Asteroid collision training/simulation materials (FEMA)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-FEFO-01030
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any and all materials---guides, slideshows, pictures, handouts, videos, audio recordings, memorandums of understanding, directives, simulation software, etc.---regarding, referencing, or involved in any simulations, training sessions, or exercises focused on the possibility of an asteroid collision with Earth, including but not limited to those held on October 25, 2016 in El Segundo, California.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Presley, Paula

Dear Mr. Lipton,

This acknowledges receipt of your January 19, 2017 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), dated and received on January 19, 2017. You are seeking any and all materials, guides, slideshows, pictures, handouts, videos, audio recordings, memorandums of understanding, directives, simulation software, etc., regarding, referencing, or involved in any simulations, training sessions, or exercises focused on the possibility of an asteroid collision with Earth, including but not limited to those held on October 25, 2016 in El Segundo, California.

Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, the Department processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although FEMA's goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period. As your request seeks numerous documents that will necessitate a thorough and wide-ranging search, DHS/FEMA will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowed by Title 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If you care to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office. We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner; however, there are currently 1326 open requests ahead of yours.

Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request. We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS interim FOIA regulations as they apply to non-commercial requestors. As a non-commercial requestor, you will be charged 10-cents per page for duplication, although the first 100 pages are free, as are the first two hours of search time, after which you will pay the per quarter-hour rate ($4.00, $7.00, $10.25) of the searcher. We will construe the submission of your request as an agreement to pay up to $50.00. You will be contacted before any further fees are accrued.
We have queried the appropriate program offices of FEMA for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the FOIA Specialist in our office will respond to your request expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.

To check the status of your FOIA requests you may use the online check status capability at http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status. Simply enter your request number and click the "Check Status" button. More information concerning the FOIA and implementing DHS regulations is available on-line at: www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0318.shtm<http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0318.shtm>.

Your request has been assigned reference number FEMA 2017-FEFO-01030. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov>.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Disclosure Branch
Records Management Division
Mission Support Bureau

Paula Presley
Program Specialist
Disclosure Branch (FOIA Office)
Records Management Division
Federal Emergency Management Agency
US Department of Homeland Security
Office - 202-212-5877
Mobile - 202-320-0187
Paula.presley@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:Paula.presley@fema.dhs.gov>

From: Presley, Paula

Good Morning,

I have checked on your request and upon review I’ve noted that we have had to go back to the component responding to your request to assist with providing the response again as we were not able to access the records. I have sent them an additional email asking for the information this morning and hope to receive the information soon.

Thank you and have a pleasant day

Paula Presley
Program Specialist – Disclosure Branch
Division of Information Management
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office 202-212-5877
Mobile 202-320-0187
Paula.presley@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:Paula.presley@fema.dhs.gov>

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Presley,

Thank you so much for the update. I hope you're having a lovely week. I'll look forward to hearing from you again.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From:

Dear Beryl Lipton:
Attached is the final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request.  If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call (202) 212-3323 or email FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov and reference your FOIA tracking number 2017-FEFO-01030.

Regards, Ruthann Parise, USMCRet Government Information Specialist - Disclosure Branch
Information Management Division
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Telephone: (202) 705-6245
Ruthann.parise@fema.dhs.gov

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