Life! Support CFC.” CFC provides a unique opportunity for FEMA employees to contribute to charities that help those in need, whether they are struggling with homelessness, hunger, disease or natural disasters. Administrator Paulison has named Dennis Schrader, Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness, as FEMA’s 500 C Street building courtyard. Regions and other facilities 2008 CFC chairman. Headquarters is planning a kickoff outside HQ will hold similar events. Watch your e-mail for celebration on November 5, from 2-3:00 p.m. in the more information, or ask your office CFC representative. Know Your No-No’s: Hatch Act Reminders for Federal Employees The Hatch Act is a federal law that regulates the • Don’t touch the money. Do not solicit, accept or partisan political activity of federal employees and those collect campaign funds. state and local government employees who are paid in part or wholly with federal funds. • No sending partisan campaign e-mails on duty— During the current political campaigns, FEMA ever. Do not send campaign e-mails to co-workers employees should remember that there are several using your government e-mail address or while on general restrictions that apply to all federal employees. duty in a government facility, or while using your government computer. • You cannot wear your FEMA- issued jacket or hat to a partisan campaign rally. • DAEs may run for partisan office, but only when they are not on federal FEMA duty status. However, this does not apply to CORE or other FEMA employees. You are prohibited from running for a partisan office as long as you are a federal employee. 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CDP conducts live chemical agent training for state and local emergency responders in the management and remediation of WMD incidents. Dr. Jones is eager to make the CDP training center Dr. Christopher Todd Jones the best in the nation for managing toxic agents. “People’s lives depend on what we do,” he said. “It’s that simple.” After completing his service as an officer with the Department of the Army Medical Command and the U.S. Naval Medical Service Corps, Dr. Jones served as the Chief Learning Officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Employees outside the Washington, National Conservation Training Center and as Deputy Regional DC, metropolitan area, will be able to Director for the Southwest Region. listen to the Awards Ceremony by Cortez Lawrence, who had been serving as Acting CDP calling 1-800-320-4330, pin 674509. Superintendent, returned to FEMA’s other major training and education facility, the Emergency Management Institute, as superintendent. 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