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Join KAMM for 2014

2014 KAMM membership dues are ready to be received.  Membership is $25 and based on a calendar year.  Click the link relevant to your payment method, Pay by Check or Pay by PayPal.  To learn more about KAMM, click the Join KAMM tab.  Become a member and receive a conference discount!


It is KAMM’s 10th year anniversary!  Join us for the celebration.   


KAMM Annual 2014 Conference

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

September 8 – Pre-Conference Free Day and Outings

September 9 – 11 – 2014 Annual KAMM Conference





The annual conference will provide 12 CECs for attendees.


Conference Information:  2014 Annual Conference

Pre-conference Schedule:  Pre-conference Schedule

Pre-conference Details: Pre-conference Activities

Surveyors:  Only attending the Elevation Certificate Workshop/s:  Link to Registration

Lodging Information:  Lake Barkley State Resort Lodging


2014 KAMM Conference Sponsorship Announcement …

Click for details.  2014 KAMM Conference Sponsorship Announcement

Sponsor Registration 

To register as a sponsor, click here.


KAMM is Accepting Award Nominations!


Floodplain Manager of the Year

Link to 2014 KAMM Floodplain Manager Nomination Announcement

Mitigation Manager of the Year

Link to 2014 KAMM Mitigation Manager Nomination Announcement

 Go to the 2014 Conference page to Nominate an individual or agency.  Deadline August 8, 2014.


EMI L-273 Course: Managing Floodplain Development through the NFIP

August 11 - 14, 2014 

Lake Barkley, Kentucky

The Kentucky Division of Water is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the KAMM to offer L273: Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program. This course is a field-deployed version of the course that is offered at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD. FEMA Region IV, KDOW, and local officials will be conducting the four day training course.

Announcement:  click , L273 training announcement

To Register: Click here.


Warren Campbell, WKU, has BIG News!

We have arrived at a watershed moment for floodplain management.   Warren is heading up a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Floodplain Management at Western Kentucky University. The course will be available for students this Fall semester. It features required courses in hydrology, surveying, floodplain management, a field experience course, GIS, political science, journalism, geography, and geology and will be the first U.S. 4-year degree in floodplain management.

Prior to 1982 there were no U.S. degree programs in Emergency Management and Planning. The first was created in 1982 and today there are more than 200 Associates, Bachelor’s, and graduate degree programs available in EM&P. We hope that floodplain management follows this same pattern.  We feel these programs are filling a critical need since a recent study predicts that flood losses world-wide will reach $1T annually by 2050.


Now Available! Multi-Hazard Mitigation and Design Concepts: Wind, Flood, and Earthquake Training Videos

June 2014

FEMA is pleased to announce that the Multi-Hazard Mitigation and Design Concepts: Wind, Flood, and Earthquake Training Videos (FEMA P-940CD) is now available from the FEMA Publications Warehouse.

Educating disaster workforces and the people who live in at-risk communities about natural hazards and the ways to mitigate risk is an important part of the FEMA mission. The new FEMA P-940CD presents three videos based on webinars abridged from the FEMA 4-day training course E312, Fundamentals of Building Science—Multi-Hazard Mitigation and Design Concepts. Each video explains the hazard (earthquake, wind, and flood) and the hazard-related damage, and provides users with common sense tools to assist with specific mitigation work.

Training tools such as FEMA P-940CD support the FEMA mission and the mission of FEMA disaster-specific programs, including the National Flood Insurance Program and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). Under NEHRP, FEMA is responsible for developing effective earthquake risk reduction tools and promoting their implementation, as well as supporting the development of disaster-resistant building codes and standards. The earthquake video in FEMA P-940CD begins with a brief introduction illustrated by a recent earthquake event. The video then discusses the hazards that can arise from seismic events, the types of earthquake damage commonly seen in the building environment, and seismic design basics. The video also discusses how buildings resist earthquakes and the seismic design process for new and existing construction.

The target audiences for FEMA P-940CD are the FEMA disaster workforce, State and local community disaster mitigation, response, and recovery professionals, and people living in areas with a high risk of earthquake, flood, or wind.

To order your copy of FEMA P-940CD from the FEMA Publications Warehouse, call 1-800-480-2520 or fax your request to 1-240-699-0525, FEMA Publication Order Form.


2014 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Overview

Link to the new information released by FEMA April 2, 2014 about the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.

HFIAA 2014 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Overview


FEMA Releases Benefit Cost Analysis Toolkit Version 5.0

April 2014

FEMA released the Benefit-Cost Analysis Toolkit Version 5.0 which is now available at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/92923. This toolkit can be used to determine the cost-effectiveness for projects under development for any of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs.  As of April 4, 2014, version 4.8 and version 5.0 are the only allowable versions of the BCA Tool.  Benefit-Cost Analysisis a quantitative procedure that assesses the cost-effectiveness of a hazard mitigation measure by taking a long-term view of avoided future damages as compared to the cost of a project. Applications submitted under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs must use a FEMA-approved Benefit Cost Analysis methodology to demonstrate cost-effectiveness. Cost-effectiveness is typically demonstrated by the calculation of a Benefit Cost Ratio. Projects for which the discounted value of future benefits exceeds the current costs are generally considered cost-effective. Benefits may include avoided damages, loss of function, and displacement.

This toolkit contains a number of new features including the calculation of environmental, social and non-traditional benefits such as volunteer costs, street maintenance costs and National Flood Insurance Program administration and claim costs. FEMA has also updated the life safety values and the methodology for calculating residential displacement costs.  If you have any questions regarding the usage of the tool, please contact the benefit cost helpline at bchelpline@fema.dhs.gov or 1-855-540-6744.


Funding Opportunity: FY 2014 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

April 2014

FEMA announced the Funding Opportunities for FY 2014 Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance. All 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and federally-recognized tribal governments are eligible to apply.  Local governments are considered sub-applicants and must apply to their applicant state/territory. Applicants are encouraged to review the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance for detailed information regarding eligibility and to contact their FEMA Regional Office for additional information.

Grant applications must be submitted to FEMA through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible on the Internet at https:/portal.fema.gov.  Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM ET on July 14, 2014 to the State (UK).

Flood Mitigation Assistance – $89 Million

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Click here for the FY14 FMA Fact Sheet final.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation – $23 Million

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects for the purpose of reducing overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on federal funding from actual disaster declarations.  Click here for the FY14 PDM Fact Sheet final.

HMA Home Page: http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance; HMA Helpline: 866.222.3580.


EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands

March, 2014

EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The proposed definitions of waters will apply to all Clean Water Act programs and the proposed rule does not protect any new types of waters that have not historically been covered under the Act. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule.

Learn more about the proposed rule and how to comment when the rule is available in the Federal Register herehttp://go.usa.gov/Ksyk

Read the op-ed “Clearer Protections for Clean Water” by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the proposed rule herehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/gina-mccarthy/clearer-protections-for-c_b_5029328.html


FEMA Releases FY 13 in Review

The FEMA is pleased to announce the release of The FEMA Building Science Branch: Fiscal Year 2013 in Review. This report highlights Building Science Branch projects, resources, and initiatives that demonstrate how the Branch and its partners, working in collaboration, are making progress toward disaster loss-reduction nationwide.

The Building Science Branch, which resides in the Risk Reduction Division of FEMA’s Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration (FIMA), is staffed by highly skilled national experts on building codes, proper construction techniques, and rebuilding strategies. The Branch has the lead role in the development, production, and promotion of more than 250 resources that incorporate the most up-to-date building codes, seismic design guidelines, floodproofing, wind design, and other natural and man-made hazards requirements for new construction and the repair of existing buildings. These resources include publications, guidance, tools, training courses, outreach materials, technical bulletins, and recovery advisories.

The Building Science Branch and its partners help to implement, support, and promote the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for public and private sector stakeholders, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), and the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Program.

To view or download the full report, visit the FEMA Library website: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/92970.  To view or download other FEMA Building Science publications and resources, visit the Building Science Publications website: www.fema.gov/building-science-publications.  To view or download FEMA NEHRP publications and products, visit the Earthquake Publications website: www.fema.gov/earthquake-publications.


CHAMPS 2014 Training

This Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) training opportunity is targeted to various audiences according to four different Commonwealth Hazard Assessment & Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS) training topics. Training is geared to include local EM’s, anyone who has completed CHAMPS v1 training, anyone who has completed the KYEM Recovery Applicant training course, anyone who has previously applied for a Hazard Mitigation Grant, and state partners such as DLG, DPH and KDOW.

To register and link to individual agendas,  go to www.kyem.ky.gov  or click the “2014 CHAMPS Training” link.  For information on the CHAMPS system, click CHAMPS-2014 training.


FEMA Webinar/Training for the Community Rating System (CRS)

Hurry!  Spaces Limited!  

The webinars are for people new to the Community Rating System (CRS), especially from communities that are not yet in the program.  The training is part of the new CRS Webinar Series and will be repeated along with more advanced topics in the coming months.  The one-hour sessions will introduce FEMA’s CRS, how it operates, the costs and benefits for communities, where to get help, and how to apply. The target audience is local officials, floodplain managers, and members of the public interested in flood protection.  Link to Additional training sessions for more opportunites.  Course includes 1 CEC for CFMs . 

Registration is free, and required. Registration link.


RiskMAP and CRS Synergy for Local Officials Webinar

The webinar is one-hour webinar that introduces FEMA’s Community Rating System and Risk MAP initiative and shows how communities can use both to improve their floodplain management programs. Class materials, including the handouts, the presentation slides, and a summary of the Q & A are available for download at http://www.starr-team.com/starr/Training_Materials/Risk_MAP-CRS_Synergy.  The recorded webinar can be accessed at http://j.mp/starr-recorded-training.


EPA Green Infrastructure Program 2014 Webcast Series

The U.S. EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Webcast Series. This series is generally geared towards public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs. Leading academics and professionals from around the country will cover a range of topics and applications, from best practices in operations and maintenance to the intersection of green infrastructure and climate change.

Link to the KAMM Training webpage to learn more.


Emergency Management Institute (EMI) FY14 Training Opportunities

EMI is the best-kept-secret, and you need to add them to your radar as the nation’s best training opportunity. Their program includes reimbursement for flights and lodging for state and local
officials when attending on their Maryland campus. To take a course at EMI, applicants must meet the selection criteria and prerequisites specified for each course.    The 2014 EMI Schedule is ready!

Link to KAMM’s Training webpage to learn more, link here.






KAMM mailing address: KAMM, PO Box 1016, Frankfort, KY 40602-1016.

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