Archived Resources: Q2 – 2020

Thank you for visiting our archive for all Resources from Q2 of 2020. Here you will find notices of previously released white papers, press releases, and other resources offered by state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies. Please note that because the archived notice is for an expired resource, links to the parent site may no longer work. We apologize for this inconvenience.

April  |  May  |  June

Caddo Mounds Disaster Recovery

On Saturday, April 13, during the annual Caddo Culture Day event, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site was hit by an EF3 tornado. Many visitors were injured and one guest lost her life. Damage to the visitor center and museum is extensive, and a replica Caddo grass house was completely destroyed. As an agency, now our focus is on the visitors, our Caddo Nation partners, community members and our employees who were impacted by this disaster. At some point, we will shift our focus to rebuilding the site – and we will need your help. But for now, we urge those of you reading this to be generous in your support of the Alto community, Cherokee County and other communities who are suffering from the effects of the storm.



Resilience Preparation for Power Utilities: A Necessity for Coastal Cities

The impact disasters create on power infrastructure is high, since a majority of the urban grid infrastructure is old and needs modernization. Super Cyclone Amphan came ashore on the coast of India on May 20, 2020. It is a dramatic reminder of the importance of resilience to power utilities, especially amid the pandemic situation. GBCI’s PEER program focuses on grid resilience to provide confidence and guidance to the investors and owners of power utilities, microgrids, and storage technologies. This article discusses resilience preparation for power utilities and the importance for coastal cities.



National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

In observance of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 11, today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is urging Texans to plan for the whole family, including pets, when preparing for severe weather.



Don’t blow it – get ready for hurricane season now.

May 3-9 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Don’t wait for a dangerous storm to bear down on you before preparing your home and family.



Promote Home Fire Sprinklers in your Community, Home Fire Sprinkler Week May 19-25

Inform your community about the importance of home fire sprinklers, the NFPA® Fire Sprinkler Initiative® and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition® through videos, flyers and a new Living with Sprinklers kit to commemorate Home Fire Sprinkler Week™, May 19–25.



ASFPM Scholarship for 2020 Conference

The Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) is hosting the 2020 ASFPM National Conference at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX from June 7 – 11, 2020.  As the Host State, Floodplain Managers (Village/City/County Government Officials) throughout Texas are eligible to apply for a SCHOLARSHIP to attend the 2020 ASFPM National Conference.  This scholarship will provide the registration fee for early conference registration.  37 (total) scholarships are available for award.  These scholarships have been funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Workshops/field tours, overnight accommodations, travel, and other expenses will not be covered by the scholarship and will be the responsibility of the recipient or their agency. Scholarships will be limited to one applicant per jurisdiction and will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Applications in excess of the available scholarships will be added to a waitlist and notified if a scholarship becomes available. Applications should be submitted no later than March 27th, 2020.  Notification of scholarship award will be provided by April 2nd, 2020.


Webcast: How Low Code is Helping Governments Modernize Their Legacy Systems

If you are reading this, then you can probably relate to what Center for Digital Government (CDG) research recently found: Forty-two percent of agencies spend more than a quarter of their IT budgets maintaining legacy systems. On this hour-long webcast, we are going to tell you how your agency can break this budget cycle and easily, iteratively and cost-effectively modernize systems and applications that are no longer meeting your needs. Join us on June 12th at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern where leaders from CDG and OutSystems will discuss:

  • The roles of low-code and microservices in taking an agile approach to legacy modernization
  • How to overcome common modernization challenges, like a shortage of developers and the need to rip and replace systems
  • Highlights and trends from the CDG research survey on legacy modernization.


FEMA News Release: “FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums”

To help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships, FEMA is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days. This extension applies to NFIP flood insurance policies with an expiration date between Feb. 13 and June 15, 2020. There is typically a 30-day grace period to renew policies to avoid a lapse in coverage. However, due to the widespread economic disruption arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA recognizes that flood insurance policyholders may not meet the standard policy renewal deadline. Read the full release in English and Spanish. Facebook. Twitter: English and Spanish


Public Comment Period for Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Program and Policy Guide – Deadline July 31

FEMA released the draft of the “Fire Management Assistance Grant Program and Policy Guide” for a 45-day public comment period from June 16 to July 31.  Comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and considered for the final version of the guide. The draft guide and accompanying comments matrix are available on the FEMA website.  Submit the completed comment matrix by e-mail to


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