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National Mass Care Exercise 2017

National Mass Care Exercise 2017 Banner photo

The State of Utah has graciously agreed to host the 2017 “There’s No Place Like Home” National Mass Care Exercise and would like to invite you to participate.

The exercise will be held Aug. 22nd-24th, in Salt Lake City, UT.  Travel dates will be Monday the 21st and Friday the 25th (or late afternoon Thursday the 24th.)

This year’s NMCE will build off of the Wasatch Earthquake Catastrophic plan with the focus of the exercise play on the coordination at the State EOC ESF#6 desk and the many mass care activity’s liaisons.  There will be an abundance of field play mainly coordinated by the Red Cross that will allow for setting up shelters, activating the multi-agency feeding task force, bulk distribution sites, and a potential non-resident evacuation embarkation site.   In addition, the customary task forces (MC Activity Groups) will be strategizing on the topics of feeding, sheltering, bulk distribution and reunification.

If you are interested in participating in “There’s No Place Like Home,”  please send an email to Tanya.Harrington@associates.fema.dhs.gov or Elizabeth.Dipaolo@fema.dhs.gov

Download exercise information flyer here.

New Release: Multi-Agency Reunification Services Plan Template

The purpose of the Multi-Agency Reunification Services Plan Template is to supplement a jurisdiction’s Emergency Operations Plan and/or Mass Care Annex and is intended to provide guidance and suggested procedures for a jurisdiction to consider in the development of a Multi-Agency Reunification Services Plan. This template is based on best practices and concepts and can be used by any jurisdiction. Additionally, the template can serve as an educational tool to assist jurisdictions, NGOs, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders who provide reunification services to understand the complexities of implementing a collaborative approach to planning and operations, including but not limited to: identifying  the various sectors that have reunification responsibilities and coordinating among them, assessing planning factors, determining protocols and understanding privacy challenges, learning terminology and determining methods of reunification. This comprehensive multi-agency document was developed in coordination with State Mass Care Coordinators, State of Missouri Department of Mental Health, the American Red Cross, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The Missing Persons Community of Interest, 2-1-1 Virginia, Civil Air Patrol, The Salvation Army, FEMA Headquarters and Regional Mass Care staff, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Library of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Download the Multi-Agency Reunification Services Plan Template

National Mass Evacuation Tracking System (NMETS) in Action

On October 27, 2015, FEMA’s Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VALs), the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD), and the DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships co-hosted the 1st Annual Voluntary Organization Partnership Day. This unique event recognized the valuable services and support our voluntary, faith-based, and community partners provide to disaster survivors before, during, and after disasters. Exhibitors and participants were welcomed in the morning by members of FEMA leadership.

As part of the day’s activities, the FEMA Mass Care/Emergency Assistance section conducted a demonstration of the National Mass Evacuation Tracking System (NMETS). NMETS is an evacuation tracking tool developed by FEMA and distributed at no cost to States, jurisdictions, or partner agencies to register and track government-assisted evacuees during a disaster. NMETS can also be implemented to track an evacuee’s pets, service animals, durable medical equipment and personal belongings throughout the evacuation cycle. The goal of the demonstration was to simulate certain aspects of the evacuation process by having event participants (“evacuees”) voluntarily enroll into NMETS (registration processing), providing unique identifiers (barcoded wristbands) for accountability, and scanning them through multiple partner exhibits to represent departure (embarkation) and arrival (debarkation) at different evacuation sites. 158 visitors from 40 organizations, including a human/dog comfort team from HOPE AACR, participated in the demonstration by enrolling in NMETS. Four additional organizations participated by using their own computers to log into NMETS via a local server, and used barcode scanners provided by FEMA to track the “evacuees.”

A key take-away expressed by many participants was that FEMA has developed a simple to use evacuee tracking tool that does not require a dedicated inventory of IT assets to operate, and is offered FREE to states, territories, tribes and their evacuation partners. For more information on the NMETS program, please contact Samuel Johnson (samuel.johnsonii@fema.dhs.gov), Section Chief, FEMA Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Section.

Did you attend this event or wish to find out more? Share your experiences and photos or learn more about the VAL Partnership Day through hashtag #VOPD15 or contact A.C. Claud (alfred.claud@fema.dhs.gov).

Edited 06/19/2017 to update the contact information for the FEMA Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Section Chief

New Release: Shelter Field Guide

Shelter Field Guide

The purpose of the Shelter Field Guide is to provide sheltering best practices to faith-based groups, non-profit organizations, government partners, and private industry. The guide was co-developed by the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency with support of a work group that included all levels of government.

The Shelter Field Guide has eight sections that cover the standard activities and tasks which occur during the pre-opening, opening, ongoing, and closing phases of shelter operations. Each section contains information for workers in registration, feeding, dormitory management, health and mental health care, staffing, logistics and shelter management. Additionally, the guide provides position checklists and training outlines for each position so that spontaneous shelter managers can use the guide to train their personnel.

The Shelter Field Guide can be used as a job aid and/or just in time training during a disaster operation.

Download the Shelter Field Guide

Shelter Field Guide FAQ and Ordering Instructions

Print Specifications for the Shelter Field Guide

New Release: Multi-Agency Feeding Support Plan Template

muti-agency feeding support plan template

The purpose of the Multi-Agency Feeding Support Plan Template is to supplement a jurisdiction’s Emergency Operations Plan and/or Mass Care Annex. It is intended to provide guidance and suggested procedures for a jurisdiction to consider in the development of a disaster feeding plan that focuses on their role of managing and/or supporting feeding activities. This template is based on best practices and concepts that have been proven during previous disasters. Additionally, the template can serve as an educational tool to assist jurisdictions, NGOs, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders who are providing feeding support to understand the complexities of implementing a coordinated and collaborative feeding operation. This includes understanding the protocols of the various feeding providers and government entities. This comprehensive multi-agency document was developed in coordination with State Mass Care Coordinators, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Feeding America, Convoy of Hope, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and Animal and Plant Health Service (APHIS), FEMA Headquarters and Regional Mass Care staff, and Headquarters FEMA Logistics Management Directorate.

Multi-Agency Feeding Support Plan Template 2015