FEMA Private Sector Workshop


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Presentation given by FEMA officials on September 27, 2010 to members of the private sector, NGOs and non-profits. Heather Blanchard, Co Founder of CrisisCommons and CrisisCamp attended and provided insights to engagement with volunteer technology communities. This presentation also included a demonstration of the Situational Awareness Viewer for Emergency Response (SAVER) which can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/poplifegirl/femas-situational-awareness-viewer-for-emergency-response-saver-demonstration

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  • Every day, people all across the country prepare for and face disasters – both natural and man-made.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA is there, Prepared… Responsive… Committed…
  • Lead – Administrator Craig Fugate
    10 Regional Offices CONUS
    3 Area offices OCONUS – Caribbean, Pacific, Alaska
    Multiple offices in the National Capital Region

    PSD Note:
    Highlight to the audience the part of the mission that states “we work together”
  • FEMA has highly experienced and qualified leadership heading the agency and driving its vision.

    PSD Note: Both Mr. Fugate and Mr. Serino care about the Private Sector

  • Headquartered in Washington, D.C., FEMA has 10 regional offices located throughout the country serving as front line representatives.

    FEMA also has additional facilities strategically placed to implement and support priorities such as training, disaster assistance registration and logistics support.

    And, when a major disaster hits, temporary field offices are established within the disaster area, to support disaster operations and offer on-the-ground support to those individuals and communities impacted.

    PDS Note: FEMA is hiring 10 Private Sector representatives for each of the RGs.
  • The FEMA workforce is comprised of dedicated men and women with an important and vital mission.

    However, the Agency is much smaller than most people realize. 3,022 permanent full time staff are supplemented by temporary full time and part time staff, along with on call employees for disaster support.

    Disaster Assistance Employees (DAEs), also known as reservists, are a critical staff resource to FEMA as they perform disaster response and recovery activities across the country, usually at temporary work sites in disaster damaged areas.

    Individuals with a broad range of hands-on emergency management, fire, rescue, emergency medical services, law enforcement, military and private sector experience lead FEMA’s efforts at the national and regional levels.

    FEMA is taking a more business-like, professional approach to strengthen the agency’s workforce structure, achieve the right mix of skills and know-how, and strike the right balance of permanent, reservist and temporary personnel.
    To achieve enduring success we will continue to “Shape the Workforce”, transforming FEMA to a new level of competency and professionalism as the Nation’s Preeminent Emergency Management Agency.

  • PDS Note: We want to engage the Private Sector in the whole Disaster Timeline.
  • PSD Note: FEMA is currently working to bring the actual Private Sector in the NRCC. (Defer to Dan Stoneking for details)

  • PSD Note: NIMS and NRF is bigger than FEMA. It guides the whole Federal government. Private Sector is included all throughout both documents. That shows how important it is for us to be engaged.

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