FEMA Seeks Public Comment for New Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

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Beginning this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is announcing an invitation for the public to comment on the development and implementation of Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Section 1234: National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will focus on reducing the nation’s risk by funding public infrastructure projects that increase a community’s resilience before a disaster.

Communities from all levels of government federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial, as well as key stakeholders, including private businesses, citizens, vulnerable and at-risk populations, critical infrastructure sectors, and non-profit, academic, and philanthropic organizations are encouraged to provide comment. The development of the BRIC program – and how as a nation we can deliver those outcomes – is vital.

Ideascale

Comments will be accepted from May 20 through July 15, 2019, on IdeaScale at https://fema.ideascale.com/a/campaign-home/61112 or by email at BUILDBRIC@fema.dhs.gov.

Webinar Series

FEMA will also host a webinar series during the month of June to provide a brief overview of the different topic areas that are important for the development of the BRIC program. Each session will include an opportunity for stakeholders to comment through the chat platform.

For detailed information of each session, visit https://www.fema.gov/drra-bric. The call-in information is the same for each webinar:

 Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/engage-bric/

  • Webinar 1: Infrastructure Mitigation Projects and Community Lifelines 
    Thursday June 6, 2019 (2 – 4 p.m. ET)
  • Webinar 2: Hazard Mitigation Planning, Grant Application & Evaluation, Risk Informed Funding  
    Thursday June 13, 2019 
    (2 – 4 p.m. ET)
  • Webinar 3: Funding & Resource Management and Benefit-Cost Analysis 
    Thursday June 20, 2019 (2 – 4 p.m. ET)
  • Webinar 4: Building Codes and Enforcement and Capacity and Capability 
    Tuesday June 25, 2019 (2 – 4 p.m. ET)

For more information on DRRA, visit www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-reform-act-2018.

HMA Competitive Grant Application Period Closing Soon


FEMA HMAThe application period for two competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs is closing at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on November 14, 2017. Eligible applicants including territories, federally-recognized tribes, states and local governments may apply for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants at portal.fema.gov.

If you have any problems submitting your application in the eGrants system, call 1-855-228-3362 or email MTeGrants@fema.dhs.gov. Please ensure that you keep a record of any previous email correspondences with FEMA’s eGrants helpline when contacting the help desk.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Mitigation Success Stories Wanted


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In January 2017, FEMA launched the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) External Stakeholder Workgroup (ESWG). The HMA ESWG is comprised of representatives from FEMA regions, states, Indian tribes, territories, and local mitigation stakeholders who share their perspectives on HMA priorities, issues, and program resources, and help inform communication strategies on the HMA programs.

As part of carrying out their work, the ESWG members have formed subgroups to focus on specific topics. One subgroup, the Online HMA Knowledge and Support Forum, is working to create an online resource where information can be exchanged, conversations encouraged, and HMA applicants can find peer-to-peer advice and guidance. One aspect of this work is identify and promote HMA project success stories. As part of this, the ESWG is requesting mitigation stakeholders submit success stories in your community, your organization, or a partner in mitigation you’ve met along the way.

FEMA is looking for success stories with the following in mind:

  • The success story should not exceed one page.
  • Please include pertinent and descriptive facts, such as the organization/community name, project description, date of completion, and the HMA grant amount and program (e.g. HMGP, FMA, PDM).
  • Projects submitted as success stories should have been completed within the last 18 months.
  • The ESWG is looking for all types of projects, big and small, and for any hazard type to help encourage a wide range of application submittals.
  • Personal aspects of the project are encouraged including stories illustrating the positive impacts of the mitigation on the community and or/ residents. Examples of this could be an interview with a resident that has benefited from the project, or an account of how the project will avoid disruptions in the community or help speed a post-disaster recovery.
  • The success story should make sure to include the URL address/link, if available, for more information and photos on the project. If a URL is not available, please include the info for a point of contact who can answer questions about the project if needed.
    Photos or other graphics of the project should be attached to the same email and submitted along with the success story.

Please submit all success stories by Tuesday, August 15, 2017 to fema-hma-grants-policy@fema.dhs.gov.

Please note that all submittals will be provided to the ESWG for review and further use. FEMA is providing support for the ESWG to facilitate the submittal of these success stories. The ESWG will determine the success stories selected for further promotion.

Coming Soon: Hazard Mitigation Assistance Website Refresh


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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division

Featured at the 2016 Annual Hazard Mitigation Stakeholder Workshop, the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Division’s Gallery Walk provided stakeholders an opportunity to give feedback on existing FEMA mitigation documents, brochures, publications, and job aids.

Over the past several months, FEMA staff has consolidated the feedback collected and prioritized the task list to provide better ease of use of the HMA resources.

As a first step, the staff is undergoing an HMA website update.

The first program’s website update, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), will be completed this summer. This update will provide a more organized and centralized location for visitors to find information and resources pertinent to the HMGP.

FEMA Webinar: Cost Estimating Principles for HMA Applications


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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division invites you to a webinar on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, to share cost estimating principles for HMA applications.

Presenters will provide general principles for reviewing cost estimates for HMA projects, a process for determining “reasonable costs” as part of the grant application review, and resources where you can get more detailed information and examples. Join the webinar to get tips and resources followed by a questions and answer session. It will be followed by a question and answer session.

Title: Cost Estimating Principles for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Applications

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Phone: 800-320-4330 Code: 896047

Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the May 10 meeting.

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FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)


30 years of HMAImplement Long-Term Hazard Mitigation Measures After A Major Disaster

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

Reduce The Loss Of Life And Property Due To Natural Disasters

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. The HMGP is authorized under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

The amount of funding available for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) under a particular disaster declaration is limited. The program may provide a state with up to 15 percent of the total disaster grants awarded by FEMA. States that meet higher mitigation planning criteria may qualify for a higher percentage under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. FEMA can fund up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of each project. The state or grantee must provide a 25 percent match, which can be fashioned from a combination of cash and in-kind sources. Funding from other federal sources cannot be used for the 25 percent share with one exception. Funding provided to states under the Community Development Block Grant program from the Department of Housing and Urban Development can be used to meet the non-federal share requirement.

What this grant does for your agency

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds may be used to fund projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood.

In addition, a project’s potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project. Funds may be used to protect either public or private property or to purchase property that has been subjected to, or is in danger of, repetitive damage.

Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquisition of real property for willing sellers and demolition or relocation of buildings to convert the property to open space use
  • Retrofitting structures and facilities to minimize damages from high winds, earthquake, flood, wildfire, or other natural hazards
  • Elevation of flood-prone structures
  • Development and initial implementation of vegetative management programs
  • Minor flood control projects that do not duplicate the flood prevention activities of other federal agencies
  • Localized flood control projects, such as certain ring levees and floodwall systems, that are designed specifically to protect critical facilities
  • Post-disaster building code related activities that support building code officials during the reconstruction process.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding is only available to applicants that reside within a Presidentially declared disaster area. Eligible applicants include: State and local governments Indian tribes or other tribal organizations Certain non-profit organizations Individual homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however a community may apply on their behalf.

For more information about HMGP, see the FAQ.

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FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. Learn more about FEMA

Grant Deadline

Applications for mitigation projects are encouraged as soon as possible after the disaster occurs so that opportunities to do mitigation are not lost during reconstruction. The state will set a deadline for application submittal. You should contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer for specific application dates.

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Following a disaster declaration, the state will advertise that Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding is available to fund mitigation projects in the state. Those interested in applying to the HMGP should contact their local government to begin the application process. Local governments should contact their State Hazard Mitigation Officer.

For more information on the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer or the FEMA Regional Office in your area

Publication of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Appeals Database


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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the availability of the Hazard Mitigation Grants Program Appeals Database.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.

An eligible applicant may appeal any FEMA determination regarding applications submitted for funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The appeal process allows applicants to request a reconsideration of the decision in conformity with program requirements.

There are two levels of appeals. The Regional Administrator decides first appeals. If FEMA denies the appeal at the Regional Administrator’s level, the applicant may submit a second appeal to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation at FEMA Headquarters. If FEMA approves an appeal, FEMA will take the appropriate action to implement the decision. If the second appeal is denied, the decision is final.

To provide an effective means to research and track appeals, FEMA developed a web-based database that can be accessed online. The online Appeals Database is a searchable database containing FEMA responses to applicant appeals for assistance. The database houses HMGP second appeal records since 1988 and first level appeals since the release of the FY2011 Hazard Mitigation Assistance guidance. In 2011, FEMA started monitoring first appeals made in the regions. The purpose of the database is to inform the public on how program requirements are applied. The database can be accessed at: www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program/hmgp-appeals.

For more information on the terms used in the appeal database and a brief summary of the basic program elements, users can reference the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest.

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance datasets are also available through OpenFEMA

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest Available


FEMA HMA

FEMA offers 3 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs—the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HGMP), the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program—to help states, territories, tribal governments, local communities, private non-profits and businesses implement cost-effective, long-term mitigation measures for all natural hazards. Supporting this endeavor is most effective when all stakeholders share in a mutual understanding of program purpose, concepts, terminology and procedures.

As part of this effort, FEMA has produced a digest of HMA program operational terms and references. The HMA Program Digest is intended to be an easy-to-read, easy-to use, brief summary of the basic HMA program elements.

While the HMA Program Digest is primarily intended for those unfamiliar with the HMA programs, it also may serve as a reference for employees, applicants, and other stakeholders with many years of experience with the programs. Because the digest is not exhaustive, either in topics or in detail, information should be verified with the FEMA HMA Unified Program Guidance and FEMA HMA program officials before becoming the basis for decision making.

To view the digest please visit: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/95109.

FEMA Seeks Public Input on the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program


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On March 12, 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Program Administration by States.

FEMA is seeking public comment on implementing Section 404(c) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5170c(c), regarding administration of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The public’s input will help inform the development of this new method of program delivery that may provide states and tribes with increased oversight as they implement the grant program.

The Notice contains a series of questions about various aspects on state administration of the HMGP. The concerns and recommendations raised by the public will be used to guide development of program regulations.

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, or arguments on all aspects of the notice. Comments can be submitted throught the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: FEMA-2014-0013. The deadline for public comments is 05/12/2014.

New Guidance Available for Applying ASCE 24-05 to Hazard Mitigation Flood Projects


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FEMA has released the publication of FEMA Policy 203-074-1, Minimum Design Standards for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Projects in Flood Hazard Areas. The policy will align structure elevation, dry flood proofing and mitigation reconstruction projects in flood hazard areas, that are funded by the HMA grant program, with a nationally recognized consensus standard for flood resistant design and construction.

The Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s (FIMA) HMA programs provide grant funding assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments for eligible and cost-effective projects that increase resiliency by reducing and eliminating risks to property from flood hazards and their effects.

All HMA-funded projects in flood hazard areas will be required to be designed and built according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Standard 24-05, Flood Resistant Design and Construction, or its equivalent, as the minimum design criteria. ASCE 24-05 is a nationally recognized consensus standard for all flood resistant design and construction projects.

The use of this recognized standard, and involvement of licensed design professionals for design and construction of HMA-funded projects in flood hazard areas, will provide for more consistent and efficient verification of engineering and technical feasibility and will help preserve the public investment toward reducing risk.

FEMA has also developed an implementation guidebook, Guidance for Applying ASCE 24-05 Engineering Standards to Hazard Mitigation Flood Retrofitting and Reconstruction Projects, which identifies key design and construction requirements that apply to HMA flood mitigation projects. The guidebook also provides guidance on how the standard should be applied to each HMA-eligible flood project type.