June 7, 2017

View FEMA's funding opportunity advisory.
DHS Funding Opportunity For FY 2017
On June 2, 2017, U.S. Secretary John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Notices of Funding Opportunity for 10 DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, including campus safety/police and emergency management, 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 administration remains committed to strengthening the security and resilience of our state and local communities," said Secretary Kelly. "FEMA grant programs are flexible by design and will be used to help to address evolving threats, and each grant will go toward building and sustaining capabilities across all levels of government and the whole community to maximize preparedness."
Grant recipients are encouraged to use grant funding to maintain and sustain current critical core capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment. All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities in the National Preparedness Goal.
FY 2017 Preparedness Grant Program allocations include:
  • Emergency Management Performance Grant: provides more than $350 million to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities. 
  • Homeland Security Grant Program: provides more than $1 billion for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats. 
  • Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program: provides $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.
  • Nonprofit Security Grant Program: provides $25 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the FY 2015 UASI-eligible urban areas. 
For more information, including additional funding allocations, view FEMA's Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory (PDF). Further information on DHS's preparedness grant programs is available on the DHS website and FEMA Grants web page. If you have any questions, please contact FEMA's Intergovernmental Affairs Division by email or phone at (202) 646-3444.

Immigration Scheme Alert

Various communities across the nation, including college and university campuses, have recently encountered incidents in which criminals impersonate U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers to obtain personal information or money. This can be accomplished through a variety of methods, including through unsolicited texts, emails, phone calls, and by distributing printed materials that appear to be legitimate government materials from campaigns such as  See Something, Say Something , but instead contain erroneous information.

Earlier this year, the New York Attorney General's office issued a fraud alert and provided three key tips to avoid getting scammed:
  • Do not make payments over the phone or via email.
  • Only work with a licensed lawyer or an authorized provider.
  • Never sign blank applications or documents you do not understand.
It's important to emphasize to your community that ICE will never demand payment or ask for personal information over the phone. If an individual receives a message from ICE that he or she suspects is fraudulent, they should contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at 1-800-232-8603. Campus security/police departments may contact DHS OIG if they receive similar reports from students. Contact the DHS Office for State and Local Law Enforcement with any questions on this scam.

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June is PTSD Awareness Month
The  National Center for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) was created in 1989 within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in response to the Congressional mandate PL 98-528, also known as the  Veterans' Health Care Act of 1984, to address the needs of military veterans and other trauma survivors with PTSD. In 2010, Congress declared June 27th PTSD Awareness Day. This continued until 2013, when the U.S. Senate designated the entire month of June to PTSD Awareness. Since then, the National Center for PTSD has worked tirelessly to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments.
It's important to remember that PTSD can affect any person that has experienced a traumatic event like combat, assault, or a disaster. Approximately 10 out of every 100 women (10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 out of every 100 men (4%). In a given year, about 8 million adults in the U.S. will have PTSD. The National Center for PTSD has developed a wide variety of electronic and printable materials available to help promote awareness about PTSD.  YouTube videos on PTSD and treatment are accessible for viewing, in addition to  free continuing education courses for members of the professional community. The National Center for PTSD also has a variety of  self-help mobile apps available through their website to assist those in need, though they are not meant to be a substitute for professional help. The materials developed for PTSD Awareness Month, including a social media guide (PDF), can be helpful to share with your entire campus community.
The National Center for PTSD is the world's leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD. It has six main goals and objectives: promoting improved assessment and treatment of PTSD by supporting VA clinicians and veterans; advancing the scientific understanding of PTSD; advancing PTSD education for clinicians, researchers, and veterans through development and dissemination of information; supporting the global war on terrorism through collaborations with the Department of Defense; advancing the VA's emergency medical response capability; and providing consultation to VA's top management and other agencies on a continuing basis and during national emergencies. For more information on or questions about the National Center for PTSD, please  contact the appropriate division director.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title:  Medical Leave for Students Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties at College --  Title II Clarifications: Principles for Developing a Leave of Absence Policy
Organization: SAMHSA and JED
Date: June 13, 2017 at 1:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free

Title:  Verbal Defense
Organization: Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association
Date: June 28, 2017
Location: Princeton, NJ
Fee: Registration fee

Title: Biological Incidents Awareness (AWR-118)
Organization: National Center for Biomedical Research and Training
Date: July 11, 2017
Location: Mather, CA
Fee: Free

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.