October – The National Fire Protection Association is the first standards organization to offer codes and standards available online for free. As part of its commitment to enhancing public safety, you can now visit NFPA.org to view the list of available current codes and standards. You can select the document you want to review, click the free access link, and then sign-in or create a new account.
October 4 – According to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and its federal partners are responding to the situation in Puerto Rico with a response that includes making roads accessible and providing emergency power for life sustaining activities. Stabilization and recovery are key initiatives across all federal channels in cooperation with the Commonwealth. To read more on what each federal arm is doing, check out the press release by clicking the link above.
October 2 – On Monday a new site was created, Oversight.gov, to serve as a portal to see the oversight being done and creates a home for the thousands of Inspector General reports across the federal government. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency identifies tens of billions in potential savings of federal tax dollars every year. The goal: eliminate waste in federal programs.
September 29 – Speaking of reports from the Office of Inspector General, a recent report reveals that FEMA needs to improve its oversight and management of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood mapping program. The report shows that as of December 2016, less than half of the total flood map miles in FEMA’s inventory was updated and valid.