FEMA: HMA Celebrates 30 Years, $15 Billion in Obligated Grants

30 years of HMA

30 years of HMA

During the month of March the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) division is commemorating its 30-year anniversary.

Over the past three decades, HMA has obligated more than $15 billion in funding from Congress. HMA has used these funds to provide communities assistance mitigating the effects of natural hazards.

Mitigation projects include home elevations to prevent flooding, safe rooms to decrease tornado-related injuries, structural reinforcements to brace buildings in the event of earthquakes, and more.

To learn more about the projects and other HMA milestones from the past 30 years visit the Hazard Mitigation Assistance 30 Year Anniversary webpage. View a detailed timeline showcasing some defining events and advancements in the history of FEMA’s mitigation assistance program and read the press release.

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 [email protected]. 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 Grant Application Period Now Open

FEMA HMABeginning on August 14, 2017, the open application period began for 2 competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs. 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 https://portal.fema.gov through 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on November 14, 2017.

FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For FY 2017, $160 million is available, including $70 million for community flood mitigation activities that address flooding on a neighborhood level, such as floodwater diversion and localized flood-control measures as well as advance assistance for mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects. The remainder of funds will be used for mitigation planning, technical assistance and mitigating Severe Repetitive Loss and Repetitive Loss structures, which include elevation, acquisition, and relocation projects.

PDM grants are awarded for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms for tornados, and wind retrofits, which are enhancements made to strengthen the roof, walls and doors of structures to minimize damage caused by high winds. This year, $90 million is available, including $10 million for federally-recognized tribes. States, territories and the District of Columbia may apply for the statutory allocation of up to $575,000 federal share. The remainder of funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with an emphasis on mitigation activities that complement the post-disaster funding available under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the flood mitigation funding from the FMA program.

To help with the development of Hazard Mitigation Assistance applications multiple tools have been created including fact sheets, benefit cost analysis guidance and job aids.

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FY 2017 Mitigation Grant Application Cycle: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Application Development


FEMA’s 90-minute webinar was held on August 2 and 3, 2017. It reviewed lessons learned and best practices identified during the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 mitigation grant cycle to assist in the development of applications for the FY 2017 Grant Cycle. It presented an overview of the results of the FY 2016 mitigation grant cycle, with a focus on common issues and best practices identified across all project types with an in-depth walk through of the innovative Drought and Flood Mitigation Projects (Green Infrastructure, Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Flood Diversion and Storage, and Floodplain and Stream Restoration).

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Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Mitigation Success Stories Wanted


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 [email protected].

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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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


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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New Hazard Mitigation Assistance Information Available


Hazard mitigation projects that reduce the impacts of flood and drought conditions include aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), flood diversion and storage (FDS), and floodplain and stream restoration (FSR).

Additional information is now available to help communities applying for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants comply with application requirements for these types of projects. The documents provide more detailed information on the ASR, FDS, and FSR projects, the information needed for a Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant application, potential resources, and examples.

For more information, visit Mitigating Flood and Drought Conditions Under Hazard Mitigation Assistance.

HMA and FEMA Resources

FEMA releases new HMGP factsheet on the Additional 5 percent Initiative

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Using HMGP to enhance disaster resilience related to building codes

Download these new HMGP resources today!

The Additional 5 percent Initiative is funding that has been set aside under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (HMGP) to help communities enhance disaster resilience related to building codes, such as adopting the current International Building Code® and improving a community’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) score.

Additional 5 percent Initiative Fact Sheet provides Recipients and subrecipients of HMGP funds with additional information on how to implement the Additional 5 percent Initiative as changed by the Fiscal Year 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance. FEMA’s intention in supporting the adoption and enforcement of building codes is to promote resilience by using disaster-resistant practices. A building is considered disaster resistant when it not only protects its occupants but can also be quickly repaired and re-occupied because damage from natural disasters is minimized.

Clarifying the Additional 5 percent Initiative Resources is a companion document to the Fact Sheet highlighting where to find more information on resilient building practices.

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Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Where to Find General Program Information, Tools and Other Resources


FEMA’s FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs have a variety of tools to assist with general program questions and issues, to new initiatives, such as Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities and upcoming learning opportunities.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). The current version of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and Addendum (February 27, 2015) is available in the FEMA Library.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest

The HMA Program Digest is an easy-to-read, easy-to-use, summary of the basic HMA program elements. The Digest includes program changes resulting from the publication of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance, issued February 27, 2015.

Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities and Benefit Cost Analysis Tools

FEMA has developed a Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA) specific webpage, which includes information on published guidance, Benefit Cost-Analysis tools, webinar slide decks and other resources. The CRMA include green infrastructure methods, expanded ecosystem service benefits, and three flood reduction and drought mitigation activities: Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Floodplain and Stream Restoration, and Flood Diversion and Storage.

Upcoming Webinars on Federal Procurement Requirements

FEMA is offering a procurement webinar for HMA programs. Registration is required, and must be done in advance. Register by contacting Lilah Haxton at [email protected]. Limited spaces are available (~50/webinar).

HMA Webinar: Procurements under FEMA Awards Requirements for Recipients and Subrecipients When Procuring Services and Supplies with Funding under Stafford Act Grant Programs

Dates and Times (all times are Eastern)

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2016: 2:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 18, 2016: 2:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016: 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Environmental and Historic Preservation

Unified Federal Review aims to coordinate environmental and historic preservation reviews to expedite planning and decision-making for disaster recovery projects. This can improve the federal government’s assistance to states, local and tribal governments, communities, families and individual citizens as they recover from future presidentially-declared disasters.

Other information, to include laws, guidance and relevant documents pertaining to Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation can be found on FEMA.gov.

Other Resources

In July, FEMA held a workshop with the State and Tribal Hazard Mitigation Officers. At this workshop, several federal agencies provided information on their programs that could also help support mitigation activities. Links to the programs discussed at the workshop are provided below:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Green Infrastructure Report

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development summary of Major Programs

U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure website

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Center for Disaster Philanthropy can help communities identity additional resources to complete projects.