Information Bulletin Number 0802160

National Response Framework Webcast\Television Broadcast to Occur on March 5, 2008

Emmitsburg, MD – The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), following a lengthy period of input, an extended comment period, and formal approval by the President on January 8, 2008, are now moving into the implementation phase of the National Response Framework (NRF).  The Framework is a National guide that cuts across all jurisdictions and explains how officials and responders at all levels of government will work as a team in responding to disasters of all types and sizes.

As one of the first steps in implementation, FEMA will be conducting a nationwide broadcast on the NRF on March 5, 2008 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST from the studio of the National Preparedness Network (PREPnet) located at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, MD.

“Given that the NRF spells out the way the nation will provide assistance and resources to other agencies and levels of government in the event of a major emergency, it is critical for first responders to understand and be familiar with how we will all work together in such circumstances,” said U.S. Fire Administrator Gregory Cade.  “I encourage our nation's fire service to gain familiarity and confidence with the NRF by taking in this broadcast.”

“Additionally, it is important for first responders to help other disciplines in their communities, including their emergency management partners, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector so that they too can become familiar with this important framework,” Cade said.

The NRF document and supporting information can be obtained at: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nrf/.

Access information on this important broadcast follows:

What's New in the National Response Framework
Access Information
WebCast, Teleconference (VTC), and Television Broadcast
March 5, 2008 – 1:30PM to 2:30PM
From the Studio of the National Preparedness Network (PREPnet)

The National Response Framework was released on January 22, 2008.  The Framework supersedes the National Response Plan (NRP) and more adequately serves as a guide to how the nation conducts incident response.  The Framework ensures that government executives, private sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGO) leaders, and emergency management practitioners across the nation understand domestic incident response roles, responsibilities and relationships in order to respond more effectively to any type of incident.  The broadcast will address the purpose, scope, key concepts, and training associated with the new Framework.
Presenters
Dennis Schrader, Deputy Administrator - FEMA National Preparedness Directorate (NPD)
Al Fluman, Acting Director – FEMA Incident Management System Integration (IMSI) Division

Distribution Methods
Dish TV Network
Web Cast via the Internet

Access Instructions
Locations with Dish TV receivers can tune to Channel 9602 at the allotted time to view the broadcast.

Those wishing to access the discussion via the Internet Web cast can go to http://www.vodium.com/goto/fema/nrf.asp and click on the National Response Framework button that will be displayed there.  Visiting that site prior to the Web cast is important in order to assure that any connectivity issues involved with individual computer settings, are addressed before the broadcast.

Submitting Questions

Questions can be submitted during the broadcast by sending an e-mail to: PREPnet@dhs.gov

Those viewing the Web cast at the Vodium Web site will be able to submit their questions directly through the Vodium system by following the on screen instructions.

Individuals will also be able to call toll free with questions during the broadcast to 1-800-527-4893.